Move over Paris, there’s no reason why Dublin’s fair city can’t be considered a city of love all of its own. Stranger things have happened in the world since 2020, so why can’t Dublin be a romantic capital of the world? Dublin definitely houses some of the best date spots on offer. Although Dublin is seen as the ‘big smoke’, an urban centre, so many of the capital’s best date spots incorporate the great outdoors, beautiful flowers and glorious greenery.

Valentine’s dates on a budget?

For dates on a budget, one of the most impressive sites available comes in the form of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. These gardens have so much on offer from rolling sculpture exhibitions, hugely impressive loaded green houses, bandstands, stunning trees, an abundance of furry friends running free and even a reconstructed Viking house.

For daters committed to following through on the theme, why not present your significant other with a beautiful bouquet of roses in the rose garden? Or, use the walk among the wide variety of trees in the gardens as inspiration for perusing the wide variety of potted trees and house plants available for nation-wide delivery via the Mad Flowers website. This way, with the help of the wonderful florists on hand at Mad Flowers, the date never has to end.

One need not worry about whether or not you or your partner is green-fingered, Mad Flowers have a massive range of house plants which require different levels of care so there is something for everybody.

An oldie but a goodie…

Another outdoor romantic outing can be sourced in one of the largest enclosed parks in any European capital city, and UESCO heritage site hopeful, the Phoenix Park.

This way you can visit a national landmark and enjoy a memorable date all in one go!

Why not keep the Irish pride alive with a mouth-watering box of handmade gourmet Irish chocolates ordered from none other than Mad Flowers. What could be sweeter than a private chocolate tasting in the over 100-year-old ornamental bandstand. Just be sure not to share these chocolate delights with the many animals who have free run in the park. Some of the most adorable among them can be found in the duckpond, complete with picturesque waterfall. That said, among the most impressive fauna has to be the herd of over 400 wild fallow deer which call the park home.

Green urban oases such as the Phoenix Park and St. Stephen’s Green are ideal locations for romantic picnics under the shelter of the trees.

Stephen’s Green goes so far as to offer, many ornamental lakes, People’s Flower Gardens and a duckpond complete with picturesque waterfall. Such occasions can be commemorated with Mad Flowers’ adorable Tea for Two gift featuring petit floral arrangements in sweetly-decorated teacup and saucer sets. With such beautiful backdrops it would be a shame not to make a day of it?

Start off with a visit to a local food market such as Pender’s in Stoneybatter or Honest2Goodness in Glasnevin to pick up some fresh produce, some freshly baked sweet treats and other artisanal food stuff to fill your picnic basket with home-cooked goodies.

Transform your home into the set of a Romantic Movie!

Of course, if you and yours enjoy spending time in the kitchen you know there is nothing most important than high-quality ingredients. Next time you need a bay leave to pop into your pasta dish ahead of your romantic picnic why not pre-empt the hassle. Mad Flowers sells Bay Leaf trees in romantic pairs so that you need go no further than your own back garden to put the finishing touches to a delicious meal for date night.

Mad Flowers can help perfectly set the scene with a bouquet table centre-piece and sumptuous Irish-made scented candles to complete the mood. So many of us are looking for love, let Mad Flowers take on the heavy-lifting so you can make the most of any and all romantic occasions.