The Five Best Original First Date Ideas in Melbourne

Thinking of an original first date in Melbourne can seem like a challenge but it is not a difficult as you might think!

A first date has the potential to be really fabulous, really forgettable or really memorable but for all the wrong reasons. Dating in Melbourne can be a nightmare but if you are able to pick a killer first date location then you might be in with a chance. Why not surprise that special someone with a great original first date idea?
Dating in Melbourne

If you’re dating in Melbourne try:
1. Luna Park
What’s not to love about bright lights, thrilling rides and the opportunity to cling to your crush as you fling around a corner on the Crazy Coaster? Luna Park is a great place for a first date, whether it’s the opportunity to comfort your potential soul mate after a hair raising experience or the chance to show off your side show prowess at the moving clown heads this first date spot is a winner. As long as you both like a bit of a thrill a low key theme park like Luna Park is a great way to get to know your date a little better and start building some great couples memories

2. A Stand Up Comedy Gig
You may not think that a standup comedy gig would be a good first date idea with the potential for different senses of humour, shockingly bad comics or drunken hecklers but think again. If you have asked someone out on a first date, chances are you know a little about them and if you both love to laugh why not go somewhere to laugh together? A reputable venue such as The Comedy Club in Melbourne’s CBD or The Comic’s Lounge in Melbourne’s North are both venues with a huge range of shows on throughout the week. Why not grab a beer, pull up a chair and either laugh along with the comics or wait until after to laugh together at them. Either way it’s a great start to a relationship.

3. Teppanyaki
One of the main concerns people have on a first date is that conversation isn’t going to flow or there might be awkward pauses. If you are dodging flying egg, catching stray prawns and protecting your eyebrows from bursts of flames then you can rest assured that awkward pauses will not be an issue. Why not show your adventurous gastronomic side by taking your date to Teppanyaki. Exploring Melbourne’s culinary underbelly is a guaranteed way to form a connection, creating memories and definitely developing some hilarious in jokes. Score! Try Miyako Japanese in Shouthbank if you want to enjoy a post dinner romantic stroll along the water or Ginza Tepanyaki for a private table and a more intimate atmosphere.

4. Little Creatures Picnic Bikes
Everyone knows that a couples bike ride, a picnic and some excellent Little Creatures brews will end in romance – luckily for you this is all readily available and easy to organise. If you head down to Little Creatures Dining Hall you can grab a ready packed picnic basket for two plus two bikes thrown in for free. Cycle through Melbourne with your chosen one, pick a spot under a shady tree and enjoy your little picnic feast. We all know conversation flows more freely with the help of a little alcohol so crack open a beer or cider and get to know each other. An intimate picnic screams fabulous first date and before you know it you’ll be locking in the second!

5. Kayaking or Rowing
Water sports may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I don’t know of anyone who would say no to relaxing in a boat or kayak while they get rowed down a beautiful river or across a lake. You can make the day even more romantic by taking a little picnic or some wine and cheese. Yes you are alone with a person in a boat but if you really like them you are providing yourself with the perfect opportunity to get to know someone and give them your undivided attention. Great places in Melbourne to grab a boat and paddle up the Yarra are Studley Park Boathouse in Kew or The Kayak Shop in Sandringham but there are plenty of options all the way up the river. Take a day to explore Melbourne and get to know your lucky date!

So there you have it, origingal ideas for you when dating in Melbourne to help you stand out from the crowd and make a positive first impression.

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