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) have been known to induce quasi panic attacks in some. Especially if you’re not familiar with the area. If you’re one of these overwhelmed individuals, seeking for a session of hand holding and romance, here is our list top 10 Romantic things to do in Montreal. It’s the finest selection of activities in Montreal for couples and lovers, locals and travellers.
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. 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 Tour!
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. What else is that the tour focuses on 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. Check out the website to book your tour! localmontrealtours.com/
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.
10. Watch a sexy movie at “Cinema l’Amour”
The Cinema 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: be ready to encounter many colourful characters at the theatre. The Plateau’s diverse crowd gets even stranger in this place.
9. Of course, you can eat at a romantic restaurant…
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I mean, you gotta eat and so does your date, right? If all you can afford is a couple candles at home, that works too. But y’know, sometimes you gotta let others do the work. Like you know, professionals? We’ve got you covered for the best restaurants in town.
Our first recommendation is Le Serpent. It’s a contemporary Italian restaurant set in an industrial-chic, renovated warehouse. The sleek design and extensive wine list makes Le Serpent the perfect place to kick-off an evening of romantic adventures.
Next is Agrikol, a Haitian cuisine 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. 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!
If you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan-friendly place, LOV in Old Montreal is the perfect fit. This recently-opened restaurant is warm, sleek and inviting, with a menu of organic produce that completely animal free. If you’re looking to fall in love, then head to LOV!
If you need more selection then impress your date, choose from our list of 24 highly recommended new Montreal restaurants here.
8. Take a stroll through Angrignon Park
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Take the metro to the end of the line to Angrignon station. Here you’ll find a beautiful park with towering trees and a pond to feed the ducks. Weeping willows line the path, there’s swings to push your partner on and raspberry bushes to pick from. Take a long walk down the path and spend some time together in the gazebo. Just a short trip from the downtown area, Angrignon Parc is an escape from the city and perfect for a romantic walk.
7. Take a lesson in tea tasting together at Camellia Sinensis… aw!
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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!
6. Walk, Cycle or Kayak Along the Lachine Canal
The Lachine Canal is Montreal’s go-to for those long date walks. Start at the Atwater market, grab some seasonal fruit or some fresh pizza, and go for a stroll. If you’re a little more sporty, there’s a bike rental service so you can watch your date’s hair flutter in the air as you ride beside her/him. Oh, you’re not into hair? Or bikes? Or walks? All good: you can also rent a kayak… surely that’ll impress you and your date.
5. Take the Mile-End Montreal Food Tour
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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.
4. Walk the hidden back alleys of Montreal … and kiss
Montreal is the capital of quaint back alleys. Some are full of gardens and flowers and others are full of unique graffiti. The Plateau and Mile End areas have some beautiful alleys because of Montreal’s new initiative, Ruelles Vertes. With the help of the government, residents have turned their back alleys into small green spaces in the heart of the city. Take the time to discover them and to discover each other!
3. Visit Montreal’s Botanical Garden
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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
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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. Have a romantic picnic at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
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During the summer, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in the Plateau becomes a hub for picnickers, barbecuers, and jammers. It’s a lovely spot to lay down a blanket and relax on a nice day. If you’re not into packing a picnic, there’s the cute little cafe, Lapin Pressé, nearby where you can buy a sandwich to take with you (they also make a mean grilled cheese). Finish off your picnic with ice cream from Créme Glacée Bo-Bec. Choose from their 24 different flavours or plop two straws into a milkshake for the ultimate romantic experience.