The first date is one of the most important steps and most often recalled moments of a budding relationship, so it's quite important that it goes well! We collected a few ideas that don't necessarily cost stacks of money and that are a bit more inventive that dinner at a restaurant or a stroll along the riverbank.
Bowling would definitely rank high on any date list. It promises light entertainment, especially if you grab a few drinks in between turns. There is no surefire answer to the question of whether to win or not, so just roll and let luck decide.
Where? Any mall, but we'd recommend bowling clubs: Strike Bowling Club or Rubin Bowling
How much? 2-4 000 HUF/person/hour
Skating in the City Park
Although the all-time favourite ice skating rink might be cliché, we only recommend this option if you already have some skating practice under your belt or if you are on the same level as the woman of your dreams. There's no point in getting black and blue all over, to have the girls finish her rows of 3-turn loops just to escort you to the hütte to heal your wounded pride with a few mugs of mulled wine.
Where? City Park Ice Rink
How much? 1 500-2 000 HUF/person
Let's leave traditional golf to world-famous celebrities and businessmen, and embrace mini golf as ours. Everyone likes to play, especially if the game in question is entertaining from step one. Learning together while playing - what more do you want from a first date?
Where? Detect Magyar Minigolf Központ or ELTE Sporttelep
How much? 800-1 000 HUF/person/hour
This might sound steep at first, but since probably 99 out of a 100 girls have never pulled the trigger, you can give them the experience of a lifetime - surely something she will never forget (even if she won't accept your friend request on Facebook afterwards). Just a tip: don't wait until she gets tired or her hand starts to hurt, stop when she's still having fun.
Where? Budakeszi Lőtér, Budai Sportlőtér, Gepárd Lőtér
How much? 3-4 000 HUF/person
This seems to have been invented for first dates. The Invisible Exhibition has been one of the most frequented programs in Budapest for years, so you are safe with this option. And to quote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, what is essential is invisible to the eye. You won't be able to flash your puppy eyes or flashing smile in the pitch dark, so your wit is of essential importance, delivering jokes based, for example, on feeling the objects (or each other).
Where? Millenáris Park
How much? 1 700-2 000 HUF/person
It is essential to dates that you should chat and get closer to each other and for that, the Ape Calessino 200 TukTuks are simply perfect. Explore the Budapest together, during which you'll have plenty of opportunities to put your arms around the girl so she won't be scared by the bumps in the road.
Where? See here.
How much? 4 800 HUF/person/40 mins
Sitting on Liberty Bridge
Of course, you mustn't climb atop the bridge, but the green construction is not a bad alternative if you just can't seem to get a reservation at the Moon. This is one of the favourite hang-outs of the youth of Budapest, and you'll be greeted with a gorgeous river view and night lights. Don't forget the picnic basket! No worries, no one's been jailed for this!
Where? Liberty Bridge
How much? Free
While you don't need to be a wine connoisseur, this program is best if you have some minimum knowledge of wine so you can drop some lines. People usually detest smarty pants, but are amazed by those, who know their stuff and are confident about it. If the girl still doesn't like you after 4-5 glasses, forget her and perhaps call some friends to meet up with instead.
Where? Domus Vinorum or Dionysos Borház
How much? approx. 2-3 000 HUF/person
Chocolate making course
There are confectioneries and chocolatiers where you can learn the art (or at least the basics) of making such delicacies in a matter of hours. And just think of the scene, when you gently wipe off the chocolate from the cheek of the girl... See? Plus, the first chocolate you make together might be one of your sweetest memories later on. And if things do not work out between you two, at least you'll still know how to make chocolate.
Where? Szamos Csokoládé Iskola, Kocka Csoki or Barny's
How much? 5-10 000 HUF/person