Mile End – Montreal’s #1 Food Tour Neighbourhood


Romantic things to do in Montreal

Finding the perfect date spot can be a little… daunting. There’s the pressure to have a fun and romantic time, the search for a conversation-starter kind of place, combined with those pesky lovey-dovey thoughts (that often cloud decision making), even the toughest individual can get a little lost. Especially if you’re not familiar with the area. Whether you’re trying to impress a new boo or want to spice things up, here is our list of the top 10 romantic things to do in Montreal. It’s the finest selection of activities for couples and lovers, locals and travelers.

12. Enjoy a day at the Spa: Bota Bota

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This ferry-turned-spa is the perfect place to unwind with its Old Montreal backdrop and its peaceful setting on the water. Get close in your bathing suits on Bota Bota‘s five decks, which each have different installations: 2 saunas, a eucalyptus steam bath, gardens, outdoor whirlpool baths, a relaxation area, and even a restaurant! All are accompanied by great views with its unique location on the water. Those on a budget can go for cheaper packages at 35$ per person, before 11:00 AM and after 7:00 PM. Whatever treatment you’re looking for, Bota Bota is sure to pamper you and your date. botabota.ca

11. Take an Old Montreal Food Tour!

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The Old Montreal Food Tour is your best friend when it comes to finding a great date idea. The 3 hour walking food tour brings you to 6 food stops, which will give you and your date plenty to savour and talk about! You’ll discover the city’s best fish ‘n chips, some locally brewed craft beer, and tons more delicious treats. The tour will teach you about culture and history too, so you can both learn as you hold hands (and maybe fall in love?) It’s really the perfect way to discover the old city and each other’s tastes. Check out the website to book your tour! localfoodtours.com

10. Grab a basket at The Triple Crown Dinette and have a picnic!

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The Triple Crown Dinette is a cute little restaurant in Little Italy that serves-up some of Montreal’s best Southern comfort food. Think sweet potatoes, mac’n cheese, collard greens, and hush puppies. Ideally located beside Little Italy park, you can grab a pre-packaged picnic basket at the restaurant and head over for a romantic and delectable picnic in the park.

9. Of course, you can eat at a romantic restaurant

It’s a classic date for a reason, let someone else do the work of cooking and all you have to do is gaze into each other’s eyes and enjoy the delicious food in front of you! These cool restaurants will make the night extra special, and for more ideas check out the Best New Restaurants in Montreal.

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Agrikol:

Agrikol is a Haitian restaurant who’s owners are none other than Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire. Stepping into the restaurant is like stepping into a restaurant in Port-au-Prince. Decorated with art and culture from the island, the theme is a bit botanical and very quirky with an original painting on the staircase wall. Try their cocktails and flavourful dishes with your date, and you’re in for a good night! To get a table on the terrace just make sure to get there at 5:40, or around 8:40 for the later round. agrikol.ca

Le Mousso:

Tell your date they’re the best by taking them to Le Mousso, which was voted Best Restaurant by Les Lauriers, a gala for acknowledging the best of Quebec’s culinary world. The restaurant just moved locations (next door from the previous one) and modernized the decor but is known for its meticulously plated dishes that are as much art as they are food. Le Mousso’s tasting menu is the perfect way to celebrate something special, like an anniversary perhaps, and experience something extraordinary. facebook.com/Le-Mousso

Noren:

A step in the opposite direction from Le Mousso: nothing is over $9 at Noren, a charming little Japanese restaurant. They specialize in two dishes: takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake), and have a weekly special too. The cozy family-run joint only seats 16 people so you and your date can have an intimate meal after exploring the exciting Plateau neighbourhood. facebook.com/restaurantnoren

8. Walk, cycle or kayak along the Lachine Canal

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The Lachine Canal is Montreal’s go-to for those long date walks. It’s peaceful by the water. Start at the Atwater market, grab some seasonal fruit or some fresh pizza, and go for a stroll towards Old Montreal. If you’re a little more sporty, there’s a few bike rental services so you can watch your date’s hair flutter in the air as you ride beside them. You can also show off your adventurous spirit and rent kayaks (and other boats) here, either a tandem one to share so you can be joined at the hip, or two for some totally awesome races on the water.

7. Have afternoon tea at the Queen Elisabeth Hotel

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If you want your date to feel like a prince or princess, take them to high tea at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel’s restaurant, Rosélys. $37 will get you a stacked three-tier assortment of bite size sandwiches, scones and sweet treats, as well as a tea from their wide selection of the best quality teas grown around the world. With so much written about each, you’ll learn something just by reading the menu! Reservations are necessary, so make sure to plan ahead. fairmont.com/queen-elizabeth-montreal/dining/afternoon-tea

6. Go undercover at a speakeasy

If tea is not your drink of choice, Montreal is full of hidden speakeasies that you have to be in-the-know to find. By heading underground, you two will feel like you’ve discovered something together! You could even bring a tinder date you’re trying to impress to one of these bars, so you can really loosen up and get to know each other.

