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Cheap Romantic Date Ideas in Melbourne

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by Emily Finlay (subscribe)
A freelance writer and editor living in Melbourne, I'm an avid fan of film, television and literature.
Published September 3rd 2012
Who says that you can't be romantic and cheap at the same time? For those who want romance but are low on funds, here are some date ideas that won't break the bank.

Melbourne Botanical Gardens
Melbourne Botanical Gardens (courtesy of Wikimedia)

Picnic in the Gardens
Melbourne has some amazing (and very romantic) gardens. The Botanical Gardens are a particular highlight; acres of grass, flowers of every colour and plenty of room to spread out a picnic rug.

For a perfect evening, go to the Queen Victoria Markets on your way and buy some fresh dips, cheese and produce. Grab yourself a bottle of champagne and be prepared for a perfect night under the stars.

Stroll Along St Kilda Beach
St Kilda beach is lovely (if sometimes a little crowded) in the warmer months. Head to St Kilda beach and spend the day relaxing and swimming on the beach. Next, head to Acland St and choose a delicious ice-cream, and stroll along the pier. Finally, finish the day with some fish and chips on the beach.

Go to the Movies
The movies are always a great date night, but by the time you buy dinner, popcorn and a ticket, you can end up spending a small fortune. A great way to save some money is to go to on the cheaper movie days.

Start the week off in style by going to Nova on a Monday night, when tickets are cheaper. For a bit of budget romance, buy a glass of bubbly from the Nova bar, which you can take into the theatre with you.

Finish the date off with a bit of decadence; I would suggest popping around the corner to Brunetti (Faraday Street). Indulge in some cheesiness and share a dessert.

Eat In
Who says you need to go out on a date? Instead of opting for takeaway or two-minute noodles, cook a romantic meal together. Cooking together can be fun – if you pick something easy and stress free to make! Indulge in some wine while cooking, and (as corny as it may sound), buy some candles to set a romantic mood.
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Picnic in the park is always a good date. Even if you have a steady relationship, surprise your lover with a "date night" - make a picnic basket with a few goodies. Fairly inexpensive but fellas, she will appreciate the effort and he surprise!
by Stanm (score: 0|2) 1800 days ago
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