In Israel, an outdoor market is referred to as a shuk. The two most popular shvakim (plural for shuk in Hebrew) in Israel are Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv and Machne Yehuda in Jerusalem. Whether you visit the shuk in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem you will be amazed at the vibrancy and friendliness of the shop owners. Almost anything can be found in either shuk from fresh fruit, clothing, spices, souvenirs, and delicious Israeli food.

So whether you’re trip to Israel is already planned or you’re only researching we’ve got everything you need know.

1) Bargain!

Israeli’s will try to sell you anything for a pretty penny, but they’re open to hearing your suggestions on what you think a “fair price” is. Be confident (or at least seem like you know what you’re doing) and you could get a great deal on almost anything!

2) Only Bargain If You Know You Really Want Something

Be careful when you start bargaining! The second you start negotiating with a merchant, it signifies that you intend to purchase an item. Only bargain when you know you want to buy something!

3) Stay Close to Friends

Stay together. The shuk is pure madness… it’s easy to get separated or lost in the crowds.

4) The Best Time To Visit

If you’re looking for fewer crowds and better deals than visit the shuk at the end of the day.

5) Falafel Please!

If you’re walking through Shuk HaCarmel you will surely hear a man yelling, “Falafel, Falafel, Falafel, Seven Shekel, Falafel.” Get the falafel. Your taste buds will thank you.

6) Take a Guided Tour

One of the best ways to explore the market is to join a guided tour, complete with yummy samples! You’ll discover how Machne Yehuda transforms from food vendors by day to beer bazaars by night and you might even learn of the hummus shop located in an old synagogue in Tel Aviv.