Israel Good Food Guide’s Ruth Nieman has been exploring Tel Aviv’s Foodie markets in her latest article, published and currently editor’s choice in The Culture Trip. Each market has it’s own special vibe yet share the same intoxicating feeling of excitement, when roaming in amongst the stalls, shops and cafes…All Shuk Up…. Experience the atmosphere of the stalls spilling out onto the busy streets, the smell of roasting coffee beans pouring out of the cafes’ and meander through the cobbled streets, looking for the spices, baharat, cinnamon or cumin for cooking traditional Israeli food.
Inside the 140 year old former German Templar colony in Tel Aviv is the recently opened Sarona Market, Israel’s largest indoor market and a haven for all foodies. The 8,700 square metres of renovated building houses 89 food businesses, attracting the culinary elite with boutique restaurants, bars, cafes and specialty food shops, open seven days a week. The inspiration for Sarona came from many of the world’s wonderful food markets including London’s Borough Market, Spain’s La Boqueria and America’s Chelsea Market, attracting chefs, food lovers and tourists alike. Sarona is packed with local produce, as well as cheeses, pasta and patisserie from France and Italy, celebrating the modern cuisine of Israel. Celebrity chefs including Yisrael Aharoni and Segev Moshe have opened branches of their highly acclaimed Japanese and seafood restaurants here in Sarona, pleasing the locals and tourists alike with their food. Basher’s Fromagerie, the world famous French patisserie Fauchon and Israel’s own Tasting Room are too showcasing their culinary artistry, in a market in Tel Aviv that never sleeps….
If you are looking to live like a local, eat like a local and cook like a local…..shop in the nearest shuk!! In the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv or Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, the seasonal produce is fresh and plentiful and the further in you go, the cheaper it becomes! Take bags, a hat, water to drink and comfortable shoes……this is a culinary experience and will have you wandering the stalls for hours, buying spices, halva, baklava and wonderful looking fruit and vegetables to cook up a real feast…..just like the Israelis!!
Tomorrow, Friday 17th July 2015, heralds the start of the regular monthly market for Paleo enthusiasts at Hadar Yosef stadium in north Tel Aviv from 09.00 – 14.00 The Paleo diet, also know as the ‘caveman’ diet, is beginning to engage with more Israeli’s, believing that by eating more grass – fed meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and cutting out cereal grains, dairy, refined sugars and pulses they will benefit from a nutritious, iron rich diet without preservatives and additives and enjoy a healthier way of living. Different speciality stalls will be show casing their products each month, including a South African dried meat specialist, organic fruit and vegetables, Maple syrup, olive oil and gluten free pittas and beer. Half of the stands are offering Kosher products too. Israel Good Food Guide is always interested in hearing of innovative products, sellers or growers of food, new food ideas or restaurants that we can support in Israel, for the ultimate culinary experience.