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. 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

  • 2. Naama Bezalel

    Center City | Clothing

    Naama Bezalel specializes in decidedly feminine lines for a range of ages, as well as a selection of distinctly beautiful bridal dresses. ...Read More

  • 3. Osfa

    Baka | Clothing

    Carrying well-chosen pieces by local designers, this small but well-stocked boutique has a friendly staff that knows its wares. ...Read More

  • 4. Pashmina

    German Colony | Clothing

    Here you'll find a wonderful selection of Israeli-designed clothing, jewelry, shoes, belts, and bags. Let the owner, Michal, or her skilled...Read More

  • 5. Poenta

    Center City | Clothing

    This store offers a distinctive selection of Israeli designer clothing, bags, and jewelry. ...Read More

  • 6. Ronen Chen

    Center City | Clothing

    Simple, classic styles in very comfortable fabrics are this well-known Israeli clothing designer's hallmark. ...Read More

  • 7. Sofia

    Center City | Clothing

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

  • 8. Sweet-T

    Center City | Clothing

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

  • 9. Tashtari

    Center City | Clothing

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

  • 10. Comme il faut

    Downtown | Clothing

    Comme il faut is the Jerusalem outpost of this Tel Aviv collection of hip, loose clothing made for and by women. ...Read More

  • 11. Gilgul

    German Colony | Clothing

    Gilgul has a wonderful selection of both imported and Israeli clothing for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. ...Read More

  • 12. Haegoz 30

    Machaneh Yehuda | Clothing

    This shop offers a selection of Israeli designer clothing and offbeat accessories chosen by an owner who knows what looks good on her customers. ...Read More

  • 13. Hemp Shop

    Downtown | Clothing

    Hemp Shop brings you items made from, well, hemp. The fabrics are both gentle on your skin and environmentally friendly. It's pricey but worth...Read More

  • 14. Kedem Sasson

    Downtown | Clothing

    This Israeli fashion designer caters to the fuller figure with soft fabrics and quirky styles. ...Read More

  • 15. Sigal Dekel

    Mamilla | Clothing

    Sigal Dekel is trendy and expensive, with clothes in interesting fabrics others don't use. ...Read More

  • 16. Tali Imbar

    Malcha | Clothing

    This Israeli designer creates casually elegant clothes that are a pleasure to wear. ...Read More

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