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Heading off on a romantic holiday together is a major milestone for any couple. Like any landmark event, a bit of good planning is needed to make the dream a reality. From airport stress to accommodation woes and much more, there’s a dizzying array of things that could dampen the experience. Which is why every couple should invest in a bit of planning for your first holiday as a couple.

Lanzarote villa specialists Optima Villas are here to give us their 4 tips for planning your first holiday as a couple. There are plenty of ways in which such a holiday can happen while keeping drama and stress to a minimum – paving the way for a blissful break for the two of you new lovebirds.

1) Be Flexible

The first thing to remember when planning your first holiday as a couple is quite obvious, but often gets lost in the flood during the holiday planning process. A holiday should be a time where you can both relax and enjoy some quality time together. The key to this is being flexible and finding a holiday you’ll both enjoy, rather than demanding too much of one thing.

If one of you is desperate to go on a hiking holiday and the other is after something a little more serene and sedentary, then a suitable solution could be a private villa holiday set amongst a beautiful, explorable landscape. Recognising that such a compromise is necessary in the first step towards creating a holiday that’ll be ideal for both of you.

2) Budget for Treats

Depending on where you’re going in the world, eating out and other treats are either going to be prohibitively expensive or so cheap that you’ll be indulging as often as you can. If you’re journeying to a country where everyday living is pricey, you might end up spending a little more than you’d budgeted for. This could cause a bit of stress between you.

A way of resolving this is to agree how to to treat yourselves on holiday. Save up a little extra so you can then afford those extra treats when you get there. Whether that’s a gourmet meal, a romantic couples spa afternoon or an unforgettable experience like swimming with dolphins. Setting the ground rules early with regards to money will avoid any awkwardness later in the holiday, so this is highly recommended.


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3) Consider a Mini-Break

If you’ve only been together for a few months, then chances are you haven’t really had a proper argument yet. A longer holiday may well be the venue for your first real fall-out. Hot weather and an unfamiliar location may also exacerbate any kind of tiff.

So when planning your first holiday as a couple, it might be worth considering a shorter holiday. A mini-break of 4-5 days will give you the sense of adventure and escapism that holidaymakers crave. But avoid being together for too long on your first trip.

4) Keep the Schedule Relaxed

Whether it’s a city break or a hiking holiday to a national park, you might feel you need to see everything you can in the time you’ve got. However, a tight schedule could lead to arguments and stress. Do you really need to tick off every attraction? Could you take it easy and not stick too religiously to a schedule? Just remember your first holiday as a couple is as much about being away as it is enjoying each others company away from the chores of home.

Wherever you go and whatever you do for your first holiday as a couple, planning your first holiday as a couple is a magical milestone. These 4 tips should hopefully make the reality of that inaugural trip successful, romantic and fun.

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The idea of younger men dating older women isn’t a new phenomenon, but one that’s become much more recognised and talked about over the last few years. TV shows like Sex and the City and Cougar Town, together with the growing list of female celebrities dating younger men has to no doubt contributed to the rise of this dating trend. A quick search on Google or Instagram for Cougar Dating will show how popular it is these days. But why would younger men go for a mature woman? Here we’ll give you 4 reasons every man should date a cougar.

What Is Cougar Dating

Cougar dating is defined as an older woman – the cougar – dating a younger man – sometimes called the toyboy. Cougars are not to be confused with MILF’s – older women who are mums (mother I’d like to F***k).

The cougar dating trend does have a biology background to it. Women are more likely to hit their sexual peak later in life compared to men who hit theirs in their 20s. So the idea of older women craving a younger man who can keep up with their sexual desires is understandably a thing. This, together with the rise of female independence has also reduced the need for women to only desire men who can support them. The decline in gender roles has meant women are more much more free to find partners that aren’t based on age.

4 Reasons Every Man Should Date A Cougar

Younger men are attracted to mature cougar women for a number of reasons. Sexual experience and a more mature attitude than their same-age counterparts for example. But below, we give 4 reasons why every man should date a cougar.

1) Cougar Women Come with Experience

Mature women have more sexual experience, and that can only work in your favour! Forget having to turn out the lights or being asked if their bum looks too big. Cougar women know themselves, and they know what they like and don’t like. They’re confident in their bodies and are looking to enjoy sex with a younger man.

