The Jaffa Port entertainment and shopping complex is a new venue for food and lifestyle stalls and booths that offer an animated and enjoyable experience inspired by this rich historic and cultural (and of course culinary) setting – in the center of warehouse 1 in the restored and revamped Jaffa port.
The Jaffa Port market faces the port, pier and boardwalk and its design (by Jakobs-Yaniv Architects) combines nostalgic, traditional and ethnic influences with urban and modern elements. The market covers an area of 1200 square meters and includes a gallery, outdoor and indoor seating areas, passageways and open kitchens enabling visitors to stroll through the various businesses located in the market and to immediately experience the flavors, aromas and colors.
The mix of stalls was carefully selected to create an engaging experience for refined visitors, both tourists and fun-lovers, as well as families and local residents. The market also includes fixed businesses and changing pop-up booths that are not culinary, in the fields of design and lifestyle. Stalls offer dishes that can be eaten on the spot as well as take away food, raw materials for amateur and experienced cooks and chefs, stylized cooking products and kitchen accessories, spices, fruit and vegetables, souvenirs and dishware. All these offerings contribute to a vibrant and teeming market experience, similar to culinary centers in the world and based on Jaffa's Mediterranean magic.
Some prominent local culinary personalities are responsible for stalls that contribute to the market's positioning as one of the most interesting culinary initiatives in recent years. These figures include chef Eyal Lavi of Rokach 73 restaurant, who opened a Mediterranean-style bar at the market in collaboration with a wine and spirits store operated by the Scottish company, Ronen Arditi, one of the owners of Bellini restaurant who opened a booth selling drinks and fresh juices, and Allen Talmor selling his products in the first gourmet sausage stall in Israel.
The complex also includes the Mizaveh – a store selling spices based on the fine produce of Levinsky market; a pasta stand with Italian delicacies run by the owners of Jaffa's Margoza bakery; the first store in Israel of the Joie gifts and kitchen accessories brand; a bread and sweet & savory pastries area by the Kemachim bakery; Zilber's sausage and meat delicatessen; a humus booth offering Abu Ismael's humus from Jaffa; a Liah sweets and chocolate booth; a stall selling the Oaky Danish design brand; a Knafeh and sweets stand and more. Visitors to the market are invited to enjoy the delicacies they purchased sitting on stools next to bars or on chairs and tables located outside, and to snack while browsing around the market, enjoy an improvised picnic in the port or in the nearby Midron Yafo park, or pack their raw materials and dishes and take them home. The organic store and kiosk operating in the complex offers supplemental produce.