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Valentine’s Day Vancouver Date Ideas

While the masses head out for dinner and a movie, treat your other half to a fun and unique date in Vancouver. Start with spacious accommodations at our boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver, and fill your Valentine’s Day with these romantic date ideas.

Romantic Date Ideas in Vancouver

Vancouver is a diverse city with plenty to offer no matter what your perfect Valentine’s Day date idea is. From Michelin Star dining and candlelit orchestra shows to the iconic cherry blossoms and workshops like painting and pottery, you can find an activity that makes a great complement to spending time with your date!  

Michelin Star Dining in Vancouver

A romantic dinner is a classic date idea. Take the classic a step farther and experience Michelin Star dining in Vancouver. Don’t forget about the importance of advanced preparation for this elevated date idea: make your reservation as far in advance as possible. 

Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge

845 Hornby St., Vancouver

Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge in Vancouver offers a European-inspired menu in a luxurious, unforgettable space. This Michelin Star dining experience in Vancouver prioritizes fresh ingredients and friendly service, serving elevated takes on classic dishes like halibut with cold chopped apple and sweet-roasted fennel salad. Dinner is impeccable, but don’t discount the romance of an intimate breakfast.


1017 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Nightingale is a Michelin Star dining experience in Vancouver, blending Californian and Italian style cuisine to create simple, seasonal dishes brimming with flavor and freshness. This lively two-level restaurant serves up fresh crudo and charcuterie, crisp salads, housemade pastas, and more paired with local craft brews and an excellent selection of wines. 

Tetsu Sushi Bar

775 Denman St., Vancouver

Tetsu is a unique Michelin Star restaurant in Vancouver, boasting an exclusive dining experience you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Only three diners are served at a time, with talented chefs crafting mind blowing sushi right at the table. Tetsu offers tender fresh fish, octopus, squid, and other sushi classics to create the perfect plate for each guest. 

Local Valentine’s Day Dining Alternatives

Spend more on a fun activity with your date when you choose one of these local Valentine’s Day dining alternatives in Vancouver. 

Italian Kitchen

860 Burrard St., Vancouver

Italian Kitchen offers delicious Italian dishes served in a surprisingly “fancy” atmosphere, making a perfect spot for your Valentine’s Day date in Vancouver. Specializing in fresh ingredients and housemade pasta, Italian Kitchen values creativity and classic flavors that blend to create unbeatable meals. Have a classic Italian dinner date night, punctuate the middle of your daytime date with a delicious lunch, or treat yourselves to brunch on the weekend.

Water St. Cafe

300 Water St., Vancouver

For a unique Valentine’s Day date in Vancouver, grab a table at Water St. Cafe. Water St. Cafe has been an area staple since their opening, making a name for themselves as a top destination in Historic Gastown. Surrounded by cobblestone streets and plenty of windows for people watching, this inspired spot blends classic Italian cuisine with local influence and impeccably fresh ingredients for delectable dishes to enjoy while you take in the sights of Gastown just outside the windows.

Ramen Danbo Robson

1333 Robson St,. Vancouver

You’ll know you’re close to this Robson Street icon when you see the queue – but folks are willing to wait for a reason. Offering a true choose-your-own-adventure feel when it comes to building your perfect bowl of ramen, Ramen Danbo gives guests the freedom to choose everything from the type and thickness of their broth to the doneness of their noodles and all of the toppings you can imagine. Ramen Danbo also features delicious vegan and vegetarian options. 

Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Vancouver

The Vancouver cherry blossoms make spring the best time to visit Vancouver.

The first cherry blossoms in Vancouver typically pop up in late January with peak bloom occurring by late March or early April, meaning you can catch some blooms for a Valentine’s Day date if you know where to look.

Stanley Park is the most well-known place to see cherry blossoms in Vancouver and has a large concentration of the trees. VanDusen Botanical Garden showcases native plants, including nearly 30 varieties of cherry trees, and is home of the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in late March. University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese stroll garden and authentic tea house with countless cherry blossoms and other breathtaking installations.

Unique Events and Workshops

A pair of ice skates.

Looking for something to do besides grabbing dinner? Check out these unique events and workshops for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver:

See a Candlelight Valentine’s Day Jazz Special where a live orchestra plays the sweetest love songs – think Sinatra, Chet Baker, Norah Jones, and more – lit by romantic candlelight. Close out the ice skating season with your honey at Robson Street Square, where you can skate for free (weather permitting) until the end of February. Paint your own ceramic mug and heart ornament with Good Day Studio and The Cider House, where you can create while you sip on a tasty brew. Set sail on a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner cruise aboard the Burrard Queen and enjoy three hours on the water with delicious dinner and gorgeous skyline views.

Hidden Gems and Offbeat Spots

The skyline of downtown Vancouver, BC.

The best way to find hidden gems and offbeat spots in Vancouver is to spend time here! Each trip reveals a new favorite place to visit. Check out these interesting spots in Vancouver to get you started:

New Amsterdam Cafe is a unique cannabis consumption lounge in Vancouver, offering a judgment-free spot to enjoy the green stuff and your partner’s company with high quality coffee, classic munchies, and a welcoming atmosphere. Take a stroll through Dude Chilling Park, a neighborhood park renamed by the public in 2014 for a sculpture that looks like “a dude, just chilling” on the grass. Walk or bike part of the Trans Canada Trail in Montrose Park and keep your eye out for the secret treehouse just off the trail – don’t forget a marker to add your names to the thousands of signatures adorning the walls!

Whether you opt for a Michelin Star dinner, a stroll through one of Vancouver’s beautiful green spaces, ice skating, or create a combination of activities that matches your relationship perfectly, start your Valentine’s Day with spacious accommodations at Carmana Hotel & Suites