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!
Discover the talent of artists with their work at Farmer's and Artists Market while in Jerusalem. This fair is carried out every Friday where artisans display items like jewelery made from materials like crystal and silver. Other articles one can find are glassware or handmade items like handicrafts and paintings. There is a food area where you can buy local delicacies, baked goods and fresh fruit juices. One must visit this fair so as to experience the market life while in the city of Jerusalem.
A great place for long-term cell phone users. This store offers some of the best deals in town. In addition, the company sells accompanying accessories such as batteries, chargers, fixed speakers, mobile speakers, personal speakers, cases, and hands-free kits.
Choose from 1,500 different wines at this upscale wine store. Many boutique wines from Israeli wineries that produce less than 100,000 bottles per year are available and affordable. For 60 NIS try a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Kibbutz Tzora. Gourmet cheeses, imported beer, cigars and wine accessories are also available. On Friday's beginning at 11am there is wine tasting and the store houses a small library of books for customer research. The store has a mini-bar complete with homemade cakes and fresh coffee. Wine is not sold by the glass but customers are welcomed to buy a bottle and discuss the art of winemaking with the knowledgeable employees.
This is a highly recommended Judaica store. The family has been in the business for the past six generations and this experience is displayed in the store's fine silver work. The pieces draw on Ashkenazic influence, Yemenite work and modern day styles mixing ancient glass and contemporary designs. Choose from the finest silver-work covering all of the Jewish holidays, traditions and rituals including items specific for Shabbat, Havdalah sets, mezuzahs and Tzedakah boxes. The store models itself on honest and good service and an esteemed reputation throughout the world. Prices are as marked. Speak with Emanuel Zadok - he'll have great stories to share about the pieces.
This upscale store offers the highest quality of modern and traditional Judaica and jewellery. Most pieces make exquisite gifts. A popular choice is the Kiddish cup fountain, a silver self-pouring system that looks as beautiful as it functions. There is also a great selection of gold and silver rings, bracelets and necklaces, some accented with diamonds. Contemporary pins, necklaces and pendants embedded with ancient coins are originally designed on-site. Ornately decorated Yemenite handwork called filigree is another store attraction featuring Shabbat candlesticks, Kiddish cups and menorahs.