Tourist Tip #173 / Nahalat Binyamin Street Fair

A vibrant venue to shop for alternative souvenirs in the heart of Tel Aviv, right smack by the Carmel Market.

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Feeling crafty? Artsy? Maybe a little spendy? For treasure-hunters, artistry lovers and those just searching for an alternative souvenir of Israel, the Nahalat Binyamin arts and crafts fair in Tel Aviv offers a treasure trove of handmade goodies and community flair.

It bears noting that this open-air bazaar is not a flea market. Don't expect bargains. Prices range from the reasonable to levels one might expect at regular stores.

Every Tuesday and Friday, a stretch of Nahalat Binyamin Street just next to central Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market morphs into an arts and crafts street fair. Dozens of artists – who have to obtain permits from a committee in advance – offer homemade jewelry, organic soaps and bath products, Judaica, handcrafted children’s toys, and much more. Some of the artists have been proffering their goods here since the market’s inception in 1988.

Both sides of the lively street are dotted with coffee shops, restaurants and fabric stores, and on most days live entertainers, including musicians and puppeteers, offer streetside entertainment.

Many of the stalls are cash-only, but some artists, particularly those offering higher-priced items, will take credit cards.

The market is open 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Tuesdays and 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on Fridays in the winter. In the summer months, it is open until 5 P.M. on Fridays and until 6 P.M. on Tuesdays in June and 7 P.M. on the long sunny Tuesdays of July and August.

Browsing at the Nahalat Binyamin Fair.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
Cafe culture on Nahalat Binyamin Street.Credit: Ofer Vaknin