How Does the Shuk Work?
Everyone is always talking about Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda outdoor market place- better know as the shuk. If you are not in the know I will bring you up to speed. Imagine a really long outdoor hallway paved with cement, high green roof tops, coated with screaming merchants selling everything from the basic fruits to spices that your nose didn’t know exist. Then there are the musicians, tzedakah seekers and Chabadniks handing out Shabbat candles, all weaving in and out of the cafes that continue to pop-up.
The shuk is literally a coupon book come to life with no official price tags on anything. If you are one of those people that loves to tell their friends and family about your latest bargain then this is the market for you.
Tips to shopping success:
Go to the shuk during closing hours when most merchants want to get rid of their produce at reduced prices. Example: 30 pitas for 10 shekels.
If you don’t mind large crowds and have a good pair of shin guards, then you should head to the shuk right before Shabbat (on Friday afternoon) when vendors throw their merchandise in piles throughout the shuk, screaming their crazy deals from doormats to frozen pizzas.
Make sure to sample everything which ensures the quality of your purchase and possibly a free meal during your ultimate shopping experience. And if you know Hebrew use it- this way you don’t look like a tourist and miss out on the deals.
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