1. Blu Bar on 36, Shangri-La Hotel
Found on level 36 of the Shangri-La hotel, this bar offers one of Sydney’s most jaw-dropping views, with a great and extensive cocktail list. Even if the food is a little pricey, it’s a perfect place to have one drink followed by a walk around the harbour. Find out more here.
2. Bill & Toni’s, Darlinghurst
This little Italian restaurant is an institution, serving perfect food for over 40 years. Open from the early hours of the morning, to late at night, this is a wonderful place to enjoy both the food and the lively atmosphere. Find out more here.
3. Sydney Observatory
As well as offering great harbour views, the night-time tours of the Sydney Observatory will show you the night sky like you’ve never seen it before. Find out more here.
4. Bronte Beach
A picnic at the beach will always make a perfect date, and Bronte Beach has a great grassy area so you don’t have to get sand in everything. Either pack a basket with your favourite foods or grab some fish and chips and eat in the sun. Find out more here.
5. Gelato Messina, Surry Hills
Arguably one of the best ice cream places in Sydney, Gelato Messina has some amazing flavours and desserts. Grab a cone and go for a wander around Surry Hills. Find out more here.
6. Different Drummer, Glebe
This tapas and cocktail bar has kick-ass happy hour specials and some of the best cocktails you’ve ever tasted. It can get pretty busy on Saturday nights, but theres a rooftop with city views and a back garden courtyard. Find out more here.
7. Mini Golf, Thornleigh
Let out your inner child and challenge your date to a round of mini golf. Find out more here.
8. Sports car rental: hit the highway in style!
Live in luxury for a day and rent a car that you might never otherwise get the chance to drive. Why not go down the coast to Wollongong and spend a day at the beach? Find out more about car rental here.
9. Drive-In Cinema, Blacktown
Go on an old-school date to the drive-in and snuggle in the relative privacy of your car while watching a film. Find out more here.
10. Panama House, Bondi
Just up the road from Bondi Beach, this cafe and bar has been obviously influenced by America’s south. The food and drink menus are deliciously unique and the decor is pretty impressive as well. Find out more here.
11. Kayaking, Rose Bay
While there are many places around the harbour where you can kayak, Rose Bay is one of the most picturesque. You can also hire paddleboards and motorboats. Find out more here.
12. Cafe Hernandez
This tiny 24-hour cafe is a little piece of Spain which has ben open since 1972. It serves 15 different types of coffees, and food options include delicious churros, tortillas and portuguese tarts. Find out more here.
13. Ampersand Cafe
This second hand bookshop and cafe on Oxford Street is a perfect place for bookworms to spend the day, sharing food and coffee and discovering new favourite books. Find out more here.
14. Horse riding, Glenworth Valley
Get out of the city and onto a horse! Only an hour’s drive from the CBD, Glenworth Valley is also a great place to go camping, abseiling, kayaking and quad biking. Find out more here.
15. MCA Lights on Later
The always-amazing Museum of Contemporary Art at the Rocks is even better on Thursday nights, when you have longer to check out the artwork with extended opening hours. The program also features workshops and talks from curators and creative thinkers. Find out more here.
16. Li’l Darlin
This bar has possibly the best looking cocktails in Sydney. Plus with three locations, (Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Randwick), you really can’t go wrong! Find out more here.