Set just a bit off of Tel Aviv's grid to the south, lies the antique area of Jaffa - a gem in all its historic and contemporary forms that harkens way, way back to the Second Temple Period of 530 BCE-70 CE. The ancient port city has been on the come up for years, and lately, with its vibrant flea market area (Shuk HaPishpeshim in Hebrew) , art and design studios open by day and its rowdy bars, alleyways and top-quality restaurants filled to capacity by night, attracting a young and decorative crowd- Jaffa has found its rhythm in its own right. A stone's throw away from a quiet and pristine coastline, and a 5-minute walk to the American Colony, an up-and-coming residential area that holds true to its historic architecture, Jaffa is well-positioned for pleasure-seekers, history buffs, and art lovers. It's a gobsmacking juxtaposition of old school and new school; its timeworn foundation of Jerusalem cobblestone, its commanding clock tower - one of seven built during the Ottoman period, the cacophony of the muezzin's call to prayer, and the immersive aroma of Abulafia's freshly-baked Arabic pastries all mingle with the neighborhood's constant daily hustle.
Image everything that make Jaffa and the White City culturally unique: incredible museums, wild and wonderful art galleries, bustling bars, and chef quality restaurants. Now imagine them mixed together in a cultural melting pot, all under the same roof. This was the dream of power couple Amir Erlich and Arianna Fornaciai when they stumbled across the Jaffa palace-like building that once belonged to Aaron Kandinof, the son of the minister of finance of Muzaffar Khan, ruler of Bukhara.
Don’t miss Abu Hassan, the go-to place for a plate of creamy chickpea goodness. Take it to go or eat in house; you won’t be disappointed. For a real local experience, order the ‘masabacha’—it’s another version of hummus, topped off with chickpeas in their juice and other trimmings.
Charming, cozy, and quirky, Café Puaa is a Jaffa neighborhood staple. Located in the heart of Jaffa’s flea market, this iconic café feels like a retro living room. Its colorful carpets, antique ornaments and comfy couches give the restaurant a homey, authentic feel. Plus, Puaa embodies the spirit of its flea market surroundings, whereby every piece of furniture is for sale! But, what makes Puaa truly special are its wholesome, unique Mediterranean dishes.
This burgeoning spot in the Jaffa Flea Market categorizes itself as “food and vibes,” which couldn’t be more accurate. Bursting at the seams with an effervescent and energetic crowd, this is the place to be for a hip evening with vividly fresh ingredients and new, creative twists on comfort food favorites. On the menu are delicacies, such as homemade focaccia, a multitude of salads, shrimp burgers with chipotle aioli and roasted pineapple, lamb cannelloni with yogurt, almonds, and parsley - plus lots of other plates for sharing.
This hearty spot, located in the Jaffa Flea Market, is the brainchild of Bino Gabso, aka Dr. Shakshuka. For many years, people have flocked to this restaurant for authentic Tripolitan food and the signature shakshuka (baked eggs in tomato sauce). These come in many different renditions; try it with mushrooms, or shawarma, or a selection of other amazing add-ins.
Chef Tomer Agay, who has climbed his way from being a sous chef at Yaffo-Tel Aviv restaurant to Santa Katarina with the encouragement of his boss Haim Cohen, has a lot of experience. He has now brought Chef Idan Peretz to Jericho - a new restaurant and bar that opened this week in the Greek Market in Jaffa. The menu starts with entrées (NIS 21-26), such as Arancini made from Persian rice and herbs filled with labane on top of tomato salsa.
All of the city is talking about Milk’s ‘Mille-feuille’ (vanilla/custard slice) and the other incredible decadent treats that can be found here. Peek inside this swanky bakery in Jaffa’s Flea Market and you’ll find Adi Kihan working her magic with dough and chocolate. You’ll find croissants with crème pâtissière and berries, brioche challahs, candied orange peels, cream puffs bursting with deliciousness, and flourless cakes. For vegans, beet rolls are perfect to go.
Chef Uri Levy has worked in top Tel Aviv restaurants like Shila and Herbert Samuel, and at the two Michelin-starred restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris. Now he is collaborating with the great minds behind Beit HaPsanter, Jimmy Who and Taylor Made, to open Raisa, a restaurant-bar in Jaffa’s flea market where you’ll want to spend the whole summer. The new 150-seat restaurant is a place where you can try a few dishes and still keep a NIS 100 per person minimum, making informality an advantage of accessibility for a wider audience – fine dining that is simple, and affordable.
The Mar&Co fish restaurant opened in the beginning of the summer of 2018 in Jaffa, brings an innovative, trendy and precise vibe of original fish and seafood dishes with perfect cocktails. All these enable you to enjoy a rewarding meal and enjoyable fun that bursts out of blessed creativity. The restaurant's menu combines motifs and charms from various world kitchens - with an emphasis on Mediterranean, South American and Asian cuisine.