2) Cougars Know Their Mind

Older women won’t be afraid to speak their mind and tell you what they want both in the bedroom and out. Cougars won’t have a problem taking charge of a situation. They are also less likely to be clingy or emotionally immature with a purely sexual based relationship. A toyboy would also be hard pushed to find a mature cougar who would over-analyse text messages, want to take them shopping for baby clothes or have that chat about where this is all going.

3) Cougars Play it Safe

Cougars are mature women who have had their fair share of sexual experience. Older women have already been through the years of the highs and lows of partners, sex, break-ups, and general dramas. They’ve moved on from this, and are confident mature women with high sex drives. You can be sure that they won’t make mistakes when it comes to getting pregnant or catching STD’s. They’re mature enough o know how to handle good sex properly and safely.

4) They’ll Give you Perspective

If you’ve not dated an older woman before, you’re likely to get more than a good time in the bedroom. Cougars bring with them life experience, and perspective. Hanging out with people of the same age tend to bring with them similar views and interests. But an older woman is likely to bring a different perspective into your life, not necessarily just about sex.

These are just 4 reasons every man should date a cougar, but there’s plenty more. Dating a cougar might challenge you to see things differently, giving you a different outlook on life and sex. Dating a cougar will take every man on a journey, which is why every man should date a cougar, at least once in their life!

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I’m of an age where it would be verging on unusual to meet a man who doesn’t have kids. I don’t have any of my own however so having a partner who does have kids, is something I hoped I would really love. Being of a certain age also means that the kids are usually all grown up and off doing their own thing. But when you reach a certain point in the relationship and want to take things to the next level, meeting your new partner’s grown up kids is the logical next step.

Introductions

You don’t have to meet your new partner’s grown up kids all at once, this will happen over time at Birthdays, Christmas etc. Meet them individually, get to know them and not just as ‘the family’ or ‘the kids,’ this gives you an opportunity to appreciate their own unique personalities and paves the way for a much stronger rapport. It can be intimidating meeting them all at once, as you’ll be the only person in the room that doesn’t know everyone else – oh to start a new job again! They’ll be keen to get to know you too and so this, potentially, could turn into a bit of a ‘polite interrogation’. One guy I was dating had a very outspoken daughter-in-law who organised a dinner with all the family and I was invited along. I said I was working which was true, but I wouldn’t have gone even if I wasn’t working. She was taking control of a situation that needs to flow rather than be forced. Lesson 1.

Location

So where to go when meeting your new partner’s grown up kids? It’s a bit like a first date, it should always be in neutral territory. If it’s in a café or a bar, you can’t go wrong, keep it simple. Time box it too, make it a coffee or lunch, but whatever the occasion always have another appointment to go to. If it goes well, you can always arrange to do it again and if it doesn’t well you’ll know to ration the meetings to events where other members of the family will be there (escape route). Remember, you don’t have to like them just because they’re your partner’s children, but always remain civil of course.

Conversation

What to talk about when meeting your new partner’s grown up kids? This one is simple, THEM! Yes, they’ll want to get to know you too, but they’ll love you if you keep asking them about themselves. Be subtle with your partner, but find out what they did at school/college/uni, where do they work, what sort of things do they like to do in their spare time, are they sporty, do they follow a particular club etc. This should give you plenty to talk about. Also, don’t let your partner go away and leave you for any length of time, they need to recognise this is a team effort and important to everyone involved.
Have Your Say

Before I met this partner, he always had Christmas with his in-laws where it was a massive family do with about 25-30 people at it. It’s an extension of the whole ‘meeting the kids’ situation, remember to have your say about how time is spent, you don’t have to do it just because that’s ‘what they’ve always done.’ You’re now part of a couple, it’s time to make new traditions and events that works for everyone. That doesn’t mean to say you’re insensitive to the kids’ desire to see their Dad on special events, but you need to have ‘couple time’ too.
Never be scared to put your foot down in a new relationship…so long as it’s done in the right way of course.
Happy mature dating!

Author: Christina Mackay – Radio Producer for BBC Scotland

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Let’s be honest – blind dates are stressful occasions. The assurance of attraction with a pre-agreed date is replaced with a nervous mystery that places heavy emphasis on the importance of a good first impression.

