Before you start feeling sorry for your single self, let us tell you now, being single on V-Day is SO perfect. It’s the top excuse to spoil yourself silly, spend some quality time with your bestie and show yourself some serious #selflove.
Here’s a list of ways to avoid corny and embrace confident this Valentine’s Day.
What’s better than a getaway with your partner? A stay-cay with your bestie. Book the Deluxe King Apartment at SoYa Apartments and shop, eat, drink and play in the heart of South Yarra. Fun fact: in case you assumed this place was named after the humble soya bean. It’s actually because South Yarra shortens neatly to SoYa.
4 Darling St, South Yarra
Forget romance, check out Forgotten Places at Chapel Off Chapel. Described as ‘an immersive theatre and art experience’. Here, places once forgotten are transformed into visions of the future, where voices sing enchanting songs, architecture comes to life and colour rules supreme. Book tickets here.
12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
Buy your bestie a bottle of champers from Liquid HQ then book a table for two at Red Door Yum Cha, enjoy your BYO beverage, slurp up juicy dumplings and settle in for the night. Just off the beaten Chapel Street track, there’s no shortage of bars to head afterwards, if a nightcap is required.
Liquid HQ, 670 Chapel St, South Yarra
Red Door Yum Cha, 1 Mcilwrick St, Windsor
This store’s business model is heartwarming, but not of the romantic kind (yuck). These do-gooders are working to combat addiction in adolescents by giving 100% of money raised in all of their stores to Teen Challenge International Vic, their very own addictions rehabilitation centre. Designer labels sold at a fair price will have you strutting your stuff for a good cause.
77 Chapel St, Windsor
If you’re in a committed relo with fitspo. Head to Gript for boxing session and knock your ex into next week. #loveyoself. We also recommend you try the Vego Hazelnut Chocolate Spread (organic & vegan) from Little Green on Chapel or some healthy takeaway treats from 365 Plus on Greville Street.
Gript, 50 Wilson Street (enter via rear entrance), South Yarra
Little Green on Chapel, 667 Chapel St, South Yarra
365 Plus, 96 Greville St, Prahran
Go on a cheese spree and pick up (given this is the only thing you’ll be picking up) your favourite cheeses, fruit, pastes, and crackers from La Manna and Sons. Bring it home, arrange it on a fancy wooden board, take a snap for the story and eat it ALL BY YOURSELF. Because you’re not obligated to share and you’re not ashamed. You may feel sick, but at least you won’t get lovesick.
670 Chapel St, South Yarra
They’re the Queens of self-confident fashion. Marimekko have really nailed that ‘I don’t need no man’ look and my gosh are we walking with our heads a little higher. Remember, confidence is the most attractive personality trait a person can possess.
3/576 Chapel St, South Yarra
Learn to win hearts the only way you can – with food. Trupp Cooking School offers over 30 comprehensive cooking classes taught by three-hat chef Walter Trupp. Show off a delicious curry, a seafood classic or exotic street food and fool your crush into thinking you’re an undiscovered Masterchef. Book a class here.
1/53 Barry St, South Yarra
Heck, who needs a partner to give you flowers? Send them to yourself! If flowers are the key to your heart, head straight for Dragonfly Flowers on the Windsor end of Chapel Street. Their outstanding bouquets are a sight to behold.
140 Chapel St, Windsor
Get some mature cheddar in your gob and be wined and dined by Sample. Swing by Windsor’s latest wine bar for a drop (or 10) of vino and a cheeky serve of d’affinois in their courtyard.
180 High St, Windsor
Fall in love with art at E+Hive. An art gallery and home deco combo with a tranquil East Asian vibe. Based on Commercial Road, E+Hive have a specific appreciation for fine arts and traditional handcraft techniques.
140 Commercial Rd, Prahran
Say “f$^k you” to rom coms and get a bit of sci-fi fantasy in you. Aquaman is playing at Village Cinemas Jam Factory this V-Day. Sit back, grab a choc top and stare at Jason Momoa for two hours. You can thank us later. Click here to book tickets.
