Shaffa Barby Camea Smith | 04.07.18
A café during the day and a bar by night, Shaffa offers a laid back hangout in the bustling Jaffa Flea market. Located close by to Jaffa’s old city and picturesque clock tower, the market’s alleyways are strewn with antique and second hand shops, as well as stalls where vendors sell one-of-a-kind items, traditional Arabic pottery and jewellery. Shaffa initially began as a hairdressing salon founded by Shira Petel and Shiri Assa, which quickly became a meeting place for the market’s visitors and stall owners. The two partners decided to open Shaffa Bar in 2009, spreading out tables all along Rabbi Nahman street, which emptied from its daytime crowd by sundown, giving way to a coveted low-key vibe.
With time, Petel and Assa felt the urge to transform Shaffa into a café-bar hybrid, transitioning seamlessly from night to day. The venue is currently open around the clock, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM, serving classic dishes prepared from local and seasonal ingredients alongside fragrant coffee and handcrafted cocktails. Every night, Shaffa invites a line up of savvy DJs to set the tone of the bar’s lively atmosphere. Shaffa also hosts live music shows: Harel Shachal & The Ottomans play classical Turkish music on Monday evenings with traditional instruments such as riq, darbuka, oud and kanun and the pianist Matan Fox performs a weekly recital on Thursday mornings.
Shaffa Bar, Rabbi Nahman 3, Jaffa-Tel Aviv, 050.214.1444