Your Guide to Valentine’s Day in Lancaster

All the best ideas for celebrating with your loved one in Lancaster!

Valentine’s Day is a holiday to spend with someone special, and a celebration of love. Whether it’s dinner at Josephine’s Downtown, drinks at Conway Social Club, gift shopping at Ream Jewelers, or a staycation at the Cork Factory Hotel, Downtown provides dozens of phenomenal restaurants, bars, and shops that will make your date night the best yet!

Check out a few of our favorite spots to find the perfect gifts, date night plans, and desserts in Lancaster City.

Sweet Treats

Lancaster Cupcake

Treat that special someone to a Lancaster City (and now Granite Run) staple; cupcakes! With flavors regularly updated, Lancaster Cupcake’s creativity is sure to sweeten up your date night. You can pick-up your very own pack of cupcakes at their Downtown, Granite Run, or Park City location or order online at

Bistro Barbaret

Transport you and your loved one to a dreamy night in Downtown Paris with a trip to Bistro Barbaret. This authentic French restaurant and bakery located in the heart of the City is owned and operated by Cedric Barberet. He holds over 25 years of professional pastry experience as well as a Master’s Degree in Pastry from Pâtisserie Chereau in France. Visit their location on King Street to see dozens of not only scrumptious, but beautifully decorated desserts including éclairs, praline, cheesecake, and more. 

From left: Bistro Barbaret desserts, Lancaster Cupcake mixed pack.

The Lancaster Stroopies Company

Nothing pairs with coffee or tea quite as well as a Lancaster Stroopies Company stroopie. This modern take on the Pennsylvania Dutch Stroop waffle is two cinnamon cookies made on a waffle iron and filled with a layer of caramel. Owned by a husband and wife team, every stroopie is made with love, bringing joy and warmth to each customer. A variety of gift packages are available online or in-store—this sweet treat could be both dessert and a gift! In honor of this day of love, Lancaster Stroopie Company is offering heart-shaped chocolate-coated stroopies! Visit them at their partner location, The Lancaster Sweet Shoppe, or at The Lancaster Marketplace.

Miesse Candies and Ice Cream

A beloved Downtown destination and a favorite local shop, Miesse has been providing delicious treats for over 140 years. The centerpiece of their shop on Water St. is their refurbished 1950s soda fountain where you can order sodas, milkshakes, egg creams and a variety of flavors of hand-dipped ice cream from the famous Penn State Berkey Creamery! From mouth-watering truffles to scrumptious chocolate pops to creamy ice cream cones, they’re sure to have something to satisfy your sweetheart’s sweet tooth.

From left: Lancaster Stroopie Company stroopies, Miesses Candies chocolates.

Date Night


 A truly sensational experience, Amorette will set the tone for a night of romance and splendor. Their award-winning selection of wines and elegant French-American cuisine perfectly compliment the intimate atmosphere, creating a night you won’t soon forget. For more information or to make a reservation visit

Wick Bar 

Create a Valentine’s Day memory unlike any other with an evening at Wick Bar! This creative new concept came to Lancaster just a few months ago and is the perfect date night out for couples who are looking for something new to do. Pour and customize your very own candle, including the container and scent. The best part? It’s BYOB. Be sure to reserve your spot now!

Commonwealth On Queen

Commonwealth on Queen is mostly known as a go-to spot for brunch, but did you know they also host Pop-Up Restaurant events?  For Valentine’s Day, they’re featuring a 3-course prix fixe menu, with wine & cocktail service available from Altana Rooftop Lounge.  Check out the menu and get info about making reservations on the event page.

From left: Amorette dessert, Wick Bar wine.


As Downtown Lancaster’s only paint-your-own pottery studio, PotteryWorks provides a completely unique experience each time you go. With its open studio atmosphere and central location, this local favorite is the perfect date night destination (and doesn’t require any reservations)!


Ville & Rue 

Ville & Rue’s Lancaster Pillow is the perfect gift for the Lancaster-loving person in your life! Take some time and scroll through their charming furniture and home decor selections on their website or visit their store in 101NQ.

Perfect Pots

Swing by Perfect Pots shop on King St. or their stand in Central Market for a stunning bouquet to give to that special someone. Their beautiful bouquets and displays will make you feel like it’s spring already.


Ellicott & Co.

Shopping for the man in your life can be difficult, especially on Valentine’s Day. Ellicott & Co. make it simple by curating a selection of uncommon goods gifts he is sure to marvel at. Check out their Valentine sales happening now!



This fabulous boutique carries Lancaster City’s most extensive collection of botanically correct silk flowers, boutique clothing, cards, jewelry and accessories, home décor and a large selection of locally made soy candles. Inspire your loved one’s creative self with a locally-made gift from one of our city’s best creatives, Kathy Frey, owner of Festoon.

From left: Ville & Rue Lancaster Pillow, Ellicott & Co. gifts, Festoon bracelets.

The Spice & Tea Exchange of Lancaster

With a wide collection of sweet and spicy teas and mixtures, you’re sure to find a unique gift that will keep on giving! Have a particular flavor you’re looking for? Be sure to chat with the shopkeepers, who are filled to the brim with flavorful ideas that are sure to spice up your life! 

The Spice & Tea Exchange of Lancaster.

Date Night Outfits

Coleson Fine Clothiers

When it comes to well-fitting, bespoke fashions, turn to than Shane & Kaitlin Behmer. This husband and wife duo have impeccable taste and can provide personalized recommendations for every date night plan.

Nicole Taylor Boutique

Nicole Taylor offers unique, stylish clothing that will help you to stand out while still feeling comfortable in your favorite trends.

From left: Coleson Fine Clothiers menswear, Nicole Taylor Boutique womenswear.


Shopping at Taupe makes finding that perfect date night outfit for winter weather easy! They carry dozens of the latest, seasonal trends that will freshen up your closet and make that Valentine’s date all the more special.

We hope these suggestions help you as you plan your special night out. These are just a few of the loveable options in Downtown Lancaster that we know your sweetheart will swoon over this Valentine’s Day.

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