The Jaffa Flea Market has become one of the trendiest places in Tel Aviv lately. Every Friday, its small alleys, restaurants, and stores fill up with crowds: families with children, young urbanites, and old-timers joyfully combing the myriad of boutiques, ancient and renewed furniture emporiums, and trendy, new coffee shops. More than a few entrepreneurs try to capitalize on the market’s ever-growing popularity by quickly putting together a menu, getting a permit, and spreading a few tables out on the refurbished sidewalks of the Jaffa Flea Market. Some prosper, other shut down in a short time, and a few become institutions.
Legendary institutions such as Chef Nir Zook’s restaurants and Café Pua were joined in 2008 by a newcomer: Cafe Yaffo. Though it has received less attention from the media than its more famous neighbors, Cafe Yaffo has managed to succeed, to this day, to win the attention of visitors to Jaffa thanks to its combination of good food and a pleasant atmosphere.
Its kosher menu of fish and Italian entrees, alongside a creative selection of dairy and vegan options, and its joy de vivre are a welcome addition to the kosher restaurant scene in the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Cafe Yaffo makes the most of the fact that vegan cuisine almost always meets the requirements of kashrut and its menu includes an entire section of vegan dishes. Everything is served happily in generous portions.
This perhaps is the secret to Cafe Yaffo’s success in such a competitive field – its warm atmosphere. The staff is attentive to guests from the moment they arrive, including while they are standing in line waiting for a table. It hosts live performances by local musicians regularly and is full of postcards and posters for local events, from performances to yard sales to various artistic initiatives. The result is a cafe that hosts and disseminates culture and is connected to the local arts scene. It also offers a variety of walking tours with all sorts of themes in the alleys of the flea market, Jaffa, and nearby Neve Tzedek. They include musical tours, tours that focus on organized crime in Israel, and tours that follow in the footsteps of women in Jaffa from ancient times to today, among others. 0
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11 Olei Zion Street, Jaffa