Ben Yehuda Street

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Ben Yehuda Street Jerusalem

Ben Yehuda at Night

Ben Yehuda at Night

Jerusalem’s Light Rail system will take you to one of the city’s most beloved shopping streets: Ben Yehuda Street.  Get off at Zion Square and you’ll find yourself at the beginning of the venerable Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall.

Jerusalemites call it simply the “midrachov”— the pathway or pedestrian way.  Lined with shops, cafes and banks, and frequented by street buskers, Ben Yehuda is a central meeting place and a great place to experience shopping in Israel.  The broad expanse of Zion Square at the bottom of Ben Yehuda Street often hosts scheduled performers as well as impromptu events. Several flash mobs have also taken place there over the past few years. Everything from Dead Sea products to housewares can be found at reasonable and expensive prices.

Shopping Galore

Yxejamir  CC BY-SA 2.0Chandelier above Ben Yehuda Passage

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Chandelier above Ben Yehuda Passage

Making your way up Ben Yehuda  St., you’ll find that there is almost nothing that can’t be found in Jerusalem stores. Banks and legal money changers are closer to the bottom of pedestrain way, while chic clothing boutiques stand next to old-fashioned shops selling sturdy cotton garments and men’s classic hats. The Steimatsky bookstore has a branch here with a good selection of English books and magazines, while nearby you can pick up a pair of world-renowned Naot Israeli sandals and super comfortable shoes at very favorable prices.

Eating on Ben Yehuda St.

Hungry? Head to Ben Yehuda Street, which is home to many Jerusalem cafes and restaurants serving hamburgers, falafel, schwarma, pizza, ice-cream, fresh-squeezed juices and bakery items – all with reliable kosher certification. Musicians set up shop on the sidewalk most days of the year to provide a pleasant backdrop to the cacophony of languages you’ll hear amongst the passersby.

Kippa Man Shop on Ben Yehuda St.

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Kippa Man shop

Toward the middle and top of the street you’ll find a selection of souvenir shops with the usual Holy Land chachkas.  If you look carefully, you can also find a quality jewelry store with designer pieces by Israeli Ayala Bar and Michal Negrin, as well as a selection of kipot at a branch of the Kippa Man.

Jerusalem Cafe

Be sure to venture off onto the side alleys off the Midrachov for some interesting stores and Jerusalem cafes.  On Luntz Street, check out Bleecker Café with its fabulous baked kosher goods.

For more about restaurants in and around Jerusalem see the Baruch Haba Restaurant site that offers an English website for restaurants with an online booking service and specials and discount coupons; booking on line ensures your table is available and the restaurant is open.

Ben Yehuda Street Trivia: Did You Know?

Ben Yehuda Street is named for Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the man responsible for the revival of Modern Hebrew. The street has been closed to traffic since 1983.

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