Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re still scratching your head in search of unique ways to mark the day of love, don’t worry! From cozy coffee dates to magical Candlelight concerts, we’ve come up with a list of some super romantic things to do in Ottawa to celebrate the season of love.
Live music and candles are a winning combo when it comes to stoking the flames of love. Add stunning renditions of timeless songs performed by a string quartet to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for romance. And if you’re schedule doesn’t allow you to celebrate on February 14, why not turn to Candlelight for an intimate concert to look forward to and avoid the Valentine’s Day madness?
There’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee to warm the soul and get us feeling all cozy on a date. Ottawa is teeming with coffee bean havens that ooze all the comfort and homeliness that a cup o’ Joe can bring, making them a perfect spot to really get to know that special someone on the other side of the coffee table.
Adorned with funky artwork as far as the eye can see, The Art House Café is one of the hipper spots in town supplying caffeinated pick-me-ups. There are several nooks and crannies dotted around the café, making it a great choice if you want to satisfy a mutual caffeine craving and chat away with your date without anyone eavesdropping on your questionable flirting skills.
📍The Art House Café, 555 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K1
3. Explore the National Gallery of Canada together
Exchanging quips with your date while marveling at some world-class artwork in a museum might sound like a scene from some corny indie rom-com, but who doesn’t love living out their cheesy cinematic fantasies? Taking your lover by the hand, you can exchange ideas about abstract sculptures and impressionist paintings, or even show off your wealth of knowledge on art history if you’re really out to impress. And even if your date does go down hill, you’re sure to find something you love in one of the 93,625 artworks on display at the National Gallery of Canada.
📍380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4
4. Treat each other to a relaxing spa day
One of the most meaningful gifts a person can receive is the chance to truly relax, and spa days deliver just that. As you slide into a hot tub or exhale during a massage, it feels like all your worries simply fly away, even if only for a few hours. Self-care is essential, and indulging in relaxing beauty treatments with the person that matters the most promises a much-needed respite from the daily grind. Holtz Spa and Renu Massage Therapy and Spa offer magnificent treatments including revitalising facials, massages, and more to help you and your boo unwind and recharge. After all, couples that spa together, stay together.
📍Holtz Spa, 135 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5W8
📍Renu Massage Therapy and Spa, 1432 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X2
Any serial dater will tell you that the easiest way to someone’e heart is through their stomach. Ottawa is full of wonderful eateries, but nothing gets taste buds tantalized like a trip around the city’s famous ByWard Market. This tour showcases cuisines from all around the world as well as lesser-known gastronomical gems birthed right here in Ottawa. Each ticket includes four delicious mains and two delightful desserts made with local produce and saliva-inducing ingredients. With a bit of fun-filled trivia thrown in for good measure, this unique culinary experience is here to elevate the standard dinner date.
📍200 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, K1N 7C8