Whether your hobby is wandering the aisles of stores looking for specialty products from a distant homeland, or you spend your days seeking out the best gourmet goods available, look no further. We’ve compiled Haifa’s best specialty stores and delis that are hiding in plain sight. These sometimes unassuming shops can surprisingly be found in Haifa’s shopping centers, Israeli malls, or hidden away on small neighborhood streets, but are nothing short of havens of sheer happiness for those who seek them. Whether you fill your cart to the brim, or just pine away, these stores will pull at your heartstrings, and become your go-to places for a little pick-me-up, or to stock up on supplies for your next kick-ass Friday night dinner party.
Food shopping in Haifa: the best specialty stores and delis
Newly opened in Haifa’s open-air market, Artishoke is already making a splash on the Israeli healthy eating scene. Offering vegan, gluten free, and sugar-free options in both groceries and ready to eat food, such as snacks, treats, and wholesome sandwiches, the boutique food store offers up a solution for every dietary need you may have. A hip market and lunch spot by day, this unique store also transforms into a bar on Thursday evenings, when beer on tap is served at alarmingly low prices, and in delightful company.
Wondering where they keep the homemade arak and authentic halva made in the heart of the West Bank, in Haifa city? The Appetizer, found in the Arab neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas, stocks many culinary wonders of the wider Middle East, and mixes them with local delights such as freshly ground strong Turkish coffee. There you can find a wide selection of bulk spices, exotic dried fruits (including Persian mulberries and goji berries), and ghee, as well as hidden Western treasures of yester-yore (can you say orange tang and cocktail onions?)
As prestigious as its original Jerusalem location, Haifa’s own branch of Bashar Cheeses found in the Grand Kanyon Mall, is a veritable Mecca for those seeking a large variety of rare cheeses, and special treats seldom found in Israel. Among the delicacies are truffle butter sold by the kilo, local boutique wines, artisan breads, and a selection of Italian style marinated antipasto. This two level haven with their signature copper-tiled ceiling, even has a place to sit, relax, and order a glass of house wine, and an elaborate cheese plate. Bashar also offers periodic wine tasting events and can be booked privately for groups events upon request, making it more than just a great place to enjoy a quiet moment on a lazy afternoon.
Wondering where to find obscure foodie delights from abroad right here in Israel? But also craving the best of the best in local dried fruit, bulk halva, spices, professional baking products and cookware? LaGaat B’Ochel practically has it all. Whether you’re seeking bubble gum flavored arak, jelly belly candies, or a seemingly endless variety of pickles and imported products from different cuisines and kitchens, this is the place to get your soup on (yes, they serve it hot for you to savor while you shop), while you geek out over the bounty of special food products.