One advantage of Israel's sunny skies nine months of the year is the plethora of outdoor shopping and specialty markets vending everything from local souvenirs to Middle Eastern antiques, foodie delicacies and handmade goods by local craftsmen. The Israeli market (or 'shuk') is a fabulous way to spend your day, among other top attractions you’d be mad to miss. From the Carmel market to Mahane Yehuda, we've mapped out a host of places to shop 'til you drop…with the sun on your back. If you find yourself with a post-haggling adrenaline rush, release that energy at one of Israel's many festivals happening nearby.
Shop 'til you drop at these Israeli markets
The Greek Market takes its name from its creators. Built by the Greek Orthodox monastery of Jaffa in the late 19th century, the area just east of the iconic Clock Square has been taken over by the Greek community. Shops line the alleyways, while wide openings allow for comfortable seating. Every friday, artisans and artists swarm the compound selling crafts, flowers, antiques, and vintage keepsakes. Weave through the magical old streets of this charming area and you may even catch a live music performance.
As you step inside the Art Market Tel Aviv’s colorful, spacious showroom, you’ll leave Tel Aviv and enter Soho, New York. The inviting gallery space in the Tel Aviv Port is part of the Bruno Art Group and nearly a century old. With an extensive collection including works by emerging and acclaimed artists, both Israeli and international, the gallery sells works at a wide range of prices, so you don’t need to be a mogul to pick up a piece for your living room.
Like San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza and Barcelona’s Boqueria, Israel’s latest market is an indoor offering of the freshest ingredients peppered with live demonstration cooking stations and upscale, fresh food eateries. Be sure to indulge in the handmade pasta bar.
Talpiot Market is housed in the historic Hadar HaCarmel building, built in the late 1930s. The fruit and vegetable market offers the best of Israeli produce, and is a pleasing experience for all of the senses. Here you can find farm-to-table produce, spices, fresh baked goods, and much more, all at a fair price. It has a long tradition of serving new immigrants, the city’s large religious community, as well as residents of more established neighborhoods. At Haifa’s main shuk you can also grab a great falafel or other local cuisine in a city famed for its coexistence.
A symbol of coexistence between Arab and Jewish residents, this small, yet colorful market in the heart of the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood has been a sensory celebration for decades. It’s flooded with bakeries, delis, coffee shops, fresh seafood, falafel stands, restaurants, fruits and vegetables..