The best old-fashioned date ideas in Melbourne

Treat your significant other right with some old school romance
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These days it may be more likely to meet your new favourite lady (or gent) on an app than the dancefloor, but all is not lost for good, old-fashioned romance. Take the time to get to know each other offline with these fun date ideas. 

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Soda Rock Diner  booths

Share a milkshake at an old-school diner

Slide into a booth at South Yarra's Soda Rock Diner and look into each other's eyes over some fries and a milkshake. The 50s-style American diner has mini jukeboxes at every booth if you want to listen to some old-school tunes, and they do a mean apple pie à la mode if you want to sweeten the deal.

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Coburg Drive-in

Make out at the drive-in

Drive up to the Coburg Drive-In early for a food truck dinner (the line-up changes weekly), order some popcorn and cosy up in the front seat for a film screening at one of Melbourne's last standing drive-in cinemas. Don't forget the mints.

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A couple sitting on grass having a picnic
Photograph: Roberto Seba

Head outdoors for a garden or park picnic

Russel up a nice picnic hamper from the markets or local deli (some would very happily fix you up with a lovely lunch), buy a bottle of champagne to toast with, and take your sweetheart to your favourite shady spot at Carlton Gardens or the Royal Botanic Gardens for a nice little picnic. 

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Fairfield Boathouse

Go paddle boating

The Fairfield Park Boathouse is a lovely spot for an inner-city getaway. Rent a skiff for the afternoon and row, row, row your boat gently down the Yarra River for a date that will really impress. Worked up an appetite? Enjoy afternoon tea at the Fairfield Park Teahouse, where they serve a classic Devonshire tea. 

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Humble Vintage bike

Explore the city on vintage bikes

Melbourne's a bike rider's city, and there are plenty of scenic bike routes around town to take your new beau out on (we love the Merri Creek Trail and the Capital City Trail). If you don't already own a set of wheels, the lovely folk at Humble Vintage Bike Hire Co in Fitzroy will gladly rent you a couple of bikes for the day. 

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A shot of the bar area at Madame Brussels with a bartender movin
Photograph: Mark Chew

Order a round of cocktails at this city bar

Madame Brussels feels and looks like a garden party all-year-round and they also do really interesting takes on classic cocktails. For Old Fashioned Week, they'll fix you and your date up with a Kentucky High Tea: an Old Fashioned with an Earl Grey tea twist.
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Croquet game in garden

Play a round of croquet

Croquet clubs were all the rage back in the day, and guess what? There are still a fair few around. There are 20 clubs across Melbourne with plenty of fields to swing your mallet around, and games are hosted daily. This one's also a great group date idea.

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Fresh house made pasta at tipo 00
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Grab some dinner at this pasta joint

Book a table at Tipo 00 if you want to impress your date with some of the best pasta dishes in town. This pasta bar is nice enough to for a special night out, but casual enough to skip the formalities (especially if you're still in first date territory). Plus, everyone likes pasta.

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Flowers at Bud Flowers

Suprise her (or him!) with some beautiful flowers

OK, this isn't a date idea, but who doesn't like receiving a surprise bunch of flowers at work. Good thing Melbourne's got some really talented florists putting smiles on faces on the daily. Order a bouquet from Azalea, Flowers Vasette, or Art Stems.

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