Whether you’re coupled up, single or looking to spend Valentine’s Day with your friends, there’s something for everyone in Melbourne this Valentine’s. From romantic dinners to special screenings, this city will be leaning into love, no matter what form it comes in.
Are you located in Melbourne, Victoria, looking for the best Valentine’s day ideas? When you are planning your Valentine’s date, you probably want everything just perfect. One of the best ways to make sure that it all turns out the way you dreamed it to select every vendor yourself personally. This way, you can choose the ultimate location, the best entertainment and the most delicious food and craft your ideal Valentine’s Day.
Table of Contents
- 0.1 Ultimate Valentine’s Day Ideas in Melbourne, Victoria
- 0.2 Have Dinner or Lunch Date at the top of Brighton Savoy Hotel
- 0.3 Brunch Date at the Village Belle Hotel
- 0.4 Get You Date a Bouquet of Chicken Wings
- 0.5 Book Dinner at Lee Ho Fook
- 0.6 Hampers That’s Amore Cheese
- 0.7 Axe Throwing at Maniax
- 0.8 Paint Your Partner
- 0.9 Peninsula Hot Springs with your Special Someone
- 0.10 Movie Date with Moonlight Cinema
- 0.11 Valentine’s Day Helicopter Flights
- 0.12 Sunset Sparkling Wine Cruise by Catamaran
- 0.13 Pick up some Koko Black Chocolates
- 1 How to Have the Best Valentine’s Day Ever
Ultimate Valentine’s Day Ideas in Melbourne, Victoria
Have Dinner or Lunch Date at the top of Brighton Savoy Hotel
Check their website: brightonsavoy.com.au
Call them for bookings: (03) 9592 8233
Brighton Savoy’s Valentine’s Day Dinner Melbourne
Enjoy music by singer/guitarist Freddy Gulino
Valentine’s Day Dinner in Melbourne is best experienced in the Seaview Restaurant whilst enjoying a romantic dining experience with bay views.
A single red rose awaits your Valentine and a glass of bubbles as the sun goes down.
Rekindle the romance, first date, wedding anniversary?
Valentine’s day is a perfect opportunity to spend time with your special partner.
Accommodation is also available, so why not make a real night of it with lunch. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, our front desk team would be delighted to assist you.
Valentine’s Dinner session times
- 5.30 pm Early Session
- 7.30 pm Premium Session
- 9.30 pm Late Session
- A single red rose for your Valentine
- Three-course menu and coffee
- De Bortoli Willowglen wines, Sparkling wine, local beers and soft drinks
Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu
- Smoked salmon plate, micro herbs, capers, potato crunch, lemon citrus mayo (g)
- Saffron spiced chilli prawns, basmati rice & mild red chilli sauce
- Spiced falafel discs with roast pumpkin and avocado puree (v)(g)
- Satay chicken strips, basmati rice, satay sauce, pineapple & cucumber garnish (g)
- Eye fillet steak 220g served medium with red wine jus, pomme potatoes & garlic butter(g)
- Crispy skin herbed chicken breast, seasonal vegetables, mushroom ragout, pomme potatoes & light chicken jus
- Panfried barramundi fillet, roasted tomato sauce, potato latke, seasonal vegetables (g)
- Oven-baked gnocchi with spicy tomato sauce, mozzarella, and spinach finished with truffle oil. (v)
- Eton mess, crushed meringue, whipped cream, fresh strawberries & raspberries, berry gel & honeycomb (g)
- Sticky date pudding butterscotch sauce, chocolate soil, vanilla ice cream, dates, honeycomb
- Profiteroles filled with custard served with chocolate sauce & vanilla ice cream.
Tea & coffee and after-dinner mints to conclude
Early Dinner Session $109.00 per person
Premium Dinner Session $129.00 per person
Late Dinner Session $99.00 per person
Brunch Date at the Village Belle Hotel
The Village Belle Hotel will be putting on a special edition of the venue’s bottomless brunch for V Day (but hey, you don’t have to be loved up to enjoy this one). Guests will receive a cocktail on arrival and then be treated to bottomless spritzes, sparkling wine, cider and tap beer, as well as food from the brunch grazing table. It’s $80 per person, and you need to book in advance.
The Garden Bar & Restaurant has been specially designed to be functional all year round. A contemporary concrete and glass structure, the unique space includes custom-made, steel-framed windows and operable glazed walls that lift upward to maximise space. Even better, a retractable roof, as well as misters and fans, make it the perfect spot for soaking up the summer sun, while heaters mean Melbourne’s temperamental weather won’t stop the fun in the cooler months.
