Romantic things to do in Montreal
Finding the perfect date spot can be a little… daunting. All that 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 are one of these daunted 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
Boat, spa, mini vacation, major relaxation… Bota Bota can morph itself into all of those things according to your romantic needs. Those on a budget can go for cheaper packages at 35$ per person, before 11:00 AM and after 7:00 PM.
11. Take an Old Montreal Food Tour!
The Old Montreal Food Tour is your best friend when it comes to finding a great date. 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/
10. Ice Skating at Parc Lafontaine
There’s a reason why Park Lafontaine is a local favourite. Its two ponds, fountain, old trees and tons of green space make it a veritable lovers’ sanctuary. In the summer you can prawl yourself out in the grass, listen to the birds, stroll around hand in hand… And in winter, you can put your skates on and still hold hands! Pro tip: don’t worry if you don’t know how to skate. Falling down is cute.
9. 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.
8. Find a food stand during Restaurant Day Montreal and experience the different cultures in your community
Montreal is now part of the Restaurant day movement. A day where anyone can have their own restaurant means that it’s the perfect way to have a day trip in your own city. Take your partner, make an itinerary, and walk to various mini restos! The street food carnival happens four times a year. Usually around the 16 of February, May, August and November. The next one is February 21st. Mark your calendars! Follow the Montreal Facebook page here.
7. Of course, you can eat at a Romantic Restaurant…
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? Here are a few romantic eateries that’ll charm you both.
1. Bouillon Bilk
2. Le Serpent Restaurant
Check out this extensive article on the 38 essential restaurants in Montreal.
5. 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 throughout the winter such as “Tea and Scotch”, “Green Tea Culture and the Art of Living”, 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!
4. 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.
3. 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.
2. Walk the hidden back alleys of Montreal … and kiss
Montreal is the capital of quaint back alleys. Some are full of gardens and flowers others are full of unique graffiti. Take the time to discover them and to discover each other!
1. Go cross country skiing on the Mont-Royal!
Yes, people will stare. Yes, people will be jealous. Yes, it’s a great workout. And yes… Your date will think you’re like, 20% cooler for proposing this activity! Oh, you don’t have skis, or you don’t want to lug them around? Worry not! The Beaver Lake Equipment Rental Counter has your back: 12$ per hour, or 18$ for three hours. That’s plenty of time to get to know your wonderful ski-partner.