The problem with Valentine’s Day in Melbourne is that there is sooo much stuff to do that it makes you look like a real lame-o if you don’t pull something out of the bag for your partner.
To that end, we’ve compiled a handful of events and gifts which we just know will have you swinging from chandeliers by night’s end – or whatever it is you get up to in the privacy of your own home.
Dessert = romance
Gelato lovers rejoice! Piccolina in Collingwood and Hawthorn has created a limited edition mono portion gelato cake dubbed ‘Valentina‘ – a raspberry swirl gelato cake with a layer of chocolate fudge brownie and fresh raspberries, coated in white chocolate and freeze-dried raspberries.
Now we’re talking!
Be a smart ass
The Grosvenor Hotel on Brighton Road, St Kilda East may just have the most random Valentine’s Day treat in Melbourne, offering a FREE Valentine’s Day-themed trivia night.
Kicking off at 8pm on February 14, think romantic movies, love songs and all-things Tinder!
The team will also be mixing up the special ‘Friends with Benefits’ cocktail or the ‘Friends without Benefits’ mocktail. Bookings are essential. Call 03 9531 1542.
Magnum + Queens Wine has put together a special three-pack for that special someone in your life.
Hint: If you buy your loved one wine, you get to drink some of it too. Win-win. The Magnum + Queens Wine gift box will set you back $95, and features a Visitini Friulano DOC 2016, Magnum + Queens Wine ‘Fiorire’ Sparkling 2015 (a Yarra Valley sparkling which is the first release from Magnum + Queens’ own wine label) and Un Air de Remejeanne Cotes du Rhone 2016.
Order yours here
Make it cheesey
Armadale’s Wine 1160 is the perfect spot for an intimate yet comfortable neighbourhood date.
Wine 1160 is offering lovebirds a wine and cheese pairing on Valentine’s Day – now THAT’S love.
For $60 each you can nab four cheeses and wine, and for $85 each, you can get six cheeses and wine. Bookings online here
Forget flowers, buy doughnuts
Yeah, yeah we know roses are the way to go, but this is 2018. The year of the doughnut!
Sweet Box Melbourne have created the limited edition Box of Love for $75.00.
It features four large and two mini doughnuts (yes, you can choose the Nutella sprinkle), a personalised Nutella syringe, strawberry macaron, strawberry ‘brookie’, a bunch of chocolates and goodies, as well as a personalised message. Order yours here.
The good folk at QT Melbourne – Pascale Bar & Grill have created the ultimate declaration of love with ‘Room for Dessert’ – served with a side of pillow-talk.
Between February 12-18, diners at QT’s signature restaurants can order the ‘Room for Dessert’, after which they will be presented with a beautiful sweet treat with a twist, a room key, and are automatically checked in for the night, complete with a half bottle of Mumm NV Champagne waiting on ice.
Guests of Pascale Bar & Grill will be treated to a boxed delight, designed by Executive Chef Andy Harmer. The White Chocolate and Raspberry Gift consists of vanilla white chocolate mousse, raspberry jam, caramel coated popping candy with a toasted feuilletine base, glazed with raspberry white chocolate glaze, and encased in an edible white chocolate box. The $400 package can be booked online here.
Movies AND chocolate
Treat your Valentine to a dreamy, romantic night under the stars with Hugh Jackman and a whole heap of chocolate.
The Moonlight Cinema is screening The Greatest Showman in the Botanical Gardens on Valentine’s Day.
Prior to the screening, each couple will be given the opportunity to try a Cadbury Dark Milk chocolate bar labelled with one half of a classic film love duo – think Romeo and Juliet or Jack and Rose.
Partners are to place the pieces together to see if they have picked a match.
Every couple who participates will receive a sample of Cadbury Dark Milk and the lucky couples who draw a match will be gifted an exclusive Cadbury Dark Milk gift! Even better, Moonlight Cinema is a BYO event! Red wine and chocolate? Yes please. Book here.
Making a point
Albert Park’s The Point oozes romance. And this Valentine’s Day, lovebirds have the option of a four or six course degustation and will be welcomed with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck on arrival.
Ooooh, yeah. Menu standouts include the lobster mousseline, oyster sabayon, ossetra caviar and a stuffed lamb back strap, black garlic gnocchi, silver beet, onion jus. Make your booking here.
Dine outdoors, indoors
The leafy Garden State Hotel is bringing you and your significant other a culinary journey led by Head Chef Ashly Hicks in the Garden Grill. Indulge in four set courses consisting of amuse, entrée, main served with sides, and finished with dessert for $65 each. There’s also a a six-course degustation for $90 each. Hungry? Bookings via gardenstatehotel.com.au
Max out on chocolate
Chocolate king Max Brenner has created a chocolate pizza menu for Valentine’s day lovers! Max, you had us at chocolate. You also had us at pizza. Building on from the success of his two classic chocolate pizzas, “The Choc-Banana” and “The Chocolate Pizza with a Crunch”, he’s created fou brand-new luxurious Chocolate Pizzas: The Cookies & Cream, The Bad Boy Brownie, The Midnight Peanut Nutter and the OTT Madness. All are $2 except our recommendation: the $35 OTT Madness, featuring a Chocolate Pizza piled high with brownie chunks, a toasted Belgian waffle, and four scoops of ice-cream, topped with crunchy cornflakes, whipped cream and perfected with chocolate drizzle. YASSSS. The pizza menu is available from February 9! Book here
Monkey around with your Uncle
Both Uncle‘s St Kilda and Collins Street restaurants have opened bookings for two, offering couples a tasty Vietnamese feast on Valentine’s Day. Head Chef and Co-owner, Dai Dong, has created a special dessert offering to finish the evening on a sweet note – the Monkey banana split, with peanut praline, coconut foam, tapioca and popping candy, along with the Spiced chocolate mousse, ice cream, crispy pearls, dried raspberries and snap. Yes, please. Bookings can be made here