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.
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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.
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 am going to tell you about our visit.
My favorite nearby parking lot in this area is Beit Hadar which is located on HaRakevet street. From there it’s a five-minute walk to the market.
More info about the 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.
At the Market
We were on-site around 9:30, and as expected, the place was still quite empty.
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 a few food stores. One or two fruits/vegetable stores, one liquor store, one fish store, and the rest are restaurants/ready food stands.
Mosaics on a column:
Stationary ice cream tricycle:
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 about where we should go. We saw Migdal Shalom (that can be seen in reflection) and decided to go in that direction.
Rothschild Allenby Market from Allenby street:
You might ask why in the previous photo, I did not shoot wider. The main reason is that I had one lens with me. Yes, all images 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:
Balcony on the second floor:
I liked the repetitive pattern of the pillars and the lights:
And do not forget to look up:
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 floors and total heights of around 130 meters. Thought in 1965 it was the tallest building, today in Tel Aviv’s skyline it is one of the 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.
You can find a dedicated post about this neighborhood at Tel Aviv walk #2 – Neve Tzedek.
Several additional photos from Neve Tzedek:
Back to Shalom Meir Tower:
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
It was brunch time and the restaurants started to prepare for the flood of people.
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.
This is actually the view on the exit of one of the restrooms:
Still too early for me:
In this market, there is a branch of LaFarina. It is 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 charming market. If you are in the area and look for something to eat, you should check it out. But, if it is your first visit to such a market, then I would suggest starting with Sarona Market.
Have you ever been to the Rothschild Allenby MarketMarket? Tell us in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
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.