Valentine’s Day in Melbourne

So hopefully you have found a date, organised them a great gift and found a great restaurant, but if all else fails there is always Chat Roulette.

While 2011 appears to be the year of Geolocation services and coupon discounts it does appear that the ability to sort and filter based on user generated reviews has been forgotten.  If you are in the state of panic about what is the best restaurant or florist in Melbourne you might find that Googling it will not always deliver the best result.  While some websites such as Urban Spoon offers a list of the top 10 Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Melbourne it is often limited and out dated.

  • L’Angolo Italiano
  • Nostralis Wholemeal Vegetarian Pizza
  • Dig A Pony
  • Mosq Restaurant & Functions
  • Bosisto’s Liquor Bar
  • Santorini Restaurant Williamstown
  • I Carusi
  • Livebait
  • Roule Galette
  • Green Olive

The issue that within Australia there is no leading website for restaurant reviews such as Yelp and even Google Hotpot does not allow for easy filter by rating. It’s hard for those looking for the best supplier or service based on user reviews but it’s likely using a combination of Facebook Places, FourSquare and manually checking Google Places you can find something suitable.

Top Florists in Melbourne for Valentines Day

Victoria has some of the best garden’s in the country and below is the top florist based on user reviews on Google Places.  The first Melbourne florist listed is Fowlers Flowers was had some of their flowers recently photographed as part of an article on Valentine’s day in the Herald Sun.

Fowlers Flowers
489 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill
03-9489 9114

Flower Flower
523 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy
03-9489 6373

Affinity for Flowers
333 Collins Street, Melbourne
03-9620 4333

A Jane Price Florist
50 Princes Street, Melbourne
03-9347 8882

Ngenious Floriade
89 Bridge Road, Richmond
03-9426 6124

So leading up to Valentine’s Day it appears that it’s still a fairly common problem that both what is a good idea or gift still seems to remain a last minute question. The slight concern is the high number of search queries looking for the date which is always the 14th February.

Top Valentines Day Related Search Terms

  1. Valentines day ideas
  2. Valentines day gifts
  3. Valentines day 2011
  4. Valentines day gift
  5. Sydney Valentines day
  6. Valentines day Australia
  7. Valentines day Melbourne
  8. Valentines day date
  9. Valentines day poems
  10. Valentines day Perth

Some of the rising search terms are

  • Sydney Valentines day
  • Valentines day Brisbane
  • Valentines day dinner
  • Valentines gift
  • Valentines gifts
  • Valentines ideas

Adult Toys replacing flowers?
Recently I read in the Australian Financial Review that while it’s still not universally promoted one of the fastest growing areas for Valentines Day gifts is Adult Toys and Sexy Lingerie from adult shops.  The number of people visiting online adult stores for research and then buying offline is unknown as there still can be a stigma to visiting a physical location.  Most of these online adult stores do offer express delivery so it might not be too late if you have forgotten to purchase a Valentines day gift.

So hopefully you have found a date, organised them a great gift and found a great restaurant, but if all else fails there is always Chat Roulette.