Planning a first date can be a nerve wracking experience – what do to? Where to go? If you're looking to stay in the city, Toronto offers a wealth of options of every kind. Read on for 5 fun, low-key activities that are sure to get the conversation rolling.
Grab a Coffee
The coffee shops in the downtown core can't be beat! A great idea for a casual afternoon or early evening date, Dark Horse Espresso, Jimmy's Coffee and Boxcar Social are great options. If you don't drink coffee, enjoy one of the many tea-based beverages available such as a London Fog or hot herbal beverage.
Enjoy a Meal
Toronto is home to a stunning culinary scene – whether you're looking for a cozy, intimate atmosphere, a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, BBQ fare or the best Thai food, there's something for everyone. A great way to get to know your date, why not discuss your hobbies over appetizers, entrees and maybe even dessert? To choose a restaurant, visit Yabsta Toronto's Dining Guide.
Visit the Zoo
The Toronto Zoo is worth exploring and it's even more fun with a partner. Visit the Panda Interpretive Centre, Giraffe House or resident baby gorilla, or explore the African Savanna, African Rainforest, Eurasia, Malayan Woods, Americas Outdoor and other great pavillions. Grab lunch at one of the on-site eateries and point out which animals are your favourites!
Browse an Art Gallery
The art scene in the city is bumpin', and for good reason – Toronto is home to some of the best artists in North America. A gallery provides great fodder for discussion on a first date and many fascinating exhibits, from contemporary to classic, Inuit and much, much more, are open for viewing. Check out the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Eskimo Art Gallery or Wellington Street Art Gallery, to name a few.
Pack a Picnic
The official start of summer is almost here and packing a picnic to enjoy at one of Toronto's many beautiful parks makes for a great first date. Make up some tasty sandwiches that pair well with raw veggies, dips, potato chips and other snack foods and maybe add a little something sweet, like berries or a small bar of dark chocolate, for the end. If your date is in the evening, try heading out a little later to catch the sunset together while you bask in nature.
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