How to have your very own Meet-Cute

Noemi J. Mullins

You’re tired of apps and don’t want to set up with a friend-of-a-friend again. And you wonder why it’s not as easy to meet someone by chance as romcoms portray it to be in an elevator, a supermarket, or a pub. If you like, call it a good old-fashioned meet-cute. You’re not the only one. Many people are successful on apps but also want to meet people in person.

You might want to start changing your habits to set yourself up for a rom-com-worthy meet-cute. It’s not that you won’t be able to meet someone at Trader Joe’s on your weekly shopping trip, but you will never find a date if you keep doing the same thing. Try adding these ten things into your daily routine, and you might find your meet-cute.

Say “yes” more often to your plans.

As much as I enjoy staying at home and snuggling up on my couch, you won’t be able to meet new people if that’s all you do. Say yes to more invitations to go out with your friends, family, and coworkers. You never know who or where you will meet.

Try out a new fitness class.

Try a new studio or class, whether you exercise at home alone or feel that you have already met everyone in the studio where you work out! It’s a great opportunity to meet people who enjoy the same activities as you (i.e., If you see someone who catches your attention, book another class to meet them again.

Join a pickup league.

You don’t need to be a superstar to join a pickup league! Most people join kickball, softball, and volleyball leagues for no-pressure reasons, such as to meet new people. You may even meet someone from your team or that of the opposition (cue flirty rivalry) who is also looking for a meet-cute.

Visit a new coffee house.

It’s easy to meet new people by stopping at a coffee shop while on your way to or from work or even on weekends. It’s not necessary to abandon your favorite coffee house, but you can make it more likely that you will meet new people by changing up your routine and slowing down.


Volunteering opportunities are endless across the nation (and beyond). You will not only be able to meet people who share your passion but also feel better about the way you spend your time. It’s a win/win situation if you ask my opinion!

Attend local events

You can find local events by checking the Facebook Events Tab (an underrated feature, IMO), looking at local bulletin boards, and asking your friends and family. You can find dozens of local events, especially in the summer months. However, there are plenty to choose from in the winter months as well. You can select events based on your interests and meet people who share those interests.

Attend classes in person.

In-person classes can help you improve your cooking skills or learn pickleball. They are also a great way to meet new friends. Courses like these are usually held regularly, so you’ll get to know everyone in the system quickly and can strike up conversations with them week after week.

Join a Club

Choose from a variety of clubs: wine club or sports club. There are also music and cultural clubs, as well as book clubs. You can find a club in your locality by doing a Google search.

Visit the site

Group tours are a great way to have a unique and fun time with friends. You can meet people, get to know each other, and, if all goes well, stay with them afterward.

Go on solo dates.

I know what’s on your mind: solo dates don’t fit with what I want. Listen to me: If you go out for lunch, read in a cafe, or take a walk with your dog on a sunny day, you will likely run into someone new. You can also have a conversation without interruption with anyone you meet.

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