The Ten Best Ways to Spend a First Date in Miami

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Each week, Miami dating expert Nikki Novo gives us advice on finding love in this hopeless place. Today: Ten only-in-Miami ways to impress your first date.

Are you a one-date wonder? Maybe it's bad luck, or maybe there's a lack of enthusiastic planning. We're not blaming you for your misfortune (not entirely, at least), but if good ol' dinner-and-a-movie isn't working, it's time to add some Miami spice to the mix.

From Homestead to Miami Beach and everywhere in between, lots of local spots and happenings are perfect for a first date, and we've rounded them up for you here. Sure, you'll find a few tried-and-true restaurants in this group, but you'll also discover an artful bike tour, a gourmet culinary class, and a booty-poppin' hangout.

Browse our list of ideas, choose one, and watch the magic happen. The sparks are on us.

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10. Peacock Garden Café
2889 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove. Call 305-774-3332 or visit peacockspot.com.

Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, this charming restaurant is a breath of fresh air in Miami's crowded culinary scene. You can enjoy that fresh air by sitting outside surrounded by orchids and native plants on the garden patio, or if outdoors isn't your thing, take a seat in the Anthropologie-esque dining room. Choosing Peacock Garden for a first date says you're not trying too hard to impress, but rather you're the type to enjoy the moment -- and you're not afraid to stop and smell the roses. Order any of the specials and the white wine sangria.

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9. The Biltmore's Culinary Academy
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Call 305-913-3131 or visit biltmorehotel.com/bca.

For those of you looking for an excuse to touch your date, here's the ideal activity. The Biltmore's Culinary Academy is a fun way to get your hands dirty and interact, especially if you're the shy type. The regular schedule is filled with cooking classes for all levels, including courses on everything from baking and shellfish to seasonal and vegetarian cooking. It's a romantic comedy in the making.

Location Info

Peacock Garden Cafe

2889 McFarlane Road, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Biltmore Culinary Academy

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: General

Scott Rakow Youth Center

2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Romeo's Cafe

2257 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Schnebly Redland's Winery

30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, FL

Category: General

WD 555

555 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Rec Room

1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Lagniappe

3425 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

New World Center

500 17th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

The Standard Hotel

40 Island Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General


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5 comments
Laurie Olszewski
Laurie Olszewski

No outdoor dates in Miami? Here are some suggestions from a third generation Miamian: Bike ride down old cutler, picnic at Matheson hammock. The zoo, coconut grove- picnic at the barnacle. Fairchild, Cape Florida/Crandon hike. Trip to homestead for strawberry picking and lunch at El Toro Taco. I agree with batting cages too and James's suggestions above. Chicks love picnics!

Dee Diaz
Dee Diaz

Hitters Hangout batting cages are great for a first date!

James Fleming
James Fleming

Some great suggestions however planning get acquainted occassions outdoors can offer some of the better opportunities for seeing how adaptable, adventurous and FUN your date really is, as this is what matters far more than looks, jobs and income for enjoying a lifetime together! Consider; Vizcaya Gardens walk, Waverunning off Monty's in the Grove, Sailing Key Biscayne, Sharing a Sunrise walk and Coffee on Miami Beach, Rollerblading or Cycling on South Beach or the Grove, Snorkeling or Scuba in Key Largo, etc. It's really important right from the get-go to be clear about what you're seeking to determine whether there's a "match". Dinner's can all too often be a BIG waste of time and money!

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