since Jerusalem is a major destination for the world's 3 major religions, there are tons of religious and non religious tourists flocking to Jerusalem and besides the malls, the shops and souks at the old city, enterprising Israelis also have several souvenir stalls at various attractions outside the old city where they sell both the secular souvenir stuffs and the religious items, ranging from post cards, books, fridge magnets, bottled water, crucifixes, menorah,s kippa, keffiyeh, snacks and a lot more.
What to buy: all the items that a tourists needs, but your must haggle as prices are usually jacked up.
What to pay: depends on your haggling skills
all around the Old City of Jerusalem are various mini souks and assorted souvenir shops lining all the quarters inside the small old city. these stalls, souks and souvenir shops sell everything from secular stuffs like post cards, paper weights, books, fridge magnets, key chains and a lot more, plus the usual religious stuff for Christians like assorted crosses, rosaries, scapulars, religious dresses, saint statues and even jewish items like menorahs. they even sell street foods, breads, snacks, drinks and a lot more.
most of the shops in the old city are open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
What to buy: all the touristy, religious, secular and food stuffs and drinks that a tourist will need.
What to pay: depends on your haggling skills
Running from Jaffa Gate to King David Road and the David Citadel Hotel, the Mamilla Mall is a new, raised open-air pedestrianised shopping centre that incorporates fashion, gifts, beauty and lots of cafes and restaurants.
Controversial when built, it was part of a whole redevelopment of the Mamilla neighbourhood outside Jaffa Gate, one of the original parts of the new city, which included the building of the David Citadel Hotel (then the Hilton) and luxury apartments of David's Village. But it is immensely popular and makes access to and from Jaffa Gate considerably easier and safer, away from the busy traffic intersection.
Tastefully designed, it also incorporates the historic French Hospice Saint Vincent de Paul, one of the oldest structures in Mamilla itself and has converted an area that had become something of an eyesore so close to the entrance to the Old City.
Included in the development is the Mamilla Hotel, the latest luxury hotel in Jerusalem (and apparently the best - it is seriously stylish).
What to buy: Anything and everything - Israel and European fashion chain stores, pharmacies, bookstores, Dead Sea products, gifts.
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What to buy: here you can get the cash you need BEFORE you start to get shopping-crazy ;-)
What to pay: the usual banking fees
As we walked the crowded streets to visit the Holy Sepulcher Church we passed many shops and stalls selling a huge variety of clothing, leather goods etc. All looked good quality and I am sure you need to bargain to get the right price.
As we were on a one day group tour and had no time to shop.
What to buy: Womens, men's and childrens clothing, leather goods and shoes, souvenirs etc etc. The local breads looked appertising.
What to pay: Bargain hard.
I can tell anyone here that these two shops were the only two shops in the Old City that were decent, honest & upstanding and EVERYTHING is priced unlike traders in other quarters. I believe his son was there when we went last week and it was a pleasure to do all my shopping in one place, in peace without being harassed or followed around the shop. I took his card and said I would post the details on the internet for those travellers who don't like bartering.
George Kouz Store
Aramaic Hand Crafts
Christian Qtr St No 27
PO BOX 14162
TelFax: 02 6283683
Mobile: 0546 329 191
You can also try
Christian Quarter Dabagha No 14 ( Near Holy Sepulchre Church)
Tel: 02 6289198
PO Box 14560
Mobile 0545 35 11 39
His son was there when we went and again no hassle, just honest service at extremely good prices.
Mamilla was an early neighborhood constructed outside Jerusalem's Old City west from the Jaffa Gate.
Mamilla was originally established in the late 19th century as a mixed Jewish-Arab central business district. After 1967, the government approved an urban renewal project for Mamilla. Land was apportioned to residential and commercial zones, including hotels and office space, in what was to become one of the longest and most costly development plans in the history of modern Jerusalem. Most of the plan is finally realized with the opening of its major mall and entertainment components.
Pedestrian-only Mamilla shopping mall has been touted as a luxury destination.
Everybody knows that there are a lot of Russian speaking people in Israel. In Russia there is a well-known song by Vladimir Visotsky with such words “Israeli population is a quarter Russian”. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to see many advertisements on Russian in Jerusalem and all over Israel, such as this advertisement:
Victor Bazaar. We are speaking Russian.
