Break out of movie-and-dinner mode and try something new in Toronto.
Treat your date to a unique date in the city or unforgettable night on the town. Here are 12 ideas to surprise and delight.
1. See the cherry blossoms in full bloom
It’s hard to picture anything more romantic than strolling hand in hand with your sweetheart through Toronto’s ethereal cherry blossoms. The Sakura trees in High Park are in full bloom between late April and early May, making it the perfect (free!) date idea. Check out some of Toronto’s top spots for viewing the magical trees, plus tips from a pro photographer on how to best capture their beauty.
2. Jam out at a live music festival
Toronto’s live music scene is back and better than ever. Whisk your date off to one of Toronto’s historic music institutions and dance the night away. From hip-hop to jazz and everything in between, there is a festival to suit all music-lovers — and a hot line-up of artists coming to the city this season.
3. Catch a drag show
For a fun and fabulous date idea, pay a visit to the queens of Toronto’s drag scene. Cheers over a boozy brunch featuring some of Toronto’s hottest up-and-comers, or marvel at the talent of seasoned celebrity performers. Either way, sparkles, lots of laughs and renditions of early 2000’s pop hits are guaranteed to make a memorable date.
4. Pamper yourselves with a day at the spa
Show your sweetheart just how much you appreciate them with a relaxing spa day. Kick back in the Himalayan rock salt cave at Hoame, treat yourselves to a massage at the Hammam Spa or spend the day lounging at the 24-hour GoSpa. After all, doesn’t laying in the lap of luxury sound like the perfect bonding experience?
5. Stroll Toronto’s most eclectic neighbourhood
An afternoon spent strolling through Kensington Market will leave you with full stomachs, unique souvenirs and endless conversation starters. With so many iconic eats to taste (think Jamaican-Italian fusion, Indigenous tacos, and home-made pies) and vintage treasures to dig up, there is something to pique you and your partner’s interest around every corner.
6. Marvel at Cirque De Soleil’s newest show
We are all excited to get back to live entertainment, and what better way to kick it off than a world-class circus troupe? Ooo and ahh at the sights and sounds of KURIOS, Cirque De Soleil’s newest spectacle running in Toronto until July 17.
7. Cheer on your favourite sports team
Get your adrenaline pumping! The Toronto Blue Jays are back in-person for the season, which means that you and your main squeeze have your date nights this spring settled. Grab some peanuts, a few drinks and you might just hit a home run. If you can’t make it to a game in person, catch up on the highlights at one of Toronto’s top sports bars.
8. Spend the night together
Even if you live in the city, there’s nothing like getting away from it all à deux. Indulge in a staycation package at one of Toronto’s luxury hotels. Need inspo? Check out our guide to planning the perfect Toronto staycation.
Bonus for Ontario residents: book a stay in any accommodation within Ontario, and get money back with the new Ontario Staycation Tax Credit.
9. Fall in love with art
Looking for a romantic way to connect? Get to know one another by spending an afternoon roaming the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Or get lost together in floor-to-ceiling art projections at Immersive Van Gogh, Klimt, Kahlo or Monet.
10. Explore a new neighbourhood
With over 140+ diverse neighbourhoods, locals and visitors alike can find something new to discover in Toronto. Might we suggest a few gems like Koreatown, Cabbagetown, Chinatown or Downtown Yonge Street? Pro tip: Check out StrollTO for self-guided tours that include must-sees and hidden spots.
11. Feed your love at St. Lawrence Market
For the ultimate foodie date, browse the charming bakeries, cheese shops, seafood boutiques and restaurants of iconic St. Lawrence Market. Snack on made-to-order crepes then pick up caviar, oysters, chocolate and other indulgent treats for later.