You are probably a star in front of the mirror, but out in public you eat your words. Your heart beats away like you’ve just finished a marathon when you see your certain someone. Inviting the person out for coffee is simply too boring.
If you want to impress, here is what you do. You look through our 10 crazy date ideas and decide on one of them. As they say, pain is a reflex but courage is a choice. So grab yourself in the balls or somewhere more decent, and get ready to be wild at heart and blow your crush away.
10. Bonnie and Clyde
Denmark doesn’t have that much of a dating culture. Whether your crush is native or from somewhere far away, things are done differently here.
If you don’t want to be eyed out at a bar, feeling like you have a huge sign on your head saying I’m-on-a-first-date-and-this-is-really-awkward, seek other options.
You can rent one of those big cargo bikes people put their kids into. Buy some fruit, maybe even a beer, and take turns to cruise the streets. Bring a blanket and you’ll have plenty of time to talk, and laugh without having those silent face-to-face moments. People will probably shout at you for taking up too much space on the bicycle lane, but you’ll definitely live out the Bonnie and Clyde dream for a day.
Rent your bike for DKK 285 a day here.
9. A Clockwork Orange
Coffee dates don’t always give you a fair amount of dating time. If you’re not the one who makes a triple-shot macchiato last for an hour (who is anyway?), you’ll end up being high on caffeine or get to know the toilet better than your date.
An alternative version of the coffee date is the Clockwork Orange model. Visit one of Copenhagen’s many malls. Find the kitchen essentials department. Go to the place with all the kitchen timers. Many malls have a fair amount of them. The more the merrier!
Discreetly set all the kitchen timers for 20 minutes, and go find yourselves two coffees to go. Hurry up back to the mall, and find a spot where you can watch all the timers go off from a pleasant distance. It’s fun and innocent, and you’ll definitely find out whether your crush is as playful as you are.
Check out a list of shopping malls in Copenhagen here.
8. Come fly with me, let's fly away
»If you can use some exotic booze, there's a bar in far Bombay,« croons Frank Sinatra. Chances are you’re a poor student like the rest of us. Inviting someone to fly with you to Mumbai for a cocktail is hardly an option.
It does not cost all that much to invite your chosen one on a trip to the airport though. On Amager Landevej, an extension of Amagerbrogade, you’ll find a cosy little diner called Flyvergrillen. Only a wire fence separates this small joint from the airport’s runways. The place is filled with old and new photos of airplanes. You can even take a closer look at the take-offs and landings by using the restaurant’s fixed telescope.
Flyvergrillen is open every day from 10:30 to 20:00. Enjoy traditional Danish fast food delights and have a beer. You’ll be entertained no matter what. Apart from the several planes hovering overhead like giant vultures, the diner is usually filled up with enthusiastic geeks noting down every single flight arrival and departure. This place is legendary. Your date here may also be likely to go down in history.
Flyvergrillen is open everyday from 10:30 to 20:00. See a map of where you'll find Flyvergrillen here.
7. Whiskey, water, and Vikings
If you're a little more extrovert and sexually liberated the next date idea is for you. As we all know the weather was pretty crappy this summer, even for Danish standards. We hardly got to see each other half naked at the beach.
There is hope! Though we are in November the temperature of the water is actually still okay for skinny-dipping, at least for the ones with Viking ancestry. If you know that your crush would be up for it, invite him or her to go to the beach with you one evening.
Charlottenlund Strandpark and Amager Strandparrk are two beaches that don’t close up during the night. Bring some towels and enjoy a whiskey AFTER you’re done dipping.
Check out what the costal water temperatures are like today right here.
6. You and me baby ain’t nothing but mammals!
The zoo. For most of us the zoo equals too many children and a nasty stench of animal fart. But if you are in the right mood, accompanied by a cute date, it could turn out to be just the setting you want. The zoo is entertaining, inspiring (…), and safe to say a get-away where you can easily flirt for more than a couple of hours.
To spice things up do what the Danes would do. Bring alcohol! Denmark has a bizarre but proud tradition of producing liquids and foods named after animals.
Go to any well-sorted supermarket like Irma. Buy beers named after animals you’ll meet in the zoo like: Elefantøl (elephant beer), Bjørnebryg (bear brew), Tiger (tiger beer), and Giraf (giraffe). If you’ve lived here long enough to enjoy the spacey taste of salty licorice bring along some Jungle Vrål (jungle screams)!
For more information take a look at the Zoo website here.
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