Jerusalem’s famous open-air market, Mahane Yehuda, has in recent years grown to be a mainstream tourist destination among Israelis and international arrivals alike.
Conveniently located minutes away from the city center, it is a microcosm of everything Jerusalem has to offer. Known to Jerusalemites as simply the shuk (market) or “Machne” (an amorous slurring and truncating of the proper title), Mahane Yehuda is Israel’s most sprawling and buzzing network of alleys and vending stalls – a place where espresso bars, photography galleries and fashion boutiques vie for space with butchers, percolator repairmen and okra vendor; and where Jerusalem’s incredible diversity is on display for all to see.
Today, Mahane Yehuda is more accessible and more thoroughly documented than ever before, with the recent launch of a comprehensive website. The site includes interactive maps, interviews with vendors and information on how to book themed tours of the market given by experienced Israeli guides.
One new offering on the website is Shuk Bites, a self-guided tour of some of the best tastes of the market. Online customers can buy the Shuk Bites punch-card with an easy-to-follow map and a list of ten stalls which offer samples of food or drink, plus colorful stories, to card holders.
Source: Israel Ministry of Tourism