Kenion (Shopping Mall), Jerusalem
Malha mall (in Hebrew Kenion Malha) is also called the Jerusalem mall is a mall that was build in the 90s in Jerusalem on a neighborhood called Malha .
This is one of the most famous malls in Israel and a very successful one.
You will find there a lot of shops and places to eat like any other mall in the world.
Once upon a time, there were no malls in Jerusalem. Now there are at least eight and the number is growing. In fact, Israel is now third in the world in the ratio between population and mall space, right behind the United States and Sweden. I don’t know if I’d make a special trip to any of them if my time in Jerusalem were limited. As they say about malls, seen one, seen e’mall…
But if you do want to shop at chain stores and buy labels you see all over the world, the Malcha Mall, popularly known as Kanyon Malcha, or just “the Kanyon,” is a good place to go. “Kanyon” is a play on the word “kana” which means to buy, with echoes of the of the English word “canyon,” conjuring up images of a very large space.
What to buy: With its hordes of shoppers, escalators, glass elevator and carnival atmosphere, the Malcha Mall is probably not much different from what you’d find in other countries. But there are a couple of unique features. Where, but in Israel, will you find a mall that has a synagogue on the ground floor, if you feel the urge to pray as you fill your shopping bags?
In the afternoons, especially in the summer and around holiday times, there are free shows, arts & crafts and other activities for kids. On the ground floor, outside a pet shop, is a glass cage with an assortment of birds and small animals.
And since this is Israel, the security at all entrances is worthy of note. You will be asked to open your bags, walk through a metal detector and possibly be wanded. If you come by car, you will be asked to open the glove compartment and trunk of the car for inspection. This is nothing personal, or a violation of your civil rights. It’s for your own safety. In recent years, shopping malls have been big hits with terrorists (pun intended). With this kind of rigorous inspection, you can feel very secure once you get inside.
After all that shopping you are bound to be tired and thirsty. There is a food court, of course, but my recommendation is to go up to the Aroma espresso bar on the 2nd floor and order a fabulous ice cappucino for 14 shekels. It’s cool and refreshing, and it takes a while to finish, as opposed to a cup of coffee that you slurp down in one gulp.
Nowadays everyone and his grandmother has a digital camera. You don?t run out of film anymore or rush home from your travels to develop your precious pictures only to find that your film never wound properly or got ruined by the airport X-ray machine.
But state-of-the-art equipment doesn?t guarantee beautiful pictures. Photography is an art. You can snap one picture after another and still go home with nothing presentable to show.
If you are about to head homeward with blurry, badly composed photos with washed out colors and bizarre lighting effects, I would suggest a detour to Mercaz Clal, a cavernous but sadly empty shopping center on Jaffa Road.
On the first floor, near the entrance opposite the Mahane Yehuda parking lot, look for David Cohen?s photo gallery. David is a photographer who sells copies of his own work. You can buy standard size photos for NIS 6-8, or enlargements, with or without matting. He has a huge selection ? Jerusalem landscapes, religious sites, flora and fauna, interesting architectural features, neighborhood scenes, local customs ? and it?s NOT kitschy tourist stuff.
On top of that, David himself is an interesting character. Engage him in conversation and you will find out lots of things about Jerusalem. The man is a walking encyclopedia.
If you are looking for clothes I would hit the Kenion shopping mall in Malcha, where the best stores are all located. Castro is the hottest store for the 18-25 set, and older for those who like to stay fashionable even though they are supposed to be boring by that age.