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Speed Dating at Kissakahvila Helsinki

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by Tina Maria (subscribe)
Freelance writer based in Helsinki, Finland.
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Speed dating isn't anything new, it's an age old formula which mostly involves talking to one stranger for a few minutes before moving onto the next and repeating everything you just said.

Some might consider speed dating a daunting experience, somewhere between an actual date with a person already like and a blind date with a complete stranger. At least with speed dating you can escape if you really have to.

The main plus side to speed dating is that you get to move on fairly soon if the conversation isn't going well or you simply don't see the that person being 'The One'. If you hit it off with someone then take their number and arrange a proper date, win win.

You also get to 'date' a lot of people in the amount of time it would take to go out for dinner with just one person. Always a bonus if you're very busy or hate having to make small talk for hours, plus it means you only have to buy one date outfit.

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A boisterous Kissakahvila resident 'Tyylilyyli'


The downsides however are usually related to nerves (and in my case a genuine sense of panic) at having to speak to so many strangers in a dating scenario. There is also the possibility that you genuinely might find you have nothing in common with anyone at the event and have therefore wasted an evening and an outfit for nothing at all.

People often attempt to put a new spin on the old classic and so too have Kissakahvila Helsinki. The Cat Cafe in Helsinki is now introducing a series of speed dating nights for men and women.

It's still the same basic concept on speed dating as before. This time you just get to have a common interest and a central talking point, cats! Who knows, it might even take some of the stress out of talking to a complete stranger!

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Dating? Piece of cake according to these guys


All the details for the evenings can be found on the Kissakahvila website for the following evenings:

17.03.2016 6pm - 8pm - Men and women Over 30's speed dating night (Maximum of 13 men and 13 women).

22.03.2016 6pm - 8pm - Men and women Under 30's speed dating night (Maximum of 13 men and 13 women).

24.03.2016 6pm - 8pm - Women Over 40's speed dating night (Maximum of 26 women).

31.03.2016 6pm - 8pm - Men Over 40's speed dating night (Maximum of 26 men).

05.04.2016 6pm - 8pm - Women Under 40's speed dating night (Maximum of 26 women).

07.04.2016 6pm - 8pm - Men Under 40's speed dating night (maximum of 26 men).

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Kitten toes at Kissakahvila


The speed dating bookings section is currently only available in Finnish (the rest of the website has an English version) but appears very straight forward.

Plus, I'm sure even if your Finnish is a little more than rusty, a basic translation website or dictionary will be able to navigate you through the booking process just this once.

English is very widely spoken throughout Finland so I doubt language barriers are a good enough reason not to give it a go if this feels like your kind of thing.

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Seriously, how stressful could it be?


Once you've specified the date you would like to attend then all you have to do is pay the 28 euro fee* and write a little 500 character blurb about yourself (optional). Then just print your confirmation and take it with you on the day.

If you want to see a review on my first visit to the Kissakahvila then click here.

Happy dating!

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Floor seating


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Bench seating


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Table and chairs seating


*The entry fee for the date nights includes coffee/tea and some snacks.
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Why? Speed dating with a twist
When: Various dates starting on 17.03.2016
Phone: 358 44 2354 677
Where: Fredrikinkatu 55, 00100, Helsinki, Finland
Cost: 28 - Includes coffee/tea and snacks during the evening.
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