My favorite Friday afternoon activity is to go to shuk, and shuk stands for market. We have 4 major markets in Tel Aviv – the most famous and the busiest is Shuk HaCarmel, the less known for tourists is Shuk HaTikva, Flea Market and Shuk Levinsky is the one I’m gonna tell you about.
It has a pretty interesting location on Levinsky street – between Central Bus station and Florentine, the second best hipster neighborhood in the world according to popular travel resource Thrillist. The main marketplace is situated between HaAliya and HaShuk street.
Levinsky market was established during the 30s as a result of the settlement of immigrants from Thessaloniki in South Tel Aviv. Initially a bunch of spices shops and eateries were opened up and then the marketplace extended and turned to be what we know today.
Why I like this market:
1. Relaxed atmosphere – even when it gets crowded
2. Aroma from spices shops – it’s impossible to describe
3. Freshness of spices and nuts – it’s just unbeatable, none of the supermarkets can provide this standard
4. Reasonable and affordable prices
5. Non-spices businesses like – bakeries, Asian food shops, flower shops and street food stalls, cafes and restaurants.
Enjoy the shuk shopping!