Romance is in the Air in Philly! Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day

Love sculpture in Philadelphia downtown illuminated at night. LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, one of the major Philadelphia landmarks, was placed in John F. Kennedy Plaza across from Philadelphia City Hall in 1976 as part of the United States' Bicentennial celebration. LOVE sculpture is one of the favorite places in Philadelphia for proposing."

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching – have you made plans for a romantic time out for you and your partner yet?

Philadelphia has many, many romantic things to do, but here are five of the most awesome possibilities, whether you live locally or are planning a Valentine’s Day trip.


Dinner at Laurel Restaurant

Laurel Restaurant is the project of Season 11 Top Chef Winner Nick Elmi and Season 16 Contestant Eddie Conrad as Chef de Cuisine. With that pedigree, you know that it has to be good. They offer a 6-course seasonal menu and a 9-course tasting menu and will accommodate allergies and food restrictions as needed (please let them know when you reserve). They have a full bar, with an amazing list of signature cocktails (some of them, virgin) and offer a long wine list including sparkling wine for all budgets. Alternatively, you can bring that bottle of wine you have been saving for a special occasion with no corkage fee. Menus are French-influenced American. Sample menus might include Peking duck, venison with beets and horseradish, seaweed sourdough tartine, etc. Dishes are changed seasonally, so check again closer to the time!

How About a Mixology Lesson?

Like cocktails? Cocktail Culture will be doing a mixology class on Valentine’s Day – book early – where they will be focusing on cocktails inspired by roses, chocolate, and champagne! (If you’re feeling a little bit less traditional, they also have a Prohibition Era class available). After the class, there will be a comedy show – and it’s included in the cost. As are all of the ingredients. Of course, by that time, you’ve probably been sampling quite a bit.

See Winter Off With Some Ice Skating

The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink in Dilworth Park will be staying open until February 24. You might not be Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, but you can try your very own ice dance. If you swing by the Capital One Cafe in Rittenhouse you can get a free admission ticket (does not include skate rental).

Warm up afterward by going to the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar & Restaurant. Get a mug of hot chocolate with or without extras such as melting marshmallows, peanut butter or Oreo cookies. Or, alternatively, get a cocktail from their “Aphrodisiac” menu which includes “Strawberry Dream” and “Going Bananas.” You can also get food there – classic American entrees, burgers and, of course, amazing chocolate desserts.

Or, Welcome Spring With a Walk In The Parks

Start at the One Liberty Observation Deck, with great views of the Philadelphia Skyline (hint, hint, it’s a great place to pop the question). Then head over to Love Park for a photo op with the iconic LOVE Statue. Finish up at Sister Cities Park, where the sister sculpture “AMOR” has rested since 2016. There are great restaurants to head to afterward – or maybe you planned something special at home?

Appreciate the Magic Gardens

Another great “spring is coming” idea is to head to the Magic Gardens. If you feel like a walk, you can follow the neighborhood mural map around the neighborhood. Or stay at the Magic Gardens proper and enjoy the Isaiah Zagar exhibition (it will be going away on the 24th). You might even end up buying an original piece in the shop.


Once things get a bit colder, head over to JET Wine Bar for unique wines from around the world. All of their wines are by the glass, so you can mix and match and, of course, complement your wine with a meat and/or cheese plate, or a variety of light meals.

Finding a romantic date in Philadelphia is easy, regardless of your tastes as a couple or where you are from. Enjoy any of these ideas – or even mix and match a couple of different ones to make a truly special Valentine’s Day.


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February 7th, 2019|Chef Jacquie's Blog|0 Comments

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