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June 13, 2019

A first date is the stepping stone for all things love. It doesn’t matter how new romance blossoms, through friendship or through a chance meeting. What matters is how special the first date turns out to be. The world of dating, with all its unpredictable qualities, can be scary. Unfortunately, anxiety about where to go, what to talk about and likability can dominate the mind and sabotage a potentially great first date. Fear not, this list will put to bed one of the core anxieties we all experience – where to go to increase the chances of a successful first date. 

Here are several really good date ideas that can help you make a great impression and woo your date too. But here’s a little secret you need to keep in mind. When you ask a special someone out on a first date, don’t just plan one activity. 

Of these 20 first date ideas, use at least a couple or more of them on each date. Mix up the date idea combinations so you can keep the date exciting, and at the same time, comfortable and romantic too.

The best combinations to excite your date are comfort, excitement and finally romance in that order. If you can help your date feel comfortable on the date, and then use a date idea to get their adrenaline pumping, and follow it up with romance, there’s no way you’d fail at impressing your date! 

1. Coffee
A coffee date is a comfort date at its best. It’s easy and can help your date judge you for who you are without being overpowered by the surrounding. Visit for shop in your area. 

2. Restaurant with a view
If you have a choice, pick a restaurant with a view, be it a garden, the horizon or the sea. 

3. Amusement park
Pick a few crazy rides together, and before you know it, the chemistry would be sizzling with adrenaline.

4. Park
Have a picnic at a park, especially if it’s a pleasant sunny day. There’s something about staring at nature’s beauty that makes us all feel wonderful inside. Based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban, Dial-a-Picnic has fine-tuned the art of personalised picnicking for everything from wedding catering, marriage proposals, romantic celebrations, birthday parties, corporate team building and more. Visit for more information. 

5. A live concert
If your date is into music or their favorite band is in town, don’t think twice. Your date will be grateful and love you for planning a surprise date to the concert. 

6. Zoo
Walking through a zoo can help both of you feel really comfortable with each other. It’s hard to hold your excitement back when you’re staring at wild animals indulging in wild antics.

7. Boat ride
Pick what you intend to do, a romantic paddle boat or one with an oar, or a jet ski to make the date exciting.

8. Bowling
Bowling can be a lot of fun, even though it sounds like a total cliché. A bit of rivalry on a romantic date always spices things up. Carve out some quality time with the kids or simply indulge your inner child at the The Fun Company. Visit the for arcade in your area. 

9. Street fair or carnivals
An explosion of colors is a wonderful thing to experience, and it can’t get better than a street fair or a carnival. You can spend hours together, act silly and still have a perfect date.

10. Karaoke
Do you think you’re the best bathroom singer, or are you trying to impress your date with your showmanship? Nothing beats a karaoke bar.

11. Clubbing
If you’re feeling a lot of chemistry already, wrap your arms around your date and grind your way to a great night!

12. Watch a game
Does your date love a good game? Plan something together *only if you think your date’s favorite team is going to win!*

13. Movie
Movie dates are perfect for cozying up and feeling the tingle of romantic excitement, especially when both of your elbows touch each other *accidentally, of course*. 

14. Arcade games
You may feel really awkward walking into a store full of kids. But it’ll only take a few games and a few minutes of awkwardness to bring out that inner child and have a wonderful date. Come ready for bowling, arcade games, bumper cars, 4D cinema, lazer mazes & more! Branches are situated throughout Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. The Fun Company - the perfect family outing, come rain or shine. Visit the for arcade in your area. 

15. A stand up show
Standup comedy is always funny, and a perfect date idea if you can couple it with dinner, either after the show or during the show. Visit for list of comedy shows. 

16. One hour classes
There are so many one hour classes that are perfect for dates, be it pottery, glass painting, or just about anything else. Just make sure you go somewhere where you can finish the class with a souvenir.

17. A short walk
Take a walk on a quaint street you know well. Every few minutes or so of walking, find a new place to walk into, be it for a coffee or to try something exotic. Just don’t walk down a dark and lonely street unless you’re looking for a few dark corners.

18. Wine tasting
Vineyards tours are very romantic and brewery tours are exciting and fun. Visit for wine tastings. 

19. Live jazz
There’s something very sexy and sensual about jazz, especially if both of you are having a drink and sitting next to each other in a dimly lit room.

20. Beach
A day at the beach or an hour walking near the waves can make both of you feel really comfortable with each other. If you feel comfortable enough, don’t forget to hold hands. 



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