I already wrote about the “old” Markets In Tel Aviv. They are Carmel Market, Nachlat Binyamin Market, HaTikva Market, and Levinsky Market.

Why did I call them “old”? Just to differentiate them from markets that were opened in recent years. And today we will be visiting the New Markets Of Tel Aviv. Which are: Tel Aviv Port Market, North Market, Sarona Market, and Rothschild Allenby Market. Let’s begin.

Tel Aviv Port Market

We are starting our visit with Tel Aviv Port Market (official site) since it was the first one to open and start this new trend. The Port Market opened in 2008 at Tel Aviv’s port.

Map of the area:

We left our car at Reading Parking and went towards the port.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

A bench on the way:Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

We visited the Port Market on Friday morning. On Fridays, next to the indoor farmers market, there is also an outdoor market (on both sides of the building).New Markets Of Tel Aviv - Port Market, Israel

Opposite to “old” Markets In Tel Aviv, the new market are different. On one hand, they are more expensive. And on the other hand, they offer unique and top quality produce. Thus, if you are looking for something more unique like different kind of berries. You will not find them at Carmel Market, but you will find them here, and it will not be cheap.

First time I saw Nopal at a market.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

As you can see, the outdoor market is covered.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

Dates with nuts:Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

The Port Market is quite small. Even, with the outdoor part, you can pass from end to end within five minutes.New Markets Of Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel
Carrots:Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel
A view from the entrance to the indoor market:Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

Indoor Farmers Market

Besides fresh produce, you can find several restaurants or buy a juice.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

There are only several fruit and vegetable stands, but you will fill everything you need.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

On the second floor, there is a restaurant, and the bathrooms are also there.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

Also, keep in mind that Friday is the busiest day of the week. In the middle of the week, there will be significantly fewer people.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

Cherry tomatoes:Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel
After going through Indoor Farmers Market, we went to the outside part in the back.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel
There were about half a dozen stands in the backside.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, IsraelVisiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

I have read somewhere that Tel Aviv has the highest rate per capita of dogs. Thus, it is completely normal to take your dog to the market with you.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

Challah at a bakery.Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

Back inside:Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, IsraelVisiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

Who wants a yellow watermelon?Visiting Tel Aviv Port Market, Israel

North Market in Tel Aviv

And now we are going to visit North Market (official site) in Tel Aviv. Why North Market? It was opened by the same entrepreneur as the Port Market and in many ways similar to it.

North Market is located in Northern Tel Aviv (20 Raoul Wallenberg Street), hence the name.

Map of the area:

It was opened about a year ago in one of Tel-Aviv’s industrial (mostly High Tech) zones. Therefore, next to regular stores, the market offers many restaurants.

Exterior:
North Market in Tel Aviv

Since it’s located in the industrial zone, it’s hard to find parking. But since we visited on a Friday morning we were able to find paid parking.

The stairs that lead to restrooms:

North Market is quite small. There are around 30 stores/restaurants in total. And there is also a florist:

There are several bakeries:
North Market in Tel Aviv

Meet store:

Keep in mind that it’s an expensive area, and most restaurants/stores are quite expensive. But, on the other hand, you can find delicatessen.

One of the corridors:
New Markets Of Tel Aviv - The North Market

Fruits and vegetables:
New Markets Of Tel Aviv - The North Market
North Market in Tel Aviv

Sabres, i.e. prickly pear:

Variety of bread in the second bakery:

North market entry from the other side (not Raoul Wallenberg Street):
New Markets Of Tel Aviv - North Market in Tel Aviv

Close to the North Market you can find other stores as well. For example, there is a branch of “Artisan bread” bakery. It’s one of my favorite bakeries in Israel. Not only because of their products, but also because of their service. For example, when we bought bread there, they gave us a vacuum bag and told that if we want to freeze part of the bread, then we should use this bag. It’s not something big, but it shows their thoughtfulness and care.

Back to the North Market, and this is a fish stand:

Various juices and drinks:
We tried two of those, and I can’t recommend them.

After going through the market and back we looked for a place to eat. But, since as I mentioned it was Friday morning, most restaurants were closed (opened only at noon). And in the end, we went to a nearby restaurant.

Reflections:

Overall, North market isn’t a big place and doesn’t offer a great variety. If you are in the area, then you can visit and grab something to eat. But I wouldn’t drive there just for the sake of the visit. If you love food market then you should check out Sarona Market.

