World’s Best Cities for Dating

Whether you are someone looking for love, or like to enjoy a weekly date night with your partner, a good dating scene can be an important factor when choosing where to set up your life. 

The team at CIA Landlords has analysed and ranked 38 OECD capital cities around the world based on numerous metrics that make a city great for date night lovers, including number of romantic restaurants, bars and even mini-golf venues. 

Bern, Switzerland is the best city for dating in the world 

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According to the analysis of our date night metrics, Bern, Switzerland is the best capital city for dating. The city boasts a large number of date-night-friendly venues, such as cinemas and mini-golf per person. Bern also benefits from having an extremely high safety rating making people feel comfortable to go out and about day or night to enjoy their date nights. 

Luxembourg ranks as the best city for food lovers 

Luxembourg came out in third place, taking the top spot for both the highest number of romantic restaurants per population and highest number of bars too. This is the perfect city for those whose idea of a great date night is trying out a new food or drink spot. 

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For those in the South Pacific; Wellington in New Zealand and Australia’s capital, Canberra, have plenty of options. Wellington ranks in 8th place in our index, whilst Canberra placed 12th. Both capital cities have a high number of bars to choose from per their population, and both scored highly for safety when walking around the city alone. 

Here you can see the top 20 capital cities in the world for dating, based on the number of venues (per 1 million people) and the safety rating in each city: 

Ranking

Country

Capital City

Cinemas

Bowling alleys

Mini Golf

Comedy Clubs

Romantic restaurants

Bars

Museums

Safety score

1

Switzerland

Bern

112

15

22

8

620

299

150

83.9

2

Iceland

Reykjavik

31

15

8

15

458

419

343

81.6

3

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

32

8

8

16

659

554

129

70.5

4

Czech Republic

Prague

24

29

5

2

316

338

285

83.9

5

The Netherlands

Amsterdam

13

3

2

10

436

419

199

71.8

6

New Zealand

Wellington

33

9

5

5

260

409

140

71.5

7

Estonia

Tallinn

9

9

9

2

309

162

242

80.1

8

Slovenia

Ljubljana

10

7

3

3

274

156

176

85.6

9

Ireland

Dublin

10

1

2

26

220

301

91

54.9

10

Australia

Canberra

16

7

7

5

148

146

95

76.6

11

Slovakia

Bratislava

5

7

2

2

188

254

120

77.1

12

Denmark

Copenhagen

7

14

2

2

245

133

87

77.5

13

United States

Washington DC

14

0

1

3

258

459

151

51.0

14

Lithuania

Vilnius

9

10

3

0

184

105

119

77.9

15

Latvia

Riga

6

6

2

2

226

127

127

68.9

16

Austria

Vienna

15

2

1

1

241

162

83

78.3

17

United Kingdom

London

12

2

3

10

199

266

48

52.9

18

Costa Rica

San-Jose-Costa-Rica

3

6

6

12

181

149

61

47.6

19

Norway

Oslo

10

3

5

1

151

127

106

67.9

20

Hungary

Budapest

7

2

2

1

220

152

84

73.7

Washington D.C. in the USA and London, UK missed out on top spots in our best cities to date index, landing 15th and 19th respectively. Washington D.C did however score highly for its number of bars available per population, whilst London did have many options for date spots but fell short of other countries due to its population size in comparison. 

Meanwhile, countries such as Mexico, Turkey, and Greece may be great spots to go on holiday, but their capital cities ranked the lowest in our best cities to date index. This could be due to their size, as well as perhaps different dating activity preferences. 

Here you can see the bottom 15 capital cities in the world for dating, based on the number of venues (per 1 million people) and the safety rating in each city: 



Ranking

Country

Capital City

Cinemas

Bowling alleys

Mini Golf

Comedy Clubs

Romantic restaurants

Bars

Museums

Safety score

1

Colombia

Bogota

1

0

0

0

18

12

6

33.4

2

Mexico

Mexico-City

2

0

0

0

14

10

9

34.8

3

Chile

Santiago

3

0

0

0

24

48

13

46.1

4

Turkey

Ankara

4

1

0

0

9

4

20

63.7

5

Greece

Athens

4

2

1

0

121

54

39

52.6

6

France

Paris

6

1

0

3

134

154

32

52.0

7

Japan

Tokyo

2

0

0

0

37

79

25

77.6

8

Belgium

Brussels

3

1

2

2

151

99

63

52.4

9

Sweden

Stockholm

10

1

1

1

181

142

56

57.8

10

South Korea

Seoul

8

6

0

0

10

55

38

76.9

11

Israel

Jerusalem

4

1

0

1

82

48

93

75.0

12

Spain

Madrid

5

0

0

2

108

129

23

78.5

13

Poland

Warsaw

5

2

1

2

130

77

53

76.4

14

Portugal

Lisbon

3

0

1

1

213

96

46

76.8

15

Italy

Rome

8

1

1

1

323

187

61

57.3

For those who may be looking to find the perfect dating destination within the UK, we repeated our research looking at the UK’s 30 largest cities. 