Space also boasts a range of delicious dining offerings for every occasion, from casual catch-ups with friends and family to intimate birthday dinners to business lunches. View the restaurant menu.
When time is under pressure, but you don’t want to compromise on your meal’s quality, enjoy our express lunch, available Monday to Friday.
Book a table online.
Get You Date a Bouquet of Chicken Wings
The Beast CBD team (who also own the B.East in Brunswick East) want to give you or your loved one a free bouquet made of wings this Valentine’s Day. The venue will be handing out free chicken wing bouquets from the Swanson Street venue. Don’t want to miss out? You can also pre-order one for pickup or delivery – and yes, there is a plant-based option too.
All our beef is local, grass-fed & organically farmed.
All burgers served on toasted potato buns unless stated otherwise. please inform us of any food-related allergies you may have before ordering.
Give the venue a call on 0410 428 075 or check their website.
Book Dinner at Lee Ho Fook
Mod-Chinese diner Lee Ho Fook is doing a special Valentine’s Day menu for lunch and dinner on the 14th. Guests will receive a white peach Bellini on arrival, then be treated to Drunken Goolwa pippies, Shandong chicken crackling, Tasmanian ocean trout, Skull Island tiger prawn noodles, a dry-aged duck breast and even a dark chocolate pavé for dessert. The menu costs $160 per person, and there’s also a wine pairing available.
Smith Street’s loss is the city’s gain, as Lee Ho Fook brings cutting-edge Chinese to Duckboard Place.
Victor Liong’s mod-Chinese diner has graduated from low-key digs in Collingwood to an edgy warehouse in the city, home to cathedral ceilings, raw bricks and exposed pipes. It’s a slicker, more sophisticated package, with a rock’n’roll edge that suits Liong’s punchy regional cuisine. But space can fall dangerously close to form over function – that backlit bar also acts as a thoroughfare so that unsuspecting punters could cop a Boston shaker to the face.
Fortunately, the floor team doesn’t skip a beat. Our waitress bops along to the Cure as she guides us through the specials. “Definitely order this,” she says, pointing to the Chongqing chicken skin. “But steer clear of that; it’s too big for two,” she warns of the mammoth beef rib. She also convinces us not to go to the banquet as “it’s a shit tonne of food”. So we go to town on the a la carte offerings and order a shit tonne of food anyway.
And damn, was she right about that chicken skin. Crunchy, burnished shards of deep-fried skin play peek-a-boo amid the rubble of dried chillies and Sichuan peppercorns. This is no-holds-barred dining: the heat slowly comes at first, then all at once, leaving us fanning our mouths like maniacs.
While the chicken comes out with all guns blazing, the tea-smoked egg takes a more softly-softly approach. Liong’s modern version of this classic Chinese snack teams the smoky notes of oolong with the buttery richness of the jellied yolk, the salty pop of Avruga (faux caviar made from herring) and a refreshing herbal hit from the dill frond and spring onion oil.
Doused in sticky soy and red vinegar sauce and scattered with little nubs of fried garlic and Sichuan peppercorns, the crisp eggplant is a textural treat. A caramelised coating gives way to a fluffy, silken interior, so each bite is crunchy and soft, sharp and sweet.
Following such well-executed starters, the ‘Chinita’s falls a bit flat. This love child of a pizza and a spring onion pancake features a fried, puffy base layered with shredded spring onion and dollops of buffalo mozzarella. The cool lactic tang of the cheese plays off against the onion’s grassy heat, but it’s too one-dimensional, a dull moment in an otherwise exciting meal.
Liong, who’s worked at Sydney’s Mr Wong and under Mark Best at Marque, is at his palate-challenging best when he marries traditional Asian flavours with confident European technique. The sweet and sour pork is a case in point. Banish all thoughts of the batter-heavy dish from your childhood. Here, tender hunks of pork neck, pineapple, capsicum and spring onion are tossed in a sticky, but not sickly, sauce of salty soy, sweet ketchup and tangy vinegar. Cram everything in at once for the full effect.
Subbing wagyu tri-tip for the regular rubble of pork mince, the sang Choi bau is rich, fatty and flavourful, but all that meaty heft is too much between two people.
Delicate desserts offer a reprieve from the umami-rich onslaught of the mains. Jasmine tea-infused custard with burnt caramel comes in a petite teacup, with floral notes, toffee sweetness and a slightly bitter edge. Another pretty cup teams tart Granny Smith sorbet with nutty amaretto jelly for an excellent, clean finish.
