6 Aesthetic Date Night Spots Within Metro Manila That Won’t Break the Bank

by Raisa de los Reyes   |  Feb 13, 2023
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It’s not every day that you have the luxury to spend quality time with your significant other. With the season of love right around the corner, why not take this opportunity to show how special they are to you? You might not have been able to plan out your perfect date yet, but don’t feel too pressured because there are so many places that you and your partner can go to.

If you want to treat them to a memorable night, then here is a list of date spots that you should take them to: 

  1. Cafe GUILT

  Found along Scout Castor, this café caters to your guilt-free food cravings. The restaurant offers al-fresco and indoor dining so guests can enjoy the light breeze and intimate conversations under the dim lighting. The delectable food and the serene atmosphere combined with the presence of your date simply equates to perfection.

  1. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is a gem located in Marikina City. If you’re looking to switch things up with a more homey vibe, then this restaurant is the one for you. Their menu consists of all-day Filipino and Western brunch that will surely have you coming back for more. But don’t forget to reserve a table early because they tend to be jam packed during lunchtime. 

  1. Kandle Cafe

With two branches located in Quezon City and Estancia, Kandle Cafe is a third-wave establishment that will serve a variety of courses that will satisfy your stomach and heart. Their interior is perfect for a casual and laidback date with your long-time S.O, making it the perfect space to freely communicate and banter with your partner. While this cafe can double as an events place and a co-working space, it  still emanates romantic vibes for any couple wishing to relax and enjoy.

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  1. Cafe Inggo 1587

Established within the Santo Domingo Church Compound, Café Inggo 1587 earned recognition as the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Restaurants in 2021. Serving a mixed fusion of Spanish and Filipino cuisine, this restaurant has always delighted their customers with their freshly-cooked food and magnificent service. Moreover, what makes this restaurant even more special is the restored painting of Saint Dominic that is hung behind the counter. 

  1. The Smokeyard

Originally established in Poblacion, the Smokeyard has now opened its second branch at Scout Delgado. It is an American restaurant that serves low and slow-smoked meats including pork and pulled ribs. Its aesthetic is much more rustic and simple, which allows you to be more comfortable. This restaurant is best for couples who really want to chow down and get their money’s worth, so prepare to get a little messy. 

  1. Gubat QC

Only open from Tuesday to Sunday, this Kamayan and Gubat Mayaman restaurant is located at Diliman Bonsai Society. The flora and fauna enable you and your date to be more immersed in nature, pushing you to have deep conversations with each other. Furthermore, the figurines and statues set up along their garden makes the restaurant much more endearing. Their menu consists of only Filipino dishes, and they highly encourage customers to enjoy the meals kamayan-style.

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