Jerusalem Shopping

Jerusalem offers distinctive gifts from modern jewelry to traditional crafts to religious icons. 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. Shopping in the Old City's colorful Arab bazaar, or souk (pronounced "shook" in Hebrew—rhymes with "book"), is 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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Adi Kilav

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

This shop sells striking handmade leather shoes that you definitely won't find back home. Adi Kilav's classic lines reflect his training...


  • Jewelry/Accessories

This shop is a direct importer of Italian diamond and gold jewelry, along with a limited selection of Israeli-made baubles. ...

Ahava Center

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

The Ahava Center stocks all the company's products using minerals from the Dead Sea, but at less attractive prices than elsewhere. ...

Arts and Crafts Lane

  • Shopping Neighborhoods

Outside Jaffa Gate, Hutzot Hayotzer is home to goldsmiths and silversmiths specializing in jewelry, fine art, and Judaica, generally...

Barbara Shaw

  • Crafts

Australian immigrant Barbara Shaw has put her colorful, contemporary stamp on a selection of household gifts, from crisp dish towels...

Bezalel Arts Fair

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

Every Friday, local artists and craftspeople hawk handmade jewelry and bags, whimsical puppets, hefty wooden cutting boards, and other...

Bilal Abu Khalaf

  • Textiles/Sewing

The family of Bilal Abu Khalaf has been trading in fine fabrics for Jerusalem's elite for three generations. The shop is an Aladdin's...

Blue and White Art Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Udi Merioz, the artist and owner of Blue and White Art Gallery, does "soft painting," a special appliqué technique that uses synthetic...


  • Ceramics/Glassware

A decidedly contemporary selection of ceramics is on view at this shop showcasing the works of 15 artists. ...


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In the Old City's Jewish Quarter, the Cardo began life as the main thoroughfare of Byzantine Jerusalem. It was a commercial street during...


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