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Halva Kingdom

Grinding sesame into paste since 1947, this irresistible stall is hard to miss thanks to its crown-shaped sign, huge wheels of halva and attendant proffering little samples of the flaky nougat. Once you've tasted it…
Books in East Jerusalem

Educational Bookshop & Cafe

The ideal starting point for exploring East Jerusalem, the Educational Bookshop attracts journalists, aid workers, activists and art-lovers. There's a range of books and DVDs pertaining to the Arab–Israeli conflict,…
Ceramics in East Jerusalem

Armenian Ceramics

The longest-established Armenian-style ceramics studio in Jerusalem, this family business is run by Neshan Balian, grandson of a master potter from Turkey. Founded in 1922, the factory was destroyed in the Six Day W…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Downtown

Greenvurcel

Sleek, minimalist designs characterise the metalwork of versatile artist Yaakov Greenvurcel. His gleaming challah trays and dreidels are among the Judaica on offer; meanwhile, the jewellery – featuring Tahitian pear…
Ceramics in Old City

Sandrouni Armenian Art Centre

After you stroll through New Gate into Jerusalem's Old City, it's hard to resist taking a peek inside the colourful ceramics workshop of Armenian brothers George and Dorin Sandrouni. Since setting up their atelier i…
Food in East Jerusalem

Musrara Shops

Informally known as the Musrara Shops by Damascus Gate, this strip of grocers, small supermarkets, bakeries and falafel stands is a go-to place for any fresh fruit, vegetable or food. Right across from the Damascus …
Arts & Crafts in East Jerusalem

Sunbula

This not-for-profit outfit empowers Palestinian artisans by promoting and selling traditional handicrafts, including embroidery, basketry, weaving, carving and olive-oil soap. It runs two shops in Jerusalem, one of …
Antiques in Old City

Alan Baidun

Dedicated antiques-lovers will be disappointed by their rummaging in the Old City…until they reach Alan Baidun's store. All antiques – from Egyptian amulets to exquisite Islamic art – are sold with export certificat…
Ceramics in Downtown

Arman Darian Ceramic

Yerevan-born Arman Darian might be the best-known ceramicist in Israel, having installed his designs in many public buildings. Skilfully decorated ceramic vases, plates and tiles fill his 1986-founded workshop and b…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Downtown

Danny Azoulay

Drawing inspiration from European and Middle Eastern design, Morocco-born artist Danny Azoulay creates ketubahs (Jewish wedding contracts) with lacy paper-cut designs. Also on sale are pretty ceramic honey jugs, fra…