Spending time with your special someone need not be costly and it is possible to have a great time without breaking the bank. Here are 10 places that are perfect for dates that are both fascinating and wallet-friendly.
Ball Pit Manila
Who says all dates need to be romantic? Some can be fun too! Conversations shouldn’t be limited to cafes and night strolls, you can have just as much of an engaging conversation with your date while hanging around an estimated 80,000 white plastic balls at Ball Pit Manila. The all-white background of the place becomes colorful when it’s spent with your loved ones.
For just 499 pesos, you can enjoy an hour of ball pit use inclusive of coffee or iced tea. In case you’re already tired of dipping at the ball pit, comfy mattresses are provided around the corner where you can play different board games. When it comes to hygiene, fresh and clean socks are required to ensure odorless atmosphere.
Manila’s famous walled city has so much in store. The vast land space is home to 10 historical sights. However, admission rates depend on each site. The Rizal shrine, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery and the Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ Museum are free of charge while the rest have entrance fees ranging from 10-200 pesos per head, student discounts are also offered in select sites. Not bad, right?
For couples who only want to stroll around the place, they can ride the famous ‘kalesa’ of Intramuros while looking back at the Spanish era in Manila. You’re up for a good ride with less than 400 pesos only! Also, restaurants and food stalls are dotted everywhere so you don’t have to worry when hunger strikes.
If you love solving puzzles and mysteries and you’d like to experience it in real life, then Mystery Manila is the right place for you.
Mystery Manila is a real-life mystery-solving game which requires each of its players to put on their thinking caps. There are several challenges to choose from and each of them are represented with rooms that transports its players to that location and scenario. And all you have is 60 minutes to solve the mystery.
The players will pay lesser cost if they come in a group. For 3 pax, it will be P500 each but for 6 pax, it’ll be P400 per person. Mystery Manila have branches in Century City Mall and Jupiter St. in Makati, Ayala Malls The 30th in Pasig, and in Libis, Quezon City.
Cinema 76 Film Society
Located in San Juan, Metro Manila, Cinema 76 Film Society is a mini-theater that showcases local independent films. Comfortable couches are provided that lets you curl up instead of the conventional theater seats. Also, ticket prices are surprisingly cheaper compared to others as it ranges from 100 to 150 pesos only.
This is the must-visit spot for moviegoers but unfortunately, there are only limited slots inside the cinema that’s why coming early is highly-recommended. What’s good? Cinema 76 Film Society sometimes offers a free movie so make sure not to miss out on it!
Music 21 Family KTV and Restaurant
For people who loves to sing, Music 21 Family KTV and Restaurant is the suggested place to sing your heart out. You can never go wrong with the idea of sing until you drop together with family and friends. The hourly rate is 84 pesos and you’re all sure to burst out a laugh or impress each other with your vocal chords.
Moreover, you can enjoy 5 branches of Music 21 Family KTV and Restaurantaround around the Metro such as in Pasay, Makati, Alabang, Timog and Malate.
Puzzles: Board Game Lounge
Playing board games just like the good old days is a nice way of having fun while taking a break from gadgets. Luckily, Puzzles: Board Game Lounge is here to bring back and let us play our favorite board games.
Also, this is a great hideout with your special one as you can both indulge to drool-worthy snacks and drinks while playing for an estimated budget of 400 pesos each. In addition to the good news, it has 3 branches such as in Bonifacio Global City, BF Homes Parañaque and in Alabang.
Mad Mark’s Creamery & Good Eats, or simply Mad Mark’s, is a win-win place for food lovers… and it’s a best place for dates.
The restaurant’s interior may be simple but their menu is a work of art. With sandwiches starting at 125 pesos and their famous homemade ice cream at 95 pesos for two scoops, it’s definitely a good deal.
Due to its amazing food, Mad Mark’s has already branched out in Kapitolyo, Pasig and in malls like Glorietta 5, UP Town Center, and Central Square.
Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina
Of course, it’s fun to enjoy every Filipino food but if we mix it with different countries’ cuisine, it’ll surely bring our taste adventure in another level.
This restaurant serves Mexican dishes fused with Filipino flare. Their Paella fajita mix is a must-try. At only 250 pesos, the dish is already good for 2-3 people. Pair that with Silantro’s Beef nachos, priced at 180 pesos and you’re more than good to go.
Silantro currently has 3 locations in Metro Manila, namely in Kapitolyo, Diliman and Alabang.
Every after meals, one dessert almost all ages scream for is chocolates. But this sweet brown thing is not just used for desserts. This cafe made use of chocolates in a way that’ll make you not just enjoy it, but surely miss it again and again.
Located at Loyola Heights in Quezon City, Xocolat Cafe specializes in chocolate-infused dishes. Their house specialty is the Spiced Xoco Chicken, priced at 225 pesos per dish.
The cafe also have a branch in Greenhills and in Katipunan, Quezon City.
Nothing screams casual date like a food-trip to Mercato. Variety of food can be spotted at the open space beside RCBC Building, in Bonifacio Global City.
The nightly banchetto is filled with streetfood goodies for those who want a good grub. Adorned in lanterns, tents and table and chairs, it’s the perfect opportunity for a low-key date.
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