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39 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Melbourne 2018

Make this Valentine's Day one to remember by exploring the best restaurants, events and cruises that Melbourne has to offer.

Wednesday 14 February is creeping closer and closer each day and if you're still searching for ideas on how to make it a memorable one in Melbourne you've come to the right place.

From dinners and cruises to hotels and things to do, we've got dozens of fun, sweet and out-of-the-ordinary ideas for special dates and celebrations. And then some.

What would you like to do this Valentine's Day in Melbourne?

3 Valentine's Day dinners in Melbourne to lock in:

These dinners make the perfect Valentine's Day gift, whether to book for the day, or when works best for you.

Six-course private dining experience at home

Six-course private dining experience at home from RedBalloon

Enjoy an unforgettable evening indulging in a six course degustation meal, cooked by a professional chef in the comfort of your own home.

  • Duration: Starts 6pm
  • Destination: Flexible
From AUD

$468

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Melbourne dinner cruise

Melbourne dinner cruise from Experience Oz

Spend an evening on the Yarra River during this Melbourne dinner cruise as you admire the twinkling city lights reflecting on the water, enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal of dishes like lamb shank and Moroccan salmon.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Destination: Yarra River
From AUD

$140

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Four-course dinner with wine for two

Four-course dinner with wine for two from RedBalloon

Indulge yourself and your partner with a four-course set menu at this renowned winery restaurant.

  • Duration: Only available at 7pm
  • Destination: Coldstream, Victoria
From AUD

$250

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Looking for an extra-special treat? These 6 pre-set Valentine's Day dinners are sure to impress, but can't be locked in in advance:

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1. Vue de Monde | Level 5, Rialto, 525 Collins St

Rising high above Melbourne CBD is Vue de Monde, the fine dining experience housed within InterContinental The Rialto.

Why not check in for a night of pampering and luxury while you're at it?

On the menu tonight is a 7-course degustation, which you can match with premium wines for the sum of $500 per person. Bookings are mandatory though if you miss out on a spot, Vue de Monde has acclaimed meals throughout the year, so you can always put it on your cards for a special event further into 2018.

03 9691 3888 | vuedemonde@vuedemonde.com.aui

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2. Red Spice Road | 27 McKillop St

A trailblazer for Asian fusion, Red Spice Road blends the best of Thai and Vietnamese fare and all under a bright and spacious setting.

Toeing the line between modern kitsch and traditional dining, this award winner serves up a special Valentine's banquet menu annually but is just as ideal for that special date-night.

This year's Valentine's Day menu is prepped to be a stunner and costs $89 per person. Bookings required.

02 9603 1601 | info@redspriceroad.com

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3. Cutler & Co. | 55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

You could spend hours salivating over their dishes. Artfully plated and cooked to perfection, Cutler & Co. is, as The Sunday Age describes them, "exemplary fine dining."

Its meals excite, inspire and delight and include an a la carte, pre-theatre and degustation options.

But you're already lost in its extensive wine list, aren't you?

As you should be. It is date night after all.

03 9419 4888 | info@cutlerandco.com.au

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4. Ezard | 187 Flinders Lane

This wouldn't be a complete list without one of the most renowned dining experiences in Melbourne.

Helmed by master chef Teage Ezard, his venture of the same name is adventurous and exceptional.

It's self-proclaimed as being "Australian freestyle" and never chooses to conform to the norm.

As a special treat, Ezard opens on Valentine's Day, usually for a six-course taster with rose Champagne on arrival.

03 9639 6811 | office@ezard.com.au

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5. Eureka89 | 7 Riverside Quay

Dine with your heads in the clouds this Valentine's Day from atop the highest building in the city.

Dine on a four-course meal, paired with a premium beverage package complete with uncomparable views of the city.

You'll also be treated to a signature cocktail on arrival as part of this $245-per-person dining package.

03 9693 8889

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5. Sake | Flinders Lane and Hammer Hall

The contemporary Japanese outfit goes all out when Valentine's Day arrives with both its Melbourne institutions bearing special menus for the most romantic day of the year.

