It’s tough enough being single in Bangalore and with Tinder being unkind to Indians in general, getting a date is like getting a reservation on IRCTC during the season. That being said, when you finally do get that elusive first date, joy knows no bounds. But hold your horses, because now you need to pick that spot for your first date. You can’t pick something too fancy (unless you are that kind of a person) nor a place that gives off Vasudeva Adiga vibes. Somewhere in between is what you want. Sparks and fireworks not guaranteed, these cafes, all-day breakfast places, and bakeries are perfect spots for the date and your wallet.
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Sector 7 Cafe
If your date’s living on the other side of Koramangala, take her out to this cute cafe in HSR. Known for their thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches and breakfast menu, a meal for two will cost you somewhere between INR 400 and INR 600. Maroon 5 and Coldplay will set the tone for the evening, while the al fresco table for two is the perfect spot to enjoy the evening breeze, the Virgin Mojitos, and the cheesy pizzas. Admire the fairy lights or your attractive date, in any case, this cafe can make dates casual yet comfortable.
For Brownie Points: If things go well, take a selfie near the entrance — a pretty spot with lights, bookshelves, and a fish bowl.
Cafe Pink Pajamas
This quirky cafe in Kalyan Nagar is straight out of Alice In Wonderland. And should make for a nice conversation starter too. We’re talking bright blue walls with pop culture posters on them, mismatched furniture with different kinds of tables and chairs in every spot. Each chair is upholstered in a different funky pattern and colour, and a proper cafe counter is complete with a display case full of quick bites. The menu include pastas, thin crust pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches. Wash it all down with their mocktails or smoothies, or stick to your teas and coffees if it's that kind of date. Everything is reasonably priced and a meal for two will leave you about INR 600 short.
For Brownie Points: We hear the plush blue couches are the best seat in the house. What you do with the information is entirely up to you!
Cafe On The Way
This quaint little cafe is known for its all-day breakfasts, sandwiches, and hot chocolate. The ambience is relaxing and casual with an al fresco seating. Throw in fairy lighting, greens, and comfortable seating and wooden tables, you have yourself a perfect setting for an evening date.
For Brownie Points: Order the Belgian Waffles drizzled with honey and chocolate syrup. She can’t say no to that. Or your ordering skills.
TherPup - A Dog Cafe
If your date's bio reads ‘dog lover’, forget all of the above spots and take the speecial one to this doggie paradise located far, far away (beyond Whitefield). You don’t need to do much on this date, just make sure that you get a lot of candid pictures of your date having a ball of a time with the pooches. Food is secondary here, just order a sandwich, fries, and coke, and your bill would stand at around INR 500. But, trust us when we say this, you’ll hardly be eating. With wagging tails and wet noses in abundance, there’s no way you can mess this first date up.
For Brownie Points: Take candid pictures. Please.
Cafe Down The Alley
If your date's a Marvel or DC fan, then there's nothing like Cafe Down The Alley's comic-themed space. Your date will be amazed by the brightly lit spacious cafe, and the superhero murals and posters that line the walls and pillars. The cafe offers nice, comfy seating plus, bean bags for you to lounge around and relax. Plus, board games to pass time while you are waiting for food or to avoid any awkward silences. The menu isn't ''super' though, but hey, the sandwiches and pastas as well as the coffee that comes with comic-themed latte art keep things fun!
For Brownie Points: Selfie by the Justice League mural!
It's the tropical greenery, the earthy interiors with soft lighting, and each corner created with a dash of style and space that does the trick. And when the menu is organic and the space is minimalist in ambience, you've got yourself a nice little South Bangalore date spot.Most dishes in the menu are dependent on the availability of seasonal and local ingredients. But you can expect delicious munchies such as the Lotus Stem Paneer Tikki and Cheesy Mushroom Stuffed Focaccia.
For Brownie Points: Sit by the al-fresco balcony seating area.