what to buy in Akko: what to buy in Akko
In the Old Town of Akko is the Market street, a colorful local market with dozens of spices, vegetables, fruits, fish, stalls with typical oriental pastries but also perfumes, antiques etc. It’s nice to walk there anyway even if you don’t plan to buy something.
We bought lots of herbs to bring back home but also nuts and dry fruits that we ate till the morning. Most of the customers were locals buying home supplies but as expected the merchants were very friendly with the tourists.
Visitors have to take a look at the Turkish Bazaar that houses several small souvenir stores, we passed by but we preferred not to buy something here.
More Than Just A Market
As most of the mixed ethnic cities in Israel, Akko also has a big market in the old town.
This tip can be considered as a local costum in some ways, in other ways it can be a must see but after all its a market where we shop - thats why its in the shopping.
Akko's market in Saterdays is the most crowded and noisy place you can find yourself in the old town. selling almost everything from a wide food selection (many fresh fish, special spices and other local produts) on to antiques and toys.
This is a place you must go in, even if its for a few minutes, Check it out!
What to pay: Prices are inexpensive at all. About 30-40 percent cheaper then in other cities.
And of course... dont forget to bargain.
old mall: Market Street
Market street is the main road of the Old City and runs from the north to the south. During the Crusader Period this road led from the Hospitallers Gate in the north, along the route of the market or through Via Regis, all the way to the port.
Today, the main market of Old Acre is located on this route – a colorful market with many stalls selling fish and sweet Oriental pastries, as well as shops selling perfume and original spice stores.
The market has undergone a renovation process, which encompassed the shops, the facades and the pedestrian walkway.
What to buy: species,fishes
- Food and Dining
Spices: THIS one is Special !
This shop is definitely one of the most unique spices shops i have ever seen. right in the middle of the old Arab souk this pearl has cout my eyes ....
So many spices .... even many unique ones... an dthe shop looks soooooo ... almost remoinded me of a book u read aprx 3 month ago from an Indian (from India) authore... about a spices lady....
Oh well... i dont want to write too much here... its something to see, smell and feel.... add it to your list when you're planing your trip to the north :-)
Turkish Bazaar, Shuq al-Abiad & The Market Street: "Nargile" & Spices
Besides the oriental colorful bazaar atmosphere they all have, The "Shuq Al-Abiad" is especially interesting with the narrow passageways. It's also called "The White Market" due to the white limestone used to build it.
What to buy: The Turkish Bazaar: Small Souvenir Shops, open till 18:00
Shuq Al-Abiad: Souvenir Shops to Grocers...
The Market Street: Very colorful market with spices, perfumes, oriental pastries, fish etc... The main road of the old city.
What to pay: bargain, bargain, bargain!
At the markets
In the old city there are small market & stores where you can buy souvenirs and other items. Also there is a food market where you can buy fruits, vegetables, spices etc.
Might be good also to try some local snack for eating.