A center of commerce in Jerusalem, the market symbolizes the city and its culture. This vibrant market, located at the very center of the capital city, sells everything from house wares and flowers to art, accessories, specialty foods, baked goods, fish, spices, dairy produce and more. The market is also a center for nightlife with many restaurants, bars and clubs situated in the area.
The market dates back to the Ottoman period, and was developed by local peasants who brought their goods to sell in the central Jerusalem location. The grounds were later turned into an organized marketplace, the market traders themselves introducing shops and storage facilities. During the British Mandate proper garbage disposal, lighting and running water was introduced. Over the years the market continued to develop, and it has become a successful, yet authentic place popular with visitors on a trip to Israel.