Israel: Make the most of shopping in the souk

Markets like Jerusalem’s Old City souk are full of local color, with exotic spices, fresh-baked delicacies, embroidered dresses, tourist baubles, and more. When bargaining, offer half the requested price, but be ready to walk out if you can’t agree. You’ll be called back if vendors want to make the sale. Avoid buying gold, silver, gemstones, and antiquities in bazaars, where things aren’t always what they seem, and prices fluctuate wildly.