Ben-Yehudah street next to Jaffa road, in one of the prime locations in western Jerusalem. Closed to motorized traffic since 1983, this pedestrian mall attracts tourists and locals alike. Stroll down the street and sample the variety of eateries, falafel stands, and popular hummus bars it offers. In the summer the street performers entertain the crowds while ultra-orthodox Jews persuade people to put Tefilin.
No trip in Israel if complete without trying the overpriced falafel at Maoz and hanging out in the bars of adjacent Nachalat Shiva.
Points of Interest in the Area
Ben-Yehudah street is just a few blocks from Mahane Yehudah market, the main fruits and vegetables market of Jerusalem. It is also not far from Mea Shearim, the historical center of the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox community. Mamilla pedestrian mall is also short walk from this street, providing more shopping opportunities.
A tour of these sites can be combined in a day tour of Jerusalem.