Supermarkets

Grocery shopping in Israel is just another part of daily life that can become difficult because it’s in a foreign country. Knowing where to shop for what and what each store offers can be useful information for those settling in Jerusalem. I have provided the names and basic services of some of the larger supermarkets in Jerusalem that we have used over the past few years. I will not be talking about hechsherim as it is very complicated and constantly changing. See below for a more general guide to supermarket shopping in Israel.

Osher Ad

The Osher Ad supermarket in Jerusalem is as close as you’ll get to Pomegranate, Gourmet Glatt, and Evergreen. It’s comparable in its size and inventory. The large aisles and tremendous inventory of every kind of item you might need are what makes it reminiscent of your supermarket back at home. Although there are others, the main one that people from the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood and the like shop at, is located in Rav Shefa mall on Shamgar street. The exact address and times of the three branches are listed below. The downside is that there is no “mishloach service”. However, there is a constant flow of cabs waiting outside readily available to take you home. There is also a large underground parking lot for those who choose to come by private car. 

  • Shamgar St 16, Jerusalem

  • Beit Ha-Defus St 29, Jerusalem

  • קניון בית הדר, Ha-Rekhavim St 8, Jerusalem

Store Hours​

  • Sunday 10 am-11 pm

  • Monday 10 am-11 pm

  • Tuesday 10 am-11 pm

  • Wednesday 10 am-12 am

  • Thursday 10 am- 12 am

  • Friday 7:30 am- 1 pm

  • Saturday Closed

Shaarei Revacha

 Shaarei Revacha in Jerusalem is similar to Osher Ad in regards to its size and inventory. However, it differs depending on the branch. In 2018, Shaarei Revacha opened up a branch at Luis Brandeis 3 (the corner of Brandeis and Yirmiyahu) and upgraded its appearance to fit in with the upscale neighborhood. This branch has fresh produce but no delivery service (Mishloach). There is a nice take out place within the store which can make you feel that you’re at your grocery store in Lakewood. The original Shaarei Revacha is at Yirmiyahu Street 25. It differs from the other branch in the sense that it lacks fresh produce, but it offers delivery service (Mishloach) which makes it a great place to buy in bulk and stock up, as opposed to Osher Ad and the Shaarei Revacha on Luis Brandeis Street.

Store Hours:

  • Sunday 9 am-12 am

  • Monday 9 am-12 am

  • Tuesday 9 am-12 am

  • Wednesday 9 am-12 am

  • Thursday 9 am-1 am

  • Friday 9 am-2:30 pm

  • Saturday Closed

Yesh

Yesh is a chain of stores with a branch conveniently located at Paran St 7. It is large with spacious aisles and has many products, like Osher Ad and Shaarei Revacha (although not as much). Yesh does have “Mishloach service” and it has self-checkout counters. Although you need a Teudat Zehut (TZ, Israeli ID) to sign up, you can use your friend’s as it does not need to be connected to the credit card that you use to pay. Additionally, Yesh has a Well Done counter (Butcher) located in the back of the store where you can get fresh meat and chicken. Disclaimer: as Hechsherim can change, be aware of what the hechsher is at the time of purchase.

Store Hours:

  • Sunday 7 am–10 pm

  • Monday 7 am–10 pm

  • Tuesday 7 am–10 pm

  • Wednesday 7 am–11 pm

  • Thursday 7 am–11 pm

  • Friday 7 am–1:30 pm

  • Saturday 8–11 pm

Maayan

Maayan is a chain of supermarkets located throughout Jerusalem. There are two located on Yam Suf Street. They are smaller in size and inventory compared to the above stores. They are local if you live nearby, which is convenient for a quick grocery shop, but can be more expensive than the others. It is more like a “makolet” than a supermarket. They also have “mishloach service”, cost depending on the size of the bill.

Eshkolet

If you’re wondering where to buy American food products in Israel, this may just be the answer. Eshkolet is a tiny hole-in-the-wall makolet located at the beginning of Paran street where you can feel like you’re in America. From your Snapple to Ortega tortillas, many American products can be found there. But keep in mind that it is not cheap.

Butchers in Jerusalem

 

  • Chofetz Chaim – 8 Agrippas, 02-624-3443 or 02-623-2839 (Delivery)

  • Well Done – Hamarpeh 1, Har Chotzvim (Next to Entrecote).  02-536-3335 (Delivery)

  • Kehillos – Chicken/meat counter at Yesh on Paran
  • Hackers- Achinoam 12 02-656-3099 (Delivery)

If you are on a tight budget, the cheapest way to get chicken, meat, ground beef and kishkeh is through the Mir Yeshiva/ Ramat Eshkol/ Maalot Dafna sale. You will need an Israeli check to pay by these sales.

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Supermarket Chart

  American products? Consumer experience? Delivery? Size? Open on Shabbat?
Rami Levy Yes, though not many Poor. Crowded and hectic, and staff is not readily available to assist Yes Very large No
Shufersal Yes, mostly imported health food products Clean, calm, and staff is accessible and generally warm and helpful Yes Very large, similar in size to Rami Levy Yes, but there is a sub-branch, Yesh Chesed, that is closed on Shabbat
Osher Ad Yes, many Similar to Costco, in that it is big and busy but not particularly messy or disorganized No Extremely large, similar to size of Costco No
Maayan 2000 Almost none Decent. Spacious and clean, pleasant aesthetic Yes Bigger than a mini market but smaller than a supermarket No
Yochananoff Not many Very pleasant, clean, and good customer service No About the size of Rami Levy/Shufersal No

 

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