75 Perfect Philly Dates

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

It may be a many-splendored thing. It may be all we need. It may be patient and kind, and any number of beautiful things lovers and poets have observed over the years. But also? Love in all its forms — whether we’re talking about finding it, keeping it or getting over it — seems different now, in the Age of Tinder and Free Porn.

And yet some things never change: We still want to connect, we still want to be swept off our feet, we still want the butterflies. Despite our wildly busy, often unromantic daily lives, finding love — and keeping the flame alive — is still a worth-it endeavor.

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Great First Dates in Philadelphia

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

If You Want to Say: “I’m Sporty”

Make a Date For: Biking the Schuylkill River Trail. Set a slow pace so you can talk. (No need to prove you’re a Weekend Warrior just yet.)

If It’s Going Well: Pedal to the Conshohocken Brewing Co. (it’s past Manayunk if you’re coming from the city) and have suds and snacks—the bar is located along the banks and has plenty of bike parking. Conshohocken, 610-897-8962.

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Great Group Dates in Philadelphia

Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Jump

Sign your crew up for a block of time at Sky Zone trampoline park — jump times start every hour — grab your free Sky Socks, and feel like kids together for a while. Pre-gaming not recommended. Multiple locations.

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Great Offline Dates for Online Daters in Philadelphia

Menagerie Coffee. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Menagerie Coffee. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

What: One of the “it” cafes
Why: A minimal time commitment in case the Web-to-life sparks aren’t flying.
A Few to Try: Menagerie Coffee (Old City, no phone), for the rustic-meets-urban decor and unpretentious vibe; Shot Tower (Queen Village, 267-886-8049), a mecca for the coffee-obsessed where you can perch on a stool at the window bar for some well-lit (read: #nofilter) getting-to-know-you time; Grindcore House (Pennsport, 215-839-3333), a vegan, punk, edgy spot that is itself a conversation starter.

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Great Cheap Dates in Philadelphia

The Chocolate Cafe in Shane Confectionery. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

The Chocolate Cafe in Shane Confectionery. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

1. The Franklin Special

How apt that this Founding Father-themed date would go easy on the budget. (A penny saved … ) Stroll across the Ben Franklin Bridge’s southside walkway, enjoy the (toll-free) view of the city, and then warm up with hot chocolate at the Franklin Fountain spin-off Shane Confectionery. Shane Confectionery, Old City, 215-922-1048.

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Great Dates for Grown-Ups in Philadelphia

Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Let the tweens get giddy on 64-ounce sodas over at the dirty multiplex; take your main squeeze for Toblerone and a foreign flick at the artsy Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898). If you’re hoping for a little more, um, action, catch a Big 5 basketball game at Philly’s classiest sporting venue, the Palestra (University City, 215-898-4747), and debate which ’Nova/St. Joe’s Holy War game was the best. After, stroll over to the Shake Shack (University City, 267-338-3464) for a black-and-white milkshake … one straw.

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Great Dates for Rekindling Romance in Philadelphia

Savona. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Wine tasting at Savona. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

So you’ve been together for … how long is it again? To spice things up, mix a little sweet romance (think Ryan Gosling in The Notebook) with some pure titillation (think Ryan Gosling in, well, life). And please — get out of your comfort zone.

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