Trying to find or rekindle love during the pandemic has been quite challenging! This is why I have prepared this article for all of us who are single, or for those who are looking for something new on the weekend while pubs, bars and restaurants are still closed.
Fortunately, regulations at the moment allow one person may meet another person from a different household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity (review valid rules here). So let’s make the most out of this!
I have prepared what I consider the 3 perfect walking date trails in Brunswick (based on true experience!).
This is my favourite trail because it has it all. Meet up at Old Palm Liquor on Lygon St where you can get bottled cocktails. Yes, grab a a Negroni, a Manhattan or a Martini in a cute bottle. Head north to Sunshine Lane, the best street art gallery in Brunswick (tip: read this article beforehand to impress your date). Now that you’ve had your dose of art and cocktails, you can either do a booze refill at Welcome to Brunswick or have a gelato from Bico. The date’s going well? Continue the romance at Gilpin park and have your gelato or your drink at this nice park (tip: bring a blankie!)
Trail one (click on the image to access map)
If you rather go on a morning date and grab coffee, have a nice treat, and do a semi-urban hike we have prepared this trail for you. Start at Wild Life Bakery where you can have delicious coffee, an almond croissant or any sweet or savoury pastry you prefer. Head East towards the Merri Creek. We recommend you to walk south (take your right when you hit the creek) and go to Sumner Park where you can sit for a little while and have a nice chat. If the date’s going well, head back to the city and stop by one of the most curious houses in our suburb! (tip: if the date’s going too good, connect this trail with Trail 1!)
Trail two (click on the image to access map)
This trail runs from south to north along the train tracks, a great option for a morning or an evening date. Start at Thanks Coffee right next to Jewell station, the staff is super friendly here. Head north along the train tracks and recharge batteries at one of the many options on your way. Kines makes delicious toasties. Make two stops to admire huge art pieces, one is a mural full of passion called “Selene” right next to Anstey Station. Keep going north and find the artwork on a huge Silo with Jacinda Ardern’s mural, you’ll love it! (tip: read about Loretta Lizzio and her artwork beforehand).
Trail three (click on the image to access map)
A final tip you can use for either one of the options above is getting a picnic pack. Miss Moses on Sydney Road, for instance, has very affordable “Park Packs” and they deliver them directly to you at the park!
Now you know three trails to have an amazing date during COVID and hey, these are also good options even after lockdown, don’t you think?