Valentine’s Day, a day that can be filled with hope…or dread. Where are we going? What are we eating? What are we doing? No matter which side of the emotional spectrum you’re on, there’s always room for some fun and some food. Now because I know each one of you is different and your very special love is unique, I’ve come up with a few dinner ideas inspired by some romances you’ve possibly landed yourself in. Now, if you don’t have a lover this loving season, don’t fret! Your friends and family deserve just as much love, and never forget that the one who deserves some pampering the most is you. Go on. Indulge.

First date: Outdoor Movies and Gourmet Nibbles

Sunset cinema

Nervous? The butterflies in your stomach won’t stop bouncing off the walls? Take some of the pressure off by relaxing on beanbags with your date at the Sunset Cinema and ‘accidentally’ brush hands as you nibble on gourmet pizza and some sparkling wine. Feel free to take cheeky peeks at each other – you never know, maybe they’ll be peeking back. Going through experiences together brings people closer, and because the subconscious often doesn’t differentiate between reality and the cinema, this will provide the perfect backdrop for getting to know each other more.

Sunset Cinema with Valentine’s Day Couples Package $140 + online booking fee ($3.88)

Honeymoon: Cook, Eat, Love.

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You are enraptured in each other and all you want to do really is to spend time together. Practice cooking for your other half at the Sydney Fish Markets Valentine’s edition. Master a delicious new seafood dish together, then sit down and feed it to each other. Ahem. I mean sit down and eat it. Together. Using your own cutlery on your own plate. You know, if you can resist.

Food Friends Friday on Valentine’s Day, Sydney Fish Markets $75

Exploration: Fly and Dine

Jonah's

You are the adventurous duo who are always looking for something new to experience and grow together. Celebrate this year in a different altitude and love each other on a spectacular scenic flight with Sydney Seaplanes around the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, before passing the Harbour Heads and venturing North to Pittwater. Here, you’ll be greeted by friendly Jonah’s staff and transported to a taste of champagne and antipasto, followed by a sumptuous three course dinner with a Modern Australian flair. No need to worry about getting drunk on love, as a chauffeur will be waiting to transfer you from Jonah’s back to your departure point, or an alternative preference.

Sydney Seaplanes and Jonah’s for Dinner $510 per lover
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Underground couple: Secret Sydney

The Wild Rover

Shh… into each other but not quite ready to tell the world? Here are two very different hidden gems worth checking out!

From the guys that brought you Grandma’s, The Wild Rover bar is self-described as an Irish folk barn with a touch of New York chic. In terms of secret bars, it doesn’t get more hidden than this. There’s no signage, so just look for the frosted glass and large doors across the road from Bar H. By the way, there’s not much in terms of food, as it’s all about the drinks here, but they do have freshly shucked oysters!

The Wild Rover75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills NSW
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Or head west to Nonna Maria’s homely trattoria and you’ll be welcomed with a jug of free lemonade! On the menu, it’s pastas, schnitzels and tiramisu… casual and rustic, oh, and cash only!

Nonna Maria‘s Place56 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW
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Nonna Maria's Place, Parramatta

Old Gold: Cruises and Canapés

The relationship may or may not have been a cruise, but it’s sure that you’re together on your journey of life. Sail off into the sunset together with rustic inspirations on a Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise as you glide across Sydney Harbour. Voyage through Sydney’s iconic landmarks of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, and Admiralty House, and share a tender moment together as twilight falls. Remember that feeling when you first became sweethearts while you help hoist the sails, or sip on bubbly, or feast on the canapé dinner, or all of the above.

Valentine’s Day, Romantic Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise $139 adults