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13 Best Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Toronto

13 Best Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Toronto

Searching for the best Valentine’s Day date ideas in Toronto to go on this year?

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, so ya better start getting your date plans ready.

There are plenty of fun date ideas you can do this Valentine’s Day, including special Valentine’s Day events!

Here are some of the best and cutest Valentine’s Day date ideas to go on in Toronto this year!

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Best Valentine’s Day date ideas in Toronto


Ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto

Ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square

Braving out the winter cold ain’t fun, but it’s definitely worth it for a cute Valentine’s Day ice skating date.

Nathan Phillips Square is probably the most popular skating rink in Toronto, and the “Toronto” sign they added back in 2015 makes it all the more cuter!

Afterwards, you can warm up at one of the best restaurants along Queen Street for a special Valentine’s Day meal.

If you’re looking for somewhere a little more unique, you can go ice skating at The Bentway instead, which is underneath the Gardiner!

Side note: UNIQLO’s HEATTECH base layers are awesome for providing extra warmth, and they’re a great gift option if you’re looking for a functional Valentine’s Day gift idea!

LOCATION: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON


Eataly Toronto

Cooking class at Eataly Toronto

If you love all things Italian food, you’ll adore Eataly, an Italian grocer located by Yonge & Bloor.

They’ve got plenty of fun in-person cooking classes that are perfect for a Valentine’s date night with your boo!

Eataly Market, Toronto

From fresh gnocchi, to handmade pizza, to decadent tiramisu, you can learn to make all kinds of different authentic dishes from across Italy.

This fun Valentine’s Day class on February 14th includes a 5-course meal, curated wine pairings, dessert, and lessons on oyster-shucking tutorial and gnocchi-making.

You can also attend their Valentine’s Taste-Around event on February 10th, where you can walk around and sample chef-curated bites from 10 different tasting stations!

LOCATION: 55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON


Gooderham Building in St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

Guided tasting tour at St. Lawrence Market

If you and your S/O are more into day dates than nights out, a guided tasting tour at St. Lawrence Market is the perfect Valentine’s Day date idea.

If you’d rather explore yourselves, you can simply wander around and sample everything from cheeses, to wines, to mustards.

Cheese from St. Lawrence Market in Toronto
You can shop plenty of interesting cheeses to take home with you.

I did the guided tasting tour as part of a story assignment I was doing with Lonely Planet a few years ago, and Adam and I had so much fun!

Baked goods and pastries from St. Lawrence Market in Toronto
One of the few delicious bakeries inside St. Lawrence Market.

If you’re exploring St. Lawrence Market on your own, be sure to grab an authentic Montreal bagel at St. Urbain Bagel and fresh perogies at European Delight.

St. Lawrence Market is open everyday except for Mondays, and it’s a lot less busy during the week than on the weekends if you’re looking to avoid the crowds!

LOCATION: 95 Front St E, Toronto, ON


Distillery District, Toronto

Stroll through the Distillery District

The Distillery District ain’t just cute during the holiday season – it’s a fun neighbourhood to explore year-round!

Spend this Valentine’s Day strolling through the historic cobblestone streets and dine at one of the best restaurants in the neighbourhood.

There are plenty of fun activities you can do in the Distillery District as well, like a segway tour around the neighbourhood or a candle-making workshop at Yummi Candles!

Of course, you’ve gotta end off your Valentine’s date night with a cute couple pic by the big heart structure.


Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto

Explore Ripley’s Aquarium

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to do something fun and touristy like visiting Ripley’s Aquarium.

I’ve been to Ripley’s Aquarium several times since they opened in Toronto almost a decade ago, and every single time has been super fun!

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto

The aquarium is huge, and there are so many unique fish and sea creatures to see.

Clownfish at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto
Nemo, is that you?
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto

My fave parts of the aquarium are definitely seeing all the sharks (a lil scary) and jellyfish (so cool).

Shark at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto
The sharks are a lil scary but so cool to see in-person.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a fun Valentine's Day date idea
The jellyfish is everyone’s favourite part of the aquarium!

Spend a couple of hours exploring the aquarium with your beau, then hit up one of the many amazing restaurants in the Entertainment District.

Ripley’s is actually hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner at the aquarium, though tickets are completely sold out for the night!

LOCATION: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON


Paint Cabin is an art bar in Toronto's Leslieville where you can paint and drink

Paint date night at Paint Cabin

Paint Cabin is a cute little art bar located in Leslieville, and it’s the perfect spot for a romantic winter date night out.

It’s always fun being able to let loose and be creative, and a paint date night is a great way to show off your artistic side to your partner.

Watercolour painting at Paint Cabin Toronto

Grab tickets to their Valentine’s Day couples’ paint night, where you’ll get to paint whatever you want, enjoy champagne, and indulge in a heart-shaped gourmet chocolate smash cake.

You can grab advanced presale tickets at $154.98 for two people, and the price will be $164.98 after February 2nd.

