So, you have met someone you are interested in and have asked them out on a date. That’s exciting! First dates are a wonderful way to get to know someone, even if you’ve already been friends with them for a while. You have the opportunity to get all dressed up and practise talking points that make you sound cool and interesting.

However, first dates can also be stressful, especially when you are planning what to do on your date. And when you are a student, you can’t always afford to take your date out for an expensive meal at a fancy restaurant. But that’s perfectly okay. There are many things you can do in Cape Town which are interesting, unusual, fun and, most importantly, affordable.

To help you out, here is a list of five fun first date ideas in Cape Town.

Spend some time listening to each other’s music

This date idea is for all the music lovers out there. Music has a way of connecting people and creating a bond. This is why you should consider spending some time listening to music together. You can go to a music shop in Canal Walk where you can listen to CDs or records before you buy them or you sit in a park with your phones or MP3 players and earphones. Each of you should make a list of all your favourite tracks and then you hand the list to your date. This way you both listen to the music each other enjoys.

This is a good way to find out whether or not you are compatible with a person. The music someone listens to says a lot about them. You might find that they introduce you to bands you haven’t heard of before and you really like them.

A study date

This may sound like a strange first date idea, but, if you are both students, it’s a great way to connect while you get some work done. You can have your first date at a coffee shop in Canal Walk shopping centre. But, instead of only having a cup of great coffee together, you can spend hours with one another. The way this works is that you bring your laptops and make use of the free WiFi to study together. You can’t study non-stop for hours at a time, so you can take breaks to enjoy the coffee and company. Just make sure that you choose a coffee shop serving good coffee. You don’t want a bad cappuccino ruining your study date.

Play with cute little animals

If you know that your date is a fan of cute little animals, you could always take a trip to one of the many pet shops in Cape Town. Just make sure it’s one of the bigger stores as you don’t want to be cramped or annoyed by persistent salespeople. Ask if you can play with the kittens, puppies or rabbits. It’s a pretty cute way to spend your first date.

Alternatively, you can always go to a rescue shelter and play with the animals there. Prepare to have your heart melt. Of course, you could end up going home with a new kitten or puppy.

Beer or wine tasting

The Western Cape is filled with craft beer breweries and wine farms. So, why not visit one of these on your date. Tastings aren’t expensive and they’re usually interesting and you learn all about the wine or beer you’re trying. It’s a good idea to go mid-morning or in the afternoon because then you won’t be expected to stay for a meal. Eat before you leave to ensure you don’t drink on an empty stomach.

Take a long drive

Now, petrol is expensive. We all know this. However, a long drive along the coast or through a nature reserve is a fun way to spend an afternoon. You can pack snacks, create a playlist and go on a mini roadtrip. Make sure that your date doesn’t get car sick before you choose to organise a long drive. The last thing you want is your date to feel ill the entire time.

First dates can be difficult to plan, but often they’re worth the trouble. Try out these unique ideas for an unusual and enjoyable date. They may not be traditional, but that is what makes them fun. If you are unsure about which one to choose, you could always ask your date which one suits them best. Most importantly, be yourself and have a good time. Who knows, this person could be “the one”.