It’s that time of year again where love is everywhere.
Whatever you may think of Valentine’s Day, you just know that it’s near on impossible to escape its clutches. There are hearts and signs pointing to roses and chocolates everywhere. (Featured image: @mayurgala)
So, why even try? Why not embrace love, if not February 14, and make the most of it with whoever you want: a boyfriend or girlfriend, a wife or husband, a best friend or even with yourself because if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?
From the fun to the romantic but in no particular order, here’s our pick of Sydney date ideas for this Valentine’s Day, which just so happens to fall on the weekend in 2021 but in no way means that your love cannot be expressed on any other day.
The harbour makes Sydney one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities, so why not take advantage of this glorious feature and spend the day on the water? There’s a whole range of activities you can do, like kayaking and paddleboarding or even organising a sail around the harbour so that you and whoever you are with may admire the harbour and, well, each other.
2. Tour the city you love to call home
Sydney’s a big city with plenty to see and do, but there’s also plenty to uncover and discover at the same time.
You can take a self-guided discovery tour with Adventure Clues and see if you and your partner(s) can work together to top the leader board. Or, you could start your Valentine’s Day with a running tour of the harbour and see Sydney’s most iconic sights at first light. On the other hand, you could end the day with a Dark Tales tour through Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood and hear the ghastly tales of its beginnings.
Nobody says that Valentine’s Day has to be celebrated on Valentine’s Day. So, why not bring the date forward and few days and do something a little different with Sips n Strokes.
Featuring spectacular city and skyline views, the new Ben Lexcen Terrace at the Maritime Museum is the ideal setting for Sips N Strokes fun and relaxed art classes to take place. The waterside venue will not only inspire budding talent, but it will definitely liven the mood as you paint and sip the night away.
4. Play games and see who comes out on top
From channelling your inner Viking and hurling hatchets to V8 Supercar driver Fabian Coulthard and racing around Sydney’s newest go-kart track or Sherlock Holmes figuring out Sydney’s most puzzling escape rooms, have some fun with Valentine’s Day. Not everyone is into romance.
There’s no shortage of good bars in Sydney. From being home to the world’s most welcoming and soon to be home to the world’s first waste-free bar as well, there is something for everyone. Sydney’s even got bars that let your dog inside, bars that pop-up for a short but sweet time and bars that are adding a splash of tequila to their summer of live music.
But these bars, small in size, make some of the city’s best cocktails and a good cocktail will definitely lead to an eventful evening.
6. Escape the city
If you’re spending most of your time in the city already, then the last thing you want to be doing is spending more time in the city.
Sydney’s got 26 National Parks within 150kms, the whitest sands in the world just 200kms south, the Blue Mountains just 50kms west where you can swim, slide, and abseil down waterfalls. What’s not to love? If you want more waterfalls to chase that are a little closer to the city, Sydney has got that too.
But if you can’t escape the city and still need some greenery around, then check out one of these parks and gardens or head to The Calyx to see inBloom—you can now add a high tea picnic hamper to eat in the grounds.
7. Go to a show
8. Go see a movie under the stars while you still can
9. Oh, dinner
At some point during February 14 you’re going to need to eat.
You could go strong, spicy and aromatic with Malaysian cuisine, make sure you get an outside seat if the sun is shining at one of these alfresco locales, taste the freshness of Mexico at Esteban’s, have a dumpling eating competition or eat as much Japanese as you can at Okami. If meat’s not on the menu, then Sydney’s got you covered with sufficient tasty reasons to go vegan as well, including dessert.
The options are endless, but if you need to up the romance, you can get dinner and then drinks on top of the world at Sydney Tower, or get yourself a seat at Nobu’s intimate 12-seat Omakase Sushi restaurant.
Forget about the romance this Valentine’s Day and gather your girlfriends for a Gal-Entine’s Day brunch at the Royal Paddington Hotel where a topless waiter will be serving up two hours of free-flowing cocktails for you to knock back and be merry in the company you keep.