Dating shouldn’t be a tired, old routine; it should be filled with new and fun experiences! There are lots of amazing, romantic first date ideas that will surprise your date and make them eager to see you again – and none of them involve dinner in the evening.
If you want to go on a date that is both romantic and memorable, try one of these alternative date ideas.
- Take a cooking class
A cooking class is a great way to have fun together while getting your hands dirty. It doesn’t have to be expensive; there are often discount deals on sites like Groupon and Gilt.
- Throw a DIY wine tasting date
If you and your date are both lovers of wine, try a DIY wine tasting date. You can both bring your favorite two types of wine, and you could even set up a cheese board. This is often cheaper than actual wine tasting classes, and you can spend time alone together.
- Go for a coffee-walk
Coffee shops can get loud and busy, so take your date to the streets once you have bought your drinks. You can enjoy the weather together and point out your favorite buildings in the neighbourhood.
- Visit a food festival
A food festival is the perfect date for two foodies. You can walk around together and try snacks and drinks, and it gives you the chance to bond over your mutual love of food!
- Visit a bar with board games
Bars aren’t just for drinking any more – many bars now offer board games as well as the standard pool table. Play chess, darts, shuffle-board, connect four, trivial pursuit and many more for a fun date that challenges your mind and creates some friendly competition.
- Go to a gig
If you are both music lovers, going to a gig is a memorable and fun first date. You don’t have to splash out for expensive area tickets; check your local pubs and venues for performances from local musician – you could discover someone you both love!
- Get weekend brunch
Brunch is a relaxed alternative to dinner, giving you the chance to get to know someone new with less pressure. You don’t need to dress up and you have the rest of the day to enjoy if the date is a success.
- Watch the sunset
A beautiful sunset makes everything more enjoyable and romantic, so it is the perfect first date setting. Bring along some snacks and some wine and get to know each other as the sun fades away.
- Visit a local museum
The museum is a surprisingly good first date; the exhibits change regularly, the entry is normally free and there is a café where you can get a drink and a snack afterwards. It gives you something to talk about, too, so it is perfect for shy or awkward people who struggle to know what to say.
- Go to a quiz night
A quiz night is a relaxed date in a public place, so it is ideal for anyone feels a little apprehensive. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the answers, so long as you have fun together.