The name, Cronulla is derived from kurranulla, meaning ‘place of the pink seashells’ – so naturally, you’d expect this little Sydney suburb to know a thing or two about seafood, and it does! So why not employ your gastronomic flair and track down a fabulous eatery to dine in? Downtown is brimming with mouth-watering seafood joints that are just perfect for you and your date to while away an evening in.
Sea Level, is a superb family run affair that stands proudly on the Cronulla beachfront offering panoramic views of the surrounding area and serves delectable Australian dishes with subtle Italian and French infusions. Their lobster is to die for! If you want a show-stopping evening of class and elegance, bring your date here.
Fratelli del Mare is another great choice, it offers an extensive menu, with char grilled lamb, veal and chicken for any pescatare - haters amongst you.
Or, for a lunch date – perhaps squeezed in between meetings for professional singles, or on some lazy Sunday morning, there’s Zimzala. With its relaxed beachy ambience and prime seaside location where diners can hear the sounds of waves gently breaking on the shore, it’s the perfect spot to savour some eggs Benedict and learn all there is to know about the person sitting across from you.
Cronulla Surf Gallery teaches about the significance of the beach and surfing to the culture of the Sutherland Shire as a whole. There’s no entry fee, making it a great free dating idea. Or there’s Hazelhurst, the regional gallery and arts centre which hosts an ever changing exhibition schedule.
Wandering around a museum or gallery taking in the culture can make a great first date idea – as the constant change of scenery and exhibition gives the illusion of several dates rolled into one. Plus, there’s plenty of potential conversation fodder.
Is keep it simple! If the suns out, you’re pressed for time, or just stressing over where to take your date – just skip out the fancy plans completely and head straight for the beach! There’s Botany Bay to the North, Bate Bay to the East, Port Hacking to the South and Gunnamatta to the West- so take your pick. Remember, this date is about getting to know the other personso you don’t need to be flash or OTT, just genuine and honest. Something as simple as a chat over coffee or a stroll along the beach would work just fine. Bring along a picnic, a couple of beers and dine on the sand in front of Cronulla’s famous sunset together if you really want to impress- Completely simple, yet utterly romantic.
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