So you’ve swiped right and matched (Or ‘met through friends’ if that’s the story you’ve both decided to run with) – got through the awkward messaging stage and locked in a first date. What are you going to do? You COULD go see a movie – but you realise you’re not 15 years old. You really like this one, so you want to make a good first impression. Below you’ll find everything you need to crush the first date on Chapel Street – from preparation right through to the big event, and make you a master dater, rather than a masturb… sorry, let’s keep it PG.

Lou Salon

Kick things off with a beer or glass of red whilst enjoying a ‘ritual’ (amazing head massage) to calm the nerves and give you confidence, knowing you’re gonna walk out with a killer cut. They’ll even give those out of control eyebrows a sneaky trim to make sure you’re on top of your game – all while Meghan and the team dish out some quality dating advice to make sure you smash it. Warning – they’ll probs make you whip out your Insta and have a cheeky stalk of your date…

150 Greville St, Prahran
(03) 9529 7818

Manscaping on Chapel Street

Taking the plunge into the world of facials and skin care might seem daunting – but once you do, you’ll never look back. You might be thinking ‘but I’m not THAT old…’ remember, prevention is better than cure my friend – and what better time than before a big date? Heidi at ESQ Clinic is pretty much an encyclopaedia on skin care, go see her and treat yo’self to a Carbon Facial. I can personally vouch that it’s amazing for cleaning out your pores (the things that trap dirt), rejuvenates collagen (the stuff that stops your skin sagging) and exfoliation (getting rid of the old dead skin), to brighten and refresh that mug and make it look a million bucks!

53B Prahran Central, 325 Chapel St Prahran
(03) 9533 9911

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then shoes are the window to your style. You might not think it matters – but trust me, it does. If they’re too flimsy, you’ll look cheap – and if they’re ‘well worn’, she’ll think you don’t care about your appearance (and wonder what else you don’t care about). Shoes are an investment. Have a chat to Tom at Aquila, he’ll help you find a pair that will work with jeans, chinos or a suit.

574 Chapel St, South Yarra
(03) 9804 8784

Not sure whether to go casual or dress it up a bit? Well in the words of a young Mexican girl on an ad for a certain brand of tacos I won’t mention for fear of copyright issues – Why not both?! Get yourself a pea coat for the perfect mix. You’ll look the part whether you’re grabbing a coffee at Turbine, or sharing an Antipasti board with a bottle of Pinot at Cafe’ E Cucina. Godwin Charli has a brilliant range that will be a staple in your wardrobe for years, and they’re actually having an end of season sale right now. More money for drinks!

457 Chapel St, South Yarra
(03) 9826 3330

Ok, so it might be a little old school to bring a girl flowers, and I wouldn’t really recommend it – but this is probably my biggest tip. If you want to absolutely crush a first date, get her something with a bit of meaning. Now it doesn’t have to be massive or exy, just a lil somethin, somethin that relates to a joke or convo you’ve had in the lead up to the date. Don’t know what I mean? I once dated a girl who was obsessed with coriander (no thanks). It was a common topic of banter so I rocked up with a ‘bouquet’ of the stuff. Boom. Go back through your messages, find that one thing and win the dating game.

217 Chapel St, Prahran
(03) 5929 1727

Interactive, tick. Fun, tick. Opportunity to get a little messy, touchy feely and flirty, TICK. Get on board a cooking class at Essential Ingredient in Prahran Market. They’ve got some awesome classes on offer including ‘Smoke Signals – cooking with charcoal’. The man himself, Daniel will teach you how to master the flame, cook the perfect steak, roast and a heap more. Plus, after you finish cooking – you get to eat what you’ve made together, washed down with a few cheeky glasses of wine all inclusive in the price!

Prahran Market, 32 Elizabeth St, Prahran
(03) 9827 9047

Jungle Boy Windsor

Obviously, every guy wants to look suave on a first date, but you don’t have to be Bond to impress her. Just take her to Boston Sub. Now, when you get there – it might look like just a takeaway joint selling NYC style subs (delicious by the way), but see that freezer door on the right? It’s a secret entrance to Jungle Boy – a sweet little jungle style cocktail bar! So open the door, give her a cheeky little grin, and watch her face go from panic to impressed. Bonus – no need to head to dinner after. Just grab a sub or some poutine on the way out.

96 Chapel St, Windsor
(03) 9943 7653

Imagine taking a first date to Singapore or Malaysia? Are you crazy? DO NOT take a first date to Singapore or Malaysia. Take her to Hawker Hall instead. You’ll get the same effect without freaking her out, thinking you’ve already planned the wedding and babies. The vibe of the place resembles that of an authentic South East Asian food hall, and there’s a good reason for that. Chris the owner spent three years trekking through Asia ‘researching’ to capture the vibe and bring it back to Melbourne, and he’s nailed it. Amazing shareable meals, great beer and wine along with a casual but cool vibe makes it the perfect first date dinner.

98 Chapel St, Windsor
(03) 8560 0090

Play on Chapel Street

I know what you’re thinking – ‘there’s no way I’m doing that!!’. Yeah, it’s risky but hear me out. First of all – I guarantee she’s never been to a dance class on a date, so instantly memorable, huge brownie points for getting out of your comfort zone, but the best bit? You’re gonna have to get nice n close… The Space Dance & Arts Centre has a heap of cool classes to take from beginners to experts, Hip Hop to Samba – and even a Dirty Dancing style class (the movie – get your mind out of the gutter) so you can recreate that lift! See? Method to the madness…

318 Chapel St, Prahran
(03) 9529 3949

Don’t want to go too big too soon? You could go get coffee, but ice cream is way better. Make sure you get a cup so you can share. Not only does it eliminate the problem of trying to narrow down your choices without looking like a pig, but it’s super cute as well. Plus the flavour she picks is like a window into her personality. If it’s anything resembling Rum and Raisin – calmly stand, place a $20 note on the table, thank her and leave. What? Are you dating your grandma? You don’t need that negativity in your life.

171 Chapel St, Windsor
(03) 9533 7110

With over 11 years in radio around the country, which includes everything from uninvitedly jumping in Justin Bieber’s car to interviewing James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, while wearing only Bonds undies – Trav joins the Chapel Street family committed to finding the best fashion, food, and fun.
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