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39 date ideas in 13 most romantic cities for that perfect Valentine’s Day

A global guide to romance - from restaurants to boat rides to chartered planes - just in time for Valentine's Day.

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    Book a table at: Restaurante Limosneros, a romantic spot in the city's Centro Histórico (Historic Downtown), where chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and its thick walls are built from 400-year-old stones. The menu is much more modern, with Mexican dishes like bean soup with bacon dust and duck with a black cherry sorbet, apples, and raisins. For dessert share berry-filled tacos in a chocolate tortilla.

    Before dinner, if it's a weekday: Stroll through the 16th century Chapingo , which has been transformed into a museum. In the 1920s Diego Rivera painted murals here; now there's the chance to view some of his work. Afterwards, grab a capirinha as sweet as the panoramic views from the rooftop bar of the boutique Downtown Mexico hotel in one of Mexico City's oldest buildings.

    Before or after dinner, if it's a weekend: Attend a concert in the nearby Palacio de Bellas Artes. The white marble building's neo-classical architecture and murals, by some of Mexico's most famous artists, are worth a visit on their own, but scoring balcony seats to watch a ballet or opera in the concert hall is as romantic as it gets in Mexico City. (For several days in February, renowned violinist David Garret will perform there).

This story first appeared in The Straits Times.