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”? 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:
Opposite to “old” Markets In Tel Aviv, the new market are different. On the 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.
Indoor Farmers Market
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.
Since it is located in the industrial zone, it is hard to find parking. But since we visited on a Friday morning, we were able to find paid parking.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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
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.
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.
Update: In August 2017 FAUCHON officials said they would 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.
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.
One thing worth mentioning, we visited on a Friday morning. Thus you can see many people. On weekdays it is less crowded.
To sum up, Sarona Market is a lovely 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 a few stores where you can find raw materials.
Note: the owners of Rothschild Allenby Market run into financial difficulties and this market is closed for now.
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.
Russian Embassy House:
More info about Russian Embassy House can be found at: Tel Aviv walks #1.
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.
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.
Since many places on the market were still closed, we decided to take a short stroll.
Migdal Shalom and Neve Tzedek
Rothschild Allenby Market from Allenby street:
Renovated building on Allenby street:
You 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.
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.
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.
You can find a dedicated post about this neighborhood at Tel Aviv walk #2 – Neve Tzedek.
Take a look at the following photo:
It 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
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.
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.
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!
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