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Romance

Friday night

Check in to a luxury suite at the Crown Metropol for a weekend of pure indulgence. With spa suites and stunning city views, it's perfect for a weekend getaway.

Once you've settled in to your luxe surrounds, doll up and head downstairs for dinner. Enjoy la dolce vita at Neil Perry's two-hatted Rosetta Ristorante, or turn up the temperature with his take on contemporary Chinese at Spice Temple. 

Follow dinner with a riverside promenade along Southbank or take in a show at The Arts Centre, Recital Centre or Malthouse Theatre – you're at the centre of it all on Southbank.

Saturday morning

After a lazy breakfast in bed, wander up to St Kilda Road to explore the NGV: International. Run your fingers through the waterwall, catch reflections beneath the world's largest stained glass ceiling and browse impressive collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art.

Saturday afternoon

Take a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, opposite the NGV, and laze on the lawns. Make a picnic afternoon of it, or cross over the river and head up to Spring Street for lunch at The European. Pop in to the City Wine Shop to pick up some fizz for the hotel room before strolling among the designer stores along Collins Street.  

If you're looking for a little something for your someone, browse exquisite jewellery from Australian designer Jan Logan, detour to Flinders Lane and Russell Place for stunning contemporary works at Pieces of Eight and e.g. etal.

While away the rest of the afternoon with a movie and wine at Kino Cinemas or the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). If you only have eyes for your amour, see out the afternoon at elegant libation den Eau de Vie or woo with cocktails at Romeo Lane.

Saturday night

Treat your taste buds and your loved one to dinner at one of Melbourne's finest restaurants. Take romance to great heights at Vue de Monde, go for old-school sophistication at Attica, or make the most of every course with the Press Club's famous degustation menu. Take in a nightcap at upstairs bars Siglo, The Melbourne Supper Club or Bar Lui, but try not to stay out too late…

Sunday morning

Rise early for a magical dawn ballooning tour over Melbourne. Float above the city's architectural icons and magnificent parks and gardens, and back on land, enjoy a post-flight champagne breakfast.

Continue the morning's indulgence back at the Crown Metropol: make your way to the 27th floor to the luxury retreat Crown Spa. Float in the pool while taking in city views and relax in the steam room before indulging in a relaxation massage.

Sunday afternoon

Take a leisurely tram ride down to St Kilda for a beachside sundowner. The St Kilda Sea Baths complex on the foreshore is an ideal spot. Try a cheeky cocktail with beachy views from the deck of Captain Baxter.

Just after the sun does down, head over to the breakwater and feel the love as the bay's favourite families, the St Kilda penguins, come ashore.

Sunday night

Bring a wistful end to your weekend of romance with seaside culinary excellence at classic Italian Cafe di Stasio.

Alternative: if you'd prefer to stay in the CBD, make your way to Curtin House on Swanston Street. Start with a tipple at Rooftop Bar, stay for dinner at Cookie or Mesa Verde, and top off your weekend with a gig at The Toff in Town.

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Shopping

Lord Coconut

Indulge your taste for sartorial splendour with handmade, contemporary designer men's jewellery, and artwork, at this specialist boutique and gallery.

Outdoor activities

Ballooning and scenic flights

Watch the sun rise over Melbourne from a hot-air balloon or take in the expansive sights of the city, its hills and iconic bay on a scenic flight.

Bars

Romeo Lane

Find love in the form of cocktails seductive enough to woo tastebuds from any side of the family divide at this laneway newcomer (formerly Von Haus).

Bars

City Wine Shop

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the treasure trove of bottled delights, a favourite haunt for wine connoisseurs at the top end of town.

Cinemas

The Kino

See your silver screen favourites in style at this plush, compact Collins Place cinema, complete with wine and espresso bars. And great choc tops.

Fashion

e.g.etal: Contemporary Jewellery and Objects

e. g. etal: Contemporary Jewellery and Objects is a Melbourne gallery that represents and supports Australia's thriving contemporary jewellery design...

Restaurants

The European

Scramble for an adjective to describe Melbourne's stalwart wine bar and you'll end up settling on 'European', before you settle on one more glass.

Restaurants

The Press Club

Treat yourself to head chef Luke Croston's elegant degustation menu or go all out with the experimental Press Club Projects private dining experience.

Restaurants

Café Di Stasio

Discover the magic of Café di Stasio, from the bow-tied waiters to the inspired wine list – winner of a hat from the Good Food Guide.

Hotels

Crown Metropol Melbourne

Crown Metropol Melbourne is a modern gateway in one of the world's most liveable cities. Redefine style at Melbourne's most striking and...

From $258 - $908

Restaurants

Attica

Australia's best, ranked #32 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and named Restaurant of the Year by the Good Food Guide 2018.

Restaurants

Spice Temple

Once you've tried Neil Perry's two-hatted take on Chinese food in the seductive surrounds at Crown you'll find it hard to go back to lemon chicken.

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