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4 Reasons Why Mahane Yehuda is Jerusalem’s Ultimate Foodie Destination

04.26.2017
Israel Experts Staff
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Considered Israel’s hippest and most vibrant open marketplace, Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda overflows with fresh produce, striking merchants, up-and-coming restaurants and street food stands and a trendy nightlife. The market continues to reinvent itself, attracting the young and the young at heart, including Birthright Israel groups, to witness and experience the mesmerizing sights and scents wafting from the delicacies piled high on the many stands - and interact with the spirited personalities hawking their wares. 

Here are 4 reasons why Mahane Yehuda is a must-visit hotspot for touring foodies:

1. The produce is so fresh

Walking through the market is a treat for your senses. Here, just baked breads, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared salads, sweet desserts, aromatic ground spices and raw proteins are stacked high from wooden tabletops, ready to be sold to the masses of eager consumers. The smells alone are enough to make your whet your appetite, as they transport you to cultures and communities from around the globe. Each bowl of freshly-picked seasonal fruit, warm shawarma in a pita or sweet, flavored halva is enough to send your tastebuds into seventh heaven.

2. Tons of trending food fads in one central location

From fish and chips to handmade pasta, falafel to frozen yogurt, a stroll down the marketplace’s long, narrow alleyways will lead you to a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and food stalls; a centralized sampling of the many popular culinary trends. Upon crossing over the eateries’ thresholds and ordering from their enticing menus, prepare to be amazed by the confections’ high calibre and generous portions.

3. Walking tours and culinary workshops satisfy visitors’ curiosity and their appetites

What makes Mahane Yehuda truly special are the market’s many workshops and walking and tasting tours, which provide tourists with a first-hand, interactive encounter with the fresh delicacies prepared at some of the market’s stands, as well as with the site’s history cultural significance. As you pop tasty delights into your salivating mouths, listen carefully to stories of the marketplace and its vendors and get to know the unique and special shops and booths that helped mold Mahane Yehuda into Israel’s most renowned open market. 

4. Food isn’t the market’s only attraction

Experience how Mahane Yehuda shifts gears with the setting sun, becoming a hip and lively hotspot for young locals and tourists. Tucked away in winding alleyways are quaint boutiques that shutter their doors ahead of the on-site parties and performances in the large, open section of the market, attracting youths and young adults to take part in the festivities in between bites of delectables and sips of beer. 

Mahane Yehuda is a top foodie destination and a vibrant attraction for locals and tourists seeking to delight all five of their senses. It is no wonder that Birthright Israel trips flock to Jerusalem’s open-air marketplace, bringing wonder and excitement to tourists from across the globe and enlightening first-time Israel visitors on the bountiful food scene Israel has to offer. 

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