It is always best to have planned well for your first date and do take into consideration to have alternative options to bail you out when in trouble. Many say love always starts with a proper dinner at a romantic restaurant, but that may not always be the case.
While a restaurant is probably a good idea, your chance to impress can come from your creative thinking into doing something together, so the ice breaks more easily (especially if you're on a blind date).
So my best dating plan is as follows. Do as you please with it.
- Meet-up in a cafe or bar near the city/town center.
- Make sure the way to the restaurant from the bar has some nice venues to see (and comment on).
- Find a bar with nice views of the city and have a relaxed drink.
If you manage to find yourself with your date a couple of hours after these steps, it means you have been successful.