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Date Night in the City: A Romantic Guide to Sydney CBD to Set Hearts Aflutter

Renew your romance and indulge in these date night dining destinations and amorous stays for the ultimate romantic weekend in Sydney CBD.

We’ve partnered with Accor Hotels and Destination NSW to bring you this romantic guide to Sydney CBD.

A place where the sparkling harbour inspires and city sophistication intoxicates the senses, the heart of Sydney provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic rendezvous. Some large cities can be loud and harsh by nature, but this simply all melts away when spending the day, evening, or weekend revelling in romance.

The past two years of lockdowns and restrictions have not been the most conducive to romance, with nights out and fancy outfits replaced by home cooking and hoodies. With restrictions easing, now is the perfect time to spice up your romance, renew your average date night plans and make the most of what Sydney has to offer.

With activities and accommodation for all kinds of couples, be it foodies, culture gurus or outdoorsy types, the harbour city can take your next date to new heights. From beautiful dining destinations to one-of-a-kind experiences, our guide to a romantic weekend in Sydney CBD will ensure sparks fly.

Sydney CBD Romantic Weekend Staycation: Where to Eat

Tayim

Blending stunning sandstone interiors with modern Middle Eastern cuisine, Tayim brings a touch of the exotic to the heart of Sydney's iconic Rocks. This Middle Eastern gem features a mouthwatering  Fans of Israeli cuisine are in for a treat with Tayim’s creative collection of showstoppers.

Nurses Walk, 34 Harrington Street, The Rocks

Creperie Suzette

Impress your love with a French-inspired breakfast date. Creperie Suzette, tucked away on the ground floor of the Harbour Rocks Hotel, keeps it simple, with five sweet crepes and five savoury galettes on the menu. The fit out is as much of a drawcard as the menu, with the cosy creperie donning a chic and rustic touch with a nod to The Rocks’ history. The crepes are made from buckwheat flour, and they pair beautifully with the coffee.

34 Harrington Street, The Rocks

Restaurant Hubert, CBD
Restaurant Hubert, CBD
Restaurant Hubert

Considered one of Sydney's most romantic restaurants, Hubert provides the ultimate in date night settings; think mood-lit lamps with velvet and fringe drapery. The old-world feel and sheer opulence of the interiors will set hearts aflutter. Classic bistro-style dishes go down a treat with their selection of French wines and classic cocktails. With a smooth soundtrack of charming, jazz crooners, your date is in for a treat.

15 Bligh Street, Sydney

Saké Restaurant

With dim lighting and little nooks, Saké scores top points for its intimate dining setting. The chic designer interior sets the tone for the beautifully presented dishes to come, and the Japanese cuisine leaves you feeling satisfied yet light. The signature dishes from the menu like popcorn shrimp and hiramasa kingfish are perfect for sharing, and the extensive saké list is way too inviting not to indulge in.

12 Argyle Street, The Rocks

Atelier by Sofitel

To continue the French romance well into the evening, make a reservation at Atelier. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s signature restaurant delivers big on creativity and flavour. From the floral tartlet and farm duck breast, to the sinful Callebaut couverture brownie and deconstructed lemon tart, you and your love will savour every mouthful.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Level 3/12 Darling Drive, Sydney

Q Dining

Tucked away inside Accor’s Pullman Quay Grand Hotel, Q Dining’s harbour views set the scene for the perfect dinner date. The elegant dining space exudes modern luxury, with sophisticated furnishings and a beautiful feel. Q Dining's à la carte menu focuses on land and sea dishes, infusing native flavours and sustainable, ethical, and locally-sourced produce. Beautiful food paired with an iconic backdrop – the makings of a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Sydney CBD Romantic Weekend Staycation: Enjoy a Drink

Pumphouse Sydney

For laid-back dates, the recently refurbished Pumphouse Sydney provides a stylish new wine room. The chic industrial design boasts high-end finishes and pays tribute to the building’s heritage listed façade. Wine aficionados will enjoy their epic range of local and international wines and cocktail enthusiasts will be satiated with their signature drinks list.

