Romantic Calgary date ideas and restaurants for every budget

on February 5, 2017

February is the month we all think of romantic dinners but why squish all that love into one day or one month each year?

Whether it is love for yourself, your family or a certain someone, it really is better to share love any and everyday of the year. Nourish a love affair with yourself, your family or your lover with these great ideas:

Heating up – Every February is YYC Hot Chocolate Fest in Calgary. There are 103 participating businesses to enjoy a myriad of hot chocolate taste sensations and $1.00 from every cup goes to Calgary Meals on Wheels. Go skating (hold hands, hold each other up, hold on to the one you love), go sledding (curl up tight) and go for hot chocolate after. This is love on a low budget.

Choklat - Calgary Food Tours - Karen Anderson

Cooking it up – If you can’t afford to go out, you can always eat in on a much more reasonable budget. If you aren’t talented in the kitchen check out the menu of prepared meals at Meez Cuisine in Willow Park. They’ll help you select items for a romantic dinner. Got a little more dough in your pocket? Pop by Metrovino Wines, Kensington Wine Market, J Webb Wine Merchants or Bricks Wine Store and ask the talented staff for a cheap and cheerful pairing. Is there change still jingling in those pockets? Check out the heart-shaped cakes for two at Decadent Brûlée for dessert. Set the table, light the candles and you’ll be cooking up more than a meal.

Decandent Brulee - Calgary Food Tours - Alberta Food Tours Inc.

Buttering up – Here’s a short list of Calgary restaurants that are romantic any day of the year.


Frenchie Wine Bar – She or he won’t know about it. Tell them you want to pop into UNA takeaway to pick up pizza and dessert to take home. Lead them past the take out counter to this hidden gem and surprise them with a wine, cheese and charcuterie course in this tres French, tres romantic spot first.

Suzette Brittany Bistro or Cassis Bistro – Take your pick. These sister restaurants have me drawing that French restaurant ace up the sleeve again. Say what you will, nobody does it better.

Vin Room on 4 St – People actually make out here. It’s that intimate – enough said. Order champagne and nibble away.

Alloy Fine Dining – The food is spectacular and the lighting is soft.

River Café – Hold hands and take a walk in the park. That’s a recipe for love if there ever was one. Ask for a table on the patio in summer or by the fireplace in winter. Enjoy a craft cocktail with local Eau Claire Distillery spirits and splurge on yourselves. This is just the spot to do that.

River Cafe - photo credit - Karen Anderson

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