Coupled up on Valentine's Day? Congratulations. There are many things to do around Melbourne for whatever budget you have and for whatever stage of the relationship you're in. Check out our complete guide to Valentine's Day in Melbourne, where you'll find everything from Melbourne's best restaurants to the best bars to take your date.
What to do on Valentine's Day
Picture this: you arrive at QT Melbourne's luxe signature restaurant, Pascale Bar and Grill, with your significant other. You order a beautiful dessert by pastry chef Youssef Aderdour – an almond-pistachio madeleine biscuit topped with wild strawberry marmalade on Valrhona white chocolate and vanilla buttermilk mousse. But instead of finding a cherry on top, what you find instead is a room key.
That's right, lovers: QT Melbourne's Room for Dessert special includes a night in one of the city's best hotels, sleeping in a huge king-size bed, plus a bottle of Perrier Jouët. Available until Wednesday February 15, it's the perfect way to surprise your special someone for Valentine's Day.
No bookings are required to take advantage of this hot offer, which costs $300 for the dessert and room.
Garden State Hotel is getting in the Valentine's Day mood in the lead-up to the day, by opening a pop-up florist in the middle of the multi-level bar, restaurant and pub. That way, if you forget to buy your significant other a lovely bunch of flowers, you can grab one while you down a pint at the bar.
The florist will be open up to and on Valentine's Day during the bar's opening hours.
Luna Park's Luna Love event returns on Valentine's Day with unlimited rides and plenty of fairy floss to sweeten the deal on date night. From 6-11pm on Tuesday February 14, Luna Park will host couples as they watch the sun go down on St Kilda Beach from the Ferris Wheel, or as they take a thrilling ride on the Great Scenic Railway. Tickets $65 per couple
Try not to get too randy in the car, because the Coburg Drive-In will be screening the saucy Fifty Shades Darker film on Tuesday February 14. Meanwhile, Melbourne food trucks will be serving you and your partner a budget Valentine's Day dinner. Expect Greek Street Food, Real Burgers, Bites on Wheels, Manny's Doughnuts and more.
Make memories this Valentine's Day with a special nine-course menu at Mr Miyagi. For $95 per person, every couple will be served Mr Miyagi's delicious contemporary Asian fare, featuring a Lego-style sashimi plate, Korean barbecue wagyu flank and finishing with Mr Miyagi's take on the classic Rocky Road (pictured).
Melbourne's self-described Doughnut Prince has put together a special Valentine's Day doughie for loved up doughnut fans. The Bistro Morgan Valentine's Day doughnut is dipped in white chocolate, filled with strawberry jam, and topped with sprinkles and mini Sweet Mickie cookies. These babies are available from Friday February 10 in store and on UberEats and Deliveroo.
Pope Joan is transforming itself into a Garden of Eden for a Valentine's Day summer cook-out. This dinner will be on Pope Joan's communal tables, so make friends with your table mates over Matt Wilkinson's summer camp cook-out menu featuring grilled jerk quail, mussels, turkey dimmies, and fresh salads. Call to book a spot.
How about a Valentine's Day dinner?
Unless you have the metabolism of a nine-year-old, and the finances of a Kardashian, you never stand a chance against Melbourne's ferocious dining machine. The openings just don't stop and ain't nobody got time to keep on top of what's what. Except us, that is. So behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to Melbourne's 50 best restaurants.