Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. We all know that can mean overpriced meals and panic buying of gifts. If you’re planning on spending a day with bae, make it this weekend, or next, instead of February 14. To help you, we’ve got great ideas for fun dates around the city that won’t blow your budget, offering you the chance to get to know each other better without the whole chocolate-and-roses nonsense.
(And if you’re not paired up, these outings are just as fun with your squad – if not more!)
Mini golf is a stereotypical “movie date” – American teens on TV and in films always seem to play it, and for good reason: it’s fun! This new location in Causeway Bay has two areas, so plenty of space for Valentine’s dates.
Cost: HK$160 pp a game (roughly 45 minutes)
Where: G2-3, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston St, Causeway Bay. Head to strokeshk.com to book.
For some value eats head to a cha chaan teng – Matchbox Cafe has a retro, hipster vibe, while Yee Shun Dairy Company serves the city’s best milk pudding.
Where: G/F, 506 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
If you’re not lovey-dovey with your honey, consider laser tag, with a group of friends, or even a bunch of randoms!
Cost: Show your student card to pay HK$60 for one game, HK$100 for two (otherwise HK$118 per game)
Where: 11/F Ying Kong Mansion, 2-6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay
Start with some food by the waterfront. If you’re not in the mood for Sai Kung’s famous seafood, try a British classic instead, with some filling fish and chips (and deep-fried Oreos, hello) at Chip In Fish and Chips.
Where: Shop 11, G/F, Ko Shing House, 9 King Man Street, Sai Kung
There are a few cool places to bowl in the city, but none of them are quite as exciting as Polynesian-themed venue Tiki Tiki Bowling, with its fluorescent pins, video screens and loungey vibe.
Cost: HK$99-HK$299/hour, depending on when you go
Where: 4/F Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung. Head to tikitiki.hk to book
Epicland may at first appear to be a tots-only zone, but the recent addition of some virtual reality attractions means it’s worth the trek. The high-wire-like air trek and rock climbing wall are also appealing for adrenaline junkie couples.
Cost: HK$168/HK$200 per person (weekday/weekend)
Where: Ground Floor, 31 North Plaza, Family Recreation Centre, 96 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North, Lantau
Head to epiclandhk.com to book
There are some pretty fancy restaurants in DB, but luckily there are branches of everyone’s favourite oversized slices place, Paisanos, and ever-dependable kebab shop, Ebeneezers.
Or, for something a little more exciting, but still budget, check out Nura Rolls, which offers regular sushi rolls, but also more creative items, such as hot rolls and pizza rolls.
Where: 92 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North, Lantau
Kind of like a Jumpin Gym for teens, Superpark has everything from trampolines, zip wires, and pedal karts, to street basketball, skateboarding, and “super pinball” – yep, pretty much a life-size version of the arcade game.
Where: G/F One SilverSea, No 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon (near Olympian City)
Cost: HK$120-HK$250 pp (depending on day and time). Head to superpark.com.hk to book
After all that leaping around, you deserve some junk food. There’s an on-site Cali-Mex, but if you want to head outside, try Burgerman’s exceptional range of patties.
Where: Shop C, G/F, 95-97 Ivy Street, Tai Kok Tsui
Or, if you can still feel your legs, and are secret nerds as well as excellent athletes, wander over to the Harry Potter-themed 9 ¾ Cafe in Mong Kok.
Where: Shop 404, 4/F, Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok
Another classic winter date: go ice skating! (But not if either of you has ever had that dream; where you fall over on the ice and then a bunch of speed skaters approach as you scrabble to get up, hands, blades … no?) Cityplaza has Hong Kong’s longest-running rink, is easy to get to wherever you live, and is surrounded by shops and restaurants if balancing on blades gets too much.
Where: 1/F, Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
Cost: HK$75-HK$85 pp
If nothing in the food court or from the long list of eateries appeals, take a seven-minute walk to Quarry Bay.
The streets around Taikoo Place have loads of cute independent choices, from coffee shops, bagels (Yo Bago, 80 Pan Hoi St) and Southeast Asian hawker style comfort food (Hawkr, 36 Hoi Kwong Street) to Michelin-recommended Indian (Shop 1, G/F, Hoi Kwong Court, 13-15 Hoi Kwong Street), Western seafood (The Codfather, 23 Hoi Wan Street) and (in this writer’s opinion, the best) dumplings (Beijing City, 4A-6 Hoi Kwong Street).