There’s so much to see and do in Jaffa and, of course, in neighboring Tel Aviv! From the flea markets, to the ancient buildings, to the many restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and cafes, Yaffa has something to offer to everyone. Here are a few links to some of our favorite places:
Flea Market – HaPishpeshim Market
Address: between Jerusalem Boulevard and Yeffet St.. Map
“Jaffa’s Flea Market is where you can find anything from a dress, through fabrics, up to antique tables and chairs, or maybe just a 16th century door knob.
The Flea Market in Jaffa is one of the more charming places to walk around. The real day of activity is Friday, when all the shops take out their merchandise on to the street. French sofas, an old shawl, a carved table and pillow covers from India, Judaica, old enamel kitchenware, antique clocks and what not. You could probably find anything here. The prices aren’t as low as you might expect and haggling is a must, but you don’t really have to buy anything to enjoy a visit. In the past few years, more and more designer shops, cool restaurants, neighborhood bars and chic cafes have taken over the area, pushing out the antique vendors and giving the market a more exclusive feel. When you are there, you can stop for a coffee or a bite to eat in Pooa, or go for a more elaborate lunch or dinner at the Charcuterie, or try one of the numerous other options in the area – new restaurants keep popping up all the time in the Flea Market area!” – TelAvivGuide
Old Train Station – Tachana
Address: Corner Hamered St. / Koyfman St.
“Hatachana Complex, is a renovated historical site on the border of Jaffa and Tel Aviv. Visitors can now enjoy a closed area for pedestrians only with shops, cafe’s, restaurants, organic market art galleries and a family fun activities. Across the road to the west is the new beach promenade and also the excellent Manta Ray restaurant.” – Inisrael.com
“Rothschild Boulevard is one of the most important and iconic streets in Tel Aviv. Located in the heart of the White City of Tel Aviv, Rothschild Boulevard is a commercial center, with major financial institutions lining the street, a cultural center, with the main theater and concert hall of Tel Aviv, a culinary center, with tens of top restaurants, and a leisure center, with the center of the boulevard popular with dog walkers, bikers, and some of Tel Aviv’s wealthiest and most beautiful who stop off at the amazing coffee kiosks found in the center of the street.” – touristisrael.com
Jaffa’s Old Port
“This small, intimate-feeling marina (one of the most ancient ports in the world) is home to bobbing wooden fishing boats, and a waterfront of restaurants, cafés, boutiques, and a small number of art galleries. Some of its warehouses have been converted into public space for rotating art exhibits. From here, enjoy a fish lunch or a snack from one of the food stalls, and then hop on a boat for a cruise along the city’s coastline.” – Fodors.com
Old City of Jaffa
“Historians believe that Jaffa is the only port in the world which can boast uninterrupted inhabitation throughout its entire existence. The biblical account mentions that the cedars from Lebanon for the construction of King Solomon’s Temple came in via Jaffa. Jonah departed from this city in his flight from God. Greek legend tells of the chaining of the beautiful Andromeda to the rocks facing Jaffa’s shore. Simon the Tanner lived in Jaffa, and it was here that the Apostle Peter performed a miracle. Roman legions, Richard the Lion Hearted, Napoleon and Turkish sultans all conquered the city; but with the eclipse of the Ottoman Empire, the city’s vitality declined. Towards the end of World War I, the city was conquered by General Allenby, ushering in the period of the British Mandate.” – inisrael.com