Shopping in Jerusalem
Jerusalem has always been a good place for shopping on the streets, the street shops in Jerusalem and especially in “Nahalat Shiva” pedestrian mall offer many authentic items and memorabilia items as well as some original art and Jewelry made by Jerusalem Artists.
Following is all those places I think you must visit if you want to get that real authentic Jerusalem shopping Experience:
Mamilla open Mall – Jerusalem’s newest shopping area, the “high street of Jerusalem“.
Mamilla is located right next to Jaffa gate to the old city, in a perfect location.
Many shops at Mamilla are brand shops (Billabong, Gap, Crocs as well as local brands) and there are some designer shops as well.
Mamilla also has a selection of restaurants and cafe’s.
Since Mamilla is an open mall - it is very nice on sunny days, and could be more difficult on rainy days.
Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian mall – A few streets that have been closed for vehicles of any type make a very nice and pleasant area to take a walk and perhaps do some shopping. Nahalat Shiva has some art shops, Judaica shops and Jerusalem memorabilia shops, as well as some of Jerusalem’s nicest restaurants (i.e. “Rahmo” and “Eldad”).
The old city - The narrow streets of the old city are mostly paved with old limestone, and are lined with a mixture of shops and restaurants which makes them look and feel like one big old “Mediterranean bazaar”.
Jerusalem (Malkha) Mall – The biggest shopping mall in Jerusalem is situated in “Malkha” neighborhood at the very end of “Rabin Road” highway. It is a very big shopping mall with hundreds of Israeli shops. There is also a big food court with many Kosher restaurants, and a 12 movie theatre complex. It is the perfect place for a shopping place, although I find that it may give you a headache after a couple of hours.
Talpiot outlets – Talpiot is a very big industrial area with may shopping malls and outlet shops. If you are looking for some outlet shopping – this will be the place for you. In Talpiot you will find “Beit Hadar Mall” – a beautifully designed 1 floor mall with a small selection of shops, “Lev Talpiot” – a stwo story outlet shopping mall, with outlet shops for major Israeli fashion stores, and many other shops and outlets on the streets on Talpiot. Talpiot may not give you the most pleasant shopping experience, but it is filled with good outlet shops to discover.
Shuk Mahne Yehuda (Mahne Yehuda Market) – The liveliest and most colorful fresh food market in Jerusalem and some say in all of Israel. The market is located on Jaffa street, and is also what used to be a poor neighborhood and is now becoming a trendy student neighborhood. I think the shuk (shuk = market) is worth a visit if only for its so Jerusalem, so-connected nature, and the colorful people (and merchandize) in it.