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Nouchka Boustany 18 May 2016

Love Doesn’t Cost A Thing: 10 Cheap Summer Date Ideas

Being in a relationship is amazing and thrilling, but it can also be quite expensive. Sure, you can’t cut out all those awesome date nights and weekend escapades, but maybe you can avoid spending a fortune on your next romantic outing while keeping all the fun. Here are 10 exciting date ideas to spend more time (and less cash) with your other half this summer.

Go to (a free) beach

Though a big part of the Lebanese coastline is privatized, there are still public and free/affordable beaches, mainly in Anfeh, Batroun, and Tyr, that you can enjoy all summer long. You can check out our list of The Best Cheap (And Free) Beaches In Lebanon.


There are some hidden gems in Lebanon that ought to be discovered. If you both love nature and good food, prepare a blanket, a basket full of delicious homemade bites along with a bottle of wine and enjoy a romantic picnic in the wild. Check out our guide on How to Have The Perfect Picnic in Horsh Beirut.

Street Fairs and Markets

You don’t have to pay a lot to enjoy tasty food. Skip the usual date-night restaurant that comes with a hefty price tag and explore street food festivals or discover yummy ingredients at a farmers market. Check out our Day-by-Day Guide to Beirut’s Markets.


This is a great way to discover your city and your partner in a different light. If you don’t already have a bike, you can rent yours here. Don’t forget to indulge in a roadside saj mankouché or an ice cream cone afterwards.

Visit a winery

A glass of wine, a beautiful view, and just the two of you. Seems like the perfect date! Lebanon has plenty of vineyards where you can enjoy wine tasting for free, all you need is to provide the transportation. Check out our comprehensive list of Vineyards around Lebanon here.

Take a road trip

Be a tourist in your own country! Prep your car and leave for a drive to discover one of Lebanon’s gorgeous cities. Don’t have any ideas? We’ve got your back – check out our list of Four Essential Road Trips in Lebanon.

Happy hours

Take your date out for sunset drinks for half the price of regular drinks! Places like Junkyard in Mar Mikhael offer a daily happy hour at their outdoor bar where you can enjoy drinks while nibbling on some tasty and affordable “street foods”.


Grab your partner, pack a sandwich and binoculars, and go for an adventure on one of Lebanon’s amazing —and totally free—hiking trails. You’ll be discovering nature and each together while catching some gorgeous views. Check out this list for some ideas.

Series + airconditioning = heaven

If it’s too hot to go out, you can suggest a cozy night in with a homemade pitcher of margaritas, popcorn, and a Friends marathon. Netflix and chill, y’all.

Your home terrace

Whether for a brunch or for a sunset barbecue, make use of your terrace or your backyard! Set up a table, a sound system, make your own special menu and cocktails.