Jewels, brilliants, gold, silver, antiques, Russian icons, all kinds of souvenirs.
he Muristan is a complex of streets and shops in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. The site was the location of the first hospital of the Knights of St. John (Hospitallers), also known as the Knights of Malta.
It includes the Avtimos market close to the German Church of the Redeemer. A grand fountain was designed in the center of the market, honoring the Sultan Abed al-Hamid II (1876–1909) reign of 25 years. It was constructed in 1903 in the newly designed market.
While I plan on writing about other shops in a positive manner, I think it is more important first to list a store you should avoid at all costs: Icetory on Yoel Solomon Street.
Yoel Solomon Street in general is filled with fabulous restaurants (hummus and meat places) and Fabulous stores such as Gabrieli's (stay posted for a brilliant review of that one:), however one particular store called Icetory is one you should not go to. While the items inside appear well-made and the store itself is clean, the products are cheaply-made and the management and workers are stubborn and rude.
For the US holiday Valentine's Day, my boyfriend bought me a beautiful honey jar from this particular store. Once I opened the package at home, I ran it gently under luke-warm water and it immediately broke. I went to the store myself and explained to the cashier my situation, and instead of simply exchanging my item at the very least for something else, he rudely walked out of the store and tried to shoo me out. He said the product defect was my fault. So much for the customer always being right in Israel! Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and take advantage of all the fabulous shops on Yoel Solomon and nearby Ben Yahuda, but at all costs avoid this awful store Icetory. Anyone with any information about other websites I can also post this, please let me know. Thanks!
What to buy: Don't buy anything!
What to pay: What to pay? Too much for cheap, breakable items.
While visiting the Old City of Jerusalem, you will see the Armenian ceramics and pottery almost in every shop, which is very popular and famous. Many shopkeepers in the market try to convince the customers that their ceramic and pottery are original and hand made, but in fact it is all Hebron made in mass production, and you will find exactly the same item in the next shop.
If you are ceramic and pottery lover or collector and you are looking for the real thing, then you should visit the Armenian Quarter in Jaffa Gate area, on the Armenian Patriarchate road, the famous and original shop, VIC'S ARMENIAN ART STUDIO, where you can see Vic, the artist, hand drawing and then painting Armenian traditional and even modern ceramics and pottery. Every piece is original and unique, and you wont find his art work anywhere else.
What to buy: Small and large plates and bowls with traditional Armenian drawings. Also Jerusalem Old City drawings, the different gates and the four quarters on ceramic tiles.
Well, I am not sure how others see this but to me this is just a symbolic sign of the mixture of the political culture here as well as the sense of the Israeli democracy where you can buy t-shirt of Israeli defence forces or Free Palestine in the same store :)
For shopping for souvenirs and handcrafts the old city market is the right place. In most places all the items are similar but prices can be very different, so check it out and don’t forget to barging. The more items you buy the more discounts you should get.
The old city market is famous for its variety of people, items and everything, however, this is a truly tourist place where some items are well over prices. Barging is common here and often you can reduce prices of items.
MAMILLA's shopping street is newly openned and is a beautifull antic style open air mall that leads to the old city and offers a wondefull view and best shopping in town (clothing, jewellery);
Mamilla (Hebrew: îîéìàý) was an early neighbourhood constructed outside Jerusalem's Old City west from the Jaffa Gate, and now refers to the $400 million commercial and housing district developed in selected parts of the area.
Mamilla was originally established in the late 19th century as a mixed Jewish-Arab central business district. Between the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the 1967 Six-Day War, it was located along the armistice line between the Israeli and Jordanian-held sector of the city. It went into decline after many of its buildings were destroyed by Jordanian shelling. After 1967, the government decided to demolish what remained and rebuild it. Land was apportioned to residential and commercial zones, including hotels and office space, in what was to become one of the longest and most costly development plans in the history of modern Jerusalem. Most of the plan was finally realized by the summer of 2007 with the opening of its major mall and entertainment components.
What to buy: clothing jewellery everything
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