Vancouver is one of the most romantic cities in the world, right up there with Paris, Florence, Venice and Barcelona. We have sultry waterways, impressive mountaintops, a glittering skyline and enough nature to provide inspiration for love. A vibrant food and drink scene doesn’t hurt to warm the cockles of one’s heart.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, now’s the time to think about how to woo that special someone.
And although “Romance without finance is a nuisance,” Vancouver offers lots of budget activities as well as high-end opportunities to turn your courtship into a relationship.
Here are some suggestions of ways to get romantic in Vancouver.
With so many Mobi bike racks around the city, it’s easy to hop on some wheels and head to the Vancouver Seawall. Ride all the way from Granville Island through Stanley Park all the way to Gastown, stopping leisurely for snacks and drinks, and park the bikes wherever you end up. Feel the spontaneity propelling your heart.
Take a False Creek Ferry or Aquabus from Science World all the way to Sunset Beach, stopping along the way at Granville Island, David Lam Park and The Vancouver Aquatic Center at Sunset Beach. Be charmed by the tiny tugboats, breathe deep the salt air, and watch the green-glass towers go by while you nestle in the arms of your amour.
If your date can skate, this is one way to have fun getting a glamorous workout under a glass bubble at Robson Square, in the shade of the Art Gallery. This year, Valentines Day marks the end of the season.
Grab a tray of sushi and a bottle of Prosecco and head out to Spanish Banks at sunset. Satisfy your hunger while taking in the sunset. Watch the cruise ships depart. Feel the sand between your toes. Walk along the bike path. What could be more romantic?
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, you must be in Vancouver’s Little Italy. Dominated by an influx of Italian immigrants post-WWII, Commercial Drive from Broadway to Hastings has become one of the most artistic and culturally diverse neighborhoods in Vancouver. As you walk “The Drive” on Taste Vancouver’s walking food tour, you’ll experience sights, sounds, and tastes of the romantic Italian culture. As a shared experience, that’s amore!
On Valentine’s Day, Little Italy tours get a bonus sweet treat valued at $10 to take home and enjoy with your sweetie.
Talk about sensual, dining at Dark Table offers a chance to heighten all senses other than sight, taking you on a completely unique culinary journey. Service is performed by blind waiters who guide you through the pitch black dining room and entertain you vocally. The experience of visual deprivation amps up the romantic effect by leaving you with a sense of vulnerability and empathy that cannot be obtained at normal restaurants. Seatings from 5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
There’s something about this intimate, woodsy, brick-sided bistro serving authentic Italian that makes you moan, “Mama Mia!” Choose from Brioche’s airy front space off Cordova or a cozy dining room on the Water Street side. A perfect casual dining experience before hitting a show at Guilt and Co.
Here’s an intimate cellar club with an old-fashioned atmosphere reminiscent of a 1920’s speakeasy. Tucked beneath the gastrolounge, Chill Winston in a historic building in the center of Gastown, Guilt & Co. offers great drinks and tasty snacks, as well as cool music nightly, asking cover charges by donation.
On February 14th, party planner Sparkle Plenty will be celebrating love in all it’s dynamic forms for an amorous edition of Gastown Cabaret – Babes for Days. Doors – 8pm, Show – 9:00pm
Frankie’s Jazz Club is a comfy cozy spot to hear the best local and international jazz musicians. Marquee shows start at 8pm, and free shows begin at 11pm. Being located near BC Place and Rogers Arena makes it an excellent joint for an after-game drink.
Tuesday, Febrary 14 – Steve Maddock and Sharon Minemoto in Vocal Duets. A special$70 three-course Valentine’s day menu is included in the ticket price!
Whatever you do on February 14th, rest assured that the year holds 364 more days to get romantic in Vancouver. Because, you know, every day can be Valentine’s Day.
Have a loving one!