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All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda – Part 7: What’s In the Shuk?

Fruits for sale in Shuk Machane Yehuda

A colorful array of fresh, seasonal produce from Machane Yehuda Market

Click Here for Part 6 of “All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda”

Now that you’ve all seen my map of every shop in Machane Yehuda Market, it is time for me to use that map to highlight all of the wonderful, the surprising, the delicious and the downright strange things that you can find in the shuk. Some of these are in response to requests I got for where certain things can be found. Others are things that I know are important, based on the number of times I have guided tours through the market. And some of them are simply my personal favorites, on a non-scientific level!

For starters, let me say that in my opinion, anyone who tells you they know the best place to find anything, is full of… last week’s leftover Machane Yehuda produce! People love to claim that they know the best chummus, fish store, falafel or butcher. As if there were some kind of objective “best.” Sorry folks, their ain’t. What I will tell you in this post is which places are some of my faves, from a purely subjective angle. Sometimes I think the quality is the best. Other times a stand has the best prices or selection. And sometimes, I prefer one place simply because the proprietors are nice people.

You don’t have to agree with me. I’m very opinionated, but that comes with the shuk being my “second home.” But I encourage you to wander around, try many places, and form your own opinions!

All places listed below refer to section numbers on the map I posted last week (and linked to above).

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All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda – Part 6: THE Map

A map of every store in shuk Machane Yehuda

A section of my new, detailed map of Machane Yehuda Market

Click Here for Part 5 of “All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda”

Though not massive in size like Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Machane Yehuda Market can still be somewhat confusing to the casual visitor. It’s not as if you will get lost and not be able to find your way out, so if you just want to wander and take in the atmosphere of the shuk, there is no problem. But if you go there looking for something specific, you may find it somewhat challenging.

To that end, I have produced a true labor of love: the most comprehensive, up-to-date map of every stand in Machane Yehuda Market.

There are other maps of the shuk available, both online and printed, that have attempted to highlight some or all of the stores. The problem with them, however, is that things change in the shuk on a frequent basis. For example, at the time that I am writing this post, two stores have recently changed, and there are currently three more doing construction work to change to something new. (I have actually included the new places on the map, even though they have yet to officially open.)

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Machane Yehuda Map

This is a map of Machane Yehuda Market and a bit of the surrounding area. The area in blue is the actual shuk, and I have listed every single store or stand in the market. Red areas are near the shuk, and I have only listed selected highlights.

The red numbers correspond to listings below the map in which I list the stores in each section. First you will find a listing of highlights by type of store, then the full list of all stores by section number.

CLICK HERE to download a printable 4-page map with store info.

Machane Yehuda Map

(Last updated December 19, 2016)

Specific Stores, by Category

Specialty foods/juices:
Achim Chamami fresh rice cakes 17
Birkat Yehonatan – 5
cheese – 6, 7, 9
Cohen Chamutzim – 5
dates – 8
granola – 6, 18
Halva Kingdom – 5, 8
health food – 22, 23, 28
ice cream – 8, 24, 26
juices – 2, 4, 7, 8, 14, 21, 22, 23
pumpkin – 13
Tehina Kingdom – 6
Uzi Eli “The Etrog Man” – 21

Bakeries (bread, cakes, Arab-style pastries, burekas, etc.):
A Buddy’s Bar – 7
baklava, kanafe, etc. – 7
Boutique Central – 8
bread (generic pita, etc.) – 1, 3, 5, 9
bread (Bukharan) – 29
Burekas Ramle – 23
Calderon Pita – 5
Chachmat HaBurekas MiHaifa – 3
Duvdevan – 8
Duvshanit – 3, 25
English Cake – 22
Haba – 22
Marzipan – 23
Natural Choice Bakery – 25
Pe’er – 6
Russel’s Bakery breads – 17
Teller Breads – 6
Ugat Chen – 3, 27

