In Tel Aviv, as in any thriving and bustling city, it can be hard to enjoy a shopping trip, especially when you are trying to stay on a budget. For this reason, finding the popular second-hand and flea markets can be a light in the darkness for determined bargain hunters, and the Tel Aviv Antiques Market in Dizengoff is one of the best places in the city for this.
The Tel Aviv Antiques Market is home to over a hundred regular stallholders, who share a genuine atmosphere of camaraderie. Shoppers are treated to snippets of friendly banter shouted back and forth, and although browsers are sometimes urged to buy, the vendors seem to be good at spotting those who are inclined to buy, giving them the most attention and leaving the window shoppers to their own devices.
The rows of stalls at the Tel Aviv Antiques Market trade in a wide variety of objects and curiosities. Flea market enthusiasts will find porcelain, bronze and wooden antiques, war memorabilia including medals and weapons, vintage decorative jewellery (some of higher value with identifiable gemstones, others more in the style of costume jewellery), collectable vinyl records complete with iconic cover sleeves, postcards, popular and used books and magazines, nostalgic plastic toys, documents of historical interest and significance, second-hand clothing and carpets. There are even collections of old currency in paper and coins to satisfy the numismatist!
Once held in Dizengoff Square, one of Tel Aviv's main squares, the Tel Aviv Antiques Market moved in early 2018 to Gibeon Street, a pedestrian promenade between HaArba Street and HaHashmonaim Street. In fact, the entire venue, which is only 1.5 miles away from its former location, offers a real upgrade over Dizengoff Square: better natural lighting, more stalls to choose from, and plenty of exhibition space, so vendors don't have to squeeze in next to each other, and shoppers also have enough elbow room!
All in all, a shopping trip to the Tel Aviv Antique Market is not to be regretted! Many local flea market enthusiasts say that on a good day it is even better than Shuk Hapishpeshim, its more famous sibling in Jaffa.