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The ultimate Jaffa area guide

Tel Aviv’s older sister is full of incredible sites, restaurants and hotels. Check out our guide to the best of Jaffa

By Jennifer Greenberg
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With so much hustle and bustle going on in its White City neighbor, sometimes people forget the beautiful gem of Israeli culture that exists on the southern port. From attractions that backtrack through years of ancient Israeli history to the most hopping bars and clubs for dancing in Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s older sister knows where it’s at. The sheer range of attractions in Old Jaffa is startling, from mosques and churches to ancient clock towers, wishing bridges, sculptures, yoga classes, museums, Israeli art galleries, trendy restaurants and the list of things to do in this new-old city is never ending. Throw in an impressive spread of authentic Jaffa street food establishments and a precious flea market and you’ve got enough things to do in Israel for a lifetime. 

Time Out's area guide to Jaffa

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Old Jaffa Hostel

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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.

Nalaga'at Center
Nalaga'at Center
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Nalaga’at Center

Theater Performing arts space Jaffa Port

Located in the heart of Jaffa’s port, the Nalaga’at Center is home to one of Israel’s most unconventional and exceptional theaters: deaf and blind actors and hosts take the audience on a magical tour into the districts of their own inner world.

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Zadik Gallery
Zadik Gallery
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Zadik Gallery

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Hidden in the alleyways of Jaffa, this unique gallery features lectures, live music, parties, and a perpetual rotation of exhibits. The uniqueness of the Zadik Gallery is its goal to provide accessible art at affordable prices.

Machsan 2 Jaffa port
Machsan 2 Jaffa port
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Warehouse 2 (Mahsan 2)

Theater Performing arts space Jaffa Port

Smack dab in the middle of the Jaffa Port complex, facing the instagram worthy Mediterranean sea, is a gem of a culture center. Conceived by the Israel Choreographers Association, the unique venue offers a space for performing arts events of all kinds. From dance performances by leading Israeli choreographers, and music and theatre performances, to conferences and family-friendly weekend shows, Warehouse 2 (“Mahsan 2” in Hebrew) invites Tel Avivians and Jaffa residents alike to revel in the incredible arts and culture this city has to offer. Let Jaffa prove its creative worth at Warehouse 2.

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Margosa Hotel Tel Aviv Jaffa

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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.The Suzanne Dellal Dance Show Centre in the historic neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek is 3 km from Margosa Hotel Tel Aviv Jaffa. The sandy beach is a 15-minute walk from the property, while Ben Gurion Airport is 12 km away.

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