Not long ago, upscale hotels in Jerusalem could rely on bookings based solely on their own unique quirks or historical significance. But the ups and downs of the world economy have raised the bar: Today's consumers have come to expect specific amenities at luxury hotels, along with the native charms.
No longer seen as the awkward culinary cousin to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem has in recent years been cementing its reputation as a destination for locavores, for fans of what Israelis call "chef restaurants," for nightlife aficionados, and for those diners with a discerning sweet tooth.
Jerusalem's open-air market, Mahane Yehuda, has in recent years grown to be a bona fide mainstream tourist destination among Israelis and international arrivals alike. Today, the capital's open-air market is more accessible and more thoroughly documented than ever before.