Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda “shuk” – open air marketplace – continues to flourish and is getting more and more upscale restaurants and a lively night scene after the stalls have all closed.
Here’s the description that accompanied this video, created by Israel’s Foreign Ministry: “Thursdays and Fridays are the busiest days in Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s most popular marketplace. Hundreds crowd the stands stocking up for Shabbat, as vendors announce the latest tomato prices at the top of their lungs. The sounds, smells and colors are as varied as the people.
“Songs and stories were written about the market that dates back to the 19th Century, and its history is closely intertwined with the story of the city of Jerusalem.
“In recent years, various dining establishments opened in and around Mahane Yehuda, supplementing the traditional Middle Eastern favorites with chef restaurants, all with a continued focus on Jerusalem’s distinct flavors.”