Whether you’ve only just swiped right or you’re coming up on a seriously impressive anniversary, Valentine’s Day plans can be pretty overwhelming. Skip the awkwardness of Netflix and chilling this V Day and surprise your hot date to a day at Dandenong Market.
Being one of the oldest working- Markets in Melbourne, Dandenong Market has something for everyone to enjoy. From a simple coffee and cake date to enjoying a few drinks in the summer sun, these top 10 date ideas will ensure you crush it this Valentine’s Day.
For those singles who aren’t ready to mingle, there’s no reason you can’t substitute these ideas to ‘treat yo-self’! You know you deserve it.
Check out these 10 out of the (chocolate) box ideas to try out this Valentine’s Day.
A photo with your love
Wanting to make memories that will last forever this Valentine’s Day?
Come prepared with your best PDA and snap the most loved-up Instagram pictures in front of Dandenong Market’s flower wall.
Be sure to tag @dandenongmarket so we can like and share!
Sun’s out, rug’s out – Picnic in the Park this Valentine’s Day!
Picnic in the Park this Valentine’s Day with that special someone with a fresh picnic hamper from Dandenong Market.
Nothing beats the feeling of grass between your toes, a plate in your hand and the sun beaming down your back – especially with the one you love.
Pick up your platter perfect olives, fresh bread, cured meats, cheeses, nuts and summer fruits. With more than 80 delis, fruit and veggie growers, bakers and butchers, Dandenong Market has everything you need.
Want to WIN a delicious hamper up to the value of $100 this month? Click here to find out how to win.
Day drinks… wine not?
The Tavern on Dandenong Market’s Terrace is fully licensed and open every Market Day. On Saturday 13 and Saturday 14 February 12 – 4pm The Tavern will be offering a free house wine with any main meal!
Pick up an affordable Aussie favourite to celebrate. With parma & chips for $14, fish & chips for $12 or calamari & chips for $12, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Surprise your other half to an afternoon of sauvignon blanc and scotch before a night of wildly flirty fun.
Coffee, cake, and canoodling
After a romantic stroll, we suggest making a pit stop at Perfect Coffee to refuel.
Perfect Coffee is the perfect place for coffee-loving couples. Dine-in or takeaway to enjoy delicious brews or rich hot chocolates.
In addition to their mouth-watering slices, pastries, and muffins – the girls at Perfect Coffee put their love into a variety of freshly made salads and Turkish rolls every Market Day.
For those wanting to try something new, Kadak Chai is a delight to the tastebuds. The aromatic, pink Kashmiri chai latte is a delicious way to celebrate love. Find more information here.
Valentine’s Day sweet treats
If ten dozen roses aren’t your style, swing by Melina’s Bakery and Larder before date night to pick up a handful of delicious VDay treats. As they say… the true way to someone’s heart is through their stomach!
Flowers Flowers Flowers Flowers
What’s Valentine’s Day without flowers? And what’s a trip to Dandenong Market without visiting one of our five wonderful florists?
From sunflowers to snapdragons, daffodils to daisies, Dandenong Market’s florists always stock an abundance of seasonal flowers to make the perfect bouquet for that special someone.
When all else fails, a beautiful fresh bunch is the perfect way to say, ‘I love you’.
Explore the treasure trove that is The Bazaar at Dandenong Market
Spend the day getting lost on a self-guided tour through The Bazaar. Between quirky socks, jewellery, customisable canvases, men’s and women’s wear – there is something for every hopeless romantic.
Or explore the endless treasures alone and come together to exchange your purchases. Try finding something for all the senses – sound, smell, taste, sight and touch. Candles and lingerie are bound to keep the romance alive.
Think your moves are pretty smooth? We’ll guarantee the chocolates at M & Co Sweet Treats are smoother.
Stock up on a range of delicious delights to share with your loved one… or make sure you buy enough so you won’t have to!
Valentine’s Day is all about being cheesy – grab some delicious dips, cheeses and antipastos from Nesh’s Corner Deli and design a date night cheese board.
They’ll love the effort and you’ll love the taste!
Spicing things up in the kitchen
Thinking about exploring your Masterchef side this Valentine’s Day?
Dandenong Market is the perfect spot to pick up a range of ingredients for the most delicious home-made date night. Our traders specialise in everything from meat, vegetables, spices, nuts, and cheeses – they’ve got it all!
Click here to find a list of delicious recipes to trial – entrees, mains, and desserts!
All images pre-COVID