The pedestrian only, upscale Mamilla Mall was opened in 2007-2008 as the only open air mall in Jerusalem. At one end is Jaffa Gate and the other is King David Street. It has 140 boutique and chain stores. It is possible to wine and dine in the terrace restaurants while the sun is setting overhead over the magestic walls of the Old City with views of the Towers of David and Jaffa Gate.
The Mamilla Mall was designed by Israeli architect Moshe Safdie. The area its situated on has historial and archaeoglical importance which he tried to blend into the mall’s construction and surrounding areas. As such, he chose materials and construction styles of the historic Mamilla neighbourhood, using masonry-block contruction and arches taken from the 19th century buildings which lined the original Mamilla Street.
The buildings along the Mamilla boulevard are purposely not evenly speaced allowing for plenty of open areas between the buildings which host different types of public areas. There is also an indoor two storey mall housing boutiques, stores and restaurants.
There are changing art and sculpture exhibits along the promenade which are all by local artists with most being for sale, giving the mall even more character. There are free concerts during the summer and Jewish holidays, street performances and family activities. On Chanukkah with the lighting of the large menorah, there is a special concert every night hosting different famous religious Jewish singers.