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Le Mal Nécessaire:

This hidden Chinatown gem goes hard for their cocktails. They have a huge menu of unique and creative cocktail concoctions, there’s even one that’s served in a pineapple! You can also come by for their Drunken Masters bartending competition, with a few installments a year, check their website for the next date, and come out and cheer. They also have DJs on some nights so you can boogie down underground. lemalnecessaire.com

Le Royal:

Le Royal is Rouge-Gorge’s more sexy and mysterious sister. Located just below the famed Mont-Royal spot, the bar is named after the street as well as how you’ll get treated when you’re there. Cozy up in a corner of this cool spot, or dance along to the DJ set, either way – you can forget about the time, and everything else except having fun. barleroyal.ca

Le Couvent: 

Le Couvent is shrouded in mystery. The bar has recently opened up in an actual convent underneath Bistro-Brasserie Les Sœurs Grises. They have shared the message “It’s Friday: The only decision you have to make is bottle or glass”  repeatedly on their social media, signaling that the brewery has moved into the field of covert wine tasting as well as cocktails. Impress your date, you know what to do. facebook.com/LeCouventMTL

5. Take the Mile-End Montreal Food Tour

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Photo credit: Local Food Tours

The Mile-End Food Tour will take you on a walking tour of Canada’s most artistic district, you’ll learn about its history and culture, and you’re sure to see something beautiful along the way (the neighbourhood is nice too). The food tour is a great activity for an adventurous date with someone new, or for a couple looking to experience something different. You’ll have a chance to get lost in each other’s eyes, but not in the streets of Mile End. With delicious food around every corner, you’ll savour quality ingredients, talk about food and learn about each other’s preferences. Find out more and make a reservation at localfoodtours.com

4. Stroll through Montreal’s incredible museums and galleries

Do we really need to tell you that a trip to the museum makes for an amazing date? This city is bursting with incredible exhibitions both at impressive world renowned museums and at small local galleries, so you can always discover something new together. We can’t fit all of our recommendations in here, but for history nuts and art lovers, or simply curious minds, check out these Amazing Montreal Museums and Art Galleries.

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Phi Centre: 

From now until August 12, the Phi Centre‘s new exhibition Particles of Existence combines new media and virtual reality to show the universe on a non-human scale. The exhibit is full of immersive experiences so you two will feel like you’ve travelled into space and back together. The art venue also regularly hosts concerts, film screenings and other events. Whatever art you are into, the Phi centre’s got you covered. You can even dance the night away, feeling the music and each other, as you expand your imaginations. phi-centre.com

The Montreal Science Centre:

Watching a movie is a good date… but watching one in IMAX 3D is even better, and there’s always a few playing at the Science Centre so you can have your minds blown by the natural world. This summer their DreamWorks Animation exhibition will also let you see how your favourite movies are made, and you can even make your own. Take ‘Netflix and chill’ to the next level. The interactive and multimedia approach will of the centre will have you laughing and playing around with the exhibits… nothings more romantic than bringing out each other’s inner childmontrealsciencecentre.com

Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal:

Montreal’s biggest contemporary art museum, the MAC, has quite the reputation for engaging and exciting work from today’s artists. This summer, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Unstable Presence is no exception. Open May 5, 2018, the artist’s work uses technology and light to involve the audience, so you can see your partner projected on the gallery walls – where you know they really belong. His work is all about dialogue, and is a great conversation starter too! macm.org/en

3. Treat yourselves at these romantic bars

Instead of the zaniness of speakeasies, at these bars you’ll be able to sit after a long day of exploring, even get a meal, and really get to know each other face-to-face.

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Vin Mon Lapin: 

An exciting new Little Italy venture from the people behind Joe Beef, Mon Lapin is a wine bar with an excellent selection of natural wines. The venue is small and cozy with an almost familiar atmosphere, so you won’t have to talk over a bunch of people, and can really savour the local food, the wine, and of course, the company. vinmonlapin.com

Darling:

A bustling little bar, and cafe by day, on St. Laurent that won’t break the bank, but still makes for a wonderfully romantic evening. The amber coloured lighting really sets the mood, and the delicious drinks keep it going. Darling is also right across the street from where Leonard Cohen used to live, so you’ll feel like you’re stepping in the shoes of one of the biggest lovers this city has given rise to. instagram.com/bar.darling

Rouge Gorge:

Rouge Gorge is the definition of a wine bar. It has a cool and warm atmosphere all at once, making it the perfect place to spend an evening and unwind with a few drinks. There’s no pressure to eat, but the kitchen serves little bites and is open until 2 am so you won’t have to go hungry. And if you feel yourself starting to want to dance… you can head downstairs to their speakeasy, Le Royal. rougegorge.ca

2. Plan a weekend getaway with Kabin 

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Want to plan a special retreat, but without the airfare? Kabin’s Sutton resort will put you in touch with nature with beautiful 360 views of the of the forest. You’ll be able to go on romantic hike to a waterfall or go skiing at the hill that’s 2 minutes away, depending on the season. Year round, however, each chalet comes with its very own secluded hot tub, for the ultimate luxurious getaway experience. You can go into town, or cook your own meals in their fully equipped kitchen. For locals and travelers alike, a weekend with Kabin is sure to be a memorable one. kabinsutton.com

1. Go on a coffee shop hop in the Plateau!

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If you’ve ever enjoyed a night of bar hopping, well why not spend a day cafe hopping? Break up your walk through Montreal’s streets with a warm cup of decadent hot chocolate or a strong shot of espresso at some of the Plateau’s best coffee joints. Start off on Mount-Royal Avenue at Cafe Paquebot; a cute little spot known for their delicious coffee and no-laptop policy, so you can really connect. Then, make your way down to Dispatch on Saint-Laurent: a bright and modern cafe serving up artisanal espresso and other delights. Next, head to the original Cafe Névé on Rachel; a casual spot for a pastry and killer mocha latte. Finally, finish off your cafe exploration at Cafe Nocturne; a chic little espresso bar. Along the way, you’ll get to discover the city’s incredible street art, too.

Bonus: Book a stay at the luxurious Hotel William Gray

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William Gray: one of the city’s hippest hotels, its a luxury retreat in Old Montreal with its own Spa that has a sauna and skin therapists for some much needed rejuvenation or aesthetic treatments for the bride’s big day. hotelwilliamgray.com

Hopefully you’ve been inspired about some romantic things to do in Montreal this Summer – now go, lovebirds, conquer the city!

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