One thing I absolutely love doing is going to local markets in the places I visit. Not only does it give you a true feel for the local culture, but the food and everything there you can try – oh – my – word!!
Jerusalem was no different! Mehane Yehuda is a marketplace that was originally open-air, but now partially covered and is super popular with locals and tourists . With over 250 vendors selling everything frm fresh fruits and vegetables; baked goods; fish, meat and cheeses; nuts, seeds, and spices; wines and liquors; clothing and shoes; and housewares, textiles, and so much more!
In and around the market you will find everything:
Falafel, shawarma, kibbeh, kebab, shashlik, kanafeh, baklava, halva, zalabiya and jerusalem mixed grillstands, juice bars, cafes, and restaurants.
Between the vast amounts of colour and hustle and bustle of the market, it is super fun to take it all in and watch the vendors call out their prices to everyone passing by. It’s so alive!
And the murals painted all over – so, so fantastic!
On Thursdays and Fridays, the marketplace is filled with shoppers stocking up for Shabbat, until the Friday afternoon sounding of the bugle that signifies the market will close for the Sabbath.
It’s truly the heartbeat of the city…well at least one of them!
I hope to go back sooner than later… 🙂