Tel Aviv is hands down, without a doubt, my #1 favorite city in the world. Nothing else even comes close.
Okay, well to be fair I do love Sydney, Australia. And Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand also are pretty high up there. But Tel Aviv captured my heart long ago and never let go.
From the beautiful women in Tel Aviv, to the restaurants with incredible (albeit expensive) food, to the nightlife… Tel Aviv is my number one city by far.
Oh, and how could I forget the beaches? Tel Aviv’s beaches are not the cleanest or the most beautiful – but the eye candy there is unparalleled.
In this article I’m going to go over my history with this beautiful city and give you tons and tons of reasons why you should move to Tel Aviv YESTERDAY.
The women in Tel Aviv are out of this world
In any major city, you’re going to have a lot of beautiful women. But in Tel Aviv, the women are insane. And I mean that in a good way… mostly.
As the biggest city in Israel, Tel Aviv is pretty much the place where all the young people move to after they get out of the army. Sure, some travel abroad to work. Some just travel. But the ones who stay in Israel and want to live a cool life move to Tel Aviv.
It’s basically like the New York of Israel. Except instead of awful weather, they have great weather and amazing beaches. But we’ll get to that later.
The girls in Tel Aviv are hot – and they know they’re hot. Israeli girls have a reputation as tough nuts to crack. I never had this problem personally, but we’ll talk about that later.
The difference between the guys and girls in Tel Aviv is pretty stark. Israeli girls are fashionable – always wearing some out there dress or combination of trendy clothing. The proximity to the beach means they stay lean enough to look good in a bikini – despite all the delicious Israeli shawarma floating around.
The guys in Tel Aviv, on the other hand, dress like bums. Beach bums, stoner bums, or fitness bums.. the point is that they don’t put too much effort into their appearance. But with so many attractive girls floating around Tel Aviv, why would you?
The Tel Aviv dating scene is a bachelor’s dream
My experience with the girls in Tel Aviv was fantastic, but I was a bit of an outlier. When I moved to Tel Aviv after doing two years in the IDF, I pounced like a coiled spring. Two years in veritable slavery will do that to you.
Not only had I never seen so many beautiful girls in my life, but my last few weeks in the army were when I happened to read The Game and discover the world of pickup. It had never occurred to me that there could be a system of picking up girls, but armed with this knowledge and with plenty of targets around, I went to work.
To be fair, I did have a lot of things going for me. At 6’1″ I was tall by Israeli standards. I was also jacked by Israeli standards. And to top it all off, I had served in the IDF as a lone soldier – meaning that I was the perfect mix of American and Israeli.
The “problem” with Americans (or other foreigners) that move to Israel is that they’re basically just nerdy Jews. Sorry bros and bro-ettes, but that’s just the way it is. Israelis are cool. Non-Israeli Jews are not. Of course this isn’t 100% of the time, but most of the time it is.
Jews are basically nerds. And don’t even get me started on New Yorkers…
Not to mention that one of the biggest differentiating factors in the Israeli and American mentalities is the fact that Israelis serve in the IDF. I’ll write a separate article about my experience there, but it’s definitely not what you imagine military service to be. The Israeli version of “discipline” is much different than the American one.
But I digress…
Anyway the point is this: I was tall, jacked, tan, and had just come off two years of Israeli military service and was looking to get my dick wet. And there were more than enough slutty young Israeli girls happy to oblige.
My experience with the girls in Tel Aviv
Now before you jump on me for my “locker room talk,” first of all f*ck you. This is how people talk. Maybe some day when I run for president you can point to this article and say, “See? He really isn’t a gentleman after all!”
The way I’m telling this story, you’d think that all I had to do was move to Tel Aviv and the girls would jump on me like flies jump on.. the things that flies jump on. But that’s not exactly true.
I remember when I first moved there, I worked at a bar on Allenby called the English Pub (currently called Potion Bar). The owner was this insane (actually) American guy named Scott. He would get in actual physical fights with his customers, sell drugs, and sleep with his bartenders. Definitely a cool place to work.
I was hired as an all-rounder – sometimes I’d work the door, sometimes I’d clean up inside, and sometimes he’d put me in charge of a little hamburger shack next door. The latter was my favorite.
For one thing, it was SO EASY to meet girls that it was almost like cheating. They would just walk in the door, order food, and basically be stuck talking to me for 10 minutes while I made them a burger.
Add a little alcohol into the mix and it wasn’t so hard to make yourself seem like one of the most eligible bachelors in the city. Not to mention the fact that I made a damn good hamburger.
