Whether you are visiting the city for business or pleasure, we want to make sure you know about the best shops in Jerusalem. If you are looking for the perfect gift to take back with you, or you just want to see what kind of wares Jerusalem has to offer, we have compiled the ultimate list of shops for you. Here is a list of our favorite places to buy both practical and frivolous items.
The popular Dead Sea cosmetic brand, Ahava, has opened a boutique shop in the newly constructed Mamilla shopping center. The shop carries only the Ahava brand, offering fun products as well as their staple lotions at reasonable prices.
Address: Mamila Shopping center
In the Mamila new shopping center, on the busy you will find this shop offering sweetly scented candles and soap. They have a nice display of products that you will probably be able to find in your home town, but it’s still a pleasant shopping experience.
Address: Tel: 02-6222484
OLD CITY TREASURES
Elia Photo Service
Elia Photo Service is a unique photography shop in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The store belongs to a family of Armenian photographers who have been living in Jerusalem for many years. The shop owner’s father, Elia Kahvedjian (1910 – 1999), was a prolific photographer of the area. The shop offers his black and white photographs for sale, as well as a compilation book that can be used as a nice present, or can be used for reference, as it contains stills of the Old City and the area during most of the 20th century.
Address: Christian Quarter, 14 Al-Khanka St., Jerusalem
AT THE MARKET
“Carishna” Soaps and candles
Located in the heart of the Mahaneh Yehuda Market is this beautiful shop selling Israeli-made natural soaps, lotions and candles. The shop’s décor relies heavily on antique items and has the feel of a charming flea market. You can find unique products like lemon and mint soap, inspired by the local popular beverage flavor, limonana.
Address: Mahaneh Yehuda Market
FOR THE HOME
This shop is owned by a French-Israeli with excellent taste. Complete with three floors of merchandise, Harmony is a must for people who enjoy buying items for the home.
Address: Hasoreg 2 City Center
Located next to Harmony, is a new furniture and house wares store, a branch of a well-known Tel Aviv shop. If you are looking for a gift this shop is especially worth a visit. Their mix of east and west is presented in a very original way.
Address: Ben Shatach 13 City Center
TRENDY BOUTIQUES AND SHOPS
This unique boutique shop, situated amidst the bustling Mahaneh Yehuda Market, sells original designer clothing. The designers at Agoz fancy black, grey and off-white, which is evident when you enter the shop. They also sell bags and home items. Their clothes are great quality and extremely comfortable.
Address: Haagoz 30 ST. in the center of Mahaneh Yehuda Market
Daniela Lehavi, a famous Israeli designer, specializes in superb and expensive leather products, including bags and boots. The Jerusalem shop is located in the Mammilla shopping center.
Address: Mamila Shopping center
Part of a large chain of Israeli clothing stores, this woman’s shop, stocks Israeli trendy clothes at moderate prices for the Israeli market. The Mammilla branch houses a café where shoppers can take a break from browsing to have a cup of coffee overlooking the Old City walls.
THE 5 BEST CAFES
Situated at the first turnoff from the Via Dolorosa, you will find this beautiful building, with a small cafeteria and a garden inside. Their selection includes coffee, beer, wine, sandwiches, soup of the day and fantastic Austrian pastry. The Austrian Hospice is a truly unique experience – a pearl in the Old City.
Address: Via Dolorosa 37
A lively spot popular with the locals and tourists, Restobar is situated in the neighborhood of Rehavia, near the center of town. This bar-restaurant focuses on excellent service and distinct design, which contribute to its unique atmosphere. The menu includes hamburgers, steaks, salads and sandwiches. A great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Opening hours – 8am-2am
$15-20 per person
Address: 1 Ben Maimon St., Jerusalem.
Velka, a newly opened Jerusalem café, adds some distinctive charm to the local café scene. Around a ten minute walk from the center of town, the Velka café is meticulously designed and managed by Lisa, a U.S. native. Lisa’s attention to detail makes a lasting impression. Velka serves vegetarian food such as salads, sandwiches and cakes, and is a nice choice for breakfast or lunch.
