• Melissa Kartini

10 Non-Awkward First Date Ideas

Updated: Aug 6, 2018

While there’s always the classic movie date to stave off any sense of awkwardness during the first date, it can get a bit dull after a while. After all, just how many first movie dates can you go on before you start getting restless?

Luckily, this article is here to sort that out for you. If you have no other idea what to do on a first date, you might want to consider one of the following! Especially with Valentine’s Day drawing ever close. You don’t want to bore your potential Valentine now, do you?

So without further ado, here’s the list:

Coffee shop

If you and your date are the type to keep things low-key, perhaps a date at a coffee shop might be right up your alley. It’s casual enough for conversation, you’ll have something to drink, and if you really want to lengthen the date, you can order another cup of coffee! Or even a snack. Sounds pretty good, right?

Heck, if things get too awkward, it’s easier to excuse yourself here than from a dinner date.

And if the usual chat-at-a-coffee-shop approach is too dull for you, you and your date can always order cups of coffee to go before going out for a walk.

Amusement park

With a plethora of activities to choose from at an amusement park, you and your date will hardly ever have a moment of boredom. There are plenty of games and rides to be had, and if either of you are feeling peckish, you can nip on over to one of the food stalls. Which, by the way, come in such a wide variety that you’ll be spoiled for choice.

All in all, a fun, casual day. Do you really need more?

Go bowling

Or play darts or pool. You can even try your hand at archery or head to the arcade. You get the picture. Find a fun activity that will keep the both of you occupied and conversation will naturally follow. This will be even more true if again, you have a little contest between you and your date.

More free food, anyone?

Comedy show

Not one of the most conventional romantic outings, but it’s one that makes you go, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

The atmosphere is relaxed, and the two of you will (hopefully be) laughing your butts off at the jokes they have to offer. Plus, this is an excellent way to gauge whether you both share the same sense of humour! Not that it’s necessarily a deal breaker if they don’t, but it would certainly help if they do.

Pet shelter

Bond over your mutual love for animals by visiting a pet shelter. Not only will you have the companionship of an adorable dog (or cat!) to dispel the awkwardness between you and your date, you’d also be contributing to a worthy cause! Talk about a win-win situation.

Conversation won’t be too much of a worry either; you’d have plenty to talk about whilst bathing or walking one of the animals.


Sweet and oh-so-satisfying, an ice-cream date is yet another low-key alternative the two of you might enjoy. And just like the coffee shop suggestion, you’ll have the flexibility of lengthening the date by ordering another helping- and you’ll also have the option of taking your ice-cream to go and going for a walk.



Ooh, this one is a doozy. A definite must-try for workout enthusiasts out there, rock-climbing is an activity that will get your blood pumping in no time. Heck, you can even spice things up by having a little competition on your own. Last one to reach the top has to pay for dinner afterwards.

That would certainly make your date a bit more interesting, wouldn’t it?


This might be a bit expensive, but having a concert date is just about as foolproof as you can get awkward-wise (unless your date is a total jerk, in which case, you have my condolences). Music is best enjoyed with company, and even if you can’t find anything to talk about beforehand, you’ll definitely have lots to chatter about afterwards.

And hey, if the both of you already like the artist in question, you have very little excuse not to have something to talk about. So have at it.


Ever wished you could visit the local zoo? Here’s your chance. Both a highly interesting and unconventional alternative, going to the zoo is a fantastic way to zap away any potential awkwardness. It’s a great learning experience, and you’ll also have the option to eat at the zoo or somewhere outside afterwards.

Just be sure to remember bringing a tube of sunscreen!

Food festival

It is no secret that we Malaysians are generally foodies. So what better way to spend a date than by going to a food festival? The both of you can choose from a wide variety of food, which means there is no need to debate over what you’d like to eat. I’m sure some of us have had the tug-of-war experience over where and what to have for dinner.

A food festival is a fast and easy way to solve that.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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