5 Tips on Where to Meet for a First Date from admin's blog

Making the move to a first date can feel like a double-edged sword.  You’re excited about the possibilities, but still, this is a person you don’t know.  How do you make such a nerve-wracking process comfortable for both of you? There are a number of do’s and don’ts, but one of the biggest pieces to help foster comfortability and connection is your location.

 

It used to be that first dates were about making a big impression with flowers, drinks, and a fancy restaurant.  Today, flowers are best reserved for further along in the relationship and fancy restaurants can be a buzz kill.  It usually doesn’t take long to get a feel for each other and know whether the possibility of connection exists.  If you don’t feel it, a long dinner at a fancy restaurant can end up being a bit torturous.

 

So, where do modern singles meet for that all important first date?  Check out our choices below.

 

A Park

The perks?  It’s free and it can be as long or as short as you need it to be.  If you’re an active person, a nice stroll through a park can be a great way to get to know someone.  So can sitting on a bench and talking while you people watch and enjoy some sun and fresh air.  It also segues nicely into our second choice if you’re having a good time.

 

A Cafe

This one is good for anytime of the day.  Go on your lunch break, directly after work, on a weekend afternoon, or on a warm evening.  It’s perfect if a timed activity feels more comfortable for you.  Drinking un café (or a Carajillo!) has a beginning and an end, and provides the perfect opportunity to wrap up the date – however you’re feeling. 

 

A Book Shop

If you’re worried that you won’t know what to talk about, a place like a book store is a perfect spot.  If you’re not comfortable asking or answering a lot of direct questions right away, talk about books.  What you’ve read recently, current events, favourites, and more. 

 

Wine Bar

A drink after work is not just a great first date, but a great way to unwind and relax.  The settings are usually a bit more intimate so you can focus on getting to know each other.  Try a new wine or a new cheese tray and have fun discovering some new favourites.

 

Family Friendly Places

First dates should be about you and your date.  But regardless of whether one or both of you have children or not, family friendly places can be a lot of fun for the two of you.  Think miniature golf, bowling, or arcades.  The game gives you something to do while you talk and can give you insight into what they’re like in new situations.

 

Be creative.  Your imagination is the limit when it comes to a first date.  Remember to keep it casual, keep it relatively short, and choose something that you’ll enjoy doing.  If you’re having fun, it will show!


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