You probably know that we love flea markets (check out the one we visited and the one we did back in Italy), so of course one of the first things we do each time we visit or move to a new place is find out where, when and what are the best markets in the place. The first time I wandered in the streets of Jaffa in 2008 there were mostly old shops full of rusty and incredible stuff.
Oh man, how has it changed!!!
Jaffa is the southern and oldest part of what now is Tel Aviv-Jaffa. It was an ancient Arab port, that has undergone an intense renovation in the last years: new restaurants, art galleries and shops have been opened, especially in the port and in the old city area.
Its flea market is one of Friday mornings meeting point of hipster telavivians, tourist and any kind of curious people. Walking in Jaffa is a sort of anthropological experience.
The market is divided in different sections: antique furniture and jewelerly, two covered alleys with clothes and souvernirs, and my favorite part, the open-air second hand bargain one. There are many new places that sell vintage furniture, but I still prefer the old tiny crammed stands and shops. The ones where you kind find real “gems”: old coins and plaques, vintage lamps from the British Mandate, or simple handmade tiles.
I really enjoy discovering this place, every time I go. It seems always new and equally suspended in time.
Jaffa flea market
Opening hours Sun-Thu 10 am-6 pm/Fri 10 am-2 pm