There is so much to do on Valentine’s Day like visiting fancy restaurants, meet up at a coffee shop, shopping and a lot more. There are tonnes of ideas to explore and experiment. But what if we suggest you keep it a bit unconventional and make it fun and exciting? Well, if you are in Mumbai cherish the true spirit of the city. Enroll for workshops, go on a cultural tour, visit the rich heritage and gorge on some food on the way. Here we list five offbeat date ideas for you and your significant one to enjoy the day at the fullest and that too on a budget.
Enroll for a Healthy Cooking Workshop
Made a New Year resolution to eat healthy with your partner? Don’t know how to take it forward? Well, Chef Vicky Ratnani is stirring up a special cooking workshop this Valentine’s Day at The Bandra Project. Enroll for the healthy food workshop of a two-course menu which gives you and your partner an opportunity to enjoy an evening of cooking and tasting of a menu globally inspired with healthy dishes. Get a chance to see the celebrity chef in action where one gets a sneak peek of their all-new menu healthy menu. The evening will be followed by a community style tasting table with cocktails and interaction with the chef.
When: February 14, 6 pm onwards
Where: The Bandra Project, Pali Naka, Bandra West
Go Sightseeing on a Bicycle
When was the last time you got on a bicycle? This Valentine’s Day, just ride your bicycle and pedal away to the next adventure. Explore the hidden spots and gorge on delicious food on the way. There’s something awesome about riding out of the city hustle and seeing a new place on two wheels. There will be fun cycling documentaries, talks by first-time cyclists’ on their experiences, crazy cycling stories from the pros and some more fun cycle-related things!
When: February 14, 6 pm onwards
Where: Carter Road Social, 21, Gagangiri CHS Ltd, Carter Road, Bandra West
Call: Bombay Bicycle Club Meet – 91520 17974
Watch a movie in a single-screen theatre
The city of dreams is also home to several historic cinema houses. While most of the single-screen theatres have been converted into multiplexes, there are few remaining ones including Regal and Maratha Mandir, to name a few. Head to these theatres and travel back in time. FYI, Maratha Mandir in Mumbai Central has been running the romantic movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) for the past two decades.
Eat at an Irani cafe
Chai and bun maska is not a food but an emotion for Mumbaikars. Irani Cafés in Mumbai beautifully narrates the city’s tales and its history. These buns come with the generous spread of butter which when had with the milky Irani chai tastes heaven. These cafes also serve amazing kheema pao – minced meat with bread. Some of the iconic cafés in Mumbai are Kayani, Britannia & Co., Yazdani Bakery and Koolar & Co.
Explore the historic forts
Mumbai is home to several historic forts. While most of these forts are occupied by illegal hutments, few are well maintained and safe to visit. These significant forts within the city frontiers are located in Bandra, Worli, Sewri, Sion, Mahim, and Vasai. These forts are a wonder to explore and also makes a fascinating location for photography. Head out there for a one-day trip and make the most of a special day.
If you are a parent and worried about where to keep your little ones while you celebrate Valentine’s Day, then ‘Magic Beans’ are at your rescue. You can drop off your kids at the Magic Beans where they enjoy storytelling, games, movies, craft, no fire cooking, puppet show, and other fun activities. Talking about the initiative, Magic Beans’ founder Natasha Aref says, “The concept of magic beans was that parents get some free time of their own. And to give parents a chance to go out and celebrate because after you become a parent your entire life changes. So on Valentine’s Day, between 8 pm and 11 pm, parents can go out for a movie, dinner or just spend some time at their home while they know their child is in a safe environment and having fun. In short, the aim is to give a day off to parents.”
When: February 14, from 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Magic Beans, Shop Number 2, Sonal Building, Kemps Corner
Age: 1 year to 8 years