Sydney! The perfect backdrop for any date, be it your first or your fiftieth. If you are meeting your date for the first time, we have some low-pressure date ideas for an opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed, yet stimulating, environment.

Our top 5 date picks:

 Ferry To Manly

If your date does not use the ferry as their regular means of commuting this is the ideal first date.  Water, fresh air, a seat for two and picturesque scenery – what more could you need for a perfect date scenario? If you choose to do this at night you could benefit from that extra touch of romance without even trying too hard! Once you arrive at Manly (or Circular Quay if you live over that side) take a stroll and grab a drink before heading back.

Website:  Manly Australia Ferry Times

How to Impress: Pick up drinks and/or snacks prior to boarding and pull them out mid-crossing.

What Makes it Great:  It takes a total of 30 minutes from Manly to Circular Quay and makes for a romantic yet not over-the-top dating.

 Sydney Fish Market

Roll up, roll up you oyster-sucking seafood lovers. The Sydney Fish Market may be a little on the smelly side; however, there is much to be enjoyed at this iconic spot. Take in the action packed fisher mongers as they demonstrate their finest produce, try one of their cooking classes or grab a fish and chip pack and sit by the water’s edge!

Website:  Sydney Fish Market

How to Impress: Feed each other or feed the seagulls – just feed someone.

What Makes it Great:   You can be quite sure that no one has ever offered your partner a fish market date before. Suggest the venue with a pinch of salt and a wry smile and your date might just take the bait. First, make sure they love seafood because for non-seafood eaters there’d be nothing worse.

Cocktails Anyone

Café Sydney is famous for one of the most spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. It boasts an exotic cocktail menu and can be found tucked away in a charming heritage building above Customs House. The breathtaking views guarantee there is something to stare at!

Website:     Cafe Sydney

How to impress:   Book in advance to secure a table on the balcony.

What makes it great:  The Sydney Harbour – the view doesn’t get much better than this.

Wine Tasting

A crisp glass of wine accompanied by a decadent cheese platter is a perfect first date idea guaranteed to win you some brownie points for creativity. Sydney is spoilt for venues that offer wine and cheese tasting. Be sure to check their websites for details as some run tasting once a month.

Websites:      Our top 3 picks

1. Ocello

2.  The Grand Cheese and Wine Room 

3.  The Stinking Bishops

How to impress:  Simply suggesting this fun date will impress.

What makes it great:  The opportunity to learn about wine and cheese together.

Fancy Some Crab

Check out The Friend in Hand – this quintessential pub is certainly worth the visit. The venue hosts a range of activities from life drawing classes and open mic night but the major draw card is undoubtedly the crab racing event held each Wednesday. You read it right – crab racing, the racing of crustaceans. This memorable date night guarantees that you won’t be quickly forgotten and is sure to be a talking point for years to come.

Website:    Friend In Hand

How to impress: Get up close and personal with the crab and score front row viewing.

What makes it great:  It’s not every night you get to watch a crab race a fellow crab!

If you are after First Date Ideas in other locations, start here and check out our Melbourne First Date Ideas! 


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