Life lessons from Tel Aviv nightlife
That said, I was insecure about my living situation. Sure, I was living at the intersection of Ben Yehuda and Ben Gurion (a quick 5 minute walk from my favorite Tel Aviv beach hotspots). But my apartment was not exactly luxurious.
We didn’t’ have a living room (standard in Tel Aviv apartments). And my room was super small – I had a mattress on the floor, a table that I hammered together from one of those foldable laundry racks and piece of wood I found on the street, and a wooden bookshelf from an era long forgotten.
I always said that nobody moves to Tel Aviv for the money – and that was definitely the case with me. Still, I was insecure about how spartan my living situation was.
One day when I was working at the hamburger stand, an older Israeli woman came in and ordered some fries. We started talking about this and that, and she made a comment about how I must get all the girls. I hemmed and hawed a little bit, obviously uncomfortable. It wasn’t from the compliment. It was because of my apartment.
I told her, “Yeah, you’re right I guess.. I’m just insecure about my apartment. I don’t even have a bed, I just have a mattress on the floor.”
I’ll never forget what this woman said to me: “It doesn’t matter. If she likes you, she’ll sleep with you – even if you just have a mattress on the floor.”
Strangely, I had never considered that.
Later on in life I would learn that our insecurities are only problems if we think they’re problems. Whether you’re short, bald, fat, or broke – if you don’t care, then other people don’t care. But if you’re insecure about it, then that insecurity will show and it’ll screw you up.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that you shouldn’t strive to improve your life in ways that are within your control. But in the meantime, you have to be happy with what you are. Because achievement in and of itself won’t make you happy. You have to be happy while you’re achieving.
Pep talk over.
In Tel Aviv, girls just wanna have fun
That little 30 second conversation with that Israeli woman opened my eyes. Since then, I just assumed that girls wouldn’t care that I had a mattress on the floor. And many of them didn’t. In fact, none of them did.
And these weren’t slutty American or Russian girls either. Well, some of them were. But most of them were the Israeli girls – the type that like to make you wait before they sleep with you.
Like I mentioned earlier, I never had a problem with Israeli girls. Once they found out that I had done the army and was 100% Israeli, it was like the door flew off the hinges. In fact, the girls I met in Tel Aviv who were interested in me would always ask me the same set of questions:
- Where do your parents live?
- Do you want to settle in Israel?
- Were you in the army?
- How did you learn Hebrew?
Occasionally I’d get someone ask me if I’m Jewish. I used to be insulted at this question, because it’s kind of rude to ask a Jew if they’re actually Jewish. I don’t look or act like your typical American Jew – and I’m proud of that.
No offense to my fellow tribe members out there, but American Jews are all kind of similar. The Ashkenazi ones all have a similar physical appearance: pale skin, a soft face, and similar facial features. They all either lawyers, finance bros, or doctors. Not a lot of them actually work out.
Their names are all David, Daniel, or Adam.
Anyway.. I think they’re super boring. Again, no offense to my American Jewish bros out there, I love you all. But there’s not a lot of variety in the gene pool, demographics, or standard social behavior.
The point I’m trying to make is that I don’t care if people don’t think I’m Jewish. I take it as a compliment now. It means they’re thinking to themselves, “Hmm, he seems to know how to ‘act’ Jewish, and he speaks Hebrew, but he doesn’t resemble those other American Jews I’ve seen before. Plus he doesn’t have a typical ‘Jewish’ name. I wonder what’s going on here.”
Last year I was at a Shabbat dinner in Tel Aviv and one of the guests asked about my last name. I told him, “Oden,” and then quickly followed it up with “my dad converted.”
I knew why he was asking. It’s one of the tricky ways that people will try to find out if I’m actually Jewish. Or “how Jewish” I am. Or what my ethic background is. But they don’t ask that outright because it’s too direct and personal for an American Jew to ask. Israelis on the other hand…
Anyway, this guy goes, “Ohhhh, THAT’S why you’re beautiful.”
Tel Aviv beaches are nothing short of incredible
Tel Aviv is an incredible city for their beaches, too. Sand, water, the ability to get a coconut-brown tan in less than a week… not to mention the literal thousands of hot young Israeli girls lounging around in bikinis.
Now that I think about it, I think one of the reasons I love Tel Aviv so much is that hooking up with girls seems so much easier in Tel Aviv than it does in other places.
