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Mahane Yehuda Market

Shuk Machane Yehuda is one of Jerusalem’s most popular market places by locals and tourists

There are many things to do in Jerusalem, but if you’re visiting the city, you have to go to the Mahane Yehuda Market. It’s one of the most famous touristic spots, and it’s a wonderful place to go to and try different meals.

Meet the “Shuk"

Also known as the “Shuk,” the Mahane Yehuda Market is one of Jerusalem's most important touristic locations.

Mahane Yehuda Market restaurants offer delicious alternatives to tourists. If you go there, you’ll get to taste the vibrant flavors of the city.

Photos: Noam Chen

The Market’s Location

It’s located almost at the center of the city and has Jaffa Road on the north. The Shuk Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem has two primary streets you can walk through, and there are numerous places to visit and restaurants to check out.

Mahane Yehuda Market Restaurants: The Best Places to Fetch a Bit

Jerusalem restaurants are many people’s favorite places in this historical site because you can fetch something quick to eat while being surrounded by some friendly locals.

There are options for everyone, and vendors try to make you feel at home from the moment you step inside their place. Here are some of the most common alternatives:

Pasta Basta

If you’re a pasta lover, Pasta Basta is for you. It’s in the center of the market, so getting there is very accessible.
Moreover, the meals are not very expensive and the place is beautiful and full of vibrant colors. Thus, if you want a taste of Italy while you’re in Jerusalem, try it out.

Fish and Chips

Some people prefer classic English street food instead of getting some pasta. If you love fish and chips, you’ll adore the restaurant solely dedicated to it at the Mahane Yehuda Market.
Fish and chips are the ideal food to grab if you want something quick and somewhat greasy to get you through the day. The prices at the Mahane Yehuda Market are not expensive, so this may be the perfect option for you.


Some people want to go all in when they visit a new place. If you’re one of them, you may want to go to Rahmo.
Rahmo offers Middle East food, and there are alternatives for all kinds of visitors. Whether you’re a vegetarian or prefer something different, the place offers an option you’ll love!

Craft Pizza

Pizza is the most straightforward thing to eat when you’re traveling, especially if you’re with kids.
You and the other adults in your group may be prepared to eat new meals, but if your children want something they know, they may enjoy the classic Italian dish instead.
Craft Pizza is a pizza joint at the Shuk Mahane Yehuda, and it offers everything from the classic Neapolitan option to more elaborate alternatives.

Jahnun Bar

This restaurant is also an Italian synagogue, so visiting it can be a whole new experience for you while you’re traveling.
You’ll get to enjoy delicious, flavorful meals while also taking in your surroundings. It’s an entirely vegetarian place, and you can choose the veggies you want in your dish.


If you’re in the Middle East, trying out falafels is a must. This classic Arabic meal is easy to make, many people love it, and it’s the perfect dish to eat if you’re out and about visiting the Mahane Yehuda Market Restaurants.
A quick bite to eat is what you’ll need to regain some strength and make the most out of your trip to Jerusalem, so having some falafel at the marketplace is a fantastic idea.

Gelato Aldo

Everyone loves some dessert, and the Mahane Yehuda Market Restaurants offer different options for you to please your sweet tooth.
Gelato Aldo is an Italian ice cream place where you can cool off by eating some delicious sweets. If you already had lunch, give it a go!

Meatballs Restaurant

Although some people like experiencing new things and trying out different flavors, it’s not uncommon to want something you already know.
Fortunately, the Mahane Yehuda Market has options for everyone. There is a meatballs restaurant you have to try if you want to take a break from Middle East food!

Photos: Dana Friedlander

Mahane Yehuda Market Culinary Tours

There are different culinary tours you can pay for when visiting the Mahane Yehuda Market if you want to guarantee you’ll try out varied foods and live an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
However, you don’t necessarily have to pay for a guided trip. It’s up to you! Decide what suits you best and focus on having fun!

Mahane Yehuda Market at Night

If you visit the Mahane Yehuda Market at night, you’ll enjoy what the touristic spot has to offer while also resting from the sun over your head.
However, keep in mind that some establishments have early closing hours, especially if it’s the Sabbat. You’ll have to Google the specific places you want to visit. Otherwise, you’ll risk it.

Mahane Yehuda Market Opening Hours

If you’re not paying for a Mahane Yehuda Market tour, remember that the place is open since early morning.
The Mahane Yehuda Market opening hours are from 8:00 am, so the city’s vibrant place is ready to welcome you from the moment the sun goes up.

Photos: Osi Drori

Ways to Get There

The market is at 80 Jaffa Street, and you can get there by taking a taxi, a bus, or a train. The price depends on the transportation method you choose.
There is one light rail and different buses (113, 156, 18, 433, 486, 615, 74, and 92). Tickets cost, on average,
 4-6 NIS , and you can take them at the central station.

Wrapping Up

If you’re ready to visit the place, get your Mahane Yehuda Market map, book your stay at Isrotel Hotels, and go!