Markets Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has a number of markets, offering a unique way to spend time, and the best way to find “real bargains”.

Bezalel Market Bezalel Market in Tel Aviv
near the corner of King George and Allenby streets. Worth a visit especially because the abundance of picturesque falafel stalls.

Carmel Market in Tel Aviv
The Carmel Market, known in Israel as “Shuk Ha’Carmel”, located close to the new rennovated Hatachana Complex, is the city’s biggest marketplace, and a fascinating, enjoyable place to visit. It is basically one crowded narrow alley with long line of colorful stalls standing on either side, and where vendors proudly (and loudly) presenting their goods. Here you can find almost anything imaginable for the lowest prices in the city, from different kinds of bread and pastry to delicious olives, dried fruits and exotic spices.

Carmel Market It is also the best place to buy the freshest produce, whether it is fruits and vegetables, fish and poultry, cheeses or flowers. The first part of the market, coming from Allenby St, is mostly clothing and footwear stands, where lovely bargains can be found. The easiest way to enter the market is from where Allenby St meets King George and Sheinkin Streets.

However, it is also possible to get to the market from its other end near the Carmelit Bus Terminal. Take bus No 4, 1, 2, or any bus passing through Allenby St, and No 8, 24, 25, or any other going to the Carmelit Terminal.

Flea Market

Flea Market Tel Aviv
In Jaffa, where one can find anything from second-hand clothes and shoes to antiques and household utensils, antique and modern furniture.

Restaurants in Israel – More than Falafel

Despite its small geographic size, Israel offers the palate quite a vast range of flavors and cuisines to sample and enjoy. The food culture here runs much deeper than the Hummus and Falafel that it’s well known for; though they are quite delicious as well. Much like the makeup of its citizens, Israeli restaurant represent every corner of the earth and do so in a fantastic fashion.

Unlike many other cities around the world which might specialize in one or two cuisines, Israeli restaurants are quite adept at a wide range of cuisines. You can find anything from Sushi restaurants to steak houses, Far East to East European and of course Middle Eastern and North African themed restaurants all with a local twist. The fusion of cuisines with local spices and flavors results in an extremely diverse and rich selection of restaurants which are not to be missed; they do not only serve delicious food but are also reasonably priced.

Also noteworthy are the cafés which can be found throughout the city. These café offer more than your standard coffee and pastries selection; their menus are quite extensive and some of the best Israeli breakfasts and other unique dishes can be found here. The café culture in Israel is quite developed and it’s not uncommon to see people spending many hours throughout the day or going to a café rather than restaurant to enjoy a meal. During your stay in Israel don’t shy away from cafés when looking to enjoy a delicious meal, on the contrary you should make it a point to enjoy a meal while soaking up a part of the Israeli culture.

Some of our Favorites:

Coffee Bar
A well known bistro serving great food at an affordable prices.
Address: Yad Harotzim, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel: +972-3-688-9696

Adora – a romantic and intimic atmosphere-  chef bistro, offering an delicious fusion of French and Mediterranean cuisine in extremely reasonable prices.
Adora restaurant is located at Ben Yehuda 226, Tel Aviv.
Tel: +972-3-6050896

Fu Sushi – A new Sushi restaurant in the Northern part of Tel Aviv, Not far from The Old Port and Dizengoff Steet.
Address: 32 Yirmiyahu street
Tel: +972-3-6051000

Deca – A very good Kosher gourmet restaurant, in the center of Tel Aviv : 10 HaTa’asiya St. Tel Aviv.
Tel: +972-3-5629900

Refael – An excellent chef restaurant with a great atmosphere . 87 HaYarkon St. Tel Aviv
Tel: +972-3-5226464;

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Israel’s Food Culture – Dining and drinking in Israel

Israel’s food culture is almost as diverse as its inhabitants. Being a “melting pot” country, it seems like those migrating to Israel in the past 6 decades have been throwing into the pot everything from Eastern European to North African traditional Jewish cooking. Mixed with the Arab kitchen of the region as well as Mediterranean influences and other global trends, Israel’s food is a fusion of East & West, speaking all languages and serving every taste.

 

Traditional Local Food

Yes, you can get a great pasta dish or fancy sushi in Israel, but when visiting this unique country you should try to get as much of Israel’s traditional local food. The “Top 3” falling under this category are: Hummus, Falafel and Shawarma. It’s true that all three (or variations of those) can be found in other Mediterranean countries, but Israel has embraced them and made them her own. Whether in a street kiosk in downtown Tel Aviv or in a romantic seafood restaurant on the beach, you can’t go wrong with those dishes. Of course, Hummus is a favorite among Israelis and you can find it anywhere. It’s healthy and delicios.

Kosher Food

Despite being the only county in the world for the Jewish people, a large portion of the people do not keep Kosher, and a large part of its restaurants don’t carry a Kosher food tag. If you are looking for Kosher food while in Israel, a safe bet would be to visit hotel restaurants, which are required to serve Kosher food. Most large supermarkets and food chains also offer Kosher products.

Drinking

Israel’s food culture also includes drinking: a lot of coffee (and tea) drinking, to begin with. Israel’s tap water is safe to drink although many brands of mineral water can be bought anywhere. The most popular alcoholic drinks are wine and beer. Israeli wine is famous worldwide and has been winning prestigious awards in the past several years. There isn’t too much local beer making, but almost every global brand can be found in bars, restaurants and supermarkets.