Who said only couples are allowed to have fun on Valentine's Day? Thankfully, it lands on a long weekend this year, making it the perfect time to catch up on your favorite shows, treat yourself to a massage, or browse the latest exhibits showing in town. Here are some of our top suggestions...
Schedule Some Me Time: Rescue Spa
Ain’t nobody going to take care of you but yourself. The perks of being a single gal (or guy) means you have ample time to spend on yourself—and who's more deserving of that than you? Set aside a few hours, head over to Rescue Spa, and treat yourself to their rescue package which includes their classic facial, a 60-minute aromatherapy massage, and a mani and pedi. The aestheticians here are no-nonsense experts, and will make you feel aglow inside and out when they're done. 1601 Walnut St., 215-772-2766
Shop Until You Can't: Third Street Habit & Erdon
Shop new arrivals at Third Street Habit from top designers like FRAME Denim, Ulla Johnson, and more.
You don’t need to wait for someone else to buy you that bag you’ve been salivating over—you’ve got it covered. It’s not necessarily retail therapy per se, but more like retail empowerment. Browse through racks of trendy ready-to-wear pieces (everything from Ulla Johnson to Isabel Marant) at Old City standby Third Street Habit (153 N. Third St., 215-925-5455), or hop over to the more avant-garde offerings at Erdon (162 N. Third St., 215-923-0300) next door. No one's judging you.
Get Cultured: Philadelphia Museum of Art
An Elementary Parallelism 2013, by Joseph Kosuth.
We can't think of a better way to spend the day than browse through more than a century’s worth of artistic brilliance at Philadelphia Museum of Art. You won't be wasting any time waiting for your significant other to finish looking at the same piece, meaning you can breeze through your favorite Warhols, Picassos and Matisses at your own pace. Don't forget to check out Cy Twombly:Sculptures, which is only on display until the end of February, contemporary photography, and the most recent Joseph Kosuth installation during your day of cultural enrichment. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100
Have a Galentine's Date: A Mano
A Mano serves up fresh regional Italian cuisine, including this delicious squid ink alla chitarra topped with sea urchin, mussels, breadcrumbs, and seasoned with lemon.
Being single doesn’t eternally relegate you to grab-and-go dinners. Instead, grab your best single friend and go to a fancy dinner for two at the restaurant you’ve been dying to try. We suggest A Mano, the latest venture by the genius behind Philly mainstay Townsend, Townsend Wentz. A BYOB with regional Italian fare that shifts throughout the year depending on what’s fresh and in-season in Philadelphia, this restaurant offers standouts like roasted cauliflower, gnocchi with boar ragu, and panna cotta. 2244 Fairmount Ave., 215-236-1114
Learn Something New: The Clay Studio & Cook
Single and ready to mingle, as they say. Well, that couldn’t be easier these days, thanks to the breadth of interactive and informative classes taking place all around the city. Tap into your inner Matisse and experiment with ceramics at The Clay Studio (137-139 N. Second St., 215-925-3453), or take a stab at cooking with the countless lessons taught by culinary professionals at Cook (252 S. 20th St., 215-735-2665).
Jam to Your Favorite Music: Kimmel Center, Union Transfer & The Electric Factory
Catch incredible live performances at shows at Union Transfer.
If you’re single, you can go see whatever show want, whenever you want, and you can get lost in the music of your favorite artists unencumbered by a plus one. Check out the schedules at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (1500 Walnut St., 215-670-2388) or go see indie favorites at popular venues like Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100) and Electric Factory (421 N. Seventh St., 215-627-1332).
Catch Up on Your Flicks or Shows
Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, and Penelope Cruz in Zoolander 2.
We can't think of a better excuse than bone-chilling winds and unfathomable temperatures to stay inside. Instead of torturing yourself trying to hail an Uber or walking over to your nearest watering hole, stay home and watch all those TV shows you haven't been able to get to this year—and with constant updates on Netflix, you can indulge in all the cult films of the past like Cruel Intentions or Full Metal Jacket. But if you're brave enough to head to your nearest movie theater, there's no better time to catch buzzy films like Zoolander 2, The Revenant, or Deadpool.