Jaffais the ancient port city from which Tel Aviv has blossomed – a harmonious blend of the past and present. Visiting the Jaffa Flea Market, Shuk Hapishpishim, is a must when in Israel. As you weave your way through the winding streets, you’ll find an abundance of knickknacks and treasures. Vendors display their eclectic offerings of Judaica, Persian rugs and tiles, antiques, jewelry, and old coins. Embrace your inner-Israeli as you practice your bargaining skills, then carry your keepsakes to the nearest cafe to reward yourself with some local delicacies. The flea market itself is open Sunday through Thursday (10 am – 6 pm) and Friday (10 am – 2 pm). But the area is bustling 24/7 with some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.
The Jaffa Flea Market is bursting with unique treasures, but Pieces takes things to a whole other level. Design lovers will be particularly intrigued by the aesthetic delights on offer – from ornate rugs, intricate jewelry, and pottery to pillows embroidered with the works of Modigliani and Hokusai.
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Love Me Two Times
Possibly the best second-hand shop in all of Tel Aviv, Love Me Two Times is the place to go if you love luxury for a bargain. This chic establishment has carefully-curated racks of haute-couture clothing, shoes, and accessories just waiting for you to fall in love with.
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Nirit Levav Packer Gallery
Don’t miss a visit to this exquisite gallery when in Jaffa! Nirit Levav Packer is a versatile eco-artist, who uses recycled materials to create inspiring masterpieces. Packer brings new life to materials that would otherwise be discarded, transforming bicycle chains and motorcycle gears into delicate works of art – centered around the themes of femininity and maternity.
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Chef Uri Levy brings his Parisian Michelin-starred experience home to Raisa – where haute-cuisine is unpretentious and affordable. And with sumptuous dishes and a relaxed atmosphere, you can easily spend an entire day lounging and sampling everything on the menu.
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If you have a sweet-tooth, you won’t want to miss this decadent paradise. Milk Bakery has earned quite a reputation with the locals. And Tel Avivis flock all the way to Jaffa to indulge in their mille-feuille, violet-adorned cheesecake, and brioche. Stop by for an iced almond-milk Americano and try to harness some restraint at the pastry counter. Just kidding – you’re on vacation!
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The perfect setting for a lazy afternoon or evening with friends, sit back and relax at this local favorite. Cafe Puaa is an ideal spot for people-watching as you sip on fragrant chai or dive into their hearty mujadara. You can sit inside and admire the plush furniture and eccentric accessories on display – available for purchase should you find something you fancy. But outside is where all the action is – so ask for a table al fresco and soak up the bustling energy of the market.
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This resto-bar-gallery is an experience you won’t want to miss. Located inside an antique shop, Cuckoo’s Nest boasts a tempting menu and signature cocktails to enjoy prior to perusing the weekly selection of art. The atmosphere is a mixture of intimate and unconventional – so its a perfect choice for everything from ladies’ night to a first date.
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If you’re searching for a classic gastro-bar vibe, Jopea offers an impressive wine menu and tapas-style dishes. Perfectly situated along the flea market, you can observe the hustle-and-bustle while in your own little oasis. The perfect combination of ambiance and elegance, Jopea brings the flea market experience to an elevated level.
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Hedonistic types won’t want to miss this sinfully restored bar hidden within the Jaffa Hotel. The Chapel housed The School of the Sisterhood of Saint Joseph in it’s past life. It has since been reincarnated into one of the city’s most decadent bars.