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Jerusalem City Center
Though most people are pulled to Jerusalem with the promise of ancient historical, religious and archaeological sites, the city is also a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis. Jerusalem has a vibrant and bustling city center – from picturesque Ha'Neviim Street in the north to Agron Street in the south; Mahane Yehuda in the west and Mamilla in the east. The area is lined with interesting and diverse shops, coffee houses, galleries, historic houses, museums and cultural institutions.
Every tourist that visits the city center should not miss out on a stroll along the bustling pedestrian walkway Ben Yehuda Street, lined with buskers, colorful souvenir stores and alfresco cafes. Not far away, on the other side of the famous Zion Square, is the quaint neighborhood of Nahalat Shiva, definitely worth exploring.
In Nahalat Shiva, the main place to head to is the pedestrianized Yoel Moshe Salomon Street with its exquisite jewelry stores, Judaica, boutiques, ceramic co-operatives and other novel stores. The street exudes a European charm with a distinct Jerusalem flair, and you'll want to savor a coffee or beer on the sidewalk and take it all in. You'll also want to explore the neighborhood's other twisted alleyways filled with surprises.
The introduction of the light rail has made travelling in the city center as convenient as it gets, with stops at Mahane Yehuda market, Davidka Square, the corner of Jaffa Road and King George as well as Safra Square.
You'll want to hop on the light rail and get off at Mahane Yehuda market, lined with the freshest produce, boisterous vendors and an abundance of restaurants and bars. If you're looking for a more upscale experience, head in the direction of the Old City to Mamilla Mall for a fabulous selection of local and international designer stores.
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