Souk Khan El-Zeit (Beit Habad Street Market), Jerusalem

Souk Khan El-Zeit (Beit Habad Street Market), Jerusalem

Standing just behind Damascus Gate, this colorful and fascinating market has been operated the same way for centuries, bursting with culture on every cobbled lane. It's a bit of a step back in time which can at times be hard to deal with, as some customs of the Western world, familiar to most of Israel, do not apply here – but don't let that stop you.

At the more genuine and authentic Khan El-Zeit and El-Wad streets, the shops and street sellers are dealing out spices, fruits, falafels and other consumables for locals, but also embroidered dresses, leather goods, antiquities and countless other handicrafts. Walking further to the markets along Via Dolorosa, you will encounter traditional souk shops as well as tourist shops. Chain Street – an extension of David Street from the Christian Quarter – is lined with one shop after another with mostly tourist souvenir shops; the perfect gift or souvenir is in there somewhere if you're willing to look hard enough.

With so many stalls to look at and choose from, haggling may be necessary, but this is expected in any souk, and you can get some very good bargains. It will be busy most likely anytime you go, but in the evenings the souk transforms into a trendy area with eateries and pubs.

Tip:
Go in the morning to get the best fresh-baked goods! If looking for the best shawarma, find in the Muslim quarter of the souk – they are the most delicious and the cheapest.

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Sight Name: Souk Khan El-Zeit (Beit Habad Street Market)
Sight Location: Jerusalem, Israel (See walking tours in Jerusalem)
Sight Type: Shopping
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