Love Struck: Your Guide to Valentine’s Day in Sydney

From Rooftop smooches to seafood banquets, we’re unveiling the ultimate V-Day hit-list in Sydney. Plus a cosy hideaway in The Abercrombie room!


Valentine’s Day might have a *somewhat corny* reputation for drowning us in rom-com clichés, but, let’s face it, most have a soft spot for it. Well, Sydney sure does. The scale from hustle to bustle at the city’s most iconic flower markets jump from 10 to 100, restaurant owners leave their usual ‘walk-ins welcome’ at the door (it gets busy out here), chocolate sales go out the wazoo and bills famous hotcakes flip so fast they barely even touch the plate. Pace aside, it’s also one of the sweetest days of the year; lots of hand holding, gift giving, smooching on the Rooftop, wine ‘n’ dining. This year a golden sunset is even RSVPing to the party — according to this weather man anyway.

So! Whether you’re a local or just visiting, we’ve loved up and knuckled down to present you with the ultimate V-day hit-list. From indulging in Longshore’s seafood banquet to catching a flick under the stars at the world’s most beautiful cinema, there’s an activity to woo even the most selective Valentine.

Movie Magic at The Westpac OpenAir Cinema: Jan 20 — Fen 20, Mrs Macquaries Point Royal Botanic Garden


Open to falling in love? A seat at the world’s most beautiful cinema on Sydney Harbour will certainly encourage it. The Westpac OpenAir cinema will be screening the classic French film — Amélie on Valentines Day! Promising Parisian views with a side of Sydney Harbour AKA the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Hot tip: get there early to secure your seat and grab a schmancy dinner whilst you’re at it. Mike Mcnearney of Kitchen by Mike’s launched a pop up restaurant there as part of the event.


Celebrate Love In Style at Longshore — our favourite restaurant in Chippo.

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Be ready to indulge in a delightful experience featuring delectable bite-sized snacks, a seafood-focused entree and main course, and a surprise Valentine’s dessert to conclude your romantic dining experience. Bare in mind — tables are going, FAST. Catch em’ while you can


Star Gazing at Centennial Park with Sydney City Skywatchers


Ditch the drama this Valentine’s Day and opt for a stellar night of stargazing in Centennial Park. Sydney City Skywatchers bring the telescopes for primo celestial views. Pack your date’s faves or go fuss-free with a pop-up picnic.

Hot tip: Get in early to catch the sunset from the observatory hill top in the park. It’s on the Grand Drive, Centennial Park, then start gazing from 8pm to 9:30pm!

Brunch at bills Surry Hills, Darlinghurst or Bondi


When Sydney-siding, a visit to Bills isn’t just brunch; it’s a rite of passage, a classic Australian institution by the culinary trailblazer Bill Granger. The essential order? Dive into a plate of his iconic ricotta hotcakes and creamy scrambled eggs — the stuff brunch dreams are made of. Since the ’90s, Bill Granger had been known as the maestro behind Aussie cafe classics like avocado on toast and corn fritters, now beloved across the country. The lines might snake onto the sidewalk, but trust us, it’s worth it. Grab a table for two, soak in the view of one of the city’s most iconic suburbs, indulge in some prime people-watching, and share a classic brunch that’s etched into Sydney’s culinary history. Cap it off with a leisurely morning stroll, a beachside retreat, or a return to your favourite Rooftop for a refreshing dip in the pool.

Hot tip: You must order the hotcakes. We shall say no more.
Walk-ins only, no reservations so arrive a touch early to secure your spot!

A pottery class for two at PROJECT SNAIL


Indulge in the sensual and calming allure of clay at PROJECT SNAIL — an art and design studio nestled in the vibrant neighbourhood of Newtown, just a stone’s throw from yours truly. In our opinion, a pottery class with your significant other is the ultimate gift — exhibit A, THAT scene from Ghost?! Thoughtful, intimate, unique annnnd you get to take your creations home! The perfect opportunity to disconnect from the hustle, immerse yourself in the creative process, and revel in the simple joy of crafting something together. With limited spots available for V-Day, act fast to secure your place in their one-off throwing taster session.


Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW


Ditch the clichés and amp up your Valentine’s Day with a cool, cultured twist. Hit the art gallery after hours for a not-so-typical date night. Catch a free screening (a AGNSW tradition every Wednesday and Sunday) of the vintage Italian masterpiece, Garden of the Finzi-Continis, directed by Vittorio De Sica. Already have a movie planned at the Westpac OpenAir Cinema? Roam the collection displays and exhibitions by the soft glow of gallery lights. Join a guided tour to uncover hidden gems, grab a drink for a relaxed stroll, stay for dinner, or sprawl out in the nearby botanical gardens to watch the notorious fruit bats take flight.


A night at The Old Clare Hotel — obviously.


The ultimate Valentine’s hot-spot? All Cupid’s arrows point to yours truly. The most romantic room? The Abercrombie, she comes in several styles — industrial heritage, retro modern and new deco. Each comes with an open plan bathroom and freestanding bathtub — a big mood if you want to reserve some romantic tub TLC time. Go on, you know you want to. Get a room.

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