Choose the set menu or dine a la carte - it's up to you! Personally, we're eyeing the set menu which overflows with delicious morsels over a seven-course meal. At just $125 per person, it also includes a glass of Champagne. Because you really do need to cap the night off with something that sparkles.

3 Valentine's Day lunches in Melbourne to pre-book:

Wine tasting and lunch at Yarra Valley

Wine tasting and lunch at Yarra Valley from RedBalloon

Visit and sample wine from a selection of wineries and enjoy delicious lunch at Yarra Valley.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Destination: Yarra Valley
From AUD

$250

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Pizza making + lunch and wine tasting

Pizza making + lunch and wine tasting from Adrenaline

Learn how to be a celebrity chef in your own home with this fantastic wood fred pizza cooking class and wine tasting.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Destination: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
From AUD

$180

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Three-course lunch and wine tasting

Three-course lunch and wine tasting from RedBalloon

Enjoy a casual lunch at a winery including a Taster's Platter, wood fired pizza, dessert and coffee in the beautiful Macedon Ranges.

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Destination: Gisborne Peak Winery and Cottages
From AUD

$78

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5 places to sneak in a Valentine's Day brunch in Melbourne:

  • The Hardware Societe: This tiny-but-chic CBD cafe serves up some of the best French and Spanish inspired breakfasts around. With Valentine's sitting in the middle of the work week, it's the perfect place in the city to sneak away for a romantic brunch this Valentine's Day. 120 Hardware St, Melbourne
  • 1932 Cafe & Restaurant: Sitting inside the Manchester Unity Building, and bringing with it a whole lot of charm, this art deco cafe is like stepping back into the 1930s, but it's a taste of the best of Melbourne's modern cafe scene. 220 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Higher Ground: If you're one to lust over industrial chic architecture, check out Higher Ground. Exposed brick and high ceilings are the go here along with specialty coffees from around the world. 650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

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  • Koko Black: Not so much brunch as an excuse to indulge before noon, Koko Black is one of the top spots to sneak in a sweet treat and a delicious coffee (or a mocha?) in the city. 52 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Arboury Bar: Floating on by the banks of the Yarra River, before this joint becomes a hopping bar, it serves up brunch until 11am, as is a scenic spot to grab an bite early in the day. Flinders Walk, Melbourne

19 Valentine's Day activities to do in Melbourne

Experience Eagle skylift

Experience Eagle skylift from Experience Oz

The Arthurs Seat Eagle will take you up and over the state forest to the highest point of the peninsula to admire views of the bay, the city and everything in between.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Destination: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
From AUD

$24

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Sea Life Aquarium admission ticket

Sea Life Aquarium admission ticket from Experience Oz

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is home to a dizzying array of marine life species spread out over 12 different zones each following a different theme.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Destination: Melbourne CBD
From AUD

$25.50

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Werribee Open Range Zoo admission ticket

Werribee Open Range Zoo admission ticket from Experience Oz

Visit one of Victoria's most popular wildlife attractions with tickets to Werribee Open Range Zoo for a wildlife experience with a difference.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Destination: Victoria
From AUD

$36

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Wine and gourmet matching for two

Wine and gourmet matching for two from Adrenaline

This Matching Food and Wine experience enables you to enjoy Green Olive at Red Hill produce with matching Estate Grown wines.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Destination: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
From AUD

$39.98

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IceBar Melbourne entry + cocktail and ice shot

IceBar Melbourne entry + cocktail and ice shot from Adrenaline

The ultimate arctic experience and at minus 10 degrees at the coolest place in town.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Destination: Fitzroy, Victoria
From AUD

$59

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Oysters and Sparkling Wine for two

Oysters and Sparkling Wine for two from RedBalloon

Share a dozen freshly shucked oysters and two glasses of sparkling with someone special beside the picturesque lake.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Destination: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
From AUD

$60

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Horse riding packages

Horse riding packages from Experience Oz

Hop on horseback and head out into the wonderful scenery of the Mornington Peninsula within an easy drive of Melbourne for an exhilarating horse riding experience through a variety of beautiful and scenic locations.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Destination: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
From AUD

$70

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Cinema experience with drink and popcorn

Cinema experience with drink and popcorn from RedBalloon

Sit back, relax and enjoy the big screen with a friend or loved one with this double movie pass.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Destination: Event, Greater Union, GU Film House, BCC and Village Cinemas
From AUD

$71.40

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Phillip Island cruise and tour

Phillip Island cruise and tour from Experience Oz

Visit Australia's most famous Fur Seal colony with a picturesque cruise to Phillip Island's ruggedly beautiful south-west coast!

