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The Best Ideas for a Totally Unique First Date

By Alicia Smith
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First dates can be nerve-wracking enough without the added pressure of having to decide where to go. Meeting for drinks, a casual coffee, or the classic dinner and a movie may be tried and tested first date ideas, but they're also a little, well, boring. The ideal first date should be fun, interactive, and — above all — give you a chance to really get to know someone. So, why not think outside the box this time?

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Go for a walk

Going for a walk is a perfect first date activity. If you're both particularly sporty types, you could turn this into a run or a hike, but even something as sedate as a gentle stroll through your favorite part of town can still give you those exercise endorphins without making you all flushed and sweaty. Try planning a route through a particularly scenic area, or one where you have lots of stories; pointing out the road where you once fell off your bike, or the bar where your best friend got so drunk they decided to walk home barefoot, can be the perfect conversation starter. Just make sure to plan your route — getting lost on a first date usually isn't a great experience. Also, try not to stray too far from home if there's a chance you won't want to be stuck with this person all day.

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Play tourist

If the idea of walking around town appeals to you, how about taking it a step further? Even if you're going on a first date in your hometown, pretending to be tourists for a couple of hours can be unexpectedly fun. Go to the big tourist trap you usually avoid, take cheesy photos of a local landmark, and see if you can't experience the area from a brand new perspective. Who knows, you might even get the chance to tick something off your bucket list!

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03

Take a class

If you go on a lot of first dates, why not seize the opportunity and use that time to do something you really want to do? Enroll in a cooking class, learn to paint or throw pottery, or take advantage of the fact that you have a guaranteed partner to try that couples dance course you've had your eye on. Learning a new skill together can be a bonding experience, and even if you don't hit it off, at least you'll have gotten your money's worth!

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04

Go bowling

Bowling could be the perfect first date activity. It's fun whether or not you're any good at it, sporty without requiring any real physical exertion, and there's usually drinks to be had. Plus, it's a great way to show off your, well, assets without even trying. If you've never bowled before, take your cue from cheesy romantic comedies and ask for some "pointers" from your date. If you're the one with more experience, make sure to take it easy on them. No one likes a show-off!

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05

Go rock climbing

Rock climbing is another great option if you don't mind getting a little physical on a first date. After all, nothing says trust like literally putting your life in someone's hands as they lower you down a 30-foot wall. This activity is sure to get your blood pumping and your heart racing — just don't confuse adrenaline for true love!

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06

Go for a picnic

What's not to love about a picnic? All you need is some space outdoors and a bit of food, and you're set. This is a great alternative to a hike if you're outdoorsy but don't want to get too active, and a much better way to share a meal than arguing over the check at a fancy restaurant. If you want to impress, you can pack a homemade lunch, but there's nothing wrong with keeping it low-key by grabbing a couple of takeout sandwiches and heading to a nearby park or beach.

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Get cultural

If you're a lover of the arts, why not share your passion on a first date? Show off your creative side by heading to a museum, art gallery, or even a live show. This can also be a great way to support local artists, so you can feel like you've done some good even if the date is a flop. For the best results, though, try scoping out some of your partner's interests before setting up the date — there's a time and a place for introducing a heavy metal fiend to the ballet, or a stay-at-home type to an all-day rock concert, but a first date is probably not it.

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08

Play some games

If you're heading to a bar for your first date, there's no rule that says you have to sit down and drink the entire time. Bar games like pool, air hockey, and darts can be a great way to keep you and your date entertained while giving you something to do other than staring across a table at one another. Alternatively, why not look for a bar with a fun twist, like one dedicated to board games, or embrace nostalgia by heading to an old-school video game arcade?

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09

Drinks with a difference

If you love a tipple but find the idea of "going out for drinks" a bit dull, how about going straight to the source? A brewery tour or wine tasting combines a fun activity with drinks at the end, plus it might actually teach you something about your favorite beverage. Just don't forget to eat first — all those samples can really add up and you might not want your date to see your tipsy side just yet!

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Try something unexpected

If you're keen to step outside your comfort zone, why not begin your potential relationship with a bang by trying something completely different? Look for unique experiences in your area that aren't necessarily marketed as dates. Some fun options include taking an improv class, going ax-throwing — yes, it's a real thing! — or testing your wits with an escape room. Just make sure you actually like your date before trying that last one, though — nobody wants to be trapped in a room with a terrible match.

