Sophie Watson, 04.10.2017

69 Toronto date ideas: the best dates in the city, by subway station!

Life in this city means being spoiled for great date ideas. Toronto residents are right on the doorstep of so many wonderful things to do: from amazing restaurants, to cool cafes, to beautiful parks, to hilarious comedy. In fact, there is so much on that sometimes it can be hard to make a decision about where to go next.

Luckily, EliteSingles is here to help. We’ve made a map that showcases some of our favourite Toronto date ideas – filtered by subway station (yes, all 69 of them!). This way, if you like to date in the heart of the city, you’re never more than 10-15 minutes from your next adventure.

Please note, this list is up to date as of October 2017

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What to do in Toronto (and how to choose!)

We made our map with certain rules in mind. One; all dates must be a walkable distance from each subway stop. Ideally, this means a 5-10 walk from platform to destination (15 minutes at the absolute most).

Two; all dates must be genuinely great destinations. To decide what makes an idea great, we went with popularity – at the time of writing, every date idea mentioned scored an average of 4 stars or higher when its rankings on Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google Maps were averaged. (OK, so we had go with a 3.8/3.9 for Scarborough and North York!).

Finally, we wanted some diversity in our date ideas. Toronto has already seen bar maps and restaurant maps, and we've picked local date ideas before, (like in our list of the top 10 romantic restaurants in Toronto) but now we have a map that showcases date ideas for all tastes and budgets, colour-coded for your convenience. Read on to find out more about each spot, including walking distance and average ranking, then follow our Google Map for the street address of each spot.

Toronto date ideas map: 69 Toronto date ideas close to each subway station by EliteSingles

Line 1: Yonge-University Line

  • Downsview: Le Monmatre.* Good for: French elegance, romance
    Average rank: 3.9. Walking time: 11 mins
  • Wilson: Forget Me Not Cafe. Good for: Vietnamese/pho dishes, relaxed dates
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 15 mins
  • Yorkdale: Silver City Cinema. Good for: Movie nights, group dates
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Lawrence West: Ristorante Boccaccio.*  Good for: Italian charm, food/wine parings
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 13 mins
  • Glencairn: Doug’s Public Kitchen. Good for: Brunch, vegetarian/vegan dining
    Average rank: 4.6. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Eglington West: Bi Bim Bap. Good for: Korean stone bowl cuisine, relaxed dining
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 8 mins
  • St Clair West: El Fogon.* Good for: Peruvian food, comfortably romantic date nights
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Dupont: Spadina Museum. Good for: Canadian history, beautiful surroundings
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 7 mins
  • Spadina: Rasa.* Good for: Innovative cuisine, tasting menus
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 7 mins
  • St George: The Roof Lounge. Good for: Toronto skyline views, elegant cocktails
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Museum: Royal Ontario Museum. Good for: Natural history, Friday Night Live events
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 1 min
  • Queen’s Park: Queen’s Park. Good for: Wildlife spotting, outdoor ambience
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 7 mins
  • St Patrick: The Art Gallery of Ontario. Good for: Arty dates, cold weather dating
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Osgoode: PAI.* Good for: Northern Thai cuisine, buzzing atmosphere
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 6 mins
  • St Andrew: Second City Toronto.*  Good for: Improv comedy, fun group dates
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 8 mins
  • Union: Steam Whistle Brewing. Good for: Brewery tours, beer tasting
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 8 mins
  • King: St Lawrence Market. Good for: Fantastic food, people watching
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 7 mins
  • Queen: Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre.* Good for: Live theatre, elegant architecture
    Average rank: 4.6. Walking time: 1 min
  • Dundas: RISE Espresso. Good for: Quality coffee, delicious food, casual first dates
    Average rank: 4.8. Walking time: 6 mins
  • College: Infuse Cafe. Good for: Tea innovation, relaxing
    Average rank: 4.8. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Wellesley: Bar Volo. Good for: Craft beer, patio drinks
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Bloor-Yonge: Dessert Lady Cafe. Good for: Macarons, take-out gelato
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 1 min
  • Rosedale: Black Camel. Good for: Pulled-pork, picnic-in-the-park supplies
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 1 min
  • Summerhill: Boxcar Social. Good for: Coffee by day, craft beers by night
    Average rank: 4.8. Walking time: 1 min
  • St Clair: Nove Trattoria.* Good for: Italian romance, coziness, pasta/gnocchi dishes
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 1 min
  • Davisville: Balsamico Ristorante.* Good for: Relaxed Italian elegance, fresh pasta
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Eglinton: Absolute Comedy.* Good for: Stand up comedy, fun group dates
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 2 mins
  • Lawrence: Alexander Muir Gardens. Good for: Garden tranquility, pretty surrounds
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 5 mins
  • York Mills: Auberge du Pommier.* Good for:  French sophistication, elegant romance
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Sheppard-Yonge: Nomé Izakaya.* Good for: Japanese tapas, fun izakaya atmosphere
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 3 mins
  • North York Centre: Toronto Dance Salsa.* Good for: Fun active dates, new dance moves
    Average rank: 4.7. Walking time: 1 min
  • Finch: Pastel Creperie. Good for: Shaved ice in summer, waffles in winter
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 6 mins