I’ve thought about this before, and I think it comes down to several factors:
- The city is fairly small, so the logistics of meeting up are much simpler
- It’s easy to be fit there, so girls are naturally more attracted to you
- There are SO MANY girls there and it makes them compete (this has been backed up by science)
- The beach culture sexualizes the population because of how often people strip down
- General party culture and atmosphere
While I guess these things are true for any major metropolitan city, the culture of Tel Aviv seems to have created the perfect storm of hookup culture.
Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying I’m some kind of P*ssy Slayer Don Juan. This is everyone’s experience to a certain extent. This is why people love Tel Aviv.
It’s the perfect size, too. If you live in the center of Tel Aviv, you can get around on a bicycle. Although these days they have those Bird scooters that you can ride around without having to expend any effort. Personally I like having a bike. It’s like doing cardio and having a method of transportation all in one.
Sadly, I’ve been unable to recreate the magic of Tel Aviv in any American city. People tell me that Miami is somewhat similar, but I thought Miami was kind of gross. South Beach was okay, but compared to Tel Aviv it was just so boring.
And while the beaches in Miami might look better in pictures, in my opinion nothing beats the beaches in Tel Aviv. There’s nothing better than starting out at the kikar at Ben Gurion and Ben Yehuda (right next to my old apartment!) and running across the beach and boardwalk all the way to Yafo and back. To this day, I’ve yet to find a more entertaining run.
What do I mean by entertaining? Well coming back to the point I’m making over and over in this article, there are so many attractive girls to look at while running that you are perpetually distracted from the fact that you are participating in a dishonorable activity.
Yes, I’m talking about cardio.
But when you spend 75% of your run looking at (and being looked at by) attractive members of the opposite sex (or same sex, if that’s your thing), it makes the time pass much faster. And it even makes running fun!
What’s it like living in Tel Aviv?
That’s really what it comes down to: Tel Aviv is all about FUN.
Yet for some reason, it feels like wholesome fun to me. Sure there is drinking, but it’s done in trendy bars with physically healthy people who care about their appearance.
Yes, some people sleep around. But they’re Jews, so it’s kosher baby.
That’s another concept that I find interesting about living in Tel Aviv: it’s a hot-blooded city.
This is the case with Israel as well, but most other cities in Israel are not laid out with such favorable logistics as Tel Aviv is. And you don’t have the amount of people living in other cities in Israel as you do in Tel Aviv.
But there is this idea of “everyone is Jewish here, so they’re all fair game when it comes to dating.”
Growing up in the diaspora, any time you start dating someone new, the inevitable question of “are they Jewish?” comes up.
If the answer is no, it’s kind of a conversation killer. Most Jews want to ultimately end up with other Jews. And if you’re dating someone, you run the risk of the relationship getting serious. And if there are potential problems in the relationship early on (like not being Jewish), then you are building on a rotten foundation.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s wrong to date non-Jews. Lord knows I’ve dated my fair share. I’m just telling you what the mentality is.
But in Israel, everyone is presumed to be Jewish until proven otherwise. So everyone is fair game.
Until you’ve actually been to Israel, it’s hard to appreciate this concept. I remember taking a bus to Haifa from Natzeret Illit shortly after making aliyah and thinking to myself, “Wow, EVERYONE on this bus is Jewish!”
Kinda tripped me out.
Tel Aviv beaches, pt 2
Getting back to the beaches in Tel Aviv, they all kind of have their own personality. Every couple hundred meters, the vibe changes.
Because I spent most of my time living on Ben Yehuda in the Tel Aviv merkaz (center of Tel Aviv), I would pretty much just go to the beaches that were near there.
And because I like having a lot of eye candy around, my favorite beach was Frishman.
When I told this to my American friends, they would kind of wrinkle their nose. “Frishman? Too many arsim.”
And while they might be right about that, it never bothered me. Back in the day I also used to work at the major beach restaurant on Frishman beach, then called Sof Frishman (currently called Calypso). So going there makes me nostalgic.
Sure, you can’t really go wrong when picking a Tel Aviv beach. I suppose it all just depends on what you’re looking for. I just like Frishman because you have the most attractive girls there and in the greatest quantity. But the beaches a little further north, like Hilton beach, are good too.
The only problem is that they’re not as good for going in the water as Frishman.
That reminds me of something I heard of when I took a bartender’s course in Tel Aviv. Our instructor was telling us about the life cycle of nightclubs in Israel. Basically he said that cool new places pop up and are super popular until the arsim discover them, after which they are promptly ruined.
I suppose that’s another good thing about Tel Aviv – you don’t have a lot of arsim there.
Now personally, I don’t have a problem with arsim. Not only was my unit full of them (890 Paratroopers baby respect), but I’ve been working in an industry that is heavily dominated by them: mall kiosk work.
