So you’ve swiped right and matched (Or ‘met through friends’ if that’s the story you’ve both decided to run with) – got through the awkward messaging stage and locked in a first date or maybe you’ve been together for a while and love to keep the fire alive with regular date nights. What are you going to do? You COULD go see a movie – but you realise you’re not 15 years old. You really like this one, so you want to make a good first impression. Below you’ll find everything you need to crush the first date or a regular date on Chapel Street. So here’s a guide to the best date hot spots in Chapel Street Precinct!
The Daytime, Public Place, Tinder Meetup
You’re not too sure if you actually like them…yet. They’ve got the face of a young Charles Manson, but you’re slightly concerned that they have the personality to match. Play it safe and meet somewhere bustling with people and of course, great coffee. After all, if the date fizzles, at least you’ll have caffeine to carry you through!
Cafes perfect for first dates:
- Oscar Cooper 160 Greville St, Prahran
- Two Birds One Stone 12 Claremont St, South Yarra
- Tusk Cafe 133 Chapel St, Windsor
The “Just Drinks”
If you want to take it slowly and see where the night takes you, meeting up for a drink is the obvious answer. After all, a drink can turn into drinks & dinner if there’s a spark. Or if there’s no vibe, you can GTFO quick smart.
Bars that are sure to impress:
- Jungle Boy 96 Chapel St, Windsor
- Fonda Rooftop 144 Chapel St, Windsor
- The Imperial 522 Chapel St, South Yarra
Dinner & Banter
This one’s a keeper & it’s time to impress. Like your Mama once said, the way to the heart is through their…. stomach. Show off your foodie sensibilities with a date at one of Chapel Street’s hottest restaurants. One tip. On a first date, it’s probably best to avoid a Friday night unless you can book ahead. We all know the line game is STRONG at Chapel Street hotspots and waiting is a mood killer fo sho. End the night with a shared dessert, that way you get cake without looking like a fatty and be cute at the same time. Win win.
Restaurants that are first date proof
- David’s 4 Cecil Pl, Prahran
- Ines Wine Bar 150 Chapel St, Windsor
- Lover 60 Chapel St, Windsor
- Pidapipo 85 Chapel St, Windsor
A Gift for the Date
Ok, so it might be a little old school to bring a girl flowers, and I wouldn’t really recommend it – but this is probably my biggest tip. If you want to absolutely crush a first date, get her something with a bit of meaning. Now it doesn’t have to be massive or exy, just a lil somethin, somethin that relates to a joke or convo you’ve had in the lead up to the date. Don’t know what I mean? I once dated a girl who was obsessed with coriander (no thanks). It was a common topic of banter so I rocked up with a ‘bouquet’ of the stuff. Boom. Go back through your messages, find that one thing and win the dating game.
Places to grab your thoughtful gift from
You may have wandered passed this room of wonder in Prahran with interest and inquisitiveness. We did too, and we loved what we saw when we ventured inside. While a little quirky, it’s filled with some serious goods. Unique is probably the best way to describe Connection and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a gift for that person who has everything, or if you need to add a little personality to your home.
Other places you should try
- Chapel Street Bazaar 217 Chapel St, Prahran
- Handworks Nouveau Paperie 244 Chapel St, Prahran
- Prahran Market 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
Something to Do
Interactive, tick. Fun, tick. Opportunity to get a little messy, touchy feely and flirty, TICK. Get on board a cooking class at Essential Ingredient in Prahran Market. They’ve got some awesome classes on offer including ‘Smoke Signals – cooking with charcoal’. The man himself, Daniel will teach you how to master the flame, cook the perfect steak, roast and a heap more. Plus, after you finish cooking – you get to eat what you’ve made together, washed down with a few cheeky glasses of wine all inclusive in the price!
Good activity date spots in Chapel Street Precinct
- The Essential Ingredient 32 Elizabeth St, South Yarra
- The Space Dance & Arts Centre 318 Chapel St, Prahran
- The Windsor Workshop 1/115 Chapel St, Windsor
Picture the breeze in your hair and shopping bags tucked safely in the boot, as we glide you past the cars and pedestrian traffic along Chapel Street.
From 13-23 March, Melbourne Queer Film Festival will present over 110 sessions, many of which will be shown at Village Cinemas Jam Factory in their 30th year of showcasing.
Sometimes you’ve just gotta try something a little different. So next time you’re heading to Chapel Street, why not explore a little further and take a stroll down to Forrest Hill Precinct?
Grab a buddy, a pal, or even a BAE and get your brunch on! Bright, bold & beautiful. A farm to fork mantra sets the tone for the brunch menu, which has everything from fruit filled bircher to scrambled eggs & seaweed.