Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpeshim) – Visitors Guide

Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpeshim) has a variety of art boutiques, designer stores, second-hand places, and restaurants.

Notes:

  • This post focuses on the Jaffa Flea Market. If you want to see other attractions in Jaffa, check out Old Jaffa and Jaffa Port.
  • Shuk Hapishpeshim means Flea Market in Hebrew.

Map

Jaffa Flea Market is located close to the Jaffa Clock Tower. And here is the first important tip. There is a public toilet just before the tower, inside an alley on the left.

Jaffa clock tower
Jaffa clock tower

While standing next to the restroom, you will see people gathered next to the tower (in the arc). Many tours start at the clock tower.

More about The Clock Tower and other attractions in Jaffa can be found in my guide to Old Jaffa.

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Interactive map of the area:

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The Flea market is located on Olei Zion, Yehuda Margoza, Beit Eshel Streets and the nearby alleyways. And if you are interested in coffee shops, head to the nearby Rabbi Pinhas and Ami’ad Streets (and the alleys connecting them).

Here is the map of attractions in Old Jaffa and the flea market in the top left corner:

Old Jaffa Map
Old Jaffa Map

Note: you can click on the map to enlarge it.

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 9:00 – 17:00.
Friday: 9:00 – 14:00.
Saturday: closed.

Opening Hours During Festivals & Holidays

Sometimes, the Flea Market will also be open during festivals and holidays in the evening. For example, last August, every Thursday, the market was open from 20:00 to 24:00. There were street performers, musicians, and even shows by a street theater.

In any case, I would suggest rechecking the official website before a visit.

When to Visit

I visited the Flea Market many times, always on Friday mornings. Friday morning was not selected by coincidence. Many Israelis do not work on this day. Moreover, many make it a shopping day, the busiest time in the market. Furthermore, On Fridays, there will be portable stands where artists show their creations, and people will sell second-hand stuff. Thus, the market will be the busiest on Fridays, and you can see the widest variety of items.

Jaffa Flea Market at Night

You might think this area is deserted later in the day since the market is closed in the evening. On the contrary, many people hang out at restaurants and coffee shops on Rabbi Pinhas and nearby streets. There is a relaxed vibe and tasty food. An excellent companion and you are set.

Jaffa Flea Market at Night
Jaffa Flea Market at Night

Parking

First, I should mention that finding parking in this area is not an easy task. If you can, consider reaching on foot or public transport. If you decide to take the car, here are several suggestions.

There are several free parking lots in the Jaffa area. If you come till 9:00, then you can park here. Between 9:00 and 10:00, you can look for parking here. Moreover, check out the parking suggestions in the guide to Old Jaffa, like Jaffa Port parking (Nemal Yafo 24).

Basic Info

Just next to Jaffa’s picturesque Old City and ancient Clock Tower is a treasure trove of antiques, handmade and second-hand items over at the Jaffa Flea Market. Literally “the Flea Market,” this port-side neighborhood of alleyways, covered walkways, and outdoor verandas has been operating for more than 100 years across the same sprawling streets. Open six days a week, from Sunday through Friday, from morning through early evening hours. It is where to go to find those unique, one-of-a-kind items from long ago. This marketplace is filled daily with tourists and locals alike, all seeking the perfect (bargained for) purchase that captures the charm and magic of this unique market. Recently some trendy furniture and clothing shops have cropped up alongside vendors selling traditional Arabic pottery and ceramic items. Restaurants and coffee shops line the streets for weary shoppers to refresh and watch the crowds go by.

Note: unless stated otherwise, all quotes were taken from the official site.

Tours

While browsing the official site, I saw that they offer tours. If you would like to dive further into history and hear the stories of shop owners, then I would suggest joining a tour. Since I have not joined one of those tours yet, I can not share my experience.

You can find additional information here.

Origin Of The Name

Where did the Flea Market get its name from? The French named it after those pesky little parasites (wingless bloodsuckers) that infested mattresses and upholstery of old furniture brought out for sale.

Jaffa Flea Market
Jaffa Flea Market

This is the sign above the entrance to the Jaffa flea market, containing the parasites in the middle.

Restaurants and Food Stalls

There are several clusters of Restaurants and Food Stalls in this area. One is at Jaffa Port, and the other is in and around the flea market. In this section, we will cover some of the places.

Abulafia Bakery

If you are looking for a cheaper option, you can grab something to eat at Abulafia Bakery before or after visiting the market. If you continue straight on Yefet Street, you will reach Abulafia Bakery. When standing next to Abulafia, you will see the clock tower.

Abulafia Bakery was founded in 1879, one of the oldest businesses in Israel. It is also among the only bakeries open 24 hours a day.

After making an order, they will heat it in a brick oven, and several minutes later, you are ready to go.

