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. Admire the fall colours
It’s hard to picture anything more romantic than strolling hand in hand with your sweetheart through Toronto’s sea of colourful fall leaves. Bundling up and crunching your way through the leaves is 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. Treat your date to a MICHELIN Star experience
Canada's first MICHELIN Guide has landed in Toronto. Be amongst the first to get a taste of Toronto's 13 newly-minted MICHELIN-starred restaurants (or one of the 74 restaurants included in the prestigious guide). Whether it's for a special occasion or just because, book a reservation in advance and treat your partner to a meal they won't soon forget.
3. Pamper yourselves with a day at the spa
Show your sweetheart just how much you appreciate them with a relaxing spa day. Kick back at the Hamman Spa, treat yourselves to a massage at a hotel 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?
4. Taste-test something new
Shared experience is what bonds people the most, and there is nothing more fun (and delicious) than trying something new together! Make a list of dishes that either you or your partner have never tried and work your way through it. To get you started, you could try Jamaican patties, Indigenous food, Eastern European delicacies or go on a momo crawl in Little Tibet.
5. Go hotel lobby bar-hopping
There's something that's just oh-so-romantic about meeting up with your date in a swanky hotel bar. Dress to impress and spend the evening moving from lobby lounge to lobby lounge. We've rounded up a few of our faves (plus cocktail recommendations that are sure to impress).
6. Walk the red carpet at a film festival
Just because TIFF is over doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the glitz and glam of Toronto's film festivals. From the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival to the spooky Toronto After Dark Film Festival, you'll be able to find a fest that suits you and your partner's preferences.
7. Cheer on your favourite sports team
Get your adrenaline pumping! The Toronto Maple Leafs take to home ice, as the Toronto Raptors return to home court. Toronto's epic sports scene makes it easy to plan a date night, almost any day of the week. 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. Go on an after-dark photo safari
Whether you're a proud iPhone photographer or a true professional, it's no secret that Toronto has some pretty photogenic scenery. As the sun sets with your sweetheart, the city lights up, making the perfect backdrop for you to capture your muse.
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 or the Bob Marley One Love experience.
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 embarking on a waffle tour in Koreatown, a romantic date night in Chinatown, or a rainy day spent hopping around Downtown Yonge Street?
11. Get in the spooky spirit
Grab your boo and get your thrill on this spooky season. Whether you're on a ghost tour of the Distillery District or planning to spend Halloween together (did someone say matching costumes?), you're sure to find an activity that gets your adrenaline pumping—if you dare.
12. 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.
13. 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.