17 Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour

Maybe Sammy

There is a reason why this stylish bar is Australia’s best cocktail hotspot, and the perfect place to impress your date. At Maybe Sammy, signature cocktails reign supreme and vintage Champagnes make their mark on the wine list alongside an international assortment of tasty blends. The Hollywood Regency-meets-Palm Springs design screams 1950s glamour; think classic elegance with a splash of extravagance. Bold lighting enhances pink and green velvet on the walls, smoked mirrors, brass fittings and marble tiles catch the eye, while indoor trees and pink tropical wallpaper remind you, you’re here to have fun.

115 Harrington Street, The Rocks

The Kittyhawk

Kittyhawk captures the essence of Liberation Day in Paris – when everyone was out dancing and drinking champagne to celebrate their freedom from WWII. The well detailed interior transports you and your date back to 1940s Paris; think hand-dyed leather booths, antique mirrors, vintage French tiles, upholstery, and wallpaper. The dim lighting sets the mood for a sophisticated affair complete with an authentic French menu and a beautifully curated cocktail menu.

16 Phillip Lane, Sydney

Champagne Bar

Nothing says date night quite like an opulent bar experience and Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s Champagne Bar is the place to go. Situated within the luxury hotel, this bar is top-to-toe beautiful – from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking Darling Harbour, to the luxury furnishings. Come night-time, this luxe bar transforms into a buzzy late-night hotspot slinging Champagne by the bottle and perfected aperitifs.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Level 3/12 Darling Drive, Sydney

Apollonia

Take your date underground at one of Sydney’s newest drinking dens. Hinchcliff House's Apollonia is equal parts mysterious and seductive, providing the perfect spot for a post-dinner nightcap. The bar takes its name and inspiration from a character from The Godfather and bills itself as a fictional Sicilian bandit drinking den. With their hit list of specialty cocktails, cool vibes, and extensive drinks list, you will be sure to find your new signature libation.

5-7 Young Street, Sydney

Sydney CBD Romantic Weekend Staycation: Experiences for Two

9 TO 5 The Musical

The Dolly Parton classic is taking the Capitol Theatre stage this year, so you better get ready. Telling the story of three colleagues pushed to the edge by their cruel boss, 9 TO 5 is about so much more than sisterhood. The witty writing and toe-tapping tunes take this beloved story to new heights and with a stacked cast of local legends including Marina Prior, Eddie Perfect, Casey Donovan, and Caroline O’Connor, there is something for everyone!

February- April

From $99 per ticket

Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket

Champainting by Cork and Canvas
Champainting by Cork and Canvas
Paint a Masterpiece at Champainting

Prepare to harness your inner Picasso – Champainting by Cork & Canvas combine painting and wine for the ultimate arty date night. Budding artists will be given step-by-step instructions, so no matter what your level, we guarantee you’ll be walking away with a completed masterpiece by the end of the night. The best part is that you can BYO booze and drink it throughout the lesson.

From $60 per person

38 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Hamilton

If your partner is a musical lover, we’re certain they have either already seen this masterpiece or have begged you to take them. The globally renowned, and critically acclaimed musical Hamilton is playing at The Star's Sydney Lyric Theatre and leaving Sydney very soon. Telling the story of America's humble beginnings through contemporary music, this must-see production is only playing in Sydney for another month, so be sure to book tickets to avoid disappointment.

Until 27th February

From $70 per ticket

Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Photo Credit - Royal Botanic Gardens
Photo Credit - Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens

Beautiful and serene, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to wander with your lover on a hot summer’s day. As you meander through, you’ll spot cockatoos, lizards, possums, and butterflies. Wanting to make it a day of exploration? You can book in an Astronomy session at The Calyx, an Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour, or simply admire the blooms. Right now, the Botanic Gardens is playing host to The Garden Social, a free foodie precinct complete with food and drink stalls, light installations, and live music. For a panoramic view of the harbour, the best vantage point (and photo op) is Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Mrs Macquarie’s Road, Sydney

St George Open Air Cinema, Mrs Macquarie’s Point
St George Open Air Cinema, Mrs Macquarie’s Point
Westpac Open Air Cinema

For cinephiles, there is nothing like a night at the movies to spark romance. And better still, the iconic Westpac Open Air Cinema is back for date night plans. At the quintessential Sydney experience you’ll overlook the harbour while the majestic screen rises out of the water and sits between the city skyline, the Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. Peruse the movie schedule and you are ready for the ultimate summer date night!

