Go South! – A Tel Avivian’s Secret Guide To Jaffa


By: ‪ Kristof Steiner, White City Boy

Most tourist think Jaffa can be “done” in one afternoon, and local patriot Tel Avivians talk about “Yafo” as if it was some far-far away land over the rainbow. The truth is wherever you happen to be in the White City, you are half an hour beach side walk away from the Southern neighborhood of Tel Aviv. And it has so much to offer…

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…

The Old City

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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.

Jaffa Port

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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.

The Flea Market

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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.

As the weekend comes, before Shabbat approaches everyone’s dancing on the street at Akbar’s Tropical Friday parties. Also check out Shafa and Margoza, the two coolest bars of the hood.

Alma Beach

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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.

Sderot Jerusalem and Noga

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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.

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