Regardless of if this is your first date ever, in a while, or you’re a seasoned veteran, planning where to meet is always a topic thoughtfully mulled over by both parties.

When it comes to the location of a first date, here are a few tips to consider. Make sure that it is in a place where you both feel comfortable and the atmosphere allows for open and clear communication. If the venue is too loud or distracting, it could take away from the connection development potential and initial impressions. The first date should also not be heavily planned and rather should be casual, open-ended, and simply a way for two people to get to know each other better.

At times too much pressure can be put on a first date. Take a look below at some ideas to help take some of that pressure off so that you can focus on what really matters – building a connection.

1. Coffee Shop or Bookstore

Coffee shop meet cutes always seem to show up in movies and tv shows, but so many meaningful conversations do tend to take place here with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and light music and idle chatter in the background. Sip a latte or cappuccino, enjoy a pastry, and watch time just fade away as you converse in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Many bookstores also have coffee shops which allow you do something similar, but if not, it could be fun to walk around and choose books together and then sit down and chat about what you chose. The smell of newly printed books and being surrounded by the works of famous authors definitely has an effect!

2. Scenic Park

Nature’s beauty provides a serene backdrop and the leisurely pace of a walk through the park can ease any initial jitters. Find a park with walking trails, picnic areas, or a beautiful lake. You can bring along a blanket and some snacks for an impromptu picnic. A park date allows for uninterrupted conversations and the opportunity to connect on a deeper level while enjoying the great outdoors.

3. Art Gallery or Museum

If you and your date have an eye for art, a gallery or museum could be the perfect spot for a first date. A quiet atmosphere with the promise of contemplation could be ideal for those who would love to walk among famous products of inspiration. Galleries and museums are sure to provoke a wide array of conversation starters and could allow both parties to understand each other’s life perspectives. While observing beauty at every turn, you’re bound to be inspired to discuss.

4. Trendy Bar

For those who would prefer a livelier atmosphere, consider a trendy bar such as a cocktail or wine bar. There is something romantic about a light drink in a bustling environment with the clinking of glasses, drinks being poured, casual conversation, and ambient music gently playing between tables. As long as the venue you choose is not too loud that it makes it difficult to hear each other, a bar is an easy and casual way to have a conversation and get to know each other.

5. Art or Food Festival

Local festivals are great places to meet new people but also to spend some time on a first date. Autumn is the perfect time of year as there is typically some kind of festival in just about every town. With hundreds of vendors to explore – handmade products, food, art, a variety of crafts, there is something interesting to explore at every turn. Take a stroll through the festival and discover each other’s interests, grab a bite to eat, and just enjoy each other’s company.

If you would like assistance in finding the ideal first date spot or could use some advice regarding dating in general, you might consider reaching out to our dating and relationship experts. We would be happy to help you get a step closer towards finding a meaningful and lifelong connection.

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