Tel Aviv MarketsMarket culture has really taken off in Israel, and Tel Aviv is no exception. Although not always cheaper than buying in a supermarket, it is certainly more fun to shop in the markets (shuk). The shuk traditionally sells a plethora of fruit, vegetables, nuts and herbs amongst many other types of high quality produce. Dotted around the Tel Aviv city you will find a treasure trove within the various Tel Aviv markets – some covered, some open to the elements.
A Selection of MarketsTel Aviv offers a wide range of traditional as well as trendy markets. Shuk Hacarmel, just behind the coastline is filled to the brim with food, flowers, Judaica, clothes, and some excellent restaurants, while Nahalat Binyamin boats a huge selection of fabric and haberdashery shops with arts and crafts stalls on Tuesdays and Fridays. Levinsky Food Market located in the trendy neighborhood of Florentine sells spices, eastern food based on the traditions of Iran, Iraq and Kurdistan to name but a few. Jaffa’s Flea Market, or its more colorful title of Shuk Hapishpishim has permanent stores selling luxury, vintage and second hand goods including furniture, homeware and home furnishings, jewellery, and clothes.
In recent years more modern additions have sprung up on the market scene Sarona Market – a colorful, culinary experience which includes some 100 stores selling locally produced wares such as cheeses, spices, meats and many more. Within the Sarona Market food connoiseurs can choose one of the 40 restaurants to partake of fine food created by Israel’s most famous chefs, as well as in well-known international chains.
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The Rothschild-Allenby Market is the latest permanent offering and the newest kid on the block, having opened in early 2017. A covered market, its food stalls and familiarly named take-away stalls offer a mouth watering selection of dishes.
New marketIn Spring 2017 a pop up market, Urban Zone Tel Aviv, opened at the Gindi Fashion Mall, in the center of Tel Aviv, and will operate until the end of August. A world food market, visitors will find everything from Indian crepes to Hong Kong style waffles, and so much more!
However, what all the markets have in common is the abundance of cafes and restaurants, as in Israel it is always time to eat and drink!