If there’s one thing that foodies and those in culinary professions take with them after a visit to Jerusalem, it’s the Mahane Yehuda Market. Although there are many more than 33 flavors available at the Mahane Yehuda Market, this number adequately represents the wide selection of foods and drinks that come from all over the world.
A Hub for Locals and Tourists Alike
Although the Mahane Yehuda Market is by far one of the most popular tourist hubs in Jerusalem, particularly among those who have insatiable appetites and a craving for new culinary experiences, it is also a very important place for locals who purchase fresh ingredients from around the world at dozens of stalls representing many different cultures around the world. It is said that while most of Jerusalem represents the past, the market here is the epitome of the contemporary side of Jerusalem – as well as its future.
Things to See and Explore in Mahane Yehuda Market
The market itself can be viewed as a massive grocery store with offerings from various parts of the world. However, aside from simply offering ingredients, you can also find a variety of stalls where street vendors offer up hot snacks and meals designed to be consumed on the go. The market is home to numerous drink stalls, restaurants, shopping centers, and even bars. Despite its contemporary connotation, the market still remains authentic and true to Israeli tradition with the tastes, aromas, and social interactions that were present thousands of years ago.
The Bite Card
Jerusalem tourists who want to sample the finest wares at Mahane Yehuda Market can access the “Bite Card”, which allows tourist to peruse the stalls at their own leisure tasting the food along the way. It consists of six slips that allow visitors to experience the sights, sounds, aromas, and tastes that make this place so popular worldwide. Visitors can try dishes such as couscous and stew, hummus and falafel, freshly-squeezed juices containing exotic fruits, baklava and phyllo dough pastries, Jaffa-style malabi, and even premium hand-made ice cream, which is certainly refreshing on hot day in Jerusalem.
Guided Tours and Workshops
Of course, if you would rather travel with a group and learn more about the things you see, smell, and taste, there are several Mahane Yehuda Market guided tours and workshops available. The Classic Tour allows you to enjoy cheese, pastries, and sweets. The Bakery Tour takes things a step further and allows you to experience traditional and modern recipes from a variety of bakeries. Finally, the Shuk Cooking Workshop guides you as you purchase ingredients at the market and cook a multi-course gourmet meal for the entire tour group.
The Mahane Yehuda Market is one of the only places like it in the world, and it’s a must-see on any trip to Jerusalem. Foodies, food bloggers, and culinary professionals consider it a must, but absolutely anyone, from singles to couples to families with kids, can enjoy one or more days perusing the stalls and trying new flavors.