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10 First Date Ideas in Brisbane

First dates are stressful, and choosing the perfect destination can put you into overdrive. Never fear, because we’ve rounded up the best first date destinations in Brisbane that are guaranteed to win that special someone over.

1. Set up a picnic on River Quay Green…
There’s no better way to soak up the romance than with spectacular city views and bougie picnic hampers. Choose from French-inspired chacuterie from Aquitaine, luxe fish and chips from River Quay Fish, dreamy Italian-style hampers from Popolo or modern Australian baskets from The Jetty.

2. Listen to live music with the city backdrop…
Start your date on the right note at Sunday Social with live music performances, lawn games and funky chill out seating on the lush River Quay Green, every Sunday afternoon from 2pm-5pm. This weekly event showcases the soft and smooth tunes of some of Brisbane’s best musicians, all set against the backdrop of the Brissie skyline. Oh, and don’t forget to order a luxe River Quay picnic hamper too. You’re welcome.

3. Visit South Bank’s iconic Little Stanley Street…
Little Stanley Street is a Brisbane icon, and for good reason. Lined with an abundance of funky cafes, cool concepts, and gourmet restaurants to enliven even the most exotic palates, we know an evening here will be one to remember. Our suggestion: a stroll along the street with the fairy light lit trees in the background will win you extra brownie points.

4. Have a picnic feast in the Parklands…
The Parklands is filled to the brim with delectable takeaway options and makes the perfect spot for a day or night time picnic date. The food options include mouth-watering Turkish spreads from Ahmet’s, delicious pizzas from Papa Rossi and Lebanese fare from Baba Ganouj, all guaranteed to woo your boo.

5. Watch a movie with mouth-watering takeaway…
Why not bring South Bank to your doorstep with a cosy movie night in? South Bank is full of delicious food to take home like Mexican fare from Mucho Mexicano, epic burgers from Brooklyn Depot and delicious Greek from Zeus. Get the blanket fort ready, because you’re in for one memorable evening.

6. Be bougie with an experience at one of River Quay’s restaurants…
River Quay is Brisbane’s premier dining destination boasting the best views in the city. Whether you’re after fresh seafood from River Quay Fish, modern Australian fare from The Jetty, an Italian feast from Popolo, fresh French eats from Aquitaine or luxe food from Otto, you’re guaranteed to find something that will satisfy you and your boo.

7. Sip and paint a work of art…
Unleash your inner artist with a bottle of vino at Cork and Chroma. Whether it’s in the studio or from the comfort of your own home, you’ll be in for a fun and romantic evening with your date. Hop tip: we suggest you pair this with wine from Malt Traders and delectable takeaway from the Parklands.

8. Mini golf your way into the evening…
Relive your favourite Pixar memories at South Bank’s Pixar Putt, an epic open-air mini golf experience inspired by your favourite childhood films. Pair this with dinner on Little Stanley Street and we can guarantee you’ll be in for a great (and nostalgic!) date night.

9. Indulge in a menu dedicated to dessert…
Denim Co. has an entire menu dedicated to dessert, serving it up until late into the night; and, if sweet food doesn’t scream romance to you, we don’t know what will! Whether you indulge in their Chocolate Lava Cake, Canadian Waffles or Apple Pie (to name a few!) you’re guaranteed to be filled to the brim with love… and sugar.

10. Get cultural with a visit to GOMA or Queensland Museum…
GOMA and Queensland Museum are the centre of South Bank’s cultural experience, with exhibitions and artefacts set to take you on a journey around the globe. Pair a visit here with lunch at Little Stanley Street or the Parklands, and we can guarantee you’ll have plenty to talk about.

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