Forgot the Flowers? Think Outside the Box with These Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Today is February 14th, also known as Valentine’s Day! Celebrated in countries around the world, there are many traditions and customs that have come into existence to help people express their love for their romantic partners, family, and friends. Even though some say it’s an arbitrary date, it’s also the perfect reason to spread some affection and love, whether it’s with flowers, chocolates, dinner, or a simple card. If you’re running short on activities to enjoy with your significant other, we’ve come up with a few ideas to help you plan the perfect day.

Attend A Cooking Class.

 For all of you foodies, instead of going out for dinner, why not change things up and try out a fun hands-on cooking class together? It’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with your significant other and to pick up some culinary skills for the next you’re whipping up a dish in the kitchen. There are plenty of culinary classes available all over Montreal, but if you need some suggestions, take a look at Ateliers et Saveurs for their special Valentine Day menu. If you would rather satisfy your sweet tooth, check out Academie Culinaire to make some macarons.

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Photo Credit: Ateliers & Saveurs

Hit the Ice.

 Nothing says love like ice skating and holding hands with your significant other while overlooking the beautiful Montreal skyline. This is perfect for active couples who enjoy wintertime activities together. There are plenty of outdoor rinks in Montreal, but for a classic experience, we suggest heading to the Natrel Skating Rink in the Old Port. After a few hours of cold weather, it’ll give you the perfect excuse to head indoors and warm up with some hot chocolate or a nice dessert.

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Photo Credit: Old Port of Montreal

Head to a Spa. 

Enjoy tranquility, relaxation, and rejuvenation at one of the many spas right here in Montreal. With busy schedules, it can be hard to unwind and spend some quality time with your significant other, but this opportunity offers the best of both worlds. For a romantic getaway, check out Bota Bota which is offering a Valentine’s Day package of a three-course meal including a complimentary glass of wine, a jazz performance, and the view of an illuminated Old Port.

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Photo Credit: Bota Bota

Check Out a Museum. 

Don’t have time for a date night? Well, it’s time to get creative and cultural with your sweetheart.  Why not check out a museum and get your fix of art! Some of the museums on our list are the Museum of Fine Arts,  the Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Redpath Museum; so do your research and see which one would pique your date’s interest. Dates at museums call for conversation and unveiling the way that your significant other sees the world.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Photo Credit: Xplorocity

Jazz Night! 

A jazz bar is always a good option if you want to enjoy a drink and listen to smooth, sultry music in the company of your significant other. There are plenty of live jazz bars around Montreal that offer special performances. If you need some recommendations, we’d suggest Maison du Jazz, Upstairs, or Modavie. All of these spots have their own ambiance and flair depending on what you’re looking for your special night!

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Photo Credit: Modavie

Hopefully, some of these Valentine’s Day date activities have inspired and given you some ideas of what to do with your special someone. And the festivities don’t have to end there. Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day chocolates will be on sale tomorrow, so be sure to pick some up so you can keep spreading the love and treating yourself for the rest of the week.

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