Valentine’s day is right around the corner and if you’ve yet to plan a date with your significant other, no sweat, as we’ve compiled a list of the best Valentine’s Day and Date Night Ideas in Kuala Lumpur. From unique dining options to at-home ideas or outdoor activities, we’ve got them all! So now all that you’ve to do is to call the babysitter!
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So maybe the traditional candlelight dinner is just not your style. Or maybe you’re looking for a little more excitement for your date night meal. We’ve found three options that are far from average and are sure to create lasting memories:
Dining In The Dark - This restaurant takes eating to a whole new level. The first of its kind in Malaysia, guests will be treated to a multiple course gourmet meal in complete darkness. The intent is to heighten your sense of smell and taste so you can truly appreciate every subtle flavor and ingredient. The menu will be revealed only after you have finished your meal. Such a fun and unique concept!
Dinner In The Sky - Take date night to new heights (literally). At Dinner in the Sky, you will get to enjoy a 3-course meal while strapped to a table and chairs suspended 50 meters above the ground. While in the air, you’ll enjoy watching the chef plate your food and be entertained by a musician all while taking in the breathtaking views. Reservations required. (Featured in photo)
2D Cafe - If you’re looking for a boba-ntic spot to visit with your other half, visit 2D Cafe for a surreal experience! The black and white cafe features Japanese aesthetics with different scenes like the onsen (bath house), the tatami area, the classroom scene, and more - much like it came straight out of a comic book. You can opt for bubble tea drinks, cakes and bento sets which are all designed in 2D themes.
2D Cafe, 44, Jalan SS 15/4c, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, +603 5612 8570, Facebook Page
If getting a babysitter is a struggle or you want to stay close to home this Valentine’s Day, we've got you. Getting out of the house for a date is fun but you can still have a very enjoyable date night from home with a little creativity. So, tuck those kids in, put your face masks away and get ready for a memorable Valentine’s Day at the comfort of your own home.
Have A Theme Night – With this at-home date, you and your significant other get to be creative and enjoy a variety of activities together. Just decide on a theme and plan your night around it. Here are a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing… Always wanted to go to Italy? Bring Italy to you with a home-cooked Italian meal (or get it delivered) and eat it under candlelight while Italian music (from YouTube) serenades you. Then finish off the night with gelato while you watch The Italian Job or The Godfather. Or maybe you love a good mystery. Play a game of clue then watch your favorite mystery movie or show. For dessert, you could feed each other sweets while blindfolded and try to guess what it is. The sky is the limit with this date. Be creative and have fun!
Create A Time Capsule - Sometimes it feels like time is flying by too fast, but with this date night you can freeze time for a night by creating a time capsule! All you need to do is find a container (shoeboxes or old food containers work well) and then you and your sweetie get to choose what to fill it with. Here are some ideas to get you started; a list of your current favorites/current happenings, a bucket list of things or places you want to do/go together, a recent photo, a cd with your favorite songs, or love letters you write to each other. When you’re finished adding items to your capsule just seal it up and tuck it away someplace safe. Then set a day to open it up with your honey in one or two or five years for another fun date.
Spa Night - Pamper yourself and your valentine with this easy at-home spa date. First, create a spa-like ambiance with low lights, soft music, and lightly scented candles. Slip into some comfy robes and slippers and then take turns giving each other spa treatments such as massages or facials. You could also make your own body scrubs using essential oils and either sugar or Epsom salt. Finish off the night with a hot bath or shower and feel all the distractions and stresses of life melt away.
