Welcome to part 2 of my trip of my Tel Aviv visual diary series from my 4 day trip last year. It’s not easy scanning through hundred dozens of pictures from the trip, some good ones, some bad, some blurred. Had a slight hiccup with the camera, a technical fault caused from heat and humidity, which led to corrupted file in the memory card (I forgot to pack some silica packets), what can you do hey? Today it’s all about the good stuff – markets! Yes, the arts and crafts, food, antique and flea markets.
So, without further ado, here are my highlights:
A perfect day for a stroll down Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair where there are over 30 curated artists curated showcase and sell their unique creations, from hand-made jewellery, glassware, weavings, paintings, toys and household items. It’s interesting to see a couple of artists doing their work right in front you. There are fabric shops located around the neighbourhood, perfect for fashion and home-craft enthusiasts, students and designers alike.
The market runs from the top end of Nachalat Binyamin Street (the junction with Allenby Street, King George Street, and Sheinkin Street. Opens every Tuesdays and Fridays.
Carmel Market (Shuk HaKarmel) is the largest fruit and vegetable marketplace in Tel Aviv and a popular hotspot to sample local specialities, you’ll find pretty much every thing here from fruit and vegetables, exotic spices, tea, snacks, clothes, shoes, toys, dvds and electrical appliances. Food stalls and hipster cafes dotted around the neighbourhood, and plenty of vegan treats and local craft beers. Walking through the crowded market the buzz and the smell coming from the food stalls (omg yes, mouth watering sizzling piping hot falafels and hummus) was incredible! The culinary culture here is intense.
Carmel Market – 39 HaKarmel Street.
A quick nose around at Sarona Market. A modern indoor culinary market consists of imported cheeses from across the globe, premium balsamic vinegar from Italy, fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean, French champagne, exotic spices from the Far East, international food stalls and restaurants, chocolates and hand-made pastries, fruits and vegetables, and Israeli’s variety of, quite addictive, Tahini Halvas.
Sarona Market, 3 Kalman Magen Street.
This twice-weekly antique and flea market is located smack bang in the middle of Dizengoff Square and shopping area, sitting next to the Bauhaus building of Hotel Cinema Esther and surround Bauhaus buildings. If you love vintage fashion and second hand stuff, this car-boot-ish vibe is the place to dig out a bargain or two.
Flea Market at Dizengoff Square – 5-9 Kikar Dizengoff.
Out of all the flea markets I’ve visited in Tel Aviv, Jaffa flea market is definitely my favourite place to browse and shop, filled endless categories of merchandise to be found, antiques, bric-and brac, and hidden gems, but also local hip cafes, restaurants and bars, independent boutiques for quirky finds, all in one place. Great friendly vibe. I mean super friendly vibe, a local pensioner approached me to say hello and offered me a warm welcome hug, and of course I obliged. Definitely a worthy visit!
Jaffa flea market – Olei Zion Street, Old Jaffa.
Great end to a great trip! I hope my next visit to Israel will be Haifa and Jerusalem.
Kit Lee was a guest of The Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates year-round flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton and Manchester airports with fares, including taxes, starting from £104 one way (£163 return).