Nahalat Binyamin is a pedestrian street running parallel to Shuk HaCarmel, the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. Nahalat Binyamin is lined with Bauhaus and art-deco buildings with picturesque balconies, flower boxes, and decorative architectural elements. Housed within these beautiful buildings are unique one-off stores and cafes. The street itself does not run straight up and down but has gentle turns, a few trees, and public benches. Although the street alone is worth visiting for the café culture and architectural beautiful the real attraction which draws in crowds is the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair.
Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair
This is one of the largest and best arts and crafts fairs in Israel. The market was first opened in 1988 and is home to 200 artists who sell their goods to the 10,000 visitors who come to Nahalat Binyamin each week. Here you can find original handmade items which are perfect for the home or for souvenirs.
Twice a week artists set up stalls along the pedestrian walkway of Nahalat Binyamin and sell a wide range of items. You can get ceramics, toys, paintings, mobiles, jewelry, photographs, Judaica, flowers, ornaments, light fittings, and accessories. Some of the original crafts include wire crafts, polymer clay, decorative items made from recycled goods, handbags, illustrated cork plates, hand-painted stained glass, wooden jewelry, sculptured dolls, sandblast items, recycled paper crafts, puppets, and mind games.
What makes this market unique is that the people manning the stalls are the artists themselves. Visitors to the market are supporting local artists by buying here and they get to interact with the artists and talk about the arts and crafts. Everything on sale is handmade and one-of-a-kind.
The atmosphere on market day is incredible. Crowds walk up and down Nahalat Binyamin browsing through the crafts. People relax at the sidewalk cafes enjoying a meal or drink. There are live musical performances and often street entertainers to add to the atmosphere and you may even encounter fortune-tellers.
Where: Nahalat Binyamin is off Allenby Street adjacent to Carmel Market in Tel Aviv.
When: The Arts and Crafts Fair is open Tuesdays and Fridays 10 am-6 pm and in July and August until 7 pm. In winter the fair operates Tuesdays 10 am-5 pm and Fridays 10 am-4:30 pm.