Though listed under ' Attractions ' the community of Mea Shearim is anything but, nor should it be treated as such.
A short walk from Zion Square or King George Street will land you in this lively neighbourhood. Having a mix of shops ranging from gifts to food and fashion, the streets are constantly a mass of people.
Over the past 10 years I have found them to be scrupulously honest, helpful and friendly. At times though there is an urgent brusqueness to their service.
The Gal Paz music shop is a treasure trove of CD's and DVD's. They are quickly able to show you the latest releases. I have acquired CD's here frequently at a cheaper price or sooner than they would be available elsewhere in town.
On the same side is a wonderful bakery. Still further up is a retaurant take away which has tastey fish fillets, baked stuffed green peppers and fried chickpeas. On a weekly basis I buy most of my food here that I do not get at the Mehane Yehuda Market.
Off the main drag on a side street on the other side are Hoffman tours, who I have used for 8+ years. Their tours to religous sites are educational, fun and represent good value for money.
Back down on this side by a men's clothing shop is a small Sephardic money changer who is a joy to use. He speaks French and is friendly and personable.
Nearer the lower intersection is the Feldheim Bookshop which gets as much of my money as Gal Paz does. They stock wonderful books and for a modest amount will emboss one's name on the cover.
There are some new Synagogues amongst the smaller older ones and a visit to recite Tehillim in either is a meaningful experience. Be sure to walk though these streets on a Shabbat and greet the families out for a stroll.
Hundreds of other shops sell delightful pastries, Judaica and clothing. A scribe will prepare lettered parchments for you at a reasonable prices. Don't forget to look up for old architectural features or old inscriptions.
I have no doubt you will find something of interest. But remember thousands of families live here. It is their community home and neighbourhood.
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