For short-term travelers seeking a fascinating look at Israeli culture or long-term residents hoping to strike a bargain, this crowded, yet inviting market is a meaningful experience. Fresh, inexpensive produce is in abundance but the market's specialties include colorful spices, pre-made salads and spreads and newly baked pastries. Rumor has it that the bakery stall, 'Marzi-Pan,' makes the world's best ruggalah (rolled chocolate pastries). Finding the centrally located market is a breeze. Finding the best route out of its maze of lanes may require some keen navigation skills.
The First Station is a historic railway station which was built in Jerusalem during the Ottoman rule over 130 years ago. Having become dysfunctional in 1998, the structure is now used as a venue for entertainment. Hosting a plethora of events including arts fairs, music festivals and outdoor performances, the station has now become a cultural hub in the city. There are several restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat and a number of stores and open stalls. An open art space which is covered in graffiti and exhibitions is also used as a forum for street theater. Tours of the station are also available wherein you can check out the old displays of locomotives and engines.
Considered to be one of the most vibrant markets in the city, The Old City Souk is a must-visit during your time in Jerusalem, even if you just want to experience the liveliness of a traditional souk. Located in the walled city, the Old City Souk boasts of a number of stores selling everything from traditional keffiyehs to shanks of lamb hanging at the numerous food stalls. Shishas, postcard and other souvenirs and gift items can also be found here. Bargaining and haggling over the price is common and expected, though a number of fixed priced shops can also be found among the varied street vendors and food stalls. Whether you want a glimpse of one of the most ancient markets in the city, buy a few goodies for yourself or shop for friends and family back home, a visit to The Old City Souk won’t let you down.
Ben Yehuda Street is one of those places in the city, that simply cannot be missed. Set in the middle of King George street and Jaffa Road, this forever bustling street, is crowded by locals as well as those who visit the city. There are a number of reasons that make this street so desirable, some of them being, the presence of shops, eateries, and entertainers that crowd the city, making the place light up with life. For those who wish to go on a lively walk and don't mind shopping a little on the way, must visit Ben Yehuda Street, for the experience they will witness, will surely be one of a kind and truly memorable.
One of the best shopping malls in the city, Mamilla Mall offers shopaholics a treat. Opened in 2008, the mall has unique architecture by Moshe Safdie and is one-of-its-kind in Jerusalem. This open-air mall proffers various national and international brands and retail outlets to choose from. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of exhibitions and local events like concerts, folk musicals, street shows, flash mobs and activities directed towards family.
Jaffa Road is one of the oldest in the city. It is also one of the most visited streets, as it is dotted with markets, clothing stores, eateries and much more. You can find almost everything from furniture, shoes, home decor to electronics. The prices vary from shop to shop, but the experience is fun. When you are in the city, take a day to visit this forever bustling street and come home with bags full of memories!
The Bible Society sells several editions of the Bible, Tanakh, New Testament, and Psalms in many languages. There is a good selection of resources for the serious Bible student, information on Holy Land history, and guidebooks, maps, and videos on biblical sites, and a nice selection of children's books. A small exhibit on the history of the printing of the Bible, including a model of Gutenberg's press and examples of early printed Bibles in many languages is worth seeing. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Ludwig Mayer specializes in books on the history and geography of the Middle East, the history of Zionism, religion and philosophy. The shop caters to the academic as well as the armchair historian. If you're a serious student of Middle East affairs, or simply want to understand the history behind the news, this is an excellent resource. This shop is also for those who simply love books and like to browse for that unusual or hard to find title. Ludwig Mayer also offers a book search and ordering service.
This colorful store includes the work of a dozen of Jerusalem's finest ceramic artists. The art is modern with bright, fun-filled and Israeli influenced designs. Choose from bowls, dishes, vases, mirrors and lamps and lapel pins. In addition, there are a variety of Judaica items including candlesticks, chamsas, spice boxes and mezzuzot.
Jewish Jewelry & Judaica Gifts by Baltinester Jewelry has been in existence since 1949 and have since committed themselves to elevating the traditional art of the Jewish culture. When it come them, you can be rest assured to find exactly what you are looking for, be it a traditional bracelet or a wedding ring, here you will get ample choice and vast collections, that make you gasp in awe. The jewelry here is one of a kind, as far as design style is concerned, it is authentic and perfectly suits your style. Certain things you'll find crowding the shelves include, Kabbalah Jewelry, Hebrew Name Jewelry, Jerusalem Jewelry and much more. They also guide you on what suits your style and take orders for customized jewelry pieces. When you visit the city, do make a trip to Jewish Jewelry & Judaica Gifts by Baltinester Jewelry, only to find the best of jewelry in town.
Zak's Jerusalem Gifts is one the many premium family owned gifts stores, offering a varying collection of artifacts, Roman style glass jewelry, wooden sculptures and many other products. Each artifact is attached to a vast history that has led to its creation, depicting untold stories of various traditions and cultures. You will find pottery, weapons, jewelry, made of various metals. When you enter Zak's Jerusalem Gifts you will be assured of a great experience.
At Danny Azoulay get an intricate Ketubah for your wedding. They offer a number of designs for the same or one can also plan it with the designer and his team of professionals. The Ketubah is a hand written prenuptial agreement that plays an important role in the marriage. They are sure to make a special unique one using various fabrics and paper designs.