Me and my boyfriend both love a good date night, and as we travel together so often, it’s really interesting to think about how much a date actually costs in cities across the world. Whether it’s Rome, London, Paris or New York, there’s a perfect date out there for everyone, and who knows, a romantic city could be the place you find that big stunning engagement ring in your champagne.
So, together with Angelic Diamonds - retailers of bespoke stunning engagement rings - I thought I’d write a little something on making the most of your date no matter where you are in the world, with ALL hidden costs included, ya know, just incase you get to actually relive some of these incredible ideas.
As the capital of Italy, Rome is brimming with 3,000 years of art, architecture and culture – making any date in this beautiful city one of romance and sophistication.
For the true fans
If you and your partner are looking for something exciting to do while you’re in the capital, and you’d really like to treat yourselves, why not go to a A.S. Roma football match? I know this would be my boyfriends ideal date, and at the grand Stadio Olimpico, you can buy a ticket for around €100 (£88.02), which isn’t too bad, considering. Just make sure you’re both football fans before you go, as it’ll be slightly awkward if one of you is bored when surrounded by screaming fans…
The people watchers
If you’re on a budget, which most of the time we are, then why not try taking a walk to the picturesque Trevi Fountain and throwing a spare penny in for good luck? Once you’re done, why not take a stroll to one of the many cafes nearby so that you can sit and people watch to your heart’s content?
The classic date
If you’re looking for a date in Rome that is somewhere in the middle, why not go for the classic dinner and cinema date? In Rome, you can expect to pay €21 (£18.48) for your taxi and €57 (£50.17) for your meal for two in one of Rome’s fine restaurants. To top it all off, you can spend €17 (£14.96) on two cinema tickets.
London is one of our favourite cities and is a booming metropolis full of great shops, bars and restaurants that will keep you both entertained for more than just one date! If you want to enjoy this city properly, then you’ll need to know where to go. When it comes to dates in this city, the world really is your oyster.
Living the high-life
If you’re into the finer things in life, then why not try afternoon tea at a prestigious London hotel? At £50 per person, you and your date could enjoy tea, scones and sandwiches at the prestigious Claridge’s Hotel, in Mayfair. If you are both enjoying the pleasures of luxury, then why not book a superior queen room at £690 a night?
For the inquisitive
Although it may seem like London London is all about fine-dining and luxurious hotels, it’s also full of great musuems where you can learn more about the cultural history of London.
Why not try The Natural History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern, as they are all free to enter? They are perfect options for cultural visits that’ll get those brain cells exercised. Once you’re bored of the museums, head over to Westminster Bridge to see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This also isn’t too far from the Southbank, where you can pick up some delicious street food or take in the great views all around you.
The classic date
While Leicester Square hosts many film premieres over the years, you’re probably not going to be on the guest list. If not don’t worry, you can still take your date to the cinema for just £23! If you get hungry, you can always get a meal including wine and dessert for £66. Don’t forget to hit the bars on your way out, where a pint will typically set you back £4.41, and a cocktail will cost £9 – not bad when you’re living it up in the capital!
Paris is the true city of romance and having visited twice in the last year, I can see why. Tourists come from far and wide to have a great time with their significant other, and this could be you too. Home to many of the world’s greatest writers and artists, Paris oozes chic everywhere you walk through its many streets.
Taking a date to new heights
This is something I’d absolutely love to do when I get the chance, as going on a date to the Eiffel Tower is an impressive feat any day of the year, but especially so on Valentine’s Day. On this day, why not try booking in at 58 Tour Eiffel? It’ll cost you around €120 (£105.63) for each person, however, if you’d like a seat in the window to witness the spectacular views, then you can pay the extra €30 (£26.41) to really take your romance to dizzying heights!
Paris on a budget
If you’re on a bit of the budget why not take a walking tour around some of Paris’ most beautiful bridges? The city is host to some of the most beautiful bridges in the world, which makes dating on a budget in this city very easy. As a symbol of their love for one another, many Parisians use padlocks and lock them to the Pont des Arts Bridge, throwing away the key into the water.
We purchased our locks for a couple of euros each, so it’s probably the cheapest date that you’ll go on. Be warned though, as Paris officials are urging couples to stop so that the bridges can be protected; instead, why not take the lock home as a reminder of that great date you had together.
The classic date
If the weather’s poor outside (which most of the time it is), or you’d rather take the tried and tested methods when it comes to your date, then why not head over to a quaint restaurant in the city? There, a meal for two including wine and dessert will typically cost around €65 (£57.21). Afterwards, if you head over to the cinema, it’ll cost you €20 (£17.60).
If you can make it on a date here, then you can really make it anywhere. The big apple offers something for everyone- - with the theatres of Broadway, the neon-lit Times Square and skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, the possibilities really are endless.
If you’re feeling a little extravagant and want to pull out all of the stops for your date, then why not take them on a ride they’ll never forget? A private helicopter tour of New York’s famous landmarks will set you back around $1,500 (£1,184.40), so you’ll need to get saving if this sounds like the perfect date for you! With unparalleled views of the Empire State Building, the Stature of Liberty and Central Park though, this is the perfect date to get your heart’s racing. Hold on tight!
Walk those famous streets
If, like me, you’d like to do something a bit more low-key, then why not take a twilight walk around Central Park like Audrey Hepburn did in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to really set the mood for the evening? Or, if you’re feeling peckish, you could go to the restaurant featured in Where Harry Met Sally; you’ll be quoting lines from the film in no time!
If you still want more take a walk down to the financial district if you and your date want to feel part of the glamour and excitement of the Wolf of Wall Street. Just be careful, as it’s a jungle out there…
The classic date
Taking a trip to NYC wouldn’t be the same without going to the movies, would it? Especially when you can take your date at the typical cost of $28 (£22.11). Perhaps a meal would complement this date nicely? Including wine and dessert, you can expect a meal for two to cost you $111 (£87.66). After that, the two of you could paint the town red in some of Manhattan’s best rooftop bars. A cocktail will likely cost $14 (£11.06) and a pint of lager around $7 (£5.53). Enjoy!
So, where would your PERFECT date be?