Jaffa Flea Market
No visit to Tel Aviv is complete without a jaunt to its ancient-modern counterpart, Jaffa. These sisters have quite the complicated relationships, befitting any of Pedro Almodovar’s notorious family dramas. Jaffa has existed for generations, while Tel Aviv emerged out of thin air only a century ago and has since overshadowed its elder sister, in turn providing Jaffa with the airs of a bohemian haunt. They are municipally connected, but may seem worlds apart. Tel Aviv may have gained the upper hand as a global city, yet Jaffa has its share of timeless sites and attractions to draw visitors away from the White City bubble. And the outdoor flea market is Jaffa’s trump card.
Inhabiting a large square in the idle of Jaffa’s ancient city center, the flea market first served as the crusaders, followed by the Ottomans, and was finally reformulated to its modern state under the British mandate. Jaffa served as a commercial port for centuries, and the flea market is a natural progression from its days as a major port. Come to sift through mountains of antiques, vintage clothing and everything in between, or settle at a nearby café to take in the sights and sounds of the timeless market- either way, consider your time well spent.