It’s a first date. Or a second date. Or a third. It really doesn’t matter, because here’s the point: just about any date can be a knockout success. So whether you met your date through a deftly executed right-swiping motion, through a matchmaking agency, or just by exchanging glances (and numbers) in line at the cafe, you’re going to want your Toronto date to be a little dazzled.
That’s all another way of saying this: Toronto is one of the best places in the world to get your romantic groove going. With a drop-dead gorgeous skyline, glittering lights at night that reveal to you the multitudes of unique shops, cafes, and restaurants, this is an idyllic place to fall in love.
So, in support of this notion, I offer you: 5 of Toronto’s best-kept secrets where you can have your next date.
1. Graffiti Alley // 753 Queen St W
Some of the most expletive-laden comments (“Holy F***, that’s awesome!”) may emerge during a stroll through Graffiti Alley. Located in downtown Toronto in the Fashion District, Graffiti Alley is where you’ll find some of the world’s most eye-popping street art. I won’t pull any punches here: if your date is the artsy type and/or a rebel-without-a-cause type, this will be a rather enjoyable experience for both of you. Running for about a kilometre in length, the walls of Graffiti Alley will likely evoke all sorts of emotion in you. Or maybe not. Either way, here’s a tip: to really impress your date, read up a bit on Toronto’s local graffiti artists – so you can talk all about their art with your date.
Hop on a ferry to Wards Island (taking a ferry is romantic in itself!) and land near the Refectory Cafe. With a magical lakeside patio, cute architectural design, and salivating-worthy food, you’ll want to indulge here with your date. Lunch on grilled Akawi cheese sandwiches, rolled omelettes, and other delectables as you sit under the shade of trees – alongside “surprisingly non-aggressive squirrels,” according to one reviewer.
Probably not a bad idea to reserve a table in advance, if you can.
The story of a great romance begins with an excursion to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Well, at least, I’m sure some romances have begun that way. The Art Gallery of Ontario is the perfect destination for a sophisticated-and-charming first date. With your arm around your paramour, you’ll stand witness to masterpieces by Monet and Van Gogh, funky pop art, and miniature boxwood carvings.
Plus, if you need another excuse to take your date here: the Art Gallery of Ontario is free on Wednesdays 6-9PM.
Dance the night away with your date at the hip Reservoir Lounge, where you’ll enjoy “cool jazz, hot swing, smart cocktails,” and “good eats” (yes, that’s exactly how the place describes itself).
What makes the Reservoir Lounge such an amazing place to take your date in Toronto? Well, first of all, some of the most well-known (and inspired) jazz and swing bands come to play at this classy place. And there’s the dancing, of course – always a good way to connect on a first or second date. Top that all off with their excellent cocktail menu, and you have the right ingredients for a delightful evening.
5. The Path // Multiple Locations
Maybe you’re one of those people who don’t mind getting drenched in rain and frosted over by giant snowflakes.
But for the rest of us – who are a little less weather-resistant – the prospect of shopping in an expansive underground walkway might be a rather welcoming idea. Toronto has exactly that kind of underground walkway, known as “The Path.” It’s a 30 kilometer network that links together a wide variety of shopping and entertainment venues. And, you know, shopping with your date can be incredibly fun – and you’ll almost certainly learn more about each other. So escape the snowy pestilence that’s above ground and instead saunter through The Path’s walkways.
For more dating tips be sure to check out Toronto matchmaking agency and dating service Lyons Elite.
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