Join this tour led by a local tour guide, who knows all the ins-and-outs of Jaffa flea market. The market was established in the early 1900s when Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire. At the time Jaffa was a major port, and the Turkish set up the market to supply merchants and pilgrims with all they needed.
Since Jaffa and Tel Aviv were joined under a central municipality, the market area has been renovated and restored. Only a few years ago Jaffa Market was best known for selling secondhand goods and junk. It was a rather run-down, neglected area. Now its historic buildings and quaint alleyways have become attractions for people from all walks of life. Trendy art galleries, artists’ studios, and small bars now occupy many of the historic buildings.
On this tour of the Jaffa flea market, your guide will show you the covered walkways, traditional and modern stores, plus the eateries that have become famous for their authentic cuisine. Even Chef Jamie Oliver visited Jaffa flea market’s restaurants on his visit to Israel! Stop at the famous Abulafia Bakery where they sell mouthwatering pastries day and night.
See Faruk BaShuk, a popular restaurant in a magic corner of the market with outdoor seating in a picturesque setting. You’ll get to taste some of the shuk’s finest delicacies. Your guide will tell you about the market’s transformation from shabby to chic and show you places where you can still see a glimpse of the old market.
Discover vendors with goods piled high, stalls dripping with chains and brass lamps, Persian carpets spread over the streets, and piles of secondhand clothing. When the tour ends, you’ll probably want to linger in the shuk, to dig up some hidden treasures or sample more of the market’s delicious treats.