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Akko Market's Food Treasures

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Eat your way through the hustle & bustle

Israel is full of old street markets, and Akko’s is a national favorite.  The old city with its narrow alleyways gives you that ancient feeling of being transported to another place and time.  The stalls lined up around the stone floor walkway sell clothes, then sweet syrupy pastries, then vegetables, then furniture – there seems to be no logic or order and yet everything is in its place.  Perhaps it’s because most of the stalls have been passed from generation to generation, selling the same products for decades.

No food journey in Akko is complete without discovering the market’s culinary treasures.  Like any market, it changes – depending on the season, or the whims of the sellers.  Juice carts may move by the day or the hour.  But some products can always be found.  Be sure to sample different olives, pick up some roasted coffee beans or grab a cup of strong Turkish coffee to keep your senses sharp. Take a moment to linger near the spice bins where you’ll find dark red sumac and black ketzach seeds that are both delicious and therapeutic.  You’ll find great local fruits and vegetables here which vary with the seasons. 

Besides the bakeries, pastry shops (see here) and fabulous hummus (see here) you can always find some malabi (like Middle Eastern panna cotta), or fresh squeezed juice, look out for fresh sugar cane juice mixed with ginger, lemon and mint.  And then there’s the fish, where the fishermen themselves sometimes sell the catch of their day: red mullet, white grouper, dentex, sardines, shrimp, squid, prawns and oysters, and if you’re lucky you might spot a shark. 

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Not every stand has a name or even permanent location, but here are a few that do:

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Kurdi Spice Shop

Marwan Kurdi is the owner of this famous spice shop, decorated with oceanic treasures. Locals come here to buy ras el hanout, a combination of 12 secret spices, or other rarities like Madagascar cinnamon.
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Sharqawi Spices

Our spice blends upgrade the taste of the food without the addition of preservatives and food coloring, everything is natural and healthy.
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Bader Coffee

Deeb Bader runs this famous coffee and spice stall, with roasted coffee from all over the world and spices such as aromatic fresh za'atar. Make sure to try their traditional black coffee with cardamom or hawaij, a mix of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.
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A few steps from "Aziza's", Shiran Ashkenazi prepares her mother's famous Tunisian sandwiches as well as the Jerusalem mix grill sandwich (chicken, beef, spleen and fat), great falafel and a variety of fresh salads.
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A mythological sandwich stand in the city, named after the owner's mother, where you can find Habiza sweet rolls stuffed with beef patties in red sauce, schnitzel or fried eggplant sandwiches, as well as Makuda, Moroccan potato pie.
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Soul Burger

A surprising but successful addition to the city's culinary scene, Ekel & Osman, Akko residents and owners of the place, offer a quality burger made daily with fresh meat and served with quality beer.
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Ahmed Zahur & Sons, Fish Stand

Well known for their fresh and quality fish that make their way to many restaurants in the area.
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Octavio Pomegranate & Beetroot Juices cart

Octavio Sousa's juice cart stands at the end of the Turkish Bazaar. Its location does not mean that you have to wait for the end of the trip to get a dose of sweetness and health. Octavio says that after tasting the special juices you no longer think it is expensive. Its fruits are especially tasty, and among the special juices are combinations of pomegranates and oranges, beets and apples that are considered delicacies.
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Falafel Arafe

Operating since 1959, this family falafel stand produces falafel balls with perfect cooperation and speed. Considered one of the best in the country, it is famous for both its quality and their unique placement of their golden balls

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