Top ChoiceGardens in Haifa

Baha’i Gardens

Baha’i Gardens

These formal gardens flowing down 19 steep terraces to a resplendent domed shrine – the final resting place of the prophet-herald of the Baha’i faith – are Haifa’s crowning attraction. There are bird’s-eye views...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Haifa

Hecht Museum

This university campus museum showcases engrossing archaeological finds such as well-restored mosaics and troves of ancient coins, but the pièce de résistance is the Ma'agan Mikhael Shipwreck, a 2400-year-old...

Top ChoiceLebanese in Haifa

Ein El Wadi

Dishes at this exemplary family restaurant are as authentic as its ancient stone arches. After a warm welcome, settle in for Lebanese and Palestinian specialities such as fatayer (spinach-stuffed pastry),...

Top ChoiceEastern European in Haifa

Ma’ayan HaBira

Founded as a butcher’s shop, a carnivorous theme endures in Ma’ayan HaBira’s menu of Eastern European soul food. Lined with old photos and Bavarian beer tankards, the decor is as nostalgic as the recipes. Kostiza...

Top ChoiceCafe in Haifa

Gal’s Bakery

Loyal to traditional recipes from around Europe, Gal’s Bakery serves up poppyseed babka, cremeschnitte (custard slice), chausson aux pommes (apple pastry) and a medley of other sugar-dusted delights. The...

Top ChoiceChurch in Haifa

Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery

Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery

The Carmelite Order was established in the late 12th century when Crusader-era pilgrims, inspired by the prophet Elijah, opted for a hermitic life on the slopes of Mt Carmel. Today the order lives on around the...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Haifa

Clandestine Immigration & Naval Museum

Clandestine Immigration & Naval Museum

Using a series of powerful video testimonials, this fascinating museum showcases the Zionist Movement’s determined efforts to infiltrate Jewish refugees from Europe into British-blockaded Palestine from 1934 to...

Shrine in Haifa

Shrine of the Báb

Shrine of the Báb

Though it’s primarily a pilgrimage site, modestly dressed visitors are allowed to enter this domed shrine holding the remains of the Báb, spiritual predecessor to the Baha’i faith’s main prophet Baha’ullah....

Middle Eastern in Haifa

Douzan

Part Lebanese restaurant, part French-inspired coffee den with a hippie ethos, this eatery in the German Colony is original and genuinely friendly. Specialities range from sfeeha (pastries topped with minced...

Museum in Haifa

MadaTech

Kid-friendly science exhibits fill this elegant 1912 building, including hands-on displays in the astronomy rooms, optical illusions and a hall of mirrors (exhibits are labelled with the appropriate age group)....

Middle Eastern in Haifa

El Kheir

This Druze-run family restaurant has kindly service and a broad selection of Lebanese and Syrian dishes: fried sea bream, paprika-dusted kebabs with bulgur wheat and speciality shishbarak (ground meat dumplings...

Falafel in Haifa

Felafel HaZkenim

Queues out the door lead the way to the best falafel in Haifa, served with a smile in unfussy surrounds. With the first bite of pita wrapped around hot, crunchy falafel – a recipe finessed since 1950 – with a...

Bar in Haifa

Syncopa

A double-decker night spot with an oxblood-walled dive bar downstairs and a performance space upstairs. Expect soft rock, grunge and other guitar-driven styles, drum 'n' bass DJs, comedy or even spoken word; the...

Museum in Haifa

National Maritime Museum

This museum, founded in 1953, covers five millennia of maritime history across its three floors, from barnacle-clung amphorae to Israel's recent naval history. Temporary exhibitions on themes from pirates to...

Ethiopian in Haifa

HaMis’ada Shel Ima

Stepping into this unpretentious eatery is like a quick trip to Addis Ababa, raucous soundtrack included. The satisfyingly spicy Ethiopian dishes are served on – and scooped up with – injera (spongy Ethiopian...

Market in Haifa

Flea Market

Amble past leather bags and picture frames, rifle through boxes of weathered postcards and sort treasure from trash at this flea market, 700m southeast of Paris Sq. It's excellent bargain-hunting terrain for...

Desserts in Haifa

Shtroudl

Shtroudl combines the sweet-toothed savvy of Germany and the Middle East, dishing up desserts in surrounds reminiscent of an eccentric aunt's summer house: ivy dangles, wind chimes rattle, and forks clash over...

Live Music in Haifa

Matnas Tverya 15

A community centre with frequent amateur concerts, performances and classes (including yoga, Pilates and tango). Art exhibitions change on a monthly basis and it's a friendly, creative space to mingle with...

Viewpoint in Haifa

Viewing Balcony

Situated about 100m up the hill from the tour entrance of the Baha’i Gardens, this viewing platform allows a bird’s-eye view over the Shrine of the Báb and towards the sea. It’s a beautiful vantage point for a...

Museum in Haifa

Haifa Museum of Art

Haifa Museum of Art

Challenging and contemporary, the Museum of Art's three exhibition spaces showcase mixed media and photography by Israeli and international artists. If you enjoy confrontational artwork and lively debate, this...