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Try a private chef dinner

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Imagine transforming your dining room into a five-star restaurant for an evening. Hiring a private chef offers an unparalleled dining experience. Not only do you get to enjoy a menu tailored to your preferences, but you also get to witness the art of cooking right in front of you. It's an intimate setting, allowing for deep conversations, laughter, and a personal touch that most dining establishments can't offer. This luxurious twist on the traditional dinner date ensures an evening filled with gourmet delights, personal stories, and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Embark on food tours

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There's no better way to explore the culinary landscape of a city than through a food tour. These tours take you on a gastronomic journey, weaving through bustling markets, hidden eateries, and popular food joints. As you sample dishes, you'll also immerse yourself in stories of tradition, culture, and the evolution of recipes. It's not just about tasting; it's about understanding the heart and soul of a cuisine. Sharing this experience with a date means bonding over shared flavors, new discoveries, and the joy of exploration.

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Savor virtual beverage tastings

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The digital age has revolutionized traditional experiences, and beverage tasting is no exception. Virtual tastings offer a unique opportunity to explore wines, beers, or spirits from different regions without leaving your home. Guided by experts, you'll delve into the nuances of each drink, understanding its history, production process, and tasting notes. It's an interactive experience, allowing for questions, discussions, and personalized recommendations. So, set the mood with some ambient lighting, lay out your tasting sets, and embark on a global beverage journey from the comfort of your couch.

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Make Italian gnocchi

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Italian cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors, traditions, and the love poured into each dish. Making gnocchi from scratch offers a hands-on experience in the world of Italian cooking. As you knead the dough, shape the gnocchi, and simmer the sauce, you're not just preparing a meal; you're participating in a centuries-old tradition. The process is therapeutic, filled with moments of laughter, learning, and collaboration. And the end result? A delicious dish that tastes even better because of the effort and love you both put into it.

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Go for fast casual

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In a world that often rushes by, there's a unique charm in slowing down and savoring the simple moments. A fast-casual dining experience strikes the perfect balance between quality and efficiency. You get to enjoy delicious meals without the long waits or formalities of upscale dining. It's an environment that promotes easy conversation, laughter, and genuine connection. Whether you're trying out a new cuisine or sticking to beloved classics, the relaxed ambiance ensures you both can focus on what truly matters: each other.

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Try some food trucks

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The allure of food trucks lies in their ability to offer gourmet dishes in the most unexpected places. As you explore various trucks, you're treated to a mosaic of flavors, from spicy street tacos to creamy artisanal ice creams. Each truck has its own story, its own specialty, and its own loyal following. Embarking on this culinary adventure allows you to not only taste diverse dishes but also engage with passionate chefs and fellow food lovers. It's a dynamic, ever-changing experience, perfect for those who love surprises and delicious discoveries.

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Shop at a farmers market

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A farmers market is a vibrant tapestry of colors, aromas, and flavors. As you wander through the stalls, you're introduced to the freshest produce, handcrafted goods, and the farmers and artisans behind them. It's a sensory experience with the opportunity to touch, taste, and learn. Picking out ingredients for a meal becomes a collaborative adventure, filled with discussions about flavors, recipes, and culinary experiments. The market's lively atmosphere, combined with the joy of discovering new products, makes it a perfect setting for a memorable date.

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Have a snowman building contest

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Winter offers a magical backdrop for dates, and what better way to embrace the season than by diving into the snow? A snowman building contest is playful, and fun, and brings out the child in both of you. Compete to see who can build the tallest snowman, the most creative one, or even recreate famous characters. As you roll snowballs, accessorize your creations, and laugh at each other's snowy antics, you're building more than just snowmen; you're building memories. And once the contest is over, warming up with hot cocoa adds the perfect cozy touch.

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Do a pub crawl

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The nightlife of a city reveals its pulse, its energy, and its character. Embarking on a pub crawl lets you experience this vibrancy firsthand. Each bar or pub offers a unique ambiance, drink menu, and crowd. As you hop from one venue to the next, you get to sample different drinks, engage in lively conversations, and even hit the dance floor. It's an evening of discoveries, laughter, and shared moments. Whether you're exploring familiar haunts or discovering hidden gems, a pub crawl ensures an unforgettable night.

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Have your just desserts

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Why wait for dessert when you can start with it? Indulging in a dessert-only date is a sweet escape from the ordinary. Visit local dessert bars, chocolatiers, or patisseries, and dive into a world of sugary delights. From rich chocolate fondues to delicate macarons, the options are endless. As you savor each bite, share stories of your favorite desserts, childhood memories, and dream creations. It's a date that celebrates indulgence, joy, and the simple pleasures of life.

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