It takes a far-reaching, intelligent wine list to stand up to Liong’s relentless flavour punches, and sommelier Masa Nishimoto is up to the task. Floral, textural whites, such as the Laurent Barth Muscat or the Slovenian Dveri Pax Pinot Gris, offer a welcome hint of residual sugar, cutting through the spice with ease.
In its new laneway location, Lee Ho Fook is loud, lively and ready to party. With its 1980s soundtrack and reworked suburban Chinese favourites, it strikes a balance between nostalgia and innovation. And just like those lazy-susan meals of family dinners past, you’ll get the most out of a meal here if you dine with a crowd, tackling the ten-course banquet (a bargain at $68 ahead) or sharing some of those heftier mains.
Gather your pals, eat well, eat often.
Book your spot here.
Hampers That’s Amore Cheese
Thomastown’s That’s Amore Cheese has released two limited-edition hampers (priced at $50 and $90) that feature a selection of the fromagerie’s best cheeses and other bits and bobs like honey, chocolate and flower bouquets.
If you can’t come to us, That’s Amore will come to you.
That’s Amore Cheese is delivering to your door!
Shop our range of your favourite artisan cheese, deli goods, ready meals, pantry items, drinks, or choose a gift hamper to send to a loved one. With free local delivery for surrounding suburbs, you will never run out of cheese.
From our home to yours!
That’s Amore Cheese supplies to many foodservice businesses, including restaurants and delis Australia wide. We are also export licensed and serve the international market.
Our extensive cheese range is Halal Certified, vegetarian and available in different sizes and packaging for foodservice or consumer retail. If you are interested in becoming a wholesale supplier, please get in touch with us.
Check them out here.
Axe Throwing at Maniax
Team up with your boo for a session of tension-relieving axe throwing at Maniax’s “date night” event, which culminates in a mini-tournament where you compete against your partner and then other couples for ultimate axe-throwing glory. If you’re looking for something unconventional, it’s the most high-octane bonding method around.
MANIAX was the first Urban Axe Throwing company in Australia, established in 2014 in Sydney NSW. We are also the largest in Australia, with venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. We’ve had close to 300,000 people through our doors across Australia, which equates to approx. 15 million axes thrown! That’s with no significant axe-idents beyond a splinter.
Book your slot now.
Paint Your Partner
We’ve all seen them doing this on The Bachelor dates, and now you can get in on the action too with Cork and Canvas’s particular portraiture class for V-Day. Artists will guide you along as you create your masterpiece, although you’re also invited to bring along your favourite vino to impart some liquid creativity.
Experience a fun and creative night out Painting and Sipping in Melbourne and Sydney with friends and colleagues sipping on wine, bubbles or beer while painting on a canvas without having painted before!
No painting experience required! They will supply all the art materials and you BYO drinks and nibbles! The studios provide you with glassware, tapas plates, a fridge and ice.
Visit their website and book your session.
Peninsula Hot Springs with your Special Someone
While not entirely within Melbourne’s borders, taking the drive to The Peninsula Hot Springs is well worth it comes to Valentines Day. Whether you’re seeking a hilltop mineral pool or a complete body treatment, this award-winning day spa based on the scenic Mornington Peninsula has got you and your date covered. For a little taste of everything on offer, opt for their indulgent ‘Dine and Bathe Package’, which will have you soaking in their geothermal mineral pools and enjoying a romantic dinner for two at their Spa Dreaming Centre.
Try this Hot Spring Experience. Book now!
Movie Date with Moonlight Cinema
The Perfect Unique Date Night this Valentines Day
Looking for a unique date night to impress your loved ones? Look no further! Moonlight has comfy bean beds to snuggle up on, a licensed bar for some delicious date night bevs and plenty of sprawling parklands to spread out in and watch the stunning sunset.
We’re all in this together, and we can’t wait to open our gates and bring you a summer of fab films under the stars.
To allow everyone to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience, we’ve implemented some new measures.
Book your movie date here.
Valentine’s Day Helicopter Flights
A helicopter date on Valentine’s Day will be a perfect idea. Your partner will love this one in a lifetime experience. Mile High Australi is offering Helicopter rides at an affordable price. They have exclusive flights during Valentine’s Day. You can check their website for more information.
Melbourne City Flight’s inclusions:
- Approximately 20 – 25 minutes
- Undoubtedly the best picturesque tours in Melbourne,
- Private Helicopter ride
- Photographic opportunity with the helicopter and pilot before and after the flight
- Beginning with the Bayside Beaches and Marina’s
- Closely following, Melbourne’s Iconic Sporting Grounds by air
- City Landscapes and Architecture
- St.kilda and Beaches
- Albert Park Lake
- Historical Shrine of Remembrance
- Arts Centre
- Eureka Tower,
- Finishing with the Westgate and Bolte Bridges before returning to Moorabbin Airport.
