If you’re looking for fun dates ideas in Melbourne, we’ve got you sorted! Whether you meet through Tinder, Bumble, Hinge or at your local coffee shop or meet-cute, Melbourne has so much to offer for your next special date! From Date Nights or Day Trips, this list gives you the best chance of having a good time, or at least having a good story for Bad Dates of Melbourne.
It’s a classic option but it’s a classic for a reason. With all types of movies to suit all types of people, it’s easy to find something to fit a date in any stage of the relationship. To make it even more interesting though Melbourne has such a great selection of interesting Cinemas to choose from with food and drink options and great atmospheres, places like Cinema Nova in Carlton, Westgarth Cinema Northcote and the Astor in St Kilda. If it’s summer there is always the ever-delightful Moonlight Cinema in the Botanic Gardens or Lido’s Rooftop Cinema in Hawthorn.
We love an escape room and what a great date they can make! Spend 50 minutes to an hour with just you and your date finding the solution to some great problem and (hopefully) gaining the thrill of victory! There are so many great options in Melbourne no matter what type of room you are looking for. From some super scary rooms like Its Nightmare or hackSAW at Rush to classic escapes like Gaol Break at Adventure Rooms Melbourne. Our favourite option though would have to be Trapt Bar & Escape Rooms not only do we have a great selection of rooms such as The Wayward Wizard, Under the Big Top and Cave In but they also have a fully stocked cocktail bar with cocktails themed to the rooms to help calm the pre-date jitters and celebrate your victories!
Does it get any more classic than taking your date out to dinner? Melbourne is the food capital of Australia and has an amazing collection of restaurants from affordable Chinese restaurants in Chinatown to much more extravagant options such as Vue de Monde or something more intimate like Bistrot D’Orsay. There is something for every date in every stage of the relationship from the first time you have dinner together to the moment you propose.
Super fun and super simple, something that you don’t need to be good at to enjoy. Years ago it was the game you only played on the beachside family holiday when you were sick of the sand but it has recently taken off again with some super fun adult venues such as Holey Moley and Glowgolf popping up for your romantic evening needs.
Walk along the Yarra
If you’re looking for a budget date idea you could do a lot worse than a stroll on a spring day down the banks of the mighty Yarra. It has some truly beautiful stretches many of which are included as part of the Captial City Trail and meander from the CBD down through Richmond, Hawthorn, Kew and Clifton Hill.
A classic carnival has always been a great date option and Luna Park has been delivering that for Melbourne since 1912. Luna Park has always had a great selection of rides and attractions for all types of people from the famous Scenic Railway to adrenaline-pumping thrill rides to sideshow attractions where you can win your date a gigantic stuffed toy there is something for every date.
Rollerblade along Marine Parade
When the weather is warm why wouldn’t you head along Marine Pde and if you want to make it a bit more exciting why not hire rollerblades? With a collection of places that will hire out rollerblades and protective gear to you it makes for an entertaining afternoon whether you are just learning and can barely keep your feet or if you are zipping along backwards and jumping over park benches.
Mount Dandenong Observatory
It’s a bit of a drive but heading up to the lookouts on Mount Dandenong, particularly after the sun has gone down provides absolutely spectacular views. With Melbourne and its vast array of lights lit up like a carpet below you there are few things quite as romantic. On the way back you have a great opportunity to talk as well.
Grab a cocktail
Melbourne loves a cocktail and we have so many great venues to treat you to. Check out our list of some of our favourites here. Some of them have such romantic environments and wild cocktail lists there is something on it to provide the perfect date for any couple.
If you are just starting out on your (potential) romantic adventure the best option would have to be to meet for a coffee. Its quick but can be extended if you want and there are so many options that it is easy to find something that is close enough to both of you to make it very practical. If you want a great coffee for you date, we have you covered as well, find some of our favourite places here.
Whatever you decide to do on your dates we wish you the best of luck in your future relationships, or you could simply take yourself. Having a date with yourself can be an absolutely fantastic time, why should people looking for love have all the fun?