Located in the heart of Shuk HaPishpeshim (Jaffa Flea Market) is this charming Italian restaurant with a warm and lively presence. Tables with bright and colorful gingham tablecloths line the cobblestone road outside. Everything is handmade, from the artisan breads and pizzas to the lip-smacking pastas and the melt-in-your mouth gnocchi. Staff provide excellent service, and an extensive wine list with generous options by the glass make this an ideal spot for a comforting lunch, a romantic date, or dinner with friends.
Rameses is a burgeoning group of bars stretched all over the revived area of the Greek market in the center of Jaffa. Lively and always happening, these open-air spots let you kick back and take in the Jaffa vibes while observing the striking murals and downing classy cocktails and shared plates.
Poor quality bric-a-brac lies alongside vintage treasures and antique furniture in Jaffa’s flea market. Of all the places to work your haggling skills, this is it. Even just wandering among the clothes stalls, traipsing around secondhand stores or grabbing some authentic street food is enough to make for a blissful day.
Launched in Israel in 1954 by Ruth Dayan, Maskit is a luxury women's ready-to-wear brand. The original idea behind the brand was to create work opportunities for new immigrants in the world of fabric and design. The head designer, Fini Laintersdorf, set off on a two-year journey of research throughout the Israeli landscapes to reconnect with the original roots of the brand. Ruth Dayan, age 96, collaborated with designer Sharon Tal to reestablish the brand and continue its legacy.
In 1995, internationally renowned artist, Ilana Goor, bought an 18th century hostel near Jaffa port and transformed it into a home for her and her collection of over 500 works of art. She gathered her collection throughout her travels in Israel and all over the world, including paintings, sculptures, video art, African and Latin American art, antiques, drawings, and furniture to name a few.
Driven by a need-to-share story, Ruby Star jewelry pieces tell a narrative through their unique design. The wide range of styles and materials make it easy for every jewelry lover to find a piece that they connect with. Merging ancient and modern design, Shirley Itzik's creations are guaranteed to suit every jewelry enthusiast. Visit the boutique in Jaffa's flea market to get the first look at these fabulous designs where there is something for everyone to fall in love with.
Mirit Weinstock is definitely not short of artistic accomplishments. She prides herself on being a triple threat: fashion designer, artist and jewelry designer, and bounces back and forth between Tel Aviv and Paris. In 2011, Mirit launched M♥W, an international high-end luxury crafts jewelry brand. She describes her collection as dreamy, poetic and slightly humorous, drawing inspiration from childhood memories and souvenirs to create a surrealist final showcase.
After graduating from Istituto Marangoni in Milan and gaining work experience in both Milan and London, Rachel decided to bring her talents back to Israel and open this stunning store. This decision stemmed from a desire to combine an European sense and passion for quality with her local Middle Eastern heritage. Located in the old city of Jaffa, the studio stands in what used to be the family's metal recycling factory.
This freshly-minted, astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel is the latest incarnation of a 19th century building that once housed Jaffa's French hospital. Take in the lofty ceilings framed by Arabesque arches overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean.
Located in the heart of the ancient port city of Jaffa, The Setai Tel Aviv, is one of the best hotels in Tel Aviv. Authentic, sophisticated and welcoming, the luxury hotel merges the history and heritage of Jaffa with the 120-room property comprised of five buildings from the former and historical Ottoman prison and police station, imaginatively transformed with contemporary touches and classic refurbishments. The Setai Tel Aviv offers an enviable entryway to the wonders of the Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv’s full beach coastline and steps away from the city’s bustling boulevards and urban hub.
Just 500 metres from Jaffa Port and Old Jaffa, the Margosa Hotel is located in Tel Aviv. It offers free private parking, free WiFi and modern accommodation with a balcony. The soundproofed rooms feature a fridge, an electric kettle, and a flat-screen TV with cable and pay-per-view channels. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. A full Israeli breakfast with eggs, cheese and salad is included.
Offering a buffet restaurant and free bikes, Market House - An Atlas Boutique Hotel is located in the Old Jaffa neighbourhood of Tel Aviv and provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi access. A sandy beach strip and a seaside promenade are 300 metres away. Rooms here provide cable TV and a desk, an electric kettle and a fridge. The private bathrooms are fitted with a bath or a shower. A city view is available from all units. At Atlas Boutique Hotel - Market House guests will find a tour desk and laundry facilities.
Set in one of the liveliest parts of Jaffa, right in the middle of the famous flea market and 400 metres from the beach, the Old Jaffa Hostel has a shared kitchen and a rooftop terrace with seating lounge.A light breakfast with toast, vegetables, hummus, white cheese, butter, jam, chocolate, coffee and tea is included and served from 08:00 to 11:00 daily. There is a grocery shop 50 metres away, and many restaurants and bars can be found in the immediate vicinity as well.The bus station is only 300 metres walking distance from Hostel Old Jaffa. Tel Aviv city centre and the HaHagana Train Station are 3 km away.