The best place for a first date should be where the both of you feel the most comfortable.
Making this choice also depends on how well you know this person. Be careful not to make assumptions of what you believe this person would like.
If you barely know this person at this point in time, it’s best to choose a neutral place.
Meeting for coffee, juice or tea for example is very safe.
Since you both don’t really know each other, this is a much easier place to start because it’s simple.
However, if the both of you are familiar with each other and are even somewhat acquainted, you could do a little more with your first date.
If she or he is already acquainted with you, they may be comfortable enough with you to engage in an activity that may be a little bit more adventurous.
Perhaps in your conversations together, you both discover a mutual love for hiking.
Your first date could be a hike.
You could both plan out a day to do it and go for it.
Again, this typically works better if you know this person and you are familiar with their preoccupations or daily routines.
If you don’t know this person, suggesting something like a hike just because you think it would be a good idea and something different for a first date may not be the best idea.
This person doesn’t know you well enough.
They may not feel comfortable doing something like a hike with you when they barely know you enough to trust you.
Hence, the best place for that first date is best decided based on the extent of your relationship with this person.
You can tailor what you do and where you go on that first date based on that.
Also, you should think about trying to be a little different.
Even if you don’t know this person, you could suggest something that is safe but isn’t the norm.
For instance, if there is some kind of social event going on in town, you could suggest checking it out.
There could be an art or science gallery that just came to town, or a new business that is having an opening day or even an outdoor fair or festival.
These can be exciting to go to.
By suggesting something out of the norm, you would give your date the impression that you are adventurous.
This is always a good start that could pay off for you later on as they begin to get more and more comfortable around you.
It also gives you an opportunity to get more involved in what is going on in your town.
The both of you may accidentally discover a special place that you didn’t even know existed.
While out at the outdoor fair or festival, the new business opening or gallery, you may notice a place that rents out bicycles that you can ride in the nearby park or on the town’s bike trails.
You both may notice this just in passing.
You both comment on the fact that you never knew that there was a place where you could rent bicycles in town.
You both look at each other and silently realize that renting bikes for a second date would be a great idea.
The rest of your day becomes that much more interesting because you have both discovered something together.
Hence, these types of dates that take advantage of a social event of some kind in town can typically be an opportunity to accidentally discover something new together that you didn’t even expect.
That can be a rewarding experience for the both of you.
It would make your first date that much more memorable and would already give the both of you an opening for a second date.