So, today, we’re here to settle some of those pre-date nerves. we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to dress for a blind date. This will make sure a positive first impression helps get your evening of romance off to the best possible start.

How to Dress for a Blind Date Dress For The Occasion

While the temptation to don your finest, fanciest outfit might be strong on a first date, it’s important to contextualise your outfit choice by dressing for the occasion. Remember, your date has never met you before. So overdressing or underdressing could be a deal-breaker before you’ve even started!

To play it safe, we’d recommend going one of two ways when thinking about how to dress for a blind date:

● Casual

No, this doesn’t mean joggers and yesterday’s t-shirt! The laid-back, casual look works well for the more relaxed date activities. It should give off an easygoing vibe that says you’ve put thought – but not too much thought – into your outfit.

For men, the classic combo of a nice t-shirt and a pair of denim jeans should do the trick – after all, it’s the go-to look for a reason. Jeans are a fashion staple for pretty much every social situation. So going with your trusty denim is usually a safe bet for any blind date.

For women, pair a cute top, cardigan or jumper with – yep, you guessed it – a reliable pair of jeans! Vary the cut and style of your jeans depending on your overall outfit. Be sure to not go too OTT to keep that laid-back, casual vibe.

● Smart Casual

If your date is a little more formal (we’re talking a fancy restaurant or upscale drinks affair), smart casual is most certainly how to dress for a blind date.

For men, wearing a shirt is an absolute must here. Add a touch of informality to this typically smart look by wearing it untucked and leaving the top one or two buttons unfastened. Combine with some dark jeans and and finish the outfit off with some smart (and polished) shoes.

For women, a tea dress or sundress paired with a coordinated pair of heels will have you have looking flawlessly elegant. Never underestimate the power of a sprinkle of sophistication.


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Think About Accessories

Accessories are a great way to liven up an outfit. But they can be very hit and miss – especially with male fashion. As a rule of thumb, if you have to contemplate whether or not it goes with the outfit, it probably doesn’t.

Stick to reliable, day-to-day accessories for the casual look. Or ensure you don’t stray from anything more elaborate than a sophisticated watch for men and a subtle necklace and earring combo for women. This will maintain that smart-casual style.

Make An Effort

For this one, we’re talking to you guys out there. While it might seem obvious, you’d be surprised at just how many men fall at the very first hurdle of how to dress for a blind date. As we’ve touched on already, on a blind date, first impressions count for absolutely everything. So ensure your date can see you’ve bothered to make some form of effort from the off.

A fresh new trim and well-maintained (or even just maintained) facial hair is a great place to start and won’t go unnoticed by your date. Add an extra layer of razzmatazz with some nice-smelling (but not overpowering) aftershave. You’ll have piqued your date’s interest before you’ve even told them your name.

Blind dates are nerve-racking situations, but following these how to dress for a blind date tips will ensure you’re looking on-point for your first date – allowing you to relax and let Cupid work his magic. Now, what to wear for that second date…

Author: Luke Conod – MD of Buy Jeans, providing competitively priced men’s jeans and other high-quality clothing from leading international labels.

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The truth is, there’s no shortage of nice and interesting things you can say to a guy on a first date.

And owing to the popularity of our post ‘Top 5 Things Men Love to Hear on a First Date’, we’re back with 5 more things men want to hear on a first date in 2019.

 

Things Men Want to Hear on a First Date 1. “What are you having?”

Deep within most men are two warring factions. On one side, he’ll have the urge to provide. He’ll want to demonstrate his wealth and capability. Don’t even reach for your purse, this round’s on him. And on the other side? He has his love of free beer!

So when you offer to buy him a drink, well, that’ll be music to his ears.

2. “Tell me about your job.”

First dates are notorious for small talk and awkward silences. If you need to coax him out of his shell in the beginning, ask him what he does for a living. If he’s working in a field he enjoys, he’ll take great pride in telling you all about it. And if not? He’ll appreciate the opportunity for a bit of a moan.

Asking about his job also takes the pressure off him in the conversation stakes, and gives you the chance to ask follow up questions to get him to relax and open up.

