Old Acre Market is one of the special markets in the Holy Land! A market with a long history and a combination of elements, which make it stand out and make it unusual, or in short, a must-see destination for any food lover. Beyond the local audience, the market is also a hotspot for tourists from all over the world, who come to experience, taste and smell some of its rich history.
Old Acre Market
Old Acre Market is a fun place to walk around and enjoy the local vibe. In addition, there are some hole-in-the-wall restaurants where you can local food in a piece of pita bread. Like falafel or shwarma, nothing fancy. Now because of the nature of the market, it is impossible to give you exact information about the location of the places or prices. Many places do not really have an address, some do not even have a sign, and prices are also something that varies depending on what the market has to offer on the same day or at that time. So once you’re getting to Acre you’ll have to find your way to the Old Acre Market and locate the places I am talking about.
So scrambling your way around the local market honestly is part of the magic, even if it’s a little difficult. I hope the photos I added here will make it a little easier for you guys to find the places. And mostly do what I do – is asking the sellers at the stalls, They know where almost everything you are looking for is, and they are usually really happy to help. And between us – there is nothing better than getting lost in the market. Then you should turn right to “Kashash” sweets. So the place is here even before the establishment of the State of Israel! And to this day the recipes are passing down from one generation to the other. There are all the best Arab sweets, made and cut by hand without machines.
Old Acre Market: Hummus and Some More Hummus!
Whether you are visiting Old Acre for the first time or it’s for the umpteenth time, there is one place whose name is woven into the culinary history of the city and wins praise and hot reviews time and time again – Hummus Said in the popular market in the Old City. Furthermore, Said’s hummus is considered the best-known hummus in Acre and represents the city time and time again in different culinary shows, as it is often awarded the coveted title – the Best Hummus in Israel!
So its hummus has a strong Arabic influence that is reflective of the region and is a coarser hand-mashed version compared to the usual creamier textures elsewhere. The trio of garlic, chili, and herb leaves add extra flavor for a very good rendition of hummus. More pita, please!
Old Acre Market: Abu Sohil Hummus
With at least 10 hummus joints operating in the Old City Acre, the Old Acre market is a must-stop for all hummus lovers. Every morning at 06:00 (except Tuesdays), Suhila arrives at her small kitchen and starts working on the efficient menu that accompanies the place from the day it opens. Abu-Suhil’s daughter entered the hummus shop in 1993, and she has been continuing in the craft and art of hummus for 23 years. In 2003, she won the King of Chickpeas competition held in Acre (as evidenced by the golden pita at the entrance), and despite this, Suhila claims, “Every hummus is different. There is no best, and everyone connects to the hummus that speaks most to him.”
The menu here has hardly changed over the years and Suhila has no ambitions to increase it and turn it into a restaurant. Starters are dishes of chickpeas, eggplant, and salads (NIS 20 per serving). In the section of hummus toppings, it can come with mushrooms or pine nuts (NIS 35 per serving), a meat stew (NIS 40 per serving), or mushrooms and meat (NIS 50 per serving).
Old Acre: Fishes!
In the market complex of Acre, there are many fish stalls. The close proximity to the port allows the fish traders here to display goods that are simply not found elsewhere, both in terms of quality and variety. Of the many stands I saw, one stood out because there were only two types of fish in it during the tour: Groupers and Farida.