Sarona Market

Basic Info

Sarona Market (official site) is an indoor market at the center of Tel Aviv. Here is a quote from the official site:

The Sarona Market complex was established to be the heartbeat of Israeli culinary art. On an area of 8,700 square meters and with 91 shops of all categories, stalls and restaurants, Sarona Market is Israel’s largest indoor culinary market and operates seven days a week. The project was constructed by Gindi Holdings on Sarona Gardens in the heart of Tel Aviv.

Sarona Market is an innovative, contemporary urban market that combines the old world with the new. A gourmet and consumer product market featuring imported cheeses from across the globe, premium balsamic vinegar from Italy, fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean, French champagne and spices from the Far East along with the best local produce – fruit and vegetables from Emek Hefer and the Arava, lamb and veal from the Golan Heights, fresh fish from the Mediterranean Sea, local wines, boutique beer, chocolates and hand-made pastries. A central place where you can experience the full intensity of all the flavors of contemporary Israeli culinary art under one roof.

Map of the area:

Visiting Sarona Market 

We parked at the Azrieli Center and started walking toward Sarona Market.
Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv 1

Another view of the Azrieli Center:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 2

And after a 7min walk we can already see the entrance to Sarona Market:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 3

At one of the entrances to Sarona Market:
New Markets Of Tel Aviv - Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 4

Sarona Market is one floor market beneath all those towers. The market mostly specializes in food, but you can also find books and office supplies:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 5

Edible decoration for cakes:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 6

Liquor shop:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 7

Olives:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 8

Juices and kitchenware:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 9Sarona-13

Preparing bread in a bakery:Sarona-16

Wine Card? Why Not

This is a wine shop. But not the regular type. It allows you to buy a glass of wine. The system is that you buy a card which allows you to buy X glasses of wine. And each time you pass the store you can select one of the wines, enter your card and select whether you want a full glass or a half glass.
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 10

In one of the bakeries we bought macaroons and made a short break:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 11

FAUCHON

That was a tasty break. After eating the macaroons we reached the FAUCHON stand. FAUCHON is famous for their macaroons, but unfortunately, we were too full at that point. Well, there is always the next time.Sarona-8 Sarona-9

Update: In August 2017 FAUCHON officials said they will be closing the big store at Sarona and only a small stand will remain. They will also stop preparing the food themselves and outsource it.

Does anyone want Sushi?Sarona-7

Cheese boutique:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 12

Sarona-11

Sign with directions to all stores:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 13

Herbs and spices:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 14

And dried fruits as well:Sarona-4 Sarona-5 Sarona-2

Many stores offer small snacks. Not only bakeries but other stores as well. You can find different kinds of tapas and finger-food with fish, meat, and cheese. Overall, the stores in Sarona Market can be roughly divided into three categories. About 40% are food stores, 40% restaurants, and 20% all the rest.

Halva:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 15

Khachapuri

Another break with Khachapuri:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 16Khachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread. The simplest Khachapuri is basically like a pizza with cheese both on the top and inside.

Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 17

At a bakery:Sarona-19

Fish boutique:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 19In the photo above you can see Israel Aharoni, he is a celebrity chef and he also has a restaurant at  Sarona Market.

Croissants:Sarona-20

One thing worth mentioning, we visited on a Friday morning, thus you can see many people. On weekdays there are fewer people.

Our time was running out and we started to head back. Here is another exterior view:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 22

Looking up:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 23

And back to Azrieli Center:
Sarona Market in Tel Aviv 24

To sum up, Sarona Market is a very nice place to visit. Many Israelis define it as being in Tel Aviv but feeling like in Europe. It’s a high-class market, meaning you can find many high-quality products and restaurants, but they are not cheap.

Note for photographers: on a later occasion when I visited Sarona Market, the security saw my DSLR and asked me not to photograph inside. Not sure why, but this happened once out of probably five times (and each time I come with a body a lens or two).

Rothschild Allenby Market

Food markets became a real trend in Tel-Aviv and Rothschild Allenby Market is the most recent one (till this date, opened at the end of 2016). These are the new kind of markets. Mostly they have restaurants and places to eat and few stores where you can find raw materials.

The name Rothschild Allenby Market comes from the corners of the streets this market is located on.

Map of the area:

Last Friday morning we decided to visit the market and today I’m going to tell you about our visit.

My favorite nearby parking lot in this area is Beit Hadar that’s located on HaRakevet street. From there it’s a five-minute walk to the market.
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel

Russian Embassy House:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, IsraelMore info about Russian Embassy House can be found at: Tel Aviv walks #1.

