There is nothing better than strolling through a crowded farmer's market or a lively street fair on a sunny weekend day. And that is exactly what I happened upon this Friday morning when our guest, Kathy, was in town. We knew that the entirety of Jerusalem shuts down from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday; however, we were never exactly sure how many options there were for that precious time (usually spent sleeping in) on Friday morning and early afternoon. We are finding out, slowly but surely, that there are indeed some options around town. Last Friday, we came across the Bezalel Arts Fair, which is apparently quite the draw. Every Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., between the streets of Bezalel and Shatz and adjacent to Gan Hashiver (the dog park across from HaMashbir department store), you will find this bustling scene (which, if you are like me, can entertain for a solid daytime soiree):
At the Bezalel Arts Fair, you will find everything from henna tattoo to handmade art to vases and pottery to bags and clothing to jewelry and also breads, treats and baked goods. Of course, the list does not stop there. Live artists and musicians can be found throughout the cobblestone streets. New local favorites show up at the fair each week and returning vendors also make recurring appearances:
If you're hungry, there are a handful of wonderful restaurants along the fair's cobblestone streets that stay open until about 3 or 4 p.m. (just about the time the fair closes up....and just in time for Shabbat, of course). This makes the Bezalel fair a great choice for a Friday morning brunch or lunch spot with friends or a loved one.
Be sure to add the Bezalel Arts Fair to your list! Allegedly, in the summer when things warm up, the Jerusalem Cinemateque partners in with the fair(s) to show outdoor screenings of films out on the grass. I'm not sure exactly where, so I guess we'll have to wait to find out as spring and summer slowly creep upon us! Also, I've heard there's another great fair, also on Friday mornings, in the Emek Refaim neighborhood, so I'm definitely adding that to my list in the near future.