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12 Date Ideas In Metro Manila, Including Budget-Friendly Activities

Date ideas in Metro Manila

Planning a date can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. And if you want your date to be memorable, the usual movie-and-dinner routine doesn’t seem quite good enough.

If you’re currently stuck in this dilemma, look no further. Here are some fun and unique date ideas in Metro Manila that are perfect, whether you’re going on a first date or already in a long-term relationship.

1. Enjoy roller disco at Playland Fisher Mall

Date Ideas in Metro Manila - roller disco
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Roller skating may sound intimidating, but it’s actually among the most budget-friendly and fun date ideas in Metro Manila.

At Playland Fisher Mall in QC, roller skating starts at P130 (~USD2.37). This rate is inclusive of roller skates and protective gear rental.

The strobe lights and upbeat music at the roller disco make roller skating feel less daunting. Even if you can’t skate well, the fun you’ll have will surely lighten up the mood for a first date.

More fun games, including claw machines, also await you and your SO at the arcade.

Address: Fisher Mall, 325 Quezon Avenue corner Roosevelt Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am-9pm | Fri-Sat 10am-10pm
(02) 372 6421| Facebook

2. Explore the mixed media museum Art in Island

Date Ideas in Metro Manila - Art in Island museum projection art
Image credit: @artinisland via Instagram

Book a feast for your eyes at the mixed media museum Art in Island (P800, ~USD14.60). This is a great place for a date if you’re trying to impress someone who has an aesthetic Instagram feed.

The museum comprises rooms with trendy, trippy projection art. There’s even a room filled with floating lanterns that’s reminiscent of a scene from the animated film Tangled.

Besides the museum, there’s also a souvenir shop that sells art and other handmade products from local businesses. Also check out the chic Korean restaurant Jeongwon, and the lifestyle hub Cubao Expo for a fun side trip just around the area.

Address: 175 15th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Opening hours:
Tue-Fri 11am-7.30pm | Sat-Sun 11am-8.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
(02) 7795 6256 | Facebook

3. Try your hand at rug tufting at Bumi & Ashe

Date Ideas in Metro Manila - Bumi and Ashe rug tufting
Image credit: via Instagram

Date activities such as rug tufting allow you to bring home a unique, personalized souvenir to remind you of your date – both the person and the memory.

Rug Rat offers a 3-hour class (P4,200/person, ~USD76.65) at Bumi & Ashe in Cubao Expo that allows you to make a rug with your own design. And don’t worry – you only need to bring yourself and your date. The studio provides all the materials needed for rug tufting.

They hold 2 rug tufting classes every Saturday. To join, book your slots on their website.

Bumi & Ashe also offers pottery and hand-sculpting classes.

Address: 59a Cubao Expo Driveway, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Opening hours:
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Closed on Mondays)

4. Relax in a Korean sauna at New Lasema Spa

Date Ideas in Metro Manila - New Lasema Spa Korean sauna
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If you’re dating a K-culture fan, take them to New Lasema Spa. It’s a jimjilbang (traditional Korean sauna) just like the ones seen on K-dramas.

Here, you can relax in a sauna, jacuzzi, and hot and cold rooms. You can also get a massage to ease your tired muscles.

To elevate your relaxation even further, enjoy classic Korean sauna snacks such as ramyeon, grilled eggs, and sikhye (cold rice drink) at their entertainment area.

Rates start at P500 (~USD9.12) on weekdays and P550 (~USD10.04) on weekends. They also have couple packages (from P4,800, ~USD87.60) that’ll let you and your date enjoy a jacuzzi and massage in a private room with a glass of wine.

Walk-ins are available for their regular sauna, while reservations with full payment are required for their packages.

Address: 8846 Sampaloc Street corner Estrella Street, San Antonio Village, Makati, Metro Manila
Opening hours:
Open 24 hours, Daily
0995 783 0094 | Facebook

5. Sweat it out on trampolines at WiiJump Trampoline Park

Date Ideas in Metro Manila - Wiijump trampoline park
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If you and your date are both active individuals, put a fun twist on your date and head to WiiJUMP Trampoline Park in Alabang.

It’s the biggest trampoline park in the Philippines, with different activity areas including a vast free zone, dodgeball area, basketball hoops, and a ball pit.

Regular admission rates to this trampoline park start at P399 (~USD7.28) for an hour on weekday mornings. They generally accept walk-in customers, but check their socials in case they’re closed for an event on your desired date.

And to earn you brownie points with your date for being detail-oriented, bring socks and ask them to do the same as the trampoline park requires it for your safety.

Address: 2nd Floor Expansion Wing, Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Opening hours:
10am-9pm, Daily
0969 327 7020 | website

6. Capture sweet moments at Life Four Cuts PH

Date Ideas in Metro Manila - Life 4 Cuts PH photobooth
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For sentimental couples, Life Four Cuts PH lets you take photobooth pics and bring home 4-cut prints with a frame design of your choice.

To add some dazzle to your pics, they provide a wide variety of cute props you can use for free. The studio also has mirrors so you can touch up and make sure you look your best for your photos.

Their 4-cut photos start at P200 (~USD3.65) for 2 prints. You can even download your pics and a video of yourself using the photobooth by scanning the QR code on your printed copy.

The best thing is that Life 4 Cuts PH has 7 branches in Metro Manila so you can visit the one that’s most accessible to you.