LOCATION: 723 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON


Three10 Restaurant at The Rec Room Toronto

Play games at the The Rec Room

You can’t not have fun while at the Rec Room, and it’s a fun Valentine’s Day date idea you can do with your S/O.

It’s warm inside, there’s an arcade full of games, and the food and drinks are pretty good!

How The Rec Room works is that you buy a game tag which you can load with game credits, and you can bring it every time you visit.

You can play arcade games using the game credits, and collect reward points towards a prize.

The game credits and reward points never expire, so you can keep coming back and save for the perfect prize for your S/O!

The Rec Room is a fun spot to play arcade games and experience virtual reality in Toronto

There’s also an in-house restaurant at The Rec Room where you’ll find all kinds of elevated comfort foods, and the food is actually pretty good.

You can also find The Rec Room locations in Mississauga, Barrie, and London!

LOCATION: 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON


Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada

I always love visiting the AGO, and it’s always a fun and cute date idea in Toronto.

There’s so much to see at the gallery, and they usually have some cool special exhibitions going on.

There's plenty of cool works to see at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Entrance to the AGO is actually free for those 25 and under, so it’s a great budget-friendly Valentine’s Day date idea for anyone 25 and under!

The Yayoi Kusama permanent exhibit is definitely a must-visit, and you can snap some cute couple mirror selfies to post on the ‘Gram.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room – Let's Survive Forever

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat afterwards, definitely head over to Chinatown nearby for some of the best Asian restaurants in the city.

Bitter Melon and R&D are both fantastic spots if you’re looking for something more upscale, while Nguyen Huong and Juicy Dumpling are both great if you’re looking for something more affordable.

LOCATION: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON


Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

Visit ROM After Dark

If you and your partner love going to events around Toronto, ROM After Dark should definitely be on your radar.

You can enjoy a night full of curated music, live performances, food and drink, and exploring the museum without kiddos running around.

This monthly 19+ event has a different theme each month, and their February 10th theme is Love Struck!

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they’re $30 per person (or $27 for ROM members).

LOCATION: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON


Watch a screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox

You’ve probably heard of the annual Toronto International Film Festival, but did you know you could visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox year-round?

They have all kinds of unique and interesting programs and screenings throughout the year, including their “Love Will Tear Us Apart” series!

All throughout the month of February, you can watch screenings of 8 different romantic films from the last 80 years, spanning from Hong Kong to India.

LOCATION: 350 King St W, Toronto, ON


Candlelight concert in Toronto

I first heard of Fever’s Candlelight concerts when I saw an ad about their anime concert, and I’ve been dying to go ever since.

It’s basically a live instrumental performance where you’re surrounded by hundreds of candles, which is pretty romantic!

Hear iconic film scores like “My Heart Will Go On” from the Titanic movie and songs from Romeo and Juliet.

You can attend one of their performances on February 10th or February 14th!

They even have Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey tribute concerts, which is really cool.

LOCATION: Various locations


Canoe Restaurant, Toronto
Canoe offers up gorgeous CN Tower views.

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day dinner in Toronto

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a special Valentine’s Day dinner at one of Toronto’s many incredible restaurants.

A lot of restaurants even have actual Valentine’s Day set menus, which is a really nice option!

Whether you’re craving high-end sushi or looking for a prix fixe menu, there are plenty of romantic restaurants in Toronto that you can enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner at.


Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection

Romantic staycation at a boutique hotel

Sweep your beau off their feet with a quick and romantic weekend staycation at a local boutique hotel in Toronto.

The Broadview Hotel is housed in a stunning historic Victorian building in the east end of Toronto, and they’ve got a gorgeous bistro on the main floor.

It’s not far from Tabule (an amazing Middle Eastern restaurant in Riverside), and you can even do a little thrift shopping at Common Sort and Value Village nearby (matching couple outfits, anyone?)

Gladstone House is another lovely boutique hotel in Toronto’s artsy West Queen West neighbourhood, and it’s also housed in a historic Victorian building.

West Queen West is home to some of the best restaurants in Toronto, and I absolutely adore Grand Electric, The Good Son, and Otto’s Bierhalle.

If you’re up for some vintage shopping, House of Vintage and Public Butter are both in the area!

And if you want to take a little winter stroll, Trinity Bellwoods is about a 15 minute walk from Gladstone House.


Valentine’s Day date ideas in Toronto:

  1. Ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square
  2. Cooking class at Eataly Toronto
  3. Guided tasting tour at St. Lawrence Market
  4. Stroll through the Distillery District
  5. Explore Ripley’s Aquarium
  6. Paint date night at Paint Cabin
  7. Play games at The Rec Room
  8. Wander around the Art Gallery of Ontario
  9. Visit ROM After Dark
  10. Watch a screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox
  11. Candlelight concert in Toronto
  12. Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day dinner in Toronto
  13. Romantic staycation at a boutique hotel

These were some of the best Valentine’s Day date ideas in Toronto to go on this year!

If you’re looking for cute Valentine’s outfit ideas, check out my post on Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for evey occasion.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog


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