500 Chapel St, South Yarra
Avoid anything long-stemmed and just have a laff. It’s lucky V-Day falls on a Thursday this year, ’cause Attik has your back. Some of Melbourne’s top comedians perform some of their best material, live every Thursday night. Even luckier, it’s free. Need we say more?
1/255 Chapel St, Prahran
Head to Pole Divas for a casual Pole Conditioning class and get fit, strong and conditioned for pole dancing and life…and you! Click here to find out which classes are available on Valentine’s Day.
22 Cecil Pl, Prahran
Vitamin D at Grattan Gardens
Lap up the the last final weeks of Summer at Grattan Gardens. A sweet little pocket of nature to check out and check into to find your zen. Read a book, listen to a meditation podcast or rub the belly of one of the frequenting pooches. We also strongly recommend grabbing one of the famous roast pork belly and crackling baguettes from Alison’s Little Corner Shop, right next door to Grattan Gardens. The slow cooked corned beef Reuben is also to die for.
Grattan Gardens, 40-50 Grattan Street, Prahran
Alison’s Handmade Bread, 53 Izett St, Prahran
Siam Thai know how to do love, as in love yourself. We try not to play favourites with massage parlours on Chapel (there’s a LOT of them), but it’s hard not to fall in love with Siam Thai Massage. We’re not lying when we say it’ll be the best $60 you’ve ever spent. They’re open everyday and late nights until 9pms. Should this be your last self care stop for the evening.
395 Chapel St, South Yarra
You don’t need an excuse to take a solo getaway, but given it’s Valentine’s Day and all, now you have one. The crew at STA Travel on Chapel Street will hook you up with cheap flights, round the world trips and student travel sweet deals. Right now you can get up to 65% off Phuket Beach Escapes, up to 20% off last minute Contiki Europe trips and up to 25% off Europe Sailing. There really is no excuse. Book an appointment for Feb 14 here.
3/478 Chapel St, South Yarra
There’s nothing more good looking than food. Gorge on a mouth-watering 450g T-bone and fries from Lady Nelson’s Wine and Steak. Eat like a pig, hell lick the plate if you want. Just because you can. This joint serves over 40 wines by the glass, with a fair few around the $10 mark. Top quality vino that doesn’t break the bank? Yes please.
44 Chapel St, Windsor
Love is in the air and on the walls of Chapel Street’s side streets. Let off some steam on a guided running (or swift walking) tour through Melbourne’s most unique laneways and back streets. Tours run daily from 8am to 10am. Book here.
Pran Central’s Scentology pop up is showcasing their fabulous range of Home Scents, Bath & Body and Fragrances from Feb 4 to Feb 17. Express your #selflove with scents for V-Day and everyday! There’s a beautiful range of scented and luxurious gifts for him or her. Plus, every purchase over $45 receives a free gift.
Pran Central Shopping Centre, 325 Chapel St, Prahran
Win their heart in more ways than one with a ticket from Prahran Lotto in Pran Central. Be in with a chance to win the $20mil draw on Feb 16 and you’ll be nailing V-Day until the end of time.
G14, Pran Central Shopping Centre, 325 Chapel St, Prahran
If your one true love is a good read, Dymocks Prahran stock a huge range of books for you to get lost in this Valentine’s Day. Get a solid recommendation from one of their awesome staff or get something specially ordered in.
269-271 Chapel St, Prahran
Did someone say FREE BEER?! Set in Windsor’s hidden oasis (AKA Sample Bar’s beer garden), you’re invited to an afternoon of simple pleasures with Hawkers Beer.
You can’t make this stuff up. Real submissions and real conversations from Chapel Precinct. Tell us what you’ve overheard.
Boy George Australian DJ Tour at Chasers Nightclub. Culture Club frontman & POP icon Boy George is one of the most recognised and in demand House Music DJ’s of all time.
Ahh Valentine’s Day, a stupid cliche, a money making con or an opportunity to show your numero uno how much you really appreciate them. There’s so much to do on Chapel Street this day of love, even the hard-hearted will soften.
Residents of Prahran are invited to attend this year’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ morning in Pran Central’s food court on Tuesday, February 19 from 10am – 11am.