20 Dec Discover Jaffa Flea Market
Jaffa, an ancient port city in the southern part of Tel Aviv, is rich in history and culture. The flea market is among the highlights of modern day Tel Aviv.
Treasures of ancient past surround its sidewalks where one can find anything from basic stuff to being fab. The Jaffa Flea Market is a tourist destination that you shouldn’t miss when in Tel Aviv. Get to know more about this tourist favorite below!
You are on your balcony sipping tea and nana along with hummus and tehina with olive oil and pita. You can feel the soft breeze of the ocean tickling your hair, the waters calmly racing each other. The wind whispering sounds of excitement. You know it is going to be a great escapade.
What a nice day indeed! Welcome to Jaffa, the oldest city in Tel Aviv, Israel where the old meets the new; home to the most diverse culture and history. Pack your bags and get ready for some Mediterranean adventure.
Where in Jaffa?
A little walk from Jaffa’s old city lays a quintessential gem, the Jaffa Flea Market. It is located next to the ancient Clock Tower, north of the waterfront. This place has withstood the time for over 100 years offering various collectibles and bargains. From antique pieces to unique finds, the Jaffa Flea Market or also known as Shuk Hapishpishim in Hebrew is truly a national treasure.
Jaffa is a multi-racial city that embraces Jewish-Arabic-Turkish cultures that you can discover through their ceramics, potteries and other hand crafted products. It is highly recommended to visit the flea market on foot this way you can also see a glimpse of the entire Jaffa while strolling your way through. You can also take a bus ride from the New Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv, Dan Bus Line #41.
What to find in Jaffa Flea Market?
The flea market is one of the tourist destinations in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. Its small alleyways serve as the storefront of the vendors selling different kinds of products. You can find great bargains for furniture, colorful cashmere, trinkets, antique jewelries, carpets, clothing, and many more. Tiny boutiques and shops flock around the corners offering authentic food that Jaffa has been known for. Fresh juices and aromatic tea and coffee shops also surround the area.
Don’t forget to have a taste of Malabi a popular dessert in the Middle East made from cream, milk and sugar, perfumed with rose-water before leaving. New products also blend in with the antique that you can barely notice. The authenticity of handmade products also adds up to its glory; so if you are looking for great bargains, prepare for a lengthy haggle with the vendors. The stores in Jaffa flea market range from antique shops that offer unique pieces back from the Renaissance period; musical instruments from all over the world including locally made drums and flutes; paintings from famous local artists and exquisite jewelry designs; modern decorative accents; colorful carpets and cashmere with intricate patterns made by hands.
Best time to visit the Flea Market
The flea market is open six days a week from Sundays to Thursdays, 9:00-17:00, Fridays 9:00-14:00. There are also amazing street shows during Thursdays and Fridays, where tourists really crowd the area. It is best to witness the flea market during the evening where you can see the streets transform anew and pubs and cafes are becoming livelier. Coffee lovers can indulge in a variety of coffee shops everywhere.
You can explore the flea market by booking your tickets ahead through your trusted agencies or the best way to do it is travel with the locals. This way, they can better give you insights about Jaffa and of course bargain at a local price. Whether you are in a solo or with a love one, this trip will surely hype up your Mediterranean escapade! Add Jaffa Flea Market to your bucket list and tick it off sooner! See you!
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