My formula for a romantic date should be that it is a little bit special. Sure you can go to any one of Brisbane's many great romantic and expensive restaurants to impress a date, but that is a bit too cliche. But here are 5 ideas for something romantically special.
Brisbane is not Italy, but should you run into a runaway princess and need to take her for a romantic dinner, then there are still enough waterways to make a gondola ride something special.
Courtesy of Golden Gondolas
Golden Gondola private cruises start off at the Breakfast Creek Wharf (on the opposite side of the river to the Breakfast Creek Hotel) and head out onto the Brisbane river for a private chauffeured cruise with amazing city views.
You can select from a range of menus, though the most popular are the seafood platters. Starting at $200 for a one hour twilight cruise, it is not cheap, but still not that much more expensive than a meal for two in a top restaurant.
Another way to have views and a private location is to go on a Wheel of Brisbane VIP cabin. Have your own private cabin for 25 minutes and enjoy an appetiser and drinks as you take in the view or just stare into each others eyes.
Prices start at $60 for two people and you need to inquire directly for the prices on other packages. Though to be honest, you will be better off visiting a discount ticket website such as GroupOn rather than booking directly.
Brisbane is a casual city and so we are a city of people who don't mind our romance to have a casual feel. While there are plenty of markets suitable for eating, Eat Street Markets has to be the one that provides the most romantic atmosphere.
To obtain the full romantic impact of these markets, you need to turn up by ferry to Bretts Wharf, wonder around the markets sampling and sharing different dishes and snacks, enjoy a few drinks at one of the micro bars at the markets and follow it up with a romantic walk along the river front back to take a ferry to the city.
The markets have some stalls setup in shipping containers, however most food outlets seem to be the many highly quality food trucks that are becoming more common in Brisbane. There are also a growing number of craft stalls, though this can be romance killer if one of you likes shopping and the other hates it.
Not all dates have to happen in the evening. If you want to share a cup of coffee or have a high tea then there is no better place than the Room with Roses in the Historic Brisbane Arcade in Queen Street Mall.
You would be forgiven for not even knowing this place exists. But for those who have been there, this is THE place to go in the city. This is classically styled tea room, where you go for tea and their signature scones with raspberry jam, high tea or, if you prefer, a cup of coffee. They also do amazingly styled lunches.
Scones with Raspberry Jam (Courtesy of Room with Roses)
This is the daytime date that you dress up a little for, but is still not overly expensive.
The Summit Restaurant
Last, but not least, the Summit Restaurant at Mt Coot-tha. This restaurant would have a great reputation just based on the service and food. But it is the views that have driven reputation of this restaurant as the place where Brisbanites go to propose and of course to go for their wedding anniversaries.
The food is not expensive for the quality and the location. There are also lunch time and early evening specials. So you can get away with a romantic meal on a budget. What is more, it is really only a short drive from the city, so it can easily be the start of a great night out.
The food is fantastic, innovative and beautifully presented and as I already said, stands on its own. For couples with kids, they are also well accommodated as well. So you don't need to be proposing to take someone here.
Courtesy of Summit Restaurant & Bar
Don't forget that you can get the same views and reasonably priced food by going instead to the neighbouring Kuta Cafe. Though to be honest the Kuta Cafe is great for its coffee and ice cream, but the meals are disappointing.