Famous for its wide range of food choices and fresh products, Israeli markets are must-visit places for every visitor to the country. From art and souvenirs to fresh fruits and vegetables, from beautiful antiques to baked goods – everything is accessible in Israeli markets. The markets are lively and busy, with crowds of visitors coming here starting in the early mornings. Israel has plenty of local markets, and we have made an exciting list of some of our favorites:
- Jerusalem’s Old City Souk
No doubt, the Old City Souk is one of the most popular and highly visited markets in Israel. In fact, some people think it’s too overcrowded with tourists. The reason for the market’s popularity is its souvenirs trade and prime location within the old walled city of Jerusalem. However, you can also buy food and traditional sweets. Haggling is expected here, so you’ll have a chance to practice your Hebrew.
- Tel Aviv Carmel Market
Tel Aviv Carmel is the largest fruit and vegetable market in the city, and offers a hugely varied choice of diverse groceries. The Tel Aviv Carmel Market is famous not only for the food and goods that are sold here, but also for the unique atmosphere and diverse cafes and restaurants. These restaurants are supplied by the market and serve cuisines varying from sushi to the intriguing fusion of Swedish and Iraqi cuisines at Gedera 26.
- Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market
Make sure you don’t miss this market when you visit Tel Aviv. The Nahalat Binyamin Street Market is a testament to creativity in all its forms, featuring a lively and diverse mix of original handmade products and street performances. Open every Tuesday and Friday, the market is open for various artists and exhibitors decided on by a public committee, allowing the market to offer a high quality of goods. Thanks to a great selection of various products from unique souvenirs to original glasswork and tremendous paintings, This Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market is a true Tel Aviv symbol of art and creativity. Enjoy wonderful performances of circus artists and musicians and experience the unusual items sold within.
- Tel Aviv Port Market
This market has become a main center for Israeli food, and one of the greatest market centers in Israel. It has not only some of the country’s finest cuisine, but it also hosts in-market cooking classes. Everyone can take part in the improvised cooking lessons hosted by some of the most famous Israeli chefs. You can also taste food cooked by Port Market professional chefs, who hold various tasting sessions. It also has restaurants that serve exciting and delicious food, including kosher charcuterie.