Tel-Aviv, Israel
Ronen, 51
Chief Concierge, David InterContinental
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm the chief concierge at the InterContinental David Tel Aviv, and also the president of a prestigious international concierge organisation called 'Le Clefs d'Or.' I love my job because it allows me to help tourists finding their way around the city and country, helping them make the most of their experience abroad.

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

Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, for that good ol' dose of drama.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends - obviously!

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

There's some lovely little spots inside the new market complex on the corner of Rotschild - Allenby. For a first date, I'd say to pick one of the bars on Rotschild or Dizzengoff - lot's of people watching to fill any awkward silences!

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

I'd love to share a whiskey and some strong conversation with Bill Clinton, so nothing too rowdy. The Che Bar located within the InterContinental David Tel Aviv has exactly the vibe I'm sure he would enjoy.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I wouldn't call myself a true fashionista, but tend to send our guests to either some of the bigger malls around town like Azrieli, or to the old north, where the streets are lined with upscale boutiques.

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

Any area in Tel Aviv has it's charm, that's for sure. There are a few areas to the south of Tel Aviv that aren't 'tourist-proof,' but truly, Tel Aviv is a rounded enough experience that I wouldn't rule anything out!

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

Run! I don't get the chance to do it really, but one of the best things about this city is the miles of beachside to run along. Sunrise or sunset, it's always a sight that will keep you going.

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

Escargots, or snails! I ate this at NG, a fabulous meat restaurant in center Tel Aviv. Definitely worth a visit, even for those that aren't a fan of snails.

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

Tel Aviv has a surprising amount of speakeasy's. A great example is 'The Space,' a hipster-vibe bar in a gallery, close to the Carmel market.

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?

I think OCD is probably up there. It's a great experience, and very exclusive: a set menu, simultaneously served to 19 guests.

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

With the wide rang of restaurants in Tel Aviv, there are a few of these little spots, especially around the fleamarket in Yafo or around the Carmel market area. Don't let this scare you off! This is usually some of the most authentic, best local food.

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

Imperial is a wonderful cocktail gem of Tel Aviv, where the bartenders will blow you away every time. Tell them what you like and you will discover a new favourite!

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

Nothing like a spa day for a real pamper session. THE spa at InterContinental David Tel Aviv is a perfect destination for this.

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

Even though there have been attempts outside of Israel, the best falafel is only found within the grounds of this beautiful country. Or try a Sabich, a pita stuffed with fried eggplant and hardboiled eggs, on the corner of Frishman and Dizengoff.

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

Just as there's no place I wouldn't go, there's no place that's overrated. Everywhere you go you will find a special shop or restaurant, even as tiny as the little kiosk on Nordau that still manages to be a go-to spot for the locals. Explore the city, and find these hidden gems!

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

The Levinski area, although more up and coming, has some great galleries and coffee shops. Change your pace and skip the carmel market this Friday, and try a Gazoz (a herby, fruity drink) at Cafe Levinski!

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

Old Yafo hill has a magnificent panoramic view of the city. Not a bad place for a picnic either!

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

The beach, for a start. Soak up some of the Mediterranean sun, and listen to some classic Israeli tunes. I'd take the afternoon to walk around town, as Tel Aviv is a city made for walking. Stop off for some street food, before joining friends on a rooftop for evening drinks, to enjoy a hot summer night until the early hours.

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

When I go on vacation I tend to try and leave the urban vibes behind - safari's are my favourite vacation. Tel Aviv has so many sides - there's beach, there's high-rises, there's the old city of Yafo - why go anywhere else?