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.
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.
Interactive map of the area:
- Hotels, hostels, and appartments in this area:
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.
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 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.
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:
But there might be something you will like.
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.
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.
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.
While visiting the market, we saw several cars like this:
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.
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!
For additional attractions nearby, see Haifa or browse the interactive map above.
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.