A week-long hustle deserves a weekend reward: spending these two precious days of the week unwinding with your beau for date night.

But before you bicker over what to do on a date – or maybe you’re not, and you really just ran out of things to do – check out this guide first. Both budget and more lavish date ideas run abound, and we’ve taken the pleasure of compiling them for you. These ideas don’t break your wallet too – we live by the maxim “spend more time and less money” – so feel free to mix them up!

Without further ado, here are 15 ideas (whether they’re for your anniversary date, Valentine’s date, or any other romantic date for that matter) for the weekend:

1. Play board games at Puzzles

Image source: facebook.com/PuzzlesAlabang
Image source: facebook.com/PuzzlesAlabang

It’s really no puzzle why Puzzles is on this list. If you’re the type to easily get bored with dinner dates, maybe a fun (and, okay, highly competitive) board game served with your food would do the trick. They have rare board game finds like Avalon and rising stars like Exploding Kittens, among others. They have great bites too, so you can easily spend a full Saturday here. Be warned, though: be careful not to end up fighting (because board game competitiveness is a real thing).

  • Branches: The Fort Strip at BGC; BF Homes, Paranaque City; Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang
  • Operating hours: 12:00 NN to 12:00 MN
  • Cost for two: Php 800

2. Enjoy warm conversations with warm coffee at Art Circle Cafe

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Image source: facebook.com/ArtCircleCafe/

Art Circle Cafe started as a hub for budding creatives and art enthusiasts but has steadily grown over the years to be a cultural hub to be shared by all. In our opinion, Art Circle Cafe is greatly underrated: this cafe offers coffee grown by our very own farmers and when you pair it with any of their cakes, you’ll find yourself reaching for a second helping. That’s okay, too, if you do, because Art Circle Cafe does want you to stay and enjoy heart-filled conversations over coffee.

  • Branches: Poblacion, Makati City; Bahay ng Alumni – UP Diliman, Quezon City
  • Operating hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Cost for two: Php 600

3. Netflix and order in Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza

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Image source: facebook.com/Ginosbrickovenpizza/

“Netflix and chill” takes on a different level, because now you can have Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza delivered right to your doorstep with HonestBee. To say that their pizza is heavenly is an understatement, and when you pair it with wine or beer, you’ve got a magical series-watching binge ahead of you. Make sure to order their Burrata cheese – this dish usually needs to be imported and is expensive, but Gino’s has been successful in making it an accessible dish for everyone.

  • Branches: Salcedo Village, Makati City; The Podium, Ortigas; Loyola Heights, Quezon City; Serendra, BGC
  • Operating hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Mondays to Thursdays), 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (Fridays to Sundays)
  • Cost for two: Php 800

4. Top off a home-cooked dinner with a Banapple dessert 

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Image source: facebook.com/Banapple/

Light up some candles, cook up some pasta, and have a picnic at home. Who says you have to go out to enjoy a great dinner date? Few things come close to being as sweet as cooking for someone you love, but if you want to make it even sweeter (literally and figuratively), you can order in from Banapple’s wide array of desserts.

  • Branches: Makati City, Quezon City, BGC, Alabang, Paranaque City, Manila City
  • Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Cost for two: Php 800

5. Treat your significant other to some gourmet ice cream at Morelli’s

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Image source: facebook.com/MorellisGelatoPhilippines/

After catching a movie, head over to Morelli’s for some great-tasting gourmet ice cream at Morelli’s. Their ice cream is famous for its creamy texture and delicious flavors, and let’s face it: only a few people frown at the thought of ice cream. They have different kinds of gelato too (soft, frozen, or mixed), and you and your significant other can even split a sundae paired with a cup of nice, hot coffee.

  • Branches: Power Plant Mall, Makati
  • Operating hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Cost for two: Php 500

6. Enjoy Fine Wine at The Wine Club

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Image source: facebook.com/wineclubph

It sounds like an upscale and highly exclusive place, but fret not – any lover of wine is welcome here. Think of The Wine Club as a public library, but instead of books, wines are what line the shelves. This is where you go if you truly want to savor wine and all the forms and tastes it comes in, and it pairs well with late-night heart-to-heart conversations – so whether you’re a veteran or a newbie, date night at The Wine Club is definitely a good idea.

  • Branches: Legazpi Village, Makati
  • Operating hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Cost for two: Php 1500

7. Satiate your craving for Filipino food at LOBO Filipino Tavern 

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Image source: facebook.com/LoboFilipinoTavern

Let’s be real: Filipino food is the food version of saying “I love you.” A mouth-watering bowl of Kare-Kare coupled with crunchy, juicy Crispy Pata are already great date dishes in themselves, but when you eat LOBO’s take on it, you might want to make these two a date staple. LOBO also serves imported beers – like the very hard-to-find Blue Moon – which, in our opinion, automatically grant plus points to them. Kudos!

