The days are sunny, the nights are balmy and love is in the air. Whether you’re planning the perfect February 14th or any other date night, these romantic recommendations will make for an unforgettable evening.
Punting on the Lake
What could be more romantic than a summer night spent Punting on the Lake? Watch the Royal Botanic Gardens scenery slowly slip by on your chauffeured cruise around Ornamental Lake. Your professional punter will be your guide to the history, wildlife and flora as you punt past the picturesque islands and bays.
Perpetually popular, pasta bar Tipo 00 is sure to impress. Specialising in house-made pasta, this Italian institution serves everything from tortelloni to tagliolini. Or perhaps a shared saffron spaghetti with spanner crab will offer up your own Lady and the Tramp romance.
If French is the language of love, why not surprise your date with the real deal at French Brassiere’s relaxing sanctuary at the top end of town? Enjoy intimate and innovative French cuisine complimented by distinctive Australian and French wines.
Arts Centre’s tixatsix
How could last minute planning be a bad thing when you can score limited $30 Arts Centre Melbourne tickets, daily at 6pm for that night’s show? There’s a limit of two tickets, so it’s a deal made for lovers on a budget. Try your luck – maybe you’ll catch Evita or the Lady in the Van under the spire?
La Petite Crêperie
Nothing beats the authentic French crepe. From lemon and sugar to Nutella and almonds, a little slice of heaven in a take-away cone beckons daily until late at La Petite Creperie’s cult converted newspaper stand on Swanston Street. Or find them sitting pretty in vintage French Caravan ‘Lucile’ in QV Square.
Spring Street Grocer picnic
Romantics can’t go wrong with a picnic and Spring Street Grocer has everything you need. Stock up on rolls and caviar, dips and charcuterie, vegan salads and fresh seafood to go. Down the spiral staircase, a cellar of wall to wall cheese awaits your selection. Head across the street with your bounty to the lush grass and fountain at Parliament Gardens Reserve. Then pop back for a post-picnic gelato.
Go casual with an American-style date night or get silly and release your inner child together. Either way, knock over a few pins while you sip a summer cocktail and chow down on classic alley fare like hot dogs and wings at Strike Bowling QV and Melbourne Central.
BYO picnic and pillows to the Royal Botanic Gardens and stake your spot for a sunset screening. Rather spend some quality time with your number one fan? Friendly four-legged guests are welcome at Moonlight Cinema.
More Valentine’s Day ideas
Valentine’s Day in Docklands – Sip sunset-lit champagne as you float down the Yarra aboard the gorgeous Birrarung. Surprise your date when you alight at Berth for a three-course, wine-matched meal, complete with spectacular city and waterfront views. Thursday 14 February.
South Wharf Pop up Cinema – Love Actually is all around at double twilight screenings of the rom com romp at the South Wharf Pop-Up Cinema. Settle in under the stars with an espresso martini and choc top in tow. Thursday 14 February.
Valentine’s Day at the Aquarium – Dine with the fishes at one of three aquamarine locations for an unforgettable underwater evening at Sea Life Melbourne. Surround yourself with sharks in the Oceanarium, go tropical in Coral Atoll, or venture to Antarctica to enjoy your four-course meal alongside suitably tuxedoed penguins. Thursday 14 February.
Lady Cutler Showboat – a two hour Valentine’s Day Cruise at sunset offering spectacular views of the city and harbour, and a fully licensed bar on board. Thursday 14 February.
Entrecôte South Yarra – Bring a little Paris to your Valentines meal with a four course set menu at this atmospheric French eatery overlooking Royal Botanic Gardens. Thursday 14 February.
Tar & Roses Wine Lunch – Indulge in a Sunday feast at the Arts Centre. Start with outdoor canapés and a Be my Valentine cocktail in the Barre Backyard, before moving indoors for a four-act, wine-matched meal. Sunday 17 February.