City of romance: Brighton revealed as the best city in the UK for dating

Our study has revealed that Brighton is the best city in the UK for people who love dating. This city is well-prepped for date nights with the highest number of romantic restaurants and bars per person in the whole of the UK. 

Brighton was found not only to be a great place for foodies who love to date but also for those who like a bit of variety as the city also ranks top for number of museums and comedy clubs per person too.

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Newcastle ranks in second place. The Geordie city is famous for having a great sense of humour so it makes sense that this city scored highly for its number of comedy clubs. The city also has the highest number of bowling alleys per person - a classic first date choice for millions of people around the globe. 

Bournemouth comes out in third place overall in the rankings for best cities in the UK for dating. The city may not be best for those who like the classic romantic dinner dates or strolls around a museum, however, the coastal city makes up for it in their abundance of mini golf venues (great for competitive types) and choices of cinema. 

Edinburgh came in 4th place, ranking most highly for the city's safety ratings. When moving to a new city and venturing on new dates, we want to feel as safe as possible, so a city having a high safety rating will be important to many when considering where to live. The Scottish capital also has the 2nd highest number of museums per population - a great location for anyone who prefers a more cultural date. 

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Here you can see the top 15 UK cities for dating, based on the number of venues (per 100,000 people) and the safety rating in each city: 

Ranking

City

Cinemas

Bowling alleys

Mini Golf

Comedy Clubs

Romantic restaurants

Bars

Museums

Safety score

1

Brighton & Hove

3

1

2

4

105

112

29

72.8

2

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

2

3

2

3

65

81

14

66.4

3

Bournemouth

3

1

3

2

41

41

5

66.0

4

Edinburgh

2

1

2

1

58

66

21

75.4

5

Norwich

1

2

2

1

27

40

12

70.3

6

Manchester

2

1

1

2

37

72

9

49.9

7

Portsmouth

2

1

2

2

24

39

11

59.2

8

Leeds

2

1

0

2

40

56

5

61.4

9

Glasgow

2

0

1

1

38

49

12

56.7

10

Nottingham

2

1

1

1

32

47

7

53.9

11

Southampton

2

1

1

1

36

59

5

50.2

12

Plymouth

2

1

0

1

23

25

12

63.2

13

Aberdeen

2

1

1

1

31

35

12

67.5

14

Cardiff

2

1

1

0

24

31

6

64.9

15

Bristol

1

1

0

1

24

31

8

65.0

Coventry revealed as the worst city in the UK for dating

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On the other end of the UK rankings, Coventry came out as the worst UK city for date nights. The city has a low number of dating venues per population and is one of the lowest ranking cities for safety. 

Birmingham also ranks as one of the worst cities for dating. The city has a variety of options for dates, however, people here may struggle to get bookings with a smaller number of restaurants and date-night activity venues available per person. 

Here you can see the bottom 15 UK cities for dating, based on the number of venues (per 100,000 people) and the safety rating in each city: 

Ranking

City

Cinemas

Bowling alleys

Mini Golf

Comedy Clubs

Romantic restaurants

Bars

Museums

Safety score

1

Coventry

1

0

1

0

7

18

4

33.6

2

Luton

0

0

0

0

22

19

1

50.9

3

Wolverhampton

1

0

0

0

12

42

2

44.2

4

Birmingham

1

1

1

1

19

23

4

40.7

5

Stoke-on-Trent

1

0

1

1

17

23

3

52.9

6

Reading

0

0

1

1

16

25

3

58.4

7

Leicester

1

1

1

0

13

17

4

59.3

8

Sheffield

1

0

0

0

17

22

4

59.5

9

Kingston-Upon-Hull

1

1

1

1

16

19

5

49.0

10

London

1

0

0

1

21

28

5

52.9

11

Bradford

2

1

1

1

13

55

5

31.1

12

Liverpool

1

1

0

1

20

30

4

58.4

13

Northampton

2

1

1

1

21

37

2

49.6

14

Swindon

2

1

1

1

15

24

3

50.2

15

Derby

2

1

1

0

22

31

5

60.3

Whether people are looking to rent a new home in a new city for work or even just to start afresh, it is important for many people to feel safe and to be able to enjoy exploring new places. 

Our guide to the best cities for dating gives those who are looking for a lively dating life the opportunity to see where they have the best options for dating in the UK and abroad. 

Methodology

We have taken seven of the most popular dating venues and found the number of these venues available across each city. To give an equal chance of ranking for every city, our team then found out how many of these venues are available per population size. 

We added to this their safety score - which is an average based on Numbeo’s score given for walking alone day and night in each city. These together gave us the rankings that you can see above. 

Sources 

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ 

https://www.google.com/search/    

https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/cities/united-kingdom 

https://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities 

https://www.whatsonstage.com/all-cities 

https://www.oecd.org/about/members-and-partners/ 

https://www.numbeo.com/crime/