10 Affordable But Memorable Valentine's Day Date Ideas

The not-so-good thing about Valentines Day is it comes right after the wallet- wrecking Christmas season; it's a day when we celebrate love and our loved ones, therefore it shouldn't be any less than special and special, most of the time, means having to spend a lot; and then after Valentines, there's Graduation season and Summer, two occasions that require spending too; it's like were all doomed to spending in the first quarter of the year!

Going back to Valentines, you don't have, it doesn't require a 10-carat Diamond stud earrings, a Maldives getaway, or even a 5-star dinner to make this special day memorable for you and your loved one; here are 10 affordable, but very memorable date ideas to keep the flame alive and to own this day even if you're single this Valentines:

PRICE RANGE: Starts at P650.00/person (price per head can be lowered if you come in groups)
BEST DATE PLACE FOR: Family and Friends

- Great lovers started as best friends (or end up as one!) and you know what best friends do...they do crazy, fun things! Go crazy, test your wits, strengthen camaraderie, bond with your loved ones/partner, and at the same time, experience a fun high at the premium maze theme park, Mystery Manila. Solve puzzles, plot your escape, save a vicinity, and more in Mystery Manila's visually and mentally stimulating, carefully crafted games with suspense, horror, and sci-fi themes. 

**Mystery Manila is located at Century City Mall, Eastwood, Yamah Building, Jupiter Makati,  and Boracay.

PRICE RANGE: Starts at P900.00 (Art Materials + Food and Drinks)
BEST DATE PLACE FOR: Couples and best friends

- Express your love and at the same time, calm your senses and brain at Sip And Gogh, the first Art Studio + Restaurant concept in the metro. For a minimum fee of P900.00, you and your partner can create your own masterpiece (and take it home too!) and enjoy their simply delightful food offerings; an Art Facilitator is always on board to help you choose the paintings you will recreate or assist you in creating a painting that's all your own; this is probably the most expensive in this list, but you can never go wrong when you invest in Art; it's not only good for your relationship, but for your soul as well.

**Sip And Gogh is located at Ace Water Spa Building, Kapitolyo, Pasig, Ayala Heights, Capitol Hills, Quezon City, Molito, Alabang, and Eastwood City

PRICE RANGE: Food starts at P150.00

- Relax and loosen up in your relationship while sharpening your analytical skills at board games cafe, a rising restaurant concept in Manila. Puzzles Board Game Lounge and Ludo Boardgame Bar and Bistro are two of the known board game cafes in the metro; games are automatically free to use when you dine!

**Puzzles is located at The Fort Strip, BGC and BF Homes, Paranaque City
**Ludo Boardgame Bar and Bistro is located at Tomas Morato, Quezon City and Jupiter st., Makati City

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PRICE RANGE: Starts at P150.00
BEST DATE PLACE FOR: Couples and Best friends

- Music brings people closer and it's exactly what you will experience at Satchmi Motorino; not only that, they will take you to the long lost era where Turntables were once king too! Satchmi Motorino is a trendy Store + Coffee Shop concept where guests can purchase Turntables, have coffee, and listen to music at the same time; there's a Listening Room where you can experience the Turntables and relax with your favorite tunes. 

**Satchmi Motorino is located at Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

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PRICE RANGE: Starts at P500.00/person; adult
BEST FOR: Friends, Family, and Couples

- Art in Island, a new museum concept brought in by Korean painters and artists takes museum visits to the next level; from mere viewing of paintings, Art in Island lets visitors interact, experience, and have fun with art through their amazing 3D paintings; with paintings like these, having fun is mandatory!

**Art in Island is located at Cubao Expo, Cubao, Quezon City

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PRICE RANGE: Starts at P350.00 for walk- ins
BEST DATE PLACE FOR: Friends, Best friends, and Couples

- I think at some point, we all wanted to be a Ninja when we were young and now's the best time to materialize that dream at Ninja Academy; get a good sweat and have fun in between in this ninja- inspired workout routine.

**Ninja Academy is located at 155 Dr. Sixto Ave., Bgy, Rosario, Pasig City

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PRICE RANGE: P600.00/head
BEST DATE PLACE FOR: Couples and Best friends

- Thanks to Hunger Games, a new fun, indoor activity was born and introduced to entertainment- loving Filipinos: Archery. Archery is a new way to have fun, test your skills, and sharpen hand and eye coordination at the same time, not to mention live your Katniss Everdeen fantasies with friends or your special someone.

