Although you may not have seen our city in quite this way before, Toronto is actually a perfect place to celebrate your love! You’ll find an amazing variety of romantic things to here this Valentine’s Day, and many are within a short distance of the Bond Hotel. Bring your sweetheart on one of these fun-filled romantic adventures
Bivalves ‘n’ Chill
Renowned for its aphrodisiac effect, seafood makes a superb Valentine’s Day supper choice. Rodney’s Oyster House serves some of the best in the city. This expansive resto has all kinds of nooks and crannies to hide away in with your love while guzzling down deliciously fresh spoils of the ocean. Afterwards, nip around the corner to the Chill Ice House for a cocktail and a reason to snuggle close, The place is made entirely of ice (and this includes your drink glasses).
Cabbagetown is for Lovers
Just a quick TTC ride east of the hotel, you’ll find charming, historic Cabbagetown. With its 7.5 acres of scenic wooded land, ponds, gardens and farm animals, the Riverdale Farm is a welcome bit of country in the heart of the city. Stroll its winding, hilly paths hand in hand with your love. And since the farm closes in the late afternoon, you’ll want to kill a bit of time at one of the area’s fabulous boutiques. Labour of Love is ideal for a little last-minute Valentine’s Day shopping. Then dine in style at The Pear Tree or Famelia or another of the neighbourhood’s many romantic restos.
The Allure of the Southern Accent
Softly lit to play up the ambers, reds, and glowing yellows of its décor, the delightfully decadent Southern Accent is guaranteed to bring romance to the table, along with a fantastic blend of Cajun, Creole and soul food. Add to this a beautiful selection of bourbons and some steamy jazz and your night will be off to a sexy southern start.
Treatments for Two
Head to the luxury couple’s suite of Yorkville’s Novo Spa (just a 15-minute cab ride from the Bond Place) for one of a long list of available couples packages. The aptly named Couple’s Paradise includes a 50-minute aromatherapy massage for two, a 20-minute Asian tea ritual (with foot soak and massage) for two, a couple’s private colour therapy shower and a colour therapy sauna. Paradise indeed!
Make it Permanent
What is the ultimate symbol of your romance? Maybe it’s hearts or flowers, birds or bees, or the book or painting or song you first bonded over…. Why not immortalise your partnership with matching tattoos? Whatever emblem you decide on, Yonge Street Tattoos, just north of the Bond Place, has the right artist to glorify your love in style.
Skate the Eight at the Bentway
The Bentway is an innovative project that repurposes 1.75km of the land beneath the Gardiner Expressway for public use. Enjoy art, food and drink (including warming hot chocolate!) till 10pm most days and, best of all, a figure-eight skating trail that runs from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street. Imagine you and your sweetheart sailing along the trail, arm in arm, catching glimpses of the lake, Toronto’s downtown and the picturesque neighbourhoods to the north and the south. Left your skates at home? On Thursdays there are free skate rentals from 5 to 9pm.
Dinner and a Movie, But Better
For a truly classy take on dinner and a movie, head to the TIFF Bell Lightbox. On February 14, you can take your love to see Max Ophüls’s romantic masterpiece of 1953, The Earrings of Madame de… Set in the belle époque, the film follows the path of a pair of heart-shaped diamond earrings from France to Constantinople, from person to person, while the lead character, “Madame de…” undertakes a more interior journey.
The Lightbox is also home to Luma, an upscale restaurant that features luxurious contemporary Canadian food. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, Luma offers beautiful views of King Street West and all the downtown action.
No matter what you and your Valentine are looking to get up to this year, Toronto has an amorous adventure for you!