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my shuk ha carmel (The carmel market)

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1. A Druze wrap. Look for the women in the middle of the market making flatbread right on a taboon-style oven. Spread with labneh, tabbouleh, zaatar, and olive oil, it's heaven on a roll.

 

2. Flaky boureka nirvana. At the top of the market you can get a smoked eggplant bourkea (look for the Coca Cola sign) along with a hardboiled egg, tomato sauce, ayran to drink, and rice pudding for dessert to fortify you for the pushing and shoving that takes place as you walk down the hill. HaCarmel 39.

 

3. Nuts for you. Amrani is my go-to nut, dried fruit, and spice store. Founded in 1935, whatever it is you want from speciality blends to the dried black limes, they've got it. Shuk HaCarmel 15.

 

4. Beer break. On the left hand side half way down is the Beer Baazar. They have almost 100 Israeli craft beers. Sit at the bar counter at the and taste some. 1 Rambam St. Or they also have a larger location off the shuk's main drag. Yishkan St 36.

 

5. Grab a burik. You can’t miss the guy on the main drag yelling about sfing and burik. You can thank Libyan Jews for the thin dough filled with egg and potato deep-fried to crispy perfection and served in a pita with a pepper and garlic hot sauce and a pumpkin potato spread: the ultimate carb-on-carb snack. 42 Carmel Market

 

6. Sit awhile. If you want sit-down food, go to Julie’s for Egyptian grandma-style cooking. Yom Tov 29.

7. Meat and eat. M25

8. Coffee time. Mickey.

9. Cheese please. Davka

10. Habasta.