I read in a magazine and I quote "One enters a flea market large enough to get truly and wonderfully lost in it", in my case, it is, literally, true. Finding the Souk Sala'hio market or more commonly dubbed as a flea market was not an easy task, it was an immediate transformation from a leisurely stroll in the Old City to a brisk walk towards the market, while the sun showed us its supreme prowess making us sweaty and dizzy, at the same time. But, all the fatigue and stress vanished the moment we saw all the goodies that this flea market has to offer. Antiques and other not-so-old second-hand stuff are a-plenty, neatly tucked in various shops that lined the streets.
The Jaffa Flea Market is a stable part of the Old City, it can cater to all your shopping and bargain needs all-year-round. Here you can find carpets and other home decors; shawls, shoes, dresses and all sorts of clothing; furniture; toys and musical instruments; and everything else in between. But the best part is, you can have your pick and, then, practice your most lovable haggling stance and, voila, a good buy with a perfect price.
Shops lined the street, most of them attended by old and religious men of Israeli and Arab descent. In the photo, you will see three old men talking and playing cards passing the time away while waiting for customers of the day (I rhyme *grins*).
This is an antique shop managed by an Israeli religious (who looked bored *smiles*), I saw wind chimes, musical instruments, vases, and all sorts of other merchandise.
Photo below, shows a warehouse-like shop of used furniture, all in good condition at a very reasonable price. Looks like Pajo, Caloocan City, ain't it?
This Flea Market is, also, a tourist spot, as it is, strategically, located at the Old City, visitors often wander around here after their tour. Below photo shows a seller assisting his foreign customer in choosing a handmade scarf.
This giant teapot made of bronze caught my eye, together with the vintage mirror. Can you spot the paintings scattered on the floor?
A store full of second-hand chandelier with different designs and brand names. Do you notice the group of coca-cola bottles at the left side of the photo?
Carpets galore! All kinds, designs and textures, all at a drop-down prices. If you're here,will you buy one?
Some of the store owners spend their extra time playing the backgammon, but, beware, they are always ready to have a haggling debate.
The last two pictures are not part of the Flea Market but are, still, located in Old Jaffa.
Above photo is a Hookah store or Shisha in Arab, you can see different sizes and designs. Below, you can see a souvenir shop, this is where I asked for the location and direction to the, alleged, best humus restaurant - Abu Hasag, it is very popular in the city.
Sadly, we didn't found it *sigh*. I plan to go back there and have a taste of that famous humus, soon. I shall return. Lehitraot!