Our Jerusalem Food Tour of Machane Yehuda Market takes you to the culinary epicenter of Jerusalem and one of the liveliest and most exciting places to visit in all of Israel. The “shuk”, as the locals call it in Hebrew, is bustling at all hours of the day, especially on Thursday nights when partygoers fill the bars in celebration of the weekend, and on Fridays when people flock to get their shopping done before Shabbat starts.
On our Jerusalem Food Tour, we will take you on a multi-sensory experience to discover the best food in the shuk – where to taste the most flavorful kebab, the creamiest hummus, and the most aromatic shawarma. And of course, no meal is complete without dessert, and Machne Yehuda packs a mean punch, with multiple offerings of halva, baklava, and juice stands. Machane Yehuda is where the locals head to scour the best deals on fruits and vegetables, spices, household items, and of course, rugelach for Friday night dinner.
While the market has undergone many changes over the years, it has nonetheless managed to retain its tradition and authenticity. It is a place that fits all types of people – the hip young crowd seeking quality pour-over coffee and those in the market for household items and textile products. During our tour, you will learn about the market’s century-old history and the changes it has undergone to keep up with modern times. You will also learn about the importance of food in Israeli culture and the staple foods that local people can’t live without. The tour will give you a taste of Israeli cuisine and a step into Israeli culture.
Interested in touring the market with a local chef, followed by a cooking workshop? Check out our Machane Yehuda Market Tour & Cooking Workshop.
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Jerusalem Food Tour of Machane Yehuda Market Highlights
1Enjoy a fully-guided tour of Machane Yehuda
2Discover the produce and spices that are essential to Israeli cuisine
3Meet the vendors who are the pillars of the market
4Sample local delicacies from sweet treats to savory bites
5Learn about the start of the market during the Ottoman Empire and its growth into a critical element of Jerusalem
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