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Beer Bazaar- It’s always Israeli Craft Beer’oclock

The hallmark of a good craft beer is the distinctive local flavor it adds to the base of grain, hops, yeast and water. Israeli craft beer, virtually nonexistent until a decade ago, now is available in more than 100 styles. The taste of Israel inside each bottle hints of locally sourced herbs and fruits such as mint, rosemary, date, passionfruit, mango or citron.

In 2013, Beer Bazaar opened their doors for the entire craft beer enthusiast community. Originally opening a small hut in the middle of the exciting Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem and Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, their goal was to provide three local drafts on tap and a place to find local beers by the bottle. Over the past two years, they have expanded to four Tel Aviv locations.

My favorite Beer Bazaar is located on Yishkon street next to the Carmel market. This Beer Bazaar branch serves over 7 drafts on tap featuring a few house brews made off-premises and an assortment of local beers. Their drafts cost 23 NIS for a third of a liter and 29 NIS for half a liter.

With over 100 beers from dozens of Israeli microbreweries to choose from, there’s something for everyone who likes beer and wants to try one they can’t find elsewhere. Since many Israeli microbrews are sold close to the breweries, it may be more difficult to find a Jerusalem brew like Shapiro’s Stout in Tel Aviv, so a central location to sample Israeli beers is a nice way to drink your way around the country without spending hours on the road. You can drink Bazelet from the Golan or some passion fruit infused brew from the Negev without leaving the same barstool. All bottles at the bar cost 26 NIS, a fair price compared to other local bars.

Recently, Beer Bazaar implemented a new Happy Hour at all their locations. Between 5PM-8PM, when you order a draft beer you receive a bottle of one of the 6 crafted beers brewed by Beer Bazaar. While I tend to prefer to enjoy a 1+1 happy hour deal, I also enjoy having craft beers at home which would be tough to find at your local supermarket.

For those looking for some food while drinking your beers, Beer Bazaar provides different Israeli theme bar food options. Their menu consists of fish entrees, pizza, meat sandwiches and healthier options such as grilled eggplant. While their food is tasty, I come here for the craft beer.

Whether you are trying o take a break from the craziness of the market or enlighten friends with the advancement of Israeli craft beer, Beer Bazaar is a great place to knock back a few beers during the day or at night.

Locations:

BeerBazaar Machane Yehuda :Etz Hayyim St 3 Jerusalem ( KOSHER)

BeerBazaar Yishkon: 36 Yishkon Tel Aviv

BeerBazaar Levinsky 13 Zvulun Street Tel Aviv

BeerBazaar Basta Rambam 1 Tel Aviv

BeerBazaar Rothschild Rothschild Boulevard 142 Tel Aviv

Hours: Sunday- Thursday : 10AM-12AM and Friday 10AM-7PM

Shukshuka

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When I first started this blog my intention was to highlight the many of my favorite Tel Aviv eating experiences that just happened to be located at or near the Carmel Market.  The Carmel Market has long been a culinary celebration, with a seemingly endless supply of new eateries that offer excellent quality food at great prices.  A more recent addition to the market is Shukshuka. This fun and exciting shakshuka bar offers no less than 9 variations of the Israeli well renowned breakfast.

Every time we think the Carmel Market already has everything a person needs, there seems to be room for additions to the lively market. Hashomer 1 is the local favorite,Bunny Chow surprised us with cool street food with flavors we haven’t seen before, and now the welcome addition of our local favorite breakfast .

Shukshuka opened their doors close to a year ago with much rave from the locals who were desperate to satisfy their shakshuka craving in the culinary heaven that we call the Carmel Market. The design of the shakshuka bar presents an outdoor pub ambience with seating only available at the bar. On the weekend, I recommend to make the trek early as the tourists and locals tend to flock early and in great numbers

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In the exciting atmosphere at Shukshuka, you will find a wide selection of different flavors of shakshuka suitable for breakfast or lunch. Their menu is simple – it’s Shakshuka time! Their menu, which is drawn on their wall, includes: shakshuka with goat cheese and basil (37 NIS), shakshuka Moroccan tuna (47 NIS), shakshuka Spanish with hummus, beef jerky and spinach (37 NIS), shakshuka with meatballs (45 NIS), shakshuka with chicken cutlets (45 NIS) and of course the classic shakshuka (32 shekels).  Each order of shakshuka has the option of additional side appetizers such as salad, herbs and chickpeas, spicy tomato salad, or finely chopped Israeli Salad. (8-12 NIS).

KOSHER

Address: 41 Simtat HaCarmel

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9AM-6PM and Friday 8AM- Start of Shabbat

Bunny Chow- The First South African Restaurant in Israel

After HaShomer 1 and Arepas, the Carmel Market offers some of the newest and best street food available in Tel Aviv. Bunny Chow, which presents a tasty mix of Indian and South African curry, is all the talk at the moment in the exciting street food community of Tel Aviv.