3. “My favourite place in the world is…”

Another sure fire way to spark interesting and animated discussion is to share your travel stories. It’s a great opportunity to bond over similar interests and destinations, and once again gives you both a chance to settle into a nice conversational rhythm.

If you want to guide things, talk about your favourite place, and then ask him his. When he opens up, follow up with a few well-placed “why?” questions to keep him talking. Generally speaking, we all love talking about ourselves, regardless of gender – and if you listen intently you’ll probably make him feel good about himself (and the date) in the process.  

4. “I LOVE that too!”

If he mentions something that he loves – be it a movie, book, song, whatever – and you love it too, don’t be coy, tell him. After all, first dates are about little moments of connection, and discovering shared interests is a great starting point for a blossoming relationship.

Just make sure you’re not dismissive about his interests. Nothing will kill the mood quicker than a rogue eye roll!

5. One of your jokes!

A good sense of humour is often cited as a desirable trait in men, but it’s also something men look for in women. If you can make him laugh, you’re probably on to a winner!

Need some inspiration? Try these on for size:

  • I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn’t find any!   
  • So I saw a guy chatting up a cheetah yesterday. I thought, “he’s trying to pull a fast one.”
  • I asked my gym instructor if he could teach me the splits. He said, “how flexible are you?” I said, “I can’t do Wednesdays.”

Crickets? Yours are probably better!

Have we missed any other things guys love to hear on a first date? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

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The standard meet up for a drink or bite to eat is a tried and tested idea for a first date, but there are plenty of other ways to break the ice and get to know each other too – like an activity-based date. Here, we’ll run through 5 great ideas for an active first date that gets the body moving and the romance blossoming, ensuring a fun, interactive and memorable day that’s sure to be like no other.

 Top 5 Great Ideas for an Active First Date The Hiking Date

Number one on the hit list of great ideas for an active first date is hiking. Hiking can be a wonderfully romantic first date activity that provides a great opportunity to really get to know your date.

Pick a nice scenic route and let nature work its magic, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic moment or two. You’ll find that conversation will flow easily with ever-changing surroundings constantly bringing up new things to talk about, and what’s more, it’s completely free! For the creative romantic, consider turning your hike into a scavenger hunt to unleash your inner adventurers.

 
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The Cycling Date

Grab your cycling equipment and bikes (our advice is play it cool and avoid the tandem – at least for now!) and get cycling for a cute first date you’re both bound to love.

Pick an easy, flat route that isn’t too physically demanding for either party, considering wider footpaths that will allow you to cycle side-by-side to enable conversation. Ensure the ride remains leisurely, never straying from a steady pace so that both Cupid and your date can keep up.

Dance Class Date

Ok, hear us out on this one! While the suggestion of throwing your best shapes on a first date is enough to send some running straight for the door, a dance class can be a really fun and unique first date scenario.

Stick to the beginners’ classes and pick a style within both your comfort zones to avoid too much embarrassment. But the trick here is to let your hair down and have a little bit of fun, not taking it all too seriously and getting a few positive chuckles from your date in the process. And needless to say, partnering up with your date might just help ignite a certain spark between the two of you.

The Bowling Date

Music, oversized shoes, beer and snacks makes bowling amongst the best first date activities on this list.

The beauty of this fun-filled sport is you can partake regardless of your skill level (though we definitely recommend leaving the bumpers up for the novices amongst you), meaning it’s easy to throw in a little friendly competitiveness between the two of you.

A Big Day Out

Last but not least on the list of great ideas for an active first date is a day trip. You may not think it, but when you factor in the amount of walking you do throughout the day, day trips to attractions are often very active date scenarios.

Choose somewhere that piques both of your interests, such as a theme park or museum, and take off for the day. Not only will this allow you to score brownie points in the romantic department, but it poses plenty of great opportunities for some cute Instagram snaps and to see if your interests are compatible together.

The most fun first dates are the active ones. Following the ideas in this piece on your next first date will guarantee an action-packed day neither of you will forget anytime soon, and will help boost the chance of romance blossoming between the two of you – all while staying fit and active at the same time! Happy Dating!

Author: Alex Jones – features writer for Start Fitness – providers of running, cycling, gym, football and outdoor products.

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Within the first ten minutes of a first date, a man will have formed an opinion about a woman. Women, on the other hand, will give things around an hour before deciding whether or not there’s a second date on the horizon.

