Well im telated to that topic to a tee but in my case it never worked i went out with a guy to a restaurant last year he paid dinner ieven let him chose the place as he suggested me a place he wanted to go. We made out at the end. He gave me signs he liked me but we didi not even go further for a second date. He did not want to be in a relationship he assume that just for one date
Circus/carnival is always interesting (may be seen as a bit of a cliché tough, but there are many activities and a lotta space and time to talk to each other and straight up know her) Sushi is great (you get to see what kind of a person by how they eat their sushi, no joke) If she likes sports, work your way on them (you get to discover each other's physique and you find out why she likes a particular sport, which usually says something about who you are) Stand up comedy might be cool, but if she doesn't like the humor it might ruin it all
Coffee in a public place. It's short and sweet, either can dash if they want, and the sole purpose is to see if there's any attraction or reason to have a real date. And it's a great time to set that up if there's any connection at all.
And forget all the texting and social media. That's all just lame - you can't read anything from all that crap.
Go hiking, walk in the park etc. Those are nice because even if there's awkward silences there not that awkward because you can just look at the nature around you. Another option is just stay in and talk. Maybe order a pizza, watch a movie and just get to know each other. You don't have to go some fancy restaurant or anything, any of these above ideas would work.