8 sweet but not-too-cheesy activity ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day in downtown Montreal

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Stéphane Deslauriers

Deux amis partagent un bon repas végétalien chez Lola Rosa

While many embrace all things Valentine’s Day, some also roll their eyes at the slightest mention of what is often seen as a corny holiday. But let’s be honest, we could all use a few more opportunities to show our better half, a friend or a family member that we care! Besides, there are tons of places in downtown Montreal that your sweetheart will fall for, here are just a few. 

Trust us: your Valentine will be impressed.

Meet that special someone on the footbridges of Dorchester Square

Although it’s often overlooked, Dorchester Square is one of the nicest spots downtown. Set a date with your sweetheart on one of the two footbridges made to resemble those in Venice and snap a selfie to the backdrop of one of Montreal’s prettiest views. While you’re there, take a stroll to the beautiful fountain in front of the Dominion Square building and admire the grandeur of the impressive Sun Life building that towers over the park.

Photo credit : Sarah McMahon-Sperber

Take a relaxing journey through Espace Sensible 

If you’d like to add an artistic touch to your adventure, Espace Sensible is an invitation to take a soothing break from your daily sensory overload. If your partner has been feeling stressed lately, invite them to join you in one of these welcoming, multi-sensory shelters. The peace and quiet will make them feel much better.

Photo credit : Freddy Aciniegas

Discover the beautiful architectural buildings gifted by yesteryear’s rich philanthropists

In the 19th century, Montreal’s economic elite consisted of large families that lived in luxurious mansions downtown. Some of these homeowners donated a good part of their real estate to institutions that continue to thrive to this day. From the Montreal General Hospital to McGill University, along with the Allan Memorial Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts, you’ll have a great time admiring these architectural masterpieces.

Explore new flavours in the burgeoning heart of Asian cuisine: Shoni

Did you know that west of our city’s wonderful Chinatown, there’s another little-known Asian neighbourhood where new and creative options abound? Located on Sainte-Catherine Street, Shaughnessy Village has some of the city’s finest Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants. Show your cuisine-loving partner how much you care by taking them on a spontaneous culinary adventure in and out of Shoni’s treasure-laden shops, cafés and restaurants.

Photo credit: Jonathan Duval

Have an awe-inspiring experience in the Palais des Congrès’s new immersive space

Have you heard of Oasis Immersion? This series of new immersive exhibits inspired by the latest technological trends is happening in a new space on the ground floor of Montreal’s Palais des Congrès. With an anticipation room, three galleries, and a lounge, this space that spans over 2,200 square meters offers you and your loved one a singular opportunity to get away from it all.

Photo credit : Oasis Immersion

Go ice skating in an enchanting setting in Cabot square

This winter, the artificial ice in Cabot Square is back! Two steps away from the Atwater metro station, this great destination, which is part of the exploratory path known as Le sentier du cœur de l’Île [link in French], is also beautiful in winter thanks to its lovely lighting. Ice skating is free and open to everyone. Whether you’re alone or with someone you cherish, you’ll love this skating rink’s enchanting urban setting.

Discover a winter terrace in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles

Photo credit : Daniel-Julien Inacio

Perhaps you’ve heard of them already? Lola Rosa restaurants serve up vegan dishes from around the world. In addition to delicious meals, the Lola Rosa in the Quartier des spectacles also offers a novel and memorable dining experience: an intimate and safe bubble beneath the unmistakably urban twilight. 

If you’re someone who’s looking to eat fewer animal products, Lola Rosa restaurants are a great way to encourage them. You’ll have to make plans ahead of time though, however, as seating on the terrace is limited. You’d like to give it a try? Head over to our Instagram page to enter our Valentine’s Day contest for a chance to win a reservation for two!

Enjoy a memorable concert at the Montréal en Lumière festival

Despite the health measures still in effect, almost all of Montréal en Lumière’s scheduled concerts are still taking place and none of the food and dining options have been cut. That’s great news! Have a look at the list of scheduled performances as well as the gourmet meals you can look forward to:

https://www.montrealenlumiere.com. Here’s your chance to get reacquainted with the festive feel of our beloved downtown!

Like you, we sometimes have mixed feelings when it comes to Valentine’s Day. That said, nothing is keeping us from creating new traditions! All the activities on offer in downtown Montreal will surely draw you out of your comfort zone and have you feeling closer to the one you love.

 Finally, if you do decide to go exploring, don’t forget to tag #montrealcentreville in your pictures. We want to see and share your adventures!