Showing posts with label shuk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shuk. Show all posts

Friday, May 16, 2014

Best Prices in Machane Yehuda, Off The Beaten Path

I try to get to Jerusalem's excellent open air market, Machane Yehuda, every week especially in the spring and summer. That's when it's easiest to get prices that are much lower than I see in Rami Levy. The big discount supermarket chain, Rami Levy, has a principle to keep the staples, carrots, apples, potatoes, onions etc and citrus in season at prices that favorably compare with the shuk/shuq (market.)

It's in the summer, when seasonal fruit is too delicate to store very long when he really can't compete as well. I found peaches and nectarines for NS6-7 in Machane Yehuda, while they were over NS10 in Rami Levy. Rami Levy has been selling large apples for a relatively low NS8.90 if I remember correctly, but that works out to close to NS2 for just one albeit delicious apple. I found slightly smaller apples for NS7.80 as you can see here. When you're trying to reduce your weight and expenses, these shuk apples are the best deal.

This stand, which I always check out, has different foods each week, but the prices are always fantastically low. I get my melon from him and decided to buy one of his very large zucchinis. At NS2 a kilo, how could I pass them up?

I only discovered this section of the shuk relatively recently. It's pretty much hidden away, off the beaten path. It's actually not far from Rechov Yaffo, Jaffa Road and paralel to it. You can enter by taking the first turn from the shuk street. No, it isn't the "Iraqi Shuk" which is large and has pretty much uniform prices of all of the standard vegetables. It's closer to town.

There's also a stand that sells greens for salads and soups for just NS1 per bunch. And it's actually a lovely "square" with a bench an view of the street via a restaurant. It's connected to one of the warrens of little "lanes" off of the main drags of Machane Yehuda, which are the best locations for bargains.

Enjoy in good health!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Not Your Usual Shuk Scenes

I'm going to have to try these fried cauliflower dishes...

There's nothing like fresh Israeli bread.

Watch the rice cakes pop out of the machine.

There is nothing like Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehuda, the best open market in the world. There's lots more than tomatoes and cucumbers.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Chodesh Tov! It's Shvat, So Have Some Fruit!

Yesterday I was in the shuk/shuq Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda.  You can tell it's Shvat -two weeks to TU (the 15th of) Shvat from all of the fruit being sold.  Here are some pictures.

This can be my favorite holiday.  I love fruit even more than any candy.  The only thing that can turn my eye from fruit is Hagen Daz Mint ice cream...

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hidden Corners of the Shuk and Bargains

Recently, I've been doing a bit of shopping Wednesday noonish in the Jerusalem open air market, Machane Yehuda aka the "shuk."  Wandering around looking for bargains, I've found them plus pleasant spots I had no idea existed.  If you want to save money, this is definitely the way to shop, even on a Wednesday when prices begin to edge up.

I don't buy all that much, because there's a limit on how much I can carry, but if I had a wagon I'd really stock up.  I shop after my Matan studies, so I also have books with me.  Also it's hard to take a wagon along to my studies.  But if I ever need to just go in to shop, I'd do it with something to wheel and a backpack.

It's a real bargain, because I don't pay extra bus/train fare.  I can squeeze in the shopping within the 90 minute free transfer time after getting on the bus near Matan and then taking a bus or train to my next stop to get to the bus station or trempiada home.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Detective Work, The #25 Bus Stop Near The Shuk

For the longest time, ever since buses in downtown Jerusalem had been rerouted to facilitate the light-rail, I've been searching for a #25 bus stop in Machane Yehuda. One of my sons even tried finding it on a google map, but it ended up going in the wrong direction, so I took a #8 that day.

Now why is the #25 so important?  It is an express route to an important location in Pisgat Ze'ev, just across the street and around the corner from the new "trempiada," where I can pick up rides and the Shiloh #148 bus or the Sha'ar Binyamin #143 bus.   I usually find myself transferring buses to catch it at the "Buchari shuk," just past Geula/Kikar Shabbat.  The latest "bus fare laws" include free unlimited transfers for 90 minutes.  The quicker I can catch the bus, the better the chance I can do all I need on one bus fare.  A few weeks ago, I went over the 90 minutes by two minutes which meant that I had to pay again.  Catching the bus in the shuk gives me an extra twenty minutes or so, plus that way I get a good seat and don't have to schlep my bags as much.

Yesterday, by chance aka siyate d'Shmaya, the Hand of G-d, while I was walking to Rechov Agrippas on my way to shop in the shuk I spotted the #25 as it entered the street near the back of the Clal Building. There was a lot of traffic, so I was able to see it turn at the street on the side of the Clal Building and then go through Kikar Davidka (Square.)  I filed that information away and did my shopping.

Then I walked back to the back of the Clal Building and waited for the bus.  I was well within the maximum ninety minutes after hopping a bus in Talpiyot, which was good.  I knew that I'd make it to the Pisgat Ze'ev trempiada early enough for the 2:05 to Shiloh which goes up to my neighborhood or a ride, whichever came first.  Of course, I took pictures on the way.

There's nothing like those Jerusalem buses.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Shuk/Shuq Shopping, Annoyances

One of the good or bad (best or worst) things about shopping in Jerusalem's open air market, Machaneh Yehuda is its prices. 

Last week I was there wandering around with my granddaughter before taking her to see the JEST performance of "The King and I."  It was Tuesday afternoon and the prices of even the best summer fruits was temptingly low. 

But logic got in the way.  I knew too well that I wouldn't be able to schlepp them safely for hours, so I didn't buy any.  Less than twenty-four 24 hours later I was back raring to shop, and the prices were much higher.  I did buy some fruit but it was hard, ok, actually-impossible to find such prices.  And I did re-trace my steps.

The lesson is that if you really want great bargains, you must choose your shopping days wisely.  The
first half of the week has prices lower than the last half, but they drop extremely low the last couple of hours before Shabbat, because nobody likes to have to store the fresh produce until Sunday.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013