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Destination: Phillip Island
From AUD

$80

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Melbourne carriage tour

Melbourne carriage tour from RedBalloon

eel like royalty with this horse drawn carriage ride through Melbourne.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Destination: Melbourne, Victoria
From AUD

$80

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Yarra River cruise and sailing

Yarra River cruise and sailing from RedBalloon

Enjoy a breathtaking sailing experience in Melbourne's beautiful Port Phillip Bay.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Destination: Departing from Docklands, sailing to Yarra and down the bay.
From AUD

$98

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BBQ Mexican cooking class

BBQ Mexican cooking class from Adrenaline

Say Ole’ with this fabulous menu which includes a Margarita on arrival and will teach you a range of delicious BBQ Mexican favourites!

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Destination: Hawthorn, Melbourne
From AUD

$125

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Chocolate making class

Chocolate making class from Adrenaline

This chocolate-making workshop is all about chocolate-making in a dream setting and learn the how, where and what it's all about.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Destination: Blackburn, Melbourne
From AUD

$140

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Scenic helicopter flight tour

Scenic helicopter flight tour from RedBalloon

Enjoy scenic helicopter flight over the spectacular panoramic views of Melbourne.

  • Duration: 18-22 minutes
  • Destination: 20 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD
From AUD

$169

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Hot springs bathe and private bath

Hot springs bathe and private bath from RedBalloon

Relax in the hot springs and spas of the Mornington Peninsula for an entire day, just 75 minutes from Melbourne.

  • Duration: 45 minute private bath and all day entry to the hot springs.
  • Destination: Peninsula Hot Springs
From AUD

$240

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Self-drive boat hire on Yarra River

Self-drive boat hire on Yarra River from Adrenaline

Enjoy a private cruise on the Yarra River with this self-drive boat rental in Melbourne.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Destination: Yarra River
From AUD

$299

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Full body massage and detox sauna

Full body massage and detox sauna from RedBalloon

Side by side, indulge in two 1 hour full-body massages, hair treatment detox saunas and then relaxing baths, experience unadulterated relaxation through your skin to the muscles and ligaments.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Destination: Portarlington, Victoria
From AUD

$310

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Hot air balloon experience

Hot air balloon experience from Adrenaline

The tranquil exhilaration of floating with the wind at sunrise over beautiful scenery is absolutely unforgettable.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Destination: Yarra Valley
From AUD

$380

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Rolls-Royce winery tour

Rolls-Royce winery tour from Adrenaline

Get a taste of the VIP life as you cruise around the Mornington Peninsula in your very own chauffeur-driven 'Silver Spur' Rolls Royce.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Destination: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
From AUD

$640

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3 Valentine's Day getaways in Melbourne

Flinders Hotel

Flinders Hotel from RedBalloon

Escape the city grind and unwind on the Mornington Peninsula.

  • Includes: Delicious gourmet breakfast
  • Package is good for two person
From AUD

$225

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The Cullen

The Cullen from RedBalloon

Surround yourself with Cullen's works of art and immerse yourself in his world.

  • Includes: Delicious hot breakfast and late check-out until 1pm
  • Package is good for two person
From AUD

$279

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Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld

Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld from Viator

Experience the VIP life as you journey to the heart of the Grampians National Park in your private vehicle and enjoy deluxe overnight accommodation and meals.

  • Includes: Two-day luxury food and wine tour with private guide, multicourse meals at Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld and the Lake House in Daylesford and wine tasting at Best’s Great Western and Mount Langi Ghiran Winery.
  • Package is good for two person
From AUD

$1,470

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Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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