Our list of romantic, cute, fun, and unique date ideas will impress your significant other and allow both of you to try something new in Canada’s best city - Vancouver!
20 Unique Date Ideas in Vancouver
Need a fun first date idea in Vancouver? Or how about trying something new to spice it up? Our list of romantic and unique date ideas will definitely impress your significant other. Don’t let Vancouver’s rainy days get in the way, we have a list of both indoor and outdoor activities you have to try this weekend!
- Go For an Intimate Dinner, In the DARK at Dark Table
- Check out a Cat Cafe
- Try an Online Couples Cooking Class (Beginner Friendly!)
- Bring the Stars to them on a Space Date!
- Late Night Asian Fusion Snacks at District Eleven
- Hike the Grouse Grind
- Indoor Garden Paradise - Bloedel Conservatory
- Indoor Trampoline Park
- Indoor Mini Golfing With a Twist (Mini Putt)
- Try an Art Class - Painting and Pottery
- Rent a Bike, Cycle Stanley Park
- Netflix & Chill - Vancouver Style
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Catch a Concert or Show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre or Rogers Arena
- Sundowner Picnic at Sunset Beach
- Sunday Brunch Waffles and Crepes
- Attend a Vancouver Canucks Hockey Game
- Is He Really Mr. Right? - Escape Room
- Vancouver Art Gallery & Museums
- Shopping Local - Granville Island Market, Lonsdale Quay Market, Richmond Night Market
Go For an Intimate Dinner, In the DARK at Dark Table
Price: 2 courses for $36
Location: 2611, West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Website: Dark Table
Image source: Dark Table Vancouver Facebook Page
If you’re looking for a unique date idea, dining in the dark will absolutely be a memorable experience. With a dark dining meal you can fully focus on the flavours of the dishes while enjoying your company.
Check out a Cat Cafe
Price: $16.75 per 55 minutes
Location: Unit #2035 - second floor, International Village Mall (88 West Pender St.), Vancouver
Website: Cat Cafe
As long as your date is a cat person, this will be perfect for you. The cat cafe, Catfe, is Vancouver’s original cat cafe that acts as a temporary foster home for cats. The cafe will allow you both to escape life for a bit and be surrounded by fluffy friends.
Try an Online Couples Cooking Class (Beginner Friendly!)
Price: $39 per device
Location: Your kitchen
Website: IN MY KITCHEN - Online Cooking Classes Vancouver
An online cooking class allows for you and your date to spend a night-in creating a delicious meal together. During the class you will get to know others and learn some kitchen tricks for future use. After the class is done, you can continue the date and enjoy your homemade meal together.
Bring the Stars to them on a Space Date!
Price: ~$20 tickets
Location: Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Gaze at the stars through a top of the line telescope, or sit back and enjoy a stellar show at the Planetarium Star Theatre. Looking at the stars together will definitely create some romance for your next date night.
Late Night Asian Fusion Snacks at District Eleven
Location: 4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Why not check out one of Vancouver’s newest and hottest late night restaurants together? District Eleven offers incredible late night Asian Fusion plates and a variety of unique cocktails. This is a perfect place for both of you to try out together and share some flavourful dishes.
Hike the Grouse Grind
Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
The Grouse Grind is definitely a must-do to turn around a lazy weekend. Burn off yesterday’s poutine and pizza with an invigorating hike. It’ll feel good once you get to the top and you’ll be able to take in the beautiful view of Vancouver together.
Indoor Garden Paradise - Bloedel Conservatory
Location: 4600 Cambie St (Queen Elizabeth Park), Vancouver
Walk through nature even when it’s raining - without getting wet! The indoor gardens are perfect if you are craving some beautiful weather despite a long week of rain. You can walk around with your date and take some photos together with a picturesque background.
Indoor Trampoline Park
Price: $17 for an hour jump period
Location: Locations in Richmond, New West, and Langley
An indoor trampoline date is definitely not for the faint of heart. This spot is perfect for a regular Vancouver rainy day and will absolutely lighten up anyone’s week while making a great memory together.
