Markets are a big thing in the Middle East. Often referred to as souk in Arabic and shuk in Hebrew, these markets have been a prominent tourist spot not just in Israel but in most Middle Eastern countries. The biggest market in the world al-Madina Souk in Aleppo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.
While Tel Aviv markets are not as large big as the rest of the region, you somehow find it very distinct from those of Morocco, Turkey, Iran, etc. The Tel Avivians have built many markets catering to different products and diverse groups. While in Israel, the markets are a mandatory tourist circuit so let’s get started with this list.
⁉️ What are the names of the two big markets in Israel?
The biggest market in Tel Aviv is Shuk HaCarmel (Carmel Market) which has been a market in Israel since the 1920s’. In Jerusalem, the biggest (and the oldest) market is called Mahane Yehuda Market. These are the two big markets in Israel that are always in the itinerary.
🛍️ What should I buy at Tel Aviv markets?
You tell me! Antiques, handicrafts, food, souvenirs – think of anything Israeli you can think of and you will find them here! I personally don’t like shopping when I am traveling (that’s just me) so when I go to Tel Aviv markets, it’s usually to go for food and drinks. There are many restaurants in these markets and you can eat instead of shopping.
Each market in Tel Aviv is different so in this article, I also put in detail what you can buy in each market.
👌 Hebrew 101: what does “shuk” mean?
In Hebrew language, “shuk” means market. You will encounter this word a lot in this article (and while you are researching for Tel Aviv markets to visit). If you’ve been to other markets in the Middle East (like Morocco), the Arabic word for shuk is souk.
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🛒 12 Tel Aviv markets to visit: where to eat, shop, and drink
#1: Jaffa Flea Market
I lived in Jaffa for almost 2 years and the Jaffa Flea Market was just 2 blocks away from my house. This is the place I go to whenever I am looking for small antiques for the house and I was also able to buy a couch here! Of course, you wouldn’t really buy big stuff (like a couch) if you’re only visiting Tel Aviv for a short time so make it your mission to eat, drink, and check out the most unique trinkets in the Middle East.
✨ Tip: The best restaurant to eat Israeli hummus in the Jaffa Flea Market is Abu Hassan. Don’t forget to stop here!
#2: Carmel Market
The biggest market in Israel, Carmel Market is not only a place where tourists buy their souvenirs. It is also a place for locals to shop for vegetables, fruits, etc. Supermarkets in Israel are expensive so this market is an alternative for Tel Avivian’s to shop for food. Inside the Carmel Market, there will be restaurants, flower shops, spices, and everything Israeli you can think of!
✨ Tip: Go for brunch at HaBasta. It has been featured as an up and coming restaurant on the 50 World’s Best restaurants. Their menu changes every day so let me know what you tried!
#3: Levinsky Market
Levinsky Market in Tel Aviv is the place to go for spices. Before Israel was declared a country, it has been flocked by many immigrants from Armenia, Morocco, Iran, Greece, Eastern Europe, and many other nations. That history is very visible on the shops of Levinsky Market where will find every spice from all over the world. There are literally thousands of sacks that you can choose from, it can get overwhelming!
#4: Sarona Market
📍 Aluf Kalman Magen St 3
🕡 Open daily from 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM | closes at 4:00 PM on Shabbat
During the summer heat (July/August), you may want to avoid the open-air markets in Tel Aviv. The Sarona Market is a large roofed market where you can find gourmet dishes. Lamb, cheese from all over Europe, handmade pasta, kosher dishes, Israeli wines from the Golan — the Sarona Market is a place for eating.
Unlike any other Tel Aviv markets, you won’t find a lot of spices or souvenirs here but it is definitely a place for small bites. The best way to approach tastings in Sarona is to buy small samples from every store. Some of them even give it for free!
✨ Tip: Tiger Lilly is the best Thai restaurant in Israel and it’s in Sarona. It is kind of an upper-class dining experience so come here for dinner or if you want to have a big meal after touring the market.
