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FIRST DATE TIPS

January 24, 2019
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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. 

THE 20 BEST TIPS TO WOO YOUR 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 www.ilovecoffee.co.za 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 www.dialapicnic.co.za 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 www.funcompany.co.za 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 www.funcompany.co.za 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 www.computicket.com 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.

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. 

BEST FIRST DATE SPOTS IN JOBURG 
Possums On Burnside 
If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxed and comfortable space filled with art elements, this is the perfect place. Not only is Possums on Burnside welcoming and serene, their gardens are so picturesque they’re sure to evoke only good conversation covered in laughter. Should either party’s conversational skills lack; they have various conversation starters – from the art pieces for sale, to the amazing tapas by The Deck or the fine dining in The Bistro. It’s a recipe for success! This spot is best for afternoon dates.

86 Public
Maybe you’re after a more vibrant yet cosy setting that still allows for good conversation while you and your date sip on some amazing sangria and munch on delicious pizza? In that case, 86 Public is calling your name! This restaurant is located in the vibrant area of Braamfontein, so a great vibe and a good time are almost always certain. What’s great about this location is that the atmosphere increases the chance of a successful date – in fact, it might even prompt the date to progress to a night of dancing in Braam. Dancing evokes happy hormones so it’s a win-win!

Milk Bar
Want milk? They’ve got milk. Well, not really, but I’m almost certain it can be arranged if you ask nicely. Milk Bar is great for afternoon and evening dates. However, if the main objective is to get know each other better, afternoons are recommended. The setting is comfortable, the décor rich with different cultural elements blended immaculately – oh look, conversation starter – and they have an epic food and drinks menu. Plus, they’ve got soft music in the background by day, louder music in the background by night. Evening dates at the Milk Bar can be advantageous if you want to go dance up in Katy’s Palace Bar after food and drinks – good vibes only.



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