Today we are going to visit Levinsky Market in Tel-Aviv (official site).
Map of the area:
It’s a small market that was named after the street it is located on (Levinsky street). The market specializes in spices, dried fruits and nuts. But, let start from the beginning.
We’ve parked on HaRakevet St. (not far from Derech Menachem Begin) and then went on Derech Menachem Begin towards Levinsky st.:
Useful information about Levinsky Market (from official site):
Shuk Levinsky runs through Levinsky Street, beginning at the corner of HaAliya Street and spreading out across nearby streets until ending near HaMashbir Street.
The shuk is open Sunday through Thursday, morning through evening. Some restaurants stay open during the late evening hours, check individual listings for details.
On Friday, the shuk closes in the early afternoon and on Saturday it is closed.
The history of Levinsky Market
Taken from official site:
During the 1930s, Tel Aviv was home to a small group of Jews from Saloniki, Greece. David Florentin was considered the leader of the group which, together with his pioneering activities for developing the city, earned him the nickname ‘David Palestina’. Most of the working class immigrants settled in the southern Tel Aviv neighborhood now-called Florentin, after David Florentin’s nephew Solomon Florentin, who was the first contractor in the area.
Before long, a range of spice shops and eateries opened up across the neighborhood, specializing in Balkan cuisine – and that’s how this marketplace came to be what we know today. Legend even has it, that the first spice blends for early-State home cooking were created in, by and for these neighborhood residents.
With the creation of the State of Israel, an influx of Iranian immigrants to downtown Tel Aviv brought with it new tastes and herbs from Persian cooking. And as the population grew, so did the market place, developing from its nuts and spice stalls into a bustling, commercial marketplace with luxury stores and gourmet restaurants.
Stroll at Levinsky Market
Borekas (a.k.a. Bourekas) stand:
Borekase’s origin is Börek (also burek) and it came together with Jewish immigrants from Turkey. It’s family of baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough known as phyllo. The shape indicates the filling. The most standard is probably triangular ones and the are usually filled with salty cheese (Sirene). They are high in saturated fats (the dough is made with margarine or butter), thus considered by many as junk food. But, one in a while is ok 😉
As I mentioned before, this market specializes in nuts, dried fruits and spices:
Spices also include various kinds of tea with/out dried fruits:
The market consists of many small stores:
I haven’t made an extensive price comparison but checked several kinds of nuts and the prices on the market were lower than in our supermarket.
PEREG GOURMET is one of the more known firms. It was established in 1906 and it’s a family business that produces 60 varieties of spices, spice blends and herbs:
A small store with olives and cheeses. I liked their cheese shaped lamps:
We’ve filled our stocks and it’s time to leave Levinsky Market and head back to the car:
Last view on Derech Menachem Begin (the parking is on the left side):
That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!