#5: Shuk HaNamal
📍 Open on Google maps
🕡 Open daily from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM | closes at 3:00 PM on Shabbat
Shuk HaNamal is the newest market in Tel Aviv. Like Sarona, HaNamal is also a covered area so this is another place to shop during the summer! Unlike other Tel Aviv markets, HaNamal is open from Monday to Saturday and is the go-to place for gourmet cheese, olives, spices, fresh produce, and desserts. This is also a good spot to sit down for coffee with ocean views.
✨Tip: Every Friday, Shuk HaNamal holds a Farmer’s Market where you can buy fresh and organic produce from local growers all over Israel.
#6: The Greek Market
📍 Pinkhas Ben Ya’ir St 1
🕡 Open daily from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM | closes at 5:00 PM on Shabbat
The Greek Market is close to the Jaffa Flea Market so you can combine the two in your itinerary. At The Greek Market, the items that you’ll find lean more on art – jewelry, paintings, and of course, food! My favorite shop here is the Artizachen who makes vintage furnishing. They can even remake really old stuff if you bring it to them! FYI, there are more stalls at The Greek Market during the weekend.
✨ Tip: If you visit during the summer, The Greek Market holds live music and events on Tuesday evenings and on weekends.
#7: Nachalat Binyamin Art Market
📍 Nachalat Binyamin St (close to Allenby, King George, and Skeinkin Streets)
🕡 Open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Nachalat Binyamin Art Market runs twice a week but has been a favorite spot because it is in the city center. I’d like to describe it as an open-air market but it’s not as organized as the other Tel Aviv Markets so the best way to describe it is “street market.” This is the largest art and crafts market in Israel where you can see vendors, artists, and entrepreneurs selling their art on the mighty streets of Nachalat Binyamin. The best artist community in Tel Aviv is here!
#8: Bezalel Market
📍 Beitlehem St 1
🕡 Open on Sunday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
When it comes to buying clothing and fashion items, Bezalel is the go-to market in Tel Aviv. Here, you will find many branded shoes, bags, and clothing for bargain prices. Note that these branded items may be cheaper at Bezalel Market but most of us are not sure about the authenticity of the products. If you’re good at spotting fake, you definitely need to tell us what you think about Bezalel!
#9: Shuk Tzafon
📍 Raoul Wallenberg St 20
🕡 Open on Sunday to Friday from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM | closes at 3:00 PM on Shabbat
Shuk Tzafon is another roofed market in Tel Aviv. Inside, you will find many gourmet restaurant stalls selling different kinds of dishes. They also have good bakeries inside where you can get fresh bread. There is also a big shop of local produce of fruits and vegetables and the Tel Avivis love to go shopping here instead of the traditional supermarket.
📍 Tip: Go to Mexicana if you are craving for Mexican food while you are in Tel Aviv! You’ll easily spot their stall at Shuk Tzafon.
#10: The Vintage Market (Givon Vintage)
📍 Giv’on St 18
🕡 Open on Fridays from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Vinyl records, old clocks, vintage clothing, shoes from the 60s’ – the Vintage Market at Givon Square is another street market that is only open on Fridays. Many young people come to shop here (be it for fashion, home decor, or hipster stuff) and there is also live music every week. The Givon Vintage Market is very lively and this is a great thing to do in Tel Aviv before heading to a traditional Shabbat dinner.
#11: Hatikva Market
📍 HaTikva St 10
🕡 Open on Sunday to Tuesday from 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM | closes at 5:00 PM on Shabbat
This market opens at 6:00 AM every day because many shoppers who come here are locals. Hatikva Market has fruits, vegetables, and produce for a cheaper price so you will see a lot of local life here. You probably won’t buy vegetables if you’re not cooking at your accommodation in Tel Aviv but swing by and see how the daily life of Israeli market shopping.
#12: Dizengoff Flea Market and Food Market
📍 Giv’on St 16
🕡 Open daily from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Flea Market at Dizengoff is similar to the Vintage Market but is smaller than most flea markets in Tel Aviv. While you are here, you may want to check out the Dizengoff Food Market that’s been running in Tel Aviv for 17 years. You will find 54 different kinds of cuisines in this food fair. The Dizengoff Food Market is only open on Thursdays (12:00 PM – 5:00 PM) and Fridays (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
✈️ Ready for your trip to Tel Aviv? If you need more information about the best Tel Aviv markets, I’d be happy to update this post – just leave your questions below!