Dating tips: the guide to fun date ideas
Updated 24 Jan 2019
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 trips to the casino to medieval restaurants, that are guaranteed to raise the stakes and get the pulse racing. Follow our guide to fun dates in Stockholm.
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).
Surbrunnsgatan 33, Vasastan
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.
Tellusgången 22-24, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
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.
Arenavägen 69, Johanneshov
Feeling lucky tonight?
Lucky in cards or love? If you and your date feel like testing your luck in cool, movie-scene surroundings, this casino on Kungsgatan is a fun place to meet. The casino is Sweden's largest, housing some 400 slot machines and almost 50 gaming tables for classic games such as Black Jack, Roulette and Poker. They also hold other events such as live entertainment and the restaurant is open until 5am.
Kungsgatan 65, Norrmalm/City
Test your ability to work together Testa samarbetsförmågan
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.
Döbelnsgatan 12, City/Vasastan
Perfect summer activity
If you're both competitive people, who also enjoy being out in the great outdoors, Järva Discgolf Park is the perfect place for you. At this world-renowned 27 hole course, which suits both beginners and elite players, you can play a round of frisbee golf, with the loser standing the winner a good dinner afterwards at the course's Whitehouse restaurant.
Folks flock to Boulebar Tanto for summery park life. With its location right by the waterfront promenade in Hornstull, it's the perfect spot for soaking up the sun, playing a game of boules and having something good to eat and drink. Round off the evening down by the water - a perfectly smooch-friendly spot. Playing boules in Tanto is a perfect date activity during the summer months.
Tantogatan 85, Hornstull/Södermalm
The fast-growing sport of padel tennis has exploded in Sweden and more and more sporty types are chosing to try the somewhat simplified form of tennis. The fun, fast and sociable sport is played in pairs and anyone can play - even those with rather limited ball skills. Challenge another couple and show off you and your date's superior teamwork skills.
Palermogatan 34, Gärdet
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?
Rökerigatan 23, Johanneshov
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.
Odengatan 87, Vasastan
Gröna Lund amusement park offers masses of fun activities for a successful date. If music is your thing, time your visit to coincide with one of their outdoor concerts during the summer months. Otherwise, pick a concert-free evening for shorter queues for the rides, house of horrors, pentathlon and bars. Seriously, is there anything more romantic than a ride for two on a ferris wheel?
Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, Djurgården
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?
Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
An evening in Greece
Does a charter trip to Greece feel like too large a step in your relationship? Then why not visit just for the evening - without leaving Stockholm. At Mamma Mia The Party you'll enjoy a tasty Greek dinner at the same time as you enjoy the glittering song and dance show to Abba's always-popular hits. Guaranteed light-hearted fun!
Gröna Lund, Djurgården
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.
Närkesgatan 6, Södermalm
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.
Stora Nygatan 43, Old Town
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.
Södermannagatan 27, Södermalm
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.
Bryggerivägen 10, Bromma
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.
Drottninggatan 88 ög, Norrmalm/City
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.
Sankt Eriksgatan 82, Vasastan
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.
Vasaplan 4, Norrmalm/City