Travelers and locals alike flock to the many markets in Tel Aviv on a daily basis. Whether you are looking to buy food, flowers, antiques, art or even vintage clothing, there is an option to suit everyone’s needs. The market choices in Tel Aviv offer both indoor and outdoor options. Shopping in Tel Aviv can be a sensory adventure, rich with flavors, sounds, textures, and smells, and allows you to enjoy not only the products you purchase but the whole experience. Be sure to check out as many markets as you can. Here are our suggestions for the best markets in Tel Aviv that you should plan to check out on your next trip!
Start with this local tip – almost every vendor, no matter which market you shop in, will pack your purchases in a plastic bag. We always recommend to bring your own shopping bag along.
Carmel Market, also known as “Shuk HaCarmel” is a definite must-see while shopping in Tel Aviv. You can buy a wide variety of market goods including fresh fruit and flowers, the perfect pair of knock-off sunglasses, or a giant bag of fresh candy! This is also the perfect place to test out your bargaining skills with the many market vendors! Be sure to sample things like halva or olives if you can, and embrace the crowd, it is part of the experience. To experience the market to the fullest, we recommend joining this guided food tour through Carmel Market.
HaCarmel St, Tel Aviv-Yafo – Opens 8:00 am
Your nose will be able to let you know once you’ve reached the Levinsky Market (Shuk Levinsky) – definitely one of the best markets in Tel Aviv. Found in the heart of the hipster, Florentine neighborhood, you will find many stores lining Levinsky street offering fresh spices, dried fruits and nuts, and a variety of food options. Here you will find some of the best bourekas in town, which pairs nicely with a fresh, cold juice which can also be picked up in this Shuk. You will most certainly see the neighborhood locals picking up their groceries here, and if you happen to visit on a Friday, be prepared for long lines – but we promise it is worth it!
Levinsky, Tel Aviv-Yafo – most shops open around 9:00 am
Jaffa Flea Market
Also known as Shuk Hapishpishim, this market is the perfect place to find little antique treasures, random knick-knacks, and keepsakes. You can easily spend hours perusing through the many vendor’s stalls in both the outdoor and indoor market. (Fun Fact: The American hit TV show ‘Homeland’ has filmed a few scenes in this marketplace). The Jaffa Flea market is also a perfect place to purchase antique and vintage furniture and wander through some of the new shops lining Jaffa’s streets. Check out modern jewelry and clothing designers in this hip neighborhood. An incredible mix of old and new items, this market has a little something for everyone.
Olei Zion St, Tel Aviv-Yafo – most shops open around 9:00 am
For something a little different, be sure to check out Sarona market which offers a culinary adventure, in a modern market atmosphere. It also helps to answer the age-old question “what should we eat for lunch/dinner”, when nobody can decide on one place, why not visit Sarona which offers a kind of “food court” array of delicious options, one that will suit almost any palate! Sarona is not only one of the best markets in Tel Aviv, it is also an excellent family friendly option as there is a beautiful outdoor playground for children, as well as grassy patches perfect for a picnic!
Aluf Kalman Magen St 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo – opens 9:00 am
Tel Aviv Port Market
Located in the Nemal (North Port) of Tel Aviv, you will find this special marketplace, also offering a wide array of culinary treats and gourmet choices. This market feels more like a farmers market, and offers special produce like rainbow carrots and heirloom tomatoes from local producers, not to mention some edible souvenirs!
Nemal Tel Aviv St 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo – opens 9:00 am and 7:00 am on Fridays.
Conveniently located near the beach, and just off of Neve Tzedek, this converted train station also offers a unique shopping experience. While some of the shops are permanent fixtures, there are also weekly vendors on Friday and Saturday that offer small gifts and artistic creations. The Hatachana compound is a perfect mix of history and modern day fun, a perfect place to spend an hour or two with the kids, or if you need a quick bite to eat while relaxing at the beach!
Hammered St, Tel Aviv, Israel – opens 10:00 am
Nahalat Binyamin – Artist Market
Located parallel to the Carmel Market, the Nahalat Binyamin artist market is open every Tuesday and Friday. If you are traveling and trying to think of the perfect gift to bring back from Israel, this is the perfect place to purchase a gift! Not to mention, buy a little something for yourself. From gorgeous handmade jewelry to pottery, to personalized home decorations, you will certainly find a one-of-kind, handmade treasure in this Tel Aviv market.
Nahalat Binyamin Street, Tuesdays 10:00 – 6:00pm, Fridays 10:00 – 5:00pm
This market is perfect for the thrifty shopper, looking for a second-hand deal! Not to mention an eclectic array of antique goods and collector items, this weekly market has some hidden gems! This Tel Aviv market used to be located near the Dizengoff fountain but has now been moved to Givon Square. This newly created space located behind Ha’Arba’a street and Hashmonaim, near the Cinematheque Theatre, also located conveniently steps from Sarona Market.
If you love meeting the locals alongside the sights and sounds of a real Israeli market in action, this one is for you. Definitely not on the typical tourist trail, this market is as authentic and close to the bone as you can get. Here you will find plenty of fresh produce at great prices, fresh meats, spices, and a number of hidden restaurants serving delicious home-cooked food with Moroccan or Iraqi flair.
HaTikva St 10, Tel Aviv-Yafo, open Sunday-Friday, 6:00 – 7:30pm
A different kind of “market” – Diamond Bursa
Although there is only one item to purchase at this market, it is certainly worth a visit! The largest diamond exchange in the world, this unique district is the perfect place to purchase diamonds if you are looking to buy. We offer daily tours of the Diamond Burse here.
Although they may not be outdoor markets, Tel Aviv also offers some fantastic indoor mall shopping. Sometimes a perfect escape from the heat, it is nice to find yourself inside the cool air-conditioned malls and visit some local and international Israeli stores!
- Dizengoff Center – Dizengoff St 50
- Azrieli Mall – Derech Menachem Begin 132, Tel Aviv-Yafo
- Ramat Aviv Mall – Einstein St 40, Tel Aviv-Yafo
- TLV Fashion Mall – Carlebach St 4, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Whatever you are in the market for, the shopping on the best markets in Tel Aviv will certainly not disappoint!