That said, to the uninitiated, arsim can present a bit of a problem. They’re loud, they’re socially dominant, and they like to clown people as a way of making themselves look cool in a group.
But once you understand these things, arsim aren’t much of a problem. You just have to clown them back. Not in a confrontational way (maybe sometimes), but just a way of bonding with them. It’s like when you and your friends rip on each other.
Anyway, there aren’t many arsim in Tel Aviv to begin with. It’s a very whitewashed city in that regard. Yes, it’s still quintessentially Israeli, but years of international influence on the city have somewhat bred the natural Israeli tendencies out of the gene pool… somewhat.
Tel Aviv weather – I hope you like it hot!
So what about the weather? Well if you don’t like the heat, then you won’t appreciate the Tel Aviv weather from about March – October. Too bad for you.
Personally, I love me some vitamin D. There’s nothing more soothing than throwing on a pair of board shorts and flip flops, stepping out your door, and feeling the hot sun on your face. Just the knowledge that every second I spend in front of the sun is giving me an ever increasingly delicious tan makes me all warm and tingly inside.
Sure, I suppose there are some people out there who might not like the Tel Aviv weather. But who cares what they think? They can stay in their air-conditioned hotel rooms and complain about shvetzing. They’re clearly not built for summer time.
To be fair, people who move to the White City do so because they love the Tel Aviv lifestyle. And this includes the weather.
While you do have a growing corporate culture (usually in the form of boiler rooms pitching Forex), the majority of Tel Aviv’s inhabitants prefer board shorts over fancy leather shoes.
Well, I suppose you do have some Europeans who still haven’t heard of board shorts yet and wear those weird little kid bathing suits that only go down to mid thigh. But they’re Europeans, so I guess it doesn’t really matter what they do.
Is it hard to find a job in Tel Aviv?
Speaking of which, let’s talk about finding a job in Tel Aviv.
So look, if I had one piece of advice for people who are looking for a job in Tel Aviv, it would be this:
Talk to your friends who already have jobs and ask if they are hiring. DO NOT GO THROUGH TRADITIONAL CHANNELS LIKE JOB BOARDS!
Not to make disparaging remarks about my Israeli brothers and sisters, but they are not exactly known for having the strongest work ethic. And though I could be wrong, when I think of various human resources departments of Israeli companies, I don’t imagine that they are putting their superstars in charge of reading resumes and scheduling appointments.
Anyway the point is this: if you try to find a job through a job board, you’ll never find anything. I can’t count how many time I spammed the heck out of job listings and got absolutely no response.
And while I suppose it’s possible that it’s because I’m under-qualified for the positions I was applying for, I think it’s more likely that it’s everyone else’s fault. No seriously.
Those of you who have lived in Israel for any length of time know that making things happen there is all about protectzia. It’s all about who you know, or more specifically, it’s all about who knows you.
Fortunately for people looking for a job in Tel Aviv, it’s a relatively small community. Even if you move there and don’t know anyone, it’s easy to meet people in Tel Aviv. Shabbat dinners, the beach, bars, ulpan.. take your pick.
How to find a job in Tel Aviv
If you’re looking for a job, I HIGHLY recommend you try to get the interview through someone you know. This applies to getting a job anywhere in the world, it’s just that in the United States I think we’re used to a certain level of professionalism that seems to be missing in Israel.
More than once I’ve been jobless in Tel Aviv, breaking my teeth against job ads, desperately waiting in vain for a call back from ANYONE to schedule an interview.
By contrast, it’s also happened more than once that I would score an interview with a company after only making a casual remark to a friend that I was looking for a job.
“You’re looking for a job? I think we’re hiring. I’ll give them your number.”
Bada boom bada bing. Easy.
Working in Tel Aviv – a necessary evil?
As far as actually working in Tel Aviv… well, I personally am not a fan. But then again, I don’t like jobs in general.
However I will say that one of the benefits of working in Tel Aviv (or anywhere for that matter) is that you get to meet a TON of people that you probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.
Sure, you have to spend 40-50 hours a week at a job that is probably mind-numbingly boring. But there are a lot of startups in Tel Aviv now that have ping pong tables and buy lunch for their employees.
I’m probably not the best person to ask about working in Tel Aviv as I’ve been fired from more jobs than I can count. That said, if you’re the type who can successfully navigate the office politics, then you might like it. The jobs in Tel Aviv that I’ve seen seem to do a good job of taking care of their employees.
