According to a recent date survey, the average American woman wants at least five date ideas for any one date. That is quite a lot of money, time and effort.
Luckily for you (and your date), there are some cities that offer such as wide variety of date ideas that the only problem will be deciding what exactly it is that you would like to do.
These ten cities have been ranked based on things such as their choice in date night restaurants, attractions and activities which all contribute towards a city’s dateability factor. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away or just something to do with your significant other this coming Friday night, these cities will surely help you out. Just make sure not to plan anything too extravagant or they might start getting suspicious.
By date night restaurants we mean both the price range and food type of the date restaurant (e.g. If you and your date like fine dining, French cuisine or Italian). The more expensive date restaurants in each city were given a higher importance when ranking these cities. To keep it simple, we only included one date restaurant per city which was deemed to be the best according to user reviews (such as Yelp) and preference (the most popular date restaurant for each city).
The attractions listed are also ranked based on their popularity among tourists but also on what they offer such as unique date activities for couples . While tourist attractions may seem like an easy option, you will actually get better value out of doing something less known while exploring a new place together.
For date ideas such as wine tours and brewery tours we only included the larger companies with positive reviews. It is true that you can do these kinds of date activities on your own but it will be much more fun to go through one of the industry leaders because then you get to enjoy their perks and guides without having to pay extra or plan anything for yourself.
The date activities listed are some of the most unique date ideas which you can find in each city. These date options are not ranked based on their popularity, but rather on our personal experience using them ourselves! Here are ten date ideas that are unique, fun and cheap (or even free!)
1) Chicago, Illinois, USA
Thin crust and deep dish pizza // date restaurant
The bean (Cloud Gate)
Chicago is a date night hotspot thanks to its top notch date restaurants, attractions and date activities. Chicago offers the perfect date combination of fine dining, world famous tourist attractions and unique date ideas such as brewery tours or paint nights .
With over 113 date restaurants in Chicago alone you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to where to take your date next (or read our comprehensive guide on where Parisians like to eat out ). However, we feel that one of the most romantic date spots in all of Chicago has got to be Cafe Marie-Jeanne . This quaint French bistro dishes up some spectacular cuisine just steps away from the magnificent Cloud Gate aka The Bean at Millennium Park.
Chicago date restaurant tip: If you want to have a date night on the other side of town check out Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap . This popular date hotspot is located right off the interstate and has an amazing selection of beer, wine and food!
The bean (Cloud Gate) // date activity
Take A Boozy Tour // unique date idea
With so much choice when it comes to date activities in Chicago we had to narrow it down to one that we feel represents the city best and offers something that no other does! That is why we chose Take A Boozy Tour as our number one date idea in Chicago because not only will you get to visit all of your favorite attractions such as Navy Pier, The Bean and Shedd Aquarium but you also get to drink lots of beer!
Take A Boozy Tour is the perfect date activity for those that prefer to combine date activities with date restaurants. You can choose between different tour options such as the Navy Pier Beer Cruise , The Lakefront Brewery Tour or even opt for an all day combo deal where you can enjoy unlimited drinks plus entry into popular attractions like the Skydeck Chicago !
2) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Reading Terminal Market // date restaurant City Hall & Love Park // date attraction Martin’s Pretzels // date activity
Philadelphia scores second on our list thanks to its rich history and wide range of date activities ranging from brewery tours to date restaurants . However, we decided that one date idea stood out from the rest and so it is taking the number two spot!
Reading Terminal Market is a fun food market that has been feeding Philadelphia with fresh produce since its opening in 1893. The Market is located just a few steps away from City Hall and Love Park , both of which are date hotspots with their unique architecture and interesting history. Reading Terminal Market’s wide array of food stalls make it an ideal date restaurant as you can choose the cuisine of your choice such as Mexican, French or even vegan (grab some free samples as well!) as well as having something to drink (even beer on tap).