If you are in Tel Aviv on Tuesday or Friday, you should plan the day partly on being at this Pedestrian Mall for the local arts/crafts -- in fact, combine the day with a walk through the adjacent Carmel Market, and perhaps along Shenkin Street which continues from one end of the Pedestrian Mall. This trio of streets/markets is very representative of part of Tel-Aviv life, each in its own way; and I don't agree with reviewers who have said that it's nice to visit if you are in the area -- I would definitely plan the visit, and plan to see all three areas.
As for the Pedestrian Mall and local arts/crafts -- this is really the best place to buy momentos, and gifts for people, especially to take outside of Israel, because they are unique. There is a lot of Judaica, but often with an interesting twist (things that you won't find, for example, in the much more conservative Jerusalem); there are also original art works, a lot of ceramics, and any number of other kinds of things. Over the years I have chosen several items that are favorites in my home: a statue of a traditionally-dressed Ethiopian man holding a baby; a paper-mache figurine who looks like a resident of Tel Aviv; a deep-red ceramic pot which I have used to hold a favorite plant; several framed photographs of traditional neighborhoods from Tel Aviv and Jaffa; and a stone mezuza. In short, there is a lot to choose from, and you won't find this kind of creativity or variety elsewhere in Israel. As for the price -- the items are not cheap, but I like to support the artists, and prefer to decorate my home or give gifts that did not come from a factory.
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