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Carmel Market
The one and only Shuk Hacarmel

The Carmel Market, the one and only Shuk Hacarmel, is the largest and most known Shuk or market in Tel Aviv.

This an amazing marketplace where sellers trade everything, from clothing to spices, fruits and vegetables to electronics and above all may souvenirs to take back home.

Shuk Hacarmel is the largest Middle Eastern style shuk in Tel Aviv

Shuk Hacarmel is the largest Middle Eastern style shuk in Tel Aviv

Shuk Hacarmel is the largest one in Tel Aviv and is one of the main attractions of the White City. The vibrant noise, the hustle and bustle, the colors and smells, as well as being the largest authentic Middle-Eastern style shuk in Tel Aviv, all combine to make the Carmel Market a favorite place for everyone from first time tourists, to locals who come here to get the freshest vegetables and fruits day by day.

Electronics in Carmel Market

Electronics in Carmel Market

Selling almost everything

Although the main vendors are those selling fruits and vegetables, there are also vendors selling electronics and fashion as well many small stalls selling souvenirs for tourists.

This market is open from Sunday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm; and on Friday from 7:00 am to a couple of hours before Shabbat.

A great Tourist Attraction

Being in the middle of downtown it may be combined with visits to Neve Tzedek, Hatachana complex and even a day on Tel Aviv Beaches.

Carmel Market

Where to eat in Shuk Hacarmel

Hummus HaCarmel

Hummus HaCarmel

You’ll find this place as soon as you enter the shuk, because of the smell of Hummus and the lines forming outside the place.

Petit Mamo

This is the place for real home-cooked meal stuffed zucchinis, meatballs and stewed meat. You can order a small, medium or large plate and fill it with anything you like.

Café Basara

Located in the meat section of the market, serves a variety of meats in a pita, baguette or roll. Your meat options are listed on a menu entitled ‘Roni’s Meats,’ suggesting he is the owner and chef extraordinaire of the small cafe.

Arepas Venezuelan Food in Shuk Hacarmel

Arepas Venezuelan Food in Shuk Hacarmel

They serve Venezuelan food including arepas which is a maize flour pancake with fillings which are gluten free. The fillings include chicken, guacamole, vegetables or shredded beef.

Mafiyat Lechamim

A bakery located towards the middle of the market, they sell bread and a range of bakery treats that they warm up for you.

Café BaShuk

It replaces Café Stern, that was established here for more than 30 years. Coffee lovers can also take a seat, order a beverage and a small snack.

Bar Ochel in Shuk Hacarmel

Bar Ochel in Shuk Hacarmel

This is real example of a simple market fare. They focus on grilled vegetables, salads and meat.

Mercaz HaBureka

They sell a range of vegan burekas served on their own or in a pita. The filings on offer are egg, potato or potato and egg which are surrounded by thin filo pastry and deep-fried right before your eyes.

Location of Shuk Hacarmel

Location of Shuk Hacarmel

The Shuk occupies a street that runs from Allenby Street and the corner of King George Street to the Carmelit or bust depot in the south.

There are also a few side and parallel streets with many stores as part of the same market. It is not so spread out as it happens in Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.

Street Food in Carmel Market

Street Food in Carmel Market

History of Shuk Hacarmel Market

It first opened in 1920 when Tel Aviv was just a decade old and since then became an integral part of the City that never sleeps.

Its busiest days are Thursday and Fridays when residents prepare their homes for Shabbat. These days it looks like a honeycomb with people yelling and the vendors offering their best for the Shabbat table. Even in the age of Internet malls and shopping online, the Shuk is still very popular.

In recent years we have seen a growing number of boutique stalls and food places opening as a compliment to the regular vendors that have existed there for decades.

For more information visit Israel Official Tourism Website

images for Shuk hacarmel 

electonics by tivat zerem
fruits by florai99
food by anatoly axelrod
entrance by jorge lascar
restaurants courtesy of the restaurants mentioned

all courtesy of wikimedia commons

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