Line 2: Bloor-Danforth Line

  • Kipling: St James’s Gate. Good for: Live music, pub atmosphere
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 13 mins
  • Islington: Black Angus Steakhouse.* Good for: Steak dinners, elegant ambience
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 4 mins
  • Royal York: The Monk’s Kettle. Good for: Craft beer, cosy dining
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 4 mins
  • Old Mill: Etienne Brulé Park. Good for: River walks, winter sports
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 8 mins
  • Jane: Coffee Tree Roastery. Good for: Own-roast coffee, organic food
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 1 min
  • Runnymede: Baka Gallery Cafe. Good for: Patio dining, weekend brunch
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 2 mins
  • High Park: High Park Winter activities, nature walks
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 2 mins
  • Keele: The Mugshot Tavern. Good for: Comfort food, local beer
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 1 mins
  • Dundas West: Revue Cinema. Good for: Arthouse cinema, classic films
    Average rank: 4.7. Walking time: 8 mins
  • Lansdowne: Propeller Coffee. Good for: Pour-over coffee, relaxed dates
    Average rank: 4.6. Walking time: 2 mins
  • Dufferin: Grey Tiger. Good for: Vegan treats, quirky cocktails
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Ossington: Northwood. Good for: Relaxed charm, drinks list
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 4 mins
  • Christie: Christie Pits Park. Good for: Picnics, ice skating
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Bathurst: Snakes and Lattes Annex. Good for: Board games, rainy days
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 2 mins
  • Spadina: Rasa.* Good for: Innovative cuisine, tasting menus
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 7 mins
  • St George: The Roof Lounge. Good for: Toronto skyline views, elegant cocktails
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Bay: Philosopher’s Walk. Good for: Outdoor strolls, public art
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 10 mins
  • Bloor-Yonge: Dessert Lady Cafe. Good for: Macarons, take-out gelato
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 1 min
  • Sherbourne: Rooster Coffee House. Good for: Loft seating, delicious baking and coffee
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 7 mins
  • Castle Frank: MerryBerry. Good for: Eclectic brunches, veggie options
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 12 mins
  • Broadview: Broadview Espresso. Good for: Delicious lattes, a relaxed vibe
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 2 mins
  • Chester: Louis Cifer Brew Works. Good for: on-site brews, pub atmostphere
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 2 mins
  • Pape: Mezes. Good for: Greek/Mediterranean dishes, lively setting
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 7 mins
  • Donlands: Marvel Coffee Company. Good for: Decadent baking, tasty coffee
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 1 min
  • Greenwood: The Wren. Good for: Soul food, local craft beer
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Coxwell: Local 1794. Good for: Elevated pub food, cocktails/craft beer
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Woodbine: Carter's Ice Cream. Good for: Kawartha ice cream, retro summer dates
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Main Street: Grumbels Deli. Good for: Home cooking, imported nibbles   
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Victoria Park: Dentonia Golf Course. Good for: Active dates, something different
    Average rank: 3.9 Walking time: 1 min
  • Warden: Warden Woods. Good for: Woodland walks, outdoor activity
    Average rank: 4.7 Walking time: 10 mins
  • Kennedy: Good Luck Chinese Restaurant. Good for: Hakka Chinese, casual dining
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 7 mins

Line 3: Scarborough Line

  • Kennedy: Good Luck Chinese Restaurant. Good for: Hakka Chinese, casual dining
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 7 mins
  • Lