City Guide: Jerusalem

A cultural stirring is taking place in Jerusalem, and one that combines spirituality and history with the present day. Inside the walls of the Holy City, Jerusalem's biggest and oldest outdoor market, Machne Yehuda, is testimony to the burgeoning experimentation and creativity that is engulfing this storied town. The food market dates back to the Ottoman period, when Arab and Jewish merchants sold local produce; today, you'll find locally sourced legumes, smell the baking of bourekas and hear the chatter of the many voices that make up the golden city. Whether you feel moved, energised or perplexed by Jerusalem's contemporary political issues, it is impossible to leave unaffected.