Romantic things to do in Melbourne

Looking for romantic things to do in Melbourne? Melbourne City is as enchanting as it gets. From its picturesque panorama to the tranquil Yarra precinct, couples will find many an opportunity to enjoy some memorable private time. The city is also famous for its night life, with many bars and pubs partying all night. So, where’s the best place to start your romantic getaway?

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Romantic date ideas in Melbourne

Many romantic date ideas in Melbourne come to mind, and here are some of our recommendations.

Visit the Japanese bath house

The Japanese bath house (59 Cromwell St., Collingwood) is a nice little onsen (hot spring) not to miss. Spend a relaxing afternoon soaked in communal hot tubs. The venue also offers shiatsu sessions for added experience. Relax your body and mind!

Gelati for two at Pidapipo

Pidapipo (299 Lygon St., Carlton) serves some of the best (if not the very best) gelati in Melbourne. Owner Lisa Valmorbida graduated from a gelato university in Italy, which speaks volumes about the quality of their service. Tip: try some brioche or Baci.

Take a walk through the Melbourne Zoo

Zoos are known for having been one of couples’ favourite spots for ages. The Melbourne Zoo (Elliott Ave., Parkville) will not let you down. Explore the Trail of the Elephants and enjoy observing the aviary residents. In the summer, the Zoo hosts the Zoo Twilights — a string of concerts complemented by a picnic dinner.

Visit the Johnston Collection

The Johnston Collection (152/154 Hotham St., East Melbourne) is the museum of the 20th-century antique dealer William Johnston. It is a Georgian-era mansion displaying the finest collection of priceless objects in Australia. If you like antiquities, you are certain to love this place.

Enjoy private dinner at Felt Restaurant

Felt Restaurant is the pride of Hotel Lindrum (26 Flinders St.) and one of the top-ranked dining options in Melbourne. Felt serves delicious yet affordable courses in an atmospheric environment. All dietary requirements are observed — gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian courses are delicious.

The Accor Hotel is also home to the Back Bar & Billiard Room, where you may enjoy a glass of the finest red while playing billiards.

Enjoy a show at The Forum

The Forum (Flinders St. & Russel St.) is host to the greatest rock legends, theatre and comedy. The inside of the building is impressive, with a blue ceiling mimicking the night sky (starts included) and gothic wall façades.

Visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

The ACMI (Federation Square, Flinders St.) is a marvel in more ways than one. Visitors often forget the passing of time while visiting it; it is a truly unique experience. Blockbuster exhibitions are only one of visitors’ favourites; other ones include cinema and playing video games in the Games Lab.

Meet dangerous creatures at the Melbourne Museum

The Melbourne Museum (11 Nicholson St., Carlton) is probably the most marvellous place to enjoy biology lessons. The taxidermy room is breathtaking; the experience is even enhanced by the new reincarnation of Sam the Koala.

The Wild Exhibit will get you thinking: is this the last time I’ve seen this endangered species? Learn about the plight of endangered and rare animals in the exquisite setting of the Melbourne Museum.

Enjoy the wonders of St Kilda

St Kilda is a vibrant place. Once there, you will easily think up many activities. Our tip is: visit Luna Park (18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda) first! It is Australia’s oldest amusement park, with the original rides still going strong. Enjoy the Scenic Railway (opened in 1912!) and the merry-go-round (1913). After that, maybe head to St Kilda’s breakwater to observe a penguin colony.

Visit a Readings State Library outpost

Readings (multiple locations) won the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Award in 2017, and not without a good reason. If you see people hanging out at a bookshop well into the evening, you may be sure that the bookshop is — Readings. Readings’ Carlton outpost (309 Lygon St., Carlton) is, perhaps, the best known one; it is rather famous for its community outreach.

Visit Readings with your significant other and enjoy the best books and the best Melbourne experience in one go.

Melbourne romantic things to do

We omitted late night outings on purpose, for they require an entire new section. Indeed, Melbourne romantic things to do include hanging out with locals, enjoying best local beers, singing, dancing, and... well, partying on!
The list of romantic things to do in Melbourne would be incomplete without some of the best bars and pubs.

