A must visit, but beware that if you go on a friday when people are getting food the sabbath (friday night and saturday meals) it will be the most crowded. It's all worth a visit, because of the
experience of being with Jerusalem locals who are looking for the best food the Sabbath weekend, and even on weekdays.
There are little offshoot specialty spots…. for example, this trip I found the "Iraqi market" down an alcove. We had the most amazing authentic 'Iraqi" meal. We asked our taxi driver for a recommendation and were surprised to be brought to a quite a special place on the side of the mahane yehuda for this afternoon meal. There is a sign we later found, in the market with an arrow denoting, "Iraqi Market".
Other surprises… halvah, olives, cheeses, and the best chocolate pastries found anywhere in the world are inside that market !
Souveneirs and trinkets which code double outside the market are found here.
Photo opportunities abound here - the people (religious hasidim), the food and how it is luxuriously displayed, and the calling out asking for shoppers to same their foods.
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