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“A Modern Anchor in the Heart Of Jerusalem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ben Yehuda Street

Ben Yehuda Street
Ranked #22 of 301 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: Named after Eliezer Ben Yehuda who revived Hebrew as a modern language, this busy street is filled with cafes, shops and street vendors. Visit ben-yehudah-streetDOTcom to see shops and businesses on Ben Yehuda Street
Ottawa, Canada
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“A Modern Anchor in the Heart Of Jerusalem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

I have visited Ben Yehuda street every day on each of my past nine trips to Jerusalem. Often more than once a day. Without any traffic, other than the occasional delivery van or Megan David Adom motorcycle, it is made for foot traffic.

Anchored at one end by Zion Square and the new light rail on Jaffa road while at the other end by King George Street.

It is an invigorating blend of eateries and shops. Some have changed over the years. Others are old friends. I have got to know some of the merchants and have wonderful 'finds' on my walls at home. Everyone likes to talk and is genuinely interested in where you are from and what your thoughts are.

I buy my postcards there and get my milk and tea bags at the convenience store near the King George end.

During the Festival of the Trees and also during Purim Ben Yehuda is alive with musicians, impromptu 'shows', educational displays and firefighter demonstrations. The police train their canine units here and the Megan David Adom usually has a blood donor van parked on Zion square.

Chabbad maintains a stand demonstrating laying Teffilin and shabbat candle lighting.

On cool evenings in the summer months it is a joy to sit on a bench for a couple of hours and chat with other visitors or locals. A few merchants and antique dealers who have become friends will come out and chat between customers.

In the afternoons it is sometimes full of exuberant birthright youth who are obviously happy to be in Israel. Beni Akiva kids frequently sell cookies or crafts and are thrilled when a foreigner willing supports them. The plant store's displays are a favourite of mine.

I go up and down it on my way to and from services at The Great Synagogue on Shabbat eves. Even deserted Ben Yehuda has a 'presence'. Make sure to glance up at the early Israeli architecture. Then look them up in your tour book. Some are famous.

Shammai street, running parallel to it, leads to other hidden gems and the two venues compliment each other nicely.

Make it a fixture of your trip and its impressions will linger with you forever.

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great fun to mingle, shop and see the local”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Interesting mix of Jewish shops, restaurants and nik knacks. Certainly worth staying near as it all happens around here ( except for holidays and Shabbat when it becomes a ghost town

Visited September 2013
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Cape Town
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“A celebration: must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

I recommend a visit to Ben Yehuda street on Saturday night after the end on the Sabbath rest. It is wild, full of life with plenty to do, great food and shopping. Better still - right next the train station

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Nice for coffee, food and window shopping”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

I always walk through here on my trip to Israel. Its reminiscent of time square. always alive and something to do or eat. The prices are geared for deep pocket tourists with majority of the items found cheaper everywhere else. i guess rent is very high in this part of town ;) but its cool that most people on the street speak English and for the most part are students from America socializing in the most popular area for hanging out, you'll feel safely at home!

Visited August 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Great shopping if...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

You have deep pockets! It's a fun place to go and mingle with the tourist and locals. Have a coffee or lunch or dinner at any of the eateries and shop on. I've shopped and dined here for over five years now and have noticed the "newness" is wearing off and bit attention could be paid to the mall or it will start to look a bit "seedy". Great shops with international brand names sure to please all ages. Bring your credit cards and your walking shoes and enjoy!

Visited August 2013
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