The street markets in Tel Aviv — much like the markets around the world — are a place to pickup the daily essentials. They’re similar to the farmers’ markets we have here in the states, except instead of being open for a few hours on Sunday, they’re open daily.
The best known shopping area is the Carmel Market for its closeness to the Neveh Zedek quarter, the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the old city of the ancient port of Jaffa. Here you will find fresh produce, spices, street food, and more, all-while enjoying its cultural attractions.
But, Joe, I was told bargaining was the Middle Eastern thing to do, no? If you’re eager to get the best deal possible and want to try your hand at a little bit of haggling, save it for the Jaffa Flea Market. Their merchants are more likely to adjust the price on that hidden gem you had your eye on more than the other markets. Trust me, I saw first-hand at the Carmel Market how haggling doesn’t work. Sorry, Roger!
Trying halva for the first time was quite a treat. If you haven’t had it before, be sure to pickup some at one of the Tel Aviv markets; they all should have a vendor selling it fresh. My personal favorites were the dates and coffee halva.
I can’t begin to tell you how tempting it was to pickup a pound of their olives. All of them were staring at me, just ripe for the picking. Somehow I contained myself.
All of the photos you see above are taken at the Carmel Market. If our tour group decides to visit another market while in Tel Aviv, I’ll be sure to feature a gallery to show you the contrast of the two.
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