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Whether you’re new in town or have called Atlanta home for all your life, this is a great place to be right now if you’re looking for love. Lots of companies are have been setting up shop in Atlanta, attracting new and fascinating people from all over the world. So, get out there and find someone special to spend your time with! These are eight of the best first date spots in Atlanta to help you plan your day or evening out in the city.

Restaurants inside Krog Street Market
Restaurants inside Krog Street Market

Krog Street Market

Since 2014, Krog Street Market has been a premier date destination because of its variety of eating and shopping establishments. The market is part of a nine-acre mixed-use development along the Beltline and has market stalls selling prepared food, produce, and artisan products. This Inman Park gathering spot is low-key enough for a casual date on a weekend afternoon or even a fun dinner venue. The market is open 7am to 9pm on Mondays through Thursdays, 7am to 10pm on Fridays, 8am to 10pm on Saturdays, and 8am to 9pm on Sundays. Favorite dining and drink options at Krog include Grand Champion BBQ, Gu’s Dumplings, Hop City, and Varuni Napoli.

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Grocery on Home
Grocery on Home

Grocery on Home

To show your date that you’re creative and in-the-know about local gathering spots, try Grocery on Home for your first outing. This low-key and under-the-radar music venue is located in a former neighborhood grocery store on Home Avenue, hence the name. This is a place to see intimate performances from indie singer-songwriters that inspire you and tug at your heartstrings. You should know that attendance is often limited and reservations may be required, so this first date plan requires a little advance planning. Check the venue’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about who’s playing shows and to RSVP. A suggested donation for the artists is often collected.

Taking a swing at Topgolf
Taking a swing at Topgolf

 

Topgolf

You don’t have to be an expert on all 18 holes to swing some clubs with a date at Topgolf. There’s a relatively new Topgolf location in Midtown and another one nearby in Alpharetta if you’re more up that way. The Midtown location is open from 9am to 1am Monday through Thursday, 9am to 2am on Friday and Saturday, and from 9am to 12am on Sunday. Here you’ll find over 100 climate-controlled hitting bays so you don’t have to worry about the weather affecting your date. There’s a full restaurant and bar onsite, which makes dinner and drinks especially easy to pull off. The rooftop terrace with a fire pit is relaxing, and there’s also pool tables to switch your game up and keep your date entertained.

Seating at the Porter Beer Bar
Seating at the Porter Beer Bar

The Porter Beer Bar

If you and your potential sweetheart first bonded over conversations about craft beer, then this is the date spot for you. The Porter Beer Bar is in the heart of the eclectic Little Five Points neighborhood, which always makes for some interesting people-watching and causal strolling. Inside the bar, you’ll find a huge menu of hundreds of beers from around the world, which will give beer-lovers plenty to talk about. For non-beer drinkers, there is a full cocktail menu and wine list to choose from. Lunch and dinner are served every day to pair with your beverage of choice. Keep in mind that this place gets very busy on weekends and reservation are not taken in advance. So, arrive early or be prepared to wait!

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Bubble tea from Sweet Hut
Bubble tea from Sweet Hut

Sweet Hut

For a non-alcoholic date option that’s unique and fun, head over to Sweet Hut in either Midtown Atlanta or out in Doraville. This is a place to come for signature bubble teas and Asian-inspired bakery treats in a modern and cozy environment. There are over 70 different café drinks to choose from, including bubble teas, frappes, and coffees. Try something new, different, and delicious together without the pressure of a fancy dinner or bar outing.

Colorful fish at the Georgia Aquarium
Colorful fish at the Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium

A non-food outing that’s excellent for a first date in Atlanta is the Georgia Aquarium. This is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere of the world and is incredibly impressive. The Georgia Aquarium is great for a daytime date with someone new because there is so much to see and talk about here. There are 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water here that tens of thousands of animals call home. It’s in the heart of downtown and close to the World of Coca-Cola and Centennial Olympic Park as well. But you should know that tickets to the aquarium cost $35.95 plus tax for adults.

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Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market
Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market

Atlanta Food Truck Park

These days, everybody loves a good food truck. And the best place to go for great food truck options is the Atlanta Food Truck Park. This is a place to bring your date and be part of the local community at the same time. During past summers, the park has been open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, making it easy to plan a casual date for lunch or dinner. The park is located on a rehabilitated old hotel site with about three acres of parking and green space. Come here to stay a while, try local favorite restaurants, browse the farmer’s market, and listen to live music with your date. You can expect to find up to 15 food trucks on site during open hours. Check the park’s Facebook page for a current listing of food trucks and open hours.

Hiking back down Stone Mountain after a climb to the top
Hiking back down Stone Mountain after a climb to the top

Stone Mountain

Although Stone Mountain isn’t actually in the city of Atlanta, it’s an easy day trip that allows you to show off your outdoorsy and adventurous side to your date. Stone Mountain is a theme park destination with camping, festivals, golf, and laser light shows. So, you can take any of those directions you like with a Stone Mountain date. But one of the best ways to experience the area’s natural beauty is to hike to the top of Stone Mountain. This trail is open from dawn to dusk and is about a mile to reach the top for amazing views and a shared sense of accomplishment. On a clear day, you and your date can see 60 miles out into the distance and get some great exercise too!

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