Tel Aviv Photo Gallery - Jaffa's Port, Alleys, and Food

Tel Aviv's story begins at the old port of Jaffa, which has a long history including being ruled by a number of ancient peoples from the Egyptians to the Greeks. It became a major trading port in the 19th century, serving as an export centre for oranges and a gateway for pilgrims heading to Jerusalem.

I was a bit surprised there are still many small alleys along Jaffa's hillsides, although they were mostly empty so early in the morning. Where did the tourists go?

The suspended orange tree showcases a famous Jaffa export. Orchards are believed to have started here in the 18th century and a special type of orange became a major export by the mid-19th century.

It is possible to take the stairs that weave through the buildings down to the port. The Bible mentioned cedars used to build the Holy Temple passed by here en route to Jerusalem.

Today's port is more a tourist destination although a number of boats are still parked here.

Walking along the waterfront also is very rewarding as you can see the city skyline with the Mediterranean as a frame.

There are a few must-eat places here. One is Abouelafia, a family-owned bakery that has advocated for peace between Arabs and Jews. Prices are very reasonable and I picked up a few items for a snack later in the evening and breakfast the next day.

For hummus fans, be sure to go to the simply-decorated Abu Hassan for a plate. There aren't many tables but you will forget about the restaurant environment when the food arrives. The hummus comes with actual chick peas inside, half an onion, and pita bread. I've never scooped up hummus with onion before, but it's a wonderful combination. Do come early since they can close as soon as the hummus runs out.

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