Montréal is known around the world for its elegant Old World splendor, home to cobblestone-lined streets and gorgeous French Colonial architecture at landmarks such as the Gothic Revival-style Notre-Dame Basilica. Québec's largest city is a culture lover's paradise, offering one-of-a-kind date excursion opportunities like chances to see preserved attractions from the 1967 World's Fair exposition. French-influenced gastronomy abounds, including some of Canada's most elegant French-inspired bistros and romantic restaurants. Unique bohemian culture is also on display at art museums and galleries throughout the city, which are perfect for exploring with a sweetheart.

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1.BBAM! Gallery

BBAM! Gallery
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BBAM! Gallery is one of Montréal's premiere contemporary art galleries, established in 2012 to showcase the talents of emerging and mid-career North American artists. Art exhibitions focus on artists working in figurative art, pop art, and hyperrealism genres, including prominent artists such as Carylann Loeppky, Zofia Bogusz, Fang Ling Lee, and Keight Maclean. Couples can explore the gallery's current exhibits Tuesdays through Sundays during the afternoon hours. The gallery also sells extensive collections of vintage vinyl records, pop culture memorabilia, and gift items, all curated by co-owner Ralph Alfonso, known for his work on record labels such as Bongo Beat Records.

808 Atwater Ave, Montreal, QC H4C 2G9, Canada, Phone: 514-952-6190

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2.Foiegwa

Foiegwa
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Foiegwa is a clever French-American diner opened to the public in 2016 by the Barroco Group. The restaurant, which is named for a play on words mimicking the Americanized pronunciation of popular French dish "foie gras," is structured around an open-plan kitchen and is decorated in kitschy sketches of famous Montréalites by artist Marc Tremblay, meant to evoke the atmosphere of legendary New York City restaurant Sardi's. Classic entree options include truffle parmesan beef tartare, seasonal vegetable bagna cauda, and foie gras brioche roll sandwiches with black truffle leek fondue. At brunch, couples can enjoy favorites such as croque monsieur and eggs Benedict paired with creamy milkshakes, root beer floats, and seasonal smoothies. Next door, the restaurant's hip Atwater Cocktail Club speakeasy serves up craft cocktails.

3001 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H4C 1N9, Canada, Phone: 438-387-4252

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3.La Recolte

La Recolte
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La Recolte is a charming, vibrant eatery opened in 2013 by executive chef Étienne Huot and restaurateur duo Denis Vukmirovic and Lyssa Barrera. The unpretentious 40-seat restaurant showcases delicious seasonal menus crafted from locally-sourced fare, emphasizing simplicity and elegance in all its preparations. Entrees highlight pasta options such as spaghetti carbonara and legume gnocchi, along with land and sea choices such as beef tartare and pork confit with bok choy and polenta. Cheese plates are available for sharing with dates, as well as fine desserts such as gingerbread meringue tartelettes. A tasting menu serves up four courses, with wine pairings available upon request.

764 Rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H2S 1G6, Canada, Phone: 514-508-5450

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4.Kampai Garden

Kampai Garden
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Kampai Garden is a delightful beer garden on Montréal's Sainte-Catherine Street, originally opened to the public in 2016. The beautiful 10,000-square-foot space showcases an industrial-chic aesthetic created by designer Amlyne Phillips, offering two outdoor terraces for couples to cozy up on over beers during the warmer months. Extensive craft beer lists are complemented by an excellent cocktail menu crafted by Lawrence Picard. A full menu of shareable bar snacks is also served up throughout the day, including selections such as barbecue pork skewers, fried chicken with maple chili sauce, and nacho dogs on brioche buns. Raw bar options range from fresh market oysters to sashimi and tataki selections.

1616 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1L9, Canada, Phone: 514-379-6161

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5.Moleskine

Moleskine
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Moleskine has been rated as one of InStyle Magazine's top five restaurants in Montréal, developed by owners Catherine Bélanger and Bruno Braën and executive chef Frédéric St-Aubin. The restaurant showcases a unique 1970s glam aesthetic in its interior design, featuring chain metal curtains, dark decor, and communal table seating. Vintage vinyl tunes are spun throughout the evening, highlighting classic rock and pop artists such as ABBA, Journey, and the Eagles. Delicious craft pizzas are served up on both of the restaurant's seating levels, including unique takes such as carbonara and fra diavola pizzas. Homemade ice cream is also served to go from a takeout window on the restaurant's ground floor, perfect for couples looking for quick takeaway treats.

