Vancouver’s 5 best Japanese restaurants, chosen by one of the city’s top chefs
Give up the blows and the hi-balls, and take your date to a new location. Show them that you are unique and that you are better than “let’s have a drink”. Show them you know how to have a good time without the juice. And the best part, you won’t say anything that you regret or stumble upon all the way to the Skytrain at the end of the night.
Or: 985 Hornby Street // Downtown
Type: Sushi Tacos
We recommend: Wild sockeye salmon tataki and sushi tacos with soy salmon and garlic
Why you should go: Who doesn’t like sushi and who doesn’t like tacos? Your date will be impressed to know that you know the trendy restaurants in town and will not be disappointed with your excellent choice.
Greek by Antanoli
Or: 1043 Mainland St // Yaletown
We recommend: Calamari and Rabbit Kalamakia
Why should you go: Greek cuisine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a romantic date, but the atmosphere of Greek will change your mind. The adorable twinkling lights hanging from the ceiling and the delicious food are sure to charm your baby.
Dolpan Seoul barbecue
Or: 3779 Sexsmith Road // Richmond
We recommend: Army base hot pot
Why should you go: There is something about chomping down on a big, hot soup in the fall that is so heartwarming. There is also something about sharing your dinner in the same bowl that makes you feel close to bae. That’s why Dolpan is the place. It’s fun, low key, and delicious.
Or: 203 Carrall Street // Gastown
Type: Gastronomic pub and restaurant
We recommend: Homemade Fries and Grilled Beef Shortribs
Why should you go: Exposed brick walls and lush green vines hanging around the room … need I say more? Six Acres is super comfortable, as is the food. This restaurant might be gastropub focused, but the food is bomb.
Anh and Chi
Or: 3388 Main Street // Mount Pleasant
Type: Modern Vietnamese
We recommend: Street side plate
Why should you go: A chic and trendy restaurant for a chill date. Anh and Chi is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat with your bae, it’s just cool and romantic enough, but not too much.
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Outdoor fun things
Picking pumpkins at Maan Farms
Or: 790 McKenzie Road // Abbotsford
Why you should go: What could be cuter than going fall pumpkin picking with bae? Take some cute photos and pick up a pumpkin to make a freshly baked pumpkin pie or a cute pumpkin for a couple.
Hiking at lake Buntzen
Or: 5000 Sunny Side Road // Anmore
Price: To free
Why should you go: Buntzen Lake is one of the few beautiful, easy, year-round hikes in Vancouver. In the fall, when the leaf color changes, Lake Buntzen is truly a sight for sore eyes … and so is your date.
Stroll through a field of sunflowers in Aldor Acres
Or: 24990 – 84th Ave // Langley
Why should you go: Have your insta-husband take cute photos of you and innocent bystanders to take cute photos of you and your baby in this adorable field of sunflowers. But hurry, because the fall harvest only lasts until October 31.
Take part in a haunted treasure hunt
Or: Click on this link
Price: To free
Why should you go: They say that in times of distress you fall harder for those you love. Go on this haunted scavenger and hide in each other’s arms to discover the spookiest corners of the city.
Check out this cool waterfall at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park
Or: Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park // Chilliwack
Price: To free
Why should you go: It’s always nice to walk around your local park, but make it a nice little day trip and drive to Chilliwack to visit Bridal Veil Falls. The waterfall is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth a visit. Plus, you can chat for hours in the car and really get to know each other.
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Fun things inside
Go kart racing at Speeders Indoor ProKarts
Or: 13471 Crestwood Pl // Richmond
Why should you go: Compete with bae and go indoor karting (because Vancouver rains all the time). Nothing gets your adrenaline pumping better than a little “friendly” competition.
Watch a comedy show on the Comedy Mix
Or: 1015 rue Burrard // Downtown
Price: – 💸💸
Why should you go: If you like to relax indoors and watch comedies on Netflix, why not make it a date and go watch a comedy show live? And if you go on Tuesday night, tickets are just $ 8.
Snuggle up over coffee at these hidden cafes
Or: Click on this link
Why should you go: Who needs alcohol when having a coffee? Snuggle up in a nice warm mocha lotta with your bae while you talk about sweets in a cozy little cafe.
Watch old school movies at the Rio Theater
Or: 1660 E Broadway // Commercial-Broadway
Price: – 💸💸
Why should you go: The Rio Theater is the place to be if you want to go on a movie date, but still mix it up a bit. They still show old school flicks as well as random cult movies on the big screen, certainly a lot more fun than watching your typical mainstream blockbuster.
Get some fancy pants ice cream at La Glace
Or: 2785 W 16th Ave // Arbutus
Why should you go: A path to a woman’s heart is through her stomach … and her Instagram. So woo your lady by offering her boujee ice cream that she can take to La Glace.
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Take a boujee boat dinner cruise at Harbor Cruises
Or: 501 Denman Street // Coal Harbor
Why should you go: Do like Kate and Leo and sail towards the sunset together. While Harbor Dining Cruises take a brief hiatus in November, they’ll be back on December 1 for romantic Christmas-themed dinners.
Dine and dance at Frederico’s Supper Club
Or: 1728 Commercial Dr // Vancouver East
Why should you go: Never underestimate the power of a dinner and a ball. Share a meal together then share a dance? How cute?! Even if neither of you are a dancer, you will have a lot of fun with everyone showing their moves around you.
Go for a dessert night at Top Of Vancouver
Or: 555 W Hastings St // Gastown
Why should you go: It might be a little cheesy, but there’s no denying it’s romantic AF. We recommend heading to the Top of Vancouver for desserts and the great view, obviously.
Go for a spa day at the Scandinave Spa
Or: 8010 Mons Road // Whistler
Why should you go: If you really want to get down to business, take a spa day trip with you to Whistler at Scandinave Spa. Relax in the healing waters and enjoy each other’s company without any distractions or disturbances.