Looking to spice up your relationship, or trying to woo a new love interest? We hear you. If you’re short on time or just taking things slow, make it interesting with these fun lunch date ideas.
A lunch date is a great idea for you and your partner:
Who said your lunch date has to be restricted to a restaurant? Show them you care with a homecooked meal. Why not try a new recipe such as:
Seafood lovers will love this creamy flavorsome mix — it’s quick to whip up too, just make sure your date doesn’t have a shellfish allergy!
Vegetarians can enjoy a classy twist with truffle mashed potato.
Making chicken a little more special than your regular takeout, this one will really show off your technical skills.
Go exotic with this mild and aromatic Thai curry dish.
Love yourself some Italian cuisine? Load up on the parmesan and jump in.
Did somebody mention cheese? This all-American classic is a great comfort dish.
Spice up traditional salmon with a sweet kick and feel those flavors bounce on your tongue.
Another Asian-inspired dish, this one will definitely hit your five a day.
Want something better than you can grab from a food truck? Go all out and roll your own dough.
This vegetarian take on tacos offers all the sweet juiciness of butternut squash in a quick and easy lunch meal.
A thick and creamy mushroom stroganoff is also perfect for vegetarians, offering a wholesome meal.
You’ve heard of potato gnocchi — why not get experimental with a cauliflower take on an Italian classic?
It sounds classy, it looks classy, and it sure as heck tastes it. Impress them with glaze and bite.
Why grab lunch out of a can when you can make it yourself? Blend up some vegetables and throw in some crusty bread.
Some might call this a side dish, but once you’ve loaded it up with cheese and guacamole, you’ll both be stuffed.
Why not blend breakfast and lunch? Try some huevos rancheros or delicious French toast.
Everybody loves an air fryer. This is a great way to save time and you can load it up with whatever fillings you like!
This vegan classic features a whole rainbow of colors, ideal for packing in those vitamins.
No meat required here – load ‘em up with beans and guacamole to enjoy a delicious herbivore classic.
What’s the best part about a daytime date? You can extend it with lots of other fun things to do! Impress your loved one with these lunch date ideas:
Got a competitive streak? Pitch and putt without breaking a sweat.
If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast, work off that lunch and dip your toes in the sand.
Not near a beach? No problem. Take in the sights and sounds of nature with a walk in the woods.
Blessed with a car? Go do a little sightseeing as your food goes down.
This one’s likely to take you into the evening, so make sure you line your stomach! You can always spit it out, of course…
It might be best to schedule this one in before you eat, but trust us, an all-over body scrub will bring you closer.
Feeling inspired by your lunch? Why not wander around a local farmers market and look for more recipes to cook tonight?
If you’re feeling energized after food, hit the water. Of course, a pedalo or even dipping your toes in a lake is a more chilled-out alternative.
You feasted your tummy, so why not feast your eyes? Go check out a local exhibition and take in your favorite artists.
Discover exotic flowers and get your steps in as you wander around the gorgeous sights of a botanical garden.
Feel like a couple’s photo shoot? Go pose in front of the foliage or hit the slides and create your own photo montage.
Why not upgrade lunch and go for a bottomless brunch option? Make sure you have a good strong meal first — and no work meetings after.
If you’d rather glide than walk, we’ve got you. Get your blades on and see the sights.
Go window shopping or visualize your home décor in local furniture stores.
We wouldn’t suggest going for a dip straight after a meal, but there’s nothing wrong with sitting poolside. Why not add a cocktail too?
If your meal has got your blood pumping, take it out on the lanes. First one to get a strike wins, naturally.
Embrace your inner child and hit your local penny arcade. Dance, tap, and shoot to your hearts’ content.
Feel like broadening your horizons? Try an art or pottery class to relax you both.
Keep those brain muscles working with some outdoor board games. Play at home in the garden or hop to your local park.
Feeling a little snoozy after that food? Perk yourself back up with some caffeine and talk for hours.
Feel like taking your significant other on an al fresco date? Don’t forget to bring these to your picnic.
Possibly the most forgotten picnic item ever, but the most important! Sunscreen protects us from harmful UV rays, so lather up.
If sunscreen is the most forgotten item, the right clothing is second! Bring shades, a hat, and loose clothes — plus sensible shoes if you’re walking.
Trust us, the grass is not a good tablecloth for all those yummy treats. Sit back and relax on your favorite blanket.
The best picnic hampers have sections for plates, cutleries, and all those little extras. Make sure it’s extra strong if you’re walking far.
Disposable plastic is a no-no here, but so are heavy plates. Go for wooden and paper alternatives.
Keep this one in mind if you’re going out in the height of summer. Enjoy your lunch without critter visitors.
Planning on packing a feast? Make sure you’ve got a back-friendly backpack for those additional snacks.
You can’t go wrong with a French loaf — quintessentially classic and great for dipping or adding your own fillings. We personally recommend French cheese.
Not a bread fan? How about your favorite tortillas and some guacamole or salsa? So simple and so moreish.
If this is a grown-up picnic, take a red (good for warm weather) or white if you have a cool bag. Take it easy and have a route home planned!
Looking for a sweet treat that’s also refreshing? Chop up melons and strawberries for mini dippers.
As an alternative appetizer to fruit kebabs, chopped cucumbers, and bell peppers are ideal for dipping into hummus.