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Five Romantic Sydney Date Ideas for This Week From Budget to Blowout

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
June 14, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
June 14, 2022
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Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for more inventive Sydney activities — ones that are guaranteed to extend your dating repertoire beyond beers at the pub.

Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing the 100th with your significant other, we've got some stellar Sydney date ideas for this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.

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FREE

WANDER THROUGH STALLS AT THIS WATERFRONT MARKET

Following successful monthly editions, Ryde Wharf Market is doubling down this month — literally — with a fortnightly iteration. On the second and fourth Sunday of every month, the Parramatta River foreshore in Meadowbank will come to life with market stalls showcasing a range of Sydney's favourite homegrown creatives and makers.

The riverside pop-up is filled with artisan goods and tasty Sunday-morning treats. Get fuelled with a coffee from Barista's Lab and a deliciously dense bagel from Brooklyn Boy Bagels before you browse over 70 stalls featuring fresh fruit and veggies, flowers, gourmet produce, pantry items and locally designed homewares, apparel and gifts.

Not only is it a picturesque spot to while away your weekend but it's easy to get to, too. Anderson Park is accessible by ferry, train or bus, with ample parking within a short stroll.

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UNDER $20

SCORE $1 NEPALESE DUMPLINGS AT NEW CBD SPOT GALLI GALLI

Looking for somewhere to sample share plates with friends or grab a quick bite before a Town Hall show? Tucked in one of Sydney's hidden CBD laneways is the newly opened Galli Galli, a vibrant eatery slinging delicious street eats and colourful cocktails.

The mammoth three-storey eatery has an eclectic menu lineup, including starters, share plates, mains and some very aesthetic cocktails. But it's the opening deal that's sure to get punters through the doors in droves — until June 18, Galli Galli is serving up its famous Nepalese dumplings (Momos) for just $1 apiece.

Six different flavour combinations are on offer, each filled with a savoury assortment of meat or vegetables (or both). Round up some friends and some loose change and head down to sample them all. We'd recommend getting there for happy hour between 4pm–7pm, when you can wash your dumplings down with a $6 beer.

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UNDER $50

CATCH DOCOS, PREVIEW SCREENINGS AND AWARD-WINNERS AT THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

For the second time in a mere eight months, Sydney Film Festival is back. Get ready to watch 200-plus movies on silver screens all around Sydney. To help you plan your perfect date, we've pulled together a list of ten of the best films you should catch at the festival — or track down after — and plenty have spots available at screenings this week.

If you've been with your SO for a while now, you could head to the absurdist Jemaine Clement-staring comedy Nude Tuesday. You could also catch Spanish horror film Piggy; documentary Fire of Love, which focuses on the romance between two French scientists exploring volcanos; 6 Festivals, a local coming-of-age flick starring the likes of G Flip, Dune Rats and Ruby Fields; and Baz Luhrmann's latest biopic Elvis.

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TREAT YOUR TASTEBUDS AS A PAIR AT NOMAD'S TRUFFLE-HEAVY BRUNCH

To celebrate truffle season, NOMAD has launched a limited-time brunch menu to celebrate the fancy fungus. At these Sunday morning sessions, all dishes are served with approximately two grams of Manjimup black truffle from WA, so you can really itch that seasonal truffle craving.

Start with a three-cheese manoush, followed by ham hock hash browns with baked eggs and wood-roasted tomatoes. A smokey date glazed bacon; wood-roasted mushrooms with Jersusalem artichokes and pinenuts; and a warm French cheese from Bruny Island cheeses served with honeycomb and crudites serve as lazy grazing nibbles. The brunch banquet is finished with an ice-cream sandwich, featuring olive oil ice cream and pecan cookies.

For those looking to make the brunch boozy, there is a range of specialty cocktails available for additional purchase. Think: NOMAD's signature bloody mary, a seasonal bellini, mimosas and espresso martinis.

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SAMPLE PINOTS FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA AT THIS HUGE WINE FESTIVAL

Master sommelier Madeline Triffon describes pinot noir as 'sex in a glass'. And, winemaker Randy Ullom calls it 'the ultimate nirvana'. No wonder the good folk at Revel — who've also brought Malbec Day and Mould our way — are coming back to town with Pinot Palooza, an epic travelling wine festival celebrating all things pinot noir.

For just two days, Sydney wine connoisseurs will have the chance to sample more than 100 drops, direct from Australia and New Zealand's best producers. Whether you're a newbie who wants to start with something light and inviting, or a pinot pro ready for the biggest, most complex mouthful on the menu, there'll be an abundance of selections at either end — and plenty along the spectrum, too.

Pinot Palooza will hit Carriageworks on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $65, and include all tastings and a take-home wine glass.

Top image: Greyt Masters Art and Ales

Published on June 14, 2022 by Concrete Playground
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