Eilat may be a small city, but it is a vast tourist paradise. For many years it has enjoyed a tax free status (no VAT) even for Israelis. For both these reasons it has some excellent shopping, both upmarket and standard. Here is our guide to Eilat Shopping.
Big Eilat is an open-air shopping center based on the “power center” concept that is usually found in the USA and Europe. It is a key hub for shopping, entertainment and leisure.
It is a one-story shopping center, spanning 17,000 square meters with approximately 64 stores, including several international clothing and footwear brands. It’s also an outlet store of sporting goods stores, electrical appliances, cosmetics and housewares. In addition, Big Eilat has a number restaurants, fast-food restaurants, and cafes.
Arava Road on the entrance to Eilat and the western side of the airport.
Mall HaYam Mall
Eilat’s biggest shopping center with three floors and approximately 120 shops and businesses. Many of these shops are at the trendy fashion section of the market. However, there are also other genres including bookstores and gift and toy shops.
There are also some entertainment facilities with food and a multi-screen cinema. It is also accessible to the disabled and has an underground parking lot. There’s an ATM on each floor. It can be accessed through four possible entries.
There is a parking fee unless you are a citizen of Eilat, however, it is easy walking distance or a short taxi ride from most of the hotels.
Located on the North Shore of Eilat, not too far (and immediately opposite the end of) the airport runway.
Queen of Sheba Mall
Queen of Sheba Mall is a spacious (4,000 square meter) one-story shopping center with approximately about 30 stores of worldwide leading brands in fashion, footwear, gifts, grooming and more. Among the brands are Golf, Body Shop, Castro, Emmanuel and Nike.
The mall has many shops with a good cross section of leading global and Israeli apparel brands. As is the case with most malls in Israel and worldwide the Queen of Sheba has ample food and refreshment options. There are also some non-clothing related stores. Other facilities include free parking and ATM services.
Paamei Hashalom Street 19, located on Hilton Promenade near the bridge.
See also Queen of Sheba Mall (Hebrew/Russian) Website
Opened in 2012, Ice Mall is one of the very few malls in the world that have an Olympic-sized indoor ice skating rink in its center. The domed, 1,800-square meter, two-story shopping center has about 150 shops. The top floor is dedicated to high-end global brand stores selling fashion items, jewelry, cosmetics, and an Artist Market which features hand-crafted jewelry, homemade food, clothing, house wares, and more. The ground floor, on the other hand, is devoted to entertainment and recreation. The same area also features a selection of gourmet restaurants, fast-food restaurants, cafes, as well as a food court.
Kampen Street 8
See also Ice Mall website
The Eilat Tayelet (boardwalk) is a great place to wander and enjoy the atmosphere or step off it onto the beach and into the sea.
It is also of interest to the shopper as it connects the two malls, Mull HaYam with The Queen of Sheba. For most of the day and all of the night, it functions as an open air market catering to the visitors. It has lots of low-priced souvenirs and accessories, beach stuff and jewelry, etc. There are also several refreshment options and the entrances to some of the hotel pools and facilities.
Downtown Eilat – Near the Bus Station
The main street of interest to tourists in downtown Eilat is Sderot HaTmarim – there is the central bus station and a few small malls and shops with a variety of merchandise.
If you are looking to stop up on the basics then there are a few convenience stores scattered amongst the hotel area. For a larger stock up then the Big Mall has a supermarket (taxi or car required.) There is also a reasonable supermarket in the small mall near the main bus station. (You can walk to/from your hotel, but you may prefer a taxi back if you have a lot to carry.)