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. Barbara Shaw

    German Colony | Crafts

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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Hoshen

    German Colony | Crafts

    Jewelry and attractive items in wood, ceramics, and fabric are available at Hoshen. ...Read More

  • 5. Jerusalem House of Quality

    German Colony | Crafts

    Here you'll discover the work of 20 excellent Israeli craftspeople working in ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, and wood. You can join them...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Klein

    Tel Arza | Crafts

    Israeli prime ministers have been shopping for gifts here since 1951. This is the factory showroom, and it stocks everything from high-quality...Read More

  • 8. Nisha

    Baka | Crafts

    This shop displays an ample selection of reasonably priced Israeli crafts, from FIMO clay jewelry to whimsical pottery. There's a second branch...Read More

  • 9. Ruth Havilio

    Ein Kerem | Crafts

    Artist Ruth Havilio makes hand-painted tiles that can make your table shine, give your floors a shot of Middle Eastern color, or brighten up...Read More

  • 10. Salomon

    Center City | Crafts

    This is the Jerusalem outpost for David Gerstein, who creates brightly painted metal cutouts of bikers, flowers, butterflies, and streetscapes...Read More

  • 11. Set

    German Colony | Crafts

    Solve your gift problems here with an array of different objects, from jewelry to art pieces, dishes to handbags, in both traditional and modern...Read More

  • 12. Gans

    Nahalat Shiva | Crafts

    This shop sells good-quality Judaica, all of it made in Israel. Choose from glassware, jewelry, painted silk, and ceramic pieces in both traditional...Read More

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