Tel-Aviv, Israel
Iris, 39
The Foreigner Local
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What do you do and why do you do it?

This is a loaded question. I do many things including managing apartments, working at a hotel, dancing/teaching Argentine Tango, teaching English, teaching Math, mentoring a kid and then just being me and spending time with friends/family. I like to discover new places. I'm a sucker for small, quaint, family-run, holes-in-the-wall type places. I usually avoid the big touristy joints and opt for the path less traveled. I like connecting to people and hearing what makes them tick. And dancing of course.

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

Hmm...well, I kind of listen to the same stuff during all my modes. I do a mix of 80's darkwave, industrial, indie, classical, Sigur Ros, and sometimes even Pop music, I mean Beyonce.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Star trek: TNG, True Detective, Farscape, Your Lie in April (Anime)

Name some spots in Tel-Aviv that are good for a Tinder date.

Going for a walk along the beach, especially during sunset. It's cheap, public and romantic all at the same time.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I have a few stores that are my go to's for whenever I need to buy things. Mosty Dizengoff and Bugrashov streets have everything you need.

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

I love that people cycle in the city, but I'm too terrified to.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Tel-Aviv that you particularly like?

Yes, there are quite a few. Cafe Levinsky has a special place in my heart because Benny the creator always makes something new and unique. There's no menu. And so each time is a surprise and always a delight.

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

Bisli and Bamba are the national snacks. Both of them also have a variety of flavours. I especially like the Bamba that's filled with hazlenut. And the Bisli "grill" flavour.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Tel-Aviv?

I think the south of Tel Aviv is rather underrated. That includes the areas of Florentin, Yaffo, Shapira and everything in between of them. There's so much to see and new experiences to be had. Plus, you get a real connection to the people.

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

The markets. I'd go to all three, Carmel, Jaffa and Levinsky. They are packed with goodies all over. Each one has it's own atmosphere and character that it's not boring at all and feels new.

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