Off to the Market We Go! [Akko’s Old City]

The city of Akko (also commonly spelled as Akka or Acre) is located in the northern extremity of Israel. Approximately 30km north of Haifa.

A view of the Mediterranean sea through a lookout point in Akko. The sea is a beautiful turquoise blue mixed with a darker blue further away from the shore.
Peaking through at the Mediterranean sea.

Because of its location on the border of the Mediterranean sea, Akko very naturally was able to become a harbor for Israel. This helped it become one of the oldest cities of the world (continuously inhabited since the Middle Bronze Age around 4000 years ago!).

Walking down a street in Akko. There are houses closer to the end of the road.
A house made with cream coloured bricks with blue railing, found in Akko.
Finding unique places in Akko. Little details stick out and make the house all the more interesting.

As a result, Akko is seeped in history. But it also has a raw beauty to it, one that can truly be glimpsed when walking through its Old City.

A view of a side-street in Akko. There are vines on the houses on the right, there are parked cars parked in the narrow street, and house doors are coloured turquoise.
Walking down some side-streets, in the quest of finding the market.

Admittedly, it was fun trying to find the market. I had been there previously, but had not remembered the exact way to get to it. And as such, it was beyond fun to weave in and out of streets to find the market. The streets really had no rhyme or reason in the order in which they were set out.

Walking into the Akko market. It is busy and people are walking around.
A photograph of the amount of people in the Akko market. There is barely any space between people, perhaps 20-30 cm?
Making my way through the busy market.

The beauty of the market is in its brilliant cacophony of sounds and smells.

Everything presented catches your eye, and there are people everywhere!

Interestingly, there is no actual proper layout of the market. For example, one section won’t be dedicated to produce, where another may be dedicated to fabrics. Instead, you may be looking at a stand that sells fish, and right beside it you’ll find a stand selling jewelry.

An array of halva and other sweet desserts found in the Akko market.
An array of halva and other sweet desserts.
More desserts being sold. Some are made of halva, others are made of nuts, some have coconut and dates.
More desserts beckoning me to buy them.

Don’t forget to try some delicious eats!

The walking around also gives you a good excuse to try some of the many treats that are being sold in the market.

Trying a donut with a sweet jelly filling. It has powdered sugar on top.

I personally ended up going for a pastry filled with jam!

A stall selling side-dishes, or perhaps filling for sandwiches.
A stall selling side-dishes, or perhaps filling for sandwiches.

If you’re even hungrier, restaurants and food stalls can also be found.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are on display at one of the stalls in the Akko market. Some produce includes green bell peppers, apples, peaches, and plums.
An assortment of dried herbs on display to be purchased
An assortment of dried herbs on display to be purchased.

And if you’re wanting to get vegetables, fruits, fish, or herbs, then you’re in luck, because the market will have a plethora of those as well!

If you’re ever within Akko I highly recommend putting the market on your itinerary. It’ll give you a glimpse of what an Israeli market is like and you’ll come out of it with new insights and filled with a warming sense of joy.

Have you ever visited an outdoor market? What was it like? Let me know in the comments below!

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