In always romantic Barcelona, our local Sonia recommends visiting one of the most romantic squares in town – Placa del Traginers.
“One of the most beautiful places of Barcelona or at least the most peaceful and romantic one. With a couple of bars and terraces and the left overs of a roman wall, you are probably in one of the best places of the town to spend a charming afternoon far away from the crowd.”In Belgrade, Bogdan recommends visiting the Danube side cafe Viva Cocktail bar. A perfect place for deep conversations with a loved one or yourself – a bit less suitable to find a Valentine’s date because of the very comfortable chairs that are difficult to leave…
“You can drink delicious cocktails, eat amazing Italian dishes, and get comfy in fluffy chairs. It is perfect for a first, and all the other very best dates, but also for pleasant conversations with some new or old friends. The surface of the Danube always leads to deeper conversations…”
In the old center of Bratislava, full of tiny streets with cobble stones, you just need to walk around to get a romantic feeling. If that’s not enough for you, our Spotter Michal proposes to “meet the Romantic side of Bratislava” by having a glass of absinthe in Vydrica – in a beautiful street on the way to the castle (which is a great place to propose by the way…)
In Brussels our Spotter Yamina proposes to visit a park you probably haven’t thought about visiting this Valentine’s… the Jean-Felix Hap Park!
“This Park is just so romantic… quiet, beautiful, and I can just advice you to visit it. If you’re a couple it would be even better…”
If you happen to be in Copenhagen, buy a padlock, write your name on it, hang it on the Bryggebroen bridge and throw the keys in the water as a sign of “unbreakable love”“Go see in the evening when its dark, the view from the bridge offers a lot to watch in the surroundings, too, with all the modern buildings being lit with pretty lights. An every romantic’s must-see -spot.”
Ghent, another one of these cities where you feel romance just by walking around. For ultimate romance, top off your walk by drinking a Liqueur d’amour at Rococo – lighted by candle light. Ah, and they have a fireplace of course!
About the love liquor, our Spotter Nick can’t share much info… “Of course the recipe of the last one is secret, but Betty claims a night full of passion after drinking it. I tried it, but not going to tell you on the consequences as you have to find it out yourself. “
Our Helsinki local Lilu is an expert on restaurant culture. Her tip for Valentine’s day: visit gourmet restaurant Kuurna!“The place reminds me of some small, romantic place in Paris, quite bohemian but in an elegant way. The main thing here, however, is food, which is just fabulous.”
We know our Lisbon Spotter Claudio quite well. We can safely recommend him as a romantic, so we recommend checking out his local tips if you visit Lisbon on Valentine’s day! Quiosque Galveias is a nice place to sit down, feel the Lisbon love… and have a cake (“I’m still in doubt if the chocolate one was a cake, a mousse or a dream”)
“Not just another kiosk in Lisbon, but actually the most romantic one. It’s located in a charming palace from the mid-17th century, and nowadays hosts the public municipal library.”
In Milan, you can’t go wrong with local Chiara’s restaurant tip: Merluzzo Felice.“This little restaurant has got a cozy atmosphere: candle lights, a fresh rose gifted to each lady at the end of the meal, fragrant desserts and wines. All these details make this place perfect for a romantic dinner.”
In Oslo, it’s cold and dark at the moment. You need a fireplace, and one of the best is to be found at Kafe Asylet according to our local Andrea.
In Riga, the most romantic spot was a close call. We could have chosen the aptly named I love you bar, but we opted for the less romantically named Get smart cafe , recommended by our Riga local Martins
“… large windows and some antique decors, candlelight and super comfy chairs, it makes that cozy and romantic atmosphere I like to feel on a cold day.”
If you’re serious about Valentine’s day, you go to Rome of course. Our local Eleonora has the perfect non-touristy restaurant for you: Il Bacaro“Il Bacaro is a good value, with courteous, attentive service, and above all my ideal place for a special date. Nothing spells romance like a candlelit dinner on a hidden alley, behind the Pantheon.”
In cold Tallinn, put on your (rented) skates at the Arju street ice rink.
Our local Gea has a good question: “What could be more romantic than to slide gracefully on the ice right in the heart of Old Town? Coupled with a fairy-tale-like background of colorful and elegant Tallinn houses (and the Niguliste church), when the day is slowly turning to night? Yes…it is pretty hard to come up with something…”