Tel Aviv – Kerem HaTaymanim and the Carmel Market
The Kerem HaTeymanim Neighborhood lies in the south of Tel Aviv, on the border of Jaffa, and some consider it the first Jewish neighborhood outside the walls of Jaffa. The idyllic neighborhood was established by Yemenite immigrants and is crowded and dense, yet quiet and pleasant at the same time. Within the Kerem, you will find authentic culinary treasures and hear fascinating stories about the neighborhood from its beginning and until today.
Tel Aviv’s first market – the Carmel Market – was established at around the same time as the Kerem, by immigrants from Russia who built the market to overcome a labor shortage and provide a place for the residents of the new city to purchase goods. The combination of the two adjacent locations provides a diverse cultural experience and through this tour, we will get to know the range of cultures as exemplified in several restaurants.
Levinsky Market Tasting Tour
Ahuzat Bayit is considered Tel Aviv’s first official Hebrew neighborhood. It started as a “garden-neighborhood” where the construction of commercial buildings and shops was forbidden. In order to do their shopping, residents had to go all the way to the hostile Jaffa market. At the same time, the owner of the Jaffa market raised the prices of the market’s stalls. A group of courageous merchants decided to establish a commercial center near the developing city of Tel Aviv.
They bought land on which there were groves and instead of citrus trees, they “planted” shops. All of the merchants in the new commercial area built their homes above their shops, creating a new neighborhood as well, with a unique mix of residents – Jews from all over the world living in one small neighborhood. This created a very diverse commercial center in its offerings, especially in the foods available to passers-by. Since then and to this day, Levinski Street is a unique market with food stores, stalls and raw materials covering nearly the entire the culinary spectrum.