We thoroughly enjoy exploring our city, but we’re trying to cut back on how much money we spend while we save for the wedding. The last thing you want on a date is to feel guilty for how much money you spent. Here’s 7 Richmond date ideas for under $10.
(These are not exact dollar amounts. Keep in mind that tip, tax, and parking might bump things up a tad.)
Dessert at Shyndigz Cafe, $10ish
If you haven’t been to Shyndigz you need to! This dessert cafe has a selection of desserts, cocktails, and coffees. Split a piece of their signature salted chocolate caramel cake (it’s massive) for around $10. Their decor is intimate with small tables for 2, flowers, and romantic lighting. Shyndigz also has a Wednesday deal for a few more bucks: 2 desserts and a bottle of wine for $20. If you’d rather take your treats to go, that’s an option too!
Walk Along the River, free
The James River runs through Richmond. The parks and paths along the river boast skyline views that are perfect for a stroll with your significant other. I like to start at the Pipeline Overlook and walk along the Canal Walk and the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge for views of the river and the city skyline. This is a fun date to bring pups on too!
Get Some Ice Cream, $8-$10
Lemon Bar Lover from Ray’s Italian Ice is my absolute favorite with giant hunks of lemon bars in vanilla ice cream. My fiance gets a shake made from cherry ice with chocolate custard which tastes like cough medicine to me, but he likes it. Ray’s closes down in the winter, but there are lots of ice cream options in the area. Check out this list from Visit Richmond.
Split a Beer Flight, $10ish
Most breweries offer flights, they’re cheap, and you get to have more than one type of beer. We regularly split flights in new cities because then we get to try more beers as we brewery hop (like in Asheville). I don’t think we do this enough in Richmond. The one and only time we’ve been to Stone Brewing we did this. It was a beautiful day, and we sat outside discussing wedding plans.
A few of our favorites: Garden Grove always has a large variety of styles to choose from (they do wines and ciders too) as well as lots of board games. Kindred Spirit is bit west of the city, but they have a variety of unique beers. Their ThaiPA is fantastic. Canon & Drawhas pinball and allows dogs inside.
Catch a Flick at Bryd Theatre, $8
A bit of history and a movie for $4 a person. The 90-year old theatre is a National Historic Landmark and run as a non-profit. If you head to Byrd Theatre on a Saturday you can hear the organ play before your show. The theatre itself is beautiful inside with its original 1920s style. Nothing is more traditionally date-like than going to the movies.
Sip Some Coffee, $10ish
I’m not much of a coffee person, so this isn’t an option I usually opt for. But two beverages, a chill atmosphere, and lots of conversation sounds like a relaxing date. Stephanie of She Saw Style has a guide to coffee shops in Richmond that can help you find your perfect spot!
Take in Some Art, free
No list of anything in Richmond is complete without the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in my opinion. The museum and it’s permanent collections are free. (You do have to pay for special exhibitions.) Strolling though all of the rooms hand in hand chatting about art, history, and letting your imagination run wild sounds like a great Saturday afternoon.
What are some of your favorite budget friendly dates in Richmond?