Jaffa St is brimming with basic, inexpensive clothing, shoe, electronics and cosmetics shops. Yo'el Salomon St is lined with Judaica shops, boutique clothing stores, jewellery shops, art galleries and a couple of good wine shops. Ben Yehuda has souvenir stores, as well as Judaica and religious-themed shops.

For a walk on the Haredi side, head down Malkhei Yisrael St, Mea She'arim's main commercial thoroughfare, to check out the shops selling religious books, religious music CDs (male voices only), clothing (long skirts and scarves) and mom-and-pop (or bubbe and zedde) delis with rows of chopped liver, herring, kreplach, and other Eastern European specialities.