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Royal Botanic Gardens

Sydney CBD Romantic Weekend Staycation: Amorous City Stays

Sofitel Darling Harbour
Sofitel Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

A stay at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will bring an extra level of sophistication to your next romantic weekend. A sleek fit-out coupled with cool features, like a state of the art gym, an infinity pool and cocktail bar with harbour views, make this hotel the place to be. Designer décor and flashy amenities aside, the hotel has front-row seats to the waterfront precinct and Sydney looks more glorious than ever from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Splash out and upgrade your romantic weekend by booking a night in one of their luxury Junior Suites. Situated on the higher floors, you’ll indulge in bespoke bathroom amenities by Hermès and have access to their lavish Club Millésime benefits, including five-star butler service and complimentary à la carte breakfast, delicious afternoon tea and “Apéro Chic” evening drinks and canapés. And nothing says romance quite like stunning harbour view from the comfort of your hotel suite bath. Trust us, you may never want to leave.

From $419 per night

12 Darling Drive, Sydney

The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney

Known as ‘your home away from home’, this five-star stay offers premium apartment suites that suit every kind of traveller. Offering ten different types of rooms, from premium one-bedroom apartments to the three-bedroom penthouse, you’ll fall in love with the modern furnishings, fully-equipped kitchens and incredible harbour and city views.

Situated in the heart of The Rocks, the property is in close walking distance to Circular Quay, and you can take advantage of the scenic harbour walk around to Barangaroo. Make the most of your stay at The Sebel Quay West Suites by spending the day on the Recreation Deck moving between the sauna and the pool, before dining at European-inspired The Quartier Bistro & Bar.

From $309 per night

98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour pretty much has it all. With spacious guest rooms, city and harbour views, a delicious restaurant, a tennis court, and outdoor swimming pool, you won’t need to look further than the property to plan the ultimate romantic weekend.

The modern guest rooms have all the creature comforts of home and if you're keen to explore the city, dining, and entertainment precincts Barangaroo, King Street Wharf and Darling Harbour are all within walking distance.

Right now, they have some great flexible rates on offer to ensure you can book at a great price and have the confidence to make your travel plans.

From $229 per night

100 Murray Street, Darling Harbour

Mercure Sydney

This newly refurbished four-star hotel is set within the heart of downtown Sydney. Close to Chinatown and Chippendale’s foodie precinct, Kensington Street, Mercure Sydney’s central location means you're spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options for date night.

When you’re done with discovering everything the city has to offer, make the most of the hotel’s facilities and spend the afternoon enjoying the heated indoor rooftop swimming pool before retiring to your suite to order room service and watch a new release film from the comfort of your king size bed.

From $219 per night

810-820 George Street, Sydney

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park

Overlooking Hyde Park and only steps away from the city centre, Pullman Sydney Hyde Park offers luxury comforts and refined service. If you are looking to jam pack your romantic weekend itinerary with lots of things to do, then the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park is perfectly situated for exploration.

Treat your partner by opting to stay in the Park Suite by Coco Republic. Taking in the priceless views of the Sydney skyline, this expertly styled suite by Australian furniture company Coco Republic evokes luxury through the designer touches in the foyer, living space, dining area and bedroom. A perfect way to add a touch of luxe to your next romantic staycation in the city.

From $259 per night

36 College Street, Sydney

Ready to renew your romance and plan a romantic weekend in Sydney? If you live locally, it's even easier to make your way through the fantastic list of Accor Hotels. To enjoy status upgrades and even more of the VIP treatment, sign up to the Accor Live Limitless programme. You’ll earn reward points as you drink and dine your way around Sydney. For more travel inspo, check out our guide to creating the perfect itinerary for every kind of traveller. Want to kick-start the new year with your best friends? Read our roundup of the best things to do on a girls’ weekend in Sydney.