There are few things more exciting than being young, free and single in the city.
Or even if you’re not so young, dating in a buzzing metropolis such as London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong or Paris is an adventure like no other.
There are immense opportunities to meet a lifelong partner or someone to warm your bed for a night:
Whatever you are looking for, the city has it.
Dating in the city is not without its challenges, though. With that in mind, here are ten tips for finding a love-match in a thriving metropolis.
You might feel that Tinder is already old hat. But there are a wealth of exciting apps that will get your smartphone buzzing with dating activity.
Whatever your age and interests, meeting your perfect match can be a ton more fun if you do it at the touch of a handy app.
Examples include Coffee Meets Bagel or you can check out Tinder for travelers…
One of the many great pleasures of dating in the world’s great cities is the enormous diversity of people and leisure activities.
Next time you are planning a date, get creative and try something new.
Ever considered dating in the dark, parasailing across the city or chilling in an ice bar?
Those are just some of the awesome ideas available for you and your date to enjoy.
Who knows where your adventures will take you?
Explore Unique City Features
A meal for two is always nice… but you can do that anywhere.
When you want to try something new, why not look at the unique aspects of wherever you live and share it with your gorgeous new date?
Try a London Eye capsule for two, having caricatures done in Montmartre, a cruise on an Amsterdam canal, an exhibition at MoMA… anything that shouts:
“We’re here, were now and we may just be falling in love…”
No Need to Be Shy
There is never any reason to be lonely in the capital.
If you are shy by nature, then find a group of like-minded people and focus on just enjoying city friendship first. Dating can follow soon after.
You could become a member of a top museum or gallery, or try a dance class, or join up a sports club for singles – your call, do whatever you feel like!
In the city, a date often finds you.
Hunt Romance Online
Bumping into “the perfect partner” is not always feasible.
That is one reason why very few people have reservations these days about online dating.
Sign up to a reputable dating site which suits your personal tastes – arty, teenage, over 60, sports-loving or whatever – and have some fun finding the perfect love match online.
It’s Not All Money, Money, Money
So your normal circles do not run to the smartest districts.
You don’t have to splash the cash to have the most fun.
City living is normally expensive, but all the more reason to shop around for fun ideas that will not cost the earth.
How about a comedy night, a university student union event, a street festival, book readings, an art happening or any of the other many low-cost high-fun options that can be found in every city?
Mix it Up
If your normal dating routine goes first date: coffee, second date: dinner and movie, etc, why not mix it up a little?
How about a last-minute surprise for him, or her, with tickets for their favorite band?
Or taking a risk by daring to try a hot pop-up restaurant in town?
Or, something outrageous yet memorable like a parachute jump?
Surprise yourself, surprise your date and you will reap the romantic benefits.
Mind Your Manners
Cities are, busy, pressurized places. The dating game can be fast-paced, but there is never any need to brush people off if you don’t click.
Be nice. Even when they might not deserve it. No need to tell them that you would rather date Shrek, just say a polite thank you and leave it at that.
It’s fabulous dating karma.
It’s date three. You like each other. You think you have the measure of one another’s tastes.
She plays in a symphony orchestra – take her to a tour of Banksy art in situ.
He lives for football – blow his mind with a night at the Covent Garden opera or La Scala.
Life is an adventure and you need a partner who can experience the best of all of it… starting now.
Finally, Always Play It Safe… Dating City Mostly
Don’t step out of your door on a first date without telling a family member or friend where you are going, and who with – Rule Number One.
Only meet in well-lit, busy places. Also, always keep a mobile and enough taxi fare with you. You can be safe and still have a heroic adventure worthy of memory.
If alarm bells ring, you can always leave.
Most people really are lovely, so simply avoid taking unnecessary risks and stay strictly on the fun side of dating.
You might be surprised how happiness tends to find those who are open to finding love.