Tired of the classic drink and dinner combo? U.S. too. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new things to do, scouring the city in search of things that aren’t boring in Melbourne – the ones that are guaranteed to take your next date far beyond beers at the pub.
Whether you’re picking someone up on a second date or having your 100th with your partner, we’ve got some awesome (and, yes, cute) dating ideas this week, no matter how much money you have. spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. Please.
LESS THAN $ 20
DOSE UP ON HAPPINESS IN AN IMMERSIVE POP-UP ON THE THEME OF THE SUN
The dating game doesn’t always mean sunshine and bliss – but in this cheery new pop-up out of town, where good vibes abound, it sure will feel that way. The folks at Sugar Republic, the team behind Australia’s Pop-Up Dessert Museum, have launched their latest immersive Bloomville business, which revolves around flowers and sunshine.
Make an appointment to take a tour around its brightly colored thematic spaces and accessories, and let these happy sensations continue. You’ll travel between sun-drenched bedrooms, cherry blossom installations, sparkling swings, a wall of scratch and sniff flowers, and a ‘flower power’ chamber, all housed in a series of shipping containers in a parkland. Aintree, north-west of Melbourne. The best of all? 100 percent of ticket sales are donated to local charities.
LESS THAN $ 50
SIP, TOURBILLON AND VINO SAMPLE AT A WINE TASTING IN THE NEW YARRA VALLEY
If you’ve got another wine lover to entertain, here’s a winning option for this weekend: an afternoon spent sipping drops of the Yarra Valley at the region’s newest wine tasting festival, Pulp. The inaugural celebration takes place in the garden of the Healesville Hotel on Saturday January 15 and Sunday January 16. Here you can show off your own wine knowledge while tasting the latest wine products from a range of independent and small-batch local producers including Solar Wines, Musical Folk, Tillie J, Fetherston, Ben Haines and more.
In between tastings, you and your partner can connect with panel discussions led by local legends such as Meg Brodtmann MW of Rob Dolan Wines, Steve Flamsteed of Giant Steps and Mac Forbes himself. And at the end of each afternoon, kick into the evening with tunes from Goodys HiFi, plus grills and plenty of other wines available to purchase as you go.
GO TO NIGHT MARKETS FOR GLOBAL EATS, SUMMER SIPS AND LIVE TUNES
Can’t settle for just one kitchen for your midweek dinner? Well you can save the decision making for another time, as the ever popular Queen Vic Summer Night Market is back for a whole new season, featuring a mouthwatering array of global street food every Wednesday night. You and your foodie friends can spend the evening feasting on the wide range of food stalls – think of Frencheese’s melt-in-the-mouth raclette, meaty American-style barbecue dishes courtesy of Bigger Than Texas, and famous haloumi chips from The Cypriote Kitchen and spherical treats from the donut masters of Taki’s Balls.
To wash it off, you’ll find no less than five bars dedicated to the festival, as well as drink stalls like Antagonist Spirits. A diverse range of artisan stalls are full of handmade gifts, housewares, fashion and more. And as always, there will be a live local tunes program for the soundtrack of your nocturnal wanderings, with a stage dedicated to DJs and another serving as a rotation of acoustic acts.
LESS THAN $ 100
GET A LITTLE CHEESE … WITH A POWERFUL INDULGENT RESTAURANT PLATE
If you’re not afraid to crank up the cheese factor – and you’re 100% sure your date isn’t lactose intolerant – go ahead and treat them to some decadent food at South Yarra’s Cucinetta. From January 12 to 23, the restaurant offers a limited edition creation of gnocchi containing 29 different types of cheese.
Yes, you read that right. The handmade potato gnocchi are baked with 29 cheeses from Thomastown’s That’s Amore Cheese, including buffalo mozzarella, truffled caciotta (a cheese made from fresh cow’s milk), smoked scamorza, blue cheese and salted ricotta. Available for lunch and dinner, it’s a sure-fire in the hearts of any cheese lover.
RAISED, 300 METERS ABOVE STREET LEVEL
Take height? We’re talking, of course, about taking your date on a breathtaking high-altitude adventure to the new Melbourne Skydeck – the tallest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. Formerly known as Eureka Skydeck, the vertiginous site has been reinvented with a suite of cutting-edge attractions and adrenaline-pumping experiences, including a VR theater, a dizzying activation known as The Edge and a VR zipline that will have you soar (virtually) above the CBD.
Alternatively, you can just soak up the stunning 360-degree views from the deck’s full-length windows, while enjoying champagne and snacks at Skydeck’s Bar 88. Plus, it’s open until 10 p.m. which makes it a winning option for a romantic sunset sipping with a view.
Top image: The summer night market
Posted on January 11, 2022 by