**Gandiva Archery is located at One Corporate Center, Ortigas
**Kodanda Archery is located at Makati Cinema Square and BF Homes, Paranaque City

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PRICE RANGE: Starts at P170.00/head and game

- Laser Tag is an action- packed way to bond with friends this Valentines day; with a minimum of 15 minutes per round, you're sure to have an awesome time as you and your friends test each other's wit, cardio, and survival skills (and friendship too!) in a cool setting that looks straight out of a sci-fi movie.

**Lazer Maxx is located at Centris Walk and Greenhills Shopping Center
**LazerXtreme is located at Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

PRICE RANGE: Starts at P250.00/head (Usually a consumable rate)
BEST DATE PLACE FOR: Couples and Family

- How about celebrating Valentines with some furry pals? Dog and Cat Cafes are becoming the next best thing in the metro because animals, scientifically, have soothing and healing benefits for the mind and soul. With just a menial fee, you can play around with, hug, kiss, and pet furry babies ranging from Golden Retrievers, Himalayans, Beagles, to British Shorthairs!

**CAT CAFES: Miao Cat Cafe (Congressional Ave., Quezon City), Cat Cafe Manila (Maginhawa st., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City), Velvet Friends Cat Cafe (Blue Bay Walk Metropark, Pasay City), Gilmore Cat Cafe (Quezon City), Le Cat Coffee Shop (Gloria Diaz St., BF Resort Village, Las Pinas), Cat Cafe Philippines (Cebu City)

**DOG CAFES: Barkin' Blends Dog Cafe (Loyola Heights, Quezon City), The Dog And Bone Cafe Manila (Philam Life Village, Starmall, Las Pinas), Whole Pet Kitchen (P.Guevara St., San Juan)

PRICE RANGE: Starts at P1,590.00/person
BEST DATE PLACE FOR: Best friends, Friends, and Couples

- Traveling is always soothing for the soul and if for anything, it brings out the best (and worst) in everyone so if you wanna know your better half more or just want to have a great time with your partner, friends, and best friend, consider hiking. Why hiking? Because it's the fastest way to 'travel', it's affordable, and it exposes you to some of the hidden gems around the country, plus it gives a great leg workout too! Along with Sip And Gogh, this is the most expensive in this list too, but the memories it will give you are worth it!

**Pico De Loro hike is at P1,750.00/person with Travel Factor
**Taal Volcano Hike + Tour is at P1,590.00/person with E-Philippines

Hope you enjoyed this list! Where are you going this Valentines Day? Do you have anything to add to this list? Go ahead and share! :D

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13 Lovely Thoughts

  1. Lovely recommendations! Though I'm thinking that it would be more awesome if I brought my entire family to these places. Mystery Manila and Ninja Academy!

  2. i might bugged my single friends to come and join with playing laser tag and mystery manila. ive been in almost 8yrs relationship and this valentine is my first valentine being single again. so instead of being sentimental/depressed for vday. i have now a great idea on what to do with vday. thank you for this wonderful blog.

  3. Ms. Martha, thank you for posting the links about hiking. Me and my friends are talking about hiking this summer and we have no idea where to hike haha. Happy valentines to you :)

  4. I thought I'll say pass from the title but the recommendations are also good for friends gala hahaha

  5. Yes to HIKING! The lovey and I love the outdoors so it'll be fun. I just wish that Cebu has more of the places on this list. Tsk. So far we've only tried laser tag with friends and that was sooo much fun. Thanks for the ideas Ms. Martha! You never fail to bring out the extraordinary ;)

  6. Miao Cafe here I come! Thanks for the recos!

  7. very nice recommendations, kahit no occasion parang ang sarap gawin nung mga activities you mentioned. :)

  8. Mystery Manila definitely! Hehe
    I did that with co-workers and it was fun! I'll bring the bf next time.

  9. I would love to go to Laser Tag. My family will surely enjoy that! And Archery, too!

  10. Thank you! I love your reccomendations. Very millenial. We're so over dinner-movie dates. I'll have those in my bucket list. <3

  11. Thank you! I love your reccomendations. Very millenial! We're so over dinner-movie dates. I will put these in my bucket list! <3

  12. I would love to visit the Board Games and Cafe and the mountains! I missed hiking! Thanks for the recommendations!

  13. 3 out of 10! Art in Island is really fun pero medyo exhausting especially if there are lots of people inside. Mystery Manila is fun, thrilling and exciting! We weren't able to solve the puzzle but it's really fulfilling. :) Lastly, Ludo is the favorite place of my boyfie. He's a boardgame geek. We've been there 3 times. Visited both branches as well.


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