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Dates for every kind of Valentine

Ashleigh Went and Elsie Adamo

Valentine’s Day… some claim it’s a sham of a holiday, others await its arrival with the excitement of a child on Christmas morning.

Whether you’re spending your Valentine’s Day drunk in love or planning drinks with the girls, here are our ideas for every kind of Valentine.

Galentine’s Day

While Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time reserved for couples, few things are as pleasurable as the company of your girlfriends.

Why not get the girls together and see 50 Shades Darker? Sit back, relax and have a giggle. It’s playing all over town, so head to your nearest cinema (Dendy offer a killer popcorn and glass of Rosé). The bigger your group, the more important it is you book ahead and save yourselves being awkwardly split between canoodling couples.

Highball Express

Image: Lori Ciccini

For something a little different, put on your best dancing shoes and head to The Highball Express for Latin Tuesdays, where Salsabor Dance Studio host a free social Latin dancing teaser from 6.30. Add a few cocktails and an antipasto plate and your night is sorted.

If you’re craving something sweet, take your ladies to White Rabbit after dinner for desserts and cocktails. $45 per couple will get you 2 signature cocktails and a dessert to share – made in house by White Rabbit’s pastry chef, no less!


If that’s a little wild too wild for you on a “school night” (it is a Tuesday, after all!) perhaps consider hosting your own night in with the girls! Grab a few bottles of vino, slip on your PJ’s and dust off that Sex and the City DVD box set.

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Spoil your girls with flowers. Forget red roses, go for small bunches of boldly hued florals to brighten their day. The Floral Society are perfect for beautiful girly bunches.

A Fresh Romance

Not sure how serious you are yet? It can be tricky territory! A premature big gesture can give the wrong impression while a lack of acknowledgement can send the message that you’re just not that into them.

The solution? Keep it casual and avoid the swooning couples. Why not grab some grub from Brodburger and a couple of beers and find a nice spot by the lake? Picnic rug optional.


Image; Facebook @brodburger

Your Favourite Foodie

In our opinion, food is the ultimate expression of love – whether home-cooked or enjoyed in one of Canberra’s many divine dining establishments.

If you share a love of cooking, sign up for 3 Seeds Cooking School’s Valentine’s Day special, where you and your valentine will create a 3-course meal to enjoy in the company of other couples. It’s also a great way to drop a hint if your other half can’t cook to save their life.


If you’d prefer to leave the cooking up to the experts, you’re in luck; there’s certainly no shortage of good food on offer. Here are just some of our pics:

For $110pp you’ll get a lovely 5-course dinner menu at Buvette, starting off with Oyster & Champagne sabayon and a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Champagne. Sure to be an extra romantic evening, a great event for any couple to attend. Books can be made by giving Buvette a call on 6163 1818, and more details can be found here.

For the New Acton date, A Baker is offering up Valentine’s Day Dinner for $80pp. The dinner will include Oysters on arrival and 3 shared courses sure to create many the romantic moment. Bookings can be made on their website.

Temporada will be offering up a valentine’s day menu which will include 4 courses for $90pp, and for an extra $55pp it comes with paired wines. A great spot for the fresh couple, bookings can be made by calling 6249 6683 or on their website.

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Grab your love a copy of The Cupping Room Cookbook from local bookstores or of course, The Cupping Room.

The hard working parent

For those who may need want to get away from the kids, spending the night at Hotel Realm is the Valentine’s night plan for you. Best enjoyed after dinner at Buvette downstairs, Hotel Realm has some Valentine’s packages for you to get the most out of the most romantic night of the year.

The 5-star room option includes a chocolate platter, mini bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Impéria, a rose petal turndown service and a buffet breakfast for the next morning. 4.5 and 4-star options are also available at Burbury Hotel, Little National Hotel and Brassey Hotel. 