Indoor Mini Golfing With a Twist (Mini Putt)
Price: $14.30/per player
Location: 7391 Elmbridge Way, Richmond
Mini golf is one of those cliche dates, but honestly it's a classic for a reason. Enjoy some friendly competition with a game of glow in the dark mini golf.
Try an Art Class - Painting and Pottery
Price: $15/per hour with workshop studio time
Location: 3573 Main St. Vancouver, BC
No matter how artsy you may be, we challenge you and your date can try out a painting and pottery class. Who knows, you might find out your date has a hidden artistic talent and you’ll be able to both create a piece of art at Main Art Studio.
Rent a Bike, Cycle Stanley Park
Price: $9 for 1 hour, $24 for 3 hours
Location: 687 Denman St, Vancouver and 1351 Burrard St, Vancouver
Going on a bike ride together is another romantic classic. Luckily, in Vancouver biking is a year-round activity and in Stanley Park you will always have a beautiful view.
Netflix & Chill - Vancouver Style
Price: customizable to you!
Location: At home
Website: Custard: https://www.hoduya.ca/
Late night poutine: https://www.meanpoutine.ca/
Neapolitan artisan pizza: https://viateverepizzeria.com/
Pick up some locally crafted beer, order a fancy pizza or poutine, and finish off with some custard or snacks. We created a list of some of our favourites that you can pair with your movie of choice and create the ideal night-in.
Price: $42/per person
Location: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Walk around and learn about the wildlife of the ocean. The aquarium is another great way to get out of the rain and spend the entire day exploring together.
Catch a Concert or Show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre or Rogers Arena
Price: Varies on the show
Location: 649 Cambie St , Vancouver (Queen Elizabeth Theatre), 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver (Rogers Arena)
Keep an eye out for your date’s favourite shows and artists so you can surprise them with some tickets! A show or concert always makes for a really special gift with a future date to look forward to. Dressing up to go to a show or concert will make an incredibly memorable night.
Sundowner Picnic at Sunset Beach
Price: Just your picnic ingredients!
Location: Sunset Beach Park, 1204 Beach Ave, Vancouver
Pack up your favourites, bring a blanket, and make a charcuterie board as you relax on the beach. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a picnic on the beach in Vancouver.
Sunday Brunch Waffles and Crepes
Location: 1002 Seymour St (Nero), 1703 Robson St (Nero), 1471 Continental St (Ça Marche)
Brunch is always a safe and fun date option. Indugde in waffles or crepes and soak up the last moments of the weekend together. Nero Waffle Bar and Ça Marche are both must-tries in Vancouver. Plus if your date loves the waffles or crepes, learn how to make them at home and surprise them the next weekend!
Attend a Vancouver Canucks Hockey Game
Price: ~$40+ (variable on when you buy the tickets)
Location: 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Watching a Canucks game is truly a Vancouver classic. Grab dinner before or drinks afterwards to complete a perfect night-out.
Is He Really Mr. Right? - Escape Room
Price: $32/per person
Location: 1129 Granville St, Vancouver
Perfect for a rainy day, you can lock yourself and your date into an escape room to test your critical thinking skills as you solve the clues in order to escape. If you’re looking for a memorable and entertaining date idea, the escape room at i-Exit is a wonderful choice.
Vancouver Art Gallery & Museums
Price: Free - $24
Location: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver (Vancouver Art Gallery), 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver (Contemporary Art Gallery), 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver (Museum of Vancouver)
Vancouver's vibrancy can always be seen through its Art Galleries and Museums. Choose the exhibit that intrigues you most and spend the day walking around together. Even better, you can grab coffee before or after to complete the perfect day.
Shopping Local - Granville Island Market, Lonsdale Quay Market, Richmond Night Market
Price: Free to walk around
Location: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver (Granville Island Market), 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver (Lonsdale Quay Market), 8351 River Rd, Richmond (Richmond Night Market)
Some of the classic Vancouver spots make perfectly romantic date ideas. Granville Island Market, Lonsdale Quay Market, and Richmond Night Market are all filled with great food and a picturesque setting. Choose whichever is closest to you and embrace the city together. Check out our Blog on Paula's Portuguese Mussels and pick up your mussels at The Lobster Man, on Granville island to round out this date idea.