Restaurants/Cafes:
Argento – 9
Aroma – 4
Agas 1 – 15

Aricha sabich – 23
Azura – 11
B’Mordoch – 25
Burrito Chai – 24
Cafélix – 7
Cofix – 25
Cofizz – 2
Cookie Cream – 24
Crave! – 27
Dawini Pita Bar – 28
Falafel No. 1 – 22
Fishenchips – 21
Fortuna – 26
grill restaurant – 22, 29
HaShlosha – 25
Hatchepuria – 24
Ish Tabach – 27
Jachnun Bar – 21
Jacket Potato Bar – 28
kebabs – 19
Krubis – 17
La Cornerie – 8
Levy Brothers Falafel – 4
Manou BaShuk – 6
Meachi – 18
Meurav Yerushalmi – 21
Mikhmoret/ShakShukRia – 20
Morris – 19
New-Deli – 25
Pasta Basta – 20
Pepito’s – 21
pizza – 22, 28
Rachmo – 24
Schnitzel Bar – 20
Shakshuka Michali – 11
Soramelo waffles – 8
Steam – 21
Street Market – 16/17
Sushiyuda – 8
Trattoria Haba – 12
Wok Market – 7
Yehudit Shipudia – 26

Bars/Pubs:
A Buddy’s Bar – 7
Agripas Bar – 8
Barbari – 16
Beer Bazaar – 5
Casino de Paris – 13
Freddy Lemon – 5
O’Connel’s – 8
Que Pasa – 21
Shuk’a – 21
Tahrir – 16

Miscellaneous:
barber – 3, 24
bath mats – 16
cell phone accessories – 1, 4, 8
cloth – 16
coffee beans – 8, 12
Discount Bank – 29
drug store – 1
eggs – 1, 4, 5
Eli’s Shop – 10
flowers – 8, 23
granny carts and luggage – 4
The Kippa Man – 4
knife sharpener – 13
money changing – 22, 23
Pay toilets – 14
Public Restroom (Men) – 8, 11, 13
Public Restroom (Women) – 11, 18
Musari tobacco – 8
Police – 10
synagogue – 21
watches – 1, 13, 22
wool – 16

Stores by Map Section

1. Machane Yehuda, Yaffo to Iraqi Shuk south entrance (N to S)
West Side:
– “Achim Chamoui” butcher
– Produce
[Shuk HaIraqi]
– Produce
– Mobile junk
– Produce
– Bread
– Drug store
– Produce
– Wine store
– Nuts+
[Shuk HaIraqi]

East Side:
– Women’s clothing
– Produce
– Olives and eggs
– Produce
– Beverages
– Candy and halva
– Nuts+
– Shoes
– Produce
– Clocks/watches
[Shuk HaGruzini]

2. Machane Yehuda, Iraqi Shuk south entrance to HaEshkol (N to S)
West Side:
[Shuk HaIraqi]
– Olives and deli meats
– “Cofizz” 5 NIS coffee
– Jeans and clothes
– Housewares
– Clothes
– Spices
– Toiletries
– “Azura” juices
– Butcher
– “Uri U’Banav” takeout foods
[HaEshkol]

East Side:
[Shuk HaGruzini]
– Produce
– Socks, etc.
– Grocery
– Takeout foods
– Juices
[HaTapuach]
– Produce
– Olives and cheeses
– Clothes
– Nuts+
[HaAgas]

3. Machane Yehuda, HaEshkol to HaShaked (N to S)
West Side:
[HaEshkol]
– “Ugat Chen” bakery
– Produce
– Clothes
– “Duvshanit” bakery
– Clothes boutique
[alley]
– Disposable kitchenware
– Disposable kitchenware/grocery
– Grocery
– “Moreno” nuts+
– “Chachmat HaBurekas MiHaifa”
– Nuts+
– Alley with burekas inside

East Side:
[HaAgas]
– Produce
– Jeans
– Bread
[HaAfarsek]
– Jeans
– Pasta, dried beans, nuts
– Nuts
– Produce
[HaShezif]
– Clothes and shoes
– Barber for men
– Candy
[HaShaked]

4. Machane Yehuda, HaShaked to Agrippas (N to S)
West Side:
– Alley to burekas
– “Aroma” coffee shop
– Slippers and shoes
– “The Kippa Man” – Judaica
– ATM
– Grocery
– Grocery

East Side
[HaShaked]
– Nuts+
– Eggs
– Shoes
– Granny carts, luggage
– Ladies’ accessories
– Cheap jewelry, etc.
– CDs, cell phone cases, slippers
– Toiletries
– “ReBar” juices
[HaTut]
– “Falafel Achim Levy”
– “Moreno” nuts+

5. Etz Chaim, Yaffo to HaTapuach (N to S)
West Side:
– Candy
– Nuts+
– Produce
– [vacant]
– Bread
[Shuk HaGruzini]
– Produce
– Butcher
– Greens
– Produce
– “Pitzuchei Dani” Nuts+
– Butcher
– Produce (larger store)
– “Rozmarin” spices
– “Time” Bar
– Eggs
– “Halva Kingdom”
[HaTapuach]