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Bunny Chow is located in the heart of the exciting Carmel Market. Recently opened by a South African who immigrated to Israel and lived with his wife in Britain, they had the dream of opening a tasty South African restaurant in Tel Aviv. After returning to Israel, they looked into the street food market in Tel Aviv and decided on the South African-Indian curry street food.

When ordering you have the option of three types of dishes, one vegan (27 NIS), based on sweet potatoes, chickpeas and carrots, one with beef (34 NIS) and one with chicken (34 NIS), each is different and has different spices. Each Bunny Traditional Chow is served in a fresh roll from the market and a extra spicy carrot salad.

With the location having hardly the space to fit a few workers in the kitchen, the staff at Bunny Chow makes delicious and authentic dishes. In the past month, Bunny Chow has been the entire rave, so during the lunch hour you might have a short line. Even with the busy lunch crowd, the owner and his staff are super friendly. This meal is a quick and affordable option for anyone looking for a spicy meal.

NOT KOSHER

Average Price: 30-40

Address:   Hacarmel 13

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11AM-5PM. Friday 11AM-Entrance of Shabbat

Hashomer 1

In Tel Aviv, you always somehow find yourself eating different fresh street food at great prices in the Carmel Market. The different food stands offer customers many options – from authentic Israeli food to foods from different cultures. One of the new additions to the market is Hashomer 1.

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Hashomer 1 recently joined a few months ago the bustling dining scene of the market, but sometimes it seems that they have always been there. The friendly staff presents their customers with fresh food that fits well in the market. The architecture of the restaurant offers their customers the opportunity to sit on bar stools while viewing the chefs prepare their dishes. If you came to the market thinking you were not hungry, you will be unable to resist the temptation.

The first thing that caught my eye on the menu was the prices – their main dishes range between 20-30NIS. Outside of the market you will pay at least double. The next thing that caught my attention was the fresh and crispy challah rolls that they serve their sandwiches on. I feel it’s about time that we make the change from the typical pita to a fresh and warm challah roll. The young staff works at a quick pace while preparing dishes and handles each dish as it was their own.

10580251_607277439391951_966736131481326042_n One of the best sandwiches is their Schnitzel moderately priced at 27 NIS. They offer a large fried schnitzel which isn’t too thick prepared fresh, the tender chicken is cooked the right amount of oil and lemon. The sliced sandwich is served on a delicious roll and is paired up with an excellent homemade pickled lemon. This dish is not too heavy and very tasty, making it one of the more popular dishes. One of the more interesting dishes is their Jerusalem mix sandwich which costs 29NIS. I usually won’t recommend Jerusalem mixed grill because I try to refrain eating such a dish, but this Hashomer 1 dish is too tasty not to say no. Their Jerusalem mix sandwich is a perfect mix of mixed grill, tehina and fresh spices. With each bite, it only gets better.

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I recommend ordering their vegetable patties which are very tasty and crispy. If you are looking to drink something with your meal I recommend ordering their pink lemonade which is flavored with rose water.

KOSHER

Average price person: 30 NIS

Address: Hashomer 1

Hours: Sunday-Friday  9AM until the last customer

Arepa’s- Not Your Average Food from the Carmel Market

In Tel Aviv, one of the best food locations is the Carmel Market. You can find varied authentic foods at very affordable prices, such as hummus, meat, fish or even fresh micro Israeli crafts beers. One of the best food stands you can find in the Carmel market is Arepa’s.

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Arepa’s is located in the heart of the Carmel Market closer to the Carmlit street entrance. Unlike other food stands in the market which provide locals and tourists with Israeli authentic food, Arepa’s presents delicious Venezuelan street food cuisine. After a few months being located in the Friday market in Dizengoff Center, they moved to the fun and always exciting Carmel Market.  Arepa’s started and is managed by two young immigrants from Venezuela. Their stand, no matter what day or what hour of the day, is typically busy with customers.  Their staff prepares the authentic food on location, always fresh. Since their food is corn based, all their items are food gluten-free. The food stand has an amazing atmosphere which makes them a perfect fit for the Carmel Market.1962674_864990086878257_1167472520767932124_n

Like their sign proudly announces, their best dish is their Arepas. Their best is the beef and cheese which costs 25 NIS.  Arepa’s is the pita of Venezuela, a huge pouch of thick corn dough prepared on site. After cooking the meat over the stove for hours they add a small amount of fresh guacamole and lots of cheese which melts to perfection during the preparation of this dish. Arepa’s provides a very interesting texture that is soft and tender in the inside while the outside is slightly crunchy. The addition of pickled jalapenos makes the Arepas very addictive and will bring you back for more.

Apart from their Arepas they offer a delicious chicken or vegetarian casserole. They also offer their home made fried Empanada which is made out of corn or cornmeal. I also recommend ordering their corn pancake which is thick with plenty of melted cheese to please any customer. All their different tasty dishes will make you happy that you made the trip to the busy Carmel Market.

Price:25NIS

Adress : 11 Hacarmel street

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9:30AM-6PM and Friday 9:30Am-4PM