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Celebrating Valentine’s Day On A Budget The Mainland Style

INSIDEMAINLAND – You can always expect a buzz around Valentine’s Day from the first day of February and of course, you want to be sure that the special someone in your life knows just how special he/she is to you.

This can seem like there are very few things to do on a budget especially with the list of outrageous Valentine’s packages going around social media.

Despite the misconception that you need to break the bank to celebrate your loved ones, you don’t have to spend a fortune to accomplish this feat.

While dinner date nights, gift items or surprises are always romantic, it’s always important to be mindful of your budget. After all, Valentine’s Day is about sharing your love and showing others that you care about them. This could mean your spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or even a best friend.

So if you are looking for what to do or in need of some excellent yet affordable restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s day on a budget, then you have landed in just the right place.

For 2022, we created a list of restaurants and date ideas to help you show love and appreciation to those in your life who matter most without spending extravagantly Celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget that doesn’t have to disappoint. 

PS: Bear in mind we put this together with a budget of N15,000 – N20,000 per couple

La Mango

La Mango is one of the restaurants located in a serene environment on the Lagos Mainland that offers food local enough for even your village people.

The spot offers some of the best cuisines around and you can pop in there with your buddies and have a great time.

La Mango also has a pool if you desire to have a quick swim with your loved one. It is located at 3A Adekunle Fajuyi Way, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

Purple Bistro

Purple Bistro is one of the great restaurants on the mainland and it’s highly recommended. Its proximity to the University of Lagos makes it popular among the students.

You can get a complete three-course meal there and even more while you watch your loved one enjoy their meal.

They also have a breakfast option of pancakes, french toasts and pancakes. If you want to swing by in the morning, they are located at 3 University Rd, opposite FCMB, Yaba, Lagos.


This is one place to get different textures of steak from rare, medium to well-done steak, 3-course meals, dessert options, the ambience is equally nice.

They offer seafood options as well which you can plan for a treat with your bae/boo to celebrate Valentines Day.

The spot is at the Ground Floor, Radisson Blu, 38/40 Isaac John St, Ikeja, Lagos.


If you watch Bollywood movies and you drool over their food, you don’t have to drool any longer as Pondecheri offers the best of Indian cuisines for Mainlanders.

Here you can a wide range of Indian meals especially if you enjoy your meals spicily and seasoned.

You can get starters like Hara Bhara Kabab to main meals like Bhuna Gosht. The amazing decor is also welcoming.

You can find it at Faloyemi Street 2 Ilupeju Rd St. Off Coker Road roundabout.


The unique thing about this place is it offers all kinds of Ofada Magic; if you are looking for anything more than that, then this place isn’t for you.

You get a variety of sauces to eat Ofada rice with.

After the tasty dishes, You can decide to finish with pepper soup and palm wine or choose from their long list of cocktails.

Although lowkey, Ofada Boy also has a nice environment and a chill spot to take pictures so you can flood your social media pages with how you celebrated Valentines Day.

Ofada Boy is located at 1, Mba Street, Surulere, Lagos Mainland.

Ocean Basket

Sea Food Lovers need to see this.

There are two branches of the restaurant on the Mainland – the first one at Ikeja GRA and another at Ikeja City Mall.

Ocean Basket offers nothing more than seafood so don’t expect beef and other poultry options on the menu. They have Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, fantastic customer service and a serene atmosphere.

You can schedule a visit ahead for you to enjoy a great time with your partner on a budget.

Soul Food

The Neon sign that says Soul Food is one of the most attractive features of this cosy restaurant. Located at St Finbarr’s road, Akoka Yaba, the spot shares close proximity to the University of Lagos.

There is a cushion under the neon light where you can seat and take pictures while you wait for your food. There is a menu waiting for you at the table and you can decide whatever meals or drinks you want.

The good thing with Soul Food is that you don’t have to wait so long for your meal. While there, we recommend you try their special pasta. 

Honorary mentions include Burg Co, Bamboo Lounge, Seven Eagles Spur, Rhapsody, Yellow Chilli, among other numerous lovely spread across the Mainland.

Asides from visiting any of the above-listed restaurants to have a good time, you can also opt for other special treatments such as spa sessions, movie nights, boat cruises, sending a surprise bouquet, gift(s), or you can order take-out and have a cosy, quiet night at home.

Truth is, the list is endless as long as romance is the central theme!



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