City Center

The center of the city (Mercaz Ha’ir) of Jerusalem includes many smaller neighborhoods built in the 1880s. The rehabilitation and gentrification of these old historic neighborhoods began in 1985 with Machane Yehuda Market area (the shuk), and continues until today with the introduction of new 9-storey residential buildings. The main streets are King George and Jaffa Streets. The area is a main commercial center as well as a tourist attraction and an enjoyable place to spend an afternoon. The city center includes many first-class hotels, including the King David, the Prima Kings, the Sheraton, and Lev Jerusalem. One of the main attractions of this area is the famous pedestrian Ben Yehuda Street with its many shops, restaurants, and cafes. In addition to the commercial and tourist attractions, the center of Jerusalem contains the Great Synagogue and Yeshurun Synagogue with their famous cantors, as well as residential apartments and houses. The center city area is within walking distance of many neighborhoods, including the religious neighborhood of Meah Shearim, the Old City, Rechavia, and Yemin Moshe. The Downtown Triangle (Hebrew: המשולש‎, Ha-Meshulash, lit. "The Triangle") is a central commercial and entertainment district in Western Jerusalem. the area is bounded by Jaffa Road on the north, King George Street on the west, and Ben Yehuda Street on the southeast.

City Center