For example, at Israeli companies it’s common to have a break room full of coffee, tea, pretzels, drinks, and other snacks. It’s just all there waiting for you to eat and drink it. And it’s free.
Additionally, it’s pretty much standard for Israeli startups to give their employees a daily stipend for lunch. This normally comes in the form of a debit card that gets something like 20 shekels added to it per day.
That said, this generally means you’ll be eating at once of the restaurants that are part of the office building you’re working in. I hope you like falafel.
And that’s not even saying anything about the fact that if you want to be fit and healthy, you should be doing OMAD.
I suppose that’s my main problem with working in Tel Aviv – it’s kind of hard to work in Tel Aviv and stay ripped all year round. Not impossible, but hard.
For example, I remember when I was living in Tel Aviv, I started working for a startup that sold eyeglasses online. They were located just on the edge of Bnei Brak, so for me to get there every day required a 6k bike ride through Hayarkon Park.
Despite the fact that I was sitting down at a desk every day, the combined 12k that I was riding every day managed to offset that. They also let me work out from home regularly and I had a 20kg kettlebell that I would do a couple reps with every few hours.
But the temptation to snack is just too great at Israeli startups. I mean come on, you have a kitchen full of free food and EVERYONE is snacking. Plus you’re so bored from the job that you’ll go into the kitchen to snack just to break up the monotony of the day.
Personally, I don’t like working at Israeli companies. I remember getting fired once from an online casino because the manager told me I was too friendly. What?
I’ll never forget what he told me when he fired me. He said, “When you’re new someplace, be new.”
That actually turned out to be great advice. I have the habit of being too comfortable in new places. I think it comes off cocky and disrespectful.
A little social awkwardness goes a long way. Sounds strange because it gets such a bad rap, but I believe that being socially awkward is actually advantageous in certain situations.
The classic example in pickup is that if you are perceived to be much higher value than the girl, you need to do things to lower your value so she doesn’t think you’re out of her league. For example if she sees you as a celeb, and you come in acting as a celeb, she might be too intimidated to allow herself to open up to you.
However, if she sees you as a celeb and you admit some insecurity to her, it humanizes you. That, in turn, will cause her to see you as closer to her in terms of “value” (whatever that means) and make it more likely that she gets comfortable enough around you to get intimate.
That’s what they say, anyway.
In other words, by acting insecure you allow the other people in the conversation to lead, giving them confidence.
The cost of living in Tel Aviv (hint: it’s high)
Tel Aviv sounds like the perfect city, doesn’t it?
It really is.. for the most part. In fact the only thing that I don’t like about Tel Aviv now is the cost of living.
Let’s be honest – the cost of living in Tel Aviv is not cheap. It’s one of the most expensive cities in the world, despite being in a country where the average wage isn’t even $2000/month.
Now before we go any further, let me be clear: the lifestyle in Tel Aviv is SO AMAZING that just because there’s a high cost of living doesn’t mean you shouldn’t live there. Like I said earlier, nobody moves to Tel Aviv for the money.
That said, a high cost of living implies that you’ll have to get a job in Tel Aviv if you want to be able to make ends meet. And we went over that in the last section.
As you can tell, I’m not a fan.
Being a digital nomad in Tel Aviv
However, if you are able to put together some kind of online hustle and can make a couple thousand bucks a month, then living in Tel Aviv becomes a magical experience.
You’re able to visit the amazing beaches in Tel Aviv, experience the Tel Aviv nightlife, and eat all the yummy food in Tel Aviv – all without having to spend 40-50 hours a week in some stale corporate office with a bunch of low energy wageslaves.
Honestly, with what’s going on in today’s world, there’s no reason why every single human being on the planet shouldn’t have some sort of online income. And ideally you’d have multiple income streams.
It may sound complicated, but it’s really not that hard. You can do affiliate marketing, you can sell books on Amazon, or you can do dropshipping. There are literally thousands of options for you to make money online.
You probably think I’m going to pitch you on some kind of course, but I’m actually not. I mean sure, I have courses on Skillshare on how to make money online, but they’re free to watch if you join Skillshare.
But look, it doesn’t matter how you learn to make money online, if you want to live in Tel Aviv without getting obliterated by the high cost of living, then it’s in your best interest to figure out SOME WAY to make it happen.
Living in Tel Aviv is such an amazing experience, it’s hard to do it justice in a simple article like this. From the nightlife, to the dating scene, to the beaches and all the other stuff to do in Tel Aviv: it’s pretty fantastic.
I could write a ton about living in Tel Aviv. But was that helpful to you?
If you have any questions about living in Tel Aviv, let me know in a comment below!