Welcome to Old Jaffa! I’ve been wanting to travel to Tel Aviv quite some time now but never put it into practice for the one or other reason. Earlier this year my longing for this city arouse again and this time flights were booked promptly. So here’s my little guide to Old Jaffa, an old and traditional part of the otherwise aspiring and gentrifying city.
One of the most beautiful things to do here is strolling the historical port during mild spring evenings. Have some fresh fish (and be prepared to get a plate of 30 different mezze and of course loads of hummus without asking), look out to the stormy sea and drink in the irresistibly oriental flair.
Apart from being beautifully traditional, Old Jaffa also reveals its vivid, juvenile side. Youth runs like a golden thread through whole Tel Aviv: Young men exercise at the beach topless, ambitious to be as well-conditioned as those doing their military service some 100 metres over, clubs and bars are open every day of the week and still they all dream of Berlin. Berlin, forever young, full of possibilies, arts and culture. Yet to me, Tel Aviv was a town bursting of dreams and creativity. Young people celebrate their lives while political crisis areas are not even 50 kms apart from their blossoming existence. It’s the city of start-ups and also the city of pop-up stores, cafés and small boutiques.
And as you might have noticed by now: I’m a lover of house facades. Tel Aviv reveals numerous traditional stone houses and cables almost everywhere. Combined with street art and used as industrial aspects for their stores, these brittle facades present the gentrification going on in Tel Aviv pretty perfectly. Bit by bit, these beautiful, historic bricks make way for the polished skyscrapers arising over the skyline of Tel Aviv. What luck, Old Jaffa has remained safe and sound …
Want to learn more about alternative quarter Florentin, fashionable Neve Tzedek or the beautiful Market House hotel I stayed in? Stay tuned for my upcoming posts!