7 of the best places to take a first date in Portland

Nov 20 2019, 8:27 am

First dates can be pretty intimidating and nerve-wracking in and of themselves. And meeting someone in person when you’ve only ever met them online can be pretty terrifying.

What do you wear? What’s a meeting spot that’s both cosy, non-committal, casual, and just the perfect combination of romance without being over the top cheesy?

With so many questions plaguing you, we’ve decided to create this handy dandy list of first date spots for you and your new Tinder friend.

You’re welcome.

Sip on some Matcha at Townshend’s Tea

 

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This teahouse offers a delicious selection of curated tea blends, bubble tea, and kombucha in a cosy and stylish ambiance. It’s the perfect spot to get to know someone in a calming, no-pressure environment.

Address: 3531 SE Division Street, Portland

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Laugh till your stomach hurts at Harvey’s Comedy Club

 

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Going to a comedy club is the most fun first date. You can’t not have fun when everyone’s laughing together. Besides, this is the perfect way to see if you both share the same sense of humour.

Address: 436 NW 6th Avenue, Portland

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Go into food comas at The Bye and Bye

 

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The Bye and Bye has some of the most delicious and soul-satisfying vegan food in the city. There’s honestly no better way to bond and learn about someone, than over a delicious vegan chilli pie.

Address: 1011 NE Alberta Street, Portland

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Take a moment to reflect together at the Japanese Garden

 

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Not all first dates have to be at bars or restaurants. Sometimes the quiet contemplation, stunning silence, and symmetrical scenic beauty at Portland’s zen Japanese Gardens is enough to set the perfect ambience for a lovely first date.

Address: 611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland

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Sip and paint at Bottle and Bottega

 

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Bring out your inner Picasso on your first date at Bottle and Bottega. This is a super fun first date idea where you bring back the simple joy of painting and bringing out each other’s creativity. Throw in a bottle of wine into the mix and you’re all set.

Address: 1406 SW Broadway, Portland

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Explore Portland Art Museum together

 

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The Portland Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums on the west coast, making it a gorgeous first date. The museum always has new and exciting exhibitions to keep you engaged. And after you’ve tired yourself out walking around the museum, you can always stop by Shigezo on 910 SW Salmon Street to fill your stomachs on delicious Japanese pub fare like ramen, skewers, and sake.

Address: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland

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Hike through Forest Park

 

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Honestly, taking a hike through nature is the quickest way to ease your nerves and learn about somebody. The Forest Park is gorgeous in all seasons, and has lovely trails where you can walk and talk for hours.

Address: 4099 NW Thurman Street, Portland

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