Relationship Advice

1 July 2011

A Dating Guide to Melbourne

by eHarmony

Sports fans, shoppers, foodies unite! We have the ultimate location for you to date and find love in style. Read on and be inspired by what Melbourne has to offer.

Tips for dating in Melbourne

Melbourne – a culturally rich hot spot that has been voted one of the World’s Most Liveable Cities. It is also Australia’s live music and street art capital. Melbourne is a first-class sports own with natural beauty and parks scattered throughout the city and surrounds. So, date-seekers, Melbourne is your oyster!

The city

Melbourne is located at the mouth of the Yarra River and on the shoreline of Port Phillip Bay. Since the gold rush, in the 1800’s Melbourne has attracted visitors with its architectural mélange of Victorian and modern buildings throughout the city. Dotted with laneways that link the main streets of Bourke and Collins, these laneways are a treasure-trove of boutique shopping areas around the CBD and end the afternoon with a coffee and sweet treat in one of Melbourne’s famous cafes.


Melbourne is a food-lovers paradise! With such ethnic diversity, there really is something for everyone. Try Lygon Street – it’s nick-named “little Italy” for a reason. Ethnic delights around the CBD include moderately priced Chinese/Asian, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese food.  Or test your taste buds on some upscale fine dining at Spice Temple, Vue de Monde or The Press Club.


With 210 bars/pubs and 50 clubs in the CBD area alone, you can’t help but show a date a good time. You will find all manner of fun and entertainment here! The crowd is more laid back than other cities so feel free to relax with your date, taking in the passers by.

Cultural Melbourne

Besides music, art and sports, what else can you do in Melbourne that has a cultural feel? There are festivals of every persuasion – from the Fringe Festival to the Food and Wine Festival, to musical, garden and fashion festivals. Take in the many galleries around Richmond and Fitzroy. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Design Centre. Take in one of the many operas or theatre presentations. Or enjoy some tours: Sunrise Breakfast Balloon Flight; Puffing Billy Steam Train. Visit the Yarra Valley Wineries, or spend a day at Phillip Island and see kangaroos, penguins and koalas. Your date is sure to be impressed with your choices!


Melbourne has been called the World’s Ultimate Sport City. There are 10 Melbourne-based football teams, with five matches a week in the AFL! Why not schedule a date on one of the three tremendous international events: the Australian Open (tennis); the Melbourne Cup (horseracing); and the Australian Grand Prix formula1 racing)?


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22 July 2011 09:49

The thing about Melbourne is that it is built on a mud flat so in the terms of urban planners reading the landscape isn’t always transparent. And in the view of social butterflies great haughts, good vibes, eateries and adventures can be hidden and you might walk right past them. Eg, Melbourne is the home of dozens of theatre companies; professional, amateur and in between. Some theatre spaces are only a few hand-stretches wide, but you can take in a glass of wine and chat with performers afterwards. Notable are Chapel-on-Chapel, Heidelberg little Theatre and the Basis Theatre. The best place for information is the Age newspapers EG of a Friday. I was once given 10 free tickets to a preview Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Think finding a date is awkward at times; try finding another 9 to join you on a cold winter’s evening. But I did. There are also theatre clubs, local sports clubs, cycling groups, art groups, gardening and conservation groups, funky night clubs where all the really cool African kids hang out, lay back blues bars for old fogies, out-door cafes (even of a winter’s evening) comedy clubs, and a book club that met in pubs. Being flat means cycling is fun, but as Melbourne is spread out we’re kinda addicted to our cars, despite neat trams and trains – we talk to each on such. Meeting new folk isn’t hard in Melbourne. And as almost everyone comes from someplace else, where use to saying gid’y to strangers.

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