“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer
One of the first places I search for, anywhere I am, is the market. Like a vibrant heartbeat of a culture it sets the pulse in color, scent and flavors. Curious as always, I taste, ask, hear the story of the great great grandparent that handed down this very recipe and then nibble my way through.
The Cross-Culture HaCarmel Market tour takes you to the beating heart of the major market of Tel Aviv. In this Tel Aviv tour you will hear a variety of untold stories that connect architecture, far off geographies, languages and people. You will plunge into the cross-cultural beauty and complexity of Israeli society along with the liveliness of the vibrant market. Come and meet locals in person, talk to them and eat their food. You will be constantly surprised by the local cultural cocktail you experience. Striding between the market and the Yemenite Quarter you will deepen your local knowledge of the city and your understanding of the Israeli mind-set. Come to experience the mesh of local cultures and acquire a new and unique cross-cultural perspective of the market and the city.
Meeting Point: Magen David Square, Tel Aviv
Timetable: 2 Hours
Languages: English, Hebrew, French
What People Are Saying
“We now all know that there is so much more to the Shuk HaCarmel than meets the eye and thanks to Ilyll we discovered it’s personal, quirky – and tasty! Ilyll was well-informed and well-organized so that in the end, we were all happily fed and no longer felt like tourists but real insiders.”
– Tabea Nader InterNations Tel Aviv Ambassador
“Ilyll’s tour is a fascinating blend of flavours for the tongue, heart and soul. We tasted many types of food from different cultures, all from authentic little restaurants and shops in the market. We had very special treats, just at the right quantities , very reasonably priced, and to everyone’s satisfaction.”
– A. Shor