With so many open spaces, festivals and patios in the city – there's some great things to see and do. And, if you already happen to find that special someone on BindiDates - then even better!
Not only will you get a chance to get acquainted – it will also give you a reason to explore and participate in the city's arts, cultural and culinary offerings.
Here are our Top Ten Summer Date Hot Spots in Toronto (listed in no particular order). Click each title to go to a website that has more details:
Pack a picnic basket, carry a blanket, kick off your shoes and stretch out on the grass with your date & enjoy Shakespeare in High Park! From tragedies to comedies, Canadian Stage is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies. By converting the natural landscape into an impressive, outdoors stage, this is a great spot to actually to break away from the usual movie night.
The Harbourfront Centre’s accentuates the diverse make up of Toronto. If you and your partner love exploring & immersing yourselves in new cultures, then this is the place for your next date! From live stage performances to a dizzying array of vendors selling arts and crafts to world cuisine, the Harbourfront Centre has free programming activities every weekend – all through summer! From now until September 19th, you can also take part in ‘Dancing on the Pier
’; it’s a great couple activity & you’ll definitely get a feel for your partner’s lively side.
In just the past few years, The Distillery District has become one of the most romantic and enjoyable destinations in the city. It is Toronto’s first pedestrian only village and the city’s only historic district. From the brick lined streets to the European piazza styled areas, it’s definitely a place you and your date can share a picturesque, intimate setting. It also consists of cafes, galleries, theatres and lounges and is the perfect destination for creative couples.
In the centre of the historic St. Lawrence Neighbourhood, close to the hub of today's downtown, sit three buildings that have served as Toronto's social centre, City Hall and market place throughout the City's history. If you & your date are big foodies, then spend an afternoon visiting over 60 specialty vendors inside this premier market at Front and Jarvis Street. Then end the day with a specialty coffee or lunch. You can also surprise him/her on the date, by purchasing a piece of art or an antique and making it a day to remember.
For date ideas that take you from fun-filled day to romantic nights, make your way to Port Credit. Their jazz festivals and annual Buskerfest are great activities for couples to take part in. But if that’s not your cup of tea, then the quaint village setting and harbour will definitely set the mood. The Port Credit Walk long the pier or on the boardwalk, is a great place to steal a kiss or a few in the beautiful sunsets. If you and your partner have an absolute passion for antiques, hand crafted gifts, blown glass, arts and crafts, fine arts, or handmade chocolates then definitely stopover. And if you’re looking to really setting the bar, then treat your date to a shopping spree or gift him/her a unique or unusual present from the various vendors at this hot spot.
Located south of College, west of Spadina, north of Dundas, and east of Bathurst, Kensington Market has been around for decades. In fact, it’s one of the oldest and most famous neighborhoods in Toronto. A funky, colorful, eclectic place, there’s so much to see and do in the Market. But please don’t take your car! Walking’s the only way to get around in this part of town! So take this opportunity to get lost together, as you stroll hand-in-hand through the maze of dead-end streets and second-hand shops. And amongst the hustle & bustle of the streets, don’t let the area fool you. Pockets like the Bellevue Square Park are great areas to give a kiss & and add a bit of romance to this adventurous date. And if you really don’t want the date to end, stay back for drinks on one of the many patios on Baldwin Street.
One of the simplest and best places to take your ‘Desi Date’ out is to a patio! Toronto has some of the finest patios – all over the city! Rooftop patios, street side patios, secluded garden patios, waterfront patios and terrace patios! Just google ‘Toronto’ and ‘Patios’ and you'll have hundreds of selections to choose from! Whether, it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, having it out on a patio makes the date much more scenic, romantic and memorable.
If you’re looking for a date that will never have a dull moment & will always keep you on your feet then these are two “not-to-be-missed” street festivals. The Jazz Festival is an annual event held in July and lasts over a week. Following right behind in August, enjoy the multicultural diversity of Toronto at the Taste of the Danforth festival. From mouth-watering Greek cuisine like souvlaki and spanakopita (spinach pie) to Thai, Indian and Cuban fare, this street festival in the heart of Toronto's Greektown will satisfy both you and your partner’s hungry mouths summer after summer.
Re-create the dating charm of the seventies with a movie at Toronto's only Drive-In Theatre. This is a fantastic alternative to the regular movie-theatre experience. The 500-car capacity drive-in screens double features three days a week, all summer long (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). So cozy up with your loved one, grab some popcorn & enjoy a much more romantic way to watch a movie.
If you and your date want to escape the city then the Toronto Islands are a cheap & romantic getaway. For less than $10 each, you can catch a ferry to Ward Island, Hanlan’s Point or Centre Island & enjoy the city from a different view. This hidden gem is a great spot for quiet walks in the park, picnics, outdoor activities, and boating. It’s also a great place for bringing children and pets, if you’re considering opening up yourself more to your date. There’s an onsite amusement park (Centreville
) with a zoo, restaurants, a beach and park rides. So cut up some watermelon slices, grab your sweetheart & a couple of frisbees and head to the islands!