Montréal’s most romantic activities for two

Janine Hopkinson

Romance is always on the menu in Montréal! With its lively food and culture scenes, beautiful vistas and charming architecture, it’s the perfect city to escape to for a weekend with your sweetheart or celebrate Valentine’s Day. From quiet and cozy vibes to indulgent and lively, Montréal has something for everyone who loves love.

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Valentine’s classics, Montréal-style

Warm up before the big day at Place des Arts with Titanic live, a film screening of the mega hit film with live accompaniment by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and guest musicians (February 8 and 9). On the 14th, enjoy a romantic tête à tête dinner at H4C by Dany Bolduc, where a gastronomical tasting menu awaits. If you have a flair for the dramatic, entice your sweetie to revisit the original sin at a theatrical adaptation of Paradise Lost. Keep the romance going with Céline Dion, who performs at the Bell Centre a few days later.

And, if (for whatever reason!) you’re in the mood for laughter this Valentine’s Day, check out Tinder Tales, the show where Montréal comedians Tranna Wintour and Darren Henwood share their own real dating stories.

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Setting the scene

Find your perfect love nest away from home at one of Montréal’s outstanding hotels, like Hotel Birks Montréal’s luxury boutique hotel conveniently connected to the flagship of Canada’s iconic jewellery store (a great location if you’re looking to drop a hint, hint!). Other romantic favourites include the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, located downtown, and Old Montréal’s Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel and Hôtel Nelligan.

Plus, special rates are available at several of the city’s best accommodations when you book an MTL Sweet Deal.

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Awaken your senses at these neighbourhood eateries

There’s a romantic table for two in every Montréal neighbourhood. For a memorable evening, choose a restaurant that invites the two of you to discover a new kind of sensory experience. At Onoir in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood, you’ll dine entirely in the dark, amplifying your response to taste and texture. You can let yourselves be transported by the enticing aromas at the Asian brasserie Grenade, or head to the critic’s favorite Le Mousso in the Village for a truly artful evening. In Rosemont, Coeur de Loup is both classic and cozy and the menu truly original.

For more great gastronomy, check out this guide to Montréal favorites.

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A gift that thrills (hint: it’s not roses)

If you’re in love with an adrenaline seeker, why not offer them one of Montréal’s original (and heart-pumping!) discoveries? Grab your suits and catch a wave at Montréal’s indoor surf centre.

Take your love to the skies with a private helicopter tour of the city, or share in the thrilling buzz of piloting a Formula 1 race car at Vortex Racing’s professional level race simulator. On February 13, put your strong hearts together for a good cause at  the Tuques Bleues Celebration, the annual nighttime snowshoe race in support of Mount Royal.

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Go ahead and pamper yourselves

Is a sumptuous spa day à deux more your speed? Consider an overnight package at the upscale Spa William Gray, or book an experience at the Spa St. James at Ritz-Carlton Montréal. The Old Montréal day spa Rainspa boasts the city’s first traditional hammam and offers a full menu of treatments for duos. For a romantic view of the Montréal skyline from the comfort of a warm Nordic bath, visit Strøm spa nordique on Nun’s Island, or take in the view of the St. Lawrence River from the deck of Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, Old Montréal’s floating spa.  

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Celebrate your shared love of food

Why offer a box of chocolates when you can make your own together? Offer your beloved a new way to get cooking with a workshop from Montréal’s specialized ateliers: learn to make chocolates, European pastries, cocktails or the perfect wine and food pairing. Or take yourselves to Little Italy’s Quincaillerie Dante, a legendary kitchenware shop and foodie favorite, where you can outfit your kitchen for more romantic meals at home!

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Romance is in the air… and the lights…

Sometimes romance is just about spending time hand in hand with the one you love. Montréal offers plenty of great places to enjoy a quiet moment together. The beautifully illuminated Old Port ice skating rink is hosting a Valentine’s Day evening skating party from 7 to 10 pm. Request your special song from the DJ, or meet someone new at skate dating! Visit the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium for a hot chocolate and an immersive experience of cosmos.

Here’s to love!

Janine Hopkinson

Janine Hopkinson, writer

Janine Hopkinson moved to Montréal 25 years ago and has been in love with the city ever since. She mostly works, writes and hangs out in Mile End, and credits all her best ideas to her daily hikes in Mount Royal Park.

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