The right setting establishes the tone of a first date. And we’re here to help you pick out the perfect spot. From teahouses with a serene atmosphere to food tours, quaint cafes, and more, there is plenty of opportunity for a memorable date in Connecticut. Here are the 10 best places to spark a romance in the state.
Milagro is a tiny restaurant in the heart of the picturesque Stonington Borough. Though small, Milagro serves flavorful Mexican food in a very colorful atmosphere where the food and drinks are sure to spark a flame with your date. Dine on their flavorful enchiladas al horno or ancho chile crusted tuna and finish the meal off by sharing a flan and a warming Mexican coffee.
Enjoy a stroll around the lovely West Hartford Blue Black Square area while sipping on a fun cup of bubble tea. The Green Teahouse offers some of the best tea varieties and blends in the state as well as Taiwanese bubble tea. This popular tea comes in numerous flavors and the Green Teahouse offers both tapioca pearls and flavor bursting bubbles. If bubble tea doesn’t tickle your fancy, they also offer tea lattes, tea slushies, and tea smoothies!
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The vast grounds at Harkness and beautiful gardens make for an impressive first date. Bring along a picnic to enjoy on one of the many tables, appreciate the meticulously maintained gardens and hedgerows, and perhaps enjoy a sweet first kiss with the sand between your toes while standing on the beach.
Have a fun, sweet first date while on the Be Sweet Tour with the Taste of New Haven. This excellent food tour company provides a great opportunity to taste the finest sweets in the city as well as the chance to get to know your love interest. This is certainly a perfect first date for foodies!
If you know your love interest has a deep appreciation for art, the Florence Griswold Museum displays American impressionist masterpieces from the likes of Sol LeWitt, Willard L. Metcalf, and Matilda Browne. The history of the Florence Griswold House will certainly take your breath away, too. On-site, you’ll also find Café Flo, which is regarded as a hidden gem for its tasty food and lovely views.
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Opt for dinner out at Match, a restaurant serving flavorful food in a hip, high-end atmosphere. On the dinner menu at Match, you and your date will find wood fired pizzas, pastas, and salads, but skip all of those and go for the special meal for two, which consists of a massive, juicy steak and heavenly sides. A nice bottle of pinot or Malbec accompanies the meal perfectly.
Recently opened to rave reviews, Fox Farm Brewery is an excellent venue for a first date. The cool interior pared with a beer brewed on-site is just what you need to warm up and get to know each other. Beer lovers will find a rotating selection of their beers on tap including options such as Ashlawn Coffee Stout, Freckled Fields, and Burst India Pale Ale.
How about a date over breakfast or brunch? Sip a delicious pour over coffee or an espresso drink while chatting with your date. The shareable baked goods such as churros or alfajores are definitely something to connect over. Flavorful breakfast options also abound including bacon, apple, and cheddar sandwiches, avocado toast, and manchego sage sandwiches.
Perhaps you can’t jet off to a new country together on your first date, but you can certainly show off your love of travel and adventurous taste buds with a meal at Duc’s Place. This highly-rated Vietnamese restaurant has a small, but super delicious menu of banh mi, bun, and pho. Dive into your food and end your meal on a sweet note with a Vietnamese coffee or iced coffee.
Snuggle up next to one another on one of the booths near the fireplace in the Ordinary. This hip bar features a speakeasy-esque vibe and boasts numerous original details. Order one of their signature cocktails and some flavorful snacks while you enjoy great company.
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