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Tel Aviv Mall

For the trendiest mall in town, head to Tel Aviv’s Sheinkin Street where you will find scores of fashion boutiques displaying the work of Israel’s best designers.

Nuts and Dried Fruit at Levinsky Market

צילום:ד”ר אבישי טייכר  CC BY 2.5
Nuts and Dried Fruit at Levinsky Market

It’s by far the center of the fashion industry and a great place to go window shopping even if you can’t afford the creations.

Shopping in Tel Aviv

There is nothing like shopping in Tel Aviv, where you can check out the array of shops, boutiques, markets, and malls. It’s one of most fun things to do in Tel Aviv, whether or not you’re actually looking to buy anything.

If you are shopping for food, the fruit and vegetable markets have the freshest, most delicious produce you’ll find anywhere, all at rock-bottom prices. At the same time, pick up some fresh bread, rolls, pita, and yeast cakes for dessert. And don’t forget to pick up some Tel Aviv souvenirs as gifts to take back home.

Tel Aviv Market

The following three Tel Aviv markets are well worth a visit:

1. Jaffa Market

At the Jaffa Flea Market you will have to sort the junk from the treasures… What you will find are old clothes, pots and pans, carpets, Israeli style jewelry, and antiques. Recently renovated and cleaned up, there are also some pleasant cafes and restaurants in the Jaffa Market now.

Avi Deror  CC BY-SA 3.0Birds Eye View of Nachlat Binyamin Market

Avi Deror  CC BY-SA 3.0
Birds Eye View of Nachlat Binyamin Market

2. Nachalat Binyamin Market

Visit the Nachalat Binyamin Market on a Tuesday or Friday when there is an arts & crafts fair where local artists sell everything from jewelry and paintings to toys, ceramics, and Judaica. There are also street entertainers to add to the fun atmosphere.

3. Carmel Market

Mostly frequented by locals, the Carmel Market has the reputation of being the best place to purchase fresh produce (great quality, low prices). There are also  clothing and footwear stalls.

More Tel Aviv Shopping

If you’re looking for gifts to take home, Tel Aviv shopping offers a wide range of options for every budget. Gifts made in Israel are especially popular, such as anything with an Israeli flag or Hebrew writing on it: a pencil case,  key chain, snow globe (paper weight), baseball cap,  table placemats, baby clothes, or a necklace with their name in Hebrew.

For adults, consider Tel Aviv souvenirs and Judaica items such as a mezuzah case, Kiddush cup, challah board, or something more neutral, like Israeli hand-painted glassware and tea towels/tablecloths with Israeli motifs. Jewelry with Eilat glass stones are beautiful and easy to find. Finally, you can never go wrong with books about Israel – aerial views, of the beaten track sites, biographies of its leaders past and present, an analysis of the country’s history, and more.

צילום:ד  CC BY 2.5Handmade Crafts at Nachlat Binyamin

צילום:ד  CC BY 2.5
Handmade Crafts at Nachlat Binyamin

Dizengoff Center

This Tel Aviv mall was Israel’s first. The Dizengoff Center opened in 1979 at the intersection of King George and Dizengoff Street. It houses over 420 stores and eateries with enough variety to satisfy anyone. Whether you’re looking for clothing boutiques, bookstores, shoe stores, household goods, souvenir kiosks, or simply something to eat, it’s all here. One of its greatest pleasures is that everything is located under one air-conditioned roof.

ליאור גולגר • Lior Golgher  CC BY 2.5Market in Tel Aviv

ליאור גולגר • Lior Golgher  CC BY 2.5
Market in Tel Aviv

HaTachanah

For some really different gifts, check out the shops in HaTachanha, the new entertainment center in southern Tel Aviv.  You will find it where Neve Zedek  meets the main road and just opposite the beach. In addition to  its many shops and restaurants, you’ll discover an interesting toy shop with mind-challenging puzzles and games, exhibitions, jewelry, household stores, cafes, and restaurants. To date none of the eateries have a kashrut certificate.

Shop Tel Aviv: Did You Know?

If tourists buy an item costing more than 400 shekels from an authorized shop, they can receive a VAT (tax) refund when they leave the country. For full details of who is eligible and what needs to be done prior to claiming the refund, click here.

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