Shopping in Israel

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Nazareth

    Elbabour Galilee Mill

    The other-worldly aroma inside this spice emporium, run by the same family for four generations, has to be inhaled to be believed. Shelves, sacks, bins and bottles display more than 2600 products, from exotic spice mixtures (including Pierina’s Spice, based on a secret recipe passed down by owner Tony’s mother) to herbal teas, and from dried fruits to aromatic oils. The name is the local pronunciation of al vapeur (‘the steam’ in Arabicised French), the name given in the 1890s to the steam engine that once ran the company’s infernally noisy, German-made flour mill. Products can be ordered online and shipped around the world.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Tel Aviv

    Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Market

    Open on Tuesdays and Fridays, this is the city's premier arts and crafts market. Expect a plethora of stalls selling paintings, ornaments and other handmade crafts, plus the odd street performer. It's also a great place to grab a bite to eat and an ice cream from Arte.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Tel Aviv

    Sarona

    The city's most refined market, swanky Sarona includes two main areas – an outdoor shopping mall and an indoor food market. The outdoor area has offices, restaurants, cafes, fashion stores, galleries and a visitor centre, all housed in restored, 19th-century German Templer houses. The indoor Sarona Market is an arcade featuring global street-food stands and boutique shops to buy fresh meat, fish, cheese and more. Set in lush green surrounds, there's plenty of grass for a picnic and parks for older and younger children. The area gets very busy on the weekend when non–Tel Avivians come into town.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Tel Aviv

    Mango Tree

    This lively, open-air jewellery atelier specialises in create-your-own pieces – most of which are crafted on the spot – plus ready-to-wear selections. The owner and staff are friendly as can be, offering helpful opinions on design choices, and the prices are far from extortionate. Custom nameplate necklaces – in English or Hebrew – can be crafted in a variety of styles and shipped anywhere in the world.

  • Shopping in Haifa

    Flea Market

    Amble past leather bags and picture frames, rifle through boxes of weathered postcards and sort treasure from trash at this flea market, 700m southeast of Paris Sq. It's excellent bargain-hunting terrain for collectors of curios; otherwise the area makes for an interesting stroll past antique shop fronts and sidewalk sellers. The market is liveliest and has the most vendors on Saturday and Sunday, though you can enjoy a more subdued market experience all week long.

  • Shopping in The Negev

    Naot Farm

    Has 50 goats, a dairy (visitors are free to walk around; milking is at 6am and 3pm) and a shop selling homemade goat labneh (thick yoghurt), dulce de leche and French-style cheeses (180NIS to 200NIS per kg). Also sells local wines. The five cabins (double 500NIS to 600NIS) afford gorgeous desert views. Situated 3km south of Tlalim Junction, 400m west of Rte 40.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Asufa

    This curated Israeli design shop is a visual break from the eclectic clutter of household objects that characterises Jaffa’s flea market. Specialised kitchen gadgets are one of their strong suits, with products ranging from daisy-shaped egg separators to googly-eyed pasta strainers. An upstairs graphic department stocks limited edition prints by local illustrators.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Sipur Pashut

    Bookshops don't get much cuter than this. Sipur Pashut (meaning 'simple story') is a tiny shop filled from floor to ceiling with quality Hebrew and English literature. Set in the heart of Neve Tzedek, it is also a venue for poetry readings, book launches and children's stories. It publishes the Israeli version of the world-renowned Granta magazine.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Chomer Tov

    A cooperative of 15 ceramic artists, Chomer Tov (meaning 'good material') is both a small gallery and a shop. A dynamic space, it features both functional (eg bowls and cups) and imaginative designs, as well as modern Judaica. If you're after a unique, handmade souvenir with local flair, this is the place to get it.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Saga

    This art and design shop features a cleanly curated selection of modern wares, from prints and knick-knacks to jewellery and furniture – all crafted by local Tel Aviv artisans. For the stragglers to Jaffa on a Friday, it's one of the few places that stays open later than most.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Old Port Farmers Market

    Delicious farmers market set in a restored hangar on the Old Port of Tel Aviv; it sometimes spills out into stands at the entrance. Like all popular markets in Israel, it's based on food and drink, with plenty of options for hungry wanderers.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Contour

    Contour was founded by two award-winning Israeli designers, Lior Shulak-Hai and Galit Barak, in 2015. Located near Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Market, Contour creates bespoke, handmade jewellery that's unique in its bold and beautiful shapes.

  • Shopping in Nazareth

    Cactus Gallery

    The shop above Nazareth’s sensational Roman-era ancient bathhouse sells creative modern jewellery and gorgeous Palestinian embroidery, made from old dresses in a convent in Jerusalem.

  • Shopping in Eilat

    Mall HaYam

    Right on the seafront, this hugely popular mall is where locals and tourists go to buy up big in high-street stores including Zara, Mango and the local equivalent, Castro.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Bauhaus Centre

    This design store sells architecture-related books and city plans, including a 1:6000 preservation map and guide to Tel Aviv-Jaffa. It has two Bauhaus walking-tour offerings (each 80NIS per person): one self-guided with a rented audio headset and a two-hour guided walking tour of the same streets at 10am Friday.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Gan Ha'ir Mall

    In a central location just north of Rabin Sq, this small mall has some international brand-name boutiques and an organic market. On Fridays it has cooked-food stalls. Downstairs by the water fountain, there is a pretty big jamboree and peddle cars for children.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Orit Ivshin

    Jeweller Orit Ivshin makes delicate handmade pieces in 18-carat gold at her Neve Tzedek atelier, many of which she encrusts with diamonds. Gorgeous.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Dizengoff Centre

    Israel’s first mall, the Dizengoff Centre is filled with cafes, fast-food joints and major retail chains like Zara, Mango and Adidas. The most walkable place in the City Centre to shop big brands, it also has a cinema, a supermarket, a fitness centre and an indoor pool. A delicious Israeli cooked-food market is held every Friday before Shabbat from 9am to 3pm. There's a large indoor play area on the top floor.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Zielinski & Rozen

    Planters filled with jasmine adorn the front of this chic perfumerie, which has the ambience of an old-fashioned apothecary. Bottles of perfume, room spray and handwash are ready to buy, but the highlight here is picking up a souvenir that will truly linger long after your holiday ends – its possible to formulate your very own personalised fragrance. Book ahead.

  • Shopping in Tel Aviv

    Azrieli Centre

    This shopping mall is home to the usual stores such as Zara, Mango and H&M, but the building itself has become something of a Tel Aviv icon. The Azrieli Centre comprises three imposing skyscrapers – square, round and triangle – visible for miles around. There's also a rooftop Azrieli Observatory on the 49th floor (20NIS entry fee).