Whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or you think it’s a holiday made up by Hallmark, it’s going to be here before you know it.
This Valentine’s Day, ditch the predictable routine this year and check out these fun events and activities in Toronto instead.
From romantic dinner ideas to fun Valentine’s Day-themed pop-ups, we’ve rounded up 14 things that you can enjoy with your special someone, on your own or with your best friend.
What: If you’re looking for a stress-free dinner plan, Pusateri’s Fine Foods is taking the stress off of couples. Now, you and your special someone can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a worry-free night-in. Pusateri’s catering has curated a three-course Valentine’s menu for two that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert.
When: This menu will be available in from February 12 to 18
To book: Call 416-785-9100 or [email protected]
What: MARBL knows that Valentine’s Day is important, which is why the downtown hotspot has created a menu that you and your date will be sure to love. This Thursday, come dine with MARBL and for $85 enjoy four-course prix fixe. Diners will start off with a hashbrown and caviar amuse, followed by a delicious starter and the choice of three entrees which will be finished with caramel cheesecake.
When: February 14
Time: 4 pm to 2 am
Where: 455 King Street West
What: This is not your typical Valentine’s Day prix fixe. Enjoy a four-course dinner hosted by Miss Moço, with live jazzed down pop music. Bring whoever you love and celebrate in an inclusive space with a delicious locally inspired menu created by executive chef Brandi Greenwood.
When: February 14, 7 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
What: Looking for a wild way to spend Valentine’s Day in Toronto this year? The Toronto Zoo is hosting dinner date nights this week. Possibly one of the most exotic locales in the city to celebrate the annual day of amore, this evening event promises special animal encounters, an interactive and informative presentation on the elaborate, awkward, and sometimes hilarious lengths to which animals will go to attract a mate.
When: February 14 to 16, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road
What: If you and you’re on more of a health kick, Rosalinda is the place to be. You can enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes an appetizer, two savoury courses and dessert. Wine pairings can also be added.
When: February 14
Where: 133 Richmond Street West
To book: Resos can be made online or at 416-907-0650
What: Montecito is hosting a romantic four-course meal this Valentine‘s Day. Guests can enjoy a selection of canapes, squash salad or seared pork belly, pan roasted cod, striploin or gnocchi, and then dessert. Montecito’s bar menu and entire wine list will be available to guests as well. Guests can also chat with Montecito’s Sommelier and General Manager Heather McDougall for recommended wine pairings.
When: February 14, 5:30 pm to close
Where: 299 Adelaide Street West
What: This month, Toronto’s urban resort, Hotel X Toronto, will transform The Nook located on the 27th floor into The Love Nest, the perfect spot to escape and take in the stunning skyline views, and enjoy romantic food and wine pairings. The space for two will be the most romantic and Instagrammable spot in the city this Valentine’s Day. Think: twinkly lights, rose gold heart balloons, an abundance of fresh roses and the best views of Toronto’s downtown skyline.
When: Available until February 24
Where: 111 Princes’ Boulevard
To book: The Love Nest can be booked by contacting Hotel X Toronto’s Romance Concierge at (647) 943-9300 or by emailing [email protected]
What: If you’re looking for a date idea that’s more thoughtful than just dinner and a movie, the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie offers treatments for two that will definitely turn on the romance. Treatments include an aromatherapy manicure and pedicure, clay body masque, and a couples hot stone massage.
When: Available until February 28
Where: Shangri-la Hotel Toronto, Fifth Floor, 188 University Avenue
What: From taking cute selfies at the various love-themed light installations or enjoying some fabulous food at The Distillery’s many restaurants, the Toronto Light Festival is the premier destination for free or low-cost activities this month.
When: On now until March 3
Where: The Distillery Historic District — 55 Mill Street
What: Whether you’re taking a break from swiping or you’re looking for a serious relationship, you might meet your soul mate at this speed dating event. At the event, you’ll socialize with other guests, participate in signature icebreaker games and have the chance for one-on-one conversations with each person of the opposite sex.
When: February 13, 7:30 pm, ages 24-32; February 14, 7:30 pm, ages 30 to 42.
Where: Bier Markt (L’Esplanade), 58 The Esplanade Toronto
What: If you have yet to find the perfect gift, you can celebrate the day of LOVE with Square One Shopping Centre and the exclusive Flower Maiden pop-up market. Shoppers can pick up pre-arranged florals, bouquets, classic long-stem roses, and unique plants. You can also personalize your gifts with handwritten romantic messages done by the on-site calligrapher.
When: On now until February 16
Where: 100 City Centre Drive, taking place across from Pandora
What: At this pop-up, visitors can share how they will be spending their Valentine’s Day. Those celebrating with All of the Feels will receive a date night mini-makeover, along with makeup advice and free chocolate samples.
Visitors with None of the Feels will enjoy a ‘No Rom-Com Guaranteed’ shopping experience, where they’ll spin the Movie Genre Wheel to receive a complimentary copy of a Warner Bros. movie to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. There will also be an insta-worthy photo wall, where visitors have the chance to win some incredible prizes.
When: February 13 and 14, 8 am to 8 pm
Where: 277 Queen Street West
What: Whether you’re looking for a cute date idea or something to do with your BFF, Paint Cabin is hosting a V-Day themed DIY rustic, wood sign painting workshop. All painting levels are welcome.
When: February 14, 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard Street East
What: If you’re in the mood to have a good laugh, the Second City’s Hooking Up with The Second City: Third Base takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships.
When: February 14, 7 pm to 9 pm; 9:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: 11 Mercer Street