What travelers are saying
- I agree with everything positive written about this remarkable place and the need to make arrangements in advance.
This is a hidden “essence” of the Israeli/Zionist experience and shows one important side of it: Jews from the Holocaust (and spurred on in terms of this place by a Romanian artist) find a safe home in Israel and create some wonderful things: great literature, art, and science!!!
As a Jew— my parents were refugees from antisemitism/-I love that. BUT…
…the other side of the equally dramatic story is not mentioned on the web site or any reviews I read. And I doubt it will even be mentioned if you visit even though there is a whole book on the subject.
There are 2 villages not one. Ein Hod, the artist, was a Palestinian village, The Zionists conquered it and expelled the original inhabitants. (They loved the architecture and wanted to save it for themselves even converting a mosque to a restaurant which makes more sense in a now-Jewish village!)
Ok, so many original inhabitants ended up further away in refugee camps. Some insisted on staying very close and creating a new Arab village, Ein Houd. It took a long time but it’s now a recognized Arab Israeli village only a few miles away!!! No one tells you this, but I visited. They have a FANTASTIC restaurant!!! The waiter says to me, “ there is no menu. I bring what my mother makes and I keep bringing food until you tell me to stop.” I met a nice Israeli couple there. They were top people in Israeli security and knew nothing of the history. “You’re telling us the history of our country, one told me. I have lots of pictures of all this.
So in sum: enjoy the artist colony but the full story is more interesting and gives you the essence of Israel: building, conquering, creating, flourishing in many ways but wanting to forget the price paid by another people. And it’s worse than that: the forgetting allows the disaster for Palestinians (which they call “the Nakba” to continue. IT IS CONTINUING in the occupied areas now.Written June 1, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Several dozens of very nice sculptures are presented in a natural setting, supplemented by a nice view of Haifa bay.Written August 30, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This lovely upscale mall has a variety of both upscale and more affordable stores, and is especially a nice break from the heat. I like window-shopping here, as I don't feel pressured to buy anything but can still enjoy seeing what's available. Prices are pretty fair here, all things considreed.Written April 6, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We went on a rainy day, not many shops were open but still it was lovely and fun.
You can find great things in a good price.Written January 11, 2020
- This shopping Mall was converted from old industrial zone. It is widely spared allowing you to find parking next to the building you want to visit. We frequent go to shop there for furniture, DIY, closing and grocery. There is also a nice bowling alley.Written December 31, 2017
- This is a most unusual mall in the sense that it was decorated by a very good artist - Eric Brouwer, an Austrian - Israeli artist. The decorations are beautiful and most unusual and done in the Fantastic Realisem style and it is wonderful. When you come to visit Haifa, do not miss it. Yona S.Written July 13, 2019
- I like this because its a one stop for all.
First of all it's very convenient to get there by train. You just get off the train right into the mall.
The movie theater has nice and comfortable cinema rooms.
There are also good places to have dinner after the movie and if you arrive before the movie you can go for shopping between all the stores in the mall.
Definitely a very good place to spend some nice evening with your friends or family.Written December 7, 2019
- It is rather a local establishment, a gallery for contemporary Israeli artists (mainly from Haifa and around), so the worthiness of visit greatly depends on who and what is on display. I personally enjoyed 2 my recent visits a lot, and right now (all December'17 and part of Jan'18) there's an exhibition that I'm also going to enjoy.
But if you are passing by (and it's near Wadi Nisnas, also very close to Haifa Art museum on the way towards the German Colony) and it's open, you might just as well peep in - the price is AFAIR like 2.5 euro, sometimes free.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 09:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00; Fri-Sat 10:00-13:00
Parking problematic, public transportation good.Written December 9, 2017
- The Opening event was simply awesome. Lot of good art, food, and plenty of good vibes and happy people. A great place to experience the local culture in a unique way.
They are also dealing with blockchain and NFTs which makes everything even cooler!Written December 2, 2021
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