Ben Yehuda Mall
(Take the Jerusalem Light Rail and get off at Yafo-stop, which is one stop from the City Hall)
GPS 31.781227N & 35.2141943E
Outside the Old City of Jerusalem you will find the picturesque Ben Yehuda Mall. Whether it is summer and peak-season or winter with very little tourists, there is always something happening. You might find an art- or antiques exhibition; or be entertained by street performers.
Just sit down for an ice cream or lunch at one of the lovely street cafe's and watch the people go by: tourists, students, business men, orthodox rabbi's or busy housewives with children.
(Buy some T-shirts, Judaica and gifts at great prices.)
This is a lovely place to be!
Mahane Yehuda Mall
(Take the Jerusalem Light Rail and get off at Mahane Yehuda, which is about halfway between the Old City and Central Bus Station)
GPS 31.7850427N & 35.2100823E
Wonderful Art Gallery when shops are closed on Shabbat, and great fresh produce, baked wares, home décor etc. at all other times.
But beware of Fridays - the mall is super busy in preparation for the Shabbat.
(Although, you might be surprised with a lovely rose and a "Shabbat Shalom" if you do go there!)
Hours: Sun-Thurs 8am-7pm
Fri 8am to about 3pm
Central Bus Station
(From Ben Gurion Airport, take a shuttle to the El Al Junction then Egged bus 947 which leaves every 20 minutes to Jerusalem Central Bus Station, from 6:17 a.m. to 22:22pm; or take a Sherut/shared taxi for more convenience)
(from the Old City, take the Light Rail and get off at Tachana Merkazit/Central Station)
Firstly, if you are in need of a pharmacy, you will find a Super-Pharm here!! There is a good variety of stores and the Central Bus Stations in Israel is also known for healthy, kosher meals at very affordable prices. So look for the eatery with the most soldiers and fall in line for a wonderful falafel or shwarma ...or whatever they serve. Always good, with loads of extra pickles and veggies for free.
Malcha Mall, near the Teddy Sport Stadium and the Biblical Zoo, was Jerusalem's first major mall.
Israel was not big into the ''mall experience'' or ''shopping-as-a-past time'' like the rest of the Western world. (what a pity that it changed)
This 3-level mall (also known as Azrieli Mall) is by far the most popular in Jerusalem but it is quite a bus-ride to get there from Central Jerusalem or the Old City.
To visit any of the 260 businesses operating from the mall, you can take the train there. It is the only operating train station in Jerusalem. (Ps...this is not the Light Rail train)
Or take an Egged bus no's: 4, 5, 6, 18, 24, 160.