The bold flavors of Asian cuisine can be found in abundance in and around Kuala Lumpur. While many are casual hangouts, some have strived to provide a romantic and dreamy atmosphere that is perfect for date night. Here are our top 3:
Tamarind Springs - This restaurant is uniquely located within Ampang’s forest reserve, giving you the feeling of being out of the city without the long drive. Between the candlelit paths and tables and the breathtaking views of the tropical gardens, this is the perfect date spot. Here you will enjoy a plethora of southeast Asian cuisine from Vietnamese lettuce wraps and Laotian beef soup to Cambodian style shrimp cakes. Reservations are available. (Featured in photo)
JP Teres - Opened on the ground floor of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, JP Teres is a modern and neatly decorated restaurant solely devoted to Malaysian cuisine. At the center of the restaurant are multiple show kitchens containing wok stations, sate grills, and tandoor ovens so guests can watch their food being prepared. If a lunch date is what you’re looking for, check out their Malaysian buffet every Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 3pm. (Not offered on public holidays.) Reservations are available.
JP Teres, 12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia, +603 2182 1234, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/malaysia/grand-hyatt-kuala-lumpur/kuagh/dining
Way Modern Chinois - With its dimly lit interior and elegant décor, this contemporary Chinese restaurant is what dream date nights are made of. They serve classic-tasting Chinese cuisine but with romantic and innovative twists. Their menu consists of prawn wantons fashioned to look like a bouquet of roses, waterless chicken soup, and wagyu beef buns that look like adorable little porcupines. It may sound like a meal here would break the bank, but the prices are surprisingly reasonable.
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Whether it’s steak, pasta or tacos, Western cuisine has something to offer that is well-loved by all. Kuala Lumpur provides a plethora of Western restaurants that are as delicious as they are romantic. Check out our top 3 date night options:
Beato Steakhouse - This is a great date spot for couples that want to keep it low key, casual, and inexpensive while still looking for a spectacular meal. Beato Steakhouse is best known for its aged steaks that, after being cooked to perfection, nearly melt in your mouth. And, as with any good steakhouse, they have an extensive list of sides including grilled veggies, baked or mashed potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms. Call for reservations.
Beato Steakhouse, D2-G3-9 Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603-6206 2405, www.beato.com.my
El Cerdo KL - Specializing in pork dishes from Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean, “El Cerdo” means “The Pig” in Spanish, and is a restaurant dedicated to porcine delights. While you may also find seafood, beef, and lamb dishes in the menu, its signature dishes are definitely porcine in nature. Their dishes come in large portions and some of the must-tries include seafood cataplana, pork shoulder steak, and baked porky macaroni. Do make your reservations ahead of time as it’s a crowd favorite destination!
*This restaurant serves pork
El Cerdo KL, 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +6013 309 4197, www.elcerdokl.com
Pier 12 Seafood Tavern - Dive into the world of seafood at Pier 12 and indulge in a variety of seafood that comes from different corners of the world. You can pair it with your favorite glass of Sake or choose from the extensive list of wines offered. In addition to its dining area downstairs, Pier 12 offers patrons a casual dining setting upstairs at the Tavern where a cocktail and sake bar sits and a great view of the KL Tower from the balcony for a more romantic ambiance.
Pier 12 Seafood Tavern, 12, Lorong Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +016 926 1317, www.pampas.com.my
More Western Dining Options here:
S.Wine Publika (restaurant serves pork)
If you and your valentine like to stay active and make date night more than just a meal, this list is for you. And as an added bonus, you might just work off some of those dinner calories and have fun doing it!
Rock Climbing Batu Caves - Batu Caves is well known for being the home of Malaysia’s most recognized Hindu temple and shrine, but it’s also a popular destination for rock climbers. There are 8 climbing walls and crags at Batu Caves, each offering multiple routes and varying levels of difficulty. But the one thing each of the climbs has in common is a great view from the top! Go to miradventures.com for information on all day or half-day guided climbs.
Lindy KL - Want to add a little liveliness to your date night? Every Friday night from 9pm to 12am, the folks from Lindy KL put on an open floor swing dance night for a small cover charge. To help get you into the ‘swing’ of the things, they offer a beginners class from 9 - 9:30 which is included in the cover charge. Then you can spend the rest of the night practicing your newfound skills and having a blast doing it. (Featured in photo)
Lindy KL, New Star Studio, 65, Jalan 1/109e, Taman Desa Business Park, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, www.lindykl.com
Blastacars Go Carts - For couples that love some competition and a little adrenaline rush, this date is for you. The karts at Blastacars have been uniquely designed to safely slide and drift around corners at high speeds creating a more action-packed experience than run of the mill go-carts. Plus, the track is fully indoors so even if there’s bad weather, your date won’t get ruined.
