Part of Tel Aviv city, Jaffa is one of Israel’s top tourist destinations. It’s one of the world’s oldest port cities, about 4000 years old and its narrow streets definitely take you back in time! Wander through the narrow stone streets and lose track of time. Soak up the beautiful historic buildings, eat Israel’s best hummus, explore the famous artistic flea market and discover some of Tel Aviv’s best boutiques and art galleries. Because Jaffa is so photogenic (and not all of the best photo locations are easy to find), here is an Instagram guide of Jaffa, with the most Instagrammable, photogenic spots in this ancient port city.
When visiting Jaffa, you cannot miss exploring the old port! It's one of the oldest ports of the world that is still working and it's where you can eat the freshest fish in the restaurants surrounding the port. During the day this is quite a crowded part of town and it can be challenging getting a good photo, but recently a new pier opened up with by far the best views on the old city and the port! It is the very first pier walking from Tel Aviv, right across the entrance to the old city. If you stand on one side of the pier you can take a photo of the lighthouse (photo above) and from the other side you will have the best old city views! (photo below).
Try visiting around sunset, the golden light on the old city and lighthouse is magical!
Kikar Kdumim and St. Peter’s Church
At the heart of old Jaffa, on top of the old city you find the famous Kikar Kdumim- you basically can't miss it, since all streets in the old city one way or another connect to this square. It is one of my favorite photo locations in the city, with the big stairs leading up to the square, the zodiac fountain and St. Peter's Church.
When standing next to the zodiac fountain and you turn to St. Peter's Church, this is the photo you get! Looks like Europe, doesn't it? This is part of Jaffa's charm, so many corners - so many different cultures and styles!
When in Tel Aviv, you cannot skip visiting the shuk! Not only is this one of the most vibrant, Middle Eastern parts of town, it is also one of the most photogenic. Just look at the photos below, isn't this worth visiting?
The shuk area is a little neighborhood with lots of little streets - I have to admit, it can sometimes become a bit of a maze! You cannot really get lost though, it is a small area and most of the streets take you back to the center of the shuk, where you also find the Old Jaffa Hostel (top row photos). Make sure to pass by the Al Siksik Mosque, Cafe Puaa and Market House Hotel. Also, on Olei Zion Street you can find many beautiful carpet shops.
Jaffa’s most beautiful archway
How beautiful is this gallery?! You can find it on the corner of Yefet Street and Rabi Pinkhas Street.
The Setai Hotel pool
Have you heard of the Setai Hotel in Jaffa? This is one of the latest luxury hotels in Israels, with a gorgeous pool with perhaps the most perfect view on Jaffa and the Tel Avivian coastline. Staying here is quite expensive, but the views are breathtaking.
8. Little streets between the port and the main square
From the port to the main square in the old city and vice versa, there is only one walkway - one of the most popular in all of Tel Aviv. It takes you through narrow alleys within the old city wallks, up to the square or down to the port. This 10-min walk has many, many photogenic spots. Every corner will have something else in store for you! What I love most about these ancient little streets is that the street names here are named after zodiac signs and are beautifully crafted. There are many interesting artisan shops and art galleries in this part of Jaffa, so take your time wandering around here! You can't get lost here, all the little streets end up either in the port (through some steep stairs) or in the main square with the fountain on top of the old city.
Although this part of town is one of the most photogenic of all Tel Aviv, it is so touristic that during the day it can be very difficult getting a good photo. Also, this is a residential area, people actually live here which is important to keep in mind. There are several famous photo locations all over Instagram from this part of town that are actually on private property, so I will not be sharing those. Just enjoy wandering around in the little streets and in the art galleries and you will have many beautiful photos!
For the most Instagrammable places in Israel, see Sugar Travels' blog post.