Looking for Love? These are Tinder's Top Cities
For the record, you don’t have to be looking for love (or sex, for that matter) in order to take advantage of Tinder.
The dating app’s year-old Passport feature — used by more than 1 million Tinder Plus subscribers — is especially useful for solo travelers eager to connect with locals. By dropping a pin on a map, people across the globe can “meet” residents before arriving in their destination.
Imagine a week, or even a month, prior to a trip, swiping right and getting to know locals with the same love of intimate wine bars or rowdy beer halls. Your match-made friends abroad can even help you pick up the local slang, avoid the overrated tourist traps, and tip you off to neighborhood events.
As many as 26 million matches are made every day on Tinder, so your chances of finding a companion is pretty high. And for solo travelers, this is a great way to ensure you’ll interact with plenty of locals.
In the past year, certain destinations have seen a huge boost in Tinder Passport activity. Ahead of the Olympics, interest in people from Rio de Janeiro has increased 10 percent. Swipes in Toronto have increased 44 percent, and the Indonesian island of Bali has seen interest grow by a whopping 60 percent.
The service is best for a fun day or two with locals, but hey, if you happen to meet your soul mate on vacation, that's pretty great too. So which destinations have had the most Tinder Passport activity? Reports say that if you’re headed to one of these 15 cities, you’ll have no trouble swiping right.
No. 15 Rome, Italy
It may be true that all roads lead to Rome. Check out some of the most attractive, little-known streets that crisscross the city.
No. 14 Dublin, Ireland
In Dublin’s chic Creative Quarter, travelers can get to know their Tinder matches over a scoop of local ice cream (brown bread; toasted Irish oats) or spiked lemonade at Jo’Burger.
No. 13 Auckland, New Zealand
Conjure a little romance in Auckland (also called Tamaki Makaurau) by taking a ferry to one of the many outlying islands. Or just get a recommendation for one of the best authentic Polynesian restaurants in town.
No. 12 Los Angeles, California
Want a busy, public place to meet your Tinder beau? Check out one of these hot beachside restaurants (think abundant seafood towers and casual fish tacos).
No. 11 Melbourne, Australia
No. 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Buenos Aires trifecta (tango, steak, wine) is a must-do, whether you’re on a Tinder date or a platonic meet-up.
No. 9 Barcelona, Spain
Need to know what to do in Barcelona? Checkout the avant-garde works of Antoni Gaudí and mingle with amiable locals at Bogatell beach.
No. 8 Sydney, Australia
You won’t tire of eating and drinking your way through Sydney (diced cuttlefish, steamed milk bun sliders, playful cocktails from speakeasy-like bars) but you’ll definitely want a companion with whom to share.
No. 7 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the best places to travel this year is also one of the cities that saw the greatest boost in interest since the launch of Tinder Passport. Our guess? People are eager to connect with locals ahead of the Olympics.
No. 6 Stockholm, Sweden
The secret is out: summer is the best time to visit Sweden. Nothing says romance like kayaking along the coast and spending lazy afternoons in the fishing boat.
No. 5 Moscow, Russia
Want to brighten up a gloomy day in Moscow? Check out the booming arts scene and swipe right on Muscovites who love shows at the Bolshoi Theatre and contemporary art fairs like Cosmoscow.
No. 4 Berlin, Germany
Don’t be surprised that always-cool Berlin is a hotspot for connected, single travelers. After all, people come here just for the all-weekend parties.
No. 3 New York City, New York
No. 2 Paris, France
It’s one of the world’s most romantic places to propose, so it should come as no surprise that it’s one of the most popular places for Tinder Passport users. Make magic while picnicking along the Seine.
No. 1 London, England
The No. 1 city in the world for Tinder users looking for companionship (and sure, maybe a bit of love) has long attracted jetsetters and A-listers with its glam restaurants and charming hotels.