Forget the Eiffel Tower, and say hello to the capital of Spanish passion! It’s time to borrow a page from the Lady and the Tramp playbook, and say yes to dripping candles, checkered tablecloths, playful smooching, and above all, your sweetheart for a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day with one of these five dinner plans in Madrid.
For a romantic rendezvous in a more whimsical world, take your paramour straight to El Jardín Secreto (but come early for dinner or you won’t get a table). The décor is a fanciful mishmash of delicate and exotic objects. I highly recommend whetting your appetite with a cup of hot chocolate: try the aphrodisiac hot chocolate, or one garnished with rose petals.
Didn’t have enough cash left over for that romantic weekend in Morocco? No problem. It’s right here in Madrid at Arabia. Once you walk past the heavy curtains, you are transported to another continent as you are surrounded by its beautiful and exotic interiors. Ask to sit at one of the low tables with cushions, and start your evening right with fragrant mint tea.
When only the best will do for you and your valentine, put on an evening gown, head downtown to Madrid’s historic casino, and savor the atmosphere of Old World luxury and five-star cuisine at the restaurant La Terraza del Casino. The décor is sumptuous, and the menu a work of famed Chef Ferran Adria.
Have a Cheap Date
When you have more love to show than cash, whisk your sweetheart to La Vita e Bella – a take-out Italian restaurant with a feel-good name. After making your food selection (try “eenie-meenie-miny-moe” if the decision becomes too hard!), cross the street, and relax on one of the concrete benches, or else on the pavement in the square itself. The square is a lively local hangout where you’ll often see couples or relaxed groups of friends talking, and if you’re lucky, someone will have a guitar in hand.
A place I can’t help but return to again and again in the name of romance is Isla del Tesoro (Treasure Island). Take your beloved here for a quirky romantic meal with soft lighting, shipwrecked-in-the-South-Seas décor, and yummy food.