Leon Bakery

On one of our visits to Jaffa, my wife wanted to eat Bourekas. Friends recommended visiting Leon Bakery (Olei Zion 17, Tel Aviv-Yafo). Leon Bakery specializes in handmade Balkan pastries from filo dough without margarine. And indeed, this was one of the healthier Bourekas that I ate.

Bourekas at Leon Bakery
Bourekas at Leon Bakery

The immigration from Bulgaria in 1948 brought grandmother Julie and her family. To make a decent living in the new state of Israel, granny began to work in the hand of Bulgarian filo dough. She was the first and only one to do so at the time.

In the mornings, Grandma Jolie turned the beds upside down and stretched the dough. The residents of this area created an echo and demand that caused residents from all over the country to go up to Jaffa and purchase the traditional dough. To speed up the process, Grandma Jolie had put down wicks under special wooden tables she had built and recruited her child Leon, who worked as her right hand.

When he finished his studies, Leon decided to expand his heritage. He opened a shop in Jaffa, where he developed technological changes. In the 80’s Leon’s son, Avi joined the family business followed by Eli, the second son, and together developed quality products, home, and varied taste all over the country.

In 2004, Leon died and left behind the secrets of the profession he received from his mother and are preserved by his sons. These days, a dynasty of dough art continues to develop according to the spirit of the times, in a narrow and Bulgarian alley in Jaffa.

Source: official site

Tash & Tasha

Update: during my last visit, I saw signs that Tash & Tasha is moving to the HaTachana Compound.

If you love Georgian food, Tash & Tasha at Beit Eshel 31 is the place for you.

Restaurants in Jaffa
Tash & Tasha

I took the photo above when we recently ate at their new food stall, which was opened near the restaurant.

Yaffa Knafeh

Yaffa Knafeh at Olei Zion Street 24 is a good option if you want something sweet and authentic.

Kanafeh is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with thin noodle-like pastry, or alternatively fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with cheese, or with other ingredients such as clotted cream or nuts, depending on the region.

Source: Wikipedia

Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup, frosting, or honey.

Source: Wikipedia

Baklava with ice cream
Baklava with ice cream

Other Places

And of course, this section would not be complete without mentioning Abu Hassan Restaurant. This small authentic restaurant at Shivtai Israel Street offers some of Israel’s best falafel and hummus.

Another popular place is Shaffa Bar at 2-3 Nachman Street. Their menu is diverse, and you can find breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. If you are lucky, then there will be live bands.

The Old Man and the Sea at Jaffa Port (85 Kedem Street) specializes in seafood and is another favorite restaurant.

A good meal is not complete without a great dessert. Besides Yaffa Knafeh, there are several ice cream cafes and a place that sells Muhallebi.

Ice Cream
Ice cream at Golda

Stores at Jaffa Flea Market

From Abulafia Bakery, it is a two-minute walk to the Jaffa Flea Market. Many streets next to the market were affected by the market. Thus, in this area, you can find many interior design stores.

Here are several photos:

You can find many jewelry and clothes stores inside the original part of the Jaffa flea market.

Hamsa Amulets
Hamsa Amulets

Hamsa in Arabic means five. The five fingers are a universal sign of protection. Interestingly, this ancient amulet (traced to ancient Mesopotamia) entered Muslim, Jewish, and Christian religions.

You can even buy a phonograph. And there are records in a nearby store.

When you get tired of shopping, you can always get a snack. Or buy juice.

Types Of Stores

Here are the main types of stores in this area:

  • Flea Market type shops – you can find second-hand furniture, electronics, and other items in these stores.
  • Ami’ad Fair at Ami’ad Street 9 is an open area with stands. People bring their old stuff and sell it.
  • Art boutiques – there are different art boutiques and a big gallery space with temporary exhibitions near Ami’ad Fair (Ami’ad Street 9).
  • Designer stores – mostly furniture designer stores.

As you can see, there is everything for everybody.

Toward the end of this post, I want to mention the Perfume Shop. It is a unique shop in Israel. Zielinski and Rozen Parfumerie create original perfumes for customers, with no two scents alike. Neat concept.

The Perfume Shop
The Perfume Shop

Summary

Some people love flea markets, and others hate them. But, since the Jaffa flea market offers many stores, including boutiques and art galleries, even the latter can enjoy spending several hours there.

As I mentioned initially, all our visits were on Friday mornings. It is the busiest time, with the widest variety. Thus, I would recommend coming at this time. And during events and festivals, you can visit during the evening. But if you do not like crowds, you can visit another time.

If you love Flea Markets, then you should visit this one. Also, consider visiting The Flea Market and Merchant Fair in Haifa. And if you want to see other nearby markets, check out my Markets In Tel Aviv and Jaffa.

Have you ever been to Jaffa Flea Market? Tell us in the comments below.

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed this visit to the Jaffa flea market, and I will see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

For additional points of interest nearby, see Tel Aviv-Yafo.

   

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