Date night with that someone special in JerusalemWhen you've got that special someone whom you want to take out for a night on the town, not any old place will do. You may not think Jerusalem exudes the vibes of romance in the manner of Paris, for example, but if you've got the cash to spend, and if you know where the most atmospheric spots in town are, date night in Jerusalem has the potential to be equally inspiring and memorable.
When you've got that special someone whom you want to take out for a night on the town, not any old place will do. You may not think Jerusalem exudes the vibes of romance in the manner of Paris, for example, but if you've got the cash to spend, and if you know where the most atmospheric spots in town are, date night in Jerusalem has the potential to be equally inspiring and memorable.
The way to the heart
First, treat your lady, or man, to a fine multi-course meal at one of Jerusalem's many top-flight restaurants. If it's maximized atmosphere you're after, you can do no better than Agua in Ein Kerem, set in the hills of Jerusalem's most picturesque neighborhood on the edge of the forest. And the food's not bad either.
Or, you can head to Baka and sample the French cuisine of La Guta, where you can show off your culinary prowess by ordering veal sweetbreads or drum fish fillet.
You can also go uber-classy and hit up 1868, the granddaddy of them all, where you can chow down on lamb cannelloni or duck breast. There's also the exotica of Darna's high-concept Moroccan hospitality.
Both Lavan and Kedma offer dramatic views of the Old City, and true meat lovers with have their hearts set aflutter with a glance at Angelica's menu, featuring more grill than you can shake a steak at.
With you belly full, don't go the tried and true movie theater route. Instead, take care of mind and heart with a visit to one of the city's cultural institutions for a proper concert, performance or play.
Confederation House focuses on traditional music and festivals, while the YMCA often stages classical concerts. Mishekneot Sha'ananim is always doing something different, from lectures to poetry readings, and at the Bible Lands Museum, choral and folk performances can be combined with after-hour tours of the artifacts on display.
The Jerusalem Theatre, the city's answer to Lincoln Center, always draws large theatrical productions, concerts and other types of performances. If you are in the Old City, the Tower of David's Night Spectacular is a nightly laser light show that is as awe-inspiring as its name suggests.
For a night cap, flash some cash at the Mamilla Hotel's swanky Mirror Bar, or head to the super fancy drinking sections at Scala (now with a tapas menu) or Colony, places where you won't be laughed at for ordering a fine wine or cocktail.
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