The Jaffa Flea Market is much like an old storage locker full of random knick-knacks that as a tourist, it’s doubtful you’ll ever need. It’s interesting to walk around and see how these people make a living and marvel at the fact they’re able to sell from packed rooms full of anything and everything.
There’s a free walking tour in Jaffa that will take you to many great sites including the market. The tour leaves from the clock tower at 11:00am and 2:00pm daily.
Carmel Market has much more to offer the average tourist and is a must-do in Tel Aviv. Go hungry and have lunch in a local restaurant or try food throughout the market. They’ve got everything from sunhats, sunglasses, clothing, makeup, accessories, art and lots of food! It’s always fun and vibrant to walk around Carmel and listen to the sounds of local musicians playing in the square at the entrance. If you’re in the mood for pasta, there’s a great spot at the entrance with large portions for cheap prices.
Dizengoff Center is the local shopping mall in Tel Aviv and has both stores known and unknown to North Americans. It’s a 15 minute walk from Carmel market and is worth a browse if you’re in the mood to shop. You’ll also find some great boutique stores along the walk, some of my favorites in Tel Aviv.