The first date with someone can be exciting but it can also be the basis for a whole lot of nerves! So how can you ensure you have a good…
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. Yes, when it comes to date ideas Sydney is pretty well endowed. But there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by choice – we’ve done the hard yards for you.
Without further ado… here are our favourite date ideas Sydney has on offer:
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.
If you’re on the hunt for a taste extravagansa then head on over to Surry Hills’ Argentinean restaurant Porteno; their traditional asado will fill your boots up and knock your socks off. As far as Sydney date ideas go, this one is definitely for the more carnivorously inclined!
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 tipples 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 why not set your sights on the Blu Bar 36 cocktail lounge, by far one of most exclusive Sydney date ideas going. Sip your way through an extensive menu of fine wines, champagnes and cocktails whilst enjoying the panaromic views over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If markets are great 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 inner thespian 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 to The Rocks afterwards, 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.
When it comes to Pescatarian-friendly date ideas, Sydney is unanimously top of the pile. Get the two of you booked into a course the Sydney Seafood School for a date to remember. There’s nothing fishy about this suggestion, just an expert lesson with a world-class meal included (and some delicious wine too!).
If you’re on the hunt for more active date ideas, Syndey doesn’t disappoint either. Why not 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!