5 non-cliché ways to spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, but not everything you do needs to be cheesy. We’ve rounded up five non-cliché ways to spend Valentine’s Day and still impress your loved one this year.

Try something new

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Metro Bar & Basserie is back at Apex Grassmarket, this time for good. With seasonally rotating menus is the perfect place to try something new. What’s on the menu? It’s Scottish classics with creative twists. From Crispy haggis bonbons to Chicken spatchcock you’ll want to try it all.  See the menu and book a table online.

Revamp your dinner date

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Dinner and drinks can seem like the easy choice – vamp it up by looking for somewhere unique. Scandi bars are becoming more and more popular, but still considered hidden gems. You’ll find Nordic in Soho, London and Boda has six Swedish bars and restaurants spread across Edinburgh. Ice Bars are also popping up in the UK. Scotland’s first, Baltic, is at Snow Factor, Glasgow – the perfect excuse to squeeze in a ski lesson whilst you’re there.

Bring the restaurant to them

If you’re on a budget, stay in and create your own restaurant experience. Go all out and spend the day preparing everything they’ll love from hearty mains to mouth-watering desserts and classy cocktails. BBC Good Food have some tried and tested recipes for inspiration.

Recreate your first date together


Always a winner – go back to rediscover the sparks that got you to where you are today. If you’re dating for the first time, make this one to remember. Plan a romantic walk to a viewpoint or buy tickets to a comedy show – both will make memories you can talk about for years to come.

Plan a city break

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Whether you sweep them off to Scotland or plan ahead for a spring break in London, exploring a new city together is a good choice. It’s easier than ever to book some flights or catch the train for a weekend away. Stay in one of our suites in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee where you can personalise your stay with things like Champagne and chocolates for that extra special touch in your own space.