Ah, first dates. No matter what age you are, they'll always evoke the same feelings of excitement and nervousness within you. You're aiming to impress the other person, not only with your appearance and personality but also with what you have planned.
Knowing where to take someone who you don't really know can be tough. Dating is all about getting to know one another, so the first date is the key opportunity to find out what that person likes/dislikes. We've come up with a list of great first date ideas around Edmonton so that you and your potential bae can have the best time:
1. Art Gallery of Alberta // 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Got you an artistic boo? Take them to the Art Gallery of Alberta. They offer adult drop in nights on Wednesdays, so for just under $20 you can make a masterpiece and bring it home. Every week has a different theme, so you'll never get tired of going back.
2. Duchess Bake Shop // 10718 124 St
Grab some sweet things with your sweet thang. Duchess has a super cute Parisian aesthetic, and some of the best macarons you'll find in Edmonton.
3. City Market Downtown // 1 Churchill Square
This date has so much potential. You can peruse through all the local sellers and see what there is to offer, or if you're feeling so inclined, pick up some groceries and cook your date a gourmet dinner.
4. Telus World of Science // 11211 142 St
If you're worried about not knowing what to say over dinner, avoid the potential awkward silence by taking them here. Telus World of Science has new exhibits popping up frequently, and it's very hands on and interactive, which will be fun for both of you.
5. The Rec Room // 1725 99 St
For the date who wants to do a million things in one day. The Rec Room offers old school arcade games, giant Connect Four, and alcohol filled doughnuts.
6. Vertically Inclined Rock Gym // 8523 Argyll Rd
For the adventurous date. If you know your bae is athletic, or likes a challenge, try and conquer a rock wall together, or see who can finish faster.
7. Metro Billiards // 10250 106 St
What's more casual than shooting some pool? Grab a drink, relax, and get to know one another. This can also be really fun if your date doesn't know how to play pool as well.
8. Credo Coffee // 2 locations in Edmonton
You can't go wrong with a coffee date. Credo is known for their delicious lattes and cute aesthetic.
9. The Common // 9910 109 St
The party animal date. Head out to The Common on the weekend for Get Down Saturdays, featuring DJs and drink specials. They also hold events like Hip Hop Karaoke, so make sure you have your favourite Biggie song ready.
10. The Comedy Factory // 3414 Gateway Blvd
Don't want to do all the talking? Let a comedian do it for you, and you can do all the laughing. This prevents a lot of awkward silence and gives you an idea of your dates' sense of humour.
11. Princess Theatre // 10337 82 Ave
Ah, the classic movie date. The Princess Theatre isn't your average Cineplex; it's got a super rustic, old school feel to it, which makes the vibe of the date that much more fun and exciting.
12. Rapid Fire Theatre // 9828 101A Ave
Head to the Citadel Theatre on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. for one of the best improv shows you'll ever see. The content can usually be a little NSFW, but if your date doesn't mind, you'll have a great time.