Passion of the Pastry: Zalatimo’s Bakery

Not far from the holiest site in Christianity, Zalatimo’s Bakery is its own kind of pilgrimage.


The 150 year-old pastry shop sits under a staircase, a couple hundred meters away from the spot where Jesus is said to have been crucified, buried and resurrected. It is sparsely lit, mostly cement, and nearly empty.

“Cheese or nuts?”

Hani Zalatimo walks out of the back, wiping his hands, throwing out ahlan after ahlan.

Read the story on Maptia here.

Hani Zalatimo folds a single mutabak pastry.
Hani Zalatimo in front of his oven.
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  1. Loved this piece — it’s so much fun (“baker’s bunker”! “only uncontested territory”, the “confessional”, etc.) and, of course, made me salivate.

    Your final paragraph appears twice, however. Might want to edit that.

    Tell me more about this publication!

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