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20 First Friend Date Ideas

It can be intimidating making new friends. Here are 20 ideas for your first friend date- no matter how you met, or what your common interest is.

It can be intimidating making new friends. Here are 20 ideas for your first friend date- no matter how you met, or what your common interest is.

Classic Friend Date

Movies and dinner is a classic for a reason.

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Zoo friend date

Go to the zoo. Gush over how cute the baby animals are.

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Educational Friend Date

Go to the museum. See something fascinating. Learn something new.

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Coffee & Cake

Go to a café. Talk. Get to know each other- that’s the whole point of a friend date, after all!

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Fruit Picking

Go fruit picking. Bake something delicious to share with your new friend.

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Flea Market

Have a little scavenger hunt- best bargain, weirdest doo-hickey

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Friend Date Picnic

Take your new friend to the park, or the beach, or somewhere else laid back and relaxed, chill out and eat something delicious- maybe left-over roast chicken sandwiches?

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Food Festival

Perfect for a friend date! And remember- sharing each dish, means you get to try twice as many!

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Tasting

If you’re boring, you could go for wine, but why don’t you try to find something a little different- chocolate, cheese, cupcake- the world is your oyster!

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Food Tour

If you and your new friend bonded over food, take them on tour! You could organise it yourself and bring them ‘round all your fave places – esp if they’re new to town! Or you could book yourselves on a themed tour.

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Farmer’s Market

Find some ingredients neither of you has used before and cook a new recipe together! Or you could just wander about and eat samples.

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Try something new

Why don’t you try something new for your first friend date? Take a dance class together, rent a paddle board, learn to surf- try something that you’ve always wanted to attempt, or something you’ve only just heard of.

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Have Brunch

Brunch! What better way to start the day, than delicious food and great company?!?

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Hit the arcade!

Prepare yourselves for a retro flashback, and test your skills at your local video game arcade

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Roller Skating

Go roller skating- head out to a roller rink and get retro with your new bestie!

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Go to the roller derby

for some kick-ass girl power, take your new friend to the roller derby for your first friend date

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Go on a tour of a cool factory

– A lot of factories offer tours nowadays, so pick one you’ll both enjoy, and find out how stuff’s made!

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Head to an indoor bouncing park

Experience the fun of trampolining, foam pits… and whatever else cool things they have at a bouncing park- all with a new friend!

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Go-Karting

Embrace your inner speed demon, and head to a Go-Kart track- Slide your way through sweeping curves, overpasses and underpasses, blowing off steam and gunning for first place.

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Check out the planetarium

Planetariums have a range of shows, including everything from educational displays of planets and constellations visible in the night sky to artsy light shows

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