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. Dan Alsberg

    Center City | Jewelry & Watches

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

  • 2. H. Stern

    Center City | Jewelry & Watches

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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Keo

    German Colony | Jewelry & Watches

    Handmade jewelry in delicate, modern designs is the specialty of this shop. ...Read More

  • 6. Michal Negrin

    Center City | Jewelry & Watches

    Whimsical, vintage-inspired jewelry and fashion accessories have made Michal Negrin a girly favorite in Israel and around the world. There is...Read More

  • 7. Sheshet

    German Colony | Jewelry & Watches

    The shop carries a solid selection of contemporary Israeli gold and silver jewelry, as well as locally designed leather bags, belts, and wallets. ...Read More

  • 8. Stav

    German Colony | Jewelry & Watches

    Exquisite, and exquisitely priced, pieces in gold or silver show a graceful mix of modern and traditional influences. ...Read More

  • 9. Turquoise

    Center City | Jewelry & Watches

    Itzik Sasson has been creating chunky jewelry from pounded gold since 1989. He also has an intriguing collection of baubles made with aqua-color...Read More

  • 10. Lia

    German Colony | Jewelry & Watches

    Lia displays the work of Israeli designers, with a special emphasis on bold, modern creations out of precious and semiprecious metals. There...Read More

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