If you are planning your next vacation in Israel, be sure to add the market, or the shuk in Hebrew, to your itinerary. The market is a great place to truly be immersed in Israeli culture at its finest.
Israel food tours are incomplete without a visit to the shuk, because it is truly the biggest foodie hub in any city and also offers a truly fun cultural experience. If you are coming on an Israel culinary tour, the shuk is a great source of high quality ingredients at low prices. If you are looking for the best Israel tours out there, you can’t go wrong with Israel food tours in the vibrant markets of Israel!
There are a whole slew of amazing Israel food tours that you can do in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is a young a vibrant city, and the culinary scene spreads from homestyle cooking to modern techniques. There are two main food markets in Tel Aviv that are worth checking out for a tasty lunch and mostly a feast for the senses. The first is the Carmel Market, one of the most famous in Israel. The Carmel Market is perfect for snacking and enjoying a truly Israeli atmosphere. It is located in the heart of the city and attracts visitors and locals alike. The market became the hottest culinary scene in Israel and is the place to try spicy Middle Eastern dishes as well as sophisticated fusion kitchen and excotic delights, such as the Vietnamese buns, Venezuelan sandwich and Tunisian Burik. The second is the Levinsky Market, popular among the locals. While the Carmel market is taking on a more trendy and worldly direction, Levinsky market is preserving the more traditional food culture. The market represents a colorful mix of Jewish communities and this is the place where you can meet Persian, Turkish, Syrian and Yemenite Jews working side by side and selling their coffee, herbs, sweets and tea blends. One can get lost for hours in the Levinsky Market enjoying the authentic spice stands and tasty hummus shops.
Any Israel culinary tour should include at least one of these markets.
The beautiful city of Jerusalem has done an amazing job of building up a foodie scene. By combining the old and the new, just like the city itself, the culinary scene is full of surprises. Be sure to check out the shuk, best known as Mahane Yehuda Market for a truly amazing food experience. Try the cheeses, olives, pastries, and especially the halva during the day, then come back at night to eat dinner and have a drink at one of the bars. On Fridays, the shuk really comes alive while many of the locals hurry to purchase all the fresh ingredients for the Shabbat dinner. All of the best Israel tours will take you to Mahane Yehuda Market at day and at night for the full culinary and cultural experience.
Haifa’s markets are often forgotten when thinking of the best food markets in Israel, though Haifa is home to one of the oldest fruit and vegetable markets out there. The Talpiot Market in Haifa has been serving the community for as long as Haifa has existed, with fresh produce and low prices every day of the year. Also, head down to Wadi Nisnas, a true gem for all Israel food tours, for the best baklava and falafel around! Be sure to make the drive to Haifa on your next vacation in Israel or Israel culinary tour, and enjoy the Israel food tours in the vibrant city!
Israel’s markets are not to be missed! You are sure to appreciate the beauty of Israeli food and culture in the vibrant shuks of the country, from north to south.