Where to spend time with me, myself & I in Tel Aviv
Drinking coffee alone is no big deal, it’s when we put away our phones and laptops that our insecurities rear their ugly head. Once a week, challenge yourself to the “solo coffee challenge” where you sip in total peace – no distractions allowed.
Great cafes for solo drinking:
Bookworm, Anastasia Café, The Streets, Shmanmonet café, NOLA American Bakery, The Little Prince, Bucke.
Ever notice how easily you space out when people talk? Yup, hectic city life will do that to ya! Time to rejuvenate the mind by listening to binaural beats – an auditory illusion that our brains perceive when two different sound frequencies are presented to our different ears at the same time. Both frequencies mesh and create a third signal – the binaural beat. This compels the brain to oscillate at the same as the beat, which calms us down and allows us to think more clearly.
Whether it’s a DIY facial, boozy bath, mani-pedi sesh or a full spa day – pampering is probably the poshest way to hang out with yourself.
Broke? Try these DIY face masks
Revitalizing mask: Mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.
Moisturizing mask: Mash one half of a banana and mix in 1 tablespoon of orange juice and 1 tablespoon of honey. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse.
Take advantage of Tel-Aviv’s many beaches and head on down there about half an hour before the sun sets. Daydream, think and observe in total peace while watching the sky turn pink.
Hit up one of your favorite restaurants alone, sit at the bar and get lost in your internal monologue (or chat up the cute bartender?). You know how they say that when one of your senses goes away, others grow stronger? If you treat yourself to a solo meal, your sense of taste will explode! Your brain isn’t busy socializing - it’s directing its full attention to the carbs on your plate and that is A-OKAY with us.
Where to eat alone in the city if:
You want to talk to people: Susu and Sons, Port Saaid, Café Habima, Java, Ouzeria
You want people to leave you alone: Nechama Vahetzi, Brasserie, Cafe Tachtit, Café Noir, Thai House
Be honest – when was the last time you soaked in a little culture? Treat yourself to a night at the ballet and watch "PIAF" by The Israel Ballet at The Opera House, visit a cool exhibit like “Tattoos – The Human Body as a Work of Art” at Eretz Israel Museum, or check out “The 48 Hour Film Project” at the Cinematheque.
Stroll Shuk HaCarmel at your own pace (without having to worry about losing your friends in the crowd) and buy the freshest vegetables and ingredients to prepare that one meal you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to.
Working out alone is the ultimate ‘you’ time! Think about it: It’s you, your body, your mind, your sweat – nothing else matters.
On a budget? Check out Freelates – A digital (and affordable) Pilates class.
Not afraid to sweat? Try a hot yoga class at Sol Studio.
Feeling frisky? Try a pole dancing class at Studio Xplace.
Want to feel like a kid? Try a trampoline fitness class at Yaffa Iftach Studio