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The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has its origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. Want to make this day special? Read out extensive article about what to do and what special to give on this occasion.
Valentine’s Day Activities#1: An Italian Breakfast
Caffe Perfetto aims to raise your heart rate if you celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with them. The staff will be more than happy to welcome you particularly if you care for a romantic mood in a quiet and cozy location with candle light and Italian music. This recently opened café offers a warm welcome with the taste of Italian gastronomy, featuring a meat or vegetarian antipasti. Friendly service and a romantic atmosphere are guaranteed.
Valentine’s Day Activities#2: a Budapest Cruise
Enjoy a sunset cruise (if the sun happens to be shining that day) or a late night Danube cruise when the city’s riverside attractions are beautifully illuminated, offering a breathtaking backdrop for a candle-lit dinner or just for drinks.
Valentine’s Day Activities#3: Romantic Dinner in a Great Restaurant
Romantic dinners are best spent away from the river Danube, where the restaurants are adequate, but not as excellent as in the nearby side streets. From French style restaurants like La Perle Noire to cozy places to eat, you will definitely love a dinner for two at one of Budapest’s superb restaurants.
Extra-special luxuries for your extra-special someone can also include a private romantic dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel Budapest or one of the city’s Michelin-star restaurants: Borkonyha, Onyx, Costes or Tanti (best to book in advance). Two of the best Italian restaurants to choose from are: Fausto’s and Pomodoro, or if you are looking for something more elegant and formal, try the KOLLÁZS Brasserie & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel. For a perfect steak dinner go to Mészársteak. For a real surprising and playful molecular gastronomical experience, NANO is the place to go.
Photo: La Perle Noire
Valentine’s Day Activities#4: Romantic Walks by the Danube
There is simply no way to get tired of the river views in Budapest, especially considering this area has been selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its historical and natural beauty. You can take walks on both sides of the river Danube, but probably the best part is between the Chain Bridge and Margaret Bridge, with several cozy pubs and restaurants along the riverfront on the Buda side.
The Pest side with its Danube Promenade is also very nice, but slightly more touristy and less intimate. Nevertheless, the views of the bridges, the Buda Castle atop Castle Hill and Gellért Hill are fascinating. There are also many little bars and restaurants along this promenade.
Valentine’s Day Activities#5: Thermal Baths and a Pampering Massage
Both the Gellért Baths and the Széchenyi Baths are special adventures, as these two have premier facilities and wonderful architecture. Of course, recent renovations to Budapest’s other baths, like Rudas and Lukács, also make for a relaxing visit. The baths offer a range of massages and other spa and wellness treatments.
Valentine’s Day Activities#6: Day Spas for Special Indulging
You can also splurge on a day spa if you prefer more privacy to the clatter of public baths. Day spas in the city center offer a wide variety of massage and beauty treatments (Western and Oriental), steam baths, Turkish baths, exotic showers, saunas, and various cosmetic treatments. Most of them have special offers for couples, which is ideal for a romantic program on Valentine’s Day.
The Isis Day Spa at Üllői út 14 offers an ancient Roman and Turkish bath culture. This day spa has bath treatments such as the Kleopatra Bath, Wine Bath, Green Tea and Ginger Bath. They also offer aromatherapy oil-baths, salt baths, steam bath and Finnish sauna.
The Magnolia Day Spa at Zoltán utca 3 in the Fifth District, has a Rituals for Couples romantic package. It includes a 20-minute bath and a 45-60-minute massage. An additional series of exotic treatments are also offered for total physical and mental rejuvenation
The Mandala Day Spa at Ipoly utca 8 in District XIII is Budapest’s first day spa to offer 20 types of body massages and 30 types of facial and other beauty treatments. Also available is a light lunch or dinner accompanied with a glass of fine wine or champagne; an ideal program to pamper your date on Valentine’s Day.
Photo: Mandala Day Spa
Valentine’s Day Activities#7: Romantic Train Journey with Candlelight Dinner
A special luxury train departs from Nyugati Train Station at 18.50 on 14th February 2017. Along the way, dinner will be served in the train’s beautiful dining car. You can choose from two three-course menu options (meat-lovers’ and vegetarian versions). Both are accompanied by delicious wines, served by a sommelier who will match the wines to your selections.
Top Five Weirdest Valentine’s Day Gifts
A modern Hungarian or expat might pass on the cliché chocolate and frilly underthings and consider something really interesting. For those discerning paramours, then, here are some seriously weird and smart Valentine’s Day ideas:)
A Morphsuit. We’re not quite sure what one can do with these, but they will certainly be an unexpected surprise for your special someone. And you can both then get really, really weird on Valentine’s Day. But be careful! It sold out already:)
2 Carat Cup. If you’re not quite ready to put a ring on her finger, you can at least put a ring cup on it.
The gift that keeps on giving: it’s a Beer Belt. It’s not the most romantic accessory you can give, but it certainly is practical.
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