Touring the Levinsky Market in Tel Aviv is a great way to experience the vibrant and diverse culture of the country. Founded by Greek Jews from Thessaloniki, this market also boasts a cultural heritage of Persian, Turkish, and Yemenite flavors.
Here are some reasons why you should consider visiting the Levinsky Market:
Food: The Levinsky Market is a food lover's paradise. The market is known for its wide variety of spices, dried goods, local eateries, and teas. You can taste some of the best Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods in the city in a laid back authentic setting. Pictured on the right is Levinsky 58, a small eatery that serves Iraqi delights such as fried kube ( stuffed meat in semolina), Kube soup ( stuffed dimplings in a choice of broth), stuffed grapes leaves, and more.
Culture: With the main area blocked off to cars, this market is experiencing tremendous growth in its popularity as a place to go out for a drink or get a bite to eat. Check it out on Friday afternoon if you want to experience the true energy of pre-Shabbat Tel Aviv.
Shopping: The market is a great place to find the best spices and dried goods in the city. If you are looking to bring back local delicacies for yourself or as a gift this is definitely our top recommendation on where to buy it. We recommended getting Zaatar, Sumac, and a yogurt stone to bring home :)
Overall, the Levinsky Market is a must-visit destination in Tel Aviv, offering an immersive experience of the city's vibrant culture, food, and people. Our cooking studio is just a few blocks from this market so if you're in the area, feel free to come to stop by! We also lead tasting and shopping tours of the Levinsky shuk if you want a guide to navigate this colorful area. Below is a picture of some of our guests eating Turkish borekas in the shuk!