Address: 5 Ibn Shaprut St.
Mizrachi ha kol le ofeh ve gam kafe Coffee Shop
On a small side street, between the tomato and spice stands in Jerusalem’s famous Mahane Yehuda Market you’ll find one of the city’s best kept secrets. Its name Mizrachi ha kol le ofeh ve gam kafe (“everything for the baker and coffee too”) spells originality, and indeed this delightful coffee shop combines a gourmet cookware store with a café-restaurant that serves delicious food in an exotic environment. The café offers wonderful salads, soups, sandwiches and pastries. The prices are reasonable.
The café is open between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm with early closing Friday afternoons and Saturdays.
Address: 12 Shazif Street, Mahane Yehuda Market
Tmol Shilshom Book Store Café
Once in a while we like to visit Tmol Shilshom for a welcome step back in time. Situated in the center of town, yet hidden from the bustle of the main roads, this restaurant/bookstore offers distinctive surroundings and light dairy meals. Tmol Shilshom has a menu of salads, sandwiches, and pastas; however we recommend the place not for the food but for its unique serene Jerusalemite character. Inspired by bookstore cafes around the world, they also offer the occasional poetry reading and guest authors. We advise that you call first for directions. 15$ per person
Address: 5 Salomon St.
THE 5 BEST RESTAURANTS
In a small alleyway in the center of Jerusalem, you will find the city’s best restaurant. After its ten years of existence, this exclusive eatery is still number one. The French bistro serves gourmet food made from local ingredients, in the beautiful warm atmosphere of its charming locale. There are fish, meat and pasta dishes, and wonderful entrees. The impressive wine list and attentive service make this a great place to go if you are looking for a real treat.
Expensive – $40-50 per person, business lunch available.
Address: 1 Ben Sira Street, Jerusalem
The Chakra Bar & Restaurant is famous for its creative cuisine and bar selection. A nostalgic crystal chandelier dominates the space. The following dishes are house specialties: barbecued Shish-Kebab, Fettuccini Alfredo and a selection of shellfish choices, including calamari, shrimp and mussels. Chakra gets very busy from 11 pm. $25
Address: 18 Shlomtzion Hamalka Street
Mona, in the middle of town, is a place to wine and dine. The chef is creative with meat, seafood and salads. Mona is in a building that used to be the art school of Jerusalem. The bar is usually busy. Enjoyable! $30
Address: 12 Shmuel Hanagid
Warning! This restaurant is very expensive but worth it!
Tucked in a narrow alley in the center of Jerusalem, is one of Israel’s leading restaurants – Arcadia. Owned by creative chef Ezra Kedem, it offers a mix of French cooking and Mediterranean cuisine which makes full use of wonderful local ingredients. Arcadia is set in an exquisitely renovated old building with a dining area divided by stone arches into intimate sections. Ezra Kedem devotes much of his time to traveling around Israel and the world discovering new dishes and exploring gastronomic tastes. He serves unique local wines from small vineyards all over Israel and cheeses from specialized farms in the Judean hills.
The restaurant offers a business lunch which is somewhat cheaper than the
a la carte dishes. We recommend making a reservation beforehand.
Price $60 -100 per person.
Address: 10 Agrippas St.
Tschako is an authentic eatery located in the heart of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market. The restaurant is owned by Ali Mizrahi, one of the first pioneers who grasped the potential of developing Jerusalem’s colorful market as a new gastronomic center. Tschako offers a great meat menu with a Mediterranean flavor and makes full use of the fresh products available in the market. The bar is full at night and serves tapas on Friday afternoons. The restaurant is kosher and closed during the Sabbath. A good choice for lunch or dinner.
Best to make reservations. $25-$35
Address: Mahane Yehuda
Great used book shop called Shatz on Shatz street in town
The best place to buy music CDs in Jerusalem is Tav Hashmini (cheapest and best selection)
There’s a great jewelry store on Ben Yehuda Street that is tiny and most people don’t know about it but they have truly unique and interesting stuff, good quality and sort of antique style.