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“There are probably about 4 or 5 Souks in Jerusalem and the Old City of Jerusalem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Souk

Souk
Ranked #88 of 301 things to do in Jerusalem
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“There are probably about 4 or 5 Souks in Jerusalem and the Old City of Jerusalem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

If you wonder around the Old City of Jerusalem you will stumble on many of hte sprawling Souks that do not seem to have boundaries. From the map there is Souk el-Dabbagha, Souk Khan al-Zeit, and a central souk starting corner of St Mark's Road and Khabad Street. Plus just outside the old city is a vibrant market place, well worth the visit for a coffee and the exhiliration of being in this part of the world!

Visited January 2012
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“A strange, educational, horrible, and wonderful place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

This is the Arab market which (I believe) has been continuously in use since the Middle Ages, although small parts of it have been restored in an archaeological/museum spirit by the Israeli Department of Antiquities. It has a little of everything: small local shops selling ordinary packaged foods for the local Arabs, exotic oriental spice shops for same, restaurants and tiny eateries of almost every description, shops selling garbagy souvenirs for badly educated tourists, shops selling same for religious tourists of every description, shops selling same for hyper-nationalist tourists of some kind of Jewish persuasion, anything you could want or imagine, or anything which might annoy you.

Just looking at the architecture above and around you as you walk from one place to another is fascinating. Last time I was here, in August, I walked through the souk figuring on finding someplace to pray and someplace to eat. Before doing either, I somehow found myself buying dried marigold leaves - the best saffron substitute for those times when good Spanish saffron becomes too expensive - in a tiny shop run by an Arab teenager.

Speaking of which, I am one of those ultra-Orthodox Jews whom the newspapers (when they have nothing else to write about) sometimes like to portray as the arch-enemies of the Arabs. My own experience has been that with good intentions and a smile, almost everyone can get along just fine with almost everyone.

Even the large-scale restorations by the Israeli Department of Antiquities have been done well, and with no obvious political bias.

A walk through the souk reminds one once again that there's no place on Earth like Jerusalem.

Visited August 2011
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