3412 Park Ave, Montreal, QC H2X 2H5, Canada, Phone: 514-903-6939

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6.Galerie Youn

Galerie Youn
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Galerie Youn is one of Montreal's most cutting-edge art galleries, showcasing the works of emerging Canadian and international artists, with a focus on artists discovered on Instagram and social media. The gallery, which was founded in 2013 by gallerist Juno Youn of Toronto's Spin Gallery, focuses on a current roster of two dozen artists from throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, striving to bring new talents to the public eye. Prominent artists featured include Hugo Alonso, renowned for his work with New York Times Magazine, and VOGUE Mexico photographer Damian Siqueiros. Solo and group exhibitions are on display throughout the year at the gallery, which is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday afternoons or by appointment.

5226 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2T 1S1, Canada, Phone: 514-270-8588

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7.Bistro L'Entrepont

Bistro L'Entrepont
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Bistro L'Entrepont is an innovative upscale restaurant overseen by executive chef Pierre-Marc Comeau, known as a staple on the Montreal dining scene since 1985. The restaurant serves up seasonally-changing French market fare in its intimate 30-seat dining room, focusing on high-quality cooking methods and generous helpings. Dates can try high-quality land and sea entrees such as black beer braised beef cheek, monkfish medallions, beef carpaccio, and foie gras with peach crumble. Five-course tasting menus let guests sample their choice of entrees, paired with desserts such as chocolate marquise and vanilla creme brulee. Though alcoholic beverages are BYOB, espresso-based beverages and herbal teas are available alongside all meals.

4622 Avenue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Montréal, QC H2T 2B1, Canada, Phone: 514-845-1369

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8.Damas

Damas
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Damas is a delightful Syrian-Persian restaurant opened in its current Outremont location in 2015 by chef and owner Fuad Alnirabie. The beautiful Middle Eastern restaurant is decked out in lush decor and offers seating on an intimate 40-seat outdoor terrace during the warmer months. Excellent traditional entrees include delicacies such as moujadarra, fattet makdous, bamia, and samke harra. Hot and cold mezze offerings are available a la carte or as part of tasting platters, perfect for sharing selections such as labneh zeitoun, muhammara, baba ghannouj, and traditional hummus. International wine and beer selections are complemented by cocktails infused with ingredients such as sumac, cardamom, and orange blossom.

1201 Ave Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4, Canada, Phone: 514-439-5435

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9.Chasse-Galerie

Chasse-Galerie
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Chasse-Galerie is one of Montréal's trendiest dining spots, housed within a sub-basement dining space with exposed brick walls and intimate atmosphere. The restaurant is named in honor of the French-Canadian legend of La Chasse Galerie, which depicts a tale of colonial voyagers who made a deal with the devil. Decor is dedicated to the spirit of travel and exploration, showcasing travel souvenirs and other internationally-inspired items. Sophisticated nouveau French dishes are crafted from seasonal Québécois ingredients sourced by local and regional producers. Diners can enjoy delicious 10-course tasting menus, showcasing a rotating roster of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts.

4110 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2W 2M5, Canada, Phone: 514-419-9601

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10.Ile Flottante

Ile Flottante
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Ile Flottante is one of Montréal's most-buzzed-about dining destinations, opened within the former Les Deux Singes restaurant space in 2017. The Mile End restaurant is helmed by co-owners Nada Abou Younes and Sean Murray Smith, the same owners of the former restaurant, but expands on its predecessor's seating and French-inspired menu. Decadent decor is meant to evoke the splendor and design of the Montréal Expo '67 Canadian Pavilion, including a glass-encased kitchen and bar. Tasting menus offer three-, five-, and seven-course options, emphasizing elegant French meat, seafood, and vegetable entrees chosen by the restaurant's chefs. Options rotate regularly, but frequently feature favorite such as Cornish hen with cranberry and celeriac or pork and clam potato cabbage rolls.

176 Saint Viateur West Street, QC 2L3, St Viateur St W, Montreal, Quebec H2T 2L3, Canada, Phone: 514-278-6854

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11.Regine Cafe

Regine Cafe
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Regine Cafe is a laid-back, inviting neighborhood cafe meant to evoke the welcoming atmosphere of dining at a friend or relative's kitchen. The restaurant, which was opened in 2012, is a great choice for dates looking for a casual lunchtime spot during work days or for weekend brunch. Gourmet sandwiches are served up throughout the afternoon hours, crafted by executive chef Anne-Claudine. A full menu of cafe and espresso-based beverages is served throughout the day, along with fine hot chocolates and health-conscious smoothies. At brunch, diners can choose from delicacies such as homemade scones or crumpets, creme brulee yogurt, and duck sausage. For couples looking for a quick sweet treat, the restaurant also serves up housemade cinnamon rolls and pastries to go.

