In need of last minute Valentine’s plans? If you’re not feeling the whole flowers and chocolate routine this year, we recommend choosing a romantic setting that does the talking for you.
Take a stroll to any of the locations below and we guarantee, you’ll have your partner in awe. From visiting the love lock fence in Parc Lafontaine to staring out over the city at the Place Ville Marie Summit, check out the 18 most romantic places in Montreal.
See Montreal through different eyes at the Place Ville Marie Summit. This indoor observatory will take you up high in the sky, while its floor to ceiling panoramic windows will allow you to see the city like you’ve never seen it before. Hint: it’s extra romantic if you head up at night. Tickets are $19.
Where: 3, Place Ville Marie, Mall floor
One of Old Montreal’s most impressive squares, Place d’Armes is home to none other than the Notre Dame Basilica. Wander around the Basilica or just sit in the square and marvel at its architectural beauty. Need any more convincing? Celine Dion was married at the Notre Dame Basilica, and if that doesn’t make it one of the most romantic spots in the city, we don’t know what will.
Where: Place d’Armes
The Mount Royal lookout point is a classic – but for good reason. Rain or shine, it offers a stunning view of the city. From up there, everything seems just a little bit quieter, and if you head up on a weeknight you’re likely to avoid crowds of people that congregate there on weekends. Stare at nothing but the twinkling lights of the city at this local favourite.
Where: Mont Royal
It’s true! Parc Lafontaine now has a Love Lock Fence just like the ones seen in Paris, Berlin, and nearly every major city around the world. Solidify your love by purchasing a lock (you can even get them at Dollarama), writing your initials on them in permanent marker, and attaching it to this fence in Parc Lafontaine. Your date definitely won’t forget this romantic gesture.
Where: Parc Lafontaine, 1619 QC-138
Stroll through Old Port’s cobblestone streets, or better yet, try a go at ice skating on Montreal’s most romantic skating rink. With the water on one side and Old Montreal on the other, you’ll feel like you’re in Paris.
Where: Old Port
Truly one of the most beautiful sights in the city. Featuring a reflective pond, perfectly manicured shrubbery, and a Rome-esque statue, this is a great spot to tell your partner how you feel about them or even just sit and enjoy a coffee.
Where: 747 Rue du Square-Victoria
The Montreal Botanical Garden is one of the most scenic locations in the city. Consisting of acres of stunning flora and fauna, you could easily get lost in this romantic garden. During the wintertime, there is still lots to explore, like the warm tropical greenhouses and even a butterfly exhibit!
Where: 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E
The intertwined hearts in front of the museum entrance say it all. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is undoubtedly tne of the romantic spots in the city, boasting a mesmerizing mix of nineteenth century and modern architecture. Whether you just want to walk around out front or explore an amazing exhibition, love is guaranteed to be in the area at this Montreal attraction.
Where: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke O
Though Luminotherapie might be gone, Place des Arts is still an enchanting pedestrian area, filled with twinkly lights and romantic benches. Plus, with Montreal en Lumiere on its way, it’s about to get a whole lot more romantic.
Where: 175 Rue Sainte-Catherine
If you’re a foodie, there may be nowhere more romantic than the Jean-Talon Market. Filled with everything from fruit to flowers, you could spend hours navigating the narrow lanes and sampling everything to your left and right. Even better, grab a few fresh, local goodies and head back home together to cook the dinner of a lifetime.
Where: 7070 Avenue Henri-Julien
If you’re looking to splurge on your Valentine, there’s nothing better than Spa Bota Bota’s Ice Breaker Package. Designed with Valentine’s in mind, the package includes a 3-course meal for two, access to the water circuit, 1 glass of wine per person, and live music while you dine (a romantic harp, anyone?). Tickets are $240 for two people so while it’ll cost you a pretty penny, it will surely be an experience to remember.
Where: Spa Bota Bota, Entrée McGill Coin De la Commune et McGill, Promenade du Vieux-Port