A French Canadian dinner in the heart of the old city is easily one of the top 10 romantic things to do in Montréal. White linens, sparkling crystal, warm candlelight and muted interiors combine to make Old Montréal’s 18th-century restaurants into venues where the sweetest of memories are forged.
You can just watch energetic partners swirl their skirts, stomp their feet and dip at parks throughout Montréal—or join in the fun. When the stars come out, parks throughout the Little Italy, Outremont and Verdun neighborhoods attract tango aficionados—and those who wish they were. Everyone is invited to join in the free fun.
Pedestrian and bicycle paths crisscross Mount Royal Park and wend their way past manicured flower beds, under shady maple canopies and up to Mount Royal Chalet. Put on your jogging shoes or rent a bike. The view of the city with the St. Laurence River as a backdrop will make you glad that you did.
Couples linger over morning cups of café au lait, watch passers-by over lunch or enjoy a few nightcaps under umbrella tables on sidewalks throughout Montréal. The city’s most romantic spots are in Old Montréal or Plateau Mont-Royal, with French-Canadian bistros and global fine-dining venues.
Before returning to your Montréal hotel, wait for the city’s weekly fireworks show held every Saturday from June through August. The annual fireworks competition L’International des Feux Loto-Québec fills the night sky with bursts of color staged by pyrotechnic experts from five continents.
Toast your sweetheart with the very essence of Québec’s sweet summer harvest, ice wine and apple cider. Restaurants throughout Montréal serve up chilled glasses of these regional specialties.
The romantic clip-clop of horses’ hoofs and clacking of carriage wheels echo over the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal year-round. Couples board calèches 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.
The arched stone halls of the 19th-century Merchant’s Bank have been converted to the guest rooms and the candlelit spa of the Hôtel Le St-James. Unwind in the hotel’s intimate treatment rooms with relaxing couple’s massages.
355 St-Jacques St. W., Old Montréal
A cruise along Montréal’s St. Lawrence River is pleasant any time of day, but it’s especially romantic when the city’s skyline grows golden under a sunset. More romantic still are Croisières AML’s evening cruises, where lovers dance under the stars. Also offered during the annual summer L’International des Feux Loto-Québec Fireworks Competition are fireworks cruises.
King Edward Quay
End a romantic day over a bottle of Château Margaux and some of the city’s most refined regional French-Quebecois cuisine at Montréal’s most romantic address, the Café de Paris restaurant. Expect a dining room rich with white linens, lead crystal, French brocades and lush garden views.
1228 Sherbrooke St. W.
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