A new trend started in 2015, with the opening of the Sarona Market, where Tel Aviv welcomed its modern-day Israeli market renaissance and a new perspective at how much food culture can change overnight. Suddenly, dining at endless street food eateries by local chefs became popular, hard-to-find ingredients became readily available and places opened on weekends—yes, even on Shabbat! Now, fresh produce and exciting culinary offerings are available all the time. Shuk Tsafon, North Tel Aviv’s intimate market, opened last year, and the newest shuk on the block is the Rothschild Allenby market, sprawling over 1, 250 meters and housing 32 shops and eateries. Situated on one of the most walkable streets in the city in the middle of everything with offices and businesses a-plenty, the newest shuk treats Telavivians and city visitors to food from around the world with everything from South African curries to ramen. There are lots of little seating areas, an area for evolving pop-ups and events and a spacious sidewalk café with ready-made food to go. This eatery-busy market has so much on the menu. Here are some of our picks.
Eating and drinking at Rothschild Allenby Market
This place is proof that Paleo is much more than a simple trend; lines are bustling to order heaps of meat on piles of vegetables as well as sausages and brisket. The portions here are one reason patrons forget that bread was ever needed. For those eating à la caveman, Paleo is the new hotspot.
This eatery can be found in several local markets (Shuk HaNamal and Shuk Tsafon) and its debut here means that this is definitely a hopping spot for sandwiches crammed full with tender meat, including layers of smoked corned beef and huge hamburgers topped with fried onions and mushrooms.
It’s hard to choose what to eat from all the fish choices at Masterfish, a three-generational family company that started off as a B2B business in Holon before finally plunging into the sea of market stalls. Here is a place to find fresh fish to take home and enjoy a fish dish in their own very little sea-to-table eatery. Order oversized fish sandwiches, the catch of the day on the plancha (grill) or any of the fish dishes alongside healthy rice, quinoa and mejadra—it’s kosher, too!
This beloved spot right outside of Shuk HaCarmel makes a grand entrance in the new shuk with malabi, a custardy rose-flavored dessert served with your choice of toppings, from sauces and nuts to cookie bits. Their vegan version tastes just like the real thing—you’ll love the versatility of this dessert.
Ramen starred everywhere in 2016, but it seems like locals still can’t get enough. Men Ten Ten has an authentic vibe with Japanese cooks, a hidden door and a straight-to-the-point selection showcasing three types of ramen and three gyozas. This might just be the hottest place in the market right now!
Go on a beer trip around the world at Beer Box, where over 130 international beers and 20 Israeli ones are available. Sit back and sip up from the many beers on offer while enjoying the reasonable prices that let you taste many! Go on a beer trip around the world at Beer Box, where over 130 international beers and 20 Israeli ones are available. Sit back and sip up from the many beers on offer while enjoying the reasonable prices that let you taste many!
To satisfy your fish and chips craving, try Chipsea’s big chunks of fish, battered to perfection for a savory doughnut-like mouthfeel with chunky, oversized fries all packed up in a cone. Take a portion to go with an array of homemade sauces. This is fish & chips done right!
This South African street food joint that we fell in love with in Carmel Market serves up the amazing Bunny Chow, a colorful South African curry with Indian roots. This curry explodes with a mix of almost twenty perfectly-balanced spices, all served in a gigantic sweet challah roll.