Although true love can’t be replaced by gold and other material things, Valentine’s Day certainly is the time for creative expressions of your affection. Whether it’s giving flowers, enjoying a romantic dinner or seeing a movie together, the important thing is to spend time with your special someone.
However, if your favorite restaurant is overbooked and you’ve run out of ideas, what are some other fun things to do with your partner, or express your affection? Below are a few suggestions and date itineraries for you to consider.
An artistic date
Take your partner to National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and appreciate the 2020 Light Festival, installed and displayed by local and foreign artists. The outdoor lawn area features a bridge and more illuminated art that are great for taking photos in front of. Then walk to the nearby Sheng Ji New Village to stroll around the old buildings and shop at numerous cultural and creative knickknack stores. Here there are also some pleasant, warm establishments like Come True Cafe, where you can order a coffee and souffle and enjoy a sweet afternoon tea time together.
成真咖啡 Come True
西區民生路370號 (04) 2302-6882
370, MinSheng Rd, West Dist
週一～五/Mon-Fri 10 am-9 pm；週六、日/Sat-Sun 9 am-10 pm
A tipsy romantic dinner
Regardless of whether one cooks or uses a food delivery service, dinners at home can also be romantic dates. You can put on some soothing music, pop a bottle of wine and immerse yourself in an amorous state of mind. Taichung is home to many high-grade wine shops, including Le Cellier des Poetes, Somm Spirit’d Taichung, and the recently-opened Wine Not. All of these spots have professional sommeliers to help customers select a favorite wine at a desired budget to match their special dinner.
詩人酒窖 Le Cellier des Poetes
西區臺灣大道二段331號 (04) 2327-2924
331, Taiwan Blvd, Sec 2, West Dist
10 am-7 pm
侍酒魂 Somm Spirit’D Taichung
西屯區精誠路30號 (04) 2329-4711
30, JingCheng Rd, Xitun Dist
週二～四/Tue-Thu 2-10:30 pm, 週五/Fri 2 pm-1 am,
週六/Sat 12 pm-1 am, 週日/Sun 12:30-10:30 pm
南區大英街422號 (04) 2320-5857
422, DaYing St, South Dist
週二～四/Tue-Thu 3-10 pm, 週五、六/Fri-Sat 3 pm-12 am
週日/Sun 3-9 pm (週一休/closed Mon)
未成年請勿飲酒 Don’t drink & drive
Fun together in the snow
Taichung’s Mitsui Outlet Park mall is home to Snow Town,a cozy venue maintained at 20 degrees Celsius but filled with chemical-free snowflakes. Free sleds are available and there are mittens, coats, snow buckets and other fun snow toys are available for rent. Packages that include access to a snow playground area are perfect for couples and families with kids, and light meals can be enjoyed after playing the snow. You do some outlet mall browsing and shopping and savor ramen in a rich chicken-flavored broth Ginza Kagari restaurant. End this date with a drive to Gaomei Wetland to view the sunset. In the end, it’s a bit like taking a winter trip to Japan without buying an air ticket.
梧棲區臺灣大道10段168號19900櫃 (04) 2658-0882
168, Taiwan Blvd, Sec 10, Rm 19900, Wuqi Dist
週一～五/Mon-Fri 11 am-9:30 pm, 週六、日/Sat-Sun 10 am-9:30 pm
三井 Outlet Mitsui Outlet Park
梧棲區臺灣大道10段168號 (04) 2521-8999
168, Taiwan Blvd, Sec 10, Wuqi Dist
週一～五/Mon-Fri 11 am-9:30 pm, 週六、日/Sat-Sun 10:30 am-9:30 pm
銀座篝 Ginza Kagari
梧棲區臺灣大道10段168號 (04) 2656-9557
168, Taiwan Blvd, Sec 10, Wuqi Dist
11 am-9:30 pm
Create a special DIY Valentine’s gift
“Diamonds are forever” is an ad slogan first used in 1947 to underline the precious connection between women and diamonds. Since early times, top romantic gifts have included food items, fashion accessories, wood carvings, and containers. Today, Taichung is home to a growing number of shops offering handmade customized jewelry, plus DIY jewelry-making lessons that allow you to create a special gift for your partner. Ciao Jewelry on MoFan Street provides by handmade jewelry and coffee-tasting, while Kinjo, located on the ninth floor of Top City department store, is a great place to pick out a romantic gift or take some jewelry-making lessons.
敲 金工 Ciao Jewelry
西區模範街23巷5號 (04) 2301-6755
5, Lane 23, MoFan St, West Dist
10 am-9 pm
西屯區台灣大道3段251號南棟9樓 (04) 2258-2697
251, Taiwan Blvd, Sec 3, South Bldg, 9F, Xitun Dist
11 am-10 pm
Useful apps for Valentine’s Day
Select apps that come in handy around Valentine’s Day:
1. Etsy is an online shopping platform where you can find artistic handmade gifts for your partner.
2. Between is an app specially designed for couples that allows you to send photos and chat in a private chat box; a calendar for special events is available.
3. Love Songs & Valentine Radio is a digital radio station that plays European, American and Australian love songs.
4. Beauty Cam is a must-have app to show off couple photos to others.
5. Collage Collection is another photo-editing app that captures the romantic moments.
However you end up expressing your love, best wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day and, to all you singles, hopes that you’ll find that perfect someone!