Winter’s a wonderful time of the year in Toronto, with as much love in the air as snow on the ground. If you’re looking for ways to get cozy with that special someone, here are some of the city’s most romantic places and unique date ideas.
Dine in style at a Supper Club
A great dinner is one thing, but a private dinner party hosted by one of the city’s top chefs takes a romantic meal to the next level. Toronto is known to have some of the most exclusive and highest-rated clubs anywhere, so if you can score two coveted seats, it’s a date that’s sure to impress. Try Luke’s Underground Supper Club (rated one of the world’s top 15 Underground Supper Clubs by the Food Network)!
Toronto is known for its chilly winters, but that’s no reason to stay inside. Get out on the ice and embrace it. As a bonus, you’ll need to get close to stay warm during hot chocolate breaks). The Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre steps it up with DJ skate nights every Saturday throughout skating season, and you’ll also get a spectacular view of icy Lake Ontario. The Bentway Skating Trail is a relative newcomer to the Toronto skating scene that opened just last year. Located under the Gardiner Expressway, the figure-8 shaped rink offers free skating lessons as well as a pop-up “Winter Village.” Or visit the iconic rink at Nathan Phillips Square. It’s a short walk from Pantages.
Visit Allan Gardens Conservatory
This indoor botanical garden with six interconnected greenhouses is the perfect place for a scenic indoor promenade on a cold winter’s day. The brilliant colours and steamy year-round temps make a trip to the gardens feel like stepping out of the cold and into a tropical paradise. Housing lush exotic plants from orchids and jasmine to bananas and tropical vines, it’s free and open every day of the year. The stunning glass building is over 100 years old and the backdrop for many a wedding and special moment. It really is one of the most romantic places in Toronto.
See a movie at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
Occupying a full city block in the heart of downtown, the TIFF Bell Lightbox is the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival and one of the city’s cultural hotspots. A movie lover’s paradise, the theatre shows the best in Canadian, international and independent cinema all year round. For real movie buffs, the Film Reference Library on the fourth floor is one of the city’s best-kept secrets and an important resource for aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters. The Malaparte rooftop terrace and event space on the top floor offers up some of the most spectacular views of the city skyline.
With a little luck and these great winter date ideas, you’ll go from first date to soulmate in no time!