For a list of branches, click here.

7. Get couple tattoos from Siningtinta Art Space

Date Ideas in Metro Manila - Siningtinta couple tattoo
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Consider getting couple tattoos if you’re ready to take your relationship with your SO to the next level.

The artists at Siningtinta Art Space specialize in delicate tattoos, so you don’t have to commit to something big and bold if it’s your first time getting inked. Occasionally, they offer flash tattoos for those who are not too particular about designs.

This QC tattoo studio usually opens tattoo bookings at the end of the month but you can also follow them on Instagram for last-minute slot openings.

Address: 189 Maginhawa, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

8. Bake a sweet treat for your sweet at Bakebe

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Perhaps buying a cake for your anniversary isn’t sweet enough for you. Or you just want to try baking with your partner but don’t have the materials and ingredients at home. If either of these applies to you, check out the co-baking space Bakebe.

Here, you can make cookies, pastries, and cakes and decorate them starting at P1,879 (~USD34.29). You only have to put in your effort – the studio will provide all the ingredients and even give you instructions on how to bake.

Of course, you get to take your product home to enjoy after.

Book your baking sesh online through their website. Bakebe has 2 locations in Metro Manila – Pasay and Taguig.

SM Aura branch
Opening hours: Level 2, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street, Corner McKinley Parkway, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Opening hours:
 10am-10pm, Daily

S Maison branch
Address: Level 1, S Maison, Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Opening hours: 10am-9pm, Daily

Contact: 0936 957 9045 | website

9. Go on a romantic yacht date with Manila Yacht Rentals & Events

Date Ideas in Metro Manila - yacht
Image credit: Manila Yacht Rentals & Events via Facebook

If you think you and your partner deserve a luxurious date, book a romantic yacht ride with Manila Yacht Rentals & Events.

For P2,800 (~USD51.13) per person, you can indulge in a 3-course dinner on a docked yacht in Manila Bay. Alternatively, cruise the bay from P9,000 (~USD164.35) for an hour.

To make your evening extra romantic, get a bouquet, wine, or cake, or even hire musicians for an additional fee.

A yacht date is also a great idea for those who are looking for a memorable spot to pop the question!

Address: Fernando Maria Guerrero Street, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Opening hours:
10am-10pm, Daily
0935 883 7514 | Facebook

10. Dine and watch a movie at Cinema ’76 Cafe

Date Ideas - Cinema 76 CafeImage credit: @_whereis.ig via Instagram

If your date is a cinephile, take them to Cinema ’76 Cafe in Quezon City which features a mini cinema where you can enjoy films that may not be found in mainstream theaters.

Last year, they screened movies such as Past Lives. Meanwhile, Studio Ghibli enthusiasts can still catch the Japanese anime studio’s latest release, The Boy and the Heron (P320, ~USD5.67), at Cinema ’76 from 25 and 30 January.

The cafe itself has upscale movie theater lobby vibes. Owned by TBA Studios, some of their menu items are inspired by their blockbuster films. Carson’s Bagnet (P359, ~USD6.37), for example, is featured in an iconic scene from the movie I’m Drunk, I Love You.

Address: 2/F Terraces Building, T. Morato. Avenue corner Sct. Borromeo Street, Quezon City,Metro Manila
Opening hours:
Sun-Thu 11am-12am | Fri-Sat 11am-2.30am
0906 236 2365 | website

11. Go gallery hopping at Karrivin Plaza

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For a budget-friendly date idea, consider gallery hopping at Karrivin Plaza. This compound is home to 3, free-entry art galleries—Artinformal, 1335 Mabini, and The Drawing Room—where you can explore contemporary art by local and international artists.

If you’re into interior design, don’t miss the furniture showrooms Aphro Living, ContractWorld, and Design Story. It’s a great opportunity to gather inspiration for you and your SO’s dream house.

To cap off your art-filled day, explore dining options within the area, ranging from Poison Coffee and Doughnuts to the award-winning Toyo Eatery, known for its delectable tasting menus.

All of these being in one location helps you avoid the hassle of dealing with traffic and spares you the need to brainstorm multiple date ideas to fill an entire day.

Address: 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila 
Opening hours:
Galleries, showrooms, and dining spots have different hours

12. Get an adrenaline rush from drift karting at Driftito

Date Ideas - DriftitoImage credit: @driftito via Instagram

Spice up your date by challenging your SO to a race at Driftito, where you can ride drift karts, mini-ATVs, or mini dirt bikes, starting at P180 (~USD3.19).

Don’t worry. You don’t need to be an experienced driver to enjoy a drift-kart. According to their staff, it’s much easier than driving regular go-karts.

Driftito has several branches across the metro for your convenience. While most of their locations are outdoors, you can have a fun evening date at their neon, indoor space at SM Southmall.

For a list of branches, click here.

Unique date ideas in Metro Manila

These date ideas in Metro Manila should have you covered whether you’re preparing for a memorable first date or a one-of-a-kind proposal. With activities from rug tufting to trampolining, these date ideas even cater to different kinds of couples and suit different budgets!

If you’d also like to treat your date to dinner, head to one of these romantic restaurants in Metro Manila. Or if you’re looking to get them some flowers, check out these Metro Manila flower shops.

Cover image adapted from: @artinisland via Instagram, @jhannuh via Instagram, via Instagram