This artists market is located in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv, which is one of the city’s first neighborhoods. Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall is full of unique crafts, street performances, great cafes, and is overflowing with color. The street also has stores that are open everyday but Shabbat. However, the market occurs on Tuesdays and Fridays from the early morning until about 4pm. The street is located next to the Carmel Market at the corner of Allenby and King George. Take bus Number 1,2,4, or any bus that goes through Allenby St. This market is attended by tourists and Isralies, and has crafts from all over the country.
When reaching the entrance of the market, after getting your bags checked, the air is filled with laughter and music. Everyone is happy and intently looking at the creative and amazing pieces of artwork. This is a great place to find trinkets for your home, authentic Israel gifts for friends, and beautiful jewelry to add to your collection. There are wallets made out of Israeli food packages, earrings made of nails and screws, clocks from melted down alcohol bottles, and figurines made out of kitchen utensils. There are amazing works of art for the walls, stunning mezuzahs and wooden furniture. Each day you can also find a glass blower making animals and earrings to add color to your home.
Many of the artists selling the wares also have stores located in the area allowing customers to visit them during the week and see a larger selection of art. There is no shortage of pomegranate art, Jewish symbols, or colorful art pieces to hang at home. The majority of the sellers speak English and are more than willing to help find the perfect gift. It is also highly recommended that you bargain with the artists. They are usually willing to lower the prices or give you a deal for buying more than one thing. However, the stores located in the buildings behind the stands have set prices, but they have beautiful furniture and great fabrics for any occasion.
It is easy to spend all day with the amazing display of creativity; I myself usually attend twice a week. If you are interested in buying come prepared with cash, because many of the stands do not take cards. But… it is definitely worth having the cash. And if you don’t pay attention, it is very easy to drop over $100 (400 shekels). Along with shopping there are many great cafes along the streets with outdoor seating that have great views of the crowds, magicians, and will still be able to hear the great music coming from guitars and singers sharing their talents.
Overall, there is no reason to miss visiting the Artist Market. They are open every week and it is inevitable that you will fall in love with a piece, an artist, or simply the vibe. Enjoy!