Don't Go Bankrupt: These 10 Date Night Spots Are Both Beautiful & Affordable

Editors posted on 31 January

Being broke and being in love aren’t a match made in heaven. We know, because we’ve been there. We’ve had times when we’ve left home with a light pocket and the struggle of finding a cafe that won’t look like a slice of living hell with rusty fans and three-legged chairs.

With a little bit of research {and hounding our stingiest friends}, we found cafes and bars that should set you two back by close to INR 1,000 for two, but still guarantee a lot of pretty pictures {and good times}.

Pick from these options and bring the joy back into inexpensive dates.

Harry’s

If your date night checklist includes chugging beer, breezy balconies, and quaint yet boisterous places, Harry’s should fit in perfectly as your go-to. The bar has an ever-so-lively crowd, scrumptious food, and beer buckets starting at INR 749 {6 pints}.

Casual Dining

Shop 62, 2nd Floor, Khan Market, New Delhi

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Cafeteria & Co.

Dates are nothing if you and your SO aren’t holding hands, teary-eyed, waiting for the damn waiter to bring you your food. We kid, of course. Cafeteria & Co. finds their USP in serving up their delish food in a jiffy. The master chefs in their kitchen whip up amazing dishes, each one better than the other. So, if the wallet’s looking thin, this place’s hexizzas and pastas shall cater to your inner foodie’s every whim.

Cafes

G-14, Hudson Lane, GTB Nagar, New Delhi

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Morello’s/Jugmug Thela

These two gems in Champa Gali keep calling us back for everytime we’re craving an insane sugar fix or just want a good cup of tea without being in a closed, typical cafe setting. Share a freakshake and bagel at Morello’s, or sit across Jugmug’s wooden benches and keep those bad jokes coming over Vietnamese Iced Coffee and granny cakes. You two can also channel your inner hipsters and eat panini sandwiches.

PS: You know, some dates are amazing just because you’re drinking chai and sitting outdoors.

Cafes

Khasra 258, Gali 3, Next To Blue Tokai Coffee, West End Marg, Saidulajab, Saket, New Delhi

The Vintage Avenue

We have the Delhi University kids’ verdict on it. This pretty cafe wins for variety and heady cocktails. Sit on their floor cushions and have a long date here with hookah, wood-fired momos and naanza {pizza naan}. Make sure you click a lot of #CoupleGoals photos for your Instagram.

Casual Dining

2516, Hudson Lane, GTB Nagar, New Delhi

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Taj CCD

Coffee dates don’t get any better than those at Taj CCD. With its al fresco seating plan, your favourite cappuccinos and frappés, and a zappy vibe, this coffee haven makes for the best place to get your caffeine overdose and the overdue one-on-one with bae. If you’re lucky, you might find someone strumming their guitar and making it even more romantic {that someone can be you, too}.

Cafes

Pallavi AWWA Complex, Opp. Taj Palace Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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736 A.D.

If you’re wise, you’ll invest in their INR 90 for a pint {or potent LIITs} and stick to Chinjabi {chilli chicken for the win!}. They’ve got outdoor seating, and we’d suggest you try their hookah and sizzler. If you and bae stay close to Vijay Nagar, you’d have heard of this place for sure. It gets packed on the weekends and the Peri Peri Pizza is a crowd favourite.

Recommended by Rene Verma and Tushar Thapar

Casual Dining

G-15/B, Vijay Nagar, New Delhi

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Typsy Crow

Airy rooftop, cheap and chilled beer, and finger-lickin’ good food—Typsy Crow is a date night dream come true. They’ve got beer buckets starting at INR 500 {5 Kingfishers} and 5 Teacher’s at INR 599 {you’re going home smashed, btw}. Funky lights and potted plants make the rooftop just right for your next Insta post. Don’t miss out on the Peanut Butter Chicken Tikka.

Casual Dining

C-8, 2nd Floor, SDA, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

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Triveni Terrace Cafe

This is our favourite all-weather spot and its location helps as much as its ambience. The poha and cold coffee are a delight and the meat-eating partner almost always orders shaami kebab. We’d say, drop by on a cold evening for pakoras and stay back to enjoy their new dinner menu. We hear good things about the Parwal Kebab and Mutton Keema Chops.

Cafes

205, Tan Sen Marg, Opp. FICCI Auditorium, Mandi House, New Delhi

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Tales & Spirits

In the heart of the city, Tales & Spirits is a recent addition to the hangout scene. You can aim for this to be your next date spot, since they’ve got beer buckets starting at as low as INR 459 for 6 pints and delicious pizzas to devour. The place has a rustic ambience and has the usual chill music playing.

Bars

P-15/90, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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Rose Cafe

All day breakfast, delicious food, and stunning interiors – Rose Cafe is impossible to ignore when it comes to picking a date night spot. You won’t find booze here, but you’ll find the next best thing – affordable food with decor you can fill up that Insta feed with. They’ve also got a vegan menu you can go to town on.

Cafes

2, Westend Marg, Said Ul Ajaib, Saket, New Delhi