The History of Date Ideas in Montreal
Montreal's dating scene has largely focused on Montreal's booming nightlife and amazing restaurants. All the neighbourhoods have their own selection of restaurants and bars to get a cocktail, a beer, or share a plate for two. If you're craving a certain kind of drink, Montreal has dozens of BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) restaurants where guests are encouraged to bring their own bottle to pair with their meal. It's a great way to save some money and you can share your favorite wine with your favorite person. It's one of the best Montreal date ideas for couples who love to share a meal but want a change of scenery. If you want something more upscale, Montreal's dating scene has fallen in love with Liverpool House, a gourmet restaurant with an extensive wine selection and was named one of Conde Nast Traveler's best restaurants.
Montreal also has many food festivals and food tours by neighbourhood that are open in the summertime and makes a great date idea for first dates or long-term couples. The Food Truck Festival is a popular date spot where Montreal's food trucks line-up and it's a great place to try different food fusions and food creations. Want a chance to explore the neighbourhood through its food scene? The Mile End Food Tour is 3 hours and 1.4 miles of walking, sampling 6 of the district's best restaurants and even stopping at an antique shop. The tour is built around providing its guests with a full meal in bite-sized pieces including entree and even dessert, and a stop at the popular shop, St. Viateur Bagel. The tour is open from Tuesday to Sunday morning and it's a popular Montreal date idea and you can buy tickets on their website. They also have other tours that let you explore the trendy, artistic district, home of musicians, young entrepreneurs, and tasty food establishments.
One of the most popular date ideas in Montreal has been exploring the historical buildings, architecture, and cultural movement in Montreal. Many of them are free admission and is a great place to grab a coffee or hot chocolate while walking down the street together. St. Joseph's Oratory is one Canada's oldest churches and is available to the public for a small admission fee. You and your date can climb up to the highest point of the oratory, see the historical architecture, the colorful stained glass windows, and enjoy one of the most beautiful views in Montreal. If you like old buildings, Montreal's Trade Centre is near Square-Victoria metro and has lots of sidewalk cafes to have a cup of coffee or tea.
If you're a fan of modern art, The Melvin Charney's Sculpture Garden is an extension of the CCA and has intricate contemporary art sculptures for you to appreciate. Old Montreal's a great place for a date because of its old world charm and historical boutiques and businesses. There are tons to see and do in Montreal's historic district including walking tours, or make your own scavenger hunt and explore the city of your own. Spending any time in Downtown, Centre-Ville will guarantee that you'll stumble on Montreal's museums, buzzing nightlife and dining on Rue Crescent filled with 20-30 somethings spilling out onto the street after a night out.
A picnic in the park is one of the great Montreal date ideas and Montreal's parks are the perfect places to spread out a blanket and cuddle up with some fresh pastries or a basket of food. The Botanical Gardens are also a popular place to take a date. Vieux-Montreal and Vieux-Port are popular for street performers and the waterfront promenade is perfect for biking and exploring Atwater Market which is full of quirky boutiques, chichi bars, and small eateries. Place Jacques-Cartier is an area with tons of cafe tables and is a historical district that is vibrant and alive.