The Flea Market and Merchant Fair, Haifa – Visitors Guide

Near the Sail Tower in Haifa, you can find the Flea Market and Merchant Fair. And Saturday morning is the best time for a visit.

Map

During our visit, The Flea Market And Merchant Fair were not located nearby but in slightly different areas. The Merchant Fair was positioned at a parking lot in front of the Sail Tower (Captain Steve Street), and Flea Market was about a ten-minute walk from there at Kibuts Galuyot Street 9 and nearby alleys.

That was a temporary location, and as of the Summer of 2016, the Merchant Fair moved, and it is located together with the Flea Market at Kibbutz Galuyot street.

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Opening Hours

According to the Haifa municipality’s Facebook post, the Flea Market’s opening hours are Sunday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00. On Saturdays, the market is open from 06:00 to 16:00. Moreover, on Saturdays, the Merchant Fair is open during the same hours (it is open only one day a week) and at the same complex.

Keep in mind the later you come, the hotter it gets, and the fewer chances you will find something worthwhile. Furthermore, some stores might close before 16:00. Thus, I suggest coming early. We visited it on Saturday morning. And since there are many customers on Saturdays, this is when most merchants show all their produce.

Parking

We parked at Kdoshei Bagdad Street and started walking toward the Merchant Fair. But, as I mentioned in the Map section, Merchant Fair moved. The port is still a good place to find parking, but now, you can probably find it at a closer location.

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Almost at the Merchant Fair:

The Flea Market and Merchant Fair in Haifa -4

Merchant Fair

The Merchant Fair was moved next to the Sail Tower during our visit. It was already transferred back, and currently, it is located in the same complex as the Flea Market.

Merchant Fair
Merchant Fair
The Sail tower and the Merchant Fair
The Sail tower and the Merchant Fair
Merchant Fair
Merchant Fair

The Merchant Fair market is not very big, but you will probably find something if you are determined.

Some people arrive early (I heard 6:00) to find bargains.

Many of the things are old junk:

The Flea Market and Merchant Fair in Haifa

But there might be something you will like.

The Flea Market and Merchant Fair in Haifa

Overall, some people love such markets, and others hate them. If you are not sure you will like it, I recommend visiting the Flea Market. And that is the next thing we did.

Flea Market

The Flea Market was a short walk away (around 10min). Passing next to the Sail Tower and the Great Mosque:

The Flea Market starts around 10 Kibbutz Galuyot Street and expands to the nearby streets.

The Merchant Fair is different from the Flea Market. At the Merchant Fair, you will see individuals selling old stuff. But at the Flea Market, many stores specialize in collecting and restoring old items. Thus, the variety is more comprehensive, and there is less junk. But, the chance of finding bargains is also lower.

Old Telephone
Old Telephone

I realize my age when I start thinking things like: “today’s kids have no idea what it is or how to operate it” 🙂

As you can see, we are not too far from the Sail tower.

The Flea Market in Haifa
The Flea Market in Haifa

While visiting the market, we saw several cars like this:

Handmade carpets
Handmade carpets

No, it is not a new type of cover. These carpets are for sale. To me, these look like Azerbaijani rugs.

We visited all stands and stores, and now it is time to wrap up this post. This trip took us a couple of hours, but how much it will take you depends on your interests.

The Sail Tower and the port
The Sail Tower and the port

Summary

Overall, it is worth visiting both places if you want something unique or old or love the retro style. Come early on a Saturday morning, and you will have a chance to find a bargain. Also, if you love such places, check out Jaffa Flea Market.

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

Stay Tuned!

For additional attractions nearby, see Haifa or browse the interactive map above.

   

Additional Resources

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Lev Tsimbler

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5 thoughts on “The Flea Market and Merchant Fair, Haifa – Visitors Guide

    1. דיאנה שלום,
      עמוד הפייסבוק הרשמי של השוק לא עודכן כמעט שנה. ולא מצאתי הודאה של אף גורם רשמי. מצאתי כתבה של מה-25.07.2020 (https://www.colbonews.co.il/haifa-news/81801/) שבו נכתב שמשטרה שסגרה את השוק. לכן אני מניח שדין השוק הוא כמו של חנויות רחוב. כלומר נכון להיום, סגור.

  1. האם אפשר להגיע לתחנת רכבת הכי קרוב לשוק הפשפשים באמצע השבוע

    1. Yes. You can reach Haifa Center HaShmona railway station (HaAtzmaut 67 Haifa). And it is about a 1.5 km walk from there (or you can take a bus).

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