East Side:
– Nuts+
– “Beer Bazaar” (Israeli craft beers)
– Produce
– Produce
– Nuts+
– “Cohen Chamutzim” pickles, olives, etc.
– “Calderon Pita”
– “Birkat Yehonatan” kugel, smoked fish, etc.
– Kitchenware
– Freddy Lemon bar
– Spices+
– Cohen Ilan butcher (organic poultry)
[alley]

6. Etz Chaim, HaTapuach to HaAfarsek (N to S)
West Side:
[HaTapuach]
– Fruits/granola
– Kippot and belts
– Produce
– “Teller” bread bakery
[HaAgas]
– Produce
– “Little Turkey” candies
– “Dudu Candies”
– Nuts+
[HaAfarsek]

East Side:
[alley]
– Produce
– Nuts+
– “Manou BaShuk” Lebanese restaurant
– “Tehina Kingdom”
– “Pe’er Bakery”
– Greens
– Spices+
– Fish
– “Ibgi” cheese, smoked fish, etc.

7. Etz Chaim, HaAfarsek to HaShaked (N to S)
West Side:
[HaAfarsek]
– “Cafélix” coffee shop
– Produce
– Spices
– Greens
[HaShezif]
– “A Buddy’s Bar” & pastries
– Olives+
– Produce
[HaShaked]

East Side
– “Wok Market” noodle bar
– Juices+
– Baklava, Kanafe etc.
– Nuts+
– Nuts and grocery
– “Basher” cheeses
[alley]

8. Etz Chaim, HaShaked to Agrippas (N to S)
West Side
[HaShaked]
– “La Cornerie” croissant sandwiches
– “Haba” bread
– Disposable kitchenware
– “Halva Kingdom”
– Nuts+
– Fruit
– Dates
– “Danoch” coffee+
– “Tourmaline” jewelry
– “Agripas Bar”
– Pet supplies
– Judaica souvenirs
– Kippot+
– Cut up fruit
– “Chomot HaYayin” wines
– “Burgers Bar” (comig soon)
– “Tzidkiyahu” takeout (meat)
– Men’s Restroom
– Flowers+

East Side:
[alley]
– Cellular phone accessories
– Produce
– “Gela” vegan ice cream
– “O’Connel’s” bar
– Produce
– Produce
– Nuts+
– Fish
– “Sushiyuda” sushi/bar
– Produce
– “Boutique Central” bakery
– Fruit
– “Musari” tobacco
– “Pereg” spices
– “Duvdevan” bakery
– “Tzidkiyahu” takeout (cheeses, etc)
– Butcher
– “Pri Har” juices
– “Soramelo” waffles.

9. Iraqi Market northern section
(note: streets of the Iraqi Market have no names. I try to be clear by description)
Northern street, north side (E to W):
– Produce
– Produce
– Produce

Northern street, south side (E to W):
– Produce
– Bread bakery

Western street, northern section, west side (N to S):
– Produce
– Greens
– More produce (hard to tell how many individual stands they are)
– “Shuk Boutique” cheeses+
– Greens
– Produce
[cross street]

Western street, northern section, east side (N to S):
– Produce (good chilis)
– Produce
– Produce
– “Argento” empanadas
– “Organo Spices”
– Produce
[cross street]

10. Iraqi Market southern section
Cross street, north side (E to W):
– Butcher
– Produce
[western street]
– Produce

Cross street, south side (E to W):
– Butcher
– Stairs to police station
– “Eli’s Shop” sweets, electrical goods
– Produce
[western street]
– Produce

Western street, southern section, west side (N to S)
– Produce
– Produce

Western street, southern section, east side (N to S):
– Produce
– [vacant]

11. Courtyard adjoining Iraqi Market
Northern side (E to W):
– “Azura” restaurant (second branch)

Western side (N to S):
– Chamara (men’s club)
[alley]
– Chamara

Southern side (W to E):
[alley]
– “Azura” restaurant (original)

Eastern side (S to N):
[alley]
– Women’s restroom
– “Shakshuka Michali”
– Men’s restroom
[alley]

