Mamilla Mall is the ultimate luxury Jerusalem mall. It's been touted as Israel's Rodeo Drive, Fifth Ave or Champs Elysees. Not only can you enjoy the fantastic view from outdoor cafes and stroll among centuries old buildings shopping for a Rolex or some diamonds at H. Stern, the walk will take you right to the Old City.
Today, Mamilla is a pleasant pedestrian mall, where street performers and cafes create a joyful holiday atmosphere. There's definitely an upper-class feel to the place, for the art on display consists not of cartoonists but of a rotating exhibition of large sculpture pieces, most of which are for sale. In between such stores as Tommy Hilfinger and MAC, you'll also find more approachable ones: a Superpharm pharmacy, a Café Rimon with a stunning view, a yummy ice cream store tucked next to the entrance to the Gap. It's a wonderful place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing.
The House Where Theodore Herzl StayedMake a stop at Steimatzky's, about half-way down the mall. Steimatzky's is Israel's largest bookstore chain. This one is notable because it is housed in the renovated Stern House, where Theodore Herzl stayed during his one and only visit to Jerusalem. The ground floor has English-language books for adults with a small selection of kids' books, as well as a restaurant.
The renovated Stern House today, home to a bookstore and restaurant.
Theodore Herzl standing in front of the Stern House as it looked then.
The Bitter History of the Mamilla MallIn the 1930s, this area was Jerusalem's bustling commercial center. Commercial life here practically ceased, however, in the last days of the British Mandate as the area turned into a war zone and, when the Arab-Israeli War of Independence ended, Jerusalem was a divided city and this area found itself right on the cease-fire line between Israel and the Jordanian Army stationed on the walls of the Old City looming above it.
Mamilla TodaySo while you stroll down the lovely pedestrian mall of present day Jerusalem, enjoying the luxuries, the pleasant atmosphere, and sip a coffee at a cafe overlooking stunning views of Sultan’s Pool, Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Shaananim, take a moment or two to muse about its history – its bustling heyday in the 1930s, its fall, its present revitalization. Mamilla's history, in short, parallels that of Jerusalem – one of dramatic changes, but inevitable rebirth.
The end of Mamilla Mall by Jaffa Gate
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