Good Places to Have a First Date

Going on a first date can be nerve wracking in itself, but if you choose the wrong venue, it can really make things go south fast. Contrary to some peoples' opinions, I tend to think that playing it safe is a good idea for first dates. Here are a few of my favorite first date ideas.

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1. Have Dinner.
It's probably the most boring idea, but in many ways it makes the most sense. Everyone loves a nice meal, and you have plenty of time to talk while you wait. I like to pick restaurants that also have a bar, since this gives you the option to extend the date by having a drink afterwards.

2. Meet at a Cafe.
While more casual, meeting at a cafe is a great way to get to know your date better through conversation. Try to pick a nice cafe with a romantic atmosphere, however. I would avoid commonplace settings such as Starbucks.

3. Go to a Museum.
This is a great option if you and your date share a common interest, such as art or history. A museum will offer plenty of things to talk about. The good thing is that whatever your date's interests are, be it music, science, or anything else, there is usually a museum you can take them to that will align with their interests.

4. Take a Cooking Class.
Engaging in an activity like taking a class together can be a great way to gain more insight into your date's personality. Cooking classes can be a lot of fun and will give you the opportunity to interact with your date in a different environment than what you'd find on a typical first date.

Or course, step 1 is to actually find a date. In the modern world, this is not as hard as it once was. Things like online dating faciliate the process of finding someone you click with. I like to recommend Match.com to people who are new to online dating. (You can get a free trial for Match.com by going to coupon leaf.com.) The site is pretty easy to figure out, even for newcomers to online dating, and there are a ton of people on the site. Although at its core, online dating isn't complicated, many people do it wrong. For this reason, if you're new to onlne dating, it may be a good idea to read some articles or even books on the subject, just to make sure you have all the bases covered and don't make any newbie mistakes.