12. Yaffo, Machane Yehuda to Etz Chaim (W to E)
South Side:
– Women’s clothes
– Judaica souvenirs
– Toiletries
– “Olam HaTavlinim v’HaKafeh” spices, coffee, etc.
– “Trattoria Haba” restaurant

13. Georgian/Gruzini Market courtyard
Southern side:
– Men’s restroom

Western side (S to N):
– Butcher
[alley]
– Pumpkin only
– Butcher
[vacant]
[vacant]
– Produce
– “Casino de Paris” bar

13. Georgian/Gruzini Market courtyard (cont’d)
Northern side:
– Back of “Trattoria Haba”

Eastern side (N to S):
– Bread bakery
– Produce
[alley]
– Fish
– Produce
– Produce
– Produce
– Back of large produce store

Central island, east side (N to S):
– Produce
– Soaps, etc.
– Produce
– Knife sharpener
– Produce
– [vacant]

Central island, west side (S to N):
– Produce
– Spices
– Belts and kippot
– Watches and wallets
– Produce

Western entrance alley, north side (W to E):
– Produce
– Greens

Western entrance alley, south side (W to E):
– Produce
– Butcher

Eastern entrance alley, north side (W to E):
– Produce
– Produce

Eastern entrance alley, south side (W to E):
– Fish
– Produce

14. HaTapuach (W to E)
North side:
– Juice bar
– Butcher
– Produce
– Fish
– [vacant]
– Pay toilet
– Fish
– Olives and cheese

South side:
– Produce
– Butcher
– Judaica (large store)
– Butcher
– Fish
– Pay toilet
– Juice

15. HaAgas (W to E)
North side:
– Nuts+
– Fish
[vacant]
– Candy
– Fish
– “Agas 1” vegetarian restaurant
– Produce
– “Teller” bread bakery

South side:
– Produce
– Candy
– Butcher
– Ethiopian spices and beans
– Nuts+
– Spices

16. HaAfarsek (W to E)
North side:
– Bakery
– Bath mats
– Housewares
– “Barbari” bar
– Housewares and cloth
– Nuts and spices
– Ethiopian spices
– “Tahrir” bar
– Nuts+

South side:
– Jeans
– [vacant]
– Housewares
– [vacant]
– Street Market
– Housewares
[vacant]
– “Cafélix” cafe

17. HaShezif (W to E)
North side:
– Nuts+
– Kitchen supplies
– “Achim Chamami” spices and fresh rice cakes
– Butcher
– Street Market (back)
– Housewares
– “Krubis” fried cauliflower

South side:
– Candy
– Butcher
– Vintage clothing
– [vacant]
– “Russel’s Bakery” breads
– Nuts+
– Ethiopian spices
– “A Buddy’s Bar” & pastries

18. HaShaked (W to E)
North side:
– Women’s restroom
– Fish
– “Mizrachi” Granola, nuts, spices
– Kitchen supplies (nice quality)
– “David Dagim” fish
– Greens
– Spices+
– Produce

South side:
– Nuts+
– “Meachi” grill restaurant
[HaCharuv]
– Produce
– Produce
[HaEgoz]
– Produce
– “La Cornerie” croissant sandwiches

19. HaCharuv (N to S)
West side:
– Greens
– Produce
– Butcher
– Seating for “Morris” restaurant

East side:
– Produce
– Produce
– Kebabs
– Butcher
– Butcher
– “Morris” restaurant kitchen
– Butcher

20. HaTut (W to E)
North side:
– “Re:Bar” juices
– “Morris” restaurant seating
[HaCharuv]
– Butcher
– “Mikhmoret” fish restaurant/ShakShukRia shakshuka

20. HaTut (Cont’d)
South side:
– Spices
– Produce
– Fish
– “Schnitazel Bar”
– Clothing boutique
– “Pasta Basta” fresh pasta restaurant

21. HaEgoz (N to S)
West side:
– Produce
– “Shuk’a” bar
– Candy and juices
– Flowers
– “Pepitos” Latin American street food
– “Que Pasa” bar and tapas
– “Mikhmoret” fish restaurant seating
[HaTut]
– “Pasta Basta” fresh pasta restaurant
– Produce

East side:
– Produce
– “Jachnun Bar” Yemenite restaurant
– Jewelry, crafts
– “Steam” steamed bun sandwiches
– Spices
– Beans
– Synagogue
– Judaica
– “Meurav Yerushalmi” grill restaurant
– “Fishenchips” restaurant
– “Uzi Eli: The Etrog Man” Yemenite healer, juices
– [vacant]
– Back of “Burgers Bar” (coming soon)
– [vacant]

