Tel Aviv is a beautiful and bustling city perfectly nestled in the Mediterranean coast. Popular tourist attractions in the city include the promenade, Jaffa Port, Jaffa Flea Market, and a long strip of sandy beach that’s perfect for swimming, partying, and more. If you want to dig deep into Israel’s food culture, checking out Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market for an Israel food tour would be an excellent idea.
The Carmel Market, also known as Shuk HaCarmel, might not be as large at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, but it is still one of the trendy spots when it comes to restaurants, coffee shops, food stalls, bars, and more. The Carmel Market is home to cheap hummus joints, handcrafted apparel, boutique cheeses, local beer, and other unique foods you can only find at a specific store located in the market. Let’s check out some of the unique food you can find at the Carmel Market.
The Beer Bazaar at Carmel Market is the perfect place to find local craft beer. Many Israel food tours that include places in Tel Aviv feature Beer Bazaar and is a popular hot spot for the locals as well. There’s an assortment of more than 100 Israeli craft beers here which could leave you drinking and hanging around for hours given that it is open until 2am.
Hummus is one of the popular Israeli food you must try when in Israel. There are plenty of hummus joints at the Carmel Market but the well-known Hummus HaCarmel is widely considered the best hummuses in Tel Aviv. It comes with freshly baked pita bread and it’s only 15 NIS. Another spot is the Shlomo & Doron Hummus joint. Take note that these hummus joints are not open for dinner and close around 3pm-4pm.
Halva is a sweet confection made from tahini, nut butter, sugar, sesame paste, and more. There are a wide range of flavors when it comes to Halva given that each maker adds their own special ingredient to create a totally unique flavor. Halva can contain chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, chilies, spices, pistachios, and just about anything. You can find plenty of Halva shops in the Carmel Market and is certainly a must-try food when you visit.
Dried Fruits and Nuts
Dried fruits and nuts are common in Israeli marketplaces and the Carmel Market is no exception. It is also an Israeli food you have to try when visiting Israel.
When getting one of the Israel food tours in Tel Aviv, make sure the Carmel Market is on the list. Better yet, create your own food tour around the Carmel Market with the help of our travel partners. Contact us today to learn more.