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Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market (Photo: David King / Flickr)

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Mahane Yehuda Market

Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market got its first vendors in the late 19th century. Known by locals as the shuk, today it draws about 200,000 shoppers each week. Sellers hawk breads, meats, cheeses, fish, nuts and a variety of fresh produce. You can also find clothing and shoes as you stroll through the covered hall. 

Mahane isn't just a spot to buy ingredients; it is also a great place to visit when you are already hungry. Street-food stalls selling kebobs, kibbeh, baklava, falafel and other local specialities can be found both inside and outside the market area. The smell of these foods is an integral part of the shuk experience. 

Locals of all backgrounds flock to the market on a weekly basis, and plenty of tourists browse here as well. Most guided tours of Jerusalem include a stop at Mahane, and the market has its own cooking workshops and food tours.  

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