So there seems to be some debate as to whether Tinder is a “hookup app,” or a means to find your one true love. The answer: No one knows. But, once you've found your match, what next? How are you going to decide where you want to go on your first date? And, on what basis are you going to select the place? Just for you, LIS has put together seven outlets with the most unique concepts and themes across India. Pick the one closest to you and have a wonderful evening.
1) Is he/she a bibliophile?
- Cafe Story, Elgin Road, Kolkata - A cafe-cum-art space that is a library
Cafe Story, Kolkata's first ever graphic novel-and comic-themed cafe, has a lot more to offer than just books to whet your appetite. Browse through the impressive collection of books of all genres and pick from an interesting spread of salads, falafels, pastas and risottos along with your date for the day. And with so many books around, one could either never run out of passionate discussions about authors or their ‘wordly’ adventures, or you can just hide behind a book to put an end to a boring conversation.
2) For the cycling enthusiasts
Ciclo Cafe, Chennai - India's first ever 'cycling cafe'
Ciclo Cafe, the first of its kind for India. Fancy a cappuccino along with your date on that cycle. An outlet where decor meets sports in the most unique way possible. Chandeliers designed from cycle chains. Tables that have wheel rims for their support. A row of bar stools which are made out of cycle frames. Yummy soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and more. Maybe the night will end in a romantic bicycle ride under a moonlit sky, à deux?
3) For the creative heads and social media fanatics
- Social is a social-cum-workspace for the laptop-toting, brunching, creative types spread across Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
Targeted at freelancers and creative heads, it is a co-working space that is perfect for work, play, delicious meals and everything in between. If you or your date likes updating his/her Facebook status every hour, this is the place. Social provides you with ample space and high-speed WiFi that ensures you do not miss out on letting your friends know about how much of fun you are having while sipping on your favourite drink and savouring the best macaroni and cheese with jalapenos. And, you can indulge the workaholic in you as well. Why not wrap up that presentation or reply to those piling emails in your official inbox while you’re waiting for your date? Either way, this is one place where you can let your hair down, while working or when you’re off duty…
4) For the communists
Chavadi, Bengaluru - A community culture cafe along with bar and grill
A cafe that has kept the community that was dying a slow death, alive. Chavadi helps people conduct interactions, debates and enormous number of small activities that kept the society alive for decades. What better way than knowing the thoughts and reactions of your date regarding social issues and varied topics, right? The owners too prefer calling it a community cafe that is open to workshops, events and debates. Perfect spot for sapiosexuals.
5) For the child in you, and your date
Hoppipola - An outlet where you can draw on your table, play with your food and drinks
Time for a play date, with your date? Located at 7 locations in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and soon coming to Kolkata; Hoppipola is where you can let your inner child come out and play, over drinks! Where drinks are served at affordable prices and where the table is actually a chalkboard - draw away your heart's content on it. And of course, JENGA! A childish yet fun date - sounds cute, doesn't it?
6) For the Green Lover
Saraya, Goa - An eco-friendly cafe and art space, which is perfect for the earthy, arty, organic souls
Get a whole new flavour of Goa that your palate hasn't experienced yet at Saraya. A date you don’t have to detox after. Go for a yoga class, meditate, attend art exhibitions, groove at the live music along with your date. The place is constructed using local materials like mud and bamboo making special efforts to incorporate as much nature as possible, this place will take you back to the old way of life.
P.s. All the dishes in the cafe is prepared using greens from their organic kitchen garden.
7) For the bikers
Biker's Cafe NH-22 at NH-1, near Harayana - A highway shack for bikers
NH-1 is a venture that was started by a biker himself who understood the discomforts of riding long distances at a stretch. Share your mutual love for bikes and bond over stories from the road of long bike tours while you tuck into some comfort food. Why not upgrade your bike with some new accessories while you’re there, as this café also retails some cool biking gear. Maybe the date will be start of many a biking adventure starring - the both of you!
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