22. Agrippas, Machane Yehuda to Etz Chaim (W to E)
North side:
– “Moreno” nuts+
– “Falafel No. 1”
– Hardware
– Housewares
– Judaica souvenirs
– Money changing
– “Haba” bakery
– Lottery
[HaEgoz]
– [vacant]
– Soaps and honey
– Juice
– Watches

South side (selections):
– “English Cake” bakery
– Grill restaurant
– Health food
– “Pizza Fix”
– T-shirts

23. Agrippas, Etz Chaim to Kiach (W to E)
North side:
– “Ami Chaim” candy
[alley]
– Wine
– “Marzipan” bakery
– Money changing
– “HaChatif HaBari Sheli” nuts and seeds
– T-shirts and soccer jerseys
– “Schutim” juices
– “Burekas Ramle”
– Newsstand and lottery

South side (selections):
– “Aricha” Sabich
– Flowers and plants
– Liquor
– Belts
– Office supplies
– Health food
– Wine

24. HaEshkol (W to E)
North side:
– “Cookie Cream” ice cream
[alley]
– [vacant]
– “Burrito Chai” Tex-Mex restaurant
[vacant]
– Barber
– Ethiopian crafts
– “Uri UBanav” takeout foods

South side:
– “Rachmo” restaurant
– Butcher
– “Parliament” chamara
– “Jerusalem Bar”
– Sometimes “flea market” of junk on the street
– “Ugat Chen” bakery

25. Agrippas, HaArmonim to Machane Yehuda (W to E)
North side:
– “B’Mordoch” kubbeh restaurant
– “Hashlosha” restaurant
[alley]
– Grocery
– “Duvshanit” bakery
– “Cofix” 5 NIS coffee
– “HaMesameach” wines and liquor
– Candy
– “New-Deli” restaurant
– Socks and hats

South side (selections):
– “Natural Choice Bakery”

26. HaArmonim (selections)
West side:
– “Yehudit Shipudiah” grill restaurant
– “Burger Market”

East side:
– “Fortuna” restaurant
– “Mousseline” gourmet ice cream parlour

27. HaShikma (selections)
North side:
– “Ish Tabach” Jerusalem Syrian-Kurdish restaurant
– “Crave!” gourmet street food
– “Hatchepuria” Georgian restaurant

South side (W to E):
– “Ugat Chen” bakery
– “Rami Levi” grocery

28. Beit Yaakov (selections)
West side (N to S):
– “Klika” cooking supplies
– “Hadassa Health Food”
– “Bardak” pizza
– “Dawini Pita Bar”
– “Pizzeria Flora”

East side:
– “Jacket Potato Bar”
– “Ish Tabach” Jerusalem Syrian-Kurdish restaurant

29. Yaffo, just west of Beit Yaakov to Machane Yehuda (W to E, selections)
South side:
– Bukharan bread bakery
– “Discount Bank”
– “Naarei HaMarvad” grill restaurant
– “Achim Chamoui” butcher

All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda – Part 5: The Shuk Calendar

Machane Yehuda Seasonal Produce Calendar

The Israeli seasonal produce calendar I created. Link is below, in the post.

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Now that I’ve covered the history and development of the Machane Yehuda Market, I want to focus on the “whens” of the shuk. The market is not the same every time you visit there. It shifts and changes with the hours of the day, the days of the week and the months of the year. Different seasons bring different produce to the stands. The rhythms of the Jewish holiday calendar also affect the things one might find in the market. And the shuk even feels different on different days of the week.

If you were to drop me in Machane Yehuda without telling me when it was, I could probably tell you the time of year and the day of the week just by looking around. I refer to this as “The Shuk Calendar,” and I want to share it with you now.

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All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda – Part 4: Making Improvements

Brand new roofs over Machane Yehuda

The new roofs over the shuk in March 1990

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The shuk today is much nicer, cleaner and developed than it once was. (I know some people still think it is too dirty or smelly, but I disagree. Not trying to convince anyone though!) The improvements began in the 1970s, and have continued until today.

