Where to Go
to Have a Date with Yourself
this Valentine’s Day
By Therese Aseoche
This Valentine’s Day, you can choose to either stay in bed with a blanket over your head while you eat ice cream and watch Netflix RomComs, or go have fun night out treating the one person who should matter to you most: yourself.
There’s no shame in spending time alone — especially not on the “Day of Love.” So go out and book seats for one at these great places for a solo date in the Metro!
Jess & Pat’s
Single yet hopeless romantics will want to seek refuge at Jess & Pat’s Café, a place to find great acoustic music, spoken word poetry, and no-frills comfort meals. Originally from Marikina, Jess & Pat’s will be reopening in Maginhawa on February 10 with a special comeback party featuring live performances from local artists like Carousel Casualties and live art exhibitions. It’s going to be a nice spot to reflect, chill, and make new friends on the quiet and lonely evenings of February.
Those who’d rather not be in solitude can mosey their way to the newest rooftop bar in Katipunan for some drinks, some eats, and great beats. Located right on top of CCA Library and Research Center, it doesn’t look much at first glance and under the blazing sun, but it comes alive just when the sun sets. Go and meet new people while indulging in a few cocktails, or while observing the city skyline.
Cinema ’76 Film Society
Instead of holing yourself up in bed and watching Netflix, go out and appreciate local films at special cinema houses around the Metro like the snug Cinema ‘76. You should check out the weekly screening schedules over at its Facebook page, which will include well-loved romance movies like “I’m Drunk, I Love You”, “Sakaling Hindi Makarating”, and “Sleepless”.
Common Folk was made to serve customers delicious brews and hearty, comforting, and satisfying meals without all the frills and fuss, much like its interiors and atmosphere. It’s such a quiet spot that you wouldn’t feel at all lonesome, and you’ll want to spend this alone time doing things you’ve never had time to do. Just bring a book or your art journal, then settle down at a cozy spot at the back of the café and get lost in your own little world in a snap.