A trip to Palestine should be on everyone’s destination list, should you be a foodie, an art enthusiast, or an avid history buff. A trip is incomplete without immersing yourself in the rich and diverse food and fresh produce on offer, from the charming hole-in-the-walls that serve traditional favorites to well-known family run institutions, you will enjoy sampling great food and meeting interesting Palestinians along the way. Be sure to visit the souks, old traditional markets, to browse and sample fresh produce and seasonal fruits. Be sure to converse with the local sellers; they tend to be farmers, coming from far away, to sell their fresh produce as their source of income.

Gaza

Be sure to pop into any of Women’s cooperatives, like Bint Al-Reef, to get a taste of the way they process food items, like date paste, date molasses, date butter, date jam, dukka, and shatta. Also, visit one of the oldest running tahini factories in Gaza to get a taste of the roasted rust colored variety (red tahini) most commonly used here. Akeela’s in Gaza’s Old City (souk Zaneta) can’t be beat for Gaza-style bright green falafel bursting with fresh herbs and chilis along with the hummus, fattet hummus, and musabaha. It’s a hotly debated argument about who makes the best ful, but diehards insist it is Khuzundar close to Fras Market. Other favorites in the city itself are Abo Saeed and Abu Talal. Further south, the go-to place for divine hummus and stuffed falafel is Shamout, which only opens for four hours early in the morning. The shop is run out of a narrow hole-in-the-wall place in Khan Younis. For Gaza’s famous Kunafa Arabiya, head to the original Saqallah in the Jundi Majhool Square. No trip to the city is complete without visiting Kathem’s ice cream and barrad (a local shaved yellow slushee) parlor, a landmark.

Gaza

Be sure to pop into any of Women’s cooperatives, like Bint Al-Reef, to get a taste of the way they process food items, like date paste, date molasses, date butter, date jam, dukka, and shatta. Also, visit one of the oldest running tahini factories in Gaza to get a taste of the roasted rust colored variety (red tahini) most commonly used here. Akeela’s in Gaza’s Old City (souk Zaneta) can’t be beat for Gaza-style bright green falafel bursting with fresh herbs and chilis along with the hummus, fattet hummus, and musabaha. It’s a hotly debated argument about who makes the best ful, but diehards insist it is Khuzundar close to Fras Market. Other favorites in the city itself are Abo Saeed and Abu Talal. Further south, the go-to place for divine hummus and stuffed falafel is Shamout, which only opens for four hours early in the morning. The shop is run out of a narrow hole-in-the-wall place in Khan Younis. For Gaza’s famous Kunafa Arabiya, head to the original Saqallah in the Jundi Majhool Square. No trip to the city is complete without visiting Kathem’s ice cream and barrad (a local shaved yellow slushee) parlor, a landmark.

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