Where: 4328 Saint-Laurent // Plateau
Why you should go: This is a cafe by day and bar by night. The decor is lush, warm and inviting. Kind of feels like your having a drink in a really swanky but retro-inspired Brooklyn apartment. Great spot for a birthday drink and small bite at a reasonable price.
Where: 1862 Saint Catherine West // Downtown
Why you should go: This is a great spot to have a low-key birthday for two. The decor doesn't try hard at all because the food is really what will impress. The price is also very nice.
Where: 440 Saint Francois Xavier // Old Port
Type: Healthy fusion
Why you should go: Just because they serve "healthy" food, doesn't mean the taste is lacking. Bringing your GF to Venice MTL is going to earn you some serious brownie points. The food is tasty, vibrant and healthy - and of course, the atmosphere is crazy cute.
Where: 630 Rue De Courcelle / Saint Henri
Type: Tacos / Mexican
Why you should go: Grumman '78 has come on long way since their Faubourg food court days. Now serving some elevated tacos in a beautiful and airy space in Saint Henri; this is a great spot for a cute birthday for two, or a whole crew of friends.
Where: 3721 Notre Dame Avenue // Saint-Henri
Type: South East Asian
Why you should go: With small tons of options of small plates of South East Asian goodness, sharing is most definitely encouraged! And the food is tasty AF. The ambiance is warm and inviting - sometimes you might have a share a table with some new people. You may just make some new friends for the night.
Where: 189 Rue Dante // Little Italy
Type: Classic Italian Pizzeria
Why you should go: This is one of Montreal's oldest pizza spots, open since 1948. The vibe is casual and unpretentious - hasn't changed a bit over the years. A great place to bring your girlfriend for a low-key evening of amazing pizza and pasta. And it's BYOW. Enough said.
Where: 3618 Notre Dame Street West // Saint- Henri
Type: Middle Eastern
Why you should go: The portions are generous and the taste is out of this world. This is the spot if your girlfriend knows how to appreciate a real falafel. The vibe is laid-back and casual but the decor is minimal but on point.
Where: 60 Avenue Fairmount West // Mile - End
Type: Ice Cream
Why you should go: If your GF has a summer or spring birthday, consider taking her to Kem Coba to top off the night. Kem Coba specializes in home made ice cream and sorbets in unique flavours. Because what kind of girl doesn't like a cone of hot pink ice cream on her birthday?