The Big Cover-Up

Nowadays, almost the entire shuk is covered by roofing, except the wide open street of Machane Yehuda, the Shuk HaGruzini and the courtyard off of the Iraqi Shuk that holds Azura Restaurant, a backgammon club and public bathrooms. (I will tell you where all the public bathrooms are in a future post as well.) Over the years before the official roofing, shop owners put up makeshift, ramshackle tin covers. The first street to receive public roofing was HaTapuach Street, in 1978. It was not, however, the same style of roofing that we have today. Rather, the street was covered tightly in a solid, gabled roof.

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All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda – Part 3: Building Permanence

Sculptured Apple Street Sign

A creative street sign on Rachov HaTapuach – Apple Street

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Following the early developments at Machane Yehuda Market through the first few decades of the 20th Century, the shuk found a permanent home in Jerusalem. This called for other changes that would solidify this permanence, over the decades of the mid-century.

Is There Only One Shuk at the Shuk?

As should be clear from the early history of the shuk, the changes and developments that occur in Machane Yehuda come about organically and due to necessity or external changes affecting the life of the city. Thus, the market developed and grew in stages, with at least 6 different sections built at different times by different groups of people.

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All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda – Part 2: The Early Years

Shoppers at Shuk Machane Yehuda

Jerusalemites of all types shop and meet in Machane Yehuda

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In my last post on “the Shuk,” I gave you some of the background information. What the shuk is, why it is located where it is and where its name comes from. But I also mentioned that I see Machane Yehuda market as the city in microcosm, with the changes there reflecting the changes in Jerusalem itself.

So in this and the next two posts, I want to explore that a bit more, and discuss some of those alterations throughout the 125-or-so years of its history. How did it move from a bunch of produce crates in an empty field to the bustling, developed warren of shop-lined alleys and streets that we are all so familiar with today?

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All You Want to Know About Machane Yehuda – Part 1: Background

The shuk from above

Machane Yehuda Shuk on a sunny, not very busy afternoon

One of my absolute favorite places in Jerusalem — and not just as a tour guide but also as a city resident — is Machane Yehuda, the outdoor market at the heart of the city. I’m a real foodie, and this market (commonly just referred to as “the shuk” — the Hebrew and Arabic word for market) is a gourmand’s playground. I’ve given many a tour there, and love bringing people to what I consider my second home.

And yet, I realized that there is so much more to the shuk than just the delicious food. So much history and complexity. To me, Shuk Machane Yehuda is actually the city of Jerusalem in microcosm. The people who shop and visit there reflect the diverse populace of the city. And the changes that have taken place in the shuk over time mimic the changes that have transformed the city itself.

So I decided to create a series of blog posts that will try to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Machane Yehuda market. I first thought about all the things I wanted to tell you about the shuk, and then I also asked friends if they had any questions they wanted answered. This will be the first of at least five different posts, and will deal with background information — some of the what, why, where and when. So if you have questions of your own, please send them to me so I can try to include answers in future posts!

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Taking the Shuk to the Next Level

crowds in the covered market

A typically crowded day in the shuk

Anyone who has spent any time on my blog, or just getting to know me, knows how much I love Jerusalem’s famous outdoor market, Shuk Machane Yehuda. I’ve written a lot about it, I guide there all the time, I’ve been featured in videos and magazine articles about it, and I even like to hang out there on my own free time, too.

Many of you may also know about the tools I’ve created to help tourists (and local residents) maneuver through the shuk more easily and find what they need. I made the only comprehensive and updateable map of the market (and yes, I know it is in serious need of another update — soon, I hope), as well as a calendar that showed when various fruits and vegetables came into season in Machane Yehuda market.

Still, I felt that even with all of the things I do connected with the market, I wanted to do some special things to deepen my connection. After all, I see the market as the beating heart of the city I love, so what better way to express my love for Jerusalem than by kicking my relationship with the shuk up another notch. And so I’ve done a few things of late to take it to the next level!

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A Peek into Jerusalem’s Future

New Jerusalem train station

The escalator that descends to the new underground Jerusalem train station.

I have written before about Batim MiBifnim – Jerusalem Open Houses, both my general appreciation of the free event and about a tour I guided in a previous year. For those who are unfamiliar, this is an annual event that lasts three days. There are walking tours, entry into architecturally interesting private homes and public visits to normally closed, private institutional buildings — all for free! And even though most tours are in Hebrew, there is still plenty to see even for English speakers. In short, it is a peek into a secret side of the city, a real treat for those who love Israel’s capital.

Of course, there is no greater secret than the future. So at this year’s event (a few weeks ago), I focused much of my time on tours that would allow me a window into where the city’s development is heading.

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