Over the years, the colorful market has been widely publicized as a magnet for politicians and protesters of national politics, as well as being a stronghold of Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans.
Once this market was a daytime market, but the night of Mahaneh Yehuda Market has become popular as well. Today's popular falafel stands and popular restaurants are joined by quality chef restaurants, lively bars and cozy cafés. Young people have made it the center of Jerusalem's nightlife and its pleasant atmosphere in the evenings attracts many from around the city and surrounding communities.
The market had no infrastructure at all, but gradually the village sellers began to add wooden sheds and stalls, and over time built permanent structures made of tin and wood. The name of the market, which was originally called "Valero Market", after the owner of the lot it was all built on, later became the Mahane Yehuda Market, after the adjacent neighborhood.