Dating tips: the guide to fun date ideas
Updated 4 Nov 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
Does a dinner-and-a-movie date feel a bit old hat? Whether your relationship is still in the early stages, or if you've been a couple for a while, it's always fun to find something exciting and a bit different to do together. If you want to surprise your crush or partner with an unusual experience, there's a huge range of date activities to try in Stockholm. We've rounded up a range of options, from virtual reality to medieval restaurants, that are guaranteed to raise the stakes and get the pulse racing. Follow our guide to fun dates in Stockholm.
Norra BrunnSurbrunnsgatan 33, Vasastan
Test your date's sense of humour
Being able to laugh together is considered one of the most important aspects of a relationship. So why not test your date's sense of humour at a stand-up night at Norra Brunn comedy club? Sweden's top stand-up comedians such as Johan Glans, Johan Rheborg, Henrik Schyffert and Magnus Betnér all perform here. Enjoy a good dinner before the show or hang out in the bar. (Nb if your or your date's Swedish isn't quite up to scratch, contact the club to find out when their next English-speaking performance will be).
KlättercentretTellusgången 22-24, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
To new heights
If you and your date fancy doing something physical, climbing could be the perfect option. Perhaps not most people's first choice for a first date, but great fun once you've got to know each other a little better. You'll find Klättercentret, Sweden's national arena for climbing, on Telefonplan. The centre has climbing for all different ability levels.
TolvArenavägen 69, Johanneshov
An entire evening
This vast entertainment complex takes up some 12 000 square metres on the ground floor of Tele2Arena by Globen. You'll find masses of different activities to keep you busy for a the whole evening. As well as bowling, mini-golf, billiards, shuffleboard and arcade games, you'll also find one of Europe's largest sports bars here, as well as a selection of other restaurants and bars.
Escape Room Stockholm – QuezzleDöbelnsgatan 12, City/Vasastan
Test your ability to work together
Escape Room is really a group activity, so why not invite along one or two other couples and spend an evening together? Various clues help you figure your way out of a locked, themed room - but you've only got an hour to do it. You'll need to work together and use various clues and objects in the room to figure out a way to escape.
MoyagiBrunkebergstorg 3, Norrmalm/City
Japanese singing experience
Do you dare sing your heart out in front of your date? If so, take him/her along to Moyagi karaoke bar on Brunkebergstorg. You'll get a private room equipped with a microphone each, 85,000 songs to choose from and the option of ordering Asian finger food. Why not sing a cheesy duet?
If you fancy trying your hand at the French national sport, boules, while enjoying southern French food and drink, head to one of Boulebar's locations. The Tantolunden Boulebar is open during the summer months; soak up the sun and round off the evening down by the waterfront (a particularly smooch-friendly spot). Visiting Boulebar is an ideal date activity - all year round.
Gokart StockholmRökerigatan 23, Johanneshov
For the really competitive
Gokart is a fun activity for dating couples who enjoy a bit of speed and adrenaline. But Gokart Stockholm is more than just go-karting; they also have segways, pentathlons and other fun competitive activities. If you're hungry afterwards you can round off the date with a simple dinner. Loser pays?
FotografiskaStora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
A cultural and culinary experience
If both of you are culturally inclined and want to visit one of Stockholm's best museums with fantastic views, Fotografiska - the Museum of Photography - is the place to go. As well as exploring the museum's excellent exhibitions, don't miss the award-winning on-site restaurant with its beautiful panoramic views over the entrance to Stockholm harbour. Or why not round off your date with a drink at the bar?
Ugglan Boule & BarNärkesgatan 6, Södermalm
Youth club for grown-ups
Boules, board games, shuffleboard, air hockey and much more, all in relaxed surroundings. What could be better? If both of you like laid-back, unpretentious spots, with light food and a great selection of drinks, a visit to Ugglan could be a the perfect choice for your date. You're guaranteed to have a great time here just the two of you, or you could choose to invite a few other friends along and make an evening of it.
Sjätte TunnanStora Nygatan 43, Old Town
Time machine to the middle ages
Sjätte Tunnan is a restaurant and bar that works a bit like a time machine. Travel with your date back in time to the middle ages and enjoy an evening of mead and rustic Swedish homecooking. Some evenings also include live entertainment in the form of fire eaters, belly dancers and magicians. Talk about a memorable date.
K KaraokeOdengatan 87, Vasastan
A real icebreaker
This activity might not be the first thing you think of when one of you suggests a date but if you're both feeling brave karaoke can be a real icebreaker. Sing your heart out to Mariah Carey or Michael Jackson, choose fun songs for each other and let your hair down. Whether you're a pair of songbirds or not, you're guaranteed to have a great evening with lots of laughs.
SvartklubbenSödermannagatan 27, Södermalm
If you're comfortable with each other
Svartklubben ("the black club") is possibly not the best choice for couples heading out on their first date - when you want to be able to see each other properly. But if you feel comfortable enough with each other dinner at Svartklubben, where you eat your meal in complete darkness, could be a really fun and unusual date. Book tickets in advance and head into the darkness for a date you'll never forget.
Bodyflight StockholmBryggerivägen 10, Bromma
Float free together
Want to get that floating in the clouds feeling with your date? Then perhaps it's time to try Bodyflight together - a thrilling activity in which you "fly" in Sweden's first and the world's highest wind tunnel. It's not cheap, but for a couple celebrating a special occasion, or who just want to treat themselves to an exclusive and unusual experience, it's well worth it.
CentralbadetDrottninggatan 88 ög, Norrmalm/City
If you're comfortable enough with each other to wander around in your bathing suits, a spa experience is a relaxing and intimate date activity. Have a swim in the main swimming pool, dip into the various spa pools or just hang out in one of the many sun loungers. There's even a restaurant where you can enjoy a good dinner or cold drink.
CapitolSankt Eriksgatan 82, Vasastan
A classier cinema experience
A 'normal' cinema date isn't always the best idea if you're just starting to get to know each other. But if you want to see a really good film, and at the same time eat dinner and spend some time together, Capitol is the perfect movie date. With two cinema screens and an intimate bistro under the same roof, this Art Deco movie house provides a slightly more grown-up and stylish cinema experience. You can even take a glass of wine and something to eat in to the film with you.
Icebar Stockholm by IcehotelVasaplan 4, Norrmalm/City
An ice cold, unique experience
Step into Stockholm's own little igloo, made entirely of crystal clear ice from Lappland. Even the drink glasses are made of ice and the temperature inside is a constant minus five degrees. You book your visit in advance and warm clothes, gloves and a cocktail are included in the price. A perfect first stop on your date night - the cold, intimate atmosphere makes you want to cosy up and get close.