Thursday, 25 May 2017

ISRAEL: Machane Yehuda Market

The Machane Yehuda Market, or shuk, is the largest market in Jerusalem with over 250 vendors selling everything from fruit and vegetables to specialty foods, and clothing to Judaica.

The market is the main ‘traditional’ marketplace of Jerusalem contrasting with the supermarkets that are found across this city, just as any other advanced city.

Machane Yehuda is, however, an experience for a tourist of a traditional Middle Eastern style shuk, a fascinating array of sounds, sights, and smells.

The Machane Yehuda Market is set between Aggripas and Jaffa Streets, with two main aisles and then many further small walkways once inside. It is a maze and myriad of sights, sounds, and smells, an intense sensory experience and memorable life experience!

Just a ten minute walk from the center of Jerusalem, the market is a fascinating place to stroll whether you are interested just in observing the magnificent sculpted displays of spices, mouthwatering array of foods, and stunning energy of the place, or if you want to get involved in real-market buying, negotiating and tasting!

The shuk is open every day apart from Shabbat, and is particularly busy on Thursdays and Friday mornings with shoppers preparing for the Sabbath.

If you are particularly interested, it is possible to take a walking tour followed by a cookery class every week – read more about the Machane Yehuda Market tours

Explore Jerusalem’s famous Machane Yehuda Market on this great tour through the vibrant and fragrant market with an experienced local chef.

Following your walk through the market, meeting some of the unique and colorful traders, you’ll head to the kitchen where you’ll prepare a tasty meal using the locally sourced produce, and eat with great company.


Explore Jerusalem’s vibrant Machane Yehuda Market

Learn about the local produce and spices which make Jerusalem cuisine so unique

Meet the diverse and fascinating traders who make the market so special

Understand the history and changing dynamic of the market from pure marketplace into a twenty four hour venue in the heart of Jerusalem

Learn how to cook a number of local dishes

Eat a great meal at the end!

Tour is available every day, Sunday to Friday

Includes market tour, cooking workshop, and meal.


Booking is subject to terms and conditions of the tour operator. All passengers are advised to arrange travel insurance.