Visiting a marketplace in Israel gives you a close-up look at daily life. The products displayed are used to cook everyday dishes. The snacks on the stalls and in restaurants nearby show the taste and preference of the people who frequently visit. Imported products from abroad to clothes on display, every part of the market points to the history and culture of the region.
After you have made all your stops at the museums and beaches, the market is next.
Mahane Yehuda Market
The Mahane Yehuda Market is the biggest open-air market in Jerusalem. Affectionately called “the Shuk” by the locals of the city, you can find everything you need, and with over 250 vendors all in one place, it is expected. From household items to fashion and textile, from ingredients like fruits and vegetables to spices—you can spend an entire day exploring the Mahane Yehuda Market and still feel that you have not seen everything it has to offer.
You can purchase wine and other ingredients to bring back to your Jerusalem rental apartment. The vacation rentals in Israel from bnbkosher.com have kitchens that allow you to cook what you have purchased. There are also holiday apartments in Tel Aviv that can let you do the same thing.
Caution; when visiting the Shuk, avoid going on Thursdays and Fridays if possible. There is more foot traffic as people prepare for Shabbat. The market even opens an hour earlier on Fridays to accommodate the crowd.
Tel Aviv Port
The Tel Aviv Port, also known as Namal, is an outdoor market on the decks near the Mezizim Beach. There are stores and restaurants managed by small business owners with very few large company stalls. You can find ingredients in the organic market nearby to stock up on your fish, fruit, and vegetables. If you are not keen on cooking during your trip, there are restaurants and cafes scattered in the area.
You can eat baked good while watching the sunset over the horizon, or you can come earlier in the day and have a picnic with your purchases.
Another famous market in Tel Aviv, and also the largest in the city, is the Carmel. Like the Mahane Yehuda Market, they are only closed on Shabbat and are typically open throughout the year. Just like the ones mentioned above, there is a variety of products like clothes and shoes. On Fridays, artists come in to sell their handicrafts and art. There are also many food options made fresh from the ingredients that are also sourced in the same place. Hand-made cheese, fresh bread, and other local favorites are present.
The market is not just a place of business where you can buy novelty souvenirs at a bargain. Anyone who visits can attest to the feast it presents for the eyes, the ears, the nose, and most importantly, the stomach. Eat your way through Israel’s cuisine by visiting a market near you.