So you’ve landed a date with a hot Montrealer — now, where to take them? Whether you’re going for an adventurous vibe or you want to explore the city’s incredible culinary scene with your new love interest (after all, according to Tourism Montreal, the city has the record number of restaurants per capita in North America), there are plenty of fun places to make the most of your first date in Montreal.
From one-of-a-kind experiences to delicious restaurants all the way to gorgeous coffee shops, Montreal has got it all. To help you plan your romantic day or night, here are 10 of the cutest spots in Montreal for a fun first date.
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Sip lattes (and ambiance) at Crew Collective & Café
Located in the Royal Bank Tower in the Old Port, the magnificent café space at Crew Collective & Café will be sure to impress your date. Sit in the lounge area or rent one of their private spaces, and you can enjoy their luxurious lattes while soaking in their breathtaking architecture.
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Go on a sensory journey at OASIS Immersion
Arouse you and your partner’s senses with a trip to Canada’s largest immersive destination (located on the ground floor of the Palais des congrès de Montréal) — OASIS Immersion. Lasting about 75 minutes, the three “walkable” immersive galleries transport you into a sensory journey that’s as stimulating as it is soothing. When you’re done, grab a coffee together in their gorgeous lounge area, and debate whether or not the floors were actually moving.
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Dine in style at Restaurant Gon Bui
Is your date vegan? Do they also love Chinese cuisine? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then head over to Restaurant Gon Bui — a modernized and vegan-friendly Asian tapas restaurant. The place is also absolutely gorgeous with stunning decor. At the centre of this restaurant there’s a big “fortune tree” decorated with red envelopes, which are a symbol of good luck.
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Express yourself at Café Céramique
Want to get crafty on your date with a little DIY fun? Here’s a hands-on activity that’s memorable and romantic! Ceramic painting is relaxing, affordable and a great spot to spend some quality time getting to know someone. Café Céramique is well-known for their smoothies and paninis, and also offer an array of warm delicious drinks.
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Savour a blast from at the past at JukeBox Burgers
Channeling major throwback vibes, this diner is like a time machine straight to the nostalgia of past decades. Sometimes all you need is some comfort food and a creamy milkshake to impress that special someone. JukeBox Burgers & Bar Laitier offers great ambiance and retro music, too.
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Hit the mark at TNT Axe Throwing
Looking for a unique — and cathartic — date activity? Release “first-date stress” by throwing some axes at TNT Axe Throwing Montreal. Located near the centre of the city, this activity won’t break the bank (it costs $25 per person). The professional instructors there will make sure that you two are having fun, and hopefully hitting bull’s eyes, too!
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Put conversation and fun times first at SoLIT Café
Located right across McGill University, SoLIT Café is one of a kind. The café has a fun-focussed no-laptop concept — which is perfect for when you want to really focus your attention on your date and your conversation. The cafe discourages people from studying there and encourages patrons to leave the stress of their daily lives at the door. Your date will love the views, their “table food” and their specialty: iced matcha lattes.
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Enjoy the purr-fect date at Café Chato
If your date is a cat-lover, this is the place to take them! Café Chato is a great laid-back spot to get to know someone. Order a sandwich and a hot drink and just play with kitties! This just might guarantee you a second date.
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Share an immersive ecosystem experience at the Biodome
Want to travel the world with your date in about 90 minutes? Bring them to the Bidome. Here, you can stroll together through a multi-sensory and immersive experience through the five ecosystems of the Americas (think: rainforest birds, a beaver lodge and more) — all in one day.
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Sample some sweets at Pâtisserie L’Éclaircie
Does your date have a sweet tooth? If so, bring them to this French pastry shop! Pâtisserie L’Éclaircie is known all over Montreal for having the best éclairs. With over 10 flavours, you’re sure to hit the jackpot.
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