© Montréal Botanical Garden, Michel Tremblay - Montréal Botanical Garden / Lover's bench© Claudio Hernandez - Belvedere at Mount Royal© Diane Charron - Caleche on De la Commune Street in the Old Montréal
© Rainspa du Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites - Rainspa du Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites© Louise Cornelissen - Mount Royal Park© Patrick Mainville - Marché Bonsecours

© Montréal Botanical Garden, Michel Tremblay - Montréal Botanical Garden / Lover's bench

January 28, 2014 — Thinking of a romantic getaway for you and your sweetheart? Think no further than Montréal, a city so infused with romance, it will sweep you both off your feet. With its gorgeous architecture and quiet cobbled streets, Old Montréal seems made for lovers, who can enjoy any number of charming boutique hotels ensconced in stately greystone buildings.

Sharing a tender tête-à-tête over the city’s legendary French cuisine, whose local products are infused with mouthwatering freshness is an excellent entrance to our gourmet scene. Savour it in the heart of an art museum at Bistro Le Contemporain, tucked away in a prestigious jewelry store café at Birks Café by Europea, or lost in each other’s eyes at Auberge Saint-Gabriel, with the dazzling rustic décor of a 250-year old inn as your backdrop.

Thought about some soothing spa time together? Melt away the stress at an authentic Scandinavian spa, a traditional hammam or a spa in the heart of nature. Arm in arm, you can take an evening stroll or a calèche ride around the hushed streets of Old Montréal, where historic buildings bask in an enchanting incandescence.

Dance, theatre, music, song—when dusk falls, Montréal’s cultural calendar comes alive with entertainment. Step out for a chic evening with the Opéra de Montréal or the Grands Ballets, caress your ears with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in its new home, la Maison symphonique, or snap up last-minute tickets at La Vitrine culturelle, your window to the city’s vibrant cultural landscape.

Before going back home, make sure to bring back a souvenir of your time for two in the city. Upscale Laurier Avenue features a treasure trove of discoveries, from home décor to gourmet shops to high-end fashion. Or splurge on a signature piece of jewelry for him or her from a local artist, like Ecksand or Roland Dubuc Joaillier. An eternal souvenir from romantic Montréal!