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 3, 2022.

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. Downtown, 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.

In Old Montreal, treat yourself to the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of Babacool in an elegant setting or head over the cozy Vin Papillon in Little Burgundy for comfort food like you’ve never experienced. For a something more exotic, sample the Peruvian cuisine of Barranco in a delectable 4-course menu, or crack open a lobster at the chic Pincette Lobster Bar.

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

 

Romantic Hotel Dining Packages

Several Montréal hotels are offering Valentine's Day packages that include in-room dining or a romantic dinner and overnight stay.

From February 13 to 15, experience the culinary delights of NELLi and Méchant Bœuf at the Hôtel Nelligan, savour the delicious cuisine of Brasserie 701 or Kyoto at the famous Hôtel Place d'Armes, or indulge in a succulent meal at Maggie Oakes during a stay at the Hôtel William Gray. For sushi lovers, Hotel Zero 1 suggests that you enjoy a 3-course Miss sushi à la maison meal in the comfort of your room on February 11, 12 or 19 and bring your favourite bottle of wine to enjoy the occasion. The InterContinental Hotel has just what you need for a cozy night in thanks to a special Valentine’s Cocooning package featuring a 3-course, in-room meal for two.

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.

A Magical Night

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

Le Petit Hôtel invites you to celebrate your love with chocolates and treats from NELLi café and a bottle of bubbly, while Le Saint-Sulpice encourages you to sleep in with a package that includes breakfast, a SoSulpice! bath set and a late checkout.  At Le Crystal Hotel, indulge in a sumptuous suite with rose petals and chocolates upon arrival, sparkling wine and access to the Wellness and Spa floor.

Romance To Go

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

To spoil that special someone, La Boîte du Chef offers a host of tantalizing options, including the Grand Menu which includes a 5-course meal and a bottle of Grand Frisson. To kill two birds with one stone, order the perfect box from the CHUS Foundation: you will receive two cocktails to concoct, an appetizer, two main courses of your choice, a bottle of wine, desserts and cheeses delivered right to your door. The little extra? A soundtrack created for the occasion, a quiz to help you fall in love (all over again) and a naughty game, all to benefit the CHUS Foundation. The St-James is offering a special Valentine's day take-out menu for brunch AND for dinner. Le Renoir also offers a box of delicious hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, savoury dishes, cheeses, desserts and sweets for a gourmet tête-à-tête. At Ratafia, you can get a Valentine's Day box to go or to get delivered, including flowers, a cocktail mix, 2 pre-desserts and a small box of chocolates.

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 making, French pastries, exotic 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 favorite song. In La Fontaine Park, the Festival of Lights at the Basin of Wonders is a great way to show off to your partner. On the program, an illuminated and interactive course, background music, tube sliding, skating rink and hot chocolate and campfire at the Chalet-restaurant Robin des Bois.

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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