1840 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1L6, Canada, Phone: 514-903-0676

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12.Bouillon Bilk

Bouillon Bilk
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Bouillon Bilk is a charming modern French bistro located in Montréal's downtown district, serving up eclectic cuisine options since 2011. The hip, bright restaurant showcases industrial-chic decor, including whitewashed brick seats and exposed wood tables. Lunch and dinner menus are cultivated by executive chef François Nadon, emphasizing novelty and simplicity in entrees such as venison with molasses and labneh or halibut prepared with white turnip, rhubarb, and dill. At lunch, couples can select from lighter fare such as daily soups and salads or share raw oyster or seafood platters. Wait staff is on hand to help diners select from the restaurant's carefully-cultivated wine pairing list. Excellent non-alcoholic options are also served up, including natural ginger ale and coriander lemonade.

1595 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2X 2S9, Canada, Phone: 514-845-1595

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13.Sorocco

Sorocco
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Sorocco was opened in 2015 by owner Driss Benkirane and executive chef Claire Bridel, housed within a stylish neighborhood space with intimate industrial-chic design elements. The charming restaurant and bar focuses on Spanish-inspired tapas with modern twists, showcasing regional seasonal fare sourced from area markets. Menus are constantly evolving, but often highlight globally-influenced selections such as kefta chicken sliders, scotch eggs, and lobster croquetas alongside traditional Spanish fare such as chorizo and shrimp a la plancha. Charcuterie platters are also served up, along with larger entrees such as fish and chips. Excellent drink options include international wines and clever cocktails.

4621 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2J 2L4, Canada, Phone: 438-386-4621

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14.Restaurant L'Avenue

Restaurant L'Avenue
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Restaurant L’Avenue has become one of Montréal's hottest diners since its opening in 1997. The restaurant chain now offers several locations throughout the city, known for their unique graffiti-covered walls and quirky restroom decor. Portions on all entrees are oversized, making the restaurant a great choice for couples looking to share plates. Diners can choose from a wide variety of clever eggs Benedicts, including chorizo, steak and eggs, and Montréal stuffed meat options. Sweet and savory crepes are also served up, along with high-quality omelettes and pancakes. At lunch, couples can choose from diner dishes such as chèvre-topped burgers, paired with coffee shop beverages or clever cocktails.

922 Mont-Royal Ave E, Montreal, QC H2J 1X1, Canada, Phone: 514-523-8780

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15.Le Club Chasse et Peche

Le Club Chasse et Peche
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Le Club Chasse et Pêche is the vision of executive chef Claude Pelletier, opened in 2007 as a successor to popular French restaurant Le Fadeau. The restaurant is one of the city's top romantic dining destinations, showcasing gorgeous retro design elements and leather armchair seating for cozying up with dates. Imaginative fare takes center stage on dinner menus, showcasing unique land and sea fare such as lobster fettuccine with saffron and mascarpone, gemelli and veal cheek with foie gras, and maple-glazed duck confit rolls prepared with macadamia nuts. Couples can share appetizers such as jalapeno and maple crisp oysters or decadent desserts such as mango and coconut mousse with passion fruit yellow chocolate. Creative wine lists are complemented by classic cocktail selections such as cosmopolitans and martinis.

423 Rue Saint-Claude, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B6, Canada, Phone: 514-861-1112

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16.Bonaparte

Bonaparte
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Bonaparte has been acclaimed as one of Old Montréal's best dining spots for more than three decades since its opening in 1983. Timeless French fare is served up in a gorgeously romantic atmosphere in dining rooms housed within a Napoleon-themed inn setting. Menus highlight French comfort fare at brunch, lunch, and dinner throughout the week, served up as part of a la carte, business, or pre-theater tasting menus. Land entree options include maple syrup roasted duck breast and venison medallions with mushroom ravioli, while sea fare focuses on delicacies such as scallop delight with mushroom fricassee and Muscat wine lobster stew. At brunch, mimosas or espresso beverages pair with selections such as black forest ham omelettes and French-style crepes.

447 St Francois Xavier St, Montreal, QC H2Y 2T1, Canada, Phone: 514-844-4368

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17.Tandem

Tandem
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Tandem is a charming BYOB restaurant offering from executive chef Pascal Turgeon and co-owned Ericka Soleilhac. The restaurant, which was opened in 2011, serves up market-driven fare throughout the week, including elegant dishes such as snow crab ravioli, veal filet mignon, and rack of lamb with provencal herbs. Five-, seven-, and nine-course tasting menus showcase chef's selections, with optional foie gras and wine pairings available. After dinner, couples can share decadent desserts such as key lime pie, fruit macarons, and chocolate and caramel ganache. For an extra sweet treat for two, dessert tasting menus showcase an assortment of the restaurant's fine desserts.

586 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1H6, Canada, Phone: 514-277-3339

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