Straddling the beachside promenade to the West of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, the Hatachana complex served as Jaffa’s first train station, connecting the port city with Jerusalem, thereby ushering in the era of modern transportation in Ottoman controlled Palestine. Following independence, the complex was converted to a military base and museum, though many of its historic structures were abandoned and overlooked. Following 5 years of extensive renovations, the complex has re-opened as a shopping and entertainment center, and has emerged as a hub for both locals and visitors.
Weaving an aesthetic balance between historic and contemporary, the Hatachana Complex features twenty buildings ranging in architectural style, boasting a collection of Israeli fashion boutiques and design shops. The past incarnation of the complex as a train station is evoked as visitors walk past patches of rail and enter train cars converted art galleries. A weekly organic market takes place on Friday mornings, while concerts and other live events are regularly scheduled throughout the year.