Jerusalem Shopping

Jerusalem offers distinctive gifts from modern jewelry to traditional crafts to religious icons. The top shopping spots are the Downtown area, the Old City, and the Mamilla outdoor mall. The Hutzot Hayotzer artists' collective just outside the Old City walls is another popular and particularly beautiful spot, where during the August Arts and Crafts Festival you can visit the studios of resident

artists and enjoy open-air music performances at night.

Prices are generally fixed in the Center City and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, although you can sometimes negotiate for significant discounts on expensive art and jewelry. However, bargaining is common practice in the Old City's colorful Arab bazaar, or souk (pronounced "shook" in Hebrew—rhymes with "book"); it's fascinating but can be a trap for the unwary.

Young fashion designers, often graduates of Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, have opened a stream of shops and boutiques. They’re scattered throughout the city. Several galleries representing Israeli artists are close to the hotels on King David Street.

Stores generally open by 8:30 am or 9 am, and some close between 1 pm and 4 pm. A few still close on Tuesday afternoon, a traditional but less and less observed half day. Jewish-owned stores (that is, all of West Jerusalem and the Old City's Jewish Quarter) close on Friday afternoon by 2 pm or 3 pm, depending on the season and the kind of store (food and souvenir shops tend to stay open later), and reopen on Sunday morning. Some stores geared to the tourist trade, particularly Downtown, reopen on Saturday night after the Jewish Sabbath ends, especially in summer. Arab-owned stores in the Old City and East Jerusalem are busiest on Saturday and quietest on Sunday, when many (but not all) Christian storekeepers close for the day.

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Shemonah Beyachad

  • Ceramics/Glassware

Roughly translated as "Eight All Together," this cooperative shop shows and sells original ceramics, often in surprisingly light, airy...

Sheshet

  • Jewelry/Accessories

The shop carries a solid selection of contemporary Israeli gold and silver jewelry, as well as locally designed leather bags, belts,...

Shoofra

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Hip shoes from Europe, Israel, and the United States are the specialty at this shop, including mod boots and loafers from brands like...

Sofia

  • Clothing

Owner Miri Ashur Zuta offers a well-honed selection of Israeli designer clothing and accessories. ...

Souk

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

Jerusalem's main market is the souk in the Old City, spread over a warren of intersecting streets. This is where much of Arab Jerusalem...

Stav

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Exquisite, and exquisitely priced, pieces in gold or silver show a graceful mix of modern and traditional influences. ...

Sweet-T

  • Clothing

Head here for a good selection of T-shirts ready for custom decoration. ...

Tashtari

  • Clothing

This exclusive boutique features owner Amos Sadan's outstanding "wearable art"—much of which is influenced by Japanese aesthetics—predominantly...

Turquoise

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Itzik Sasson has been creating chunky jewelry from pounded gold since 1989. He also has an intriguing collection of baubles made with...

Yoel Moshe Salomon Street

  • Shopping Neighborhoods

In the old neighborhood of Nahalat Shiva, just off Zion Square, is the pedestrian-only Yoel Moshe Salomon Street. Between the restaurants...

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