The Shuk HaNamal, or Port Market, opened in 2010 as part of an expensive and expansive makeover of the port area in the north of the city. Boutiques, spas, bars and restaurants opened up along a sleek new boardwalk, all helping Shuk HaNamal to earn a reputation as a foodie’s market
. It’s Tel Aviv’s only covered market and one that draws a fairly well-heeled crowd. Local shoppers load up on good coffee and buttery pastries before purchasing their groceries from farm stalls.
Prices tend to be higher than those at other street markets, but it’s the best place to find organic produce, including meats, cheese, rainbow carrots and purple potatoes. Many of the stalls around the market sell prepared dishes, with the Kitchen Market providing a more formal eating space. Weekends at the market are the busiest, especially during the morning hours.