A first date in JerusalemIf television shows like Srugim have taught us anything, it's that Jerusalem is home to the most vibrant religious/semi-religious/not-so-religious-at-all Jewish singles scene this side of Manhattan.
If television shows like Srugim have taught us anything, it's that Jerusalem is home to the most vibrant religious/semi-religious/not-so-religious-at-all Jewish singles scene this side of Manhattan. Far from being a simple meat market, though, Jerusalem is the perfect place to have a great time and maybe even fall in love, whether you are the type to show up armed with a shidduch resume or are just hoping to find a connection with a friend of a friend visiting for the year.
In this economy, going all out on a properly impressive date isn't always possible, even if you are going dutch, and when one doesn't know how invested one is in the budding relationship, it can be hard to feel good about spending a lot on it. But that doesn't mean your options should be limited to sipping a Sprite in a hotel lobby or watching planes take off from Terminal C (not that there's anything wrong with that). Here's GoJerusalem.com's guide to a perfect first date in Jerusalem.
Start the night off with some coffee, drinks or light snacks at one of Jerusalem's myriad cafes. If it's cozy you're looking for, then Tmol Shilshom or Jan's is the spot. Want to show her some European flare? Head to Scala, which now offers a tapas tasting menu. And if it's a breathtaking view you are after, you can do no better than the Mamilla Café, overlooking the Old City walls and Jaffa Gate.
Strolling around for chit-chat
There's nothing cheaper than taking a walk, and unlike sitting at a movie or a show, you can keep the conversation going while showing her or him how fit (and green) you are.
Jerusalem has a number of lovely spots for strolling about in a leisurely manner, checking out the views and the people while getting to know each other. Probably the most popular place for a romantic walk is the Haas Promenade in Talpiot, also known as the Tayelet, which offers unparalleled views of Jerusalem and into the desert, as well as kilometers of paths and gardens.
A bit closer to the action are the atmospheric alleyways and paths of Mount Zion, on the slope leading up to the Old City facing the valley of Hinnom. Here you can wander and get lost among the church compound courtyards and the area around David's Tomb. If you're not worried about awkwardly running into an ex, cruising up and down either the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall or Emek Refaim in the German Colony can be an enjoyable pastime.
Joining each other for a nightcap
If things are still going well, then it's time for a nightcap. Want a cocktail with pizazz? Then it's to Mirror Bar you go. More of a blue-collar gal? Then head to Tuvya, a no-nonsense watering hole. Or if you really want to seal the deal, then Max Brenner's sensual chocolate experiences will have you both in the mood ...for a second date.
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