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The best things to do on Valentine's Day in Melbourne

Celebrate February 14 at one of these loved-up Melbourne activities

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier
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Whether you're coupled up, single or looking to spend Valentine's Day with your friends, there's something for everyone in Melbourne this February 14. From romantic dinners to special rom-com screenings, this city will be leaning into love, no matter what form it comes in.

Check out our complete guide to Valentine's Day in Melbourne, where you'll find everything from Melbourne's best date night restaurants to the best places for a cheeky pash

What to do on Valentine's Day

If you and your beloved are isolating or would simply rather not leave the comfort of home, you can still enjoy a romantic dinner from some of Melbourne's finest restaurants. Providoor is tkaing orders up until 4pm on Saturday, February 12 (for a Sunday delivery) and you can choose from restaurants like Entrecôte, Hardware Club and Maha. If you fancy a tipple, you can add a set of expertly made cocktails from the Everleigh Bottling Co. to your order.  

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  • Carlton

Chocolate-covered strawberries are peak romance, and Pidapipó has turned that classic combo into a limited-edition popsicle called the Gelato di San Valentino. Think delicious strawberry cream gelato encased in a rich dark chocolate coating and topped with a sprinkle of waffle crunch. The treats are just $10 a pop and can be picked up in-store or ordered for home delivery via UberEats. 

 

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  • Southbank

If you're sick of that 'you pick', 'no you pick' conversation when it comes to deciding on dinner, look no further. The Langham's Melba Restaurant offers one of our city's finest buffets to ensure you and your date have plenty of options to choose from. Book in for dinner on February 13 or 14 and enjoy access to the signature buffet as well as a decadent seafood platter for two. Dinner is $199 per person and includes a glass of Champagne or Crown lager on arrival, and each couple will also receive a rose to take home. Don't forget to visit the famed molten chocolate fountain on your way out! 

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Cupid's Afternoon Tea at Aria Bar & Lounge
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  • Australian
  • Southbank
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From February 9-16, lovebirds can book in for the Cupid's Afternoon Tea at the Aria Bar and Lounge in the Langham Hotel. Enjoy an array of pink-head treats including chocolate-dipped strawberries, Madeleines dipped in pale pink chocolate, freshly baked scones, bite-sized sandwiches and a chocolate dome of love. The session is $75 per person on weekdays and $90 on weekends and includes a glass of sparkling wine. 

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  • Melbourne

It's common knowledge that the French are experts at romance, so it seems fitting that one of the most romantic places to spend Valentine's Day would be Bar Margaux. Book in for a romantic 'La Vie en Rose' French dinner for $130 per person and enjoy dishes like cured Tasmanian salmon with Champagne gelée and white chocolate mousse with cherry jam. A selection of rosés will be poured by the glass, and rare wine by the bottle will be available on special all night long. 

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Single and looking to mingle? Melbourne dating app Boop has partnered with Ballers Clubhouse to host a fun and interactive ping pong speed dating session. Participants will join a group of 50 other singles and play rounds of mixed doubles ping pong. When it's not your turn to play, you can snack on delicious canapes, enjoy drinks at the bar and chat with other guests. The session takes place on Valentine's Day from 7pm to 9pm and tickets start at $45 per person. Get your tickets through the Ballers Clubhouse website

 

The thought of going on a date is a little daunting. Where do you even find someone to date after 18 months in lockdown? And if (by some miracle) you do find someone to take out where do you take them? The answer to all of these questions might be new app Boop.

Launching this week, Boop is a going-on-a-date app that is trying to help users find love and help Melbourne businesses get back on their feet.

A free app for users, Boop is designed to get people off their phones and out into some of Melbourne's hottest venues (with in-app discounts). Users sign up to the app, swipe left or right through Melbourne's dating pool and have a chat. With the real fun starting if you decide to meet up.

Clicking the 'plan a date' button enables you to book venues like Arbory, Trinket and Fargo & Co from within the app and then claim a 15 per cent discount on date night.

Boop's monetisation strategy relies on users matching on the app and taking advantage of the incentives offered by partners.

Boop is available in the Apple or Google Play stores. Venues can register interest here.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

For $95 per person, you can enjoy a sharing menu that features dishes like oysters, 36-month aged Joselito Iberico jamon and lamb rump served with charcoal-grilled carrots, romesco and heirloom tomatoes with burrata and pickled shallot. Finish off with a refreshing peach and rosé sorbet and then head upstairs for drinks on the rooftop. 

 

Need a gift?

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February 14 is nearly here – your annual opportunity to show the one you love the depth of your feelings. It’s always a good idea to demonstrate some creativity to keep the spark alive in your relationship, and that’s where Time Out can help. Our gift guide spans delicious treats to pampering packs to premium spirits so you can toast your love at home, plus a few left-of-field ideas you probably never considered.

How about a Valentine's Day dinner?

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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.

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