Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Jan 04, 2016

by GENEVIEVE ROSEN, Writer

There’s still plenty of time to plan something special for your Valentine. 

Sydney
This Valentine’s Day you can have your cake and eat it too at Sydney’s Flour Market. Take your relationship to new (sugar) heights at this artisan-baking bazaar, where the likes of Grumpy Doughnuts, Brewtown Newton, Brickfields, Black Star Pastry and Andy Bowdy will be selling their goods.

Overindulged? Pack a picnic and head to Tropfest for a night out.

Melbourne
Looking to make a good first impression? Tucked away on Rankins Lane in the city, Manchester Press serves specialty coffee and bagels in a charming, industrial space, fitted out with vintage pendant lamps and an eclectic selection of art. Try the avocado and feta smash, which is finished with chilli and lemon, or Mel’s Maple Mayhem, a blueberry bagel topped with bacon, mascarpone, banana and maple syrup. Afterwards, show off your cultural chops and take your date to the NGV’s Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei exhibiton. You’ve both been meaning to go, anyway.

SEE ALSO: 7 Romantic Getaways Around Australia​

Perth
There’s nothing cheesy about this quirky Bayswater deli. The Little Cheese Shop – known for its impeccably curated selection of dairy products, pastries and sweets – has a few spots left for their Valentine’s Day event. Indulge in three courses of refined cheese while enjoying the soft sounds of local musician Kelly Read.

Brisbane
There’s still time to book a table at one of Australia’s best Japanese restaurants, Brisbane’s Saké. Let Head Chef Daisuke treat you (and your date) to an exquisite set menu ($110pp), including Wagyu tatake with garlic chips and a delicate chocolate cake with raspberry yuzu sorbet for dessert, all while taking in awesome views of the Brisbane River.

Adelaide
Think Hahndorf’s a tourist trap? Hear us out. Take a relaxed drive to this historic town in the Adelaide Hills for a quaint Valentine’s Day out. Enjoy brunch at The Seasonal Garden Café for organic soul food, creamy coffee and a generous slice of carrot cake before a spot of shopping at Poet’s Ode, a homewares store that feels like you’re stepping into a “Rustic Interiors” Pinterest board.

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