The Sweetest Ice Cream Date Ideas

The Sweetest Ice Cream Date Ideas

Delicious, nostalgic, comforting, fun and flirty—there’s a reason that couples have been going out for ice cream since the 1940s. Some of the cutest scenes in our favourite rom coms or TV shows have involved a loved up duo sharing a knickerbocker glory or a few scoops of their favourite flavour. Ice cream dates provide low pressure and casual ways to connect with a partner. Whether you’re feeling vanilla or a bit more fruity, here’s how to make an ice cream date a delicious success. 

First Date + Ice Cream = A Winning Combination

Ice cream is never a bad idea, and the same goes on first dates. It’s the perfect easy going start to (hopefully) a relationship and is a cute alternative to cocktails or a dinner date, which can feel a bit more high pressure. Not everyone drinks alcohol, and so it makes sense to suggest a sweet and delicious dessert date in a laidback cafe or ice cream parlour so you can get to know each other’s likes and dislikes. Perhaps suggest a restaurant or bar for your second date if that’s a vibe you would both enjoy. 

Ice cream dates set a relaxed tone, and create a comfortable environment for conversation. The casual nature of enjoying a cone or cup together helps break down initial barriers. It's an opportunity to showcase your personality through your choice of flavours and toppings, sparking cute, flirty conversations.

Why Your Next Date Should Definitely Involve Ice Cream 

Sharing an ice cream treat fosters a fun sense of connection. Whether sampling each other's flavours or playfully stealing a bite, these small interactions create moments of intimacy on a date.

Ice cream dates often pair well with a leisurely stroll, providing a chance to extend your time together and see where the mood takes you. If you’re in the early stages of getting to know each other, walking and talking can take the pressure off those potentially awkward first conversations. 

And let’s face it, ice cream has a nostalgic appeal that transcends age. Recalling childhood favourites, talking about memorable desserts from your travels, or the best gelato you’ve ever tasted is a sweet way of becoming more familiar with each other’s lives and personalities.

How to Add a Sprinkle of Romance to a Cute Ice Cream Date 

First things first, you’re going to want to choose an ice cream shop with a cozy and inviting ambiance. Look for places with comfortable seating, soft lighting, and perhaps outdoor seating. A shop with unique decor or a vintage vibe can add to the overall charm and add a cool background to the photos you’re going to want to snap.

If you’re serious about a romantic vibe, it makes sense to plan your ice cream date during the evening or around sunset. The soft, golden hues of the setting sun are the perfect backdrop for sparks to fly.

Select a comfortable and secluded spot if the ice cream shop allows outdoor seating. A quiet corner or a bench away from the hustle and bustle of the interior can provide a more private and romantic space.

Have fun with your choice of toppings. Playfully suggest trying unique combinations or sharing a sundae with a mix of both your favourite toppings—there’s no better metaphor for a happy, equal and respectful relationship!

If you’re sharing—don't forget to indulge in that classic romantic opportunity to feed each other a spoonful. If you feel like leaning in for a kiss, this is the perfect time to do so.

Be sure to respect each other's preferences and dietary restrictions. Take the time to learn about each other in this sense. Such consideration shows thoughtfulness and attentiveness.

As the date comes to an end, you might consider an extra sweet gesture. It could be giving your date flowers, a cute little present or a handwritten note. You might even suggest a future date (with or without dessert next time).