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Save VS Splurge: Date Night Edition

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Date night is an absolute must if you're looking to keep the spark alive with your SO! But sometimes, we just don't have the budget for it. So, whether you need a few ideas or are in search of something that's cool but won't bust your budget, check out our Save VS Splurge: Date Night Edition.  Save VS Splurge: Date Night


Price Point: R500 and less for two

Save VS Splurge: Date Night

Sushi Date

We know, going out for sushi on date night can be pretty expensive, but we know a spot where you can enjoy a platter for two for under R200! You're probably thinking that with a price like that, the sushi isn't great. But we assure you, it is! We've tried it ourselves. But back to date night. So, you head to Rainbow Sushi & Chinese Food on Grant Avenue in Norwood (a tiny restaurant but rather cosy) and order the eight-piece Salmon Fashion Sandwich, six-piece assorted Maki, six-piece assorted Nigiri and two hand roll sushi combo for R169.50* to share (price was correct at the time of writing and is subject to change - March 2019). It's delicious! Just make sure your date isn't allergic to shellfish first (if this is a first date).

Details: 011 728 9298 | Opening times: Monday - Sunday: 10:30 - 22:00 | 53 Grant Avenue and Algenon Road, Norwood, Johannesburg

Save VS Splurge: Date Night

Rooftop Cocktails

Thinking of a romantic date night complete with cocktails and stunning views of the Jozi skyline by night? Head to The Living Room in Maboneng in the heart of the city. The setting is super trendy, fresh and green – there are plants absolutely everywhere – and it's perched on the fifth floor of the Main Change Building overlooking the buzzing streets. They have an awesome drinks menu filled with mocktails for those of you who don't drink, old favourites and speciality cocktails, as well as delicious tapas boards, salad bowls and sweet desserts perfect for sharing. And as for the view? Twinkling city lights, dazzling stars and our beautiful skyline... This inner-city spot is quite popular so make sure you book.

Details: www.livingroomjozi.co.za | 084 529 9006 | [email protected] | 5th Floor, Main Change Building, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Date Night At Home

Yes, we ARE mentioning date night at home, because we have found an interesting twist to make the evening extra special, even if it is in your very own living room. DateFactory brings you something new and 'out-of-the-box', quite literally. Every month you'll get a unique date night in a box delivered right to your door. They have a range of boxes available, as well as subscriptions at a discounted price. This way you save money and date night is sorted every month! Now, the price is just over what we mentioned, but we're listing it here because it includes the whole shebang – including delivery. We think it's worth the extra few pennies. Click here to check out all their different types of date night boxes, which include monthlies, speciality, discount, once-off themed and even some sexy Date Box options. Best of all, everything is ordered and arranged online.

Details: www.datefactory.co.za | 084 637 2519 | [email protected]

Save VS Splurge: Date Night

Let's Take It Outside With A Picnic at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

They do say the best things in life are free and we are here for all things affordable but still feel all warm and fuzzy inside with the romance flowing in the air. We are led to believe that staying in the city can be a lot sometimes so every now and then more often than not we feel the need to escape the busy city and be one with nature and we think your partner will appreciate being taken out to a picnic date. Plus to top it off it's cost free. See you there lovers, they close at 17:00, so you get to enjoy a beautiful scenic sunset, take a snap for the 'Gram while at it.

Details: www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu/ | 012 843 5000 | Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.


Price Point: R500 and more for two

Couple's Paint Night

Now this is something fun and different - Couple's Paint Night at Lillian Gray Fine Artist & Art School. This is the perfect date night if you're looking to get creative and do something out-of-the-ordinary together. You'll get to enjoy an evening painting and wining with your favourite person. It's R950 per couple* (price is subject to change and was correct at time of writing - March 2019) and includes wine, cheese platters and all the art supplies you need to create your masterpieces. And don't worry, no painting experience is required. Visit their website or Facebook page to see when their next Couple's Paint Night takes place.

Details: www.lilliangray.co.za | 076 828 2448 | [email protected] | 82 Kessel Street, Fairland, Johannesburg

Cooking Classes

Learning somethings new is always a fun experience when you're doing it with your special someone. So, instead of heading to your usual restaurant and eating out, why not join a Couple's Cooking Class at Taste-Buds to prepare and enjoy a delicious dinner made by you and your sweetheart? Sounds like fun! Not only will you be learning how to cook new tasty dishes but you'll also get to spend some quality time with your partner. If this sounds like the perfect way to spend date night, then check out which dates they have available for 2019 and book now.

Details: www.taste-buds.co.za |  072 846 7959 | [email protected] | corner Aries and Saturnus Avenue, Sundowner (near Northgate), Johannesburg

Save VS Splurge: Date Night

Fine Dining

Feel like treating your partner to a fine dining experience? Think wine, amazing cuisine, candlelight and some smooth jazz. Try out LBV in Bryanston – we visited and we must say, it was amazing! The menu is rather small, but you'll definitely feel spoilt for choice as everything is divine. A dish we highly recommend is the Pork Belly main – pork cooked to perfection, mustard mash unlike anything you've ever tasted, the sweet yet savoury flavour of the bacon brandy jam, and the crispiest crackling you've ever crunched on! As for dessert, you definitely need to try the Crème Brûlée. We'll leave that one as a surprise...

Details: www.lbvcollection.co.za | 072 600 3261 or 011 706 7662 | [email protected] | 277 Main Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

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