Old Jaffa [Tel Aviv]

The ancient port city of Tel Aviv is one filled with wonders, houses exciting finds, and carries a unique atmosphere. A big contrast to the towering new buildings of Tel Aviv, the old, narrow streets and courtyards of Old Jaffa give you a glimpse of what it must have been like to live in this ancient city many, many years ago.

They say that as Tel Aviv developed, Jaffa decayed – but over the recent years the municipality of Tel Aviv has been overseeing the restoration of Jaffa, making it somewhere that should be on everyone’s destination list while visiting Tel Aviv.

Walking between the stalls in the outdoor market of Old Jaffa

So what can you do in this historic part of Tel Aviv?

1. Go visit the Flea Market!

Filled with secondhand, antique, and handmaid goods, this flea market is a definite must to add to your itinerary when visiting Old Jaffa.

A display of items at Old Jaffa's flea market

Once you get to the market, you’ll notice how the stalls and shops line up in such a way that walking between them will make you feel as though you’re navigating through a maze.

A store keeper watches as I take a photo of the colorful clothes and miscelaneous items at the Old Jaffa flea market

But getting lost is just the beginning of all the fun.

Walk down any row of stalls or shops and you’ll find new things to see, delicious treats to smell, and a cacophony of sounds to hear. Every corner is a feast for the senses.

Ranging from carpets to clothes, from jewlery to paintings, the diversity of goods sold at the Old Jaffa Flea Market is quite astonishing.

And it wouldn’t be a true Israeli market if the vendors didn’t want to sell you things for five times their actual price. So make sure to haggle! Haggle, haggle, and haggle some more! If it even comes to it, just start walking away and chances are the store owner will give you a lower price to be able to sell you the item.

A painting of a dog with glasses, found in Old Jaffa (Tel Aviv)

Opening hours
Sunday to Thursday – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Friday – 10:00am to 2:00pm

2. Grab a bite to eat

Some people worry that if they don’t plan beforehand, they won’t be able to find someplace to eat food. Don’t worry about that here – the only thing you might want to think about is what kind of food you’re craving, because due to Tel Aviv’s diversity, you can pretty much find any kind of dish. However, why not try a traditional Israeli meal while you’re here?

Stop by for some Shakshuka at Dr. Shakshuka or grab some hummus or falafels on your walk through the streets of Old Jaffa.

A delicious breakfast consisting of shakshuka, hummus, and salad in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

3. Walk around and take in the sights

Explore the unique stores, walk on the cobblestone paths, breathe in that sea-water air.

A restaurant is displayed with gold and white lanterns flowing off of one of the buildings. (Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv)

No matter where you walk in Old Jaffa there will be something that entices your senses. So just walk around and take it all in. Sometimes the best thing to do is to put your itinerary aside and walk down streets at random. It’s during those times where you’ll come across the most interesting finds.

A fruit juice stand where there are fruit outside on display. The stand is quite colorful. Found in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv.
Interesting grafiti found in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv. It is an abstract face with a Nike hat.

Important thing to note: on Friday afternoons and Saturdays, most shops will be closed due to Shabbat, so try doing your exploring on another day of the week or earlier in the morning on Friday.

Has anyone ever gone to Old Jaffa? What would you recommend doing there? Let me know in the comments below!


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