Immerse yourself in Bethlehem as a living city by taking a culinary journey that includes shopping in a hundreds-year-old souq, learning about local ingredients and spices, collectively preparing a traditional dish, and most importantly, sharing a meal as a community. The goal is for each of the visitors to walk away having lingered in the true heart of Palestine…its people and cuisine.
- City Tours
- Culinary Tours
- Cultural Tours
- Educational Tours
- Guided Tours
- Walking Tours
Why settle for a souvenir when you can learn the tricks of the trade? We begin at the Old City Open Air Market (souq) amidst the spice sacks and fresh fruit stalls, learning about the diverse ingredients critical to Palestinian cooking. After enjoying the sights, sounds, scents (and flavors!) of the souq, we return to our home kitchen (a charming 10-15 minute walk through the Old City’s cobblestone streets) and prepare an unforgettable Palestinian meal.
Shop & Cook
Qandeel Culinary experience arose from a deep desire for visitors to know the human side of Palestine. Aside from the ancient stones of its holy sites, and the churches erected in honor of the divine, Bethlehem also preserves an incredible spirit of fellowship that is best experienced around the sufra—the home-cooked meal prepared with love for family and friends. Qandeel made it their vocation to welcome travelers into their home, and to offer them an experience unlike any other—the opportunity to learn about the scents, textures, and flavors of Palestine in the best way possible…by doing!
Some of the meals available:
- Wara Enab (vine leaves)
Duration: 4 HOURS
Minimum Participants: 3
Starting time: Flexible
Starting point: Manger Square/Star Street
Please inform us in advance of any allergies or dietary preferences
|Activity||Cooking, Learning, Tasting, Walking Tours|
|Tour Type||City Tours, Culinary Tours, Educational Tours|
Which means upside down. It’s an authentic dish that is made from rice, cauliflower, chicken. And it’s named MAKLOUBEH because the cooking pot is flipped upside down before serving the meal.
Stuffed grape leaves are a very popular dish all around the world. Just off the top of my head, I can think of a Greek version, a Turkish version, Russian one and many middle-eastern versions as well. I grew up eating Lebanese stuffed grape leaves quite often, especially the meat version which is the one I am making today. There is a delicious vegan version that I will save for another day.
Sumac chicken caramelized onion flatbread (Musakhan) is a slightly adapted version of the popular Mediterranean recipe made with roasted chicken thighs, full of flavorful spices and healthy. Makes a great homemade appetizer or pizza style!