There are two entrances to the Rothschild Allenby Market. One at the corners of Rothschild and Allenby streets and the second one at Yavne street:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

We were on the place around 9:30 and as expected the place was still quite empty.
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Liquor store:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Fruits & Vegetables:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Jerusalem Artichoke Jerusalem artichoke at Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Despite its name, the Jerusalem artichoke has no relation to Jerusalem, and it is not a type of artichoke, though the two are distantly related as members of the daisy family. The origin of the “Jerusalem” part of the name is uncertain. Italian settlers in the United States called the plant girasole, the Italian word for sunflower, because of its resemblance to the garden sunflower. Over time, the name girasole may have been changed to Jerusalem. The English later corrupted girasole artichoke (meaning, “sunflower artichoke”) to Jerusalem artichoke.

Source: Wikipedia

Most of the places in the market are restaurants and there are quite few food stores. One or two fruits/vegetable stores, one liquor store, one fish store and the rest are restaurants/ready food stands.
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Mosaics on a column:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Stationary ice cream tricycle:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Since many places on the market were still closed, we decided to take a short stroll.

Migdal Shalom and Neve Tzedek

When we exited at Allenby street we thought where we should go. We saw Migdal Shalom (that can be seen in reflection) and decided to go in that direction.
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Rothschild Allenby Market from Allenby street:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel
Renovated building on Allenby street:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, IsraelYou might ask why in the previous photo I didn’t shoot wider. The main reason is that I had one lens with me. Yes, all photos in this post were made with 50mm, or as some call it the plastic fantastic. It was intentional, a part of an exercise. Sometimes when you limit yourself (to one lens or in other areas of your life), you force yourself to become more creative.

For example, the first time I did panning not with a wide angle lens:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel

Old mailboxes:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel
Balcony on the second floor:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel
I liked the repetitive pattern of the pillars and the lights:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel
And don’t forget to look up:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel

Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel

Migdal Shalom

The windows of Migdal Shalom:
Shalom Meir Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel

Shalom Meir Tower (Migdal Shalom Meir; commonly known as Migdal Shalom) is an office tower in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was Israel’s first skyscraper. When its construction was completed in 1965, it was the tallest building in the Middle East and rivaled the tallest buildings in Europe in height. To build the tower, the historic Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium had to be demolished. The Shalom Tower now houses the Tel Aviv Center comprising a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions dedicated to the beginnings and development of Tel Aviv.

Source: Wikipedia

How tall is Migdal Shalom? It has 34 floor and total heights of around 130 meters. Thought in 1965 it was the tallest building, today in Tel Aviv’s skyline it’s one of lowest skyscrapers. Probably for that reason the viewpoint that was on top of Migdal Shalom was closed. Instead, you can visit the Azrieli Observatory.

We continued towards Neve Tzedek.
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel
Modern buildings:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel

Towards landing:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel

You can find a dedicated post about this neighborhood at Tel Aviv walk #2 – Neve Tzedek.
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel

Several more photos from Neve Tzedek:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, Israel

Back to Shalom Meir Tower:
Shalom Meir Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel

Take a look at the following photo:
Urban walk in Tel Aviv, IsraelIt looks like a building on top of another building. You can see similar things in other places in Tel Aviv. The entrepreneurs were probably obligated to restore the old building. So they restored it, and on top of it build a new skyscraper.

Back To The Rothschild Allenby Market

It was brunch time and the restaurants started to prepare for the flood of people.
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

It worth mentioning that several times a week Rothschild Allenby Market is open late (until 2 am). This will allow pub visitors to find food late at night.Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

This is actually the view on the exit of one of the restrooms:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Still too early for me:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

In this market, there is a branch of LaFarina. It’s a bakery and a coffee shop. We first met them in Sarona Market and since then each time we visit Sarona, buy something from them. This time we bought coffee, two salmon sandwiches, and a cake. Everything was fresh and tasty.

I shot this at our branch:
Rothschild Allenby Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

Overall, Rothschild Allenby Market is a small and a nice market. If you are in the area and look for something to eat, you should check it out. But, if it’s your first visit to such market, then I would suggest starting with Sarona Market.

Summary

New Markets Of Tel Aviv offers gourmet food and various delis. Of course, this comes at a price, but to people who love it, it is worth it. Where should you start? I would go to the biggest one, Sarona Market.

 

Have you ever visited one of the New Markets Of Tel Aviv? Let us know in the comments below.

 

That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

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