Words by Kelly Punzalan
Photos by Lorraine Giron
Celebrating special occasions like Valentine’s Day can get pretty pricey, especially if you want to make the day memorable for you and your significant other. Different couples have different definitions of what a good date place should look like, but dates don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Any place can be fun and romantic as long as you’re with the right person! This holds true especially for couples who want to have a date night for Valentine’s Day but are on a tight budget.
Enjoy dining in these restaurants without breaking the bank, conveniently located in various areas in Manila:
4. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast offers delicious all-day breakfast selections. The menu boasts savory breakfast plates with fried rice, congee, and eggs, as well as sweeter options like pancakes and waffles. You can even create your own set meal by mixing and matching ulam and side dishes for as low as P70!
We recommend the New Zealand Beef Tapa plate, one of their bestsellers priced at P150.
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast has various locations, but its Manila branch is located at 2466 Leon Guinto St, Malate, Manila.
3. One Day Milk Tea
One Day Milk Tea is an adorable little shop with a bright and cheerful atmosphere. The colorful decor and furniture will definitely lift up your mood after a long day. This place offers a variety of milk teas, fruit juices, coffees, pasta, sandwiches, and dessert. They even have combo meals for under P200!
One Day Milk Tea also has WiFi and is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 AM the next day, so it’s perfect for busy couples who may want to squeeze in a date in between studying or working. Who said having a jowa is a distraction?
One Day Milk Tea is located at 1535 Adriatico St.Ermita Malate, Manila.
2. Happy Wings and Waffles
Bolognese Pasta (P185)
Single Fried Chicken Plate (P124)
Happy Wings and Waffles is a cozy and charming restaurant nestled inside the walled city of Intramuros. While Happy Wings and Waffles is best known for its chicken and pastries, it also offers an expansive menu from sandwiches to pasta to seafood specials. Their menu is also diverse in terms of price. It’s perfect for couples who want to take their time and enjoy each other’s company.
While Happy Wings and Waffles’s casual vibe is a contrast to the historical atmosphere of Intramuros, it is still a great place to take your significant other on Valentines’ Day.
Happy Wings and Waffles is located at G/F RBAP Building A Soriano Ave. cor Arzobispo St, Intramuros, Manila.
1. Beyond Coffee
Beyond Sirloin Beef with Egg (P165) and Special Buttered Daing na Bangus with Egg (P135)
Macho Gwapito (P195)
Sour cream, BBQ & plain nachos with their signature creamy cheese dip, paired with salsa, cheese jalapeno & ground beef
Beyond Coffee is a hidden gem within the University Belt area. It is one of the favorite study places for students and reviewers residing near the place. Beyond Coffee is also a perfect place to unwind and just chill with friends and families. It definitely goes beyond the typical coffee shop by offering a variety of good, comfort meals, desserts, and drinks at affordable prices. Unfazed by the hustle and bustle of activities from nearby schools, Beyond Coffee provides the coziness and romantic ambiance for couples who intend to exchange pleasantries over a sumptuous meal.
Beyond Coffee is located at 928 P. Paredes St, Sampaloc, Manila.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Tell us in the comments!