Mahane Yehuda market open-air market is between Jaffa Rd. and Agrippas St.; covered market is along Etz Chaim St. Sun-F.
This large market is filled with brilliant aromatic spices and fruits, as well as yarmulkes and souvenir tchotchkes. It provides the opportunity to sample new flavors and to interact with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian vendors. Friday afternoon is super busy with shoppers stocking up for the Sabbath.
●Aroma Cafe This popular cafe is as omnipresent in Israel as Starbucks is in the U.S. A branch in NYC’s SoHo really packs ‘em in, but this location seems always to have space for more people.
●BASHER-The King of Cheese This tiny stall stocks 1,200+ varieties of cheese from all over Europe--Manchego from Spain, Cheddar from England, sweet brown gudbrandsdalen from Norway.
●Marzipan Bakery This shop is world-famous for its chocolate rugelach but also makes excellent Moroccan cookies, Syrian pastries and bourekas, and phyllo pastries topped with seeds and filled with salty cheese or vegetables.
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