4 Ideas for a Romantic Weekend in Toronto
By Marisa Logan
Are you taking your sweetheart on a romantic getaway to the city of Toronto? This excellent Canadian city always has a great selection of fun things to do so plan ahead before you’re overwhelmed with options for your Toronto date getaway. Here are some romantic ideas for couples visiting Toronto.
Dinner and Bowling at “The Ballroom” in the Club District
If you are looking for a fun date night, you will find everything in one place at this brand new Toronto establishment that combines the retro fun of bowling with a great resto-bar. The days of cheesy bowling alleys with horrible lighting, dirty carpets and smelly shoes are over; this bowling joint is chic and modern.
While you’re here you can also play ping pong, have a beer in the lounge or sink your teeth into some of the gourmet pub fare prepared by Tawfik Shehata, a local chef. The upscale menu puts a new spin on your old bowling alley favourites, with handmade hot dogs, freshly ground burgers and nachos with pulled pork. There is even a fresh organic quinoa salad for those looking for something lighter.
The bowling lanes are very popular and reservations aren’t required, so try to plan your date for a weeknight if you want a chance to play.
Stand-Up Comedy at One of Toronto’s Great Comedy Clubs
If you’re just getting to know your date, watching a comedy show can be a great way to break the ice. Laughter helps you both to relax and whether you loved or hated the comic, afterward you will have something to talk about.
Toronto has a superb comedy scene and some of the best comedians in Canada have started their careers here. There are many great comedy clubs to choose from that offer excellent stand up, such as the Comedy Bar at Bloor and Ossington which offers a full schedule of improv, sketch and alternative shows. There is also Yuk Yuk’s, located on the edge of Toronto’s Club District and the launching place of famous Canadian comedians Howie Mandel and Russell Peters. Second City is famous for its improv and sketch comedy. The shows usually involve plenty of audience interaction and will have you rolling in the aisles.
Skating on the Harborfront
If you’re taking your date out during the winter, don’t hide away trying to keep warm! Instead, embrace the Canadian cold and go skating together at the ice rink at the Harborfront Centre. The special skating nights run all winter long and feature music by local DJs. Don’t worry about your skating ability. If you are good, your date will be impressed, but if, on the other hand, your date is skating circles around you, ask to hold hands.
Afterwards, you can head to a local coffee shop and warm up with a cozy mug of tea or hot chocolate. The chilly winter air will bring out the glow in your cheeks, so your date won’t be able to tell how much you are blushing.
Enjoy the Luxury of Casa Loma
In the 19th century, the wealthy elite of Toronto decided to distinguish themselves from the great unwashed below them by building beautiful and ornate homes high on the hill of Casa Loma. Take your date on a tour around these amazing examples of luxury architecture and marvel at their beauty. Places you won’t want to miss include the Spadina Historic House & Gardens, the Casa Loma or the Le Meridien King Edward hotel. These buildings are open to the public so that you can walk around and see their elaborately furnished rooms and beautiful gardens.
These stunning historical buildings are sure to give you a sore neck from walking around with your head craned back to admire the beautiful marble details on the ceiling. Afterwards, you could go out for a meal together or enjoy a romantic picnic in the gardens.
These are just a few examples of fun and romantic things that you can do in Toronto, Ontario. Start planning your date today!