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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Out With the Old in Tel Aviv

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5. Oddball Day


The Flea Market in Jaffa.   

Experience a rare bastion of Jewish-Arab coexistence in the biblical city of Jaffa, only a short cab ride away from Tel Aviv. Arrive before noon at the Arab-owned Abu Hassan Ali Karavan (1 Ha’Dolphin St.; no phone)—there’s only one batch of hummus made daily. Shop for antiques and Arab-style clothing at the flea market, just past the clock tower (closed on Saturdays). Have an espresso at Puah (8 Rabbi Yochanan St.; 011-972-3-682-3821), an indoor-outdoor café at the flea market. Take in a play by deaf-blind actors at Na Laga’at Center (Haaliya Hashniya Dock, Jaffa Port; 011-972-3-633-0808), then dine next door at Blackout Restaurant, where blind waiters serve in a dining room with no lights. Finish with malabi, a traditional Arab dessert made from milk pudding with rose water at the Arab-owned ice-cream parlor Victory (Yehuda Margoza at Yefet St.).


Published on Aug 28, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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