Lazer Lloyd performs at Mike's Place, an American-themed sports bar in Jerusalem. Lazer Lloyd performs at Mike's Place, an American-themed sports bar in Jerusalem. Lazer Lloyd performs at Mike's Place, an American-themed sports bar in Jerusalem. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

Photos: Jerusalem wakes up at night

The sights and sounds of the Israeli city come alive when the sun sets.

The last time I was in Jerusalem, I wasn't sleeping over. I was merely passing through while staying outside of town. During that short visit, I was able to meander around the eclectic city during the day and capture some neat photos with my iPhone. But I made sure to change up my plans on my most recent trip to Israel. This time I had the fortunate opportunity to spend several nights in Jerusalem.

While the legendary Tel Aviv nightlife – with its dive bars and clubs – may get most of the attention from young tourists in the Mediterranean country, I was surprised to learn that Jerusalem is no slouch either. When the sun sets, the city comes alive – especially during the peak summer tourism season when I was there. Street performers perform, restaurants and cafes stay open well past midnight, and the streets and pedestrian promenades are as crowded as they are during the day.

I stayed downtown and had a front-row seat to what was going on as I walked to my hotel each night. Here are some of the nighttime photos (and videos) from my latest jaunt...

Even in Israel, people prefer American style pizza. Even in Israel, people prefer classic, American style pizza. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem has cafes open past midnight, to attract the constant flow of tourists. Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem has cafes open past midnight, to attract the constant flow of tourists. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

Opened in 2011, the Jerusalem Light Rail has 23 stops over the course of 8 miles.

Outdoor cafes line the streets of central Jerusalem. Outdoor cafes line the streets of central Jerusalem. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

Born in the U.S., Lazer Lloyd has brought his American-influenced blues and folk stylings to Israel.

This bar at the Machane Yehuda outdoor market attracts a crowd at Happy Hour. This bar at the Machane Yehuda outdoor market attracts a crowd at Happy Hour. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

Shakshouka, a popular egg and marinara dish, can be found throughout Jerusalem. We recommend this delicious version from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Jaffa Street, which serves breakfast even to night patrons. Shakshouka, a popular egg and marinara dish, can be found throughout Jerusalem. We recommend this delicious version from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Jaffa Street, which serves breakfast even to night patrons. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

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Photos: Jerusalem wakes up at night
The sights and sounds of the Israeli city come alive when the sun sets.