The markets in Israel are probably nothing like you’ve ever come across before. Full of smells, sights, sounds, and typically LOTS of people, they are a hustle and bustle experience like no other!
Here’s our list of FIVE markets in Tel Aviv alone that you really must spend some time haggling in. Oh yeah, Tel Aviv might be a modern, thriving metropolis, but there’s still plenty of room for these amazing markets. Stick your best haggling hat on and start practicing (and here’s some basic market Hebrew for the ultimate market experience)…
The legendary Carmel market is the one market that is on everybody’s must-see list. The biggest and best market in Israel (others will argue that Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market is better), this place is full of amazing culinary delights, raucous market stall sellers, and amazingly fresh fruit and vegetables. It can get hot, sticky and claustrophobic during busy periods (Fridays especially), but is worth every sweaty step. Read our full guide to this amazing market here…
This little-known market in downtown Tel Aviv is one even the locals are largely unaware of. More for the hardcore Israeli market junkie, this market is cheap and cheerful, but definitely geared towards bargain-priced food (you won’t find many touristy trinkets here but go for the experience). Read our full guide (including video) to Schunat HaTikva market here.
The Jaffa Flea Market, also known as Shuk HaPishPeshim in Hebrew, is located in the narrow streets of 19th century Arab Jaffa, and a great place to spend some time wandering about. The market has two main areas: a couple of covered, narrow alleyways full of clothes hanging from all corners, plus the surrounding streets that are full with age old antiques and second hand treasures – a magpie’s delight. Read our full guide to the Jaffa Flea Market here.
If you’re into your organic foodstuffs, and want to enjoy some real home-grown produce from small-time farmers in Israel, this is a great little market to check out. Only open on Fridays, you’ll find market stalls filled with interesting produce, and sellers passionate about their wares, ready to tell you all about how they nurtured them from seeds to your shopping bag. Not cheap, but definitely healthy! Read more about the Farmer’s Market here.
This famous artisans market runs parallel to Carmel market (see above), and is the perfect spot to browse for a unique gift or souvenir from the many talented artists that line this picturesque pedestrian walkway. Only open on Tuesdays and Fridays, you can find almost anything: from jewelry and painted ceramics to toys, paintings, framed photographs and beautiful judaica pieces. Read our full guide here.