Let the love flow: a romantic getaway in Montréal

© Montréal Botanical Garden, Michel Tremblay - Jardin botanique de Montréal – Espace pour la vie© 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 - Jardin botanique de Montréal – Espace pour la vie

June 21, 2016 — Flowers, chocolates, candlelit dinners, what is your Valentine’s day going to be? With its snowy backdrop, historic architecture and amour in the air, Montréal makes the perfect backdrop for a romantic holiday.

Lovebirds can get limber together at Scandinave Spa Vieux Montréal, which woos and warms with a water circuit and hot stone massages. Couples can also bliss out with the therapeutic treatments of Bota Bota, a ferryboat turned transcendental temple of wellbeing on the St. Lawrence River. Looking for some visual stimulation (aside from your partner)? Walk hand in hand through Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: from Spain to Morocco at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and feast your eyes on the vibrant scenes of Benjamin-Constant, great Orientalist painter.

Romantic spots to cuddle up in Montréal are aplenty. Tea salons like Birks Café by Europea are both cozy and chic, and serve top-of-the-line blends, scones and dainty sandwiches, topped off with a flute of champagne. Or how about kindling your romance over cocktails? Inspired by the femme fatale of the French stage, Sarah B. Bar à Absinthe features green fairy alcoves, superb for intimate tête-têtes over drinks. The swanky Old World feel of Suite 701 at Hôtel Place d’Armes is another excellent pick for sipping cocktails and whispering sweet nothings.

Indulge in refined Peruvian “canteen” food in the cozy dining room of Callao. Tapas are perfect for sharing, and at Tapas 24 in Old Montréal, Barcelona-based celebrity chef Carles Abellan keeps the menu fresh and exciting. A former greystone bank building in historically working-class Saint-Henri, H4C offers guests season-specific and sustainable ingredients, with chef Dany Bolduc crafting menus that make people’s hearts sing.