Montréal’s most romantic activities for two

Maude Carrier

Maude Carrier is the founder of MC Globetrotteuse and a producer who has a penchant for discovery with each new mandate she undertakes. A Montreal transplant for the past 20 years, she fell in love with the city’s diverse neighbourhoods the minute she arrived here. You can catch her working in the city’s sweet little cafés, having brunch in its excellent restaurants or catching up with friends over drinks.  

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This article was updated on February 9, 2023.

Love is always in the air in Montréal, but with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, romance in the city is at an all-time high! When you consider the gastronomy, culture, charm and architecture it has to offer, there’s really nowhere better than Montréal to steal away for a lover’s getaway, be it for an evening, a night or a weekend! Whether you're looking for peace and quiet or want to go all out this Valentine’s Day, you'll definitely find something to celebrate the one you love.

Culinary Delights

Montreal is known for its unparalleled culinary offerings, with every neighbourhood offering an array of restaurants to discover. Eating out is a great way to enjoy each other’s company while supporting local restaurateurs.  Don't forget to reserve your table as soon as possible!

For a fabulous night out, why not choose a place that offers a sensory experience unlike any other? Onoir in the Plateau-Mont-Royal district, for example, serves your dinner in complete darkness to heighten your sense of taste and perhaps even bring you closer together. The original flavours at La Grenade, an Asian brasserie, will whisk you away on a gustatory voyage, while the culinary masterpieces at Mousso in the Village will make it clear why it’s a favourite among food critics. Valentine's Day is not only the feast of love, but also the feast of friendship at Barranco. Chefs Marco Olliart and Daniel Silva feature a sharing plate of Peruvian gastronomic delights.

Downtown, Lloyd has also designed a meal to tantalise your taste buds with foie gras, scallops and truffle tagliatelle. The Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth invites you to the Rosélys on February 14 in a jazzy atmosphere with a three-course menu that will delight your taste buds. Le Pois Penché organizes a romantic evening combining fine French cuisine and a performance by crooner Matt Mardini, covering the most romantic songs of all time. Osco! Restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel is offering a six-course Valentine's Day menu for $95 and a wine pairing for an additional $55.

In Old Montreal, treat yourself to the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of Babacool in an elegant setting or crack open a lobster at the chic Pincette Lobster Bar and dig into a divine 4-course Valentine’s Day menu. At Nelli, enjoy a romantic moment with that special someone while sampling some of the dishes from the tasty menu concocted for a Valentine's day feast with a table d’hôte for $90 per person. If you like Japanese gastronomy, the Kyo bar is ideal with its 7-course tasting menu at $ 85 per person. Bloom sushi, with 2 locations in Montreal, offers a special Valentine's Day evening at $75 for two, including a glass of bubbles or kombucha. Auberge Saint-Gabriel, romantic since 1754, has also concocted a menu for lovers. The menu features foie gras, scallop crudo, Beef Wellington and a Paris-Brest to end the evening on a sweet note.

Head over the cozy Vin Papillon in Little Burgundy for comfort food like you’ve never experienced. 

For more gourmet options, check out our section dedicated to local gastronomy.


An Array of Romantic Hotel Dining Packages

For a magical night, take advantage of one of the many packages offered by hotels across the city designed especially for Valentine's Day.

From February 11 and 19, celebrate your love by staying at Hôtel Nelligan or Hôtel Place d'Armes with a bottle of bubbly and nibbles plus a discount on your stay. Love is up front and centre throughout the month of February at the Hôtel William Gray, with a Valentine's Day package including romantic decorations, a bottle of bubbly, a sweet surprise, a room upgrade (subject to availability) and late check-out. 

For those who love to sleep in,  Hôtel Zéro 1 suggests you crack open the bubbly upon arrival in an upgraded room and enjoy breakfast for two with this special package available from February 10 to 19. The InterContinental, meanwhile, offers a three-course meal as part of its Cocooning package and a lavender bath bomb for the ultimate in relaxation. The Hôtel Monville is another option with its "Love in the Air" package, which includes a gourmet breakfast, a romantic dinner for two at the MONÈME restaurant, a box of chocolates and a bottle of bubbly in the room.

The Saint-Sulpice hotel brings you closer in a suite with electric fireplace and bathtub, breakfast for two at the Oskar restaurant, a SoSulpice! bath set and late check-out.


