Market Fever in Israel
Outdoor markets (shuks) are famous in Israel. We highly recommend that all our Atlas Hotels guests take a trip to one of the many markets in Israel, however the four listed below are the most famous and we encourage guest to take a visit. And no matter which market you choose for a true Israeli cultural experience go on a Friday and listen to the yelling of prices and bargains being made right before Shabbat.
When staying at our Harmony or Arthur hotels the famous Mahane Yehuda Market is just a short walk away. The bustling market is full of fresh produce, sweets, spices, nuts, dried fruits and more. The market is really a symbol of Jerusalem with its mix of old and new by remaining authentic to its original roots but incorporating new food, drink, shopping, bars, and restaurants.
When in Tel Aviv the Shuk Ha’Carmel is a short walk from Artplus, Cinema and Center Chic Hotels. This shuk also features produce, sweets, cheeses, baked goods, nuts and more and it has tons of stands full of trinkets, t-shirts, key chains and more so it’s a great place to buy gifts and have fun bargaining down prices. For a more unique experience visit the shuk on a Tuesday or Thursday and go to the artisans market to the left of the entrance of the shuk. There are so many beautiful, one of a kind pieces to be found that you should not miss experiencing.
For something a bit more unique explore south Tel Aviv inside the Levinsky Spice Market (On Levinskiy street between Aliyah St. & Hertzel St.) With a more relaxed feel the famous market is full of local and international spices in the artistic and bohemian area of the city in Florentine. Israel has a long-standing history as part of the ancient spice route. The Levinsky market dates back to the 1920s and the market still keeps it’s authenticity as you can feel the old world character as you stroll the market.
Finally, Jaffa’s Shuk HaPishpushim, or Flea Market, is famous for its vast array of secondhand and antique items. Although founded in the early years of the 20th century, recently it has become a trendy area with unique fashion/jewelry boutiques and art shops.
You can find out more information on each Tel Aviv market here. We wish you all happy hunting for great bargains at all of the markets.