And what about online, before a date has even been agreed? It can all be over in seconds. One fleeting glance, one swipe, no chance to make another first impression.   

That’s why, whether you’re behind the keyboard or in front of your date in a bar or restaurant, it’s always a good idea to stand out from the crowd. And what better way to do that, than to make them smile with a joke or some icebreakers?

13 of the Best Dating Jokes + Icebreakers 1. “Who’s the most famous person you’ve met?”

Who doesn’t love a bit of celebrity gossip? We all want to know if our idols are nice, not-so-nice, tall, small, or aloof. Trading star-spotting stories is a fun first date activity, and one that’s sure to draw some laughs.

2. “Do you know how much a polar bear weighs?”

Enough to break the ice!

3. “What’s your worst pickup line?”

Put it to your date to wow you with their worst pickup line. The cornier the better! Speaking of which… 

4. “Hey, are you my appendix?”

Because this feeling in my stomach makes me want to take you out.

5. “Would you rather live in outer space, or under the sea?”

Crazy hypotheticals are the cornerstone of any good date. You get to throw off the shackles and chat about silly ideas, like how would you dry your hair underwater? And do you need to eat freeze dried astronaut food for the rest of your days?

6. “Would you like to hear a joke about a pizza?”

I better not. It’s too cheesy.

7. “What would you do if you were invisible for a day?”

If asking that doesn’t give you an insight into your date, nothing will!

8. “Are you leaning on the F5 key?”

Because this conversation is so refreshing…

9. “If you didn’t have to work, what would you do all day?”

We all fantasise about not having to work, so this is a great question to stir up some conversation. Would they travel? Lounge around watching TV? Take up a new hobby? The possibilities are endless.

10. “Are you a barista?”

Because I like you a latte…

11. “What’s your thing?”

Everyone has a thing. The thing they could talk about for hours on end. Ask them about their thing.

12. “I think I have an inner ear infection.”

Because I’m falling for you.

13. “Who would play you in the movie of your life?”

A much more interesting question than “do you like movies?”, this will spark some serious discussion among cinephiles. And what sort of movie are we talking? Comedy? Drama? Who’s the villain of the piece? Get into it and there could be a happy ending before the credits roll.   

Can you do better? Of course you can! Share your best jokes, icebreakers, and chat up lines with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sexual health isn’t just about avoiding sexually transmitted diseases or unplanned pregnancies. It’s also about experiencing intimacy and pleasure with your partner.Believe it or not, there’s 5 things you can do for better sex. According to the World Health Organisation, sexual health can affect your physical, emotional, mental and social well-being for better of for worse.

5 Things You Need to Do for Better Sex

Whether you’re single or dating someone, there’s nothing worse than not being in the mood. Late nights, hectic days, stress and other factors all play a part in how we feel, which affects our libido. So before you ditch your new partner for a lack of action in the bedroom, here are 5 top tips for caring for your sexual health, and ensuring it’s running at optimum!

1.Protect yourself

Understanding your body and being proactive about your sexual health is the first step to protecting yourself. Ladies, make sure to set up a yearly appointment with your gynaecologist.  This appointment is crucial as it’s intended to check for any abnormalities or possible STIs. Detecting these issues early on can often prevent serious problems from developing.

If having children is not an option right now there are a variety of effective contraception methods to choose from. For years, birth control pills were and still are a very popular form of contraception. Fast forward a couple years, women now have easy access to affordable options and can choose the best one for their lifestyle. This is all thanks to telemedicine which is solving some of the biggest healthcare problems we’re noticing today.

Keep in mind, birth control methods will not protect you from any STIs. In this case, you will want to still use a male or female condom along with the birth control method that you choose.

2. Communication with partner

It’s important to know that you have choices when it comes to sex. Don’t feel pressured to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. Opening up to your partner and communicating your concerns is key to having a healthy relationship and overall sexual health. Your partner should respect you and your decisions.

Talking to your doctor about your sexual health is just as important as communicating with your partner. Having a conversation with a doctor about sex is a big hurdle for most people to get over so there’s no need to feel alone in this. Doctors are bound by law to keep your personal information confidential. If you’re having issues, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor.  They are the perfect person to help you work through these issues and hopefully find a permanent solution.

