Mahane Yehuda Market
The Mahane Yehuda market is one of the most famous in Israel. Ask anyone in Jerusalem the way to the “shuk” and they’ll direct you to Machane Yehuda. This bustling market is one of the best places to discover the “real” Jerusalem. And it’s where Jerusalamites have been shopping since the Ottoman period in the late 19th century! Today’s market looks – and smells – a lot better than the original. As well as food, you’ll find clothes, accessories and even art to take home. There are countless cafes, restaurants and eateries. When the sun goes down, the market turns into Jerusalem’s premier nighttime destination, with bars, pubs and clubs at every turn.
The Mahane Yehuda market is at the same time one of the hippest and one of the most historical places of Jerusalem.
The neighbourhood of Mahane Yehuda was founded by three business partners in 1887 and named after the brother of one of them, Yehuda.
At the end of the 19th century, a marketplace was established in the neighbourhood; this market was known as Shuk Beit Yaakov. Here Arab merchants and fellaheen sold their goods. As the new neighbourhoods outside the Old City grew, the Beit Yaakov Market grew apace with more stalls, tents and pavilions.
Under Ottoman rule, the market expanded haphazardly and sanitary conditions worsened. In the late 1920s, the British Mandate authorities cleared out all the merchants and built permanent stalls and roofing. Afterwards the market began to be known as the Mahane Yehuda Market.
In the 2000s, major renovations were made to the Mahane Yehuda Market, including infrastructure work, repaving roads and covering some open areas.
Machane Yehuda market is open every weekday except during the Sabbath and on holidays.
Sunday through Thursday, the market is open from 8:00 to 19:00.
On Fridays, the market is open from 8:00 to approximately 15:00.
On Saturday evening, the market is closed but most of its cafes and restaurants are open.