Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem

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Rows of colorful, mouthwatering produce waits to be tasted at Mahane Yehuda Market, a historic food market bubbling with life. Dating back to the late 19th century, the market has grown to sprawl across two major streets, interconnected with several bustling lanes and packed to the rafters with fresh foods. Sample halva, kebab, falafel, handmade cheeses, and many more tantalizing specialties sold at bargain prices. Brush up on your haggling skills and immerse yourself in the local shopping culture. Tours and cooking workshops are available to book through the market's website. By using our Jerusalem online trip itinerary builder , you can arrange your visit to Mahane Yehuda Market and other attractions in Jerusalem.
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  • Loved the Mahane Yehuda Market! Very easy to get to on the Light Rail within Jerusalem. Fun to wander all through the labyrinth of stalls. There are lots of eating places within the marketplace, and s...  more »
  • No need to hire a tour, just go there at the end of the day when the food stalls are still open and the restaurants are ready to serve you dinner. We went twice and ate a great shakshuka on the first ...  more »
  • Great market full of fragrant stalls with spices, fresh fruit and nice bars. Great to here walking around and the atmosphere!
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  • It's a old world street market with more than a hundred different stalls selling all kinds of foods, restaurants, bars. When the market closes there is a very interesting nightlife that begins in there. Anytime of the week is great but on Friday the hustle and bustle is just an amazing sight to see.
  • I have been here dozens of times. It never gets boring. Friday at the shook is one of the best Israel experiences around. The sights, sounds, aromas, activity, are overwhelmingly exciting. Do not miss it!!!
  • Very fun and unique Israeli market and tourist attraction only found in Israel. Great daytime family activity. Go during the day with your kids or wait till the night time when the Machane Yehudah is transformed into bars! Go on Friday and you won't be able to see more than half a meter in front of you! Whenever you go, it's an experience! Great prices if you bargain too!
  • Great place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and a vast variety of spices. Many good restaurants and just a fun interesting place to visit as a tourist.
  • Machane Yehuda on Friday afternoon is a perfect microcosm of modern Israel: alive with vibrant energy, colors, sounds and spirit. The chaos of the crowded market is tempered by the sweet wishes by vendors and shoppers for all to have a Shabbat shalom. During the weekday evenings Machane Yehuda is filled with a fabulous variety of restaurants and night life. Enjoy!! L'chayim!

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