Tel-Aviv, Israel
Hila, 30
Drummer & Urban Planning Student
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a bit about Hila

What are you working on?

Writing ‘Doggies of Tel-Aviv’ – a blog which captures the stories of Tel-Aviv’s cutest and coolest dogs, producing a weekly show at, an alternative radio station and playing drums for 2 new bands.

What drives you mad these days?

All of my friends that are leaving Tel-Aviv for school/jobs in other cities around the world. The city is not the same without them…

What makes you happy?

A good hair day, new shoes, colorful things, music and puppies.

When was the last time you cried?

A week ago, when I got back from a 3 weeks long perfect vacation…

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

‘Lies’ by Low, ‘Lisbon’ by Wolf Alice, Lianne La Havas, Courtney Barnett’s latest album and a bunch of new Israeli music I’ll have to tell you about.

What was the last movie you went to?

An independent Israeli Sci-Fi film, about this totally regular guy that finds out he’s a robot. It was amazing!

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I jungle between buying some fancy shoes at ‘Story’ boutique, digging for cool shirts at my favorite vintage shop (‘Eshet Hail’ on Tchernikhovski st.) and shopping online. A festive second hand sale would work too!

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv?

Café Sheleg on Geula st. I love their coffee and tahini!

Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in Tel Aviv?

Hakarmel Market area and Kerem Hateimanim. I get lost at the little curved streets every day, sometimes by accident but mostly on purpose.

What do you LOVE to do in the city but never actually do?

Jumping on the trampolines at HaYarkon Park. It’s too bad I’m not 5 years old anymore.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in Tel Aviv?

Heroes. Little Lulu, Stevie Wonder, my grandmothers, Questlove and Franz Kafka. I’d take this crazy bunch to the ferris wheel at the ‘Luna Park’ (Tel-Aviv’s nostalgic amusement park), just to see what happens.

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

Spending the day swimming at ‘Gordon Pool’, reading a good book and sipping spirulina shake.

It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

To the movies, or shopping at ‘The Green Brothers’ second hand book shop.

What’s a place in Tel Aviv you feel like only you know about?

‘Gan Ha’Ir’, one of Tel-Aviv’s oldest shopping malls, on Ibn Gabirol st. (right next to City Hall). I heard stories from my grandparents about the zoo and the swimming pool that used to be there back in the days. My parents went there with their parents, and years later they took me there. I like wandering around or climbing up to the huge roof top. There aren’t any interesting shops or restaurants there, but I like the 80’s nostalgic vibe this place has.

If tomorrow was your last day in Tel Aviv before you left for good, how would you spend it?

Coffee with my family at Bazel st., riding back and forth through the whole city with my pink bicycle, eating a huge bowl of masabaha at ‘Abu Hassan’, having one last swim at ‘Geula’ beach and then getting drunk with my friends at ‘HaMinzar’ bar.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Neve Sha’anan. I’d like the challenge

What’s the place in Tel Aviv you’ll never be caught dead in?

Bracelets drink-as-you-can bars on Dizengoff st., shady bars at the northern part of Allenby st. and any restaurant that disrespects vegetarians.

What’s the thing you love doing that is not family or relationship related?

Going to music concerts, playing the drums and practicing yoga.

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