Swipe Right: 8 Best Budget Spots To Take Your Tinder Date In Bangalore

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    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.

    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.

    Timings: 9am - 5pm for dine-in

    Cafe On The Way

    Cafe On The Way

    Koramangala, Bangalore

    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. You might want to call in advance to reserve your table.

    For Brownie Points: Order the Belgian Waffles drizzled with honey and chocolate syrup. She can’t say no to that. Or your ordering skills.

    Timings: 8am - 5pm for dine-in

    TherPup - A Dog Cafe

    TherPuP - A Dog Cafe

    Whitefield, Bangalore

    If your date's bio reads ‘dog lover’, forget all of the above spots and take the special 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. If you do get hungry after a good deal of time with the doggos, they have a good range of Continental offerings like pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and salads. They have also newly introduced a line of rice bowls bowls.

    For Brownie Points: Take candid pictures. Please.

    Timings: 9am - 6pm for dine-in

    Cafe Down The Alley

    Cafe Down The Alley

    Banashankari, Bangalore

    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 pizzas and pastas as well as the coffee that comes with comic-themed latte art keep things fun! Do know that they do have a couple options omitted in the menu as they're still in the reopening process. However, the experience is mostly the same!

    For Brownie Points: Selfie by the Justice League mural!  

    Timings: 11am - 5:30pm for dine-in.

    Go Native

    Go Native

    Jayanagar, Bangalore

    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 the Cheesy Mushroom Stuffed Focaccia.  

    For Brownie Points: Sit by the al-fresco balcony seating area. 

    Timings: 9am - 5pm for dine-in 

    Courtyard Cafe

    The Courtyard

    Shanti Nagar, Bangalore

    For a more laidback and fun-filled date, head to The Courtyard on KH Road. We love this place not just because of its stunning interiors but also for the open lawn spaces where you can take a stroll after the meal as you talk. Moreover, if the date isn't going as good, the place ensures you still have a good time because of the many live events that take place there. Do know that the menu is staggered and we wholly vouch for their starters and mains.

    For Brownie Points: Sit by the lawn for a wholesome good vibes + good gram scene.

    Timings: 9am - 5pm for dine-in

    Ambrosia

    Ambrosia

    RajaRajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore

    Not the closest spot in town, for those of you vegetarians living in the south-west Bangalore, this restaurant on the rim of the city periphery is just perfect for a quality date. They specialise in Continental cuisine with Italian being the mainstay. Their pastas (read: Masala Mafia) are tasty and so are their appetizers, we loved their hummus and pita. If you like to keep things classy and just the ideal bit of romantic, we suggest you place your rears on their outdoor seating and enjoy the weather along with the company, of course. However, if you live on the other side of town, a long drive is something you would fancy, eh?  

    For Brownie Points: Sit on the lawn and take in the lush greenery around.

    Timings: 11am - 5pm for dine-in


    Bohemians

    Bohemians

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    Could we ever leave out Indiranagar from this list? Naah, no chance. Bohemians is a quaint little tucked up cafe that is the ideal setting for brewing all stories filled with love. Enjoy with soon-to-be-bae (we're rooting for you) sprawled on their cushioned seats with homely interiors of the hall or chill with the weather by seating outside. While they offer a multicuisine fare, we highly recommend the Greek Flatbreads and their Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream. The boho vibe of the place is just perfect to add on to the chemistry between you guys. 

    Brownie Points: Couch yourself on their sofa seating inside for a more cozy and comfortable experience.

    Timings: 9am - 5pm for dine-in

    Pro-Tip

    We won't just suggest places for the best dates without letting you know what you need to wear to your best. For the best date night outfits head here and here.

    COVID-19 Tip: Most restaurants and cafes are open for dine-in only till 5-6 pm at 50% seating capacity as adhering to government guidelines. They are all following social distancing and sanitisation measures.