what to shop in Israel: what to shop in Israel
-Dead Sea products
You can find them everywhere (including the airport) but the best prices were in En Bokek. We tried a bit of everything as the products vary from body and face kits, foot lotions, the usual mud packs, bath salts and minerals, olive-oil soaps and other products that suppose to be good for the skin etc
With so many tourists around there were souvenirs stores in most towns, apart from the usual ones in Israel they are also religious related. With so many Christian pilgrims it was no surprise to see many souvenir stores that focus on Christian related items (icons, crosses, bibles, rosaries etc) but also items about Judaism of course.
We love open markets and Israel has a lot of them, the lively arab market in Jerusalem’s Old Town, Yehuda Market in West Jerusalem (great atmosphere and lots of food), HaCarmel in Tel Aviv were the most populars but every town had one for us to keep us busy and give us the usual supplies (dry fruits, nuts, fruits, olives etc), in most of them Bargaining is Expected.
Bamba by Osem: Bamba since 1964
This is the most popular kids snack in Israel. First produced in 1964 by the Osem company. It is made of peanuts & corn flavour, mostly natural ingredients, so it is actually healthier then the usual snacks kids have.
Regin Kids: Designer closses for kids
Was looking for presents for my kids. Found very unique closses in Regin Kids, Dizengoff center mall in Tel-Aviv.
Almost all closses in this store are made by Israeli designers, they are very unique, nothing like this you can find for kids in North America. My kids really liked everything I bought in Regin Kids
What to buy: dresses, tops
What to pay: Almost all my presents for kids are from this store. Be ready to spend money. I bought 3 dresses, 5 tops, 2 skirts and left about 350$Related to:
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Give a Gift (or keep it for yourself)
Buy in any supermarket: Little jars of honey, biblical spices like za'atar (hyssop) that come in pretty pyramid-shaped cartons, small bottles of olive oil.
Buy in gift shops: Hebrew/English calenders, handcrafted Judaica items like candlesticks, wine goblets and mezuzahs, handmade Israeli havdalah candles, special handwashing cups; silver jewelry; personalized name necklaces.
Buy in T-shirt shops: personalized T-shirts, T-shirts with funny sayings in Hebrew/English
Buy in towel shops: towels, slippers or bathrobes embroidered with someone's name in Hebrew/English.
Buy in pharmacies and department stores: Dead Sea soaps and bath products.
Buy in the Old City marketplace and shops in downtown Jerusalem: Handmade Armenian ceramics, personalized door plaques.
Buy in open markets (Arab or Jewish): Little bags of exotic spices
Buy in shoe stores: Leather sandals (Teva, Naot, Beautifeel and other local brands)Related to:
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Assorted Shops: Ben Yehuda--Pedestrian Traffic Only
Ben Yehuda is a pedestrian street filled with wonderful shops and restaurants. A street performer was hamming it up when we drifted in. A lovely flower stand offered fragrant blooms, a bakery presented its freshly baked breads and rolls, while visitors people-watched and strolled the streets (pic #3).
Menorahs and candelabrums of all styles appeared in shop windows, while jewelry sparkled on tidy shelves (pic #2). We savored a mid-day snack at Aldo, where scrumptious flavors of ice cream vied for our attention (pic #4). A friendly young woman formerly from the states served up our order.
A well-stocked t-shirt store completed my mission on finding a last gift to take home for someone. I thoroughly enjoyed Ben Yehuda!Related to:
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The Arab Market: Bargaining is Expected
As we climbed a narrow walkway, we passed through the Arab market on our way to the Jewish Quarter. Vibrant colored clothing fluttered on doorways, intricate weavings, trinkets and carved wood pieces were neatly laid out for inspection outside the shops.
We were invited to peruse the goods inside, as shopkeepers beckoned passersby to take some the time to visit. Bargaining was expected.
Because the buildings seemed very close to each other and the walkway narrow, this area seemed somewhat darkened.
CHAYO: THE CARDO--The Jewish Quarter
The Cardo is a restored section of Jerusalem featuring high-quality shops, an eatery or two and a money changer. I loved this section of Jerusalem!
The Jewish Quarter is part of this area and was a pleasant place in which to wander. We discovered a shop by the name of CHAYO. Inside were luxurious, embroidered prayer shawls and exquisitely wrought jewelry, as well as, unique ceramic pieces. Most of our allotted time was spent looking at all the treasures within and I would highly recommend a visit. The service was excellent!
I also found the fresh fruit and bread stands we encountered appealing (pic #2).Related to:
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Dizingof Center: Dizingof Center
Dizingof Center is one of the most famous malls here in Israel , located in Dizingof street and you can find here a lot of stores and restaurants.
As far as i remember there is a food market every friday and you can buy food from local restaurants.
Herzliya - Arena Mall: Herzliya - Arena Mall
The Arena mall is a new mall in Israel but a very successful one.
The location of the mall is right on the marina of Herzliya , a lot of good resaurants , stores and a lot of people.
What to buy: Anything you need or want
The great mall in Petah Tikva: The great mall in Petah Tikva
In petah tiqwa we have 5 malls but the greatest one (and the best too) is the big mall near the Beilinson Hospital.
You will find cinema / fast food / stores / restaurants / coffee shops / gym.
The mall called also Ovnat mall and it is the 2nd largest mall in Israel
Caesarea - Draydel House: Caesarea - Draydel House
The owner is a second generation ceramicists that works with diffrent and irregular techniques.
He creates alot of jewish crafts like draydels'menorahs seder-plates,havdallah sets,mezzuzahs and more.
Jaffa's Flea Market: Jaffa's Flea Market
Here you can find a lot of things and very cheap sometimes.
You can buy rings , antiques , musical instruments , clothes and more.
You can bargain with the seller and you will get good prices.
I saw a small guitar that cost 120 nis and he wanted to sell it for 30 nis
What to buy: anything you want.
What to pay: Bargain and lower the prices
Dizingof Street - Tel Aviv: Dizingof Street - Tel Aviv
Dizingof Street is one of the most famous streets in Tel Aviv , named after Tel Aviv's mayor Meir Dizingof.
This street is full with some of the most prestigious designers in israel and the dizingof center.
Ayalon Mall - Ramat Gan: Ayalon Mall - Ramat Gan
This mall is the most successful mall in israel and people say it is one of the most successful malls in the whole world.
A lot of stores , cinemas , places to eat.
It is very close to the national football stadium.
Source Sandals: Sandals
Those are the best sandals you can get, I mean, if you count price per value, the sandals quality and it seems they last forever, been with them to Lapland, Africa, where ever I go, in water, in the desert or hiking mountains, ok ok, I admit, I do not wear them in the snow ;-)
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