Love in a bubble

Looking for an original idea to celebrate the love that surrounds you? With its luxurious domes overlooking Old Montreal, Terrasse William Gray offers a five-course dining experience or a succulent three-course brunch for four to eight people. Indulge in a boreal-flavoured menu in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles at Les Refuges du Bivouac, featuring three cozy domes that invite sweet moments for two or a small group.  If one of the domes is not available, the Bivouac offers a Valentine's Day special on February 14: a three-course meal with a dessert for two to share.


Gifts to Remember

Looking for an adrenaline rush?  Offer your loved one something original and maybe a little bit surprising: indoor surfing, a helicopter ride over the city or a hot air balloon ride for two.

From February 10 to 14, head to Time Out Market Montreal where an Olove Cakes Pop-up will sell personalized cakes, bouquets of flowers and handmade olive oil. A perfect stop to grab for a last-minute gift for your other half.

If you are looking for a musical gift for your loved one, Bourgie Hall will present three concerts in February: Finding Harmony by The King's Singers, Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m., Schubert and Liszt by David Fray on piano, Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Chants d'amour by Emmanuelle Bertrand on cello and Pascal Amoyel on piano, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Still looking for the perfect gift for your better half? The Marché Artisanal Montréal is hosting its 2023 Valentine's Day Market  on February 11 and 12 at the Saint-Ambroise Church in Rosemont. With 40 local businesses offering gourmet and artisanal surprises from cheeses to jewellery to gift boxes, flowers and more, you’re sure to find something special to show how much you care.

For something a little different, why not treat yourself to a dinner show at La TOHU? Humans 2.0 by Circa, a true choreography of tightly woven bodies that will astound and amaze, offers a sensational experience to share from February 15 to 18.

Offer your loved one a unique journey to the heart of the masterpieces at Espace Saint-Denis with the Art, Music, Food, Wine…and Love! package. Designed for lovers, this package includes 2 tickets to the 3D immersive experience Lasting Impressions, two glasses of Moët & Chandon champagne, two souvenir champagne flutes, a gourmet platter for two, a tote bag and a lithograph of a Monet painting.


Romance To Go

Create magical moments without leaving the house thanks to delectable take-out or boxed meal offers.

La Boîte du Chef offers a host of tantalizing options to make this Valentine’s Day the most scrumptious one yet! From February 7 to 13, choose from a selection of boxes, including the Grand Menu which includes a five-course meal and a bottle of Grand Frisson.  

How about eating pizza for a good cause between February 13 and 15? Pizzéria NO900 launches the "Pour l'amour!" campaign during which $2 of each margherita pizza sold at $10, for take-out or delivery, will be donated to the Québec Cancer Foundation. 

The Marché Artisans located in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel also takes the opportunity to offer a 5-course land and sea box for two, valid from February 10 to 14.

Staying in more your V-Day vibe? Order the Great Valentine's Day menu by Jérôme Ferrer for $130, delivery included. This very special box contains a ready-to-serve 6-course tasting menu including a succulent mac'n cheese style lobster gratin that will jumpstart a whole new love affair.  


Pamper Yourself

If you're up for a day at the spa, book a couple's massage at the St. James Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal or enjoy the benefits of Rainspa, which has a traditional hammam and offers several packages for two. To enjoy nature in the city, opt for Strøm spa nordique on Nuns' Island, or enjoy a view of downtown at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau.


Gourmet Workshops

Why give a box of ready-made chocolates when you can make your own? Your significant other will be delighted to learn new tricks in a culinary workshop on chocolate makingFrench pastriesexotic foods, or food and wine pairings.

You can also take a trip to Quincaillerie Dante in Little Italy, Richmond's Italian Market in Griffintown, or Gourmet Laurier on the Plateau-Mont-Royal, tried and true institutions where you will find everything you need to prepare a romantic feast at home.


Make your love shine

What could be better than spending a special moment with your loved one? Montreal has no shortage of romantic places to stroll, hand in hand, for hours. The Old Port skating rink is an inviting place to twirl for two from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day. You can even ask the DJ for your favourite song. The Parc La Fontaine illuminated skating rink, complete with music, offers a great chance to show off your skating style!

If you want to offer a cultural evening to your loved one, the Musée d'art contemporain will be open until 9pm on Valentine's Day. Contemporary art lovers who visit the exhibition will have the chance to participate in a contest during this evening.

Long live love!

Maude Carrier

Maude Carrier is the founder of MC Globetrotteuse and a producer who has a penchant for discovery with each new mandate she undertakes. A Montreal transplant for the past 20 years, she fell in love with the city’s diverse neighbourhoods the minute she arrived here. You can catch her working in the city’s sweet little cafés, having brunch in its excellent restaurants or catching up with friends over drinks.  

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