Jerusalem, Israel
Liza, 38
Producer & Editor
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a freelance producer and editor. I have a degree in art from Bezalel academy of arts with specialization in video. And I also work in a second hand bookshop, just because being a freelance is hard.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

This is a hard one... But it would be something very eclectic. Definitely Nirvana, Nina Simone, Dave Matthews Band, MusicGoMusic and lots of 90's music

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I have to say that my taste in TV shows is not a great one (although I studied films)... But I would go for Breaking Bad, Lost (but only 3 first seasons), Prison Break (only the first season) and Buffy the vampire slayer :) And I love TV shows about vampires. And I don't watch Game of Thrones. Haven't seen any episodes of it.

Name some spots in Jerusalem that are good for a Tinder date.

From my experience the best places for that are the one you don't usually go out to... if you pass to second date then go to places where you might bump into people you know. But any way this is my list: Blue Music Hall (Blue Hall Music) Gatsby Cocktail Room Hashchena (Bar) Barood

Who’s your hero and where in Jerusalem would you take them out for a serious hang?

Maybe I'm broken, but I don't have a hero... There are people I would love to meet, someone of them are artists and some actors or philosophers. I think I would take any one of them to the coffee place on the rooftop of Museum on the Seam. Another rooftop I would take them is the one at the Church of the Holy Family. And to Gehenna, they say that the name of this place is the source of the name hell (well in Hebrew it works better).

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I usually don't do shopping in Israel. I order from Asos or buy abroad. When I do shop in Israel I prefer local designers. And the only brand in Israel that I buy cloths occasionally in is Golf.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Never say never... but I do avoid the Mahane Yehuda market area (only during evening/ night)

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I always find time to do the things I love... sometimes the best way to do that is to pretend that you are a tourist in your city.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Jerusalem and where did you get it?

Unfortunately I haven't try any dish in Jerusalem that I would say is decadent or extreme

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Jerusalem that you particularly like?

There is a restaurant/ bar... it's speakeasy place, it have no name at this point. They serve this very nice vegetarian food with very reasonable pricing. I find myself drawn to this place at least once a week. It's located in the patio of the Pergamon club.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Jerusalem? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I think the most expensive place I have been is 1868 restaurant. They serve modern European cuisine. I was there with a friend few years ago. We drank a bottle of red wine, I think it was a Recanati one. And we ate 5 or 6 starters. It was very good but I would say also very pricey. I actually planing on going there again to check if the food is still as good as it was.

What restaurant in Jerusalem looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

I don't know if the place I'm thinking about can be called a restaurant. It's a hummus place outside the Damascus Gate... It doesn't look as a place that you would want to eat in, but they serve by far the best hummus I have ever ate. The name of the place is hummus Akermawi.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Jerusalem? Which one do you like?

There are only two actual cocktail bars in Jerusalem, the first one is Gatsby Cocktail Room and the second Zuta. I have to say that the only thing that is nice about Gatsby is the interior. If you are into cocktails then definatly Zuta is the place to go. There drinks I like are: THE MEXICAN CONNECTION BECHEROVKA SWIZZLE GAMBINO

Where would you take your partner in Jerusalem if you wanted to really pamper them?

To pamper my partner I would start the day with breakfast in Coffee Bezalel, then go to see a movie in Yes Planet after that Spa in Mamilla Hotel and dinner in Mona.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Try Bamba with Bissli, mix them both together. You can get it in any supermarket. Another thing you have to try is Krembo. They sell it mostly in the winter. This is truly an Israeli snack, well candy buy you get the point.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Jerusalem?

I think that it's impossible to find an overrated place in Jerusalem.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Jerusalem?

Because Jerusalem is such a tourist city you won't find here an underrated place.

What are the Jerusalem spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Places you must visit are: Old City Israel Museum Nachlaot neighborhood and the Mahne Yehuda market (during the day) German Colony neighborhood There are tons of other places I would suggest but I think that those are realy the musts.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Jerusalem. How do you spend it?

I would go for an ice cream in Mousseline Eat lunch in Talbiye and dinner in Chakra I would go for a walk in the old city And at night to Cassetta and Sira for a beer

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

It's hard to pick one place. I love Berlin, and have been there 3 times. But I also love Budapest (also been there 3 times). I love Europe a lot. Every city I traveled to I felt in love with. But at the moment the city that I would love to go back to is Paris. There was something that I can't explain in Paris. The food, the art, the people and just walking the streets. Maybe after Istanbul (we are going there in September) we will plan our next trip to Paris.

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