Life is stressful and busy so sometimes couples need a date that allows for a little relaxation. If you and your sweetheart are just wanting to unwind this Valentine’s Day, here is a list for you:
Spa Day At Lavish Spa - Spoil each other with not just flowers and chocolates, but also with undoubtedly sweet gestures like some truly private time pampering yourselves with spa treatments. We guarantee that you’ll be spending the rest of the day feeling rejuvenated and refreshed after a blissful spa treatment, and look no further than a compilation of the Best Spa And Wellness Retreats In KL in this guide.
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra - Do you and your honey enjoy the classical arts? Swaying to the sounds of percussion and stringed instruments of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra could be the date for you. They perform a variety of genres from the traditional classics all the way to beatbox symphonies. They even have a youth orchestra that performs from time to time. You can visit their website for dates and types of performances.
Vivae Boardgame Café - Grab a seat and get comfy for a night of competitive or cooperative boardgame-ing that is sure to exercise your brain as well as communication skills with your partner. Vivae boardgame café boasts a diverse selection of games and the staff will take the time to teach you how to play any game you are interested in. They also have a wide array of food and drink so when those pesky hunger pangs strike you can continue to play while you eat.
Vivae Boardgame Cafe, 18A, Jalan Ss21/62, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603-7493 4116, www.vivaeboardgamecafe.business.site
Nothing beats sharing a stellar skyline view with someone special. Get a glimpse of what it’s like to be amongst KL’s elite while dining above the bright city lights at some of the best restaurants with a view in KL:
Fuego- This is a friendly and vibrant restaurant that focuses on Latin American flavors with a high-end twist. Fuego takes its guacamole very seriously by offering variations on the classic, such as pickled prawn or olive and caper guacamole. They even have a team of chefs that focus only on guacamole to ensure it’s the very best every time. All of the seating at Fuego is located on the terrace of the 23rd floor of a building overlooking downtown Kuala Lumpur, so whether you’re staring into your date’s eyes or out upon the city, you’ll always have a good view. Reservations are highly recommended.
Marini’s On 57 - As you might have guessed from the name, Marini’s on 57 is located on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3, which just so happens to be the rooftop. With a location directly next to the iconic twin towers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a glass roof, guests will enjoy a view unlike anywhere else in the city. Here, you will find award-winning luxury Italian cuisine at its best and when you’ve finished your meal you can move over to the bar and lounge to relax and have a cocktail. The atmosphere is romantic and fancy so grab your suits and little black dresses and get ready for a night you won’t soon forget. Reservations required.
THIRTY8 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge - Located on the 38th floor of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, indulge in an exquisite selection of international cuisine showcasing a variety of Western, Chinese, and Japanese flavors. The restaurant also boasts a 360-degree city view with elegant dining areas and is voted as one of the most scenic restaurants in KL.
THIRTY8 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2203 9188, www.hyatt.com
More skydining options here:
Ceilo KL - Seafood Rooftop Restaurant
Le Petit Chef - Immersive Theater and Dining
The Locker & Loft - Top draw for dining and wining
Poseidon Reserve Caviar & Oyster Bar - Heaven-on-earth for seafood lovers
Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar - Replicates the dining scene in tapas bar across Barcelona
The Iron Fairies - Enchanting interior with whimsical cocktails
Blonde Cafe - Progressive Australian cuisine with cozy interior
Natalina Italian Kitchen - Roman-inspired, innovative Italian cuisine
Proof Pizza + Wine - The best spot to indulge in pizza and wine
Blackbyrd KL - Stylish setting, delicious mains
The Hungry Tapir - Vibrant plant-based dining
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