Ein Kerem is a secluded village suburb on the outskirts of West Jerusalem. Surrounded by hills dotted with olive and cypress trees, the village is refreshingly quiet although only 20 minute bus ride southwest of the city centre. Ein Kerem's stone houses are now mostly inhabited by Israeli artists and sculptors, and there is a wide variety of art galleries in the village. Alongside, there is also a choice of small cafes and restaurants. Travellers will be interested in visiting also the large number of religious sites (Jewish and Christian) in and around Ein Kerem, the reputed birthplace of John the Baptist. Before 1948, the site was a Palestinian village.
Take city bus number 17 from Jaffo Street or the Central Bus Station.
Take a walk in the garden of Notre Dame De Sion monastery and Guest House. It has a beautiful garden, view points and old cemetery. The sisters are very much open to every religion and nation.
There are a handful of pubs and restaurants. Many of them, perhaps most, are open during the day on Saturday, which is notable since most establishments in Jerusalem's city center close for Shabbat.
Ein Kerem Youth Hostel Notre Dame De Sion Monastery and Guest House (open for all visitors, beautiful rooms or apartments and full board).