It’s summertime in Jerusalem, and whether it’s the wine or arts festival, or a drink downtown in Zion Square, people are out enjoying the city’s unique atmosphere.
"This city is non-stop party. Everyone thinks of Jerusalem as the holy city – it ain’t so!" an enthusiastic Jerusalem resident tells ISRAEL21c’s Harvey Stein, who ventured out last week to document Jerusalem’s summer, party-city side – VIDEO.

There's no place like Jerusalem in the summer

 

Young Israelis party on a roof in Jerusalem (Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90, courtesy Israel21c)

By Harvey Stein – Israel 21c

"This city is non-stop party. Everyone thinks of Jerusalem as the holy city – it ain’t so!" an enthusiastic Jerusalem resident tells ISRAEL21c’s Harvey Stein, who ventured out last week to document Jerusalem’s summer, party-city side.

He started in the center of downtown on Ben Yehuda Street, where there are cafes, ice cream shops, people making music and dancing in the streets, smoking nargilas (the local name for hookahs) and visiting bars and cafes.

His nocturnal tour continued to the new Mamilla mall, adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City, where all the shops are open and bustling until late in the evening. Then there’s a visit to the annual International Arts and Crafts Fair that also features top performers like Dag Nahash on its main stage every night.