Market Scene: Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

Note: Each day this week, Leah will be sharing a delicious bite from her recent trip to Israel. Follow along on her Snapshots from Israel. —The Mgmt.

The market on a crowded Friday afternoon. [Photographs: Leah Douglas]

Many of my absolute favorite travel memories revolve around exploring the town's local marketplace. The colors and smells; the cries of bargaining salesmen and shoppers. So naturally I was drawn to Shuk Mahane Yehuda, a bustling marketplace in Jerusalem. On a Friday afternoon, the market is overrun by men, women, and children shopping for the Sabbath and feasting on delicious local delicacies.

Mahane Yehuda is comprised of several full blocks of small, narrow stalls selling everything from fresh citrus to loose candy. Play your cards right and a halvah salesman may just slip you a couple samples of the buttery, nutty sesame treat. And don't be scared off by the hustle and bustle—this food is worth fielding a couple shoves.

Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem, Israel (map)