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Romance on a budget.

We’ve all got that one person we can hang out with forever and never get tired of, but sometimes, our wallets won’t allow that. What’s the secret to a cheapskate’s date? (No, not Netflix and chill). Cheap and simple plans! Skip the candle lights and Instagram-able settings, because it doesn’t have to be pricey to be romantic.

Also read: 14 Romantic Spots to dine with your date under the stars!

After all, you know you’ve found the one when you’d do just about anything with them, slumming it out in the simplest places and still making it perfect. Check out these fun and affordable date spots in Metro Manila that we’ve rounded up for you to make dates exciting and inexpensive.

For When You Want Activities

Versus Barcade – Uptown Parade

This could be us, but we’re playing. Versus Barcade is the first bar-arcade in the Philippines where you can eat, drink and play. Liquor up with their wide selection of alcohol and get competitive with bae! Don’t forget to check out all their classic arcade games like PacMan, Street Fighter, NBA Jam, Pinball, and more.

Versus Barcade Interior featuring arcade games
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G/F Uptown Parade, 9th Ave cor 38th St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 839-0302

Derive Cafe – Madison Galeries

Derive Cafe is the ultimate throwback arcade cafe featuring well-loved icons, video games, board games, and decors reminiscent of the ’80s. Serving a twist of Filipino favorites and classic American diner dishes with a twist enjoy their all-day breakfast, burgers, pastas, pizza, fries, milkshakes, and coffee in this neon universe.

Fun fact: The arcade cafe's name 'Derive' is from its literal meaning, derived from a wide range of references from a different era, inspired by happy moments in the 80s. 
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Insider tip: Get up to ₱300 off your bill!

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4/F Madison Galeries, 398 Don Jesus Blvd., Cupang, Muntinlupa
(0917) 166-1073

Grid x Griddle Gastrolounge & Gaming – Greenfield District

Take game night to the next level at Grid x Griddle! More than your typical board game lounge, Grid x Griddle offers up a fun, welcoming ambiance paired up with cozy interiors and mouth-watering food.

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Insider tip: Get up to ₱300 off your bill!

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Unit B, The Hub, Greenfield District, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
(0927) 879-4886

For When You Want Instagrammable Restos

TAS Roofdeck – Aguirre Ave.

You don’t need to go camping to see the stars. Hit a hip and happenin’ bar where you can stargaze with your lover at TAS. It offers Filipino and international fusion dishes including grilled skewers, street pizzas and wraps. Try the crispy adobo flakes or s’mores. P.S. They’re closed on Mondays.

Also featured here: 14 Romantic Spots to dine with your date under the stars!
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3/F 31 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0917) 719 4840

Flossom Kitchen + Cafe – multiple branches

Flossom Kitchen and Cafe offers all-day breakfast, Filipino breakfast dishes, as well as salads, pastries, and coffee. This cafe is also very Instagrammable so don’t forget to take loads of photos!

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For When You Want a Simple But Filling Meal

Mamma Mia – Uptown Mall

Mamma Mia is an Italian one-stop shop brought to you by the creators of Toni and Sergio Gastro Italiano that deems any hour appropriate for a warm meal. Serving traditional and modern Italian dishes that go with both your morning coffee and late night drinks, they’re bringing the Italian way to Manila.

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UG/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street cor 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 541-8933

Fino Deli – Marikina

Time to get cheesy with your lover. The first wine bar and deli in Marikina, Fino Deli serves up tapas, pastas, pizza, and many hot plates. Add to that a fine selection of wines to pair up with your meals. Try their Cinco Queso – with five kinds of cheese with creamy white sauce. Need a little starter? Try their Mozzarella tower!

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151 Dao St, Marikina Heights, Marikina
(02) 997-5024

Wadough’s – Maginhawa

If you’re in for sweets with your sweetheart, take a trip to a whimsical cake and dessert cafe like Wadough’s. Check out their out-of-the-box and Instagram-worthy pastries as well as all-day breakfast meals, coffees, light snacks, and customized cakes for special events.

Chocolate cake from Wadough's
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Insider tip: Get up to ₱300 off your bill!

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154 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City
(0917) 708 7896

Ilustrado – Intramuros

Take a step back in time and enjoy the old-time glamour of Intramuros. With good food and a nice view, the rest is history! To savor the flavors of your surroundings, end the date at Ilustrado, a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city.

Ice cream from Ilustrado
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Insider tip: Get up to ₱300 off your bill!

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744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
(02) 527 3674

Pizza Studio – Uptown Parade

Find out what kind of person your partner is by what toppings they put on their pizza. Pizza Studio is a pizza parlor franchise from Los Angeles, California that allows you to create-your-own pizza or you may opt to choose from their unique specialty flavored pizza.

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B.A.D. (Breakfast All Day) – Fort Bonifacio

If you’re a breakfast lover who’s found your breakfast-loving counterpart, get the most important meal of the day any time! B.A.D. (Breakfast All Day) is a late night breakfast bar that offers toasts, sweet and savory waffles, and more.

Fried Chicken from B.A.D
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Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Chuck Steak Tapa at B.A.D. with Booky! Read more here.

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The Palace, 9th Ave cor 36th St, Uptown Bonifacio, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

For When You’re a Light Snack with Afternoon Coffee

Churreria La Lola – multiple branches

Churreria La Lola products are made from scratch, cooked fresh upon order, and fried in 100% olive oil. Through the Spanish influence of Sergio Rostoll, their menu must try’s are their Churros Clasicos, Choco Churros, Xuxos, and sweet & savory Churro Pops.

Nutello Xuxo Churro from La Lola
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YDG Coffee – multiple branches

All we need is a cup of coffee and a little bit of conversation. Your Daily Grind Coffee (YDG Coffee) started in October 2015, doing pop-ups in bazaars and company events. Aside from their signature coffees and drinks, they serve all day breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, and dessert.

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For When You Want to Indulge

Gogi Gogi – Quezon City

Are you two into good ol’ K-dramas? Reenact them all here. Gogi Gogi is an authentic and affordable Korean restaurant that you don’t want to miss. With unlimited samgyupsal and Korean shabu shabu for only ₱499, it’s one of Tomas Morato’s hidden gems and is perfect for when those Korean cravings kick in.

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G/F Esguerra Plaza, Sgt. Esguerra Ave, South Triangle, Quezon City
(0917) 554-0801

Happy Niku – Kapitolyo

One of the few restos in Metro Manila who offers a premium Japanese barbecue grilling experience, Happy Niku serves up some must-try takes on Japanese flavors and dishes and an eat-all-you-can option.

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Insider tip: You can book a buffet for 4 for the price of 3 pax! Effectively, you'll be paying ₱441/head for Unlimited Japanese BBQ. 

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1 Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig

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