Kedumim Square

By Petal Mashraki | Published on 2/3/2024

Plan Your Visit

  • Open Times: The square is open to the public 24/7 and the attractions and restaurants here each have their open hours.
  • Prices: Entrance to the square is free.
  • Average Visit Duration: About 30 minutes.
  • Popular Times: Kedumim Square is charming at any time of day, visit at lunchtime to enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants, or visit at night when the square is beautifully lit up.
  • Special Events: In the summertime (July-August) the municipality provides free entertainment in the square. The square is the main hub of the Jaffa Nights Festival during the summer months.
  • Relevant Tours: Several Tel Aviv tours and Jaffa-centric experiences such as a Jaffa walking tour will stop at Kedumim Square.

Kedumim Square or Kikar Kedumim, (literally translated as Antiquities Square) is in the heart of Old Jaffa, and the perfect place to start exploring this ancient port city. You can’t miss Kedumim Square even if you try, as the city’s top attractions surround it.


The Kedumin Square (Image source: Mattes)

It is an essential stop for anyone looking for attractions in Jaffa as this is where you’ll find the Jaffa Visitors Center. Beneath the square are archaeological excavations that can be seen at the museum in the Visitors Center. The surrounding buildings are built of beautiful pale sandstone. You’ll find art galleries, restaurants, cafes, souvenir stores, and boutiques here. This is the place to come if you just want to hang out and soak up the atmosphere, or if you want to visit all the top attractions.

How to find the Kedumim Square? You’ll enter Jaffa from Tel Aviv, along Yefet Street where you’ll see the city’s most famous landmark, the Ottoman Clock Tower. The Old City of Jaffa and Kedumim Square are west of the Clock Tower.


It is easy to explore Jaffa on foot, and if you turn right just after the clock tower you’ll arrive in the Old City. Pro Tip: If you turned left you’d end up in the Jaffa Flea Market which is also worth visiting. If you take Mifratz Shlomo Street it is a 7-minute walk to the square, and you’ll pass the Mahmoudiya Mosque. Alternatively, keep going along Yefet Street a little further before turning right on Louis Pasteur Street. This route is a 13-minute walk to the Old City.

Things to See and Do in Kedumim Square, Jaffa

Zodiac Fountain

In 2011 artists Varda Ghivoly, Ilan Gelber, and Navot Gil created this fun fountain. It features the twelve zodiac signs carved out of chalkstone.


The Zodiac Fountain

At night the Zodiac Fountain is lit up bringing the zodiac characters to life. Legend has it that it is a magic wishing well, and if you throw a coin in and make a wish it will come true.

Kedumim Visitor Center Jaffa

Your most important stop in Kedumim Square is the Visitors Center which also houses the Jaffa Museum known as Jaffa Tales. The staff is accommodating providing information about the city’s attractions, and selling tours, and maps. The information about Jaffa is available in Russian, German, English, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and French. 

Jaffa Tales Museum

The museum is accessed via the Visitor Center and offers a multi-media glimpse into 5,000 years of Jaffa history. At the museum, visitors walk along walkways through the archaeological excavations beneath Kedumim Square. The museum also known as Jaffa Tales takes you on a journey back in time using genuine archaeological artifacts, animated displays, and holograms of historical figures who tell their story. The two video presentations at the museum are available in Hebrew, Arabic, French<, German, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. Note that entrance is by prior arrangement.

Attractions Within 3 Minutes of Kedumim Square

The Wishing Bridge

Just one minute from Kedumim Square is the famous Wishing Bridge, it features twelve bronze plaques, each with a zodiac sign. Yes, you may have noticed Jaffa has fountains, streets, statues, and bridges with an astrological theme.


The wishing bridge

The Wishing Bridge 

Saint Peter’s Church

This impressive church is named after Saint Peter who spent time in Jaffa. It was here that he brought Tabitha back to life. The St. Peter’s Church is reminiscent of a European basilica and has a stunning interior.

St. Peter's ChurchSt. Peter's Church

Zodiac Lanes

From Kedumim Square there is a network of narrow stone alleys named after the zodiac signs that lead down to the old port. The lanes are quaint with brightly colored doorways dripping with vines and bougainvillea, perfect for Instagram shots. On the way, you’ll pass several art galleries and boutique stores. Pro Tip: One of the most famous galleries here is the Ilana Goor Museum on Mazal Dagim Street (Gemini Street).

The Promenade

From Kedumim Square continue north in the direction of Tel Aviv and follow the upper promenade that offers spectacular views of the coastline.