Cheap date? No problem
There's nothing more romantic than spoon feeding each other silky custard while taking in HaKerem's hipster vibes. If you haven't become addicted to this 10 shekel snack, it's because you've yet to try it. The custardy rose-flavored dessert is served with your choice of toppings, from sauces and nuts to cookie bits—you’ll love its versatility, and so will your date!
On top of being a funky underground bar off of the beaten–Carmel Market–path, every Tuesday, The Space transforms into an out-of-this-world Jazz club. Each week brings a new understanding to the word 'jazz,' from contemporary to bebop to the indefinable...and the best part: it's all free. Let the charming trios set the mood, plus if you're worried about what to talk about, there's always music to fill the void.
When it comes to contemporary design, Israelis do two things very well: fashion and art. From photography and sculpture to painting and multimedia works, Israeli art galleries are rife with burgeoning talents and veteran artists, championing both local and international names. With the large pool of artists, comes a large pool of FREE galleries, which means many, many gallery openings paired with all the free wine in the world. Let your spidey senses guide you towards the shekeless sauv-blanc and colorful ambiance.
No camera can quite capture the gallery-worthy watercolor paintings one calls Mediterranean sunsets. Grab a bottle of Israeli wine and walk hand-in-hand down to any beach in Tel Aviv. If things are going swimmingly after the first bottle, a midnight dip in the bathtub-like ocean can really 'wet' your appetites.
You haven't truly tested your relationship until you've reached the island of Catan and tried to convince your partner that three sheep is worth one brick. Plus, one round of Monopoly helps you to gauge whether your potential partner is responsible or not: Can they pay their rent and utilities? What about property ownership? Are they willing to splurge on a hotel room? All these questions can be answered at the roll of a dice at Hour Space's "Game Night"–unlimited board games for a 20-shekel note (NOTE: Hour Space does not accept Monopoly money).
Can't afford to see the Red Band at Zappa, or even Jane Bordeaux? Zappa and Sarona Market have joined forces to offer free Tuesday evening concerts that feature some of the best local live talent. The energy is positive, the vibes are chill, and it's all bound to rub off on you and your date too.
If you're the more active type, going for a romantic bike ride along the tayelet is a perfect way to go. While sweating profusely in front of the potential man of your dreams might sound repulsive, it may just give off the pheromones you need to inspire another date.
Every Saturday, as Shabbat comes to a close, a friendly Co-ED football game takes place at the stunning Charles Clore Garden. Followed by a sunset beer along the shoreline, this unbeatable combo lets you show your date what you're made of, but also grab a beer all in one. (Check out the football club FB page).
While the free English-speaking comedy scene is much smaller here (limited to the Dancing Camel on Wednesdays or Jessica Bar on Sundays), there's still something special about sitting in the front row of a comedy club hand-in-hand with your date as each comedian tries to single you two out in a different embarrassing way. Just remember, if you can make it through a comedy roast, you can make it through a roast dinner with your significant other's parents.