April 16, 2012

Jerusalem, Israel: Mahane Yehuda market; things to do

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.

HalvaKingdom 10 & 72 Ets Hayim St., 972-54-7936805. This shop has been selling homemade kosher halva all over the world since 1947. It wins the “best” award in Turkey each year. Flavors include cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate chip.

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.

More things to do in Jerusalem.

More ideas for travel adventures in California and the U.S. and around the world.

video and images c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


  1. I'd love to visit Jerusalem and the Mahane Yehuda market looks fabulous with the gorgeous fruits. I imagine the scent of the spices adds to the exotic feel of the market as well as the many languages and accents. The markets are some of my favorite things about travel!

    1. I do hope you get to visit it one day. It is extraordinary.


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