Hate the souks; the noise, the bartering and the hostile environment? Well, the answer is to head for the Jewish Quarter. The prices are at least half what they are in the souks and the souk merchants buy their goods from the Jews in the Jewish Quarter. Voila, cut out the middle man.
Some treasures to be found in this area are: black hammam soups made from the third pressing of black olives (apprx $24/kilo), hammam herbs and spices for cooking. There are an assortment of other things to buy but I was only shopping for hammam ingredients. No hassel, no fuss, and if you are lucky as we were, the shop keeper will invite you in for tea.
Skip the souks, head for the Jewish Quarter.