Described as being the heartbeat of Israeli culinary art, Sarona Market opened in 2015 and now houses a total of 91 shops, stalls, and restaurants. It is considered as Israel’s largest and most unique indoor culinary complex.If you ever want to travel the world without actually having to travel it, take a step into Sarona Market and try the variety of dishes available or pop into its stores to see what interesting imports you can get.
I personally was quite excited when I came across a few kinds of onigiri (a Japanese snack made from white rice that is formed in a triangular shape and wrapped in seaweed). Granted, they were a wee bit expensive – coming up to 18nis (~5 USD) each, so my brain and stomach had a small tug-of-war between whether I should or should not buy one. In the end, I got a tuna onigiri and was so happy with my decision.Make sure to take some time to stroll around the market to find dried goods and herbs, cheeses, Italian balsamic vinegars, fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean, and a multitude of local produce from all around Israel. Even if you’re not planning to buy anything, it’s always such a cool experience to see what kinds of foods you can find that you’ve never seen or heard of before.Don’t forget to visit on an empty stomach so that you can indulge in the food offered by the many restaurants and stalls dispersed within the market.Stop by Freestyle Ramen to grab a bite to eat from Chef Aharoni’s famous ramen, take a minute to grab one (or ten) amazing cookies from Soft, try a selection of imported cheeses or French delicacies, satisfy your pasta needs with a quick stop for some fresh pasta prepared daily at Fiori Pasta, and make your way to Ze Sushi to get, you guessed it, delicious sushi.A unique feature of this market is the way that it combines both local and global cuisines, while incorporating urban and rural aspects. These aspects are apparent in the food that is presented, but also in the way that the market itself is designed.
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Sunday to Thursday – 9:00am to 11:00pm
Friday – 8:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday – 8:00am to 11:00pm
Suggested amount of time to spend here: 2-3 hours
If you take the train, get off at HaShalom Station. From there, it is a five minute walk to Sarona Market.
For a list of the restaurants at Sarona Market, click here.
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Do you have a market where you live? What’s it like?