Navigating the crowds at the market before Shabbat is an unparalleled experience: Hebrew exclamations and rows of shops selling colorful spices, rainbows of candy, and trinkets for tourists. The energy at the shuk is present in markets all over Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The shuk is the perfect place to try new things, meet the locals, and find unique items for sale. Wandering through the streets of the markets presents Israel and its culture in a whole new light. Chatting with the vendors gives a new meaning to Israeli chutzpah, as they try to convince you with jokes and negotiations. Seeing the different items on display in each of the quarters of Jerusalem emphasizes the fusion of cultures in the country. The shopkeepers' merchandise packs the narrow, historic alleyways, spotlighting Israel as the meeting place of the centuries old and the new.