First dates are a fantastic way to get to know someone, that’s why we go on them, right? But, there’s this pressure that comes with the whole ‘dinner’ as a first date, and taking that pressure off makes the date more fun, smoother, and helps the conversation to flow. Here are some of our favourite first date ideas in Edmonton – perfect for the date you’ve been planning.
Hit up the Batting Cages | The Batting Cages
Hit up the newly opened batting cages and try your hand, or your swing, for a fun date night out. Bring shoes you can bat in, and a healthy sense of competition to get the good times swinging.
Discover New Tastes | Food Tours
From the pop-up food tours, to tours of the Farmer’s Markets in Edmonton, there’s plenty of options to get you out of your comfort zone and trying something new in the city. Brunch or dessert more your style? Epicurean Adventure Tours have you covered, with fun tours where you can try a few new items, and maybe even find a favourite.
A Little Luck and Live Piano | Grande Villa Casino
Great conversation in an atmosphere that makes it feel like you’ve left downtown Edmonton and entered an upscale dining restaurant in Vegas are two things you can expect at Atlas Steak + Fish in the Grande Villa. After you’ve finished dinner, try your hand at a couple of games.
Discover Your Inner Lumberjack | Jack Axe
In addition to axe throwing, you can discover your inner lumberjack with other games and adventures to try while you’re there. Don’t worry, even if it’s your first time, the staff members will guide you through the experience.
Games and Donuts | The Rec Room
Throwback to your childhood and play the arcade games, before heading over to the Shed for poutine and donuts where you can choose your own filling. Want to up the level of the donut? Get a flavour shot of alcohol! Head back out to play more games, like the huge Connect Four!
Dark Matters | Telus World of Science
Music, performances, presentations and something new to discover at every themed event that happens every couples of months at Telus World of science is a great way to get to know each other on a first date. Though the atmosphere isn’t what we would call quiet, it’s hands-on, and really, really fun.
Friday Night Vibes | Art Gallery of Alberta
Once a month, head over to the Art Gallery to take part in drinks and entertainment, and the chance to try a new skill while you’re there. Tickets for the event are reasonable, and the entertainment will give you something to fill those hopefully-not-too-awkward silences with.
Take the Farmer’s Market Indoors | City Market
Bringing your first date home for dinner? Planning a dinner in? If you’re brave enough to do just that, brave the Farmer’s market for delicious ingredients, and maybe something for dessert, that you can cook together. All winter long, the indoor Farmer’s Market in City Hall screams fun date-morning-out.
Discover Delicious Treats | Duchess Bake Shop
Want to sit and chat, and feel like you’ve been transported to a Paris cafe? Try Duchess, where you can sample a few delicious desserts while you’re there, and talk. Just get there early to find a place to sit. Bonus points? You can plan the date for lunch for a meet and greet without the pressure of dinner.
Find Your Inner Artist | Art Gallery of Alberta
What better way to get to know someone than to learn a new skill with them? Find your inner artist at the Art Gallery of Alberta, adult drop in events, on Wednesday nights. For under twenty bucks you can take home a masterpiece, and there’s a new class theme every week if you want to follow up with date number two.
Late Night Improv | Rapid Fire Theatre
Friday nights, late night, perfect for a first date to make you laugh. Check out the show at Rapid Fire Theatre and follow it up with drinks if you’re in the mood for a late, late first date.
What are some of your favourite ways to spend a first date in Edmonton?