Founded in 1920 along the eponymous street, the Carmel Market, or in Hebrew ‘Shuk Hacarmel’, reigns as largest open air market in Tel Aviv- an unmissable highlight of a visit to the city. Bursting with fresh food, clothes, and everything in between, the sites and sounds alone can put anyone in a tailspin of epicurean pleasure. But be sure not to stand too long in one place, as you might hold up the seemingly endless mass of human traffic along the market’s narrow paths.
Inhabiting a fairly large stretch of urban landscape, the market offers a never-ending chain of stalls, each with its own staff of loud hawkers, mischievously creative in their methods of gaining your attention.
The market is a true measure of the ethnic diversity found in Tel Aviv. Bulgarian burekas are sold near a stall of Syrian halva and olives, whose stall-owner tries to out-yell the merchant selling Indian samosas and Turkish delight desserts across the street. Naturally, the market serves as the perfect spot for an afternoon of multi-cultural culinary sampling. For those seeking a break from the chaos of the market, the more polite artisanal street fair on Nachalat Binyamin is a mere street away.