There are 15 AM:PM convenience stores in Tel Aviv. The chain was founded in 2001 by the brothers Ran and Gal Belinkis and Guy Edry.
I stopped by one of the stores for a snack and some fresh fruit in the early evening. The merchandise had good quality; the shop had nothing fancy, just products one needs everyday and a sales point.
What to buy: Food and drinks for your Tel-Aviv exploration.
What to pay: Average prices.
Products from the Dead Sea like Soaps and Mud are known for their skin curing effects.
What to buy: Dead Sea Soap or Water.
What to pay: High prices, but there is a tax return program and you can claim the tax back when you leave the country.
It can happen any day. Something wrong with your shoe or as we experienced a bag strap giving way. Refael has the man who can fix all this kind of problems. Besides that, he sells working shoes and clothes; only top quality.
Watch out. Bad place. This store looks fair but then they rip you off..Gets you to purchase things in sheckels and when you get home from your trip they change the receipt to dollars aned your bill is double!!!!!!!!
Some other merchant in Jerusalem also tried this on mes o be very careful while paying and what you sign for.
What to buy: NOTHING
What to pay: TOO MUCH.
This is not a tip for a particular place, but rather a general description of what is a very common practice here in Israel, the eating of "finger foods", such as the nuts and dried fruits shown in the photo. You may often see Israeli's holding a small brown paper bag that they constanly dip into for the nuts (especially sunflower seeds) they have there.
What to buy: Other popular types of nuts are watermelon seeds, pistachio, almond and walnut. You will also enjoy the dried fruits such as the raisins, apricot and dates along with the more modern dried pineapple, mango and kiwi.
What to pay: Depending on what you purchase it can be from a few shekels for 100 grams, up to double or triple that price.
Daniella Lehavi presents some very fine and original designs. The products show great craftmanship and are made in Israel. She has also shops in other Israel cities.
What to buy: We bought a bag, large anough to fit a laptop.
What to pay: 200 - 400 euro's
This is a small shop that specalizes in chocolate, chocolate covered delights, cookies and small cakes. We stopped in here one day while exploring the older parts of Tel-Aviv. The name Hetaiem Kataniem literally means Small Sins and it is an apt name, the chocolates were so good that they just had to be sinful, recomended for all.
Dizingof Street is one of the most famous streets in Tel Aviv , named after Tel Aviv's mayor Meir Dizingof.
This street is full with some of the most prestigious designers in israel and the dizingof center.
One day walking around Basel St, I found a nice bookshop which had one of my desired books in the shop window, this book attired my attention to it and that´s why I get into the shop. Then I reckon there were lots of beautiful books in Hebrew and in English...
As I was walking by the city, I decided to come back another day. So, on my last day in Israel, before taking my plane I pop by Taler´s bookshop and buy a nice book in Hebrew for my friend and another for me in English of some modern hebrew writers.
The manager of the shop, Haim Taler, was very nice to me. He recommended me nice books to read and those which I bought. He also allow me to photo him at his shop and added to my travelog, of what I am very happy of.
What to buy: You can find books of any subject: Architecture, design, novels, essays, travel guides, diccionaries, ..... in Hebrew as in English, I saw mainly.
I bought one in English of Modern Hebrew Literature -
"(RE)WRITING LOVE" in postmodern times
and other in Hebrew - "The Shadow of the Wind" of a Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón
What to pay: Depends on how much you want to spend, but it is not expensive on average.
Villa Maroc is a place to get lost for a couple of hours and be delighted with the moroccan style in many ways... There are lots of things in this bazaar and showrrom to fall in love with.
I found it just by chance of walking around the area of Shekhunat Ha-Rakkevet, as started to rain and looking for a place to get in.
Deganit and Galit, the ladies at Villa Maroc were so nice to me and they even allow me to photo the place as well as them.
I did nice shopping of some little gifts for family and friends.
What to buy: You can buy many things there.
a huge range of things for decoration: carpets, mirrors, lamps, vases, furniture, tiles to decorate floors and walls... and also you can buy things for yourself as clothes, collars, ecc.
What to pay: Expect to pay less than average in normal range. However, it depends on what you want to buy.
This tiny shop's name is literally translated as "Sweet Sins". Located in Neve Tzedek this store is not less unique than the neighborhood itself.
Although located in a basement-like shop it's "sinners" i.e. customers can't ignore all the home made cakes, candies, cookies, and jams. While walking along the Shabazi street, eventually, the smell of fresh pastry and chocolade will bring you there.
And if you do count calories then you can enjoy some sugarfree cookies.
The place is very small, so you won't have the opportunity to sit down and have a coffee, but one little table is available. So if you're lucky you can "sin" as much as you want while enjoying the smell and the taste.
On the main street you will find many sellers of carpets like in Baghdad Bazzar in ancient times, even Aladdin may find his old carpet here...and as you can see the sellers put them out for display, utilizing everything is sight, ropes between poles, stands, the floor, on cars, on the backs of trucks.....be careful if you stand still too long taking a picture you may find YOURSELF being used as a hanger for a carpet display...
Here you can see a more open part of the Yaffo Flea Market, here individuals rent a "space" for the day and spread out the things they want to sell, sort of like the American Garage Sale, without the garage...
This is a typical view of the Yaffo Flea Market on a busy day, you may find this either enchanting or repuslive, but what is for sure is that you have a bit of the "color" of a bygone era in todays world of shopping malls and drive through....
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