33 Romantic Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Sydney 2016

Stay romantic this Valentine's Day, Sydney with these 33 ideas to celebrate the Hallmark holiday of love.

Skeptics may not believe, but Valentine's Day is truly a great excuse to spend time with your loved one and keep that flame between the two of your burning bright. No matter how long you've been best friends, there's plenty you can do in Sydney today. And we've found the best so that you don't have to panic about disappointing him/her.

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Visiting Sydney for Valentine's Day? Check out our guide to the city before you do

 10 fun things to do in Sydney that are actually still bookable on 14 February

Sydney restaurants for Valentine's Day dinner

You've got three questions to ask yourself before you book your table. In short they are :

1. Do you take her to somewhere super fancy because it's an occasion?

2. Do you take her somewhere sentimental, like your favourite local haunt or the restaurant you had your first date? and;

3. Do you take her somewhere she keeps hinting at but you haven't quite made it to yet?

If you've said yes to either 2 or 3, then you know what to do. If you've answer yes to 1, then here are the places you HAVE to book into for tonight. Because, you know, they're pretty damn impressive.


1. Sir Stamford | 93 Macquarie St, Circular Quay

Sir Stamford, you old dog, you! The dining rooms inside the Sir Stamford in Circular Quay are set to beat to the tune of love all Valentine's Day weekend long. Starting on Friday night, is a 3-course Romeo & Juliet dinner complete with candlelight and French Champagne ($199 per couple). The same goes for those who prefer Saturday evening romance.

On Sunday, Sir Stamford has a special treat from 11am with its Valentine's Day High Tea. It'll cost $79 a person and includes a glass of Domaine Rose upon arrival.

02 9252 4600 | sales@sscq.stamford.com.au


2. Pilu at Freshwater | Moore Rd, Freshwater

It could be the water views. It could be the two chef's hats awarded cuisine. It could be the company. Whatever it is, Pilu is where your Valentine's Day reaches perfection. As the light streams through the glass windows and the smell of fresh produce hits your nostrils, you'll gaze into your lover's yes and realise that, yeah, this is heaven.

Pilu is offering a 4-course lunch or dinner for Valentine's Day this year for $150pp. All you need to do is decide whether daylight or twilight is more your (errr.. we mean her) cup of tea.

02 9938 3331 | dining@piluatfreshwater.com.au


3. Tetsuya's | 529 Kent St

Exclusive doesn't even begin to describe this gastronomic affair. Within this intimate space is a unique, degustation experience that takes Japanese flavours and enhances them with tried and tested French techniques to deliver a stream of infinitely memorable dishes.

Tetsuya's is not open on Sundays or Mondays but it deserves to be on this list nonetheless. For a gastronomic affair at this restaurant on Valentine's Day, we suggest you book for Saturday evening.

02 9267 2900 | email unavailable


4. ARIA | 1 Macquarie St, East Circular Quay

If classic views of the Sydney Harbour and Masterchef quality cuisine is the only type that you'll permit to pass your lips, there's little other choice by ARIA.

Helmed by world renowned chef, Matt Moran, this venture aims to bridge the divide between an intimate space with food and the local lifestyle, by putting fresh, local produce into the spotlight.

02 9240 2255 | mail@ariarestaurant.com.au


5. Ananas | 18 Argyle St, The Rocks

We're talking French cuisine surrounded by The Rocks in a plush setting that scream 'European boudoir'. It's bar offers Champagnes by the bottle, magnum and jeroboam and its cocktails are sweet morsels of tres bien. Wear your Sunday best and reserve your seat for an impeccable Valentine's Day meal.

Available for lunch and dinner, the set menu comes complete with Champagne for $125pp.

02 9529 5668 | reservations@ananas.com.au


6. Sake | 12 Argyle St, The Rocks

This is one of those ventures that you must try at least once in your lifetime if you're a Sydney-sider. It's contemporary Japanese with all the right twists and turns in flavour that even purists who swear by the flavours of the Orient will agree to. Vegetarian options, gluten-free and 'no raw' options all available.

For this year's Valentine's Day this year there will be a set menu, which includes champagne, for $110pp.

02 9259 5656 | email unavailable


7. Flying Fish | Jones Bay Wharf, 19-21 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

Fishing for the finest catch in the ocean? (Hint: you've already caught her). All puns aside, for a fresh take on the Valentine's Day dinner we say, ferry your way to the end of the wharf and into the intimate world of Flying Fish. The spotlight is, as you've probably already gathered, on the seafood with the menu dripping with seasonal catches enhanced with Asian-inspired flavours.

Lunch is the name of the game at Flying Fish this Valentine's Day which will include a 3-course of your choice for $170pp.

02 9518 6677 | admin@flyingfish.com.au


8. The Grounds of Alexandria | Building 7A/2 Huntley St, Alexandria

For Valentine's Day last year, The Grounds popped up in The Garden with a romantic feast in the vine-covered courtyard. There was live entertainment, Prosecco on arrival, three courses, and sweet treats to take home.

This year it's anyone's guess. The Grounds promises something stunning but what it is you'll have to sign up to their newsletter to find out. Sneaky, amirite?

02 9699 2225

15 other things to do in Sydney for Valentine's Day

  • Have a picnic at the local park, on the beach or at a destination with an arresting view like Mrs Macquarie's Chair. But if the idea of packing a whole picnic stresses you out, there are other options, like BYO Picnic in Paradise. For two, naturally.
  • Go on a Harbour Cruise.
  • Book a Princess cruise from Sydney to Brisbane or across to Auckland so you can enjoy the best of our country by water with your Valentine.
  • Catch a romantic movie or play. Brooklyn comes out the week before and Ben & Jerry's Open Air is playing The Notebook.
  • Get out of the city and take a trip up to the Hunter Valley. This for some much needed 'sexy time' and all that other wine drinking stuff, too.
  • Head west to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves for an active day out.
  • Treat yourselves to a couple's spa. He deserves it after all those back/foot/head massages he's generously given (i.e. you've forced him to give you).
  • Finally go on the BridgeClimb.
  • Go star gazing at the The Sydney Observatory. It's open on Valentine's Day for starry-eyed couples, with a package that includes canapes, wine and out-of-this-world views.
  • Have a staycation. It's a thing and even though you're not leaving the city, you will feel as though you're miles away from the 9-5 when you wake up surrounded by luxury.
  • Do the Bronte to Bondi walk and cool off with a dip at the end and a cup of Gelato Messina (for two).
  • Feeling a little more active? Try a tandem bike ride for two, instead.
  • If you're thinking of proposing, you can book a table at one of the best restaurants in town (see below) or make a fuss with a seaplane for two to Jonah's Restaurant for a lunch with all the privacy you need to pop the question.
  • Not quite ready to propose? A private sunset helicopter ride over Sydney is just as special.
  • And finally, don't forget the roses / flowers / chocolates / lingerie / gifts in general. Because she won't forget if you forget this year.

Romantic stays in Sydney for Valentine's Day

Park Hyatt Sydney, The Rocks
InterContinental Hotel
Meriton Serviced Apartment
QT Hotel
The Grace Hotel
Sheraton on the Park

Valentine's Day Flowers in Sydney

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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