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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.  

Highlights
  • The Machane Yehuda Market is one of Jerusalem’s most fascinating spots. Here you really get to experience what Jerusalem looks, smells, sounds and tastes like.
  • More than 250 vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables; baked goods; fish, meat and cheeses; halva and tahini, nuts, seeds, and spices; wines and liquors; clothing and shoes; and housewares, textiles and Judaica.
  • The Shuk Bite Card, we provide you with, is comprised of 6 slips curated in order to give you a chance to try a variety of products, flavours and the aromas of the market. These include among others Jerusalem baked goods, the locals’ favourite khachapuri, hummus, kubbeh, a boutique beer, artisan ice cream and a health drink.
  • While you taste your way through the market you can find out a few of the market’s secrets and history from the Shuk Bite audio guide (requires a smartphone with data service, and headphones)
  • Once a center for market shopping and workers’ eateries Mahane Yehuda has transformed into the city’s main culinary and cultural center with a hopping nightlife.
History

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.

General Information

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.

Restaurants / Shops
  • Your Shuk Bites card gives you six “tastes” of what the market has to offer, but don’t be afraid to check out some of the other delicious places around the Machane Yehuda market. Here are a few ideas:
  • The “world’s best tasting” rugelach are freshly baked by the famous Marzipan Bakery in Jerusalem. Thousands of American customers are filling their empty suitcases full of their rugelach before returning home. You should check out their other delicacies too. (44 Agrippas str.)
  • Taste some excellent chef cuisine at the upscale Jacko’s Street. Chef Zakay Huja pulls off hip, cool and kosher. (74 Agripas str.)
  • Have a tasty, tranquil meal or just a coffee and one of their excellent pastries at Trattoria Haba, a restaurant-cum-bakery. (119 Jaffa str.)
  • Crave Gourmet Street Food, a soaringly popular restaurant in Jerusalem’s shuk, serves ‘upscale street food’. That place has a very special vibe and amazing music. (1 Hashikma str.)
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