A short account of the Carmel Market area, given by your Israel & Jerusalem private tour guide
Located in the very center of Tel Aviv and close to Jaffa, the biggest open market in the metropolitan area attracts many thousands of people every day, and especially close to the weekends. It was started in 1920 by a group of Russian Jews, who bought this land before World War I, but found themselves to be penniless refugees after the revolution. Their request to open a small market was granted, and since then it has developed into a significant one in Tel Aviv.
The market operates six days a week, and offers the visitor a huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, different kinds of meats and fish, many kinds of cheeses, sweets, wines and liquors, spices and other kinds of food, as well. You can also buy textile products of all kinds, and there are a variety of restaurants nearby.
Next to the Carmel Market, on the parallel Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian street, there is another market. On Tuesdays and Fridays, tens of artists and craftsmen occupy stands, at which they sell their beautiful pieces. There are also singers and street performances from time to time. Nahalkat Binyamin is a great place to browse and shop.
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