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Date ideas: 5 things to do for Valentine’s Day in Camberwell

Date ideas: 5 things to do for Valentine’s Day in Camberwell

It’s known as the most romantic day of the year, but it can be a challenge coming up with ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day (February 14).

The best part about Valentine’s Day is that you can make it your own – go to town and organise a special night out or keep it simple and show your loved one that it’s the small things that count.

If you’re in a love-professing mood this Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of ways to demonstrate to your loved one just how you feel and that you aren’t afraid to show it.

Here are five ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Camberwell:

1. Movie magic

A night at the movies may seem like an oldie but it’s a goodie. That’s especially the case at Camberwell’s Rivoli Cinema which oozes romance with its Art Deco architecture and 1940s glamour.

A dark cinema, a great film, and your favourite snacks shouts love and contentment. Ramp it up a level by going Gold Class. Switch the diet coke for a South Australian Shiraz and the popcorn for a gourmet entrée (delivered right to your reclining seat) and cinema night now shouts love and luxury.

2. Delicious dating

Sharing food can be cosy and comfortable or sensuous and brag-worthy. Whatever message you want to send to your love, Camberwell’s array of restaurants means there’s a Valentine’s Day dining spot with your name on it.

Make it a casual and laidback date night with everybody’s favourite: pizza. Pizza is affordable, shareable and, let’s face it, the best of happy foods. Try Boss Pizzeria, where chefs Daniel Barrese and Johnny Logue have 40 years’ experience between them – including in Napoli, Italy. Or head to Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, where they promise to “feed all of your senses”.

If you’d prefer a fancier experience, the lively Italian restaurant Fiorelli won’t disappoint. While you’re there, be sure to have one of their scrumptious home-made desserts. Or prove your global culinary credentials by booking a table at Okami Japanese Restaurant, Afghan Village (Matt Preston famously loved it) or Franco-Belge.

3. Bar hop

The crystal clink of champagne glasses and the fizz of bubbles add a spritz of joy to the start of a romantic evening. But don’t stop there. Instead of a one bar, visit a few. In Camberwell, a sophisticated and romantic bar hop is a breeze.

Bar None is a must, where you can sip a love-inspired cocktail on a comfy couch. Try Young’s Wine Rooms or East End Wine Bar to find a wine you haven’t tasted before, or enjoy a drink as the sun sets on the rooftop bar Nineteenforty, located above Rivoli Cinema.

4. Outdoor romance

Combine the joys of food and wine and get extra brownie points for the effort, planning and romantic style. Plan a picnic and head to one of Camberwell’s parks, or enjoy a home-made dinner on your balcony or in your garden.

Nick and Sue’s Gourmet Deli, found in the Camberwell Fresh Food Market, is ideal for picking up antipastos, speciality cheeses and smallgoods. Coltivare has you covered for fresh fruit and vegetable crudités. And Provence Artisan Bakers can supply the tastiest pastries and sweet treats.

5. Just dance

You could, of course, get thoroughly creative and think outside the box. And nothing screams sexy romance like a couple in perfect rhythm on the dance floor.

Dance586 in Camberwell says learning to dance is about having fun and creating memories. The studio teaches all styles of Latin and ballroom dancing and is open for to age groups. The Secret Garden of Dance is also open for the newbie and offers private lessons and group classes.

No matter how you’d like to spend Valentine’s Day in Camberwell, there are plenty of options on offer. Just remember to make it your own and you’ll have a date night like no other.

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