Since the purpose of the first date is to communicate with a potential partner, then the place should be appropriate. This means that it should not be very noisy and not too crowded. The atmosphere should be relaxed and calm.
Cafe. If you don't have much time to prepare a date, then going to a cafe would be the best option. This is the perfect place to learn more about each other.
How to choose the right cafe or restaurant?
ask your friends about the restaurant's reputation;
music should not be too loud;
the cafe should be not crowded;
find out about your partner's food preferences, based on this, choose a suitable cafe.
Walk in the park or along the embankment. If the weather conditions are favorable enough, then you can take your partner to the city park. This dating option does not require much money. While walking, you can talk about all the topics that interest you, and at the same time admire the beauty of nature. The route should not be crowded. And naturally, you will not need to climb up and overcome any obstacles.
And if your city has an embankment, then this is exactly the place that romantic natures will appreciate. Therefore, if a partner primarily values romance and not material benefits, then he or she will greatly enjoy such a walk.