The Mahane Yehuda market (also often referred to as The Shuk) is a must-visit tourist destination for those paying a visit to the city of Jerusalem. Bustling night and day, it has an exciting atmosphere and a great history which spans over a century. With over 250 vendors across two main walkways, there is much to see and experience. Below we have a complete guide that covers everything you need to know about the Mahane Yehuda market, from when to visit, what you can purchase and the Jerusalem hotels where you can stay during your visit.
What is the history of the Mahane Yehuda Market?
After the neighborhood of Mahane Yehuda was founded in the late 19th century, an empty lot was eventually acquired to host a small market originally called Best Yaakov Market. As time passed it rapidly expanded, and it wasn’t until the 1920’s when the British Mandate began establishing official stalls that the market was finally titled Mahane Yehuda. Throughout the years the market gradually expanded until in the early 2000’s it underwent major renovations and improvement. Roofing, repairs to the pathways and efforts to increase its popularity by drawing in new cafes, gift shops, coffee stalls, and small bars turned it into what it is today.
Where is it?
Mahane Yehuda Market can be found between the streets of Aggripas and Jaffa. Only a ten minute walk away from the city center of Jerusalem, it simply can’t be missed.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit is anytime between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm on a weekday. The market is open year-round apart from Shabbat (Saturday) and other major holidays. It is closed on a Saturday evening yet most restaurants and cafes will remain open, retaining its bustling atmosphere. It can be found to be particularly busy and bustling on Thursdays and Fridays as shoppers begin preparing for the Sabbath. Visiting during the evening is also recommended to see the market aglow with lighting.
What can you buy?
From fruits and vegetables to specialty foods and great coffee, there is a wealth of exciting products to be found in the market. Vendors specialize in selling gifts, clothes, and spices.
Where can you stay?
There are a number of varied Jerusalem hotels available for those looking to stay in the area. From budget options, business stays to 5 star luxury stays, there is something for every type of traveler who is looking to spend time exploring the city of Jerusalem and this historic market.
A visit to Mahane Yehuda Market during your stay in Jerusalem is a must on the list of everyone who travels to this beautiful city. From aromatic spices, bustling walkways and the call of vendors selling their wares, the whole experience is a delight for the senses. Jerusalem hotels are plenty in this great city and there is something for every budget to get you close to the action of this famous, bustling and atmospheric market.