Shopping and markets in Tel Aviv
One of the best ways to experience Tel Aviv is with a visit to its markets. At the winding and weaving Carmel Market (no website), you can peruse local produce, watch the hotshot butchers in action and spend your shekels on trinkets, housewares and questionable beachwear. This raucous hub for visitors and locals alike is a long path populated by light-hearted merchants peddling their wares, tasty street eats and everything in between.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, the cobblestone Nachalat Binyamin Street (no website) chirps with street vendors selling leather goods, ceramics, Judaica (Jewish ceremonial art) and hand-made jewellery.
Similar to San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza and Barcelona’s Boqueria, Israel’s Indoor Market (no website) at the Tel Aviv Port offers the freshest local ingredients peppered with chef cooking stations. At the Antique Market at Dizengoff Square (no website) on Tuesdays and Fridays, you’ll find a host of antique stands and wheeler-dealer merchants selling vintage frocks, war paraphernalia, art deco jewellery, ancient tomes and much more.
If you aren’t opposed to digging through piles upon piles of highly discounted, cast-off samples of clothing and other items, the Bezalel Market (no website) will be right up your alley.
For more antiques and random objects, the famed Jaffa Flea Market (no website) (also know as Shuk Ha-pishpishim in Hebrew) is a scattered mix of prized, authentic Middle Eastern wares and ubiquitous souvenirs – take the time to weave through the maze-like alleyways and rummage for diamonds in the rough. Fridays are the most lively, but also the most expensive (merchants are well aware of what they have and what they can get for it on the busiest day of the week).
For more high-end shopping, head to Hatachana, the newly renovated old train station that used to run from Jaffa to Jerusalem. Have a walk around the complex and enjoy the many fashion and design shops such as Thomas Paul, Ronen Chen, Razili, Hager Satat, Made In TLV and the Art Station Gallery.
Also within spitting distance is Tel Aviv’s oldest and quaintest neighbourhood, Neve Tzedek. Being the city’s most traditional quarter, when the Sabbath approaches on Friday afternoons, storefronts roll down their shutters, streets empty out and an eerie silence settles on the streets. It’s magical and a bit weird, but an unforgettable experience.
The main shopping area, Shabazi Street is buzzing with Euro charm, great high-end shopping and cafes.
Shopping and market details
Carmel Market Parallel to Nachalat Binyamin Street.
Nachalat Binyamin Street. Starting from the junction of Allenby and Nachalat Binyamin Streets.
Indoor Market North Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Port.
Antique Market at Dizengoff Square On either side of the Dizengoff fountain in Dizengoff Square.
Bezalel Market Between King George and Bezalel Streets.
Jaffa Flea Market Coming from Tel Aviv, make a left at the Clock Tower Square.
Hatachana Hamered Street, on the corner of Koifman Street.