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Can't Think Beyond The Candle Light Dinner? Here Are The 9 Offbeat First Date Ideas That Don't Include Restaurants

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - May 9, 20246 min read

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If you spend a majority of the time on your first date talking to each other, you’re more likely to continue dating. So, here are the 9 first date ideas in Delhi-NCR that should help break the ice, and best of all, might ensure you actually have fun even if your date turns out to be a disaster. But here we're hoping that it all goes according to plan.


1. Modern & Contemporary Art Museum & Other Galleries

For the more culturally inclined, and less adventurous, Delhi has a host of excellent galleries and exhibits. The National Gallery of Modern Art is an excellent starting point, unless you know your art, and therefore will have your own picks of where to go.

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Address: Shershah Road Near India Gate Jaipur House (Get Direction)

Contact Number: 011 2338 4640

Entry Fee: ₹ 20–500


2. Delhi By Cycle

So, you can take each other for a ride. Forgive us, we had to go for it. A perfect way to ask someone out casually. We recommend the Old Delhi route, you’ll be part of a larger group, so there’s no pressure. It starts at the crack of dawn though, so if you’re not a morning person, this might not be a good fit.


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Address: Second Floor, Asif Ali Road Near Delite Cinema (Get Direction)

Contact Number: 98117 23720



3. Real Life Escape Games At Ctrl. Shift. Esc

Get this, you’re trapped in a room with a timer and ample clues. You have sixty minutes to figure your way out of the room, and into each other's arms, crack codes, solve puzzles and escape. If it doesn’t go too well, the need to escape each other will make you excel in the actual game. So, you can walk away with at least one win. Book a game for two, or play as part of a larger group.


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Address: SCO 309, Basement, Sector Rd, Sector 29, Gurugram (Get Direction)

Contact Number: 96547 43138


4. Bowling & Video Games At Yes Minister

Formerly Essex Farms, now revamped and snazzy, you can surprise your date here, play a game of air hockey, compete in those basketball booths, and if you’re really looking to play, test your game in the bowling alleys. They now have beer pong tables as well! 


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Address: Essex Farms, 4, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Vijay Mandal Enclave, Kalu Sarai (Get Direction)

Contact Number: 97114 95495


5. Heritage Walks

Pick a route, pick a company, and sign up for a curated walking tour. The heritage walks in Mehrauli Archeological Parks, Hauz Khas, Lodi Garden, and Jama Masjid are great bets, but best to be mindful of the weather and time of day. You don’t want to be out in a sweat for all the wrong reasons. Men, don’t wear running shoes with jeans. Just putting it out there.


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6. Live Gigs At Akshara Theatre

Ever so often, homegrown artists host small, intimate gigs at Akshara, either as previews or as part of an EP launch. Equipped to seat a 100 people, the theatre itself, is perfect for a first date, small and intimate, and dim.


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Address: 11-B Baba Kharak Singh Marg, besides Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, (Get Direction)

Contact Number: 011 2336 1075


7. Light And Sound Show At Purana Qila

One, you’ll never forget your first date, and secondly, attention is on the show, until you can relax and be easy around each other. PS: It’s actually a super show, and there’s something romantic about its setting. ALWAYS call ahead to check the availability and timings in advance.


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Address: Mathura Rd, Near Delhi Zoo, New Delhi (Get Direction)

Contact Number: 011 2336 5358

Entry Fee: ₹ 20–200


8. Trivia Nights At Speakeasy - Cocktails & Dreams

Hosted every alternate Friday, the bar is intimate enough for you to be able to get really close. Also, skip the awkward first thirty minutes by participating in the trivia. By the time it's over, you’ll be comfortable enough to start talking. PS: Watch your competitive streak, one of us has lost many a suitor by overdoing the need to win.


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Cost For Two: INR 2500

Contact: +91 98 1099 9086

Address: SCO 23, Behind Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15 (Get Direction)


9. Ice-Cream At India Gate

For the ladies, security is tight in the area, so you can relax about the unnecessary attention (We meant from bystanders). But you might want to rethink this date if that wasn’t your first thought. We recommend you visit after sunset, if nothing else, your surroundings will give you plenty to talk about.


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Address: Jaipur House, Shershah Road, India Gate (Get Directions)


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