Image; Facebook @littlenationalhotel

Image; Facebook – Little National Hotel

Nothing says “child free” quite like a trip to the Casino. Natural 9 at Casino Canberra have a delectable Valentines Menu strictly for the adults. For $88 each person, you’ll be treated to a four course set menu featuring choices like Lobster Thermidor, Oysters, a selection of desserts and more. Bookings are essential.

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Treat him to a cut throat shave at The Cock and Crown, complete with a refreshing cold beer and hot towel shave.

Pamper her with a blissful treatment from the newly opened Hale Gym & Spa.

The Romantic

Is there anything more romantic than Dirty Dancing under the glow of a Canberra sunset? We think not – especially there’s wine and ice cream on offer. Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema is hosting a Valentine’s Day special screening – you might just have the time of your life. Gates open at 6.30pm, tickets from $30pp.

Image; Facebook @CanberraOpenairCinema

Image; Facebook – Canberra Openair Cinema

For those wanting to do something special, Pialligo is the place to be.

Pod Food will kick off their intimate evening with Champagne and oysters followed by a five-course menu able to be paired with local and international wines. The perfect way to spend an evening with that perfect someone.

Pialligo Estate have two wonderful Valentine’s dinner options available. The Farmhouse Restaurant will be serving up a four-course degustation complete with sommelier-paired wine, unlimited beer or nonalcoholic drinks for $195pp.

The second option will be their Garden Pavilions with a four-course shared menu, bottle of champagne and also unlimited beer or nonalcoholic beverages for $175pp. Both dinners will have live entertainment and a photo booth, perfect for a Valentine’s day to remember.

If you can’t get away on the evening of Tuesday 14 itself, why not check out Pialligo Estate’s Valentine’s Weekend long lunch in their orchard? It’ll be a luxurious experience, to say the least.

Hotel Kurrajong Canberra are also hosting Valentine’s Day Dinner, with an option to dine under the stars, with a decadent 3-course dinner and cocktail on arrival ($119pp including French sparkling wine) or a 3-course dinner at Chifley’s Restaurant ($89pp including sparkling wine on arrival).

For something secluded and romantic, book in for a delicious authentic Italian feast at La Cantina. They’ve put together a 4 course set menu for $75, including red heart shaped ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta in a zucchini, asparagus & garlic sauce.

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In addition to the obligatory flowers, nothing says “I’m thinking of you” like some carefully selected jewellery. Our pick is Canberra’s own Alison Jackson – cufflinks for him, jewellery for her.

Sweet, sweet solitude

“I just want to be alone.” As Greta Garbo so iconically crooned, sometimes we all crave a little solitude. Whether you’re simply not in the mood for love or just loving yourself sick, a night in alone can be oh so satisfying. Either make your favourite meal or get something delish delivered, put on whatever strikes your fancy and enjoy a night to yourself.

Treat yourself to a DIY facial, paint your nails, soak in a bubble bath, pour yourself a glass of bubbly, spend the night with your favourite book or curl up on the couch with some Netflix.

Circa 1929. Image: Facebook @circa1929.

Image: facebook.com/circa1929

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Whatever you damn well please! We can’t go past indulging in one of Ricardo’s insane desserts like the Malteaser or Cookie Monster…or even just a simple (but super colourful) macaron or cronut as a special treat?

Image: instagram.com/ricardoscafe

Image: instagram.com/ricardoscafe

Or why not pick yourself up some gorgeous lingerie? Because you don’t need company to feel sexy.

For the long distance lovers

Sometimes, as much as our heart aches for it, we can’t be in the company of our lover on Valentine’s Day. Even if you’re not the sentimental type, this particular day of the year can be a reminder of the distance between you and your significant other.

While it’s not the same as seeing them in the flesh, you can still have a dinner date courtesy of modern technology. Have a Skype date – but don’t skimp on the details! Wear something that makes you feel beautiful, cook yourselves your favourite meals, light some candles and spend some quality time together.

Closeup of hand holding smartphone taking picture of red heart

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Put together a hand made bunch of vouchers for sweet things that you can do when you’re reunited at last – from a loving massage to recreating the first meal you shared together.


Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author


Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author

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