Breaking News
More () »

No reservations: Money-saving Valentine's Day ideas

If you don't have a lot of money to spend, you can still have a memorable Valentine's Day in the metro with these ideas!
Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Different objects with holiday decor on a wooden background

MINNEAPOLIS — Not everyone has hundreds to spend on a romantic Valentine's Day with their significant other.

So, KARE 11 Sunrise talked with Terri Peterson Smith, author of "Unique Eats and Eateries of the Twin Cities," to get some cost-effective Valentine's Day suggestions.

Create a picnic

"Shops like France 44 have a beautiful selection of wine and cheese (and sandwiches) to create a romantic dinner at home or to take somewhere else," Smith said. She suggests taking your picnic outside (despite the cold) to a park or the Ice Castles in Excelsior.

Surdyk's is another option for picnic treats, she said.

Visit a food hall

Midtown Global Market and Keg and Case both have a variety of food options, and may not be as crowded as a traditional restaurant on a busy day like Valentine's Day.

Try a new brewery or distillery

There's no shortage of craft breweries, distilleries or cider taprooms in the metro. Visit a new one and maybe play a board game while enjoying a beverage!

RELATED: No Valentine's Day plans? This is the most popular romance movie in your state

Read a book and grab a bite

If your significant other is a big reader, why not spend Valentine's Day at a local book shop? You can head to a small business, or a larger store. 

"Wrap up your Valentine’s favorite book and eat at Barnes & Noble in Edina in the Galleria," said Smith. "They have a nice restaurant and a special prix fixe Valentine’s menu."

Wrap a gift card for future eats

There are a few places that offer "date night" cooking classes, like Cooks of Crocus Hill. Most of them are probably booked for Valentine's Day this year, but you can buy a gift card for a future class, Smith said. 

Credit: KARE 11

Terri Peterson Smith is the author of "Unique Eats and Eateries of the Twin Cities." You can learn more about her book here. 

More from KARE 11 Sunrise:

Keep your heart healthy this Valentine's Day

Women 'Crushing It' Wednesday: Lisa Booth

Libraries are not lame: Millennial librarian explains career choice

Before You Leave, Check This Out