This month my Time Out Israel editor, Elianna Bar-El asked us writers to pick a favorite Tel Aviv neighborhood, sharing the most exciting hot-spots. As I’m a true Jaffa kid, I got to write about the places I love, and visit all the time. I warn you, it’s so cool over here, once you go South, you might never wanna go back…
While many calls it “the ancient Arab city”, the area has been an important sea port for different great empires and civilizations for over 6000 years.
The old city’s romantic streets overlooking the White City give home to art galleries. For the true local experience dance the night away with the local Arabs and Jews at a hidden street of the edge of the old city, Anna LouLou bar – the funnest ones are their queer parties.
The harbor’s ex ship-hangars turned into trendy cafés and restaurants – a popular meeting point for locals and tourists.
Try LoveEat, offering fresh organic coffee or The Container for delicious dishes both for seafood lovers and vegans, often spiced up with live music, flashed down with chilled local beers.
Jaffa’s flea market is the current “hip” place, aligned with chic and vintage boutiques, stylish bars and industrial pubs. Check out everyone’s favorite Pua Café, the super-cute home décor store, Sofi’s and admire the unconventional creations of Israel’s young artists at Asufa design store.
Jaffa’s central square with it’s iconic clock tower and shisha bars offers authentic Arabian nights atmosphere, and on hot summer days we’re all heading to closeby beach – just under the Jaffa Sea Wall Promenade.
Doggies are allowed, more over, expected.
Party people, start at hipster-favorite Casino San Remo on Jerusalem boulevard – the “Rotschield street” of the South, with a sense of irony. Religious shops, Arab barbers, bakeries, old fashioned and up and coming clothing stores – all wrapped up in a dusty, odd-romantic atmosphere.
Check out the young designer stores in Noga neighborhood, just behind Gesher Theatre – Gal Angel’s retro swimwear, Ugly Duckling will take your breath away.