WRITTEN BY Patrick David | Guest Writer | Mar 05 2018
La Palma - 849 Dundas St. West
This airy Italian eatery is the perfect spot of an intimate dinner for two. The décor will have you feeling Los Angeles and Miami vibes and the food is the best that I’ve had in a while. The space is super fresh and the servers are knowledgeable and laid back. Their signature cocktails are thoughtful and well executed. My boyfriend said the lasagna was the best that he’s ever had, and I loved the Cocoa Pappardelle with dandelion, chanterelles, and breadcrumbs (bonus points for great vegetarian options). La Palma – 849 Dundas St. West
Trinity Bellwoods Park - 790 Queen St. West
What could be more romantic than getting a bottle of wine (shhh) and sitting on a blanket in Trinity Bellwoods Park on a warm summer’s night? Hanging out in this Queen Street West gem is a great way to chat without distraction or to just lay next to each other and quietly look at the stars. If the wine runs out, you’re just steps away from Archive at 909 Dundas Street West, which has a superb wine list.
The Broadview Hotel – 106 Broadview Ave.
This refurbished and revitalized landmark hotel is a game changer for the neighbourhood. Whether it’s the fine dining restaurant, the lobby bar (I love a good hotel lobby bar), or the rooftop dining/bar space you’re sure to find a spot that suits your date. The space feels dynamic and is buzzing with energy… plus you’re already at The Broadview Hotel if things go really well.
The CN Tower – 301 Front St. West
Ok… this one is a bit of a stretch, but sometimes it’s good to be a tourist in your own town! I wouldn’t normally suggest something like this, but my boyfriend took me to the 360 rotating restaurant at the top of the CN Tower for my birthday last year and it was so fun! It was for sure a little cheesy and the food was just alright, but it’s a thing, and there’s nothing like that view of Toronto.
The AGO – 317 Dundas St. West
So you want to be a classy b****!? I love this space so much. The building is warm and sophisticated and great for wandering around in. The AGO has a fantastic permanent collection and is always bringing in interesting exhibits.
Infact the hottest ticket in town at the moment is the legendary Japanese artist who inspired the Pop Art movement is YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRRORS March 3 – May 27, 2018 TICKETS — ONLY SOLD ONLINE!
It’s a great date idea since there's always a piece of art to point out or comment on if there is lull in the conversation. Suggesting a walk through the museum before heading to a nice dinner in the area… hot.
The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands are so special and are perhaps my favorite thing about Toronto. Biking around the islands with your date will have you both feeling like you’re a world away from the city and experiencing something together that is a little bit magical. There are beaches, sand dunes, cafes and a restaurant to check out.
Even though it can be super fun, a night in the Village doesn’t have to consist of getting wasted and watching a drag queen judge a best ass contest at Woody’s. Meeting at the Glad Day Bookshop for a coffee to look through their extensive collection of LGBTQ titles (including some pretty sexy stuff) and then walking up to Smith for some food and a bottle of wine sounds just about perfect. Plus, you’ll be in the area to catch that best ass contest should the night take you that direction.