Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market is more than a shopping experience; it is a feast for all the senses. Be sure to set aside some time to fully appreciate all Carmel Market has to offer.
There is so much to see at the Carmel Market, including brightly colored fruits and veggies, vibrant art and a healthy mix of interesting people. I found the fresh produce rather photogenic due to the bright pastel colors.
As well, artists set up wonderful displays of their work and you can even observe some artisans creating the very art they are selling.
Both locals, some clad in religious garb of various sorts, and a variety of international visitors, make their rounds at the market. Throw in some creative street performers and the Carmel Market becomes the perfect place to people watch.
There is a strong mix of fragrances at the Carmel Market, from the subtle bouquet of flowers to the bold aroma of vibrant spices.
Some of the smells you will experience at the market, however, could be described more as an odor, such as the pungent-smelling seafood stands. But not to worry, because the comforting smell of freshly baked bread isn’t ever far away.
Depending on what time of day you visit the Carmel Market, you may experience crowds with people pushing and stepping on your feet.
The Carmel Market is not a quiet place. Vendors yelling in Hebrew advertising the latest deals and people haggling for the perfect price fills the air upon first entering the market. In addition, street musicians perform a variety of good quality concerts from marimba to musical theater.
From fresh juices to decadent desserts to a variety of produce there is so much to taste at the Carmel Market.
- Every Tuesday and Friday, local artists take up shop and display their wares.
- Bring your best bargaining skills to get the best prices, and keep in mind that vendors are more willing to make a deal near the end of the day (4:00pm) and especially on Fridays before everyone goes home for the Sabbath.
- Ask artists first if it’s ok to take photos of their creations.