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Jerusalem Market - Hopping Day & Night (JRS)

Jerusalem Market - Hopping Day & Night (JRS)

I am a complete fan of exploring local markets.  I love the energy and towers of food - - and it's a great chance to mingle with locals. However,  Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Shuk is extra special for two reasons:  it's essentially an open air art gallery - and it transforms itself into a hipster flashpoint as soon as the sun sets!

Day Transforms Into...

Day - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wod

Day - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wod

...Night

Night - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Night - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood


DAY

Stellar Vegetable Displays

Vegetables Everywhere - Shuk Machane Yehuda  Photo:  Calvin Wood

Vegetables Everywhere - Shuk Machane Yehuda  Photo:  Calvin Wood

The sites and colors of this market are off the map.  They have all the regular - AMAZING - displays of vegetables and fruits....but they also have an abundance of decadent  desserts, pastries, and middle eastern treats!  While I went expecting to be disciplined - I left with bags of pastries, tarts, and gourmet halva – which is really about as fattening as eating pure butter.   At one point (I swear) I saw the witch from Hansel & Gretel picking up treats for her cottage!

Mountains of Pastries & Candies...

Pastries -  Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Pastries -  Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Sweets - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Sweets - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Tarts -  Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Tarts -  Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

...Dried Fruits...

Dried Fruit - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Dried Fruit - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

...and Gourmet Halva!

Halva Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Halva Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Spices for Rice

Spices for Rice - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Spices for Rice - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

I saw something new here too: spices specifically for rice dishes.  If rice wasn't banned from my house  (I can't eat just one bowl) - I would have snapped up some of these concoctions!

Olive Buffets

Olives Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Olives Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

NIGHT

Wine Bar Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Wine Bar Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

You MUST visit the market during the day - and THEN return at night....the place is completely different!  It turns from a spot frequented by grocery shoppers - - to one overflowing with uber hipsters and artists!    The place has wall to wall seating - and the music is turned up loud.  I have never seen a transformation quite like it!!

Late Night Drinking - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Late Night Drinking - Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Local Libations

Elite Arak - Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood  

Elite Arak - Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood  

You can pick your poison at the night market.  They have everything from craft brewed beers and organic wines - to local specialties like Arak - - which is Israel's contribution to the Mediterranean  love of Anise flavored drinks.  You didn't need to twist my arm to try that delicious treat!

Art Work

Street Art -  Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Street Art -  Shuk Machane Yehuda Jerusalem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

To me, what was truly amazing was the street art on hand.  Two local artists are pursuing their passion - and one-by-one painting all of the iron shutters that come down at night.  There are local heroes, animals, fantasy characters, and biblical figures spread throughout the complex.  The juxtaposition between vegetables-by-day and art-by-night is stunning - and thrilling!

Verdict

There is a TONNE to see in Jerusalem.  The religious and historic options are almost overwhelming – but don't miss out on making two visits to the market!

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