- Deciding where to go on a first date in Montreal can be difficult, so MTL Blog is here to help you in your search.
- We made a list of public spaces that are perfect to go when you're meeting someone for the first time.
- Check out our list of first date spots below!
First dates are always stressful, especially when you haven't met the person previously. But, as online dating becomes the norm in our generation, it's becoming more and more common to go on dates with someone you haven't met before. With this in mind, MTL Blog made a list is that's jam-packed with cool first date ideas in Montreal, all of which are ideal for those hopeless romantics looking for love in the big city.
Before my single life came to an end, I went through the dating app phase and learned that you don't really know who you are speaking with until you meet with them face to face. I found that meeting someone in a public area and doing an activity together almost always turned into a good time.
The thing about dating is that you can never predict how the other person is going to act or feel, which is why the least you can do is plan properly.
From food halls to museums, our city is full of great spots that seem to be made for dating app meetups. Just remember, there is nothing that is forcing you to stay during a date if you feel uncomfortable. Be safe, have fun, and I hope you find that special someone!
Time Out Market
Where: 705 rue Saint-Catherine O.
The first time I visited Time Out Market, I instantly thought it would be a great place for an online meetup because it leaves you with so many options.
You can meet your date for a drink and if the evening is going well, then you can move on to dinner. And then maybe even dessert.
Brunch At Beauty's
Where: 93 ave Mont-Royal
Brunch is a great activity to do when meeting an online date because brunch is not super serious or stuffy. For those of you looking for a great spot for your bumble date this weekend, brunch at the iconic Beauty's is always a good idea.
The restaurant has been around since 1942, making it a big part of our city. And, as a bonus, they make a killer brunch and even better smoothies!
Munch On Some Fresh Bagels
Few things are as delicious and fresh as Montreal bagels. This cute and casual date option is great for anyone who is meeting someone from the internet.
Not only does it give you the flexibility to make it a short date or not but you also get to nosh on warm, fresh bagels - it doesn't get better than that!
Enjoy A Picnic At Dinette Triple Crown
Where: 6704 rue Clark
Throughout the summer, Dinette Triple Crown will pack up your order, put it in a picnic basket with everything you need. This romantic and unpretentious date will not only impress your plus one but it will satisfy your stomach.
I personally love the fried chicken and sweet potato, but everything that comes out of that kitchen is epic.
Grab A Coffee & See A Movie At Cinema Moderne
Where: 5150 blvd Saint-Laurent
Cinema Moderne is one of the coolest first date spots in Montreal and seems as though it was created with online dating in mind.
You and your date can begin in the cafe-bar part of this establishment and if you decide you like one another, you can move into the charming 54-seat theatre.
This is a great date, especially if the person you are meeting loves movies and food - but then again, who doesn't?
Have Dessert At Juliette & Chocolat
Where: Various locations throughout Montreal
Desserts are a sweet way of getting to know one another and Juliette & Chocolat is a great place to go.
This cute and easygoing date allows you to enjoy the sweetest parts of online dating.
Visit Les Jardineries
Where: 2705 blvd Pie-IX
I am personally a big fan of going to Les Jardineries and if I was still doing the online dating thing, this would be at the top of my list for date ideas.
Les Jardineries has the perfect combination of romance and fun. Best of all, if the date is not going well, you can finish your mulled wine and head on out!
Where: 30 rue Sainte-Catherine O.
LE CENTRAL will give you the illusion of being in a food court somewhere in Asia, which is basically like going on a trip on your first date. Cool, right?
Similar to Time Out Market, LE CENTRAL offers guests a ton of options, including alcohol. So, if you are in the mood to keep the date going, you can move on to dinner, if the date isn't going well, you can say your goodbyes after your beer is finished.
Go Mural Hoping
Montreal is known for a lot of things, including the array of murals that decorate our city.
There is something romantic about walking through Montreal and awing at some spectacular street art, which is why I think it is a cool thing to do on a date.
This will not only give the two of you some IRL time but you will also be able to extend the date, or cut it short, depending on your feelings.
Check out other colourful things to do here!
Stroll Through A Museum
I have always loved museum dates and living in Montreal has made going on them easier.
Throughout the city, there are a ton of fantastic museums that are not only great for some time alone but also the perfect place to meet your new online love interest. Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts, the MAC, Phi Foundation, the list is endless...
Museums are safe and clean public spaces that can become a romantic first date spot if art is what you're into.
Play Board Games At La Récréation
Where: 404 rue Ontario E.
La Récréation is one of those incredibly happy places, with mismatched chairs and savoury snacks. And, it happens to be a great spot to bring an online love interest because there are a ton of board games to play.
So, if the conversation is lagging, at least you will be able to focus on a game, instead of the person sitting across from you.
Attend A Trivia Night At A Bar
Throughout the city, there are a ton of bars that are known for their epic and original trivia nights.
This cool activity is a great way of letting loose and getting to know someone better without the pressure of a formal date setting, which is ideal for online dating.
Where: 1 Place Ville Marie
Le Cathcart is the latest addition to Downtown Montreals' food hall scene and it also happens to be a great place for a date. The glass ceiling combined with the sleek and chic decor makes this a strong contender for your next online meetup.
The Biergarten is an ideal spot to start off and if the date is going well, the two of you will have a variety of food options to pick from.
See A Comedy Show At The Comedy Nest
Where: 2313 rue Sainte-Catherine, 3rd Floor
Laughter makes the heart grow fonder which is why bringing a date to a comedy show is a great idea. The two of you can grab a drink at the bar before the show starts and if the evening goes well, you can even grab a drink after.
If the date does not go well, at least you will be able to get a good laugh out of the night.
Visit House Of Jazz For A Drink & A Show
Where: 2060 rue Aylmer
In a city that oozes romance and talent, the House of Jazz is a great place to experience both of those things.
The beautiful space is known for its stiff drinks, good food, and even better music. The over the top decor and beautiful terrace will create a romantic surrounding for your date.
Everything about this place screams date night and if you want to get off on the right foot with your new love interest, this is a good start.
Find out what House Of Jazz is all about here!
Greenhouses At The Botanical Garden
Where: 4101 rue Sherbrooke E.
This is a unique experience that would be great to share with a new love interest. The beautiful Montreal Botanical Gardens is home to a variety of greenhouses, each of which has its own theme and plants that are unique to them. There are also a ton of beautiful architectural features to stare at, and even waterfalls.
If you are looking for somewhere quiet where you can get to know each other better, this may be the place for you.
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