Markets, Tel Aviv
Concierge.com's insider take:
Urban markets are where Tel Aviv struts its Middle Eastern bona fides. The one not to miss is the massive daily flea market in the Biblical port district of Jaffa, which comes into its chaotic best on Friday mornings. You'll find antique furniture and carpets, Middle Easternstyled clothing, and collectibles such as watches and pens. Peddlers bring their aromatic spices to hawk at the Levinsky Street market and discount clothing purveyors pile heaps of designer leftovers in the Bazalel Market at the corner of King George and Allenby streets (both daily). On Tuesdays and Fridays, head for the antiques market in Dizengoff Circle and the arts and crafts market (ceramics, glassware, jewelry, handmade candles) in the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall. If you like what you see in Tel Aviv, then also check out a souk (Arabic for market) in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Best accessed via the Damascus Gate, the market is a warren of sweets shops, gold sellers, and small hummus restaurants. While in the markets, stay alert and beware of the dangers of terrorism in crowded public places.