On a hot and sunny day, I found myself on the way to Tel Aviv, equipped with a friend, some money, and a lot of water. We started our way to the Azrieli buildings, where we wandered around for a few minutes and met up with two other friends. Shortly after we started to make our way towards Nachlat Binyamin (meaning the estate of Binyamin) arts and crafts fair.
Nachlat Binyamin is a market where artists sell their own art and craft products. It is located in Tel Aviv, opens every Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 18:00, and is the oldest and biggest place of its kind in Israel, so I made my way there having quite big expectations.
It was not easy to get there. Once we had gotten off the bus at our station, the fair was nowhere to be seen, and none of us knew the way there. However, after we gave up on our phones as our GPS devices and actually started to ask random people on the street we quickly found our way to Nachlat Binyamin (really, never hesitate to ask the people on the streets of Israel for directions, most of them are very nice and happy to help).
When we walked into Nachlat Binyamin, I noticed two things:
Firstly, it is crowded. 10,000 people visit it every week, and the fact that we decided to go there during the holidays certainly didn’t help.
Secondly (and more importantly), the place is gorgeous. The street is full with colorful stalls, and beautifully made art products are placed on every one of them, which makes me want to run around the street and look at everything immediately. But, sadly enough, we were starving, so our first goal was to find a restaurant.
After stopping at the first restaurant we could find both an empty place inside (as mentioned before, it was a hot day, and we spent quite a long time in not well air-conditioned busses and walking in the streets of Tel Aviv) plus vegetarian food. After that we finally started walking down the street. We stop by most stalls, appreciating the beauty of the place and the art works, and ended up buying way too many things (if I could only give you one piece of advice upon visiting Nachlat Binyamin, it will be to decide how much you’re intending to spend there ahead of time, and to only spend that amount of money).
We enjoyed our time there very much – the weather might not have been perfect (the summer in Israel can easily reach 35 degrees Celsius), but the nice sellers, beautiful products and generally relaxing feeling the place gives certainly made up for that, and we ended up staying there longer that we expected (even cancelling some of our other plans for the day in order to stay there for a little longer).
When it was time to go, we went back to Azrieli and finished our day with some fruit juice and a walk through the mall, back to our homes.
Written by Adi Yakoel
Edited by Naomi Theinert