The marketplace has a strange way of quickly conveying the feel of a neighbourhood in a short space of time. Not only can you meet the locals, they are also great places to eat, find a bargain or buy something extra unique. Whether you visit Tel Aviv for a day or a week, here is the Market Guide to Tel Aviv that will let you experience these places like a true local!
One of the first things I did when we got to Tel Aviv was to grab the map and see where all the markets were – and there were lots. We also happened to be staying in an AirBnB apartment that was right in the MIDDLE of the Carmel Markets! Perfect for all the market hunting we would be doing!
Aka Shuk Ha’Carmel.
Not only is Carmel Market one of the biggest market places in Tel Aviv, it has a wide range of products for sale and is popular with locals and tourists alike. You can find some of the most authentic and cheap food, grab fresh produce, grab a souvenir or cheap clothes, jewellery and much more. Take a walk through and smell the spices, hear the stallholders yelling out their deals over the hustle and bustle and see the colourful displays. It’s extra busy on Fridays before closing in the afternoon for Shabbat, and fresh food deals are extra good at this time. If you are only in Tel Aviv for a short time and wondering which market to see, Carmel is for you.
Best For: Cheap food and souvenirs.
Nachlat Binyamin Arts and Crafts
Any other day of the week, Nachlat Binyamin Street is filled with fabric stores. But on Tuesdays and Fridays in this pedestrian mall surrounding the Carmel Market is a quirky arts and crafts market. Artists and creatives sell all sorts of homemade and handcrafted works. Here you can find a lot of unique jewellery items, home decorations, toys, and works of art. The pace is slower and quieter than Carmel market, which allows visitors to appreciate each stall as you pass by. If you are looking for something crafty and Israeli made, this is the place. They are all handmade and sold by the artists themselves.
Best For: Unique handmade crafts.
Nachlat Binyamin St
Tuesdays & Fridays 10-6pm
Jaffa Flea Market
Aka Shuk Hapishpeshim.
Sprawled across the outer streets of Jaffa lies the well-renowned Jaffa Flea Market. These stalls are spread through storefronts, market tables and alleyways to make up an eclectic and dynamic market. If you’re into antique finds, why not search for that oriental antique treasure that you’ve never laid eyes on before. Check out this flea market for Jewish paraphernalia, bric-a-brac, furniture and household items, carpets, plus much more. Antiques are piled high in every corner of some stores, making it a treasure hunt for pickers and those with the patience to dig in for what they’re looking for. Even if you are not looking for something in particular, the Jaffa Flea Market is a must-see for any visit to the area. Its also been running in the area for over 100 years (and some of the items have probably been here since the start!)
Best For: Odd antiques and vintage finds.
Jaffa Outskirts, starting at Yefet St.
Nearby the entrance to Carmel Market on King George street lies a small (yet packed) clothing market full of bargains. The clothing items here are on racks and tangled in high piles but prices start from 5 shekels and there are some bargains to be found, if you’re one to sort through to find a gem. Most are basic items but the markets have been known to have some designer pieces every now and then. It’s also a great place to find cheap holiday necessities like beachwear, towels and linen.
Best For: Cheap clothes and holiday needs.
King George St
Dizengoff Vintage & Antique Market
These markets are held Tuesday and Friday and specialise in all sorts of vintage clothes, jewellery and bric-a-brac. It’s a bit like looking through an op-shop or your grandmother’s house as stallholders are generally selling their own collection of goods. They’re willing to bargain and there’s plenty to look at. On Fridays the selection of vintage clothes is extra big.
Best For: Personal antique items and vintage clothes.
Tuesday 2pm-10pm, Friday 8am-5pm.
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