Valentine’s Day is a day that some people dread each year. Not because it’s a bad day but because it’s hard to figure out what to do in the advance and sometimes working these things out can be daunting or too hard! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some great last minute options for you to impress your date and you don’t even need to break the bank.
An intimate rooftop bar – Wolf’s lair, Carlton
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There are many great rooftop bars in Melbourne but none better than this hidden gem tucked away behind Jimmy Watson’s lane in Carlton. It’s cute decor with open spaces offers a great setting on a hot summer’s day but is still intimate enough for you to have a cozy conversation and, of course, that cold bevvy paired with some delicious snacks.
No bookings – first in best dressed
Idyllic countryside but not – The Farm Cafe, Abbotsford
Want to take your date to eat delicious fresh food and also go see some cute animals? Look no further than the Farm Cafe right next door to the Abbotsford convent. Get some fresh air, have a coffee, eat some healthy tasty food and go for a romantic walk. You’ll definitely meet some cute furry friends along the way.
No bookings for less than 6 – first in best dressed.
A romantic adventure Fairfield park boathouse, Fairfield
Nothing spells romance more than a gentle boat ride down the Yarra river. The Fairfield park boathouse doesn’t require pre-bookings for boating just turn up and flex those muscles and impress your date. Devonshire tea along with other delights are available from the Boathouse after your adventure.
No need to book boating, restaurant bookings available via phone.
A noble experience – The Noble Experiment, Collingwood
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Wonder where people go to eat, drink and be merry? The Noble Experiment is a one stop shop for you and your date. Delicious food, delectable cocktails, delightfully presented and decently priced. And only a short walk from dessert bar Messina Gelato – divine.
Bookings available online
The scenic picnic – The Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
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During Summer it could be a picnic day everyday. And the best place to have a picnic in Melbourne is at the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Gather some cheese, biscuits, cold meats and wine and viola you have the perfect menu for a romantic date that won’t break your bank. Pick a quiet area under some trees and look up to watch clouds drift past together.
No cost for entry

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