Where to go and what to do in Lahore for Valentine's Day

The Black Swallow

I’m going to call this the ‘hidden restaurant’, because we quite literally had to actively search for it. Nestled on a rooftop in the middle of Gulberg, The Black Swallow doesn’t announce itself to the world which means it’s never too crowded. Though the entrance through a seemingly desolate building gives one second thoughts, the soft breeze at the top, live guitar and music performances from the owner and the soft lighting make up for it.

The restaurant has also deliberately ensured that phone signals are weaker up there so that you and your partner feel like you’re taking a break from the rest of the world and can enjoy each other’s company. Fair warning, it’s a little pricey but the food is fresh and (mostly) filling.


While the Gulberg branch surpasses the DHA one in many ways, Aylanto in DHA does have some perks to offer. Even if you don’t smoke, bag a spot for yourself and your plus one in the smoking lounge at the DHA branch, which basically resembles a covered terrace. Unlike most of the restaurant, the seating is not a couch or sofa here but a small table with chairs and candlelight in the center. You’re probably thinking that sofas are more comfortable, but the intimate setting provided by these seats, lighting and the open windows makes up for it as you’re inclined to face each other and have a conversation. While the views may not be spectacular, the serenity in this area is unmatched.


This is probably one of the most well-known restaurants of Lahore, and for good reason. With its own rich historical background, Mughal-era architecture and interior design, the restaurant steals the show with the breathtaking view of the grand Badshahi Mosque located right across the street and the wonderful Pakistani food. But here’s a heads up – it is very very crowded. Located in the famous food street of Old Lahore, Haveli has no shortage of customers and is also a long drive away for anyone not living in the Old Lahore vicinity. But if, in all that rush, you can score a table for two at the balcony at sunset then get ready for a more spiritual, rich and surprisingly intimate experience as this spot forces one to really contemplate about the world around them.

History by Night Tour by WCLA

If you’re hoping to create a more memorable or unique experience for your partner and are tired of taking them to restaurants whenever you spend time together, then this might be a great option for you. If your partner loves History, then they’ll never get over this. The night tour is a fantastic experience organised by the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) which gives you exclusive access to places within the Hazuri Bagh and the Lahore Fort which are not usually granted. They also attempt to recreate some of the scenes as they were during the Fort’s active years and light up the entire structure to create a magical scene, with flute players waiting to play your favorite melodies along the way. The only possible downside to this is you tour as part of a group and not as a couple. However, it costs very little, and tickets can be booked online.

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