With a postcard-perfect backdrop of soaring mountains and Pacific beaches, Vancouver is a city ready-made for romance. Here are a few pointers for enjoying the perfect date night in the city.
Start with soaking up Vancouver's natural charms. There are few things more romantic than taking in a sunset together at English Bay Beach, an urban strand with clear views of the setting sun and weathered logs that make perfect loveseats. Another option is a stroll in beautifully landscaped Queen Elizabeth Park. Perched at the city's highest point, the park offers breathtaking views of the downtown skyline.
Vancouver offers no shortage of settings for a romantic dinner for two. Join the trendsetters in Yaletown, the city's restored warehouse district, for an intimate dinner in upscale Blue Water Café + Raw Bar or Minami Restaurant, among many other choices. Or, for a more lively dining scene, with just a bit of bohemian edge, take to the cobblestone streets of Gastown, the city's oldest neighborhood. Tucked away down narrow side streets, you'll find hidden gems like L'Abattoir, where French-inspired dishes are served in a minimalist room with brick walls and a glass ceiling.
After dinner, it's show time. Tickets Tonight offers half-price, day-of-event tickets for the hottest Vancouver plays, concerts, operas and other performances. Theatres, including the classically elegant Orpheum, are centered around the neon-lit Granville Street entertainment district. Nearby you'll find the modern Queen Elizabeth Theatre, plus the waterfront Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island. Rather sit back and enjoy a movie? Downtown boasts both the latest, stadium-style movie theatres and intimate, art-house venues for those romantic, foreign hits.