Despite the increase in convenient ways to buy fresh produce, traditional markets in Israel are still hugely popular, as they have been for thousands of years. As a natural hub between Africa, Europe and Asia, Israel sees a constant influx of fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and goods from all over the Mediterranean, Middle East and further afield. Despite Israel’s climate being perfect for citrus fruits, including world-famous Jaffa oranges, its markets sell a huge variety of produce.
Markets in Israel don’t come much better than Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market. ‘The Shuk’, as it’s more commonly known, features over 250 vendors, selling a vast array of produce such as; fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meat, fish, nuts, spices and wine, as well as garments and footwear.
The Old City Shuk in Jerusalem transports you back millennia with Arab and Jewish sellers practicing their trade, in the inimitable Middle Eastern style. Along with the Bezalel Arts Fair, there are few markets in Israel that give a truer authenticity of the country’s capital.
There are also top quality places to stay within a stone’s throw of these wonderful attractions with some of the best Israel hotels. The King David has catered to numerous dignitaries, heads of state and celebrities. Known for its luxury and opulence, it is well within walking distance of these markets. The Dan Jerusalem is modern and has fantastic facilities, where you can relax after an amazing open market experience.
Tel Aviv Markets
Despite its modernity, Tel Aviv has some of the most famous markets in Israel, with all the hustle and bustle and real authenticity of the Middle East. The largest Tel Aviv market is the famous Carmel Market, which is a hop, skip and jump from the beach and has all the smells, tastes and sounds of its Jerusalem counterparts.
Don’t miss the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair, as it is a great showcase for local artists to sell their own handmade produce. So keep a Tuesday or Friday free, as over 10,000 people visit this attraction weekly.
Carmel Market is surrounded by some of the best hotels in Israel, so you don’t have to go far for a break before some more shopping. The Dan Tel Aviv has its own swimming pool despite being located on the beach, overlooking the Mediterranean. The Dan Tel Aviv is the equivalent of Jerusalem’s King David, with every kind of amenity, and is the first choice for celebrities and dignitaries. The Dan Panorama overlooks Carmel Market on one side and the sea on the other, and is perfect for a business stay or for a vacation, as the Dan Panorama is a leader in Israel hotels.
Running Sundays through Fridays, the Talpiot and Wadi Nisnas markets are two of the most diverse markets not only Haifa, but the whole of Israel.
The Talpiot Market was founded by Jewish residents in the 1930s, today offers a huge range of domestic and foreign products. The Wadi Nisnas is a quieter, Arab marketplace, where it sells the best produce that the Galilee region has to offer.
Enjoy these two markets from some of the best hotels in Israel. The Dan Carmel Haifa and Dan Panorama Haifa are two of the most lavish and best situated hotels in the city, with unparalleled views of the sea and the whole Galilee region as well as easy access to local attractions, including these two must-see marketplaces.
Enjoy your Stay
Whichever market you want to visit in Israel, there are a vast array of Israel hotels to choose from in every city. So make your stay complete after a satisfying day in some of the best markets in Israel, by relaxing in one of the best hotels in Israel.