Jaffa Flea Market, also known as Shuk HaPishpushim is one of the most exciting markets in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Located in picturesque Jaffa at the southern end of Tel Aviv beachfront promenade Jaffa Market spreads out across a network of alleyways, covered narrow walkways and streets. This is a market where you can literally find everything including the kitchen sink! The market has been around for about 100 years and is open from Sunday to Friday from sun up to sundown. The items on sale; the colorful characters; hidden gems and cacophony of sounds, sights and smells in this market make it a must-do for visitors and residents alike.
What’s on sale at the Jaffa Flea Market?
In the market, you can find conventional stores that have opened up their storefronts and spilt onto the sidewalk. Goods are displayed hanging from every possible hook and nail. The items on sale range from brand new quality goods, trendy fashion items, and the latest fashions to antiques, large furniture, and junk. You can find secondhand clothing, new clothing, handmade goods, art, copper items, brass, Judaica, genuine antiques, furniture, carpets, lamps and light fittings, musical instruments, toys, kitchenware, and much more. There are even stores selling Israeli Army memorabilia.
In among the stores and stalls are art galleries, cafes and restaurants which have become some of the hottest “in” places to dine. There is a wide range of cuisine on offer and a range of different styles of eateries from cozy neighborhood cafes to chef’s restaurants. At Jaffa Flea Market you’ll find Thai beer; an authentic Greek tavern; excellent bakeries; falafel stores and freshly squeezed juices.
Highlights of Jaffa Flea Market
Among the stores and stalls to visit there is Palestine, Land of Israel, an iconic market landmark selling nostalgic items from Israel’s history and army memorabilia, some going as far back as 1948. In Taos, you can find a treasure trove of Hollywood memorabilia, pieces from film sets, kitsch life-size sculpture of famous movie stars or character, and among all of this schmaltz also the odd genuine antique or collector’s item. Halleluiah is the store to visit for musical instruments from around the world.
From the regular guitars and wind instruments to the more unusual traditional instruments like the Australian rain stick or the Thai wooden frog. Get handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry at Alma; original home decoration ideas at Sofi, and a range of antique decorative items spanning several centuries at Renaissance.
At Cyrus, there are more antiques, mainly wooden figures, and porcelain and at Aki, you’ll find an Aladdin’s cave of light fixtures new and old, antiques, and one-off items. For more recently made items (mostly Made in China) visit Niso’s Decorative Goods and for unique tile carpets of exceptional quality visit Mansur Carpets. Don’t forget while shopping in Jaffa Flea Market feel free to bargain!