The Jaffa Flea Market ("Shuk HaPishPishim" in Hebrew) is one of the main attractions in the Old jaffa city. Any visitor looking for antiques, second-hand treasures, bargains or simply a fantastic experience must make sure to visit the Flea Market. It is situated not far from the Clock Tower and provides the full market experience- the sounds of the haggling, the smells of the produce, the interaction with the merchants and the exciting atmosphere of the give-and-take between buyer and seller.
The Jaffa Flea Market is made up of three areas- on the main street are the antique furniture, carpets and oriental ornaments shops, on the two, covered alleys one can find clothing, jewelry and souvenirs and the open market is where the second-hand goods are.
The Jaffa Flea Market has come a long way from it's beginnings- the name "Flea Market" is due to the fact that the second-hand clothes that used to be sold there would literally be crawling with fleas. Thankfully, today one can get the authentic yet cleaner "Flea Market Experience" alongside the hippy restaurants, cafés and art galleries that have sprung up in the wake of the area's development and successful attraction of a younger crowd. In the summer, the Flea Market is open on Thursday nights, with live music creating a great atmosphere.
You can buy almost anything at the Flea Market; toys, clothing, jewelry, Judaica, Persian tiles, shoes, old records, and the list goes on. The prices depend on your haggling abilities but one thing is for sure- the Jaffa Flea Market makes for a fantastically entertaining day out, allowing the visitor to enjoy the feel of an old Middle Eastern market and possibly walking away with some smashing bargains.
Close to the newly renovated HaTachana is Tel aviv's largest marketplace, "Carmel Market", a kaleidoscope of colors, noises and smells. Every Middle Eastern city has it's own marketplace that offers the freshest produce- bread, cheese, fruits and vegetables and Tel Aviv is no exception.
The Carmel Market is a long alleyway that is lined with colorful stalls that are manned by storekeepers who loudly present their goods. There is a section of the market, the Allenby Street side, that has mostly clothing and footwear stalls. Apart from that one can find bread, pastries, spices, fruits, vegetables, meat and basically anything that is food-related at very reasonable prices. Be sure to never accept the first price offered to you here- haggling is the name of the game!
There are several lovely Yemenite restaurants in the area that are worth a visit after passing through the Carmel Market.
The Levinski Market was founded by Jews who immigrated from Thessalonica, Greece over eighty years ago. The Greek Jews were followed by Iranian and other Jews from countries where spicy foods and herbal remedies are common. Thus, the Levinsky Market, located under and between decaying three-storey buildings, is famous for it's colorful, fragrant spices, herbs and teas.
The Levinski Market holds mainly spices and delicatessen products such as pickles, herring and regional delights from varying locations such as Turkey, Greece and Romania. This is the ideal place for the person searching for a specific spice, as well as quality cheeses, fish and wines. Visit the Levinski Market and revel in it's lively, often hectic atmosphere.