Valentine’s Day in Sydney
12 Things to Do in Sydney for Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s Day, why not spoil your loved one with a decadent staycation in Sydney? From luxury hotel stays to stargazing in the city and loved-up menus, the Harbour City has date night all wrapped up.
1. Stars for your Valentine
Find serenity in the heart of the city with a sunset picnic and stargazing in Centennial Park this Valentine’s Day. Peer through a telescope with Sydney City Skywatchers and listen to Gadigal man Drew Roberts tell intriguing indigenous tales about the night sky. Bring a picnic blanket and a picnic basket, or order an indulgent hamper from Pop-Up Picnic. Tickets $19 each – book now.
2. Experience a piece of history at Ovolo 1888
For a boutique stay in the heart of the city, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour is a restored heritage building with character-filled rooms boasting soaring ceilings and revived vintage furniture. Make time for a romantic lunch or dinner from Wed 10 until Feb 14 at on-site eatery Mister Percy and settle in for a magnificent eight courses with matching wines. Book directly for inclusions such as breakfast, free mini bar and happy hour.
3. Private dining at the Shangri-La Hotel
Escape the crowds and rekindle romance with a private in-room dining experience at the Shangri-La Hotel. The four-course culinary journey will be prepared by Chef de Cuisine Michele Menegazzi, and includes Sydney rock oysters, lobster and more. This indulgent experience is priced at $500 per couple. Call (02) 9250 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
4. Take more time out at QT Sydney
At QT Sydney book the Clock Strikes Love Package and take advantage of an early check-in at noon, Champagne on arrival and a romantic breakfast in bed the next morning. If you feel like venturing out, the cosy underground speakeasy Palmer & Co is just a short stroll away. There’s also the award-winning SpaQ: recharge with the Weekend Warrior package including a sea kelp scrub, massage and facial therapy to leave you feeling reinvigorated.
5. Pier One’s deluxe dine and stay
For the month of love at Pier One Sydney Harbour, you can dine on a special four or six-course Valentine’s menu at The Gantry Restaurant, then stay overnight in one of their luxurious rooms with memorable views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sparkling harbour. Lunch starts from $149 per person including a glass of champagne on arrival.
6. Book in for a summer Starcation
The Darling has a new Lov’d Up Summer Starcation package perfect for a romantic Sydney stay with a massage for two, dining voucher and luxurious overnight accommodation. For dinner, book Black Bar and Grill for a four-course degustation including caviar and Champagne; sample a unique dessert at Sokyo or indulge in oyster specials at Flying Fish.
7. Paint the town red
Housed in the historic former Summer Hill Post Office, One Penny Red has a welcoming vibe and beautifully executed comfort food on the menu. On Valentine’s Day enjoy a four-course menu for $95 per person, featuring line-caught coral trout and smoked venison. Then pop upstairs to Vernon’s Bar for a nightcap.
8. Splash out at Quay
Treat your special someone to dinner with a side of harbour views at chef Peter Gilmore’s award-winning restaurant Quay. Book in for a Valentine’s Day six-course lunch or dinner menu, with the option to add on a special wine pairing by Head Sommelier Shanteh Wong. Go one step further and impress your loved one with an optional Charles Heidsieck champagne on arrival, or a seasonal bouquet of flowers by in-house florist, Polyanthi. Prices start at $360 per person.
9. Get cosy at Charlie Parker’s
Tucked underneath Fred’s restaurant in Paddington is an atmospheric basement bar, Charlie Parker’s with plenty of dimly lit corners and nooks to settle into for a cocktail from their extensive drinks menu. The cocktails have a distinctive botanical slant (try the chilli and coriander margarita) and the vibe is distinctly casual chic.
10. Waterside romance at Otto
Find that loving feeling waterside with an Italian dinner on Woolloomooloo wharf. Say cheers to your special someone with an Aperol Spritz on arrival followed by a three-course menu with your choice of Tajima Wagyu, spanner crab cappellacci, market fish, acquerello risotto or spaghetti with lobster. The three-course set menu is $175 per person – book your table now.
11. Live la bella vita for a night
Cosy up with an Italian feast at Bondi darling CicciaBella or their sparkling new sister venue in Parramatta this Valentine’s Day. With three options to choose from, the modern trattoria’s special four-course menus have been specially created with romance in mind, including a luxe seafood option featuring oysters, scallop crostini, tuna crudo and Calabrian swordfish, plus a decadent dessert. Four-course set menus start from $65 per person and the luxe seafood menu is $95 per person.
12. French kiss in the city
Nestled in a Sydney laneway, Felix has the atmosphere of an elegant French bistro. Book a long lunch on Sunday February 14 and linger over steak frites, gruyère soufflé or a selection of shimmering prawns, oysters and lobsters from the seafood bar. The romantic interiors are directly from the winding lanes of Paris with imported French chandeliers glinting from the ceiling and walls lined with Parisian subway tiles.