Tel-Aviv, Israel
Natalie, 31
Techie & World Traveler
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a software engineer working in the recommendations field. We use complex algorithms to generate personalized recommendations for everything - games, apps, movies, music etc. I'm passionate about it because it all makes sense - every user has a diverse flavor, you "just" have to understand it and then recommend the user with what suits best.

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

It depends on my mood, but I would definitely not go with 'Total eclipse of the heart'. Mostly softies like Chet Faker and The XX, or a 90's hits playlist to cheer me up.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Game of thrones. Game of thrones and Game of thrones. I will also add Friends, Girls, Breaking bad, How I met your mother, Silicon valley and The Bridge but only the Danish version.

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

There are a lot of good cocktail bars - 223, Bellboy. If you want something to eat next to your wine then "La Shuk - next door" and of course - the beach.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'm a big fan of searching for good bargains in vintage and thrift shops. So in Tel Aviv I would go to 'Aderet'. I shop for brands at Azrieli mall and Dizengoff center, both have a mixture of brands, but not the same brands.

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

Can't really think of one.

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

Going to the Carmel Market early on a Friday. I enjoy buying groceries there, but I also like to sleep late. So I find myself arriving there around noon-time, and by that time the place is really packed, but still has a great vibe.

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

I think that would be a milkshake in 'Shakeout'. This place puts every candy you can think into a blender. Totally worth the sugar rush

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

Not that I can think of.

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

Can't really recall.

What restaurant in Tel-Aviv looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Amikam. Best burreka ever

Where can you get the best cocktail in Tel-Aviv? Which one do you like?

I like the cocktails in Ca Phe Hanoi, which is a Vietnamese restaurant, my favorite is Lychee Mojito. I also like the happy-hour at the Double Standard where you get a 1+1 on their amazing cocktails

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

That's an easy one - Bamba! It is peanut butter flavored and it is a dream coming true

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

You will be surprised but I will say Thai house restaurant. I really love Thai food, and this is a good restaurant but the fact that there is always a wait-list and you better reserve a week in advance is a mystery to me.

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

Rav Hen cinema - it is an old cinema so most people would prefer to go to the big cinemas. But this one is close to home and screens all the big titles.

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

The beach, whether it is to swim, tan or jut watch the sunset. I also recommend the Carmel market, Neve Tzedek, Park hayarkon and the flea market area in Jaffa.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Tel-Aviv. How do you spend it?

I would go for a long walk and stop everywhere I feel like stopping- starting at park Hayarkon, going on Dizingoff until I reach Dizingoff center, then on King George head to the Carmel market, and then I will watch the sunset from Charles Clore park.

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

I really like Barcelona, because I find it similar to Tel Aviv, and New York because it is New York.

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