Part of Tel Aviv, 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!
Also here you can grab a coffee at Tel Aviv's most beautiful coffee place Café Sylvia - sitting on the sea wall with a view of Tel Aviv!
Picturesque streets, Bougainville & Art galleries around Mazal Arieh Street
You have probably heard about Yafo's famous suspended orange tree on Hatsorfim Street, but did you know the area around this hanging orange tree is one of the most beautiful in all of Tel Aviv? The streets Mazal Arieh and Mazal Dagim take you through some of the most picturesque corners of the city, with beautiful art galleries! Often overlooked by tourists - but so worth visiting.
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 - with the famous zodiac fountain and St. Peter's Church.
When you're at the square, make sure to stop by at Kalamata Restaurant for a cocktail or a bite to eat, it's in my opinion the best Greek restaurant in Israel.
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.