What You Can Find at the Jaffa Flea Market

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

Published March 25, 2022.

Tourists browsing market with many different items for sale

The captivating Jaffa Flea Market (or Shuk HaPishpeshim in Hebrew) is not only a 100-year-old institution but a vibrant and eclectic hub for food, antiques, art, music, and culture.

Situated in Tel Aviv just south of the romantic beachfront promenade, it's the perfect addition to a date or family outing by the sea. Spreading across atmospheric winding walkways that haven't changed in centuries, the market provides a great way to soak in some of the city's local architecture.

The significance of Jaffa in the Bible also makes this a truly special place.

Food and Drink at the Jaffa Flea Market

Foodies will be in their element here, with access to every kind of cuisine imaginable as well as superb Israeli specialties, usually made fresh on the spot.

The eclectic attraction is often referred to as the Jaffa International Market, and is famous for its international foods. Dr. Shakshuka celebrates the tasty Libyan dish; HaMalabi showcases a special Middle Eastern cornstarch pudding; a bar serves Thai beer, while an authentic Greek tavern beckons with its tzatziki; Lima Nippo, 6 Rabbi Tanhum combines Japanese and Peruvian dishes; and the Abulafia Bakery, known for their t-shirts saying "Arabs and Jews refuse to fight", invites you to enjoy dishes from both cultures.

Of course, you'll also find some of the best falafel in the country; juice, smoothie, and health food booths; cafés serving up fresh coffee and pastries; elaborate cocktails at high-end clubs; and more.

Souvenirs at the Jaffa Flea Market

Every kind of trinket imaginable can be found at the market. Browse through one of the best second-hand clothing stores in Tel Aviv at Love Me Two Times, choose your favorite Hollywood memorabilia at Taos, or find a new favorite musical instrument from a far-off land at Halleluyah.

Religious items for all three faiths can be found at the market. The Festival Flea Market Mall is a great place to start. It is home to the famous Traditions Judaica shop.

You'll also be able to find everything from Turkish rugs to phone chargers and kitchen utensils.

Other Things to Do at the Jaffa Flea Market

The flea market can be enjoyed for its cultural offerings alone, as it boasts an impressive list of things to do, including:

  • Take the Old Jaffa Night Tour, taking in the sights of the town by the light of the moon and stopping for views at the Clock Tower and Wishing Bridge.
  • Go on an art gallery tour, exploring historic and contemporary exhibits as well as superb design and sculpture – something for every type of art lover.
  • End off the evening with a nightcap at one of the exciting bars.
  • Go dancing at one of the trendy clubs.
  • Watch a live band at a cosmopolitan venue.

Flea Market Trading Hours

The flea market itself is open Sunday through Thursday (10 am – 6 pm) and Friday (10 am – 2 pm). Fridays are known for playing host to an array of weird and wonderful goods.