If local artisan craft markets are your type of thing, then the Nachalat Binyamin Markets in central Tel Aviv are a must for you while on your visit to Israel. Located at the corner of Nachalat Binyamin Street and Allenby, this local fair always attracts a big crowd.
Every Tuesday and Friday, the vendors and artisans line the streets right next door to the Carmel Shuk, which is Tel Aviv's central food market. Between the hours of 10 am to 5 pm roughly, you can visit the craft market and shop to your heart's content.
Rest assured you will find unique finds at the Nachalat Binyamin Markets because there is a rule that the vendors must produce original artwork that is both unique and handmade. Thus, you're sure to find something you haven't seen elsewhere. Cutting boards, jewelry, wallets and handbags are just the start of the list.
The architecture surrounding the markets is quite eclectic, adding to the fair's appeal. I have heard that they are considering restoring many of the buildings on this street in order to "pretty up" the area. We'll see if that notion turns into a reality.
I had not been to the Nachalat Binyamin Markets in a few years actually, not since my Birthright Israel trip back in 2006. However, with friends in town this week, we decided to make a pitstop there in order to check out the local fare.
If you find yourself in Jerusalem, the best markets are on Fridays at either Bezalel in the city center or at the local fair in the German Colony. You'll find the same kind of thing, but on a much smaller scale than what you'll see in Tel Aviv.
If you haven't yet been, it makes a nice day trip to head to the Nachalat Binyamin markets. You'll find different items every week and you might just find the perfect gift for yourself or a friend. Enjoy!