LOOKING FOR LOVE? THE MOST ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL
Romance under the seas is found in the 1000 Islands, with mysterious shipwrecks to explore with your main squeeze in pristine, freshwater visibility. When you’ve had your dive fix though, more romance awaits on land within just a two-hour drive. Montreal breathes seduction across cobblestone pathways, to the passionate sounds of the Tango and French-speaking locals. European ambience also lingers over your taste buds, with a dining scene steeped in candlelit sensuality.
If you’re looking for love, this is one city that ensures you’ll bathe in it. Here are some of the most romantic things to do in Montreal.
Tango in the Park
The Tango is often expressed as a feeling that’s danced and tends to evoke primal senses of drama and sensuality. In Montreal, the appeal is strong and summer months see parks filled with professionals and novices alike, twirling across makeshift dance floors. If you can’t resist the urge, as many before you could not, grab your partner and see where the music takes you. Or, take it one step further and learn the precision art at an array of dance schools, including the popular MonTango.
Cruise the Saint Lawrence River
For stunning views of the city skyline and attractions like the Montreal Biosphere and La Ronde amusement park, take a leisurely cruise on the Saint Lawrence River. To add a splash of fun to the romance, you can run away to the circus at the same time, on board the AML Cavalier Maxim. You’ll feast on a mouthwatering, five-course menu in a glass-walled dining room, watch a circus performance and dance the night away to live DJ sets on the terrace.
Delight Your Taste Buds
Romantic things to do in Montreal should include your taste buds, as the city is one of the world’s great foodie meccas. At Modavie, your ears are in for a treat too, with the smooth sounds of jazz. Here, you’ll eat French bistro cuisine, like cheese and charcuterie platters, in candlelit elegance. Les Enfants Terribles PVM brings panoramic views from the 44th floor and scrumptious dishes such as Seared European Sea Bass. For couples who just can’t stay away from the water, Oasis Surf offers a wave pool, so you can surf while you wait for tapas.
Explore Mount Royal Park
Kiss in a gazebo, picnic among flower beds, gaze in awe at panoramic views and laze beneath shady maple canopies, in Mount Royal Park. The sprawling park is jam-packed with options for adventure too with winding bike paths, plus cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and tobogganing in winter. If you visit on a Sunday in summer, you’ll get to see Tam Tams, a drum circle where you can bump and grind to the beats.
Discover the Lachine Canal
The Lachine Canal is the spot for date night walks, not to mention a National Historic Site, having played a key role in developing Canadian industry. Stroll or cycle along the lush, green banks to see historic buildings, stop for a game of outdoor chess near the Atwater Market and have a drink at the Canal Lounge floating cafe. To impress your date, hire a tandem kayak or canoe to meander across the calm water.
Find Hidden Speakeasies
There’s nothing much sexier than a dimly-lit, underground speakeasy and Montreal is full of them. Go on the hunt for that 1920’s vibe in Chinatown, starting at Le Mal Nécessaire. The Cloakroom Bar offers just 25 seats for a truly intimate atmosphere, and cocktails crafted just for you. The sumptuous decor at Bar Le Royal will put you in the mood for romance, if the cocktails crafted by expert mixologists don’t do so first. For a hint of naughtiness, head to Le Couvent. The bar is actually in a former convent, complete with a large image of nuns to watch over you.
Have you discovered any speakeasies in Montreal that all lovers should know about? We’d love to know, in the comments below.