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#Pakal_Kafe: Havat Yair

Here's an interesting fact about Israelis - They like to take a #Pakal_Kafe with them on hikes in nature, or when they visit their nearby ma'ayan (spring). (or sometimes use them at home!)

Why do you ask? Well, simply because there is nothing more Israeli than enjoying the outdoors with a nice steaming glass of fresh coffee (*Don't worry, there is always emergency tea for the non-coffee drinkers).

>>> So we @iKonnect decided to hop on this trend!

Dirt path surrounded by greenery and hills leading to Havat Yair
Path leading to Havat Yair / Skrown

The story

Right past the entrance of Yakir you will find to the right a new yishuv called Havat Yair. On the road leading up, there will be a small entrance the leads you to four beautiful springs. Each one with a different view.

What to expect?

There are four pools all secluded from one another separated by bushes and trees. The water in the pool is cool and refreshing, and the pool is full all year long, but the water is nicer in the summer. Each pool has at least one picnic table and some shade! A perfect spot to sit and look at the gorgeous views. Each pool has an amazing view of Nahal Khana and the Shada Ruins.

Preparing hot coffee with a pakal kafe at Havat Yair's small waterfall and stream
Pakal kafe along the Havat Yair stream. Photo: Skrown

What you need to know!

  • This place can get pretty cold in the winter, make sure you bring warm clothing.

  • Payment & hours: Free and unlimited hours

  • Distance from the parking lot: Nearby

  • Best season to visit: All year long

  • Family-friendly? Yes

Dirt path leading to picnic benches and a sign with hills in the background at Havat Yair
Path leading to picnic benches at Havat Yair. Photo: Skrown


🚗 By car Once entering Yakir, take the second exit off the roundabout. After that, you will make the first left. Don't miss the next turn! It's left into the parking lot of the maayan its full of rocks. From there it is about a 30-second walk until the first pool.

🚌 By Bus Take line 68 from 'Central Station/Yafo' and after 22 stops (~23 min) you will get off at 'Mount Scopus Terminal/Martin Buber'. Once you get off you have a 1-minute walk to the lookout point. Put in the location in Waze or Google Maps and it will take you to the spot.

*Make sure you are 🅿️ in a permitted spot, you don't want to get a ticket!


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