Jerusalem

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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  • 1. Charlotte

    Center City | Crafts

    This 80-year-old shop carries colorful ceramics, weavings, painted silks, and jewelry. ...Read More

  • 2. Designers in the City

    Center City | Other Specialty Store

    More than 20 Israeli jewelry designers, leather workers, clothing makers, and ceramics artists have studios here, where you can watch them work...Read More

  • 3. A.B.C.

    Center City | Souvenirs

    A.B.C. is a homegrown label selling well-made gifts and accessories for the home. Their wooden boxes and apothecary bottles wrapped in bamboo...Read More

  • 4. Adi Kilav

    Center City | 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 in...Read More

  • 5. Ahava Center

    Center City | Perfume/Cosmetics

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

  • 6. Arts and Crafts Lane

    Center City | Neighborhoods

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

  • 7. Bezalel Arts Fair

    Center City | Market

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

  • 8. Cadim

    Center City | Ceramics/Glassware

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

  • 9. Dan Alsberg

    Center City | Jewelry & Watches

    Jeweler Dan Alsberg has crafted outstanding modern gold and silver pieces for more than 40 years. ...Read More

  • 10. Daniella Lehavi

    Center City | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Local designer Daniella Lehavi makes distinctive, well-crafted leather bags, shoes, and accessories. ...Read More

  • 11. Danny Azoulay

    Center City | Crafts

    These delicate items in fine porcelain are all hand-painted in rich shades of blue, red, and gold. Traditional Jewish ritual objects include...Read More

  • 12. Darian Armenian Ceramics

    Center City | Ceramics/Glassware

    Arman Darian's exacting painting can be seen in prestigious buildings around Israel and the world. Besides ceramic pieces with Jewish themes...Read More

  • 13. Gaya

    Center City | Toys

    Well-crafted wooden toys and games fill the shelves of this vaulted underground shop. Kids are welcome to try out many of them. Gaya also has...Read More

  • 14. Guild of Ceramicists

    Center City | Ceramics/Glassware

    This shop beckons with its delightfully colorful tiled steps. The functional and ornamental pottery is made by a dozen Israeli artists, and...Read More

  • 15. H. Stern

    Center City | Jewelry & Watches

    The Jerusalem flagship store of this international company offers high-quality pieces. ...Read More

  • 16. Hedya

    Center City | Jewelry & Watches

    This boutique carries the collections of owners Ze'ev and Sharon Tammuz, as well as other local artists. Necklaces and earrings are made from...Read More

  • 17. Him with the Shirts

    Center City | Clothing

    Here's where to find a great array of T-shirts with clever slogans and designs, primarily in Hebrew. ...Read More

  • 18. Idit

    Center City | Jewelry & Watches

    Offering an intriguing range of in-house designs, this family jewelry business is run by the children of the founder, craftsman Chaim Paz. ...Read More

  • 19. Jerusalem Experience

    Center City | Other Specialty Store

    This is the place for items of religious interest and handmade Judaica. The friendly staff is happy to show you Israeli perfumes, Dead Sea skin...Read More

  • 20. Judaicut

    Center City | Crafts

    This shop sells traditional and affordable papercuts, a well-established Jewish art form. These pieces make unusual gifts—to say nothing of...Read More

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