Port Area is fabulous...
port area dates way back to 1936. In 1965 it was decommissioned
as a working port and just left to crumble and decline.
Today this area is a booming recreational center that attracts
both Israelis as well as tourists from all over the world.
We saw young mothers pushing strollers on the boardwalk,
joggers, dog walkers, children playing in the port's huge
sandbox, men fishing, people in patio cafes overlooking
the sea and lots of visiting photographers capturing the
lively scene. Each Saturday there is an enormously popular
antique market held here; on Fridays it's the organic farmers
who come to sell their wares.
will especially enjoy the Port's Comme
il Faut Complex #26 which highlights women's
issues with ever changing, thought provoking installations.
Their very large, modern cafe offers delicious, healthy
menu choices like Lamb kebobs, Swiss Chard Fettuccini and
Finely Chopped Vegetable Salad (with sunflowers seeds and
tehina) all served with a smile. Travelling solo? Try and
snag a seat on their spacious patio -- time will fly as
your enjoy your latte and the passing parade.
is the Comme il Faut
fashion forward clothing boutique and across the hall is
All of Her), a small day spa especially for women. We loved
their mellow white walls, white wooden floors, their friendliness
and the windows overlooking the sea. Not only does Coola
list the usual treatments like Swedish, Hot Stone and aromatherapy
massages they also offer therapeudic sessions for breast
cancer survivors, menopause relief and 'Safe Touch' for
survivors of sexual abuse. Impressive! Website: www.coola.co.il
Down the hall
is a Sisters, a sex shop for both men and women and Le'Ela
is a wonderful gift shop featuring items designed in Israel.
more shopping? The entire Port boardwalk is lined with shops
though most are international brands we see everywhere.
However, Journeywoman did enjoy browsing through a very
large 'Do It Yourself' shop called Ace,
the Israeli clothing chain called Castro,
(pronounced She Love) that offers everything a mom needs
from maternity clothes to baby clothes and strollers, to
a children's books store (Steimatzky) with a section devoted
just to English titles.