For years “I’ll meet you at Mashbir”, meant the corner of King George
and Ben Yehuda Streets in the center of Jerusalem.
But, after several years of construction,
the landmark department stored has relocated on Jaffa Street,
and is open for business.
Escalators are placed in such a way that one has to walk
across the bright and inviting shopping areas
to reach the next set.
The top floor restaurant is still under construction.
Diners and others wanting to avoid the temptation to shop may use elevators.
The view of the light rail train from the glass elevators
and Kikar Zion, Zion Square from the windows,
remind you that you are still in Jerusalem.
Be careful… if you are told to meet at Mashbir.
The old building is now an Office Depot outlet.
“I’ll meet you at Office Depot?”…
it’s going to take a while to get used to that.
24 thoughts on “Meet you at Mashbir”
You make me want to got shopping!
Heard the merchandise is the same, but it sure looks a whole lot better!
But the toilet[s] aren’t! On one floor only, one cubicle locked & not even enough space to stand in a queue! Looks like they copied an even smaller version of the old store.
Thank you for pointing out what I missed! We were just talking yesterday at a meeting at city hall about access to decent toilets in Jerusalem…or lack of!
Thanks for updating me on shopping developments. I had no idea that Mashbir was moving, since I rarely shop downtown. I did see the Office Depot sign from the bus yesterday and thought that would be a convenient place to get office supplies. Keep the photographic news coming.
All the best, Edith
This is great!! We’ll have to meet there in January!!!
I havent’ been there yet. Can’t wait to give it a visit. It’s around the corner from HaGov, The Lion’s Den, the best kosher sports bar in Jerusalem. Have you been there?
I have some good pics from HaGov in a photo folder, maybe will use them one day.
I wish someone had given me this warning about “let’s meet at Cafe Rimon.” Used to ALWAYS mean in Ben Yehuda… but as I discovered one fine day, after waiting half an hour for friends, there is now a Cafe Rimon at Mamilla. Okay, it’s not exactly sacrilegious… but it is definitely hard to get used to.
Cafe Rimon, yes, and beware of Leonardo also!
There are two now in Jerusalem and out of town guests do not know Plaza from the other.
We went to meet friends for breakfast and had to take a taxi to the other one!
Very enticing article! We’ll have to check it out!
Very smart !
I’ve just discovered you!
welcome and share with your friends.
Wow. You’d think I never get into town. But it looks so clean. Same management? And an Offeice Depot outlet also! Can hardly wait to find a reason to rediscover the Holy City. Thanks for the update.
AAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH! I want to go back home SOOOO BAAADLY! At least this way I won’t feel like I’ve missed out on so much when we do get back. It will help us avoid that: “everything’s changed” feeling of estrangement. Thank you so much for your beautiful coverage and please do keep them coming. 🙂
Toby thank you, check back every week, things are changing here every day, it is hard to keep up with all the building in Jerusalem.
What was at that spot 100 years ago?
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