Flights are suitable for singles, couples, or groups as large as 6 and people of any age group.
Romantic Scenic Flights
We have several Scenic flights that offer perfect views. Take this Melbourne tour with a loved one.
Add 12 medium stemmed red roses for $99
Check their website milehighaustralia.com.au Or Call 03 9221 6271
Sunset Sparkling Wine Cruise by Catamaran
An evening out in Fremantle doesn’t get much better than sunset sailing on a luxury catamaran. You and your partner or friend can watch the day turn into night, and the stars begin to shine as you sip on a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. BYO welcome also.
- Experience a magical WA sunset over the Indian ocean
- Get involved with hoisting the sails, or just kick back and relax!
- Keep an eye out for dolphins!
- A two-hour cruise on a luxury 12.5m catamaran
- Glass of sparkling wine
- Shared antipasto/nibbles
- Guests get 10% off at Cicerello’s restaurant
Experience the magnificent west coast sunset from the ocean and watch Fremantle; the port and harbour come alive with a kaleidoscope of colour as you sail off into the sunset.
Set sail into the magic waters of the Cockburn Sound and if you’re lucky enough, you may even be joined by a pod of dolphins who love to play around Capella’s bow. From September until December, there is also the chance of encountering humpback whale mothers with their calves as they head south for the summer months.
Your vessel is a luxury appointed 12.5m Schionning-designed state of the art sailing catamaran, noted for its stable ride. There’s none of that sideways tilting you get on single-hulled sailing vessels, meaning your drink stays precisely where you left it!
Your journey will start and finish at the world-famous Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, where guests can receive 10% off the food menu at Cicerello’s upon presentation of your ticket.
- The cruise is approximately two hours in duration
- It runs on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between September and April, subject to availability
- The experience provider will always confirm a booking time
Pick up some Koko Black Chocolates
Artisan chocolatier Koko Black is doing several cute Valentine’s Day chocolate packs that you can pick up for your loved one. Prices start at just $24.90, and you can handpick flavours, especially for your Valentine.
Every chocolate crafted by Koko Black has its unique personality and story.
With over 100 chocolates and counting – the Koko Black range is complex, indulgent and always adventurous. Originating from the finest Belgian couverture chocolate, each chocolate is meticulously handcrafted in Melbourne, using premium natural ingredients.
We are proud to be an Australian company and strive to use local ingredients in our chocolate, such as Tasmanian leatherwood honey and Australian grown nuts.
Check it out here.
How to Have the Best Valentine’s Day Ever
Get to the Lovin’ in the Morning
If you’re hoping for a little sexy time this Valentine’s Day, you don’t need to wait until bedtime. Start the day off with a bang, literally. Suggests Jess O’Reilly, Astroglide’s resident sexologist: “Wake your partner up with a gentle massage of their inner thighs. Tease a little and work your way toward their hot spots to provide the ‘full-service treatment.”
Be sure to listen to what your partner has to say to you and listen to how they express the way they value you, says Saltz: “Even the smallest gestures that are romantic, like leaving them a note or making them a meal, both go an extremely long way towards creating the cocoon of love and creating that experience that makes Valentine’s Day feel so great.”
Put a Personal Touch on It
Seeing as how this is such a commercialised holiday, adding a personal touch to Valentine’s Day is guaranteed to make a lasting impression. “Make her favourite dessert from scratch or [get] concert tickets to her favourite band. It doesn’t have to be over the top, but prove that you know her better than she thinks,” says Sarah Patt, matchmaker and dating expert with It’s Just Lunch Houston.
Warning: Giving the gift of lingerie can be extremely dangerous, especially if the relationship is somewhat new, says Patt, and typically means you only have one thing on the brain. She warns: “Be more creative and save yourself the potential backfire.”
Make Sure to Celebrate
She said she doesn’t care about Valentine’s Day. Don’t be stupid. Of course, she does. “Yes, Valentine’s Day is completely commercialised and cheesy, but save yourself the breakup and do something nice for the special lady in your life,” says Patt. “Whether it’s a simple card or a romantic dinner, just make sure to show her that you cared enough to put some effort into the day.”
Focus on the Little Things
“It’s easy to buy something shiny from an expensive brand, but if you take the time to buy her an array of smaller things that hit on different points of her personality and interests, I think that goes a long way in showing how much you know her,” says Bobby Rossi, co-founder of Headlines & Heroes.