Our top date ideas: Perth

With all that’s going on in Perth, you may find yourself feeling a bit stumped as to where to take your date. But never fear: we’ve narrowed down the list and found the best of Perth date ideas. Whether you want to hit the beach, fine dine, or cuddle-up in a corner bar, Perth has something for everyone.

If you’d like to stick to script and go for a dinner date, Bread in Common in the heart of Fremantle is a good way to go. The modern Australian cuisine has got all the locals talking, and the space exudes a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, with exposed brick and dark colours offset by the luminescence of a grid of hanging lights. The communal tables create a palpable energy among diners – likewise a relaxed atmosphere for some get-to-know-you conversation.  A word of warning though, Bread in Common doesn’t take reservations, so try to come a little earlier or little later than dinner peak hour.

For something special, head to Must Wine Bar in the heart of Highgate’s Beaufort street. A wine bar as well as a bistro, its cool and casual atmosphere will impress any date – just see its list of accolades! Or head for a tipple at The Laneway Lounge, a sophisticated spot offering Jazz era cocktails and decadent furnishings. If you go on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening you’re even likely to catch some free live music – this is a Perth date idea sure to make a good impression.

If you're a laid back person, swap the traditional dinner date with some market-place ambling. The Fremantle market (aka ‘the original and still the best’) never fails to deliver, with entertainment, antiques and of course the freshest food in town; you’ll have meats, bread and vegetables coming out of your ears. And the good news – it’s open all day, so early birds can get have their cake and eat it too.

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If your date is an avid film fan, steer clear of commercial cinema and head to see an arthouse, independent or foreign film at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge. For a funcky art deco cinema, head to Cygnet Cinema at Como. Or turn the clock back in time and head to the Galaxy Drive-in, Perth’s one and only drive-in cinema.

Appeal to your inner thespian and head to the Perth Theatre Company or The State Theatre Centre of Western Australia for a mix of classic and contemporary theatre. Or head to Northbridge’s The Blue Room where you’ll find some thought-provoking contemporary independent productions. The quaint building and striking foyer is a lovely little extra.

Parks are a great destination if you want to opt for a casual date. Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a sound place for a picnic, with the views of the city acting as a stunning scenic backdrop. Head to Bibra Lake Reserve for lake views and wide circle paths – a great idea for active singles who want to cover some distance!

Cooking is a great natural way to test your chemistry. But if you’re not much of a chef, a cooking class makes for a great date idea. Try The Cooking Professor, said to be Perth’s leading cooking school, where you can learn everything from Paella to French Provincical, and Israeli to Indian. Those sweet-toothed souls should head to the ‘Tarts & Pies’ class, where you’ll learn the secret to achieving the buttery, flaky pastry you’ve only dreamed of.

Hire a tandem bicycle from About Bike Hire and head along the Swan River. Tandem bikes are surprisingly hard to steer, so this one’s a great way to test your potential as a team!

We’ve done the hard yards, now it’s time for you to pick a date and get out there. Good luck! 

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