The weather might finally be warming up, so it’s probably time to start getting out and about once again in Melbourne.
Melbourne’s full of great spots to take a date, whether it’s the first or the 500th, there’s always a spot that will suit you, and not set you back too much hard-earned.
So, no point delaying it further, here are some of Melbourne’s best affordable date spots.
With our Urban Feast card you can save $25 off your meal when you spend $75 at any of the restaurants below. Perfect to try a restaurant you haven't been to before and impress your date.
As we said, the best part about all of this is that the Urban Feast card will get you $25 off at all these venues.
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Things To Do
Burgers And Beers At Rooftop
If you haven’t been to Rooftop, you’re not a true Melbournian. Sorry, but it’s true. Located on the top level of Curtain House, Rooftop has one of the sweetest views of Melb CBD and they do burgers for $10. Start here in the arvo and if all goes well, hang around on Friday and Sat nights for DJs and ultimate boogie time. Don’t forget, Rooftop Cinema kicks off on 2 December too.
Go Chasing Waterfalls
Forget what TLC said, you chase ‘dem waterfalls hun. Regional VIC is full of beautiful waterfalls, they just require a bit of a drive and a walk to find them. Nature costs nothing, you guys. This is a really fun date that’s out of the city, so you can really get to know one another. Check out the selection of our top picks here.
Catch A Drive-In Movie
Melb is home to three awesome drive-ins that make for the perfect first, second, third or five hundredth date. Dromana, Dandenong’s Lunar and the Coburg Drive-In. It’s cheap, cheerful and even if it’s a shitty movie, you can keep things interesting from the comfort of your car (hint, hint). You can get our full list of open-air cinemas over here.
Watch The Sunset At Half Moon Bay
While you’re at Half Moon Bay, watch the sunset at Black Rock. It’s not only stunning but one hundred Insta-worthy. VIC is full of incredible hidden beaches. We’ve also got a list of Melbourne’s best beaches and Melbourne best fish n’ chips (you do the math).
Go On A Picnic
No matter what stage you’re at, picnics are ALWAYS a good idea. Visit your local market and stock up on olives, cheese, bickies, dip (the Italians know how to picnic right) and wine, lots of wine. There’s so many pretty gardens to choose from in Melbourne. We recommend Fitzroy Gardens, The Royal Botanical Gardens and Edinburgh Gardens because they’re all big and you can always cop a sneaky kiss under a leafy tree somewhere. For Melbourne’s best markets, click here.
Run The 1000 Steps
Ok. This one is most likely for those who are at least on their second or third date, or properly dating their SO. 1000 Steps is a bit of an endurance test, and let’s face it, by the end you’re not going to look your finest. At least it’s free, right? That’s why we recommend taking someone who you’ve pinned down just in case they’re not into your sweat-soaked hair and delightful odour. You can reward yourself afterwards at Lorna, nearby.
Image credit: Griffin Simm