DANÉE VS. LOVE: The Cheap Valentine’s Day Guide

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Valentine’s Day can be mega exxy, not to mention cheesy and over-hyped, so the Lucy vs. the Globe cupids have put together a Cheap Valentine’s Day Guide in case your heart is bigger than your wallet this year.

GRAFFITI WALKING TOUR
Walking from your apartment to the U-bahn is basically like going on a “Graffiti Tour” of the city. So don’t bother ever paying for one. On V-day, take your squeeze the long way to your favourite local cafe and point out all the quirky colourful art you see on your way. After all a picture is a poem without words, now you don’t have to write one. You’re welcome.

Find some inspiration here, and a long, romantic graffiti walk someone prepared earlier here.

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** image borrowed from graffiti chaser, @ber_strasse

BASIC PASTRIES & BUBBLES
Back-Factory is the cheapest chain-store bakery in Berlin. And if that doesn’t get you, the wofts of freshly baked dough will. For a stingy Valentine’s Day, it can’t be beat. Now, with the loose change in your pocket, head to the nearest späti (probably next door to the bakery you’re at) and purchase a bottle of miniature sparkling wine (probably 3 euro). But drink it quickly. Coz it tastes gross and the bubbles will disappear after 10 seconds. And there you have it: a snack and fancy chaser.

STAY HORIZONTAL
If you’re dating Bron…or at least someone like her – spend the night of the 13th at the disco and the day of the 14th in bed (probably with a burger without the bun and a movie). Haaaaallochen !

P.S. Bron is single, and happy to mingle – YOU HAVE TIME, FELLAS.

bron

CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN BERLIN
Grab your Back-Factory crumbs and that bottle of bubbles and climb the grueling 66 meters to the top of Berlin’s highest mountain aka Kreuzberg in Viktoria Park. It’s not exactly Hyde Park but it’s the perfect opportunity to take a token couple shot with a view of the city in the background.

BUILD A SNOWMAN, MAYBE
Take your loved one by the hand, head outside, and build a snowman together, call him Sven and instagram him pronto with the caption “Sven, our Berlin love child”. That’s if it has been snowing. If not, consider another activity from this guide.

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BAKE SOMETHING… BIG !
This is a very simple and cheap gift idea. I once baked a giant cookie for a welcome home present. And they loved it. They loved me. And that’s what you want for Valentine’s day – for someone to say they love you. Instructions are as follows: go to Kaiser, buy pre-made cookie dough, roll out into a big circle or heart shape, lay dough on baking paper lined baking tray, put in oven, follow cooking instructions. Nom nom.

HIT THE ICE
Ice-skating is so rad, it makes me sick. Ok, I’m back. Channel your inner Montague and woo your Capulet with your ice-skating skills or lack there of. Before you know it, you’ll be united in your shared injuries and public humiliation. Entry and skate hire will cost you less than 8 euro.

VENUES: Bikini Berlin – Ice Skating, Horst Dohm Eisstadion, and Erika Hess Eisstadion Wedding.

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GET AROUND A VEGO CHOCOLATE BAR
SINGLES. Attention. Vego chocolate bars are the most, insanely, amazing non-chocolate chocolate I have ever tasted, ever. Buy a block or two, eat your feelings. A Valentine’s Day without chocolate is doomed, anyway.

INDULGENCE, PARTY OF ONE?
If you aren’t dating anyone, relish it. Take yourself out for a champagne brunch, get drunk and go to bed at 17:00 because you can, and no one will judge you or your sloth-like ways.

Sloth

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Once a week Danée brings you something food or drink related. When she isn't gorging her face with food things for the sake of the blog, she is probably drinking wine and searching for the perfect winter jacket - because the night is dark and full of terrors AKA negative temperatures.