Let’s face it—the first date is the hardest one to arrange. Should you go for something simple such as a dinner and a movie night or should you try something more adventurous and be remembered as the best date ever. While each person has different plans and desires, one thing is for sure—when planning your first date, you want everything to be perfect, so you can hopefully have a second date.
You aren’t the only one who is stressing out about an upcoming first date. While that feeling is normal, try to focus on something else while we take care of first date ideas for you. I have compiled a list of unique first date ideas that will not only impress your date but hopefully lay the groundwork for a second date or possibly a relationship.
Visit the Local Farmers Market
There is a reason why the farmers market works well for a first date. It is a public place; it is safe and gives anxious daters a lot of different topics to discuss. From fruits and vegetables to flowers, you can discuss everything while shopping together.
Organize a Game Night
Instead of going out just the two of you, why not organize a game night and call your friends to break the tension. A game night beats the standard conversation over coffee or drinks and provides an opportunity to know your date better.
It is also a chance to show off your knowledge or get in the competitive spirit and play as a couple. It will be a bonus if you win.
If you are both adventurers and love being outdoors, why not go hiking and get to know each other better. We don’t recommend hitting a difficult trek or one that takes hours to complete for a first date. Just pack a few snacks and some water, and you’re on your way.
Some will say that bowling is a bit cliche, but you will have a fun first date for sure if you find the right place. What we like about bowling is that it is perfect for breaking the ice. Like the farmers’ market, you will have plenty of things to talk about – the music, technique, and much more.
See a Comedy Show
One of our favourite first date ideas is seeing a comedy show. It is an excellent way to ditch the standard dinner and drinks combination. All you need to do is buy the tickets and call your date to see a show together.
It is a good idea to have a drink or two before the show to get to know each other. You will have an even better time if the show you see is funny. If it is not, you will have time to talk about it later.
Take a Cooking Class
While you may think that cooking classes are for couples only, it is an excellent idea for your first date as it is a shared experience that allows for different topics. The downside is that it doesn’t last long, so you can extend the date with a few drinks at the nearest bar or arrange a second date.
Visit the Zoo
Going to the zoo is always a good idea, especially for a first date. What’s helpful about this setting is it shifts the focus onto the animals other than the two of you. It is a great way to cut out the awkwardness that usually occurs on first dates.
Meet at the Local Bookstore
If you and your potential date love books, why not meet at the local bookstore to point out your favourite novels and writers. Many bookstores have coffee shops, where you can sit, relax, and talk for hours.
Go to a Random Concert
While the previous first date ideas require talking, this one is different. If you want to do something fun and adventurous, why not buy tickets for a random concert. After the show, you can go to the nearest bar where you can share the experience.
Eat Ice Cream and Walk in the Park
You’ve probably been on many coffee dates, cocktails dates, and dinners, but have you ever invited someone for an ice cream date? If not, this is your chance to do it. Invite your date for a dessert and take a stroll around the park.
While there are many first date ideas and suggestions to help you plan your upcoming rendezvous, it is important to know what you are comfortable doing and what your partner would prefer.