Tel Aviv is a city that is in a perpetual state of change. Businesses come and go, buildings are built and demolished, and the latest fad gets replaced by something new in the flash of an eye. Things happen so fast, sometimes it can be hard to keep up—for locals and foreigners alike!
To make sure you’re in the loop, here’s the latest topics and trends that Tel Avivians have been raving about. After reading this list, you’ll be able to join in on all the conversations you hear like a local that’s truly in the know.
Tel Aviv is a huge technology hub. In fact, there’s over 2,000 high-tech companies in this city, and one out of every ten jobs is in the high-tech sector. With so many people working in high tech, it’s naturally a hot topic of conversation among locals.
Cost of Living
This year, Tel Aviv was rated the ninth most expensive city in the world—beating even New York and Los Angeles. You can often overhear Tel Avivians complaining about how much everything costs here, from food to rent.
Israeli politics are messy and complex. You are sure to overhear locals passionately speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the latest Bibi scandal anywhere you go in Tel Aviv.
Since everyone is in the loop with the latest high-tech trends here, it’s not uncommon to hear people getting into heated debates about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
With over 400 vegan and vegetarian restaurants, Tel Aviv is known as the vegan capital of the world. You are sure to meet many vegans all over this city who will undoubtedly spark conversations about the topic. You can even find hundreds of them regularly congregating on Rothschild Boulevard to protest against the meat industry.
This app is a wildly popular way to find dates here. It seems like every single person in Tel Aviv has used Tinder before, and it has become a great topic of conversation among friends who want to share the juicy details about their latest Tinder fling.
Let’s face it, Tel Avivians love weed. You can find people toking up inside bars, at restaurants, and strolling down the street. Since it’s so accepted here, and it’s already been decriminalized, many people are hoping marijuana will be legalized sometime in the future.
Espresso, cappuccino, latte, americano, cortado—no matter your preferences, you can find fantastic coffee all over this city. Tel Avivians are serious about their coffee, and they will gladly debate with you over which cafe makes the best brew.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Zoë Biehl is a full-time freelance writer and editor with an insatiable passion for travel. Originally from New York, she now happily calls Tel Aviv home.