That's not easy to do quickly. Chatting to others in a coffee shop, joining athletic or social groups, going to clubs and not being afraid to approach others and talk to them.
It requires overcoming fear of simply walking up to total strangers and striking up a conversation.
One should try to find activities going on in which one has an interest and join in.
If you enjoy specific activities or have a hobby then it's possible to research organizations, event calendars, attend a class being offered at a community college or something along the lines of Learning Annex.
Generally speaking "like attracts like" and "water seeks it's own level", Doing what you love to do and finding out where people engage in this activity is always a good place to start getting to know new people.
If you are working at a new company your co-workers can be a source of information as to where people with similar interest go for fun. Lastly the Internet gives us access to a wealth of information for just about every city and town.
Take that white cloth away from your face! Only kidding, be vivacious, the life of the party - in this case, make conversation with people queuing in the supermarket (talk about how tempting having the sweets are next to the cash registers). Also, wear nice pretty clothes (if you are a girl) and don't worry some nice guy is bound to notice you.
Also join social clubs, sports clubs - but the main way of meeting people is through work.
the best way to meet new people when you move to a area where you are unfamiliar with the surroundings and the people is to join interest groups, go to a university, volunteer in the community or even find the local gathering spots such as bookstores or coffee shops.
performing arts and school theater plays are another good way to meet new people.
Randomly give everyone high fives? No, just kidding, I'd recommend you get yourself familiar with the community you've just settled into. Visit places you like frequently and try to converse with people your feel comfortable with approaching. Usually city people can tell when an outsider has stumbled into their community just by seeing how you fumble with your maps or ask helplessly for directions. Soon someone will come to your aid and maybe these are the people you should try to get to know a little better. (Just always be careful, you never know what kind of person you'll bump into, and they may not always have a "good" agenda.)
It's a terrifying thing, moving to a new city. And making friends is an even more terrifying prospect!
The best thing I can advise is to search out groups that fit your interests. If you love literature, join a book-reading club. If you love yoga, join a yoga class. If you love the gym, join a gym.
The most important thing about these steps is that you, yourself, must be brave. Whilst some people may initiate contact, if you want to ensure that people realise you're new then you need to make conversation.
I wish you all the best!
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