Located at the top of the Jaffa Clocktower Square overlooking the Port of Jaffa, the Mediterranean Sea, and Tel Aviv coastline, The Setai Tel Aviv presents an unparalleled hospitality experience in one of the most vibrant and culturally-rich beach cities in the world. Below is a curated selection of establishments and experiences recommend by our guests in our micro-metropolis, including:
Restaurants/Bars: From high-end establishments to authentic eateries with home cooked specialties:
• Kalamata Restaurant: Famed fish and seafood-focused Greek restaurant perched in an original edifice built into the old city of Jaffa, offering a selection of tables with unobstructed views of the Mediterranean. 10 Kikar Kidumim.
• Cassis: White-clad seaside restaurant in Jaffa’s famed Givat Aliyah Beach, offering seasonal dishes focused on local ingredients from the Mediterranean, and produce from the Levant. 44 Kidron St.
• Container: Jaffa’s undeniably cool restaurant and venue housed in a repurposed boat hangar directly on the port, featuring a weekly lineup of art and cultural events and musical performances. 2 Namal Jaffa
• Beit Kandinof: A new addition to the Jaffa culinary scene housed within a stunning industrial-chic space with exposed brick walls and mood lights, offering fresh Mediterranean fare and weekly art and cultural workshops bookable in advance. 12 HaTsorfim St.
• Puaa: A unique café-cum-restaurant decked in vintage flea market decor that is one of the longest standing establishments in the Jaffa Fleamarket, and which boasts an informal setting and contemporary menu of home cooked, local dishes. situated in the vibrant streets of the Jaffa Flea. 8 Rabbi Yohanan St.
• Joz v Loz: A Tel Aviv culinary institution ocated on a small street off of Yafo Boulevard
on the cusp of Jaffa, featuring a menu of Israeli rustic/Middle Eastern-style cookings. Interiors are dark and dimly lit, yet elegant, and there is a quaint courtyard with al fresco seating out back. 5 Gvulot St.
• Abu Hassan: Considered to be the best hummus in all of Tel Aviv, Abu Hassan’s secret recipe keeps patrons coming back for more. The restaurant is constantly packed and opens early in the morning but often so be sure to arrive before the lunchtime rush to enjoy savory dishes of fava beans, chickpeas and tehina atop perfectly seasoned hummus. 1 HaDolfin St.
Jaffa Cultural Sites
• Old Jaffa: A destination in itself, this charming district of Old Jaffa boasts antiquities and original structures spanning the Byzantine, Crusader and Ottoman-eras, and where travelers can tour the winding alleys boasting artisanal shops, art galleries and craft boutiques, or unwind with a walk thru Kedem Square — home to St Peter’s Church — or view the glistening Tel Aviv coastline while perched at HaPisga Garden or Kedem Square.
• Jaffa Port: One of the oldest ports in the world that is mentioned in the Bible, guests will discover a bevy of restaurants, cafés, shops and cultural events across the Jaffa Port — a Mecca of entertainment for both locals and visitors alike — with an authentic Mediterranean flare that exists only here.
• Jaffa Flea Market: A must for all visitors to Tel Aviv, the Jaffa flea market has transformed into an epicenter of design, fashion, food and culture in Tel Aviv, boasting authentic vintage shops and vendors of retro furniture and items and local eateries by day, and by night, one of the hottest nightlife spots in the city that never sleeps.
• Noga Complex: A quaint, village-like neighborhood on the cusp of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and Jaffa that is teeming with homegrown Israeli design and fashion boutiques that are operated and managed by the artists themselves, including: Gelada Studios, Naomi Maaravi, Craft + Bloom and more.
• Ilana Goor Museum: A multi-leveled exhibition space and creative studio by one of Israel’s most famed artists, Ilana Goor, who showcases her brass sculptures and metallic art pieces in an incredible display that culminates with a rooftop “art terrace” overlooking the Mediterranean. 4 Mazal Dagim St
• Na’Lagat Theater and Restaurant: A one-of-a-kind experience for those openminded travelers who wish to experience the ingenious work of blind and deaf Israeli actors and performers conducting original performances and scripts, and who create the waitstaff at the pitch-black restaurant adjoining the theater itself.
• The New Gordon Gallery: The third iteration and newest space of Gordon Galleries brings the bustling South Tel Aviv art scene even further South into a changing industrial neighborhood bordering Jaffa. The ultra-sleek location designed by Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture houses an exciting Contemporary art exhibition schedule with big names from the local and International scene, most recently a solo show by legendary artist Louise Bourgeois. 6 HaPelech St.
• The Block, Godfather of Tel Aviv’s nightlife scene, located in the far end of south Tel Aviv in the Central Bus Station. Plays host to the world’s Top DJs/artists arriving in Tel Aviv (James Blake, Diplo, Gilles Petersen), also hosts late night parties and events with well-known local DJs. Many DJs from abroad who perform at The Block describe it among their favorite in the world! 157 Salame Road.
Hyperlocal Experiences in Jaffa
• Yafo Yoga: High-end yoga studio with options for both group or private lessons, located in an original residence in the Old City of Jaffa, and replete with Japanese-style Tatami flooring. 26 Mazal Dagim St.
• Yoko Kitahara: Japanese spa with specialty, holistic therapy treatments and aroma therapy massages housed in a restored Eclectic Architecture-style building on a picturesque street in Jaffa. 22 HaShahaf St.
• Jaffa Culinary Tour with Matkonation: Embark on a culinary tasting tour of Jaffa’s culinary gems, led by local food stylist and food photographers Deanna and Danya of Matkonation, who are experts in the best tasting treats in and around Jaffa.
Shops & Boutiques
• Sharon Brunsher: Boutique and studio featuring the sophisticated pieces by the homegrown Israeli designer, and where guests can shop for clothing, jewelry and other accessories just a short stroll from The Setai Tel Aviv. 13 Ami’ad St.
• Elemento: Furniture, home design and lifestyle shop by Yossi Goldberg, featuring an in-house design label and eclectic pieces and items sourced from top-tier designers from around the world. 15 HaTsorfim St.
• Israël Abou: From home furnishings like Matte black, all in one, desk like high definition acoustic loudspeakers to pieces from his own men’s wear line, Homecore, which promises the coveted feeling of wearing a second skin, Israël Abou reminds you of the sort of man you wish to be. 2 Sharabi St.
• Zielinski and Rozen: Tel Aviv’s very own perfumery where patrons can custom make their own scents for body oils, soaps, home diffusers, shampoos, body washes, candles and more. Erez Ronen, the founder/owner of Zielinksi and Rozen, meets with guests to to consult their own natural body pheromones, the climate, their personality and the desired energy to tailor made a fragrance. 5 Olei Zion St.
** The Hotel Address: 22 David Raziel St.