The Heart of Jerusalem Market tour.


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Activity Level



City, Food and Wine, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: Yes.
Although this is a walking tour, it is not walking along distance, rather between stalls and a casual stroll in the adjoining neighborhood. The entire tour can be done avoiding steps.

Maximum travelers: 5



Spanish (basic), Hebrew (advanced), French (basic), English (fluent)

Experiencing the essence of Jerusalem; a tasting tour of Machaneh Yehudah and a walking Tour of Nachalaot.

The 'Heart' of Jerusalem and the first neighbourhoods of the New City are called Nachalaot, 'inheritances'. Each Neighbourhood is a representation of one of the communities that make up the new city and each one has a unique insight into the soul of Jerusalem.

The most direct way to a person's heart is through the stomach. This is also true of the heart of Jerusalem. By tasting the diverse flavors, smelling the fragrances and internalizing the music and noise of the Machaneh Yehudah Market you will absorb the culture of the new city of Jerusalem.


You shall begin with an introduction to Machaneh Yehudah and how it began and visit the open 'Shuk' (Market)

You shall proceed to the Iraqi market and sample some of the olives there and listen to the music of Ehud Banai at his family house in Ha Agas 1.

Afterwards you shall explore Georgian culture through the food of the Georgian Shuk and bakery of Hotchpuria.

You shall head into the covered market and take in the bustle and noise of the main market, learn about Yemenite medicine.

The Machaneh Yehudah experience ends with a sweet taste - the taste of the best rugelech in Jerusalem!

After our introduction to the Jerusalem communities you shall see where they live on a walking tour of Nachalaot.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Either at your hotel or at the Davidka Square in front of the monument. I shall be wearing a 'Yankees' baseball cap.
Alternatively I can meet at the Machaneh Yehudah light rail station if you are taking the light rail.

End location: Either at the Machaneh Yehudah light rail station or your hotel.

Duration: 5 hours

If it rains we will have to spend more time in the covered market and less time in Nachalaot, though I have managed in the past to go and see some of the picturesque synagogues in Nachalaot.


This is a walking tour.
I can arrange transport to and from the market for an additional fee or you can use taxis or public transport.

What’s Included

A Tasting Tour of Machaneh Yehudah and a walking Tour of the neighbourhood of Nachalaot.
3 complementary food tastings.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

100 shekels - The above fee is an arbitrary MINIMAL sum for tasting other foods and buying more items, you may also want to have lunch in the market too.

What’s Extra

Transportation to and from the market, additional tastings.
All customers should be wearing appropriate footwear for uneven pavings, a hat and sunscreen for hot weather, if they wish to visit some of the more religious parts of Nachalaot you should bring modest clothing.


As a religious Jew I cannot work on holy days. I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your car /I can arrange for a separate car & driver. I am not permitted to guide in the PA. Only driver-guides / certain taxis may enter the Port of Ashdod.

A Recent Review of this tour

Yossi's Quiet Joy inspires a tour of Jerusalem: Yossi was punctual, clear, attentive to our needs, and knowledgeable, but even more he created an experience. It was a delight to be introduced to Khachapuri, and more while hearing about the Jewish communities that made their homes in Israel, even noting the history of shtreimel (Jewish men's hats)! He found a way for us to appreciate and enjoy the celebration of the Shemini Atzeret holiday. Yossi's quiet joy about his city created for us a special day!
Dena S.

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