In just a few days’ time, we’ll be celebrating the most romantic day of the year. Even though Valentine might seem like a commercial feast to some of us, if you plan it right, it can just be the perfect occasion to spend some quality time with your loved one and make a little extra effort. Because we all know that once you’re in a relationship for a quite a bit of time, the romance tends to disappear into the background, making space for routines, children and so on. So why not turn Valentine into what it’s basically meant to be: a celebration of love.
Of course, there are many ways to celebrate your love for one another and you don’t even have to leave the house in order to do so. A cozy evening in with a bottle of wine, a great home cooked dinner and maybe a romantic bath afterwards can do the trick just fine, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to celebrate a great Valentine’s Day. But if you’re willing to step outside and do something a little different for once, we came up with 5 great Valentine activities to try out in Brussels.
1. Try a chocolate making workshop
Belgium is known for its chocolate and Valentine’s Day is probably one of the best occasions of the year to enjoy some of the typical delicacy (aside from Christmas, birthdays, Easter and every single night of course). If you don’t just want to surprise your other half with a box of chocolates this year, you could also choose to take a chocolate making workshop together. There’s nothing like a bit of relaxed cooking to get your appetite going and afterwards, you get to take the sweets home of course – what’s not to like.
2. Spend a romantic night away from home
Sure, it’s getting a bit last minute if you haven’t booked your accommodation just yet but there still are some great stays to find online for February 14th. And if there’s nothing to your liking for the night itself, you could always opt to delay the celebrations for a couple of days and make a romantic weekend out of it. If you’re in luck, however, you could still grab a room at The Hotel, the Vintage Hotel or Maison Flagey, all places where we sure wouldn’t mind spending the night after a romantic date…
3. Take a beer bath together
You might have heard of them already or you might not but beer baths are all the buzz right now. And there are some smack in the middle of Brussels. You can book a bath for two, enjoy some beers while doing so and maybe you’re up for a sauna session afterwards? It doesn’t get more Belgian than this and if you’re a bit skeptical about all things romantic, this could be the perfect way to give Valentine’s Day a humoristic pin.
4. Share your food
Joey doesn’t share food (a reference only Friends fans will get) but we bet you are willing to share a platter with your loved one. There’s a lot to choose from in Brussels as far as restaurants go but there are some which are more adapted to food sharing than others. Some were even developed specifically with food sharing in mind and are therefore a perfect choice on Valentine’s Day. Need some suggestions? DJO, Le Conteur and St. Kilda are just some of the places that come to mind for a shared dinner.
5. Enjoy a candlelight concert
If you’re not in a rush and willing to wait a couple of days before you celebrate Valentine, we’ve found the perfect activity for you. Candlelight is “a magical musical experience”, setting up shop at Concert Noble on February 17th and there are still some tickets available. What to expect? A string quartet will reinterpret romantic movie songs, perfectly in tune with Valentine’s Day. As the concert will only take 60 minutes of your time, it’s the perfect way to get in the mood for the rest of the evening. While drinking a glass of champagne at the venue’s bar, of course.