Yehonathan's Gay Guide to Tel Aviv
By OUTTraveler Contributer
Originally published on Gay.com/travel
Age: A Timeless 31
City: Tel Aviv
Relationship Status: Single
What are some of the things you love most about Tel Aviv?
I grew up in Tel Aviv, so for me it?s about my family and my friends, growing up there and all the great times that I had during my childhood years. But it?s the freedom to do whatever you?d like that I love too. I truly think it is one of the best cities in the world ? small, but yet you can find anything here: crazy night life, awesome beaches, cute sidewalk cafes, great restaurants, history, and beautiful people, and there?s a feeling in the air that I couldn?t even begin to explain. The city is open 24/7, and there is always some exciting adventure waiting around any corner for those who want to find it.
What are some of your least favorite things about it?
The heat! Oh god, the heat! It?s really crazy hot here from May until October to the point where it affects everyone?s tempers! The heat makes everyone crazy. Israelis are not the most patient people in the world to begin with, but add the heat and you have a lot of pissed off, but horny people on your hands. Ha!
What is the best date you ever had in this town?
The best date that comes to mind was actually when I was really young and just coming out. My date and I decided to skip the usual route of coffee/ movie/bed, so we met at the beach at night. Tel Aviv has this amazing gay beach near the Hilton Hotel, and we just spent the entire night under the stars and made out throughout the evening. We were both still deeply in the closet, so we were always looking left and right to make sure nobody was around. It was cute, romantic, and very exciting all at the same time! Thinking about it brings back a lot of warm memories.
What gym do you like most?
I work out in a gym called Holmes Place, which is located right in the center of Tel Aviv in a shopping mall called Dizengoff Center. It is one of the largest and most popular gyms in Tel Aviv -- especially among gay men. The place is packed with cute guys, and at times it feels more like a party than a gym. I can?t work out there late-afternoons or evenings because you have to wait forever for each machine, and it becomes too much of a show off place, where all people do is come and cruise one another. So you can find me there in the mornings or early part of the day when I can still enjoy the gay vibe AND get a good workout in.
What are some great restaurants for a night out with gay friends there?
Well ? the nice thing about good food is that it?s something gays and straights can relate to, so I?d hate to dub a restaurant ?gay? when it should be about the food, right? I?ve been a devoted vegetarian for 15 years, so I can only recommend restaurants that i can actually eat in! For Italian lovers (the food -- not the men), there is a great place called Pasta Mia on Linkolen Street, which I love. I?d also highly recommend Thai House on Ben Yehuda Street. I love food, but I can?t cook, so it?s good that Tel Aviv is packed with great places to eat with all sorts of cuisines.
What are some great restaurants for a romantic gay date? What about these restaurants appeals to you?
Wow, it?s been a long time since I?ve been on a romantic date! Ha! Thai House and Pasta Mia are both very suitable for a romantic evening out ? both very intimate.