Every Tuesday and Friday, the heart of Tel Aviv’s "fabric district" is taken over by a colorful arts-and-crafts market. Each week, hundreds of visitors stroll down the pedestrian mall of Nahalat Binyamin, adjacent to Tel Aviv's Carmel Market, to check out the creations of more than 200 artists and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.
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The market was launched in the late 1980s when Tel Aviv passed an initiative to promote local artists and encourage original handicrafts. Sellers are only allowed to participate in the market if their goods are handmade and they also are required to run the stalls themselves, so shopping is a hands-on experience where you can discuss each product with the designer and learn about the handiwork.
You’ll find an eclectic selection of items for sale, from jewelry and Judaica to household ornaments and handmade soaps. Some stalls offer customers the option of personalizing objects by adding a name or message, making the fair a good spot to find goodies to friends or family back home.
Even if you’re just in the mood to browse, the market is full of street performers, fortune tellers and musicians, making it a fun and colorful spot to pass the afternoon.
Make sure as you stroll to look up occasionally, as well. The buildings on Nahalat Binyamin have some of the city’s most distinctive architecture, including a beautifully restored building in the Art Nouveau style at number 8, complete with decorative flourishes such as menorah-shaped balconies and a long carved palm tree running down the facade.
Nahalat Binyamin arts and crafts market, open Tuesdays 10:00-18:00 and Fridays 10:00-17:00.