Zichron Yaakov (also spelled Zikhron Ya’akov) is located 35 kilometers south of Haifa, which makes it the perfect destination for me to bus to on a Friday morning before Shabbat starts and the buses stop running.
This town was founded in 1882 by Jewish pioneers from Romania and, over the years, it has grown into a quaint and beautiful place, attracting tourists year-round. I’ve only been to this town two times so far, but something keeps pulling me back to it. When I think about it, it might be the fact that it reminds me of home. There are certain aspects of the town, such as the friendliness of its people, the peacefulness of its roads, and the houses that line the streets that make me nostalgic and give my heart a cozy and happy feeling.
The town is famous for its Carmel Winery, but since I don’t drink, that wasn’t a destination that I had in mind. Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure where to venture off to when I first got there. So, I walked around and tried to explore every corner that I came across and, out of absolute luck, I stumbled across Zichron Yaakov’s quaint and cute main road.
Zichron’s main road is known as Midrahov, and it is a road lined with cafes, artistic stores, and boutiques. One nice aspect of Midrahov is that the road is pedestrianized, so there are no cars in its cobble-stoned streets and you’re able to walk in the middle of the road and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.
Another interesting aspect is that this street has been around since the town was founded, so many of the houses and buildings have great historic value. Because of this, you will notice that some buildings will have plaques outside of them that describe their historical significance.The most exciting thing about Midrahov is that if you go into its side-streets, you will always come across some amazing artist’s store or stumble upon a pop-up exhibit. When I visited, there was a unique rubber duck pop-up store. And let me tell you, my excitement level reached a solid 1000/10. I mean, a rubber duck pop-up store?!?!? YES PLEASE!
control yourself, be a calm and composed adultSo. many. rubber. ducks. !!!If you want a break from the craziness of city life or just want a breather from a hard week at work, spending a few hours in Zichron Yaakov is the best remedy. The town offers unique stores to browse, quaint streets to walk about, and delicious food to eat!
What’s a place you go to that reminds you of home?