First dates are stressful. Many people do not know what to do, and often believe that they have to woo the other by taking them someplace boring and expensive. But this does not have to be the case. Here are some reasons why a coffee date is the best date.

It’s inexpensive!

While first dates usually are, they do not have to be expensive. In fact, with a coffee date, all you really have to pay for is the coffee and maybe a snack or two to go with it. If that coffee shop is Starbucks, then you are obviously going with the slice of lemon pound cake.

The most you will have to spend is about $20, and maybe far less. So this makes it a cheaper way to go on a first date without having to lower the quality of the experience.

It’s a great and casual way to get to know the other person

No need for suits or dresses, you can dress the way you would when walking through the mall. That way, you can get to know each other better, and less likely to see a facade. That way you can know if the other person is being authentic.

Also, it’s really easy to feel more laid back when in a coffee shop. Just two people at a table, enjoying a hot cup of joe, and being able to chat away without having to feel stuffy or uncomfortable.

The date ends when you want it to

Dates do not always go as planned, and you may want to leave. This is where coffee shops come in handy. If you are not enjoying the date, all you have to do is finish your coffee and hightail it out of there. This is especially true if you are not too fond of your first impressions.

However, if you are enjoying the date, it does not have to end when the cup is empty. There is a lot that you can do to prolong the date, from getting another coffee, to ordering a snack. That way, you can both finish the date on your own time.

No need to wait for reservations

One thing about eating at restaurants is that you often have to wait for food or even to be seated. With a coffee shop, you can easily skip the wait entirely. That way you do not have to feel odd as you wait 30-45 minutes for your food to arrive.

First dates can be stressful and anxiety-prone, but they do not have to be. Having a first date at a coffee shop allows you both to be relaxed and calm while you are figuring each other out. Besides, who doesn’t want to get a hot and delicious cup of coffee? So the next time you ask someone on a date, suggest a coffee shop. You will thank yourself.