The Carmel Market (in Hebrew: Shuk HaCarmel) is the main outdoor market in Tel-Aviv. Selling everything, from tomatoes to selfie sticks, it is popular among locals and tourists alike. The market was established in 1920s, when Tel-Aviv was merely a decade old. The open street gradually developed into the main open marketplace of Tel-Aviv, offering a variety of goods and food stands.
When is the Best Time To Visit the Carmel Market?
The market runs every day (except Saturday and Jewish Holidays), but on Friday it gets especially crowded. Both locals are busy products for the weekend, and soldiers off for the weekend meet and socialize. This is also the day of the week that the adjacent Nahalat Binyamin street operates is weekly arts and crafts fair.
Thursday evening is also a good time to head to the market, for a social and dinning experience. At night bars and eateries take over, attracting the locals to hangout and celebrate the end of the week’s working days.
Touring the Carmel Market
The Carmel Market is in the southern part of Tel-Aviv and is easily accessed by public transportation or by foot. It runs every day of the week except Saturday. The sights sounds and smells might be overwhelming at first, but once you adjust, you will love it! Join the flow of the crowds, and try to absorb it all. Make sure to try typical Israeli Street food, and if buying anything, don’t forget to haggle!
A tour of the Carmel market can be combined with a guided day tour to Jaffa and Tel-Aviv. We can also set a culinary workshop in which you are led by a chef through the market, and then cook together a great Israeli lunch!