  • Branches: Poblacion, Makati
  • Operating hours: 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM
  • Cost for two: Php 500

8. Trade going to a club for El Chupacabra 

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Image source: facebook.com/Elchupacabraph/

Maybe you’re not in the mood for a quiet, romantic dinner, but you don’t really want to go to a club either. El Chupacabra is the middle ground. It has a cheery atmosphere filled with good food (their nachos are to die for, let us tell you that), and good drinks (unli-margarita, anyone?). For dinner, munch on their grilled boneless chicken skewers, and pair it with your favorite cocktail – you won’t regret it.

  • Branches: Poblacion, Makati
  • Operating hours: 11:00 AM to 4:00 AM
  • Cost for two: Php 700

9. Go on a chill, rooftop-and-drinks date at 1018 Bar 

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Image source: facebook.com/1018Bar/

Only a few things spell “chill night” as a rooftop drinking session to live music. 1018 Bar offers this, and at a bang-for-your-buck rate too – their beers start at Php 60, and their bar chow starts at Php 140. Admittedly, 1018 Bar is a little bit quieter than the likes of El Chupacabra, but you still get that laid-back yet fun vibe that typically comes with open-air bars, so it’s a great backdrop for conversation over drinks. (The twinkle lights add a bit of sparkle too – pun intended).

  • Branches: Valenzuela, Makati
  • Operating hours: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Cost for two: Php 800

10. Exit the Daily Grind at Grind Bistro 

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Image source: facebook.com/GrindBistro

Gastronomical dinners are the staple here at Grind Bistro, and if you find that you’ve been gritting your teeth to annoying coworkers (or people, in general) lately, unwinding here with your special other might be a good idea. Grind serves American comfort food favorites, from burgers to steak, to chicken wings and to milkshakes, and really, you deserve a guilty pleasure night out with your beau too (worry about the carbs tomorrow).

  • Branches: Net Park, BGC; SM Aura Premier, BGC
  • Operating hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Mon to Thursdays), 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Friday to Saturday), 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Sundays)
  • Cost for two: Php 1650

11. Plan a Staycation with Booking.com

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Image source: pixabay.com

Weekends are designed for rest, and if you’re not in the mood to go out, you can plan for a staycation instead. Booking.com, in particular, has so many rooms, hotels, hostels and vacation rentals to choose from, that you will definitely find something you’d fall in love with – aside from your special other, of course. Many of them have in-house spas, massage facilities, pools and mouth-watering buffets too, so expect a full-on relaxing weekend.

12. Go Grocery Shopping at Robinsons Supermarket

Shop at the wine alley at the Robinsons Supermarket
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We know this sounds more like an errand than a date, but hear us out – grocery shopping could actually make for a pretty fun bonding activity if you ask us. Think of the best possible dinner you could prepare as a couple, then hunt for the ingredients along grocery aisles. You could even make a game of it, and see who’d complete their checklist first! The dinner is so much more rewarding this way – we promise.

13. Go on a reading date at FullyBooked

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Image source: facebook.com/fullybooked/

Sometimes the best rest for your brain is to learn something new, or to read a new, compelling adventure story – and this experience is nothing short of being worth sharing with your partner, especially if you’re both bookworms. So why not go on a reading date? Explore FullyBooked’s generous shelves of books, find your new reads to take home, then bring them to a cafe for a calm afternoon. You’ll come out calmer and more peaceful, and you might even stumble upon something new to talk about!

14. Let Vietnam Come To You with Ba Noi’s

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Image source: facebook.com/BaNois/

You can now achieve your #travelgoals with your favorite person without leaving your home – well, sort of. Ba Noi’s offers some of the best Vietnamese dishes in the Philippines, and you can now have any of your favorites delivered to your home. Pair a bowl of Pho or Banh Xeo with a documentary on the Vietnam-U.S. war, and you’ve got yourself an interesting afternoon. Don’t forget to order your fill of iced Vietnamese coffee – it will blow your mind.

  • Branches: Legazpi Village, Makati; UP Town Center, Quezon City; Estancia Mall, Pasig City
  • Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Cost for two: Php 1800

15. Go on a Quick Getaway with Philippine Airlines

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Image source: pixabay.com

If you’re willing to take a leave (or even if you aren’t), you can take a quick getaway to anywhere in the Philippines with your partner – you can surf in Siargao, go snorkeling in Coron or even party it up in Boracay. Take a breather from the hustle far, far away from where it is. It’s always, always a good idea, especially when it’s with someone with you love – and with generous seat sales left and right, you can now book tickets for less than Php 1000.

Quality time with someone special

We know how much your special other means to you, and you’d love to spoil them with all the love (and food, staycations, and trips) in the world, but sometimes it’s harder than it looks. Luckily, though, you don’t need to crack open the piggy bank so much if you find great deals for the date you want. If you want to score the best deals on any of these date itineraries, you can check out our travel deals just in time for the weekend.

Do you have any other idea for an affordable date with you “Significant Other”? Let us know in the comments.