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Five things to do around South Orange for Valentine’s Day

The holiday of love is right around the corner and students are revealing their favorite in-town plans for Valentine’s Day.

1. Explore the village

Katie Honegger, a senior sports management major, said her go-to places in South Orange are Burgers Grilled Right, Bunny’s Sports Bar and Tito’s. She said the places often decorate for the holiday.

“Even if it’s not somewhere romantic, being able to spend time with friends and enjoy the company of who you are with is what makes the holiday, not the places,” Honegger said.

2. Go to a fancy restaurant

Khiya Diaz, a sophomore social work major, said she likes to celebrate Valentine’s Day at any nice restaurant.

“It’s really romantic and refreshing to talk to your significant other and share memories with a meal,” Diaz said. “Even if it’s a platonic date, enjoying each other’s company is what matters.”

Some restaurants in South Orange include: The Fox and Falcon, Mozzarella, Pandang and Papillon 25. 

3. Spend time with friends

Ritika Patel, a senior psychology major, said the best idea for a platonic date is to go out or participate in an activity.

“Some of my favorite places to celebrate are restaurants in the village,” Patel said. “I definitely love Miti Miti.”

4. Go to a bar

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Sydney Milul, a sophomore exercise science major, said students should visit places like Bunny’s or The Fox and the Falcon.

“A lot of students go to Bunny’s, a bar downtown,” Milul said. “There’s also The Fox and the Falcon, which has a really nice vibe to it.”

5. See a movie at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Sophia Zuniga, a sophomore public relations major, said one of the best places to go is SOPAC.

“A movie can be romantic because it can make for an intimate one-on-one interaction with a partner—to enjoy each other’s presence,” Zuniga said.

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