Top date ideas: Sydney

So someone’s caught your eye on EliteSingles – but is it superficial attraction or real, heart-thumping chemistry? The only way to find out is to go out and meet them. There are oodles of date options in Sydney, but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by choice – we’ve done the hard yards for you.

Without further ado... here are our top tips for Sydney date ideas:

Head to Lotus Dumpling Bar at Dawes Point where you’ll find Pan-Asian dishes and superbly delicate dumplings. The exposed brick walls and creative lighting set-up create a cosy, laid back atmosphere, and the open kitchen oozes with a palpable energy. Carnivores can make their way to Surry Hills’ Argentinean restaurant Porteno, where the traditional asado will fill your boots up and knock your socks off. 

For some old-worldly charm, The Chip Off The Old Block will do the trick. Set in an old church, the bar says yes to the good old times; there are playing cards, bar nuts and a bevy of traditional beverages on offer. With wooden finishes and exposed brick, the space embraces you like a big hug – the perfect spot for a cosy, laid-back date. Or set your sights on the Blu Bar 36, one of Sydney’s most exclusive cocktail lounges. Sip your way through an extensive menu of fine wines, champagnes and cocktails whilst enjoying the views over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Markets are a great Sydney date idea for newly-matched pairs; the atmosphere is wonderfully at-ease and conversation can ebb and flow with the ambling marketplace. The Bondi Markets is a worthy place to while away an afternoon, as is the Kirribilli Markets. For a slightly more romantic vibe, head to the Liverpool Night Markets, which are held on the first Saturday of the month. 

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If your date is a film buff, skip the commercial cinemas and head for an arthouse film at the Chauvel or Verona cinemas in Paddington. The Golden Age Cinema at Surry Hills is another classy option – a revamped cinema fit with an elegant bar.

Indulge your thespian side and head down to Walsh Bay for a Sydney Theatre Company production at one of its three venues. Carriageworks is also worth checking out; aside from cutting-edge arts productions, the building itself is something to behold.

There’s something so quintessentially Sydney about getting an ice cream at Circular Quay. Head on afterwards to The Rocks, or bring a basket and throw down a picnic rug at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

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For the nervous chefs among you, make light of it and suggest a date at one of Sydney’s many cooking schools. Victors Food offers a variety of classes including Cookery Basics, Thai, Malaysian, Moroccan and Mexican, where the classes run for 3.5 hours. At the end of the session you’ll get to taste the fruits of your labour – which, if you’ve followed closely, ought to be the finest food in Sydney.

Hire a tandem bicycle and ride around Manly. Not only is it a great way to experience Sydney’s breathtaking views, it’s a novel way to test your potential as a twosome!

We’ve done our bit – now it’s time for you to do yours: choose an activity and get dating!

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