Part of the reason the food is so good has to be because it's so fresh! Local produce is delicious, and the spice market is the envy of every cook I know!
Be sure to stop at any of the fresh juice street vendors, and the tables filled with nuts and nougat. The perfect pocket snack for an urban day hike.
When you're out and about you're going to run into a lot of soldiers. These young men and women are from all over Israel, most speak excellent english, are very friendly. We found they were always terrific ambassadors for Israel, and enjoyed chatting with us. No soldier will ever accept a ride from other than official gov't vehicles, as the risk of kidnapping is still very, very high. Cafes, pedestrian malls and public transit were the places we always found a friendly smile and great conversation with these young adults.