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 dinner-and-a-movie routine and try out these fun date ideas instead. From the wild to the flirtatious, here are 14 Valentine’s Day date ideas to try in Toronto.
If You’re a Foodie
What: Looking for a wild way to spend Valentine’s Day in Toronto this year? The Toronto Zoo is hosting dinner date nights this February! 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 mating and parenthood in the wild, a tour of Reproductive Laboratories, and a buffet feast.
When: February 10 and 14, 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road
What: Come and enjoy an intimate dinner with your special someone that you definitely won’t forget, as your romantic meal will be served with the fish and sharks swimming overhead. Your ticket will include a 3-course dinner and bottle of wine, access to the welcome lounge with cash bar and live entertainment, a complimentary souvenir photo, and complimentary coat check.
When: February 14, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Boulevard
What: This dining experience will be unlike you’ve ever tried before. This Valentine’s Day you can enjoy a breath-taking prix fixe dinner prepared by Executive Chefs Suzanne Barr and Rudy Boquila as your serenaded by a trio of talented classical musicians playing some of your contemporary favourites. You can end the evening by enjoying the hotel’s latest exhibit, Love, Actually.
When: February 14, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
What: No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate and this dinner is definitley in no shortage. Diners can enjoy a decadent three-course culinary experience where all dishes are infused with chocolate. On the menu is braised short ribs with spiced chocolate mole and plenty of Prosecco.
When: February 14, 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Death in Venice Gelato, 536 Queen Street
What: If you’re looking to enjoy something a little more hands-on, you might want to try this Valentine’s Day chocolate making workshop. Together with veteran chocolatier Odile of Odile Chocolat, you and your partner will be tasting couverture chocolates, rolling champagne-infused chocolate truffles, and leaving with your very own chocolate masterpieces.
When: February 14, 7:30 pm
Where: Odile Chocolat, 829 Dundas Street West
If You’re Looking to Relax
What: If you’re really looking to connect with your partner, you might want to try this Ayurveda couples workshop, where you’ll learn massage techniques that will help you grow your relationship.The workshop is open to all people that want to explore their bodies, love and spiritual connection to their partner.
When: February 10, 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Kula Annex Yoga Studios, 304 Brunswick Avenue
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 a Crushed Cabernet Body Scrub, couples massages, and couples clay masque treatments.
When: February 14
Where: Shangri-la Hotel Toronto, Fifth Floor, 188 University Avenue
What: This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to a romantic stay at Toronto’s very own mini-castle in the heart of Yorkville at the Windsor Arms Hotel. From couples spa treatments and a visit to the relaxing Salt Cave to a romantic dinner featuring the prix fixe ‘Valentine Love Menu’ in The Living Room, a visit to the Windsor Hotel is the perfect way to escape the city this Valentine’s Day.
When: February 14
Where: Windsor Arms Hotel, 18 St Thomas Street
If You’re Looking to Have Some Fun
What: This Valentines, enjoy an intriguing, action-packed evening while learning to reconnect with your special someone. This party will feature a live DJ, Hors d’oeuvres, Engaging “reignite-the-spark” activities led by Coaches Anya and Lauren designed to strengthen your bond and rekindle your passion for each other.
What: If you’re more of the creative type, treat your special someone to an artistic date at Paintlounge. Guests can enjoy a step-by-step guided workshop, or they can go off and freestyle paint anything they want.
When: February 10 to 14
Where: The Paintlounge, 784 College Street
What: The key to a healthy relationship? Laughter and lots of it. Spend your Valentine’s Day at Second City this year for Hooking Up: Second Base, which explores hilarious Tinder dates, long-lost lovers, and all the sickening bliss that comes with new relationships.
When: February 12 to 18
Where: Toronto Mainstage Theatre, 51 Mercer Street
What: If you’re looking to heat things up this Valentine’s Day, then a burlesque show might need to be in order. Hosted by Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque and Boylesque TO, this performance is set in ancient Rome, where you can expect all the togas and oiled up gladiators that you can imagine.
When: February 14, 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Revival, 783 College Street
What: Come and spend your Valentine’s Day surrounded by a team of master sleuths as you try to solve the Murder on the Disorient Express. Join the fun as you participate to solve a hilarious murder mystery during this unique dining experience.
When: February 14, 6 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Mysteriously Yours Mystery Dinner Theatre, 2026 Yonge Street
What: Not feeling a sit-down dinner? Spend the 14th at the Smiling Buddha checking out a number of top Toronto bands and artists. Bring a date, or come by yourself and get ready to spend V-Day jamming out to some incredible music.
When: February 14, 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street