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If you’re like me, you might have a lot of experience when it comes to going on first dates, and you’ll understand just how exhausting it can be.
Choosing what to wear is hard enough, but being confronted with “what do you feel like eating?” or “what do you feel like doing?” can leave you stuck for ideas, especially if you’ve done the first date dance a number of times.
Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here are some ideas you can suggest next time you’re planning a date, or invited on one.
The Casual Coffee Date
Coffee meet-ups are a great way to get to know someone in a relaxed and casual atmosphere and are perfect for keeping it light.
Lonsdale Street Roasters, Braddon
Show your date that you know coffee by taking them to the Lonsdale Street Roasters in Braddon – a Canberra classic worth its weight in coffee beans. This vibrant café is the perfect place for a casual and fun catch up and has a high standard of service and quality locally roasted coffee. And if you’re eager to keep the date going you can add on a walk or casual shop around Braddon while you’re at it.
Lonsdale St Roasters | 23 Lonsdale St, Braddon | lonsdalestreetroasters.com
Koko Black, City
Looking for something a bit decadent or perhaps somewhere to warm up in as you warm up to your date? Either way, chocolate café Koko Black is a perfect first date location.
With the “connection of chocolate” at the heart of the brand, this is the perfect spot to make any date feel spoiled.
Koko Black | FG02 Bunda St, Canberra Centre | kokoblack.com
The Classic Dinner Date
Sometimes it can be hard to determine whether you are actually on a date or not, so nothing puts it all out on the table like a classic dinner date.
Lazy Su, Braddon
Looking for a fun restaurant that takes the romantic pressure off? Look no further than Lazy Su. With a vibrant atmosphere and perfect cocktails, Lazy Su has all the trimmings of a dinner date without it looking like you’re going to propose right there in the restaurant.
Lazy Su | 1/9 Lonsdale St, Braddon | lazy-su.com.au
Akiba, Canberra City
Akiba is a great place to take your date if you want a bit more intimacy. While it’s still a fun and casual atmosphere, Akiba’s array of sharing platters and close seating arrangements will give you a more of a chance to get cosy with your date.
Akiba | 40 Bunda St, Canberra City | abika.com.au
The First Drinks Date
“Going for a drink” is a great casual option for a first date and sometimes a little liquid courage really does the trick – especially if you’re meeting someone for the first time, or really feel like sparks have been flying.
Bar Rochford, City
Hidden at the top of a staircase marked only by an “R” is the warm and inviting Bar Rochford. With its extensive selection of wines and cocktails, service at Bar Rochford is top notch. If you’re keen to continue the date, Rochford also has a selection of delicious bar snacks and food to extend your stay.
Bar Rochford | First Floor, 65 London Cct, Canberra City | barrochford.com
The Howling Moon, Braddon
Is your date someone you want to praise by shouting from the rooftops? Well you can howl at the moon all you want at this rooftop bar situated at the top of the Canberra Rex Hotel.
With a fun atmosphere of lush foliage and a selection of delicious cocktails to choose from, The Howling Moon is a great location to get things going. Not to mention if conversation runs dry you can try to spot all the Canberran landmarks from the expansive bird’s eye view of the Inner North.
The Howling Moon | Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon | thehowlingmoon.com.au
The Unique Event Date
Want something outside the box? Why not try some of these fun first date ideas?
Jungle Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
Let’s be honest, indoor putt-putt is a pretty fun way to spend your first date. Located at Power Kart Raceway in Griffith, this mini golf is jungle themed and glow-in-the-dark, which keeps things light and perhaps a bit competitive. If you want to extend your date, you can jump behind the wheel and see how good their racing skills are, or maybe even win them a teddy bear at the arcade. Now that would be cute!
Power Kart Raceway | 125 Canberra Ave, Griffith | powerkarts.com.au
If you’re keen on something a little more active that’s perfect in winter, the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre is the perfect spot. With a huge ice skating rink, heaps of session times and even a Friday night disco, ice skating is a great reason to enjoy the season – and you might even get a chance to hold hands while you’re at it!
Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre | 1 Irving St, Phillip | swimskate.com.au