In the age of “Netflix and chill,” even a movie ticket and a dinner invitation can sound almost formal. But come Valentine’s day, whether you’re planning to impress a budding romance or a long-time boo, you don’t want to settle on a conventional dinner date. From masterclasses with Michelin-starred chefs to cruising on a fresh new luxury ride, these fun, adventurous and unconventional Valentine’s Day date ideas are sure to add some spark and sizzle to your plans.

Go for a drive in a new Audi

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There’s nothing quite as exciting and swoon-worthy than the smell of a fresh new car (car lovers would agree). Luckily for Audi enthusiasts, they can take advantage of the marque’s Audi On Demand service, which launched just last November. The innovative mobility service means you can book a fresh ride at the push of a button on your phone — for a borrowing period from one hour to one month. The service is billed on an hourly basis, with unlimited mileage, full insurance coverage, fuel, cleaning and 24-hour customer service at an all-inclusive rate. This V-day, why not wow your date by showing up in a brand new sporty RS5 Coupé, and head for a thrilling drive? Book during Valentine’s week for 20% off the daily rate for a three-day booking, which is sure to impress family in time for Chinese New Year, too.

Book from Audi on Demand, +852 3665 9380

Learn to cook food with love

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As they say, the way to someone’s heart is through the stomach. And a sure-fire way to capture your date’s affection is to learn to cook a Michelin-starred meal for them. Or even better, why not cook it together? Sign up for InterContinental Hong Kong’s popular Cooking With the Culinary Stars classes, featuring workshops with the Executive Chefs of NOBU, Yan Toh Heen, Rech by Alain Ducasse and more. In time for V-day (and Chinese New Year), there’s a Chinese cooking class featuring daikon pudding on 10 February (schedule here). For a more intimate option, try the tailor-made private cooking class instead (from HK$1,888 per person), which includes a three-course set menu with wine pairing. Minimum class size is four, so you’ll want to make it a double date.

InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323, Class info here

Want to surprise your love instead with a gorgeously decorated cake? Gaggenau is hosting a masterclass with cake director and stylist Alani Jasmine Ng, founder of Hong Kong’s A Bébé Sucré Pastry Academy, who will be schooling the public with her elegant flower icing piping techniques.

14 February, 11am–2pm, KI Island South Galleria, 19/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, RSVP here

Play mini golf at Strokes HK

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Who cares about Facebook official these days when you can make it official on the ‘gram? Get snap happy at brand new mini golf lounge Strokes, which features a bar and restaurant with cocktails and casual bites that millennials will love (Wes Anderson-pink backdrop, check!); and of course, two 9-hole golf courses to play to your heart’s content. Nothing helps the flirting along more than a little friendly competition.

HK$128–160 per 9-hole round, Strokes HK, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2877 1800

Get that adrenaline rush at Glostation

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Want to know how you and your sweetheart hold up against an apocalyptic world? Glostation’s hyperreality VR Escape Room challenges have taken Hong Kong by storm since it opened mid-2016, and their latest game, Deadwood Mansion puts parties in a green room as they tackle a non-stop onslaught of zombie horror. Available for two to four players at once, it’s the perfect adrenaline-raiser for couples and double dates.

HK$180–280 from Glostation, 16/F, Allways Centre, 468 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3705 9338

Get alone time at ON Dining’s private dinner

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It’s tough to get a little romantic privacy when you’re at a crowded, commercial restaurant on Valentine’s Day. If you really want to take the wining and dining portion of your date (and hey, maybe your relationship) to the next level, Michelin-starred ON Dining’s private rooftop dining experience should be on your agenda. Accessed via private staircase, the rooftop offers uninterrupted skyline views, dedicated service and expert wine pairings all night, all for an auspicious price tag of HK$8,888. For V-day, chef Philippe Orrico is presenting a 6-course menu, starting with an exquisite platter of amuse bouches for sharing, followed by highlights such as Osetra caviar with tuna tartare; organic egg ravioli and shaved black truffle with parmesan emulsion; roasted pigeon with confit cherries and black garlic; and of course, a beautiful heart-shaped dessert featuring vanilla and white chocolate mousse. Downstairs in the restaurant, prix fixe menus start from HK$988 per person, while a more casual menu in the 29/F Lounge is priced at HK$488 per person.

ON Dining Kitchen and Lounge, 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2174 8100

Show off your smarts at Mrs. Pound

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We all know intelligence is sexy, so show off your brainy self by teaming up with your beau at Mrs. Pound’s Valentine’s Day Quiz Night, which comes with a romantic 5-course sharing dinner, featuring Asian fusion dishes such as avocado fries and chicken adobo skewers, laksa bibimbap and halo halo for dessert. You’ll be competing with other knowledgeable couples across five categories and prizes for each round.

HK$380 per person from Ticketflap; Mrs. Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3426 3949

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.