We just returned from our amazing visit to more than amazing Israel and we returned wondering why we came across so few bakeries or candy shops. Yes there were the numerous stalls in the markets and old city with fly covered cookies and honey soaked treats, but we were expecting to find a bakery or two along with specialty candy stores outside the old city with higher quality product. We did find a candy store on Salah ed-Din Street in East Jerusalem with some items from Syria that we enjoyed and bought for office gifts. Also, on the same street we found a shop with baked goods, but again all items were exposed to the open air, bugs and auto exhaust. We came across cafes with desserts (cheese cake, pie, etc.) but we never found a local bakery store.
Not trying to make a big deal of things with this post. Just stating our experience and wondering if we missed something. We travel a lot and always enjoy finding bakeries and candy stores to experience local treats and we just did not find the typical store/shop setting we find elsewhere. We did buy, ate and enjoyed various cookies, baklava, and other sweet treats while in the old city, markets, etc. We just expected to find shops as we explored the streets of the city. Did we miss something?