Toronto is a vibrant city with undeniable natural beauty, historical charm, and cultural threads all in one. Beneath the bustling exterior is a soft side, like a romantic spirit, that comes alive, if you know where to look.
You can experience world-class culinary delights with your loved one this Valentine's Day since the city is home to one of the best restaurants in Canada - Casa Madera.
Toronto also has one of the most vibrant art scenes, making it a perfect destination for art lovers this Valentine's as well as ample high-end private events to consider (from concerts to operas).
If you wish for experiences beyond the ordinary, keep reading. We've discussed some unforgettable Valentine's Day options that transcend the ordinary.
1. Have a Romantic Dinner at Upscale Restaurant – Casa Madera
Valentine's Day and romantic dinners go hand in hand given they both tap into the fundamental desire for intimacy and celebration of love. After a day characterised by red roses, love letters, heart-shaped chocolate, and romantic gestures, there's no better way to end the evening other than sharing a romantic meal in an upscale restaurant.
Luckily, Toronto is home to Casa Madera - an upscale Mexican-inspired restaurant with Mediterranean influences that serves the tastiest Mexican coastal cuisine with a modern twist.
The restaurant also offers the perfect environment for a romantic dinner i.e., an immersive atmosphere featuring natural wood accents, seductive music, and lighting that offer a feast-for-all-senses.
This Valentine’s, Casa Madera has crafted a special menu dubbed Valentine’s Day Specials composed of the tastiest starters, main dishes, and desserts specially curated and paired by Casa Madera's very own executive chef.
Enjoy the most unique version of octopus croquetas featuring beef bacon, potatoes, and Morita Chile aioli.
To set the tone for a romantic dinner, Casa Madera will also be serving other delicacies i.e. beef tartare with French origins synonymous with love. This delicious dinner dish will feature prime tenderloin beef cuts and other notable ingredients like confit quail egg yolks, premium cheese (pecorino affienato), and kimchi aioli.
If you love seafood, Casa Madera's Valentine's Day menu will feature a special delicacy – scallops and sea urchins just for you.
Guests can also opt for a tasty Perkin duck dish, "PATO", and finish off dinner with LA ROSA Valentine’s Day dessert, a sweet treat featuring delicious almond cake, lychee rose sorbet, and raspberries in snow.
Mesmerising Valentine’s dinner menus and settings don’t get better than this.
Casa Madera Toronto is a popular upscale restaurant in Toronto. If you are intrigued by this option we recommend you make a dinner reservations to secure your experience.
2. Valentine’s-themed Candlelight Concert
Candles have a unique ability to spark special moods and romantic feelings. If you/your loved one appreciated intimate gestures, and you fancy an artistic romantic experience this Valentine’s, you may want to consider a Valentine's-themed candlelight concert.
Replace mundane concert experiences with romantic ones this February by heading over to the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto for a candlelight concert specifically meant for celebrating love in Toronto. Enjoy classically-trained musical artists taking on romantic classics.
This candlelight concert is bound to offer a memorable multi-sensory musical experience for you and your loved one. However, you need tickets to see Listeso String Quartet performers in action.
Since the concert is typically a one-hour romantic evening experience, you can enjoy some fine dining at Casa Madera Toronto after the concert to make it a truly romantic, unforgettable night.
3. Private Opera Performance
If you enjoy visual artistry, live music performances, and everything else that comes with opera, you can opt for a private musical evening performance.
Luckily, Toronto has many unique venues for private opera performances. For an intimate and unique experience, you can consider Tapestry Opera's performances. The charming portable opera performances bring the experience to your doorstep.
You can enjoy an hour of professional singing on a customised box stage set up in your backyard, driveway, or other venues of your choice. You can make the experience intimate, just for you and your loved one, or make it a fun night with dateless friends.
If you'd rather enjoy the performance in an intimate venue, you can visit The Opera House located in Toronto. This stylish, relaxed, and romantic venue is perfect for private events. The Opera House also stands out for acoustic excellence, so you can rest assured of a memorable night.
Other probable venues include Casa Loma, a majestic castle offering many unique private event spaces. The castle has a library, gardens, and a grand ballroom that can also host a private opera performance.
The gardens may be the best choice for a romantic opera performance under the stars. You may consider having a luxurious Valentine’s Day dinner at Casa Madera afterward to top off the experience.
4. Book a Private Cabin at WinterViews
If you wish to spend this Valentine's Day engaging in some outdoor activities and unique cozy accommodations, you can consider visiting WinterViews (at 229 Richmond St. W.), a winter wonderland complete with cozy cabins, a skating rink, fire pits, and more. WinterViews has exclusive private experiences for those who wish for a custom Valentine’s private cabin experience.
Private cabins are complete with gourmet platters, drinks, campfire kits, and more. You can take the cabin party kit for your special Valentine's celebration and enjoy added perks like bottle service (order your favourite bottle of wine), and the ability to curate your package further.
Snuggle closer to your loved one as you enjoy the wintery decor, warm glow, crackling fireplaces, plush throws, and an array of romantic night activities to participate in. Roast marshmallows as you enjoy some quality time, and make memories and wishes.
There’s no better winter wonderland setting in Toronto for creating an unforgettable Valentine’s experience.
We’ve discussed four romantic and undoubtedly fun date ideas to consider this Valentine’s. For the ultimate luxurious Valentine’s Day dining experience, we suggest you visit the Casa Madera restaurant in Toronto.
For a romantic concert experience characterised by Valentine’s-themed candlelight, we suggest you visit Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. If you want a memorable private opera experience with your loved one, we also have some notable suggestions above. Lastly, you can consider WinterViews for a private cabin experience.
Most importantly, you don’t have to choose a fun activity in isolation. A fancy dinner at Casa Madera can be combined with a candlelight concert or private opera experience.