By Noemie Gokhool
It’s already the month of February, which is also known as the month of love and romance! Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, you must be thinking about booking dinner reservations at a great restaurant. Instead, how about trying something a little more unconventional? Living in Montreal, we often forget our city is filled with romantic activities that break away from the traditional dinner scene. From the European ambiance in the Old Port to the endless romantic activities in the city, there is a lot to do and see in Montreal with your Valentine’s date on February 14th. Here are seven romantic things to do this Valentine’s Day and remember that it’s all about having fun together.
- Skip Dinner for Dessert
There’s always room for dessert, especially because of the happiness and comfort it makes us feel. It’s a given that dessert is the most romantic meal to have on Valentine’s Day because it’s sweet, delicious and, of course, chocolate is essential on this holiday. Montreal does not lack dessert and pastry shops because our European roots, which still have an influence on our food culture. From inside the metro shops to the endless sweet shops in Downtown Montreal, you could go dessert hopping with your date and maybe even find a new favourite. Our city is passionate about French desserts like crepes, almond croissants, macaroons and more! Did you know that dessert can put you in the mood for romance? Try it out this Valentine’s Day.
- Skate Hand in Hand
A fun activity that you can do on Valentine’s Day is skating in the Old Port with your date. Skating is fun and romantic because it can bring two people closer together. Whether you trip or fall, you have each other to hold on to while having a good laugh. The best time to go skating in the Old Port is at night since the colourful lights are lit up creating a romantic atmosphere. However, since it’s the coldest time of the year, Montreal has a warmer skating alternative for those committed to the activity. The indoor skating rink, Atrium Le 1000 near Bonaventure metro is a cute spot to take your date. It’s a smaller rink, but there’s good music and, best of all, protection from the cold! There is also a food court surrounding the ice rink which is convenient if you want to take a quick bite.
- Spa Day for Two
I’ve heard somewhere that people express their love in silence and the best place to be silent is at the spa! Spas are a quiet place where you can relax, so if you and your partner have been stressed lately, going to the spa is a great way to unwind and disconnect yourself from daily distractions. Get a couple’s massage for you and you significant other so you can release your stress together and enjoy the intimacy. Montreal has a few great spas such as Bota Bota, a spa on a boat that has a beautiful view of the Old Port from the hot jacuzzi on the high deck. Scandinave Spa is also located in the Old Port and has the same concept of the therapeutic baths like Bota Bota. The hot, cold and relax circuit is good for the relaxation of your body and mind.
- Dance the Night Away!
Montreal’s night life never gets old.There are so many bars and clubs that play good music and will keep you all night. Dancing is pure bliss because it’s energetic, intimate, and an interesting way to express the way you feel without words. If you walk along Crescent street in Montreal, there are many night clubs and lounge bars that will catch your eye, and they usually host Valentine’s Day events where you can grab a drink and dance the night away. Think when Baby and Johnny fell in love in the movie Dirty Dancing? Some romantic dance styles that you can try this Valentine’s Day is Bachata, Salsa and the Tango and the most important thing to remember is to just have fun and be silly with each other even if you’re not professional dancers.
- Wine Tasting
When I think of a romantic drink to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, I automatically think of wine; whether it’s red, white or rosé. Many wines have European names in Italian or French, which are very attractive and romantic languages. I’ve always heard that Montreal is like a little version of Paris which is the most romantic place in the world. You can enjoy the essence of Europe at Atelier & Saveurs which is hosting a Valentine’s Day wine tasting event, but it gets full quickly. Another way to enjoy wine is to walk along the stone roads of the Old Port in the evening and explore the bars and their wide variety of wines that will make you feel like you’re in the most romantic city in the world. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with the love potion!
- Get Creative Together
Montreal is a creative city where art is present almost everywhere. This Valentine’s Day, show each other how creative you are by painting ceramics together. The fun part about it is that you could bond and watch each other fail or be amazed at the result of your masterpieces. After painting, you could bring the ceramics home and keep them as a souvenir as a reminder of the moments you spent together while creating them. You could make matching mugs or different pieces and gift them to each other. Some places even offer lunch, meaning you could spend the entire day painting and drinking coffee. I would say that this date idea is a fun way to get out of your comfort zones.
- Stay Cozy at Home
Where’s the best place to be in Montreal when it’s too cold outside? At home. It’s one of the coldest times of the year and you might feel lazy and demotivated to leave your house, but it doesn’t have to be boring; you could bring the romance home. Pop some popcorn and watch a romantic comedy while cuddling under a fluffy blanket, or stay in bed with your pyjamas all day. You could even cook a lovely meal or bake and decorate Valentine cookies. There is so much to do with your partner at home and still have a fun, romantic evening. “Home is where the heart is” anyway.