The Best Date Spots In Philadelphia
The Best Date Spots In Philadelphia

The Best Date Spots In Philadelphia

Romance is our middle name. 💕

Published May 18, 2021

Whether your constant swiping landed you an IRL date, or you’ve been with your partner for years and need a little spark, date nights are important for couples no matter the stage of the relationship. While Philadelphia isn’t known as the city of romance, we can promise there are plenty of spots (hello, sushi & ping pong) to stir up a love connection. Here are the top picks for some of the most memorable date spots in Philly.

Mission Taqueria

Come for the food, stay for the ambiance. Mission Taco is a trendy Center City taqueria with delicious food and playful decor. With menu items such as mahi mahi, short rib asado tacos, and happy hour deals like $6 margaritas - Mission Taco is a central date night spot with inviting character, making those awkward first moments of meeting someone *semi* comfortable.

Where: 1516 Sansom St 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Voted “Best New Restaurant” by Philadelphia Magazine, Fishtown’s Suraya makes for a lovely date spot with plenty of versatility. Visit the market for a pastry and some coffee, come to the restaurant for a delicious Lebanese-inspired meal, or step outside into the blissful oasis that is the backyard garden. No matter the type of date you’re looking to go on, Suraya is a Philly hot-spot. If your date goes well, we can guarantee you’ll both be eager to go back. 

Where: 1528 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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SPIN Philadelphia

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Show off those pong skills that once made you a frat star back in the glory days. SPIN Philly is a bar dedicated solely to ping pong, taking date night to a whole new level of competitiveness. At $9 an hour, SPIN is an affordable way to impress your partner with your table tennis talents. SPIN even has dedicated ball boys/girls to pick up after those missed shots, so you can focus on crushing your partner - you know, some friendly/flirty competition.

Pro-tip: Come in for $9 for unlimited ping pong after 9pm M-TH / $9 unlimited ping pong all day Sunday

Where: 211 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Terror Behind The Walls

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If you’re looking for a reason to cuddle up, Terror Behind The Walls is your place - after a walk through this haunted house, your partner is going to hold on and never let go. TBTW is held at the Eastern State Penitentiary every Halloween season and is not for the faint of heart. Walk through the old abandoned prison with ghouls, ghosts, and goblins waiting for their big moment to pop out and scare you. While a walk through TBTW may not be romantic, we know you’ll stay nice and close to your partner after surviving this night.

Where: 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Comedy Show at Punch Line

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Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not the only one that’s going to make your date laugh tonight. Punch Line is a comedy club that’s part of the bustling Fishtown entertainment scene - featuring over 300 seats, an outdoor patio, full food and bar menu, and VIP seating. Punch Line has hosted an impressive lineup of comics including Nikki Glaser, Rachel Feinstein, and Kurt Metzger. If it’s a new relationship, claim a front row spot and see how well your date handles being heckled. ;) 

Pro-tip: 2 drink minimum - so plan ahead.

Where: 33 E Laurel St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Umai Umai Sushi

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Looking for an intimate, affordable date night spot? Look no further than - Umai. Located in Fairmount, Umai is a 38 seat, contemporary sushi restaurant serving up your favorite Japanese meal in a not-so-traditional way. Some of the non-conventional rolls include ingredients such as mango, cashew bits, strawberry, and honey. We know it sounds strange but trust us, after eating at Umai, your taste-buds will be wondering, “what did I do to deserve such a treat?”

Pro-tip: Grab the bottles of wine, Umai is BYOB.

Where: 533 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Double Knot

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Need something a smidge trendier, smidge pricier to impress? Double Knot is the spot for you! This bi-level hot spot is known for scrumptious sushi, robatayaki, and classy cocktails. Double Knot’s upstairs is typically packed with a lively crowd and smaller tables that serve happy hour with apps ranging from $3-5... If you’re looking for a more exclusive experience, make a reservation for the downstairs. You’ll find yourself vibin' in a cave-like, dungeonesque, hideaway (we’re serious), which makes for an ideal date night destination for those with experimental pallets. 

Where: 120 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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SHOFUSO Japanese Garden

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Shofuso is a traditional Japanese House and Garden located in Philly’s West Fairmount Park. Trade in the city life for some peace and serenity and enjoy a quiet and romantic conversation with your partner as you stroll through the Japanese gardens that stretch over an acre. Adult admission costs $12, which is the price of a cocktail at Double Knot - pick your poison.

Where: Lansdowne Dr &, Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

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Little Nonna’s

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Don’t think we were going to forget a quaint, romantic, Italian restaurant serving food bound to grow your date's heart and stomach. Little Nonna’s is in the heart of Center City, and its convenient location is not all this joint has to offer. With fan favorites such as cacio e pepe, rigatoni alla vodka, and a goat cheese & apple bruschetta - Little Nonna’s is a must-visit date night spot for that taste of Italy right in Philadelphia.

Where: 1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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The Italian Market

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Cannolis, and pizza, and meatballs -, oh my! The Italian Market in South Philly makes for a quintessential date night activity because nothing screams romance like bonding over a cappuccino or messy meatball hoagie. Stroll through the giant neighborhood market and make sure to check out Philly faves such as Villa di Roma and Di Bruno Bros.

Where: The market spans over 20 city blocks including 8th, 9th & 10th Streets ​from Fitzwater Street at the north through Wharton Street at the south. 

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Barcelona Wine Bar

Remember that one time at Bathelona? No need to leave the country for this one, we have a cozy wine and tapas bar that's perfect for a date. With its intimate yet laid back atmosphere, Barcelona is a great place to grab a sangria and chat the night away as if you were a Spaniards. The menu boasts over 400 wines and offers cuisines inspired from Spain, the Mediterranean, and South America. Salud! 

Where: 1709 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

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