Jerusalem Sights


Ben-Yehuda Street

Ben-Yehuda Street Review

Most of the street is an open-air pedestrian mall, in the heart of Downtown, forming a triangle with King George Street and Jaffa Street. It is known locally as the Midrachov, a term concocted from two Hebrew words: midracha (sidewalk) and rechov (street). The street is named after the brilliant linguist Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who in the late 19th century almost single-handedly revived Hebrew as a modern spoken language; he would have liked the clever new word. Caf├ęs have tables out on the cobblestones; vendors display cheap, arty items like funky jewelry and prints; and buskers are usually out in good weather, playing tunes old and new. It's a great place to sip coffee or munch falafel and watch the passing crowd, however, on Saturday and Jewish holidays only a few restaurants are open but nothing else.

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  • Address: Downtown, Jerusalem, 94622 | Map It
  • Location: Center City
Updated: 05-19-2013

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