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With the onset of February, the atmosphere and our minds are filled with a palpable anticipation of the coming Valentine's Day. This day which marks the birth anniversary of St. Valentine, is regarded as an annual celebration of love in its truest form and we find excuses to be with our beloved, to treat treat them and profess our profound feelings even if we don't necessarily 'celebrate' the day.
Lucknow has no dearth of stunning places to dine at but when it comes to romantic spots where you can share a cozy meal with bae, there are some we prefer over others. These 9 spots are some of our favourite tried & tested places where you and bae can have a long conversation, some good food and a great time!
The Hazelnut Factory
Known for its delicious desserts and outstanding baked goods, The Hazelnut Factory has come to be a favourite among Lucknowites. The cozy interiors, the stunning decor and the reasonably priced menu makes this place a go-to for love birds! We recommend sitting under the cleverly designed green canopies where lights, seem like fireflies and you can let your imagination run wild. Plus, two coffees, a couple of desserts and a pizza here wouldn't cost you over 600 bucks!
Location: Nirala Nagar, opposite Ramakrishna Math Road | Ground Floor, The Summit, Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar
Irani Kafe by Vintage Machine
Irani Kafe in Lucknow's Patrakar Puram has created a stir among the epicures since the day it opened its doors to the city. An other-worldly vibe, old-world charm and a whimsical decor greets the diners here who can easily find a quiet corner and some delicious dishes to satiate their hunger. You can have a candle-light dinner, enjoy a live performance and relish some beautifully prepared meals here. Plus, the complimentary paan at the end of the meal just makes everything sweeter!
Location: Patrakar Puram, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
If you're an epicure living in the city, there's no chance that you haven't heard of Bombay Brasserie. This eatery and bar is known for its fine desi cocktails, its delicious 'modern-Indian' food and an ambiance that is to die for. The place is pretty chill and if you're with a person who likes a side of wine with their food, this is exactly where you need to be. Plus the Anglo-Indian pudding here will put you right in a food coma.
Location: Ground Floor, The Summit, Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar
Sahib Cafe by Taj
For anyone who enjoys the finer things in life, Sahib Cafe is a must-visit on Valentine's Day. Head here for an early breakfast date or a late night binge and the place will not disappoint you in any aspect! From fresh flowers on the table to servers that give you your space and food that makes sparks fly, this place is high on our list of date spots. If here for the breakfast, you can relish the heart-shaped waffles or pop the question through a spelt doughnut!
Location: Ground Floor, Vivanta by Taj, Vipin Khand, Lucknow
Azrak by Lebua
Another great place for people who enjoy luxury, fine-dining and good service, Azrak is a stunning date spot which will leave bae excited just by the looks of it. Set in the charming property of the boutique hotel Lebua, Azrak is adorned in the most startling of blues and the serenest of whites. The place makes for stunning pictures and when seated outside overseeing the lush garden, this heritage property will make for the most stunning date spots in the city.
Location: Lebua, 19, Sarva Palli, Saraca Estate, The Mall Avenue, Lucknow
A must-visit for anyone who loves food like nothing else, The Terrace is a great option for lovers on a budget. You can enjoy a candle-light dinner, set at this stunning property overlooking the open sky. The buffet is just ₹399 and offers a horde of dishes which means you can dine like royals, with the expenditure of commons. Also, the biryani, desserts and the fish here are absolutely mouth-watering!
Location: Terrace, Hotel Charans Plaza, Halwasiya House, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Gala Market, Hazratganj
One of the newest additions to Lucknow's food scene, La Chaim is a great place for a date. The white fluttering curtains, an open terrace and the stunning furniture here, have an unmistakable romantic charm to them which when aided by a candle-light dinner makes for a perfect date setting. So head to this quaint place with your sweetheart and avail their amazing V-Day evening deals!
Location: Top Floor, Hotel Shubh Stay Inn, Visesh Khand, Gomti Nagar
Set in the stunning 3-star Skyotel, this cafe is a great spot for anyone who's looking for a classy fine-dine restaurant. The ambiance is pretty classic and the service impeccable, so you can expect a nice dinner service and a good candle-light meal with fresh flowers on the table and great food to pick from. For those who love Indian stuff, the place serves delicious meals that will have you drooling in no time.
Location: 68b, Wazir Hasan Road, Block I, Gokhale Vihar, Butler Colony, Lucknow
Sheroes Cafe (Honorable Mention)
Run and operated by acid-attack survivors, Sheroes Cafe is the testament of courage, empowerment and passion. The place has an extremely cool setting, the open area and the fresh air makes everything seem brighter and merrier. So if you want to do something different or choose something more inspiring for your Valentine's visit, the place is perfect for you.
Location: Opposite B R Ambedkar Park, Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar
If you're planning a special surprise for your Valentine or are planning to woo a special someone in your life, you should definitely check these 9 places out in Lucknow. Treat your special someone to a special meal this Valentine's Day and put a smile on their face.