3. Increase your libido

The older we get the harder some of us have to work to maintain a healthy sex drive. Are you someone that couldn’t wait to get home to rip off your partner’s clothes but suddenly have no desire to? There are many factors that can negatively affect the sex drive in both men and women. Women will experience a more mental and physical issue causing pain during sex, dryness, and little to no interest in sexual activity.

There are various methods to treat someone with low libido. One method that works for both men and women is making serious lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and getting enough sleep. However, when it comes to treating low sex drive men have 26 options available to them while women only have one prescribed medical option called Addyi.

4. Get enough rest

Getting enough shut-eye every night has so many benefits. Our bodies need sleep for pretty much everything. Want great skin? Get more sleep. Want to be less stressed? Get more sleep. Want to have a better/healthier sex life? Get more sleep.

Lack of sleep for males:

  • Lowers testosterone
  • Causes erectile dysfunction

Lack of sleep with women:

  • Negatively affect the natural lubrication
  • Causes sexual distress
5. Eat healthy and stay active

Studies have shown that changing your diet and being more active could be small lifestyle changes to help increase your libido. The following foods are packed with the nutrients that you need to improve your overall health and boost your libido:

  • Dark Chocolate- releases endorphins that will improve your mood making you happier and more interested in sex.
  • Watermelon- is known to release amino acids and arginine which is responsible for vascular health. This refreshing fruit will naturally improve your erection and libido.
  • Oysters- known as the aphrodisiac and raises testosterone and oestrogen levels.

To learn more about foods you can add to your diet, Healthline shared 7 Foods to Help Boost Your Sex Life.
Exercise is also known to improve both physical and psychological health. A study showed that the more fit you’re the more you will desire sex. We aren’t saying you need to do CrossFit or any intense workout. Adding in some basic exercise like going for a walk or a bike ride could vastly improve your sex life and boost your overall mood. Consider a yoga class if you want to focus on core muscles, posture, and flexibility!

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What is it about the best first date restaurants in Sydney? Is it the food? The wine? The decor? The general vibe and ambience? Quiet enough to talk, but not too quiet that the awkward silences become deafening?

Yes. All of that, and more. And the good news is, the city is positively bursting at the seams with romantic, stylish, fun and affordable restaurants, all ready to play host to your nervous jokes and furtive glances.

Here we take a look at 7 of the very best restaurants to take your first date on. With your first date venue sorted, all you need now is your date, so get online dating in Sydney and line one up!

Magnificent 7: Top First Date Restaurants in Sydney 1. Casoni 

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Romance. Passion. Food. Wine. The Italians have it sussed. And if you can’t spring for a flight to Rome for a first date, Casoni in Darlinghurst might be the next best thing. With fresh, handmade pasta to die for, warm and friendly waiters, and a simply stunning wine list, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better first date destination.

Fairly-priced and with Negroni on tap, Casoni comes highly recommended.

2. Sokyo 

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From the pasta and wine of Casoni, we now move to the sushi and sake of Sokyo. A taste of Tokyo without the air miles, it’s set within The Star Sydney and fronted by renowned Japanese chef Chase Kojima.

Here you’ll find some of the prettiest food around. Seriously, you won’t know where to look; at your date or your plate. And with a trendy, grown-up vibe and a fabulous cocktail list, it ticks all the first date boxes.

3. Love, Tilly Devine 

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Pro tip: If you’re ever worried that conversation will dry up on a first date, pick somewhere a little bit different to keep the chat ticking over. Named for a prolific brothel madam, Love, Tilly Devine on Crown Lane certainly fits the bill!

This former bottle shop cellar is something of a hidden-gem, but for those who know and love it, it boasts a comprehensive wine selection and a mouthwatering menu of tasty small dishes. Cosy, trendy, and with no hint of pretension, this is the ideal place for a relaxed first date in Sydney.

4. Dear St Éloise 

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Another favourite wine-haunt, Dear St Éloise – a reference to George Orwell’s memoir, Down and Out in Paris & London – is a fun little bar and restaurant, ideal for a cosy night out. With over 300 bottles of wine to choose from, and a menu designed for sharing, it’s just the place for toasting the beginning of a beautiful new relationship.

