Written by: Emily De Sousa
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and Toronto is one of the best places to spend this romantic holiday with your loved ones. No matter what their style or taste, whether you’ve been married for years or just started dating, there’s something special in the city for you and your special someone.
Where to Find the Perfect Gift
Varsity Brown makes a variety of leather goods ranging from purses to camera straps. No matter what their style is, you’re bound to find something that your guy or gal will love from this authentic shop.
Let’s face it – Toronto is COLD. Anyone will appreciate having something a little extra cozy to warm up with during those frigid winter months.
Scent is the best way to trigger memory and your loved one will constantly be thinking of you with this incredibly cute gift. Le Labo creates beautifully scented perfumes and allows you to engrave the case specifically for your special someone.
Where to go for the Perfect Meal
Turn your dinner date into something more with a hands-on sushi workshop. Chef Sang Kim hosts Sushi Making For The Soul, with sushi making classes that will turn you into a sushi ninja. After you’ve learned how to create your own California Roll, you can indulge in your creations.
What better meal to celebrate the end of your new year’s resolutions than the fan favourite chicken and waffles? The Dirty Bird has three different locations in Toronto, so no matter where you are in the city you can get your chicken and waffles fix. The restaurant serves exclusively chicken and waffles dishes, but puts a unique twist on each meal, making you want to eat your way through the entire menu.
Set in the magnificent Casa Loma, this high-end restaurant serves steaks for the taste buds of even the toughest food critics, and decadent seafood towers.
Like a true Canadian, poutine is one of my favourite foods in the entire world. There’s just nothing like French fries doused in hot gravy and sprinkled with squeaky cheese curds. At Poutineville you can enjoy poutine in any way imaginable, and if nothing on their extensive menu happens to catch your eye, you can even create your own poutine. I recommend popping by on a Tuesday after 5pm to take advantage of their all you can eat poutine offer.
An iconic Toronto dining option, enjoy unforgettable, world class dishes with stunning views of the city. The restaurant stands more than 351 meters above the ground, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Access to the LookOut and Glass Floor are complimentary with the purchase of a prix fixe by each person.
Where to have the Perfect Time
There is nothing more romantic that being able to move as one with your partner. Take a dance class at Lula Lounge to literally swipe your date off their feet.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Second City is bringing back romance with a comical spin. Their newest event, “Hooking up: Second Base” is a collection of the best tales of Tinder troubles, long-lost lovers, and all the sickening bliss that comes with new relationships.
Head over to Paintlounge to learn how to make a cool painting with your loved one. Even if you’re not the artsy type, you’ll still have a blast! Classes range from freestyle painting, where you can paint anything you want, to step-by-step instructional workshops.
This year, the Zoo is hosting a First Comes Love event, where you’ll be treated to an amazing dinner, special animal encounters, interactive presentations about parenthood, and a tour of their Reproductive Labs (where you’ll get to see a couple of animals “in action”, if you know what I mean). The event is for adults only.