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-a conversation starting venue, and combined with those pesky lovey-dovey thoughts (that often cloud decision making) it’s all been known to induce quasi panic attacks in some. 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 romantic things to do in Montreal. It’s the finest selection of activities for couples and lovers, locals and travellers.
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12. Enjoy a day at the Spa: Bota Bota
This ferry-turned-spa is the perfect place to unwind with its Old Montreal backdrop and its peaceful setting on the water. Bota Bota‘s five decks 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. Whether you’re looking for a spa, mini vacation, or major relaxation, Bota Bota can deliver whatever you and your date are craving.
11. Take an Old Montreal Food & Drink Tour!
The Old Montreal Food & Drink Tour will get you outside, get you talking and get you to savour some of Montreal’s best foods. Basically, it’s a great date idea for Montrealers and visitors alike. The 3 hour walking food tour brings you to 5+ food stops, which will give you and your date plenty to savour and talk about! Includes craft beer and rosé wine. You’ll discover the city’s best fish ‘n chips, some locally brewed craft beer, and tons more delicious treats. It’s really the perfect way to discover the old city, learn about it’s culture and history and discover each other’s tastes, too. Check out the website to book your tour! localfoodtours.com
10. Watch a sexy movie at “Cinema l’Amour”
The Cinéma l’Amour has a large collection of sexy movies, making it the perfect spot for those looking for something a little… wild. The collection contains both porn and vintage erotic films, pretty much guarantying an interesting conversation post-film. We highly recommend you check out the vintage erotic films, even if you’re a little shy! Pro tip: as a couple you’ll find a few bonus perks including free admission on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as exclusive access to a VIP area.
9. Visit the Biosphere, day or night
Montreal’s Biosphere is both a striking piece of architecture and a museum. Since the celebrations for the city’s 375th anniversary, many of its iconic structures, including this one, are now artfully illuminated every night. Inside the unique building you’ll have the chance to see their exhibitions that explore green technologies as well as environmental protection solutions and issues. Once the sun sets, however, you’ll get to experience a different kind of show. For more information on Montreal’s Biosphere, click here.
8. Of course, you can eat at a romantic restaurant…
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
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
A step in the opposite direction from Le Mousso: nothing is over $9 at Noren, a charming little Japanese restaurant. They specialize in two dishes: takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake), and have a weekly special too. The cozy family-run joint only seats 16 people so you and your date can have an intimate meal after exploring the exciting Plateau neighbourhood. facebook.com/restaurantnoren
7. Enjoy a romantic picnic at Dinette Triple Crown
If you’d rather enjoy the sun as you eat, we get it, summer is only so long. Dinette Triple Crown serves up some amazing Southern comfort food all year, but in the summer months the takeout comes in a perfectly charming basket, that’s just the finishing touch on a hot date. The park across the street is the ideal place to relax together as you enjoy your meal, each other’s company and the season, too.
6. Take a lesson in tea tasting together at Camellia Sinensis… aw!
Camellia Sinensis Tea House is renown for their top quality, privately imported teas. Escape to their chambers for a traditional experience, taking the time to choose from their wide selection with your beau. But here’s a secret: Camelia Sinensis also has a Tea School! They’ll be giving workshops such as “Tea and Scotch”, “Teas and Chocolate, Gourmet Combinations”, and others that every tea lover or admirer will enjoy. At 30$ to 50$ a pop and 2h in length, this original date idea is a life saver for those out of ideas but wishing to impress!
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5. Bunker up together in Montreal’s House of Jazz
Spend an evening taking in some terrific jazz acts at Montreal’s famous House of Jazz. This bumping joint is as cozy as it is classy with wood panelled walls, tufted couches and brass instruments decorating the walls. Let the band set the mood while you enjoy a delicious steak dinner and other classic American fares. If jazz and romantic ambiance is what you’re looking for, be sure to make a reservation here.
4. Take the Mile-End Montreal Food Tour
The Mile-End Food Tour is a great activity for a date with someone new, or for a couple looking to experience something different. Learn about the most artistic district in Canada and eat some great local and healthy products. Bask in each other’s romantic gaze, savouring quality ingredients, talking about food, and learning about each other’s preferences. Make a reservation and find out more here.
3. Visit Montreal’s Botanical Garden
Montreal’s Botanical Garden is one of the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens. It’s home to 22,000 plants species, trees and flowers, making a walk through here a feast for the eyes. Get lost with your loved one and see the sculptures, fountains, waterfall, and wildlife. It’s the most romantic place to take your date during the day, especially if you like to bask in the sun and birdwatch.
2. Stay at the luxurious William Grey hotel
This new hotel in Old Montreal is an essential place to treat your date to the finer things. The William Grey Hotel offers five star amenities and hospitality. The view from the hotel is spectacular, especially when dining on their rooftop terrace. Their upscale grill restaurant, Maggie Oaks, has become a popular place for Montreal locals and travelers alike. The rooms are beautifully designed for optimal comfort and luxury. Coming soon is their luxury spa and outdoor pool!
1. Go on a coffee shop hop in the Plateau!
Want somewhere to hide out from the sun and simply hang out? Grab a cup of certifiably cool iced coffee or cold brew at one of the Plateau’s best cafés. First, on Mount-Royal Avenue is Cafe Paquebot; a cute little spot known for their delicious coffee and no-laptop policy, so you can really connect. Or, there’s Dispatch on Saint-Laurent: a bright and modern cafe serving up artisanal espresso and other delights. Next, the original Cafe Névé on Rachel; a casual spot for a pastry and killer mocha latte. Finally, Le Loup Bleu; a cozy local spot that has delicious sandwiches, too.