What’s more, the kitchen stays open until 11.30pm every night (9pm on a Sunday). If things progress nicely between you two, you can keep ordering!

5. Ester 

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On Meagher Street in Chippendale, Ester has been drawing the crowds for the better part of 5 years. If you want to wow your date with a novel take on fine dining, you better first get yourself a reservation!

When you do, you’ll be met with a menu chock full of innovation. From sumptuous starters to delectable desserts, and magnificent mains sandwiched in between, it’ll be a meal you both won’t soon forget.

6. 10 William St 

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Take a wander down to 10 William St in Paddington and you’ll find a candle-lit, no-frills Italian bar and restaurant that’s perfect for a first date in Sydney. Set within a renovated terrace house, it boasts beautiful wines, tasty pasta, and a romantic, intimate atmosphere.

They say good things come in some packages, and this teeny, tiny bar is just the place to get up close and personal over some cannelloni and a bottle of Tuscan red.

7. Nomad 

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Describing itself as a “cellar door in the city”, Nomad in Surry Hills brings the best produce and wine together on a lip-smacking menu made for sharing.

Dictated by the seasons and drawing on Mediterranean flavours using local Australian ingredients, Nomad will leave you and your date spoilt for choice. So just order as much as you can fit on your table!

The best bit? The cellar door. Every wine on the menu is available by the glass. Sample a few, and take a bottle of your favourite home for later (winky-face emoji).

What’s your favourite restaurant for a first date in Sydney? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ladies, we know first dates can be nerve-wracking. If you make an instant connection, it can start to feel like everything is on the line, and winning a second date will come down to making a good first impression. In short, everything you say throughout the course of the evening matters to the person opposite. It could make or break the date. So if you’re set on seeing him again, here are a few things men love to hear on a first date – and some you should definitely avoid.

Things Men LOVE to Hear on a First Date 1. Your Laughter

Studies have long suggested that humour is an attractive trait in a mate, and men with a particular sense of humour love meeting women who share it. That’s why if your date happens to say something funny – and you think it’s funny – don’t be shy about letting them know. Hearing your laughter will make him feel more at ease, and set things up for a fun date.

2. “We should go together!”

If things are ticking along nicely, you don’t have to wait until the end of the evening to let him know that you’d like to hang out again. And you don’t need to be overly specific either. A simple “I’d love to see that – we should go together” in response to a movie or band being dropped into the conversation will give him the hint that you’re interested.

3. “How about another?”

Out for a coffee or a drink? Keep it going by suggesting another. Again, this lets him know that you’re enjoying yourself and would like more time to get to know him better, and that you don’t think extending the date is an imposition – something he may feel if he’s the one suggesting it.

4. “You look great.”

Ladies, you’re not the only ones who might like to hear how nice they look! Your date has (hopefully) gone to the effort of dressing well for the occasion, and letting him know he looks good should boost his confidence and help him relax.

5. “I had a lovely time.”

It’s a bit of a rom-com trope, but one that rings true in the real world – men are bad at picking up hints. With that in mind, don’t be too subtle if you’ve enjoyed the date, just come out and say it. Let him know you’ve had a lovely time, and if he feels the same way, that should be the cue for a first kiss.

And a Few Things Men HATE to Hear on a First Date 1. “My ex…”

If ever there were two words to send shivers down the spine of someone on a first date, ‘my ex’ must be pretty high up the list.

Steer clear of bringing up past romances or bad dating experiences, especially on the first date. You’ll simply have him wondering about who he’s competing with, if you still have feelings for this person, and what drama lies in store.

2. “Let’s take a selfie!”

Please, no. Chances are he won’t want to be immortalised as content for your friends and followers. At least not during your first date!

And speaking of bad first date etiquette…

3. *Buzzzz*

All your date will ever truly want is for you to be present in the moment. To share conversation, laugh at some jokes, enjoy some nice food and drink, and get to know one another. But all of that can be quickly spoiled by the buzz of a smartphone.

If you can’t help but check your messages or scroll through Facebook or Twitter, it might be a good idea to switch your phone off (or stick it on Airplane Mode) for the duration of the date. That way you can both focus on the task at hand – having fun dating.

Have we missed any other things men love to hear on a first date? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

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