In this guide, we will go over all significant Markets in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. And then we will see which are the best ones. Let’s begin!
We will start by listing the best markets, and then we will do an overview of all of them.
If you are limited in time, I would suggest visiting the markets according to the following priority list. In other words, the recommended minimum is #1. If you have more time, then also add #2. And so on.
- The first option covers two places, which are the Carmel Market and Nachalat Binyamin Market. Since they are close to each other, you can easily visit both of them together. Just visit on Tuesday or Friday while Nachalat Binyamin Market is open. Moreover, if you can make this visit during the holidays, favor that option as you might see street performers at Nachalat Binyamin.
- The best time to visit Jaffa Flea Market is on Friday morning when all stores, boutiques, galleries, and thrift stores are open.
- New Markets Of Tel Aviv offers gourmet food and various delis. Of course, this comes at a price, but it is worth it to people who love it. Where should you start? I would go to the biggest one, the Sarona Market.
If you love spices, dried fruits, and nuts, consider adding Levinsky Market to your list.
Here is a table with the listing of all major markets.
|Market Name||When to visit||Specialization||Notes|
|Carmel Market||Tuesday or Friday||Food and restaurants||Probably the most popular market|
|Nachalat Binyamin||Only Tuesday or Friday||Arts and Crafts||Located near Carmel Market|
|HaTikva Market||Sunday – Friday||Food||Authentic market|
|Levinsky Market||Sunday – Friday||Specializes in spices, dried fruits, and nuts||There are many restaurants in this area|
|Jaffa Flea Market||Friday||Wide variety of stores, including thrift stores, boutiques, and art galleries||There are many restaurants in this area|
|Tel Aviv Port Market||Any day of a week||Food and restaurants||Located at Tel Aviv Port (Namal Tel Aviv)|
|North Market||Sunday – Friday||Food and restaurants||Similar to Tel Aviv Port Market|
|Sarona Market||Any day of a week||Food and restaurants||Largest indoor food market|
|Rothschild Allenby Market||Closed|
|Jaffa Port Market||Closed|
Types Of Markets – New Vs. Old
In my blog, you can see referrals to the new and old markets. I usually divide them by their creation date. The number of years a market operates is not that important, but it affects the types of stores in the market. Markets that were created many years ago are usually more traditional. There are many fruits and vegetables stands. And some bakeries and fish, meat stores.
The newer markets are generally more upscale places. And for example, besides standard fruits and vegetables, you can also find unique produce. Moreover, in the new markets, there are typically many restaurants and small food joints.
Nonetheless, touristic markets, like Carmel Market and Mahane Yehuda, though they were founded many years ago, changed significantly over the last decades. Maybe you will not find there the same fancy produce as in Tel Aviv Port Market, but you can eat at many food stalls and restaurants while visiting them.
Carmel Market is probably the most famous marketplace in Tel Aviv. Similar to other markets (like Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem), it changed in recent years. Bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and chef-owned food stalls appeared. Travel firms started to offer Market tours. And today, it is a mix of the old market and a tourist destination.
You can find my full guide at Carmel Market.
Nachalat Binyamin Market has several names. It is also called the Nachalat Binyamin art fair, and the arts and crafts fair. And it is the most significant art fair in Israel.
You can find my full guide at Nachalat Binyamin Market.
HaTikva Market and Carmel Market are two competing outdoor markets in Southern Tel Aviv. But since Carmel Market is closer to the sea and there are numerous hotels in the area, over the years, it became popular among tourists.
HaTikva Market, on the other hand, is a more authentic market with fewer tourists and it almost had not changed over the last decades.
You can find my full guide at HaTikva Market.
Levinsky Market is a small market that was named after the street it is located on. The market specializes in spices, dried fruits, and nuts.
You can find my full guide at Levinsky Market.
Port Market in Tel Aviv was opened in 2008. And it is the first one to open and start a new trend of “new” markets.
You can find my full guide at Tel Aviv Port Market.
Following the success of Tel Aviv Port Market, the same people decided to open a similar place.
You can find my full guide at North Market.
Sarona Market is the largest indoor food market in Israel. You can find there about ninety stores, kiosks, and restaurants from all categories.
You can find my full guide at Sarona Market.
Update: the owners of Rothschild Allenby Market run into financial difficulties. This market was closed. And today, in this compound, you can find a Decathlon store. And if you want to see how it was, continue reading the original post.
Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpeshim)
Jaffa Flea Market offers a wide variety of stores, including thrift stores, boutiques, and art galleries. Moreover, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes. Check out my full guide to Jaffa Flea Market.
Jaffa Port Market
When Tel Aviv Port Market became successful, other similar markets started to pop up. One of them was Jaffa Port Market. But, not all markets thrived, and some closed or decreased their activity significantly. You can find additional information at Jaffa Port.
As a kid, I hated visiting markets, but today visiting markets is both tasty and photographic. See the Best Markets section above to help you decide which ones to visit.
What markets in Tel Aviv and Jaffa did you visit? Which are your favorite ones? Tell us in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
For additional points of interest nearby see Tel Aviv-Yafo.
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.