Are you visiting Israel and looking for an original gift for family and friends? Look no further: Jaffa Flea Market has you covered.
The Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpishim, in Hebrew) is located in the center of the ancient port city of Jaffa – now part of Tel Aviv Municipality – near the famous clock tower.
The market’s winding streets are much less chaotic than Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market, so it’s the perfect place to haggle and take some extra time to shop.
The stalls are filled with odds and ends, from Judaica to cushions and rugs to jewelry and used furniture. While some of the merchandise is beautiful and meaningful, others are completely random.
I recently took a trip to the market and here are the four craziest items I found.
Shelves with large colorful globes are definitely an eccentric find. Several vendors at the flea market sell these perfectly painted globes exclusively.
I’ve been to big outdoor markets like Carmel in Tel Aviv and Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, but globes are something I haven’t seen at any shuk except Jaffa.
If you make it to the flea market, I suggest looking closely to admire the quirky but beautiful designs of the globes.
Several shops in the flea market are covered from floor to ceiling with all kinds of lamps and lampshades. You can find all sorts of colors, shapes, sizes and styles of lamps with just one visit to Shuk Hapishpishim.
I’m not quite sure how someone from abroad is supposed to pack a new lamp in their suitcase to bring home, but it’s a super cool sight.
In a city where everyone goes to the beach in flip flops, I never thought I would see so many pairs of socks at once.
Walk through the market for two minutes and you will see at least five tables covered with socks of all different colors and patterns. Lovers of musical instruments, animals, or even hamburgers can find a pair of socks that suit their interests.
Sushi socks aren’t the gift I envisioned, but I’m looking forward to rocking them in the cold Northeast US weather.
Denim as far as the eye can see
Echoing my earlier thoughts, in a country where the average temperature has been around 80 degrees Fahrenheit for many months, it was surprising to see overcrowded shelves and shelves of jeans.
Many of the vendors at the Jaffa Flea Market sell super cool vintage clothing, but these items are hard to find under mountains of jeans.
Jeans, denim jackets, denim shorts, denim skirts and even denim dresses of all different colors are some of the most popular finds on the market. So if you’re looking for new denim, you know where to look!
The items at the Jaffa Flea Market might be a little wacky, but it’s a must-see in the Tel Aviv area.
Besides the shops, be sure to visit Shuk Hapishpishim for great food and drinks. If you need a one stop shop for a t-shirt, menorah, lampshade and beer, now you know where to go!
The Jaffa flea market is open Sunday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm (Friday from 9am to 2am). For further information, click here.