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Mahane Yehuda Market
Often referred to as “the shuk” – its Hebrew moniker – the Mahane Yehuda Market has come to be just as emblematic of Jerusalem and its unique character as the Temple Mount and some of the city’s other historic sites.
The shuk offers a huge assortment of products, and derives its color as much from the motley vendors and shoppers as from the bright displays of produce. Customers come from all over Jerusalem, and beyond, representing a broad swath of Israeli society; Ashkenazi, Sephardic, religious, secular, rich, and poor – all are represented in the press of people navigating the narrow alleys of the Market throughout the day.
The shuk is quite massive, extending over a large area alongside the cozy quaintness of the Nahlaot neighborhood, bounded by Jaffa Road and Agrippas Street. Although it used to be strictly open-air, much of the Market was canopied over the years to protect shoppers from the elements. The variety on display is enormous, although produce stands are most prevalent, their vendors incessantly announcing the latest prices for tomatoes at the top of their lungs.
In recent years, a variety of dining establishments has cropped up in and around the shuk, supplementing the traditional fare offered up at falafel stands and Middle Eastern restaurants with gourmet grub that doesn’t dispense with Jerusalem’s distinct flavors. A selection of boutique clothing stores and designer shops have also made the shuk their home, further refining the eclectic old-meets-new shopping aesthetic of this quintessentially Israeli market.
|Address||Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem|
- Areas: Mahane Yehuda Market, City Center
- Type: Kids & Families, Jewish Sites, Entertainment
- Paid Parking
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