Sing karaoke at Charlton's Bar

Charlton's Bar (2 Coverlid Pl.) is famous for its karaoke nights and pool tables. Note that Charlton's doesn’t feature private rooms. It’s really all about partying. Everyone enjoys singing to the entire bar, gulping down booze and generally wasting away. On good days, Charlton's hosts comedy festival shows, too.

Enjoy Melbourne’s best coffee at Market Lane

Market Lane (five stores around Melbourne) serves only coffee, which speaks volumes about the venue. Not only do customers get to choose their coffee, but they also have a say in the way it’s made. In that way, customers get to enjoy their coffee and to learn a good deal about the flavour profiles.

Fine dine at Windows Restaurant

Windows Restaurant of the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Accor Hotel (65 Queens Rd., Albert Park) serves regional cuisine. Enjoy the views in privacy while tasting traditional Australian courses. It is as perfect a spot for couples as it gets.

Visit a comedy night

Melbourne’s Comedy Festival is one of the best loved happenings. There is a stand-up every evening somewhere in the city, so you will get to choose all you want. Visit the Wilde (153 Gertrude St., Fitzroy) on a Tuesday (young artists) or European Bier Café (120 Exhibition St.) on a Thursday for big-name comedians.
Hares & Hyenas (63 Johnston St., Fitzroy) hosts the monthly PoPoMoCo regularly. Check out their website for the next date.

Dance the night away

If you like dancing, Melbourne will not let you down. There are many pubs and bars where you may freely enjoy the activity until the small hours. The Federation Square is the place to be in summer, with many festivals taking place.

Visit the Laundry Bar (50 Johnston St., Fitzroy) on a Saturday for a hip-hop party, the Toff in Town (252 Swanston St.) for disco, Boney (68 Little Collins St.) and Howler (7-11 Dawson St., Brunswick) for Melbourne DJs’ parties, or Revolver Upstairs (229 Chapel St., Prahran) on a Sunday for techno.

Visit a Live Music Venue

Melbourne is famous for its live music scene. So famous, in fact, that the fans of all genres get an outlet or two on a regular basis. Take your significant other out to enjoy a drink and live music. Some of the best-loved venues include:

  • Section 8 (27-29 Tattersalls Ln.) — all genres, from dance, live DJs, to block parties;
  • Bennetts Lane Jazz Club (25 Bennetts Ln.) — live jazz, local and international. Bennetts Lane has two rooms — one for dancing and the other for chilling out.
  • Evelyn Hotel (351 Brunswick St., Fitzroy) — local talents and gigs; $10.00 jugs served every Tuesday.
  • Rubix Warehouse (36 Phoenix St., Brunswick) — underground, techno, electronic and drum-and-bass.
  • Corner Hotel (57 Swan St., Richmond) — pretty much any genre, from pop to local and international talents.
  • Prince Bandroom (29 Fitzroy St., St Kilda) — a nightclub and a party venue. It has hosted some of the best gigs in Melbourne, from Lenny Kravitz to Coldplay.

Taste best wines at Cumulus Up

Cumulus Up (Level 1, 45 Flinders Ln.) is one of the finest wine bars in Melbourne. It is classy and romantic at the same time, and serves exquisite food and unforgettable wines from around the globe. Taste Italian, French or Spanish wines and enjoy some Clair de Lune oysters while at it.

Looking for additional romantic things to do in Melbourne?

As you can see, there’s no lack of romantic things to do in Melbourne. A fine mixture of dining, wine sampling, singing, dancing, visiting art venues and simply enjoying being outdoors is what this great city has to offer. Many other activities are to be enjoyed throughout the city, too.

For a leisurely afternoon, visit Queen Victoria Market. Hosier Lane is famous for its street art; head there to savour the true spirit of Melbourne. Ride a balloon on a good day. Take a walk through the Yarra Bend Park. Cycle alongside the Merri Creek trail.

You can also attend a rock and roll concert at Cherry Bar (AC/DC Ln). Enjoy Melbourne as it should be enjoyed with your significant other and make many memorable memories.

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