Swipe Right: 7 Best Spots To Take Your Tinder Date In The City When You Are Super Broke

Sreepathy posted on 01 June

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 guy} 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.

A Hole Lotta Love

Breakfast dates are a thing. And if you are asking her out for one, then this is where you need to head. Rooftop, quirky interiors, good music, and a yum menu that’s pocket-friendly are what you get here. Waffles and pancakes are between INR 100 and INR 200, while a breakfast platter would cost around INR 200. Fresh juice of the day comes highly recommended and it’s for just INR 60. See, you are more or less sorted with the food part of the date. The rest, my good sir, is up to you.

For Brownie Points: Order the utterly sweet Funky Monkey Waffles in case you want to indulge your date. Oh, and there’s a pool table too in case you want to make things interesting. Who knows, she could be the Carmen to your Vincent — A The Colour of Money reference in case you didn’t get it.

Casual Dining

59, 1st Floor, Diagonally Opp. JNC, Industrial Layout, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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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.

Cafes

1136, Above Andhra Bank, 17th Cross Road, Muneswara Nagar, Sector 7, HSR Layout, Bengaluru

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The Mad Tea Pot

If books, home decor, and Pinterest are what your date is into, a date at this cafe inside a furniture store comes highly recommended. It’s got a vegetarian menu that’s straight out of Enid Blyton’s world of fairies, pixies, goblins, and naughty boys and girls. Where to sit? The really adorable corner that is done up with bookshelves with an eclectic collection of tomes, colourful buntings, a vibrant rug and two matching rainbow-hued upholstered chairs. What to order? The gigantic desserts and tea.

For Brownie Points: Pick something for her from the store. It could be anything as small as a planner to something like a colourful mug or some fancy wooden clips for hanging photos.

Cafes

The Wishing Chair, 295-296, 1st Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru

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Third Wave Coffee Roasters

If it’s a coffee date, then TWCR is where you need head to. Lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and their own selection of coffee come highly recommended. A drink for two would cost you somewhere around INR 400. Sit back in one of those plush sofas and chat away while sipping on some really good brew. Oh, and the very hipster-ish vibes of this place will rub off well on the two of you as well.

For Brownie Points: The seat by the wall-art are a bit more private than the sofas, just so you know.

Cafes

984, 80 Feet Main Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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Marzipan Cafe & Bakery

Even if it’s a casual date, you need to take her to a place that’s quaint and cute. Enter this cafe and bakery in CBD side with its blue and white interiors, cheerful ambience, and super comfy seating. Mediterranean is what’s on the menu along with dessert and bakes. Stick to the desserts and you’ve a sweet date and a bill under INR 500, but in case you want to splurge, we recommend trying some Moussaka or Spanakopita.

For Brownie Points: The cane swing-like chairs by the bookshelf is a good place to swing, talk, and have a good time.

Bakeries

8/1, Near Ulsoor Lake, Ulsoor Road, Ulsoor, Bengaluru

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A Cafe

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.

Cafes

11, 7th Cross Road, Next To Raheja Residency, 3rd Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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TherPup - A Dog Cafe

If her bio reads ‘dog lover’, forget all of the above spots and take her 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 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.

Cafes

13, White Rose Layout, Abhayadhama Road, Mahadevpura, Whitefield, Bengaluru