Jerusalem, Israel
Yosef, 28
Community Worker
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a community worker, primarily working with Jewish university students all over the world. Before moving to Israel I was a student activist in the UK and I've found an amazing niche for myself doing similar work here in Israel!

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

I Will Follow You into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie; I'll be Okay - McFly; Photograph - Ed Sheeran; See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) - Wiz Khalifa; So Sick - Ne Yo; Happy Ending - MIKA; Skinny Love - Birdy; Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri; Waving Through A Window - Ben Platt; It's Quiet Uptown - Hamilton; Telephone Wire - Beth Malone and Michael Cerveris

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I am the definition of a sci-fi/fantasy nerd so for me it'll always be the likes of Stargate SG-1, Game of Thrones, Lost and The Walking Dead.

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

Mahane Yehuda Market at night. Loads of cool bars and restaurants to choose from. My personal favourite is Que Pasa!

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

Lin Manuel Miranda is undoubtedly my hero, I think he'd dig Que Pasa Bar in the shuk!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Not in Jerusalem I'm afraid. But if you're after nice clothes then the Mamilla Mall is probably your best shot.

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

There's street in the city centre called Yosef Rivlin Street but the locals call Crack Square. It's full of over priced drinks and loud tourists... AVOID!

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

Walk through the parks and gardens... I just never seem to have the time for it but they are really beautiful.

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

Black Bar and Burger on Shlomtzion HaMalka Street looks like your standard burger joint but their menu is packed with the largest, most obscene burgers I've ever seen!

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

Picadilly... It's hidden away and a great night out!

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?

Papagayo's in Talpiot is a Brazilian Grill Restaurant. They have unlimited all you can eat deal for around 275 NIS a person. Seems expensive but if you're a meat lover, this is your place!

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

Pinati on Kind George Street. Classic Israeli food and now a franchised chain but this one is the original. Try the Kubbeh soup!

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

Gatsby's speakeasy themed bar!

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

Book a night in the Mamilla Hotel or the Waldorf Astoria for two of you!

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

Bamba... They're a peanut flavoured corn snack... You really have to try them to understand...

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

Moshiko Shwarma... supposedly the best shwarma joint in the city, right in the heart of Ben Yehuda... Trust me though... it's nothing special...

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

Coffee Bean on Yafo! I often work from there and it's a great place to get some peace in a busy city whilst also doing some brilliant people watching!

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

The Old City.

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

Breakfast at Cafe Noctorno followed by a visit the Israel Museum. Lunch at the First Station and an afternoon walk through the King David Gardens and Mamilla open air mall.

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

New York... I'm a regular traveller there and I'm obsessed. So much to do and so much to see. If you haven't been, GO!

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