Things to Know About the Jaffa Port

The port of Israel, next to the buzz of Tel Aviv, is the oldest seaport in the world and presents a world of art, culture, food, and more.

Marie-Claire De Villiers
By Marie-Claire De Villiers
Edited by Romi Hector

Published March 25, 2022.

The oldest section of Tel Aviv, located in the southern part of the city, is the ancient (and ongoing) port of Israel. Yafo Israel, Namal Yafo, or Jaffa Port is the oldest seaport in the world, and as such, the biblical significance of Jaffa is strong. It is associated with the stories of Jonah, Solomon, and Saint Peter. Famous for its stunning sunsets, thriving art scene, and sweet oranges, the port beautifully combines old and new into one atmospheric destination.

The Jaffa Port is characterized by old brick buildings fringing pretty, winding cobbled lanes. According to legends, Noah's son Japheth founded the city as it provided a wonderful bay overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Food at the Jaffa Port

The Jaffa Port Market is an absolute must-see for food lovers, offering sublime seafood, oysters, and traditional Israeli dishes such as falafal, hummus, and shakshuka. Several meat, fish, and vegetarian specialty stores mean there is something for everyone. Numerous wonderful restaurants, bakeries, cafés, and bars dot the seafront and the historic alleyways.

Other Highlights at the Jaffa Port

Top places to see in Jaffa include the gorgeous HaPisgah Garden, the captivating Jaffa Clock Tower (which also provides some amazing views), and the fascinating Rokach House Museum, as well as top notch galleries, bookstores, and theaters. Art centers such as Dvir offer different exhibitions every few months; in fact, Jaffa Port is a hub for many artists, and you'll find numerous studios and collectives here.