When hearing about Jerusalem, people instantly think of an old city that has some of the most scared religious sites, and although all of this is true, there are many more things associated with Jerusalem that make this place worth visiting. The reason that gives this place such a reputation is a simple fact that Jerusalem is considered as a religious site in the history of three major religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and many people tour Jerusalem  as pilgrims.

You must  have heard and read about the various religious sites and attractions that you can see during a visit to this beautiful country and the Internet is flooded with such information. Instead of this aspect, lets talk about Jerusalem's other side which has a modern culture and offers exciting things to do for the tourists. Regardless of the motivation that brings you to Jerusalem, there are many interesting things that you can do at this place.

If you would like to experience the modern side of Middle Eastern life then come to the city center and take a walk to the Machane Yehuda, also known as shuk market.  Here you will find a plethora of stalls, stands, shops and several local restaurants, offering you an array of goods, on both sides of the aisle. Whether you wish to pick up some traditional souvenirs for friends back at home, or you would like to taste the local falafel at a restaurant, the choice is all yours. Walk like a local, eat like a local and experience what it feels like strolling in the lanes of a traditional Jerusalem market.

The food is definitely the biggest attraction of this place and you can give your taste buds an experience to remember with the Middle Eastern delicacies that include the enormous 'salad' spreads and the exotic cheeses. From fresh fruits, cheapest in the town, to mouthwatering halavahs, you will find a wide range of culinary delights here.

If you would like to do some more shopping then check out the spectacular and colorful Arab souk that is situated in the Moslem and Christian Quarters in the old city of Jerusalem . This bizarre is packed with unique items like jalabiyehs and kaffiyehs; as well as more traditional ones such as T-shirts. This is the best place to find cheap gifts.

Those prefering shopping in style can check out the Jerusalem Mall,  the biggest shopping mall in the country with a three-level facility It is also home to a huge food court and several international brands. Another great place to hangout during your tour to Jerusalem is the luxurious Alrov Mamilla Avenue that is paved with beautiful Jerusalem stones and it offer breathtaking landscapes and views of the old city.