the Three Arches Company Limited is one of the many Christian Souvenir Shops lining the long Manger Street Going to Manger Square and this is the partner shop of our Tour Company so we did most of our Bethlehem Souvenir shopping for Religious Items and more at this shop. The shop is owned by a Greek Orthodox Palestinian Arab Family and they even have a store in Orange County in California, USA at Katella avenue, near Disneyland. the shops sell various Christian Souvenir Items like Olive Woord Carvings of the Cross, Crucifixes, Statues of Saints, Scapulars, Nativity Scene figurines and a lot more. they accept most international currencies and major international credit cards. they offer free lemonade and arabic tea to guests and they have iron rails outside to keep off the nosy street sellers.
they even have free wifi to shopping patrons.
opens: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday
What to buy: they give discount coupons to any guest entering the shop where you can get 10% discount on any items you buy here. you just present the coupons at the payment counter.
various Olive Wood Crosses at NIS 20 to 80, depending on the design and materials used. assorted rosaries at NIS 4 per piece and holy land incense at NIS 10 or more.
What to pay: prices are fixed and you get a 10% discount on all items.
there are many assorted shops, stalls, commercial establishments and even a wood carving factory lining the streets around Manger Square that sells everything from the secular like post cards, posters, paintings, wood carvings, to the religous like statues, crucifixes, madonna items and even jewish religious items like the menorah and kippa. the shops around manger square generally offer cheaper rates than at the bethlehem mall or the shops along manger street as most christian pilgimage tour companies have their own designated shops for the pilgims to go to and they have commissions too. so the shops here are cheaper as they pay no commissions, but the have mostly the non big group tours of tourists.
opens: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday
What to buy: all the secular and religious items and assorted olive wood carvings that you can think of.
What to pay: depends on your haggling skills, but prices here are cheaper than in Jerusalem, which sells the same products.
Manger Street is the main road going to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. It is considered the main shopping street of Bethlehem as the street is lined with commercial stalls, souvenir shops, cafe's, restaurants, food stalls, offices and a lot more. along this street, when you are walking towards Manger Square, you can buy lots of souvenir items ranging from the secular like books, paper weights, frdige magnets, shot glasses, olive wood carvings to the religious like olive wood crosses, rosaries, statues of Saints and evern Jewish Religious Symbols. The Bethlehem mall has entrances here at at the pope paul VI street lying parallel to this street.
most stalls here are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday
What to buy: all the kitschy souvenir items, religious items and assorted palestinian and arabic delicacies that you can think off.
What to pay: haggling is a must here, but prices of goods here are generally higher than the shops lining Manger Square.
The Bethlehem Mall is the main shopping mall of Bethlehem (although it looks more like a strip mall than a regular mall by western standards) and is situated at Pope Paul VI road, about 400 meters (1/4 mile) away from the Manger Square. The Mall is being managed by the Palestinian Authority and is a mutli story buidling of which there is a lower ground parking for Buses and Cars and several floors for souvenir shops, convenience stores, restaurants, bars, etc. although the tenants are not that many as the mall is about half filled with stalls.
Opens: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday
What to buy: all the touristy and souvenir items (both secular and religious) and local arts and crafts that you can buy (with haggling off course).
What to pay: depends on your haggling skills
Owned by Johnny and located on the left as you enter Bethlehem. They have an amazing selection of mechandis and Johnny's daughter, Maria, is a great helper! They will ship internationally, so you don't have to carry stuff around and are the friendlist people you will ever meet!
Very Near to the Manger square you can visit the Bazaar and can find everything that you need cheaper comparably Israel Prices