Mumbai is one city that can boggle the mind. It has something for every sort of couple out there, from adventure geeks to even nerds and foodies, travellers and explorers in the city - there's something for everybody. Check out our list of things to do and spots in the city to celebrate Valentine's Day that will certainly make a difference and won't dent the pocket.
Valentine's Day Special: Dating Spots & Activities For Every Kind Of Couple
For The Perfect View
Breeze Lounge in Powai has a killer view of the suburbs and Powai Lake that you can enjoy while you tuck into some delish vegetarian food. This is all you'll ever want at a rooftop restaurant - and they've got yummy cocktails, too!
What To Eat: Don't miss the Corn Cheese Cigar Roll, the Quattro Formaggi Pizza, and the Peanut Butter Cheesecake when you're here!
Shell Out: INR 2,600 for two
For The Power Couple
If both of you are early risers and don’t have any time except for breakfast together, make it count when you do! If you’re in the mood for a steaming hot South Indian meal, head to Matunga and park yourself at Anand Bhavan.
What To Eat: Try their hot and crisp vadas, filter coffee, dosas and idli rasam. We're drooling already!
Shell Out: INR 200 for two
For The Adventurers
If both of you are big fans of the outdoors, there are a lot of places in Mumbai and even close by, for a one-day outing. You can drive down to Kasara, and camp out by the Bhandardara Dam, and spend a day boating, hiking, or simply unwinding. At night, there's always stargazing and campfires.
P.S: It’s pocket-friendly, it’s fun and you’re sure to make happy memories.
For The Singer In You
If the only way to your partner’s heart is through music, you can shine, baby! Karaoke makes for a super fun date and once you’re done singing, you can enjoy some great food and drinks at these places. There are a lot of restaurants that do karaoke in the city, like Soul Fry, in Bandra. Although it's only on Mondays, we suggest heading here to jive while other patrons croon to timeless romantic numbers, once you're done singing!
What To Eat: Don't miss the Sol Kadi (INR 90), the Caldeirada (INR 390) and the Crumb Fried Squid (INR 350)
Shell Out: INR 1,000 for two
For The Local Tourists
Love exploring parts of the city together? There’s so much to see here, from museums to heritage walks, architecture to history – there’s something for every couple. You can either grab a map and walk around the city, exploring bits and stopping for food, or you can be a part of a heritage walk that will show you everything you’d want to see.
Head to Mani Bhavan, a large brown and white mansion that pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi. The ground and first floors are massive libraries containing books that were owned and read by him, as well as relevant tomes which the museum has collected over time. The first-floor houses copies of correspondence between Gandhi and personalities such as President Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, pages from his journals and front-page newspaper clippings from the time of his assassination.
Don’t miss: Letters to Adolf Hitler and Franklin D Roosevelt, the library
Visiting Hours: 10:30 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: INR 85 per head, INR 40 if you're a college student
For The Soul In Need Of Pampering
If you've both had a rough week, and are in need of some serious R&R, there's nothing better than a spa day to soothe the senses and unknot those muscles. Quan Spa at the JW Marriott offers a 180-minute couple's retreat called the Couple's Haven. This retreat promises to pamper you and your partner by soaking in a relaxing bath ritual, a bespoke skin polish, a calming aromatherapy massage, and a deep cleansing facial.
Shell Out: INR 28,000 plus taxes (Yep, this is a luxe option)
For The Nature Lovers
Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) or Borivali National Park is like New York City’s Central Park for Mumbai – except it’s not really in the centre (it’s a suburban gold mine) but works the same way – it provides Mumbai the green space it badly needs.
We'd say enjoy the nature at its best in the middle of the concrete jungle, by planning a day trip to Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Go cycling, enjoy a lion safari or go for a romantic boat ride. Well, to make your date special, there is a cute and a cosy pine hut where you can set up a romantic candlelight dinner. Or make it royal and historic by taking a walk in the caves.
Timings: 7:30AM to 6:30PM
Disclaimer: The park currently has limited access for visitors and not all services are currently available.
For The Hungry At Heart
If the both of you have roaring appetites and are on the lookout for a good, hearty meal, there are enough buffet places you can visit. Indian BBQ Co, best known for its multicuisine buffets, is a brilliant place if you want to enjoy the flavours from all across the country and beyond.
What To Eat: Chaats, kebabs, teppanyaki noodles, hummus and pita, railway style mutton curry (these dishes stand out in the buffet)
Shell Out: The vegetarian buffet rates are- INR 699 and INR 799 for the week and weekend, respectively. And the non veg buffet rates are INR 849 and INR 899 for weekdays and weekends, respectively.
For A Nerdy Couple
Did you guys connect over that author you both love, or a novel you guys have read like a zillion times? Well, we've found an amazing date spot revolves around lots of books, cosy corners and lots of coffee. Head to the Leaping Windows in Versova to spend some quality time together. Love comics? The ground and first floor houses quirky comic strips painted on all their walls. They've got some really good spread of food, fun vibes, and awesome-sauce ambience.
What To Eat: Banoffee Pies and Cajun Burgers
Shell Out: INR 900 for two
For The Wine And Dine Dinner
Celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday? Then we suggest you head to Taftoon in BKC. With a low-lit ambiance and an upscale yet intimate vibe set to the sounds of smooth jazz, this makes for the ideal date for the foodie couple. We can't get over the expansive menu that's great if you like to explore different regional cuisines from the Grand Trunk Road - think Mughlai, Punjabi and Sindhi cuisine. Sip some wine, grab a spot by the window and get cozy with bae!
What To Eat: Soya Chaap, Summer Cooler, Chocolate Pudding
Shell Out: INR 2,600 onward