12 Free Toronto Dates That Will Wow Your SO
Dating in Toronto can be AMAZING, but can also break your bank. These twenty one stop locations will impress your partner, and won’t empty your wallet.
Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl
Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl/ Courtesy of @sdomino88
If you and your partner love doggies, this destination will have you laughing and more in love than ever. In the middle of the park, dogs are allowed to run leash free in a natural bowl shaped dip in the park. Petting and seeing all of the cutest dogs in Toronto has never been easier.
High Park’s Zoo
High Park Zoo/ Courtesy of @knittedblissjc
High Park’s zoo is extremely low key, and only houses less than ten animals. But, don’t underestimate this destination. The zoo is open all year long, and can be the first stop of your romantic High Park getaway.
Toronto Reference Library
Toronto Reference Library/ Courtesy of @alixha_23
Couples who research together, stay in love together. The Toronto Reference library is the perfect stop for any couple who loves to learn new things, while enjoying some much needed quiet time. Sidenote: the stacks of books can make for some interesting new *kissing* spots. You didn’t hear it from us!
Kensington Market’s Augusta Ave
Augusta Ave/ Courtesy of @tatahfavero
Kensington Market’s Augusta Ave is home to many different shops and ecletic restaurants. In the summer months, many of the hidden corners of this street turn into pop up shop locations for food and for music. Surprise your SO with a mystery concert, and they’ll be wowed more than ever.
Yonge-Dundas Square Picnic
Yonge Dundas Square/ Courtesy of @d_a_f_f_y_d
Yonge and Dundas Square can be quite the headache for anyone who doesn’t love to people watch. But, if you’re into crowds, and your partner doesn’t mind, head over to this busy intersection with some food and pops to enjoy a nice picnic.
Vegan Food And Drink Festival/ Courtesy of @vhaprss
One of the best perks about living in the Toronto area is the food festivals. During the summer months, downtown Toronto is home to festivals showcasing food from around the world! Beware, some festivals can cost upwards of $150 per ticket, while other are completely free!
Toronto Poetry Jazz Cafe’s Wild Writers
Poetry Jazz Cafe/ Courtesy of @kaciethomson
If you and your partner are ultimate hipsters who love spoken word, check out the Toronto Poetry Jazz Cafe’s Wild Writers event. This spoken word showcase happens on the first Wednesday of every month, while also featuring two Toronto poetry artists. If you’re brave enough, you can even get on stage to read a poem about your boo.
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market/ Courtesy of @vertivory
St. Lawrence Market is a staple on the east end of the city and is home to over 100 artisan food vendors. The food isn’t free, but the walk around the breathtaking architecture is! You and partner will be impressed with this Toronto culinary staple.
Distillery District/ Courtesy of @josiebalka
Are you really a Toronto couple if you haven’t taken a selfie in front of the “love” sign in the Distillery District? This former beer town has been renovated into a artistic and quaint center for amazing food and shopping. In Winter, Distillery District is also the home to the Toronto Christmas Market which is free on both Tuesday to Friday.
Bike Through The Beaches
The Beaches/ Courtesy of @hannahlynn2128
Biking is one of the greatest forms of exercise, but is also a frugal way of traveling around the city. If you and your partner are active, take to two wheels and explore the east end of the city. The beaches are filled with small mom and pop shops, diners, as well as the greatest views of Lake Ontario in the entire province.
Gerard Street East Shopping
Festival of South Asia/ Courtesy of @wanderingmat
No matter where you’re from, Gerard Street will impress you with it’s shops. Coined as the “Little India” of Toronto, this street has the best deals on religious items, bangles, jewelry, as well as clothing. If you’re hungry and willing to spend some dough, stop by Lahore Tikka House which is worth every penny for it’s impeccable dishes.
Queen West Exploration
Queen West/ Courtesy of @alexannmill
Queen West is known as being hip these days, while also being the fashion street of Toronto. Queen West’s consignment shops are also full of deals for anyone who is trying to look high class on a budget. Check out Fashionably Yours for high end products at extreme sale prices. Everyone, even your boyfriend can behind a great deal!
Written by Melissa Amato