Knafah

Kanafah is traditional Palestinian sweets made with shredded wheat and cheese soaked in sugar syrup. So, Nablus is the place of origin of Knafah.

Nablusi knafah

Being awarded a Guinness record, Nablusi knafah is traditional boasted pastry.

It is said that knafah was born in Nablus in around 15th century. Now we can enjoy this pastry all over the Arab countries.

Of course, all the Palestinians adore it.

What is knafah?

Knafah looks like a moist sponge cake with white cheese inside.

The dough is originally like pasta made with semolina.

The semolina pasta is sifted at first and made into powder, then kneaded with butter etc. into a wet dough.

Then, the dough is spread on a big baking tray with goat cheese onto it. After being baked, it’s turned upside down and added syrup on the baked side. Cracked pistachio is added on top for finishing.

Because it’s always freshly baked, it’s hot with stretchy cheese!

In July 2009, the biggest knafah ever (74m x 1.05m, 1,765kg) in the world was made by a collaboration of 170 knafah shops; it is awarded a Guinness record.

That is to say, knafah is a soul food for Nablus people.

But be careful, knafah is extremely sweet. If you are not a sweets person, it’s better to ask your companion(s) for a mouthful. Even a piece is still enough big.

It costs about 4-5 NIS.

Nablus knafah shop

Because people come one after another, you can get always fresh one from the oven.

Patisseries recommended by the locals

There are many patisseries just next area of the Old City.

We introduce some local’s recommendations here.

Those patisseries offer not only knafah but also many other several sweets. You can buy them also to go.

Nablus Dimshq sweets shop

Dimashq sweets shop in Nablus downtown

Heluwiat Arafat حلويات عرفات

This is the first choice for the locals. Close to Hospitals.

Heluwiat Abu Salha حلويات أبو صالحة

South-west of Arafat sweets shop, this is also highly reputed.

Heluwait Dimashq (Damascus) حلويات دمشق

Located in the heart of Nablus and close to bus terminal, too. Always crouded with people, but local people say it worth to wait.