Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is almost here! Given that it falls on a Friday, it’s safe to say we’re given the liberty to celebrate throughout the weekend. Whether you take it as an opportunity to celebrate with your family, significant other, or take a page out of April Knope’s playbook and opt for “Galentine’s Day”, there are plenty of ideas for a unique day or weekend of celebration in Bloor-Yorkville.
A Guide to Valentine’s Day Activities
Staycation at The Anndore House:
15 Charles Street East
One of the newest hotels on the block, The Anndore House is a boutique-sized property set inside a former apartment building. The suite-sized rooms make for a luxurious staycation at a more attainable price point. Featuring record players, books, a large vanity area, and a separate bathroom, The Anndore House feels like a retro-chic home away from home.
Downstairs you’ll find the popular Constantine Restaurant, Crows Nest Barber Shop, and Scarlet Door Cafe, perfect for a coffee and croissant in the AM. If you feel like venturing out, take just a few steps north on Yonge and you’ll be in the midst of all the restaurants, shops, and spas that Bloor-Yorkville has to offer.
The Best Restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Toronto
Treat yourself at Dessert Lady
1 Sultan Street
5:30 seating & 8:00 pm seating
A perfect Galentine’s stop, the Dessert Lady is offering a relaxed and casual evening, aptly named Indulge. If you’re not familiar, Dessert Lady offers gourmet desserts of the highest quality. Created with friends and families in mind. Indulge in a more casual evening on Saturday, February 15th, where guests can experience an unlimited buffet line-up of signature desserts. This may be your one chance to experience high-end, unlimited desserts, so we suggest seizing the opportunity! They have another couples-focused event taking place on the 14th, which you can check out on their website.
Vegan Meal with Friends at Planta
1221 Bay Street Toronto
The casual atmosphere and fashion-forward setting make Planta a hot spot for friends nearly every night of the week. But most importantly, their vegan menu is one of the most unique in the city! They’re offering an extensive tasting menu for Valentine’s Day, making it a fun place to head with a small group of friends or family.
A Romantic Meal at BLU Ristorante
17 Yorkville Ave
Named one of the most romantic restaurants in Canada (in both 2018 and 2020), BLU Ristorante truly fits the bill for a romantic weekend! On both Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant features live music, including guitarists, singers, and pianists, making for a relaxed ambiance to complement the decidedly upscale service and food. BLU is featuring a prix fix Valentine’s Day menu with a large selection of items, including vegan dishes
Couples Spa Packages in Bloor-Yorkville
Relax and Rejuvenate at the Four Seasons Spa:
60 Yorkville Ave
Recognizing the need for some serious relaxation, the Four Seasons Spa is offering Valentine’s Day couple’s massages with complimentary Prosecco and service upgrade! Creating the perfect afternoon of pampering, you and your loved one can take advantage of the amenities, including the relaxation pool, two steam rooms, and cozy couches. Plus, if you’re headed out to dinner afterwards, you can have your hair and make-up touched up before leaving for the night. View the full list of spa services here. The Valentine’s Day offer is valid throughout the weekend until February 16th
Book your appointment here.
VIP Date Night: Cineplex – Manulife Centre
55 Bloor Street West
These days, going to the movies can easily become an elevated experience. At Cineplex Varsity you can book a VIP Date Night package, which includes a prix fixe style menu with vegan and gluten-free options. The meal can be enjoyed in the lounge before the film or brought into the VIP auditorium! Guests can also order wine or cocktails and enjoy them during the film. This is a fun way to transform your movie night into a special occasion.
UpMarket: The Love Edit
Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Road
Located at the atrium inside Yorkville Village, UpMarket features items from local artisans; you’ll be sure to discover something unexpected and hard to find elsewhere! Items include home goods, artisan foods, accessories, apparel, and jewelry.
Yorkville Pop Art
26 Bellair Street
Graphic prints and bold colours stand out in this art shop! Featuring everything from prints of pop culture icons, famous beauty products, and even comic book characters, you’re sure to find a show-stopping piece of art that speaks to just about anyone in your life.
Game and Hobby Zone
2 Bloor Street West, Unit L-21
For the playful person in your life! Here you’ll find classic games such as Life and Sorry, as well as jigsaw puzzles and model kits. Needless to say, it’s a space with fun gifts for people of all ages and interests.