Our list of the best things to do for couples in Montreal will interest you if you’re planning a romantic escapade. From quaint Old Town rooftop bars and restaurants to the Botanical Gardens, Montreal is home to many romantic places.
Cruising on the Saint-Lawrence River at sunset, sipping cocktails on a sunny terrace and dining by candlelight in Old Montreal are just a few of the most romantic things to do in Montreal. Book a hotel in Montreal – why not the famous John Lennon & Yoko Ono Suite at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel – and treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable holiday.
1. Tour Old Montreal on a horse-drawn carriage
Make a slow-paced journey back into time
The romantic clip-clop of horses’ hoofs and clacking of carriage wheels echo over the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal all year round. Couples board calèches – horse-drawn carriages – at the Place Jacques-Cartier and absorb the cool breeze during summer, or cuddle under thick wool blankets when the old city sparkles with snow. Like a slow-paced journey back in time, it’s a very romantic way to discover Montreal’s historical neighbourhood.
Location: Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal, QC, Canada
2. Enjoy a candlelit spa for 2
Treat yourself at Le Spa in Hôtel Le St-James
A stroll away from the Old Port, in the heart of Old Montreal, the arched stone halls of the 19th-century Merchant’s Bank have been converted into guest rooms, a restaurant and spa for the Hôtel Le St-James. The spa is burrowed in the former vault and its walls are part of the historic fortifications of Montreal. Unwind in the hotel’s intimate treatment rooms with a relaxing candlelit couple’s massage romantically named the “Amore Package”.
Location: 355 Saint-Jacques Street, Montreal, QC H2Y 1N9, Canada
3. Sip a cocktail on a rooftop terrace
Romantic Montreal venues with a view
Saint-Lawrence River? Head to Terrasse Nelligan on Saint-Paul Street West to get a superb vantage of the Old Town and of Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. A stroll away, on the bank of the river, you can enjoy a drink at Terrasse sur L’Auberge. It offers great views of the Old Port. If you want to impress your loved one, go to the nearby Terrasse William Gray. The food, setting and views are to die for.
4. Stroll in the Gardens of Light
Admire the illuminations at the Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens is one of the most popular attractions in Montreal. They offer an interesting place for a romantic stroll. It’s even better if you happen to be in Montreal in September-October because the Botanical Gardens are illuminated for the annual Gardens of Light, creating a magical landscape. The Chinese Garden displays traditional lanterns, the Japanese Garden features a contemplative path and the First Nations Garden hosts a multimedia experience.
Location: 4101 Sherbrooke Street East, Montreal, QC H1X 2B2, Canada
5. Picnic in Park Little Italy
Sample Southern comfort food at a cool green spot
Park Little Italy is a 6,500 sq m green space located in the neighbourhood of the same name, 4 km northwest of Montreal City Centre. On a clear day, a great, original idea is to share a picnic with your loved one in the park. Grab a ready-made picnic basket at The Triple Crown Dinette, a very popular restaurant close to the southwest corner of the park. Their Southern comfort food is simply delicious. Then, you just have to find a spot under the trees and enjoy a romantic picnic in a serene area.
Location: Clark Street, Montreal, QC, Canada
6. Tango in the park
Outdoor sensual dancing in Montreal
In summer, dancing in public squares is a popular activity in Montreal. You can watch energetic partners swirl their skirts and stomp their feet at parks throughout the city – or join in the fun. When the stars come out, parks throughout the Little Italy, Outremont and Verdun neighbourhoods attract tango aficionados – and those who wish they were. Everyone is invited to join in the free fun. The most famous places to dance tango in summer in Montreal are St. Viateur Park, Verdun Greenhouses and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park.
7. Romantic gourmet break at a terrace café
Indulge yourself with coffee and pastries in a quaint bistro
From May to September, you can linger over morning cups of café au lait and watch passers-by over lunch, or enjoy a few nightcaps under umbrella tables on sidewalks throughout Montreal. Some of the city’s most romantic spots are in Old Montreal, Mile End or Plateau Mont-Royal, with French-Canadian bistros such as Café Olimpico on Saint-Viateur Street West, Café Santropol on Saint-Urbain Street and Café de’ Mercanti on Notre-Dame Street East, just to name a few.
photo by Alain Rouiller (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified
8.Sunset cruises on the Saint-Lawrence River
Make a serene journey on Montreal’s river
A cruise along Montreal’s Saint-Lawrence River is pleasant at any time of day, but it’s especially romantic when the city skyline turns gold under the setting sun. More romantic still are Croisières AML’s evening cruises, where lovers dine and dance under the stars. You can also join one of the fireworks cruises annually offered during the summer for L’International des Feux Loto-Québec Fireworks Competition – one of the biggest fireworks festivals in the world.
Location: Quai des Convoyeurs, Montreal, QC H2Y 4B2, Canada
9.Dinner at the Bonaparte Restaurant
Fine dining for 2 in Old Montreal
A French-Canadian dinner in the heart of the old city is easily one of the most romantic things to do in Montreal. White linens, sparkling crystal, warm candlelight and muted interiors combine to make Old Montreal’s 18th-century restaurants venues where the sweetest of memories are forged. For instance, you can end the day over a bottle of Château Margaux and some of the city’s most refined French cuisine at one of Montreal’s most romantic addresses, the Bonaparte restaurant.
Location: 447 Saint-Francois-Xavier Street, Montreal, QC H2Y 2T1, Canada
10. Spend a night in the John Lennon & Yoko Ono Suite
Bed-in for peace at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
You can spend a night or 2 in the room in which John Lennon and Yoko Ono made their world-famous happening in 1969 at the upscale Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Their “Bed-in for Peace” was a protest against the Vietnam War that was raging at that time. The John Lennon & Yoko Ono Suite is where they wrote the song “Give Peace a Chance”. Note that you should book it far ahead as it’s obviously the most demanded room in the hotel.
Location: 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montreal, QC H3B 4A5, Canada