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Inside Jaffa: Tel Aviv’s Hottest Area

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Check out some of the reasons why Jaffa is one of the most exciting spots to explore in Tel Aviv

There’s an edible renaissance going on in Jaffa, with new restaurants and artisanal bakeries opening alongside the classics. Standbys include Said el Abu Lafia and Sons (Yefet Street 7) for the syrup-soaked cheese pastry, knafeh. And for the city’s best hummus, head to Abu Hassan (1 Dolphin Street), which becomes a zoo on Friday afternoons when what seems like the whole city shows up for its famously creamy chickpea spread.

Newcomers include Margoza bakery (Yehuda Margoza Street 24), where co-owner Michal Karny Dahan draws inspiration from the many classic flavors of Jaffa, and Adi Kihan’s Milk Bakery, a bijou boulangerie offering beautiful mille feuilles, ultra-buttery croissants, and sweet cream puffs.

Find the alleyway that leads you to Shaffa Bar (3, Nakhman Street 1), a breakfast and lunch spot by day, café and bar at night. In the morning, people read newspapers, drink lemonade with rose water, and eat ultra-fresh salad-dominated breakfasts; at lunch, there’s grilled eggplant with tahini. Mizrachi Ottoman jazz music by Harel Shachal and the Ottomans on Mondays is a later-hours highlight.

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