Also known to the locals as Yafo, Jaffa is a port city that lives up to itâs reputation as an enchanting archaeological gem full of twisting streets and stairways. Like the larger Tel Aviv, which grew out of Jaffa, youâll find yourself with loads of choices when it comes to both upmarket restaurants, corner cafes. Inevitably, youâll never be far away from a kiosk selling âbaradâ (Hebrew for âhailâ) which is a colourful crushed ice drink popular with locals as a way to beat the heat.
While Jaffa port goes back thousands of years, itâs a trendy spot with travellers and Israelis alike when it comes to dining. When eating lunch or dinner in Israel, itâs very hard to beat the traditional restaurants that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Even if you go in with a completely empty stomach to one of these restaurants, youâll never come out hungry. Do not take this warning lightly as itâs common for Israeli restaurants to serve up to 20 different dishes of salad, dips, starters and generous helpings of massive, freshly baked pita breads. Expect any or all of the usual hummous, tabbouleh, tahini, falafel as well as the ones that youâll never be able to beat quality-wise outside the Middle East like Israeli eggplant salad and the spicy green or red schug.
If youâre going to enjoy the beach, youâll find loads of locals doing the same. A stroll along the boardwalk can be a great way to stretch your legs and catch a breath after a big lunch or dinner. In the daytime, youâll be able to see the beautiful old lighthouse while comparing the older architecture of Jaffa Old city with Azrieli and the rest of Tel Avivâs shiny new structures.