Tel Aviv offers many shopping options for all styles and budgets, ranging from the luxury boutiques of Kikar Hamedina to the colorful flea markets of Jaffa. Whether you are looking for souvenirs, home décor, clothing, jewelry, or Middle Eastern treasures, you will enjoy shopping in Tel Aviv. Use this guide to know where to go to find what you are looking for.
North Tel Aviv
For the finest local and European designers, the posh Kikar Hamedina is the place to go.
The Tel Aviv port, or Namal Tel Aviv, offers some of the most impressive high fashion boutiques in Tel Aviv as well.
On Ben Yehuda Street, a long street which runs from the Tel Aviv port to Allenby, you can find classic Israeli souvenirs, traditional Judaica items and gold and silver jewelry.
On Dizengoff Street, which runs parallel to Ben Yehuda, you will find many stylish independent clothing shops with a wide range of prices. Tel Aviv also has some western style shopping malls. The most famous one is Dizengoff Center, which is also found on Dizengoff Street. It contains over 400 stores and is famous for its unique postmodern architecture. Twice a week, on Thursdays and Fridays, the mall hosts a fair of independent designers.
Another major shopping mall, the Azrieli Center, is located at the base of a trio of skyscrapers. The complex’s iconic geometric structures are a notable architectural contribution to the Tel Aviv cityscape and are home to many of Israel’s major commercial franchises and popular Israeli brands.
For those looking to bring home unique gifts and souvenirs made by local artisans, the cobblestone part of Nachalat Binyamin Street which runs alongside the Carmel Market turns into a street fair every Tuesday and Friday during daytime hours.
If you are looking for the next cutting edge Israeli fashion designers and avant-garde shops, the area around Gan Hachashmal, which literally translates to Garden of Electricity, is where to go. This once run-down but now hip area consists of a few trendy streets around the garden near the electricity company tower.
Those who enjoy bargain hunting will fare well at the Jaffa flee market, or Shuk Hapishpashim in Hebrew, an area where one can really get the feel of a Middle Eastern bazaar. The area has also recently seen a big revitalization as many chic boutiques of budding Israeli fashion and jewelry designers have popped up in the flea market area.
Make sure to carry cash on you when visiting the markets and fairs. Almost all of the commercial shops on the streets and in the shopping centers accept credit cards, but the fair and market vendors do not
ATMs can easily be found in commercial areas, banks, and kiosks
There are various currency exchange shops in Tel Aviv. Most are on Allenby and Ben Yehuda streets
Please note that commercial shops and markets are closed on Saturdays and close early on Fridays due to the Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest which begins at sundown on Fridays. Many stores and services will close on Friday shortly after noon and remain closed until Sunday. Sunday however is considered a weekday in Israel so Israelis will be back to business as usual