Mahane Yehuda Market

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Mahane Yehuda Market
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Sarah C
Sydney, Australia3,754 contributions
Jan 2020
This bustling market, or Shuk is huge! One main street and smaller intersecting streets lined with stalls selling breads, fresh produce, coffee, sweets and trinkets, it’s really a one stop shop. There’s little food places to get a cheap meal as well as plenty of bars, where we hear it’s pumping on a Thursday night. If you plan to go on Friday, keep in mind it’s very busy, for people are preparing for Shabbat dinner. It is closed on Saturday, but Sun-Thurs it is open early into the am. Certainly an experience, to be fascinated by colour, scent and taste. Take small notes or coins and remember to bargain.
Written January 13, 2020
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David G
Gedera, Israel1,290 contributions
Apr 2021
As many times as I have visited Mahane Yehuda , this was the first time I did so with my family .Over the years , the world famous market has changed quite a lot , losing some of its old world character to keep up with modern trends , such as chic coffee shops/stands , and hi-end speciality cheese shops /stalls .
Another thing that has changed are the number of murals painted on shop shutters which IMHO actually adds something to the market - many of these murals are highlighted in the collection of pictures on this post .

One negative thing to add though , in one case a stall/shop called Rosemary which specialises in spices etc - the shop assistant was more than happy to encourage us to buy (large) amounts which normally we wouldn't ,the bill merely had the amount to be paid without showing product or price per kilo etc very bad practice indeed .I later found out at an internet forum , that this particular shop has quite a (bad ) reputation
Written April 9, 2021
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Karen W
Long Island, NY12 contributions
May 2022
I liked Mahane Yehuda more than some of the other markets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was wider so much easier to walk through and a little less chaotic. I did not view it as a tourist trap. Yes, it was a good place for tourists but it was also a good place for Israelis to shop for food and household needs. It was also near Jaffa St and Ben Yehuda which are also good shopping areas. I actually was unable to find some of the touristy souvenir items I was looking for. I wanted to purchase some spices and found that even when you say a specific amount, you will be given far more than you want. Be ready to bargain and tell the vendor that you don't want so much. You will not be insulting them because this is how they do business.
Written May 21, 2022
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FlyerLawyer
Washington DC, DC26 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
There must be different prices for locals than those provided to tourists in English. Every shop we visited gave shockingly inflated prices. One place in particular, called The Halva Kingdom, gave us samples of pretty average halva and then claimed it was NIS 159 a kilo. That’s over $49 a kilo, or $22 a pound. That’s shockingly overpriced. Since there were locals in this market I must assume that there’s a Hebrew price and then there’s an English price. Pretty much sums up the place. We bought nothing and quickly returned to East Jerusalem.
Written March 23, 2022
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knikkki
Vista, CA133 contributions
Mar 2020
This might be a nice place to walk through, but watch your budget. I wanted to try some dried watermelon. We decided to buy it, and the man scooped a large portion into a bag. I said it was too much. Then he kept having us try other flavors and it was all good, and it was dried fruit so how expensive could it be? Right?

We ended up with 5.5 kilos (13 pounds) of dried fruit and nuts at a price tag of $400.00 USD. Unfortunately, I didn't do the currency conversion until after I left the shop. A few minutes later I went back and tried to return the items, and they refused to take them back. They were speaking about me in Hebrew behind my back and one was openly laughing at me.

I felt completely swindled. $400 for dried fruit and almonds. LOL. I ended up leaving the goods at the store and am attempting to reconcile with my credit card company.

Not only am I potentially out $400 but it absolutely soured my whole trip to the degree that I haven't wanted to purchase another thing.

I've traveled a lot, and I'm sure I've been swindled before, but never to this degree. It was really upsetting. This is my 3rd trip to Israel, so it's not lack of experience. I was just too shell-shocked at the time to process what was happening.
Written March 5, 2020
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stealthcook
Jerusalem, Israel16 contributions
Jan 2021
It's always fun going to the shuk. especially if the frequent music performers are there. Boisterous and rowdy atmosphere. Great fresh seasonal produce, prepared foods. mediterranean style dips, breads ,cheeses, If you are a kanafeh fan ((filo dough dipped in honey/nuts or cheese..many stores sell it.) bourekas, meat, halvah, fish, and of course coffee grains beans and aromatic spices and much more. If you go at night - about 7 or 8 you will great end of day bargains.
Written January 27, 2021
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juno_usa
Nashville, TN190 contributions
Jan 2020
Here you can find everything you want - food, smells and vibrant life in the daytime and vivid nightlife with pubs after the sun goes down. I visited the place twice while staying in Jerusalem and did not regret it. Try the Fish&chips eatery during the day - great food for a quite reasonable price.
Written January 28, 2020
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JD Rafferty
Beit Shemesh, Israel11 contributions
Feb 2020
Depending on the time of day, be prepared for a crowd. I sometimes find it difficult to squeeze through all the people and the workers pushing or pulling crates. The most exciting time to come here is the Chanukah season at night. It becomes a whole different environment; the colors are more vibrant than ever. There's no way you can see everything in the market because it's impossible to navigate in a logical way. Don't wait to see everything before you make up your mind as to what you'd like to try. If you like halva, be sure to notice the free samples. Fresh halva is different! You can have a cup of coffee, freshly-sqeezed juice or an entire meal in the shouk.
Written February 24, 2020
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AriS938
Los Angeles, CA93 contributions
Feb 2020
This market has two personalities. The first is one of the normal market experiences. Lots of hustle and bustle with lots to see and taste. Be careful not to get too caught up and get taken by some of the prices. At night, this place turns into a bar/club scene with great places to hang out, drink and enjoy loud music. The drinks will be watered down some, but as long as you know, you can order accordingly.
Written February 20, 2020
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CED
New York City, NY5 contributions
Jan 2020
The Mahane Yehuda Market is a wonderful place to visit. We stayed in an apartment while in Jerusalem and decided to stock up on food for our meals at the market. It was a great place to start our vacation because it exposed us to Israeli food and gave us a chance to experience a popular local spot. During the day, there are many stalls that sell fruits and vegetables but you can also get meat, fish, cheeses, sweets and baked goods. We bought some sea bass that was spectacular. I highly recommend taking a few hours to explore this place. Some friends told us that in the evenings the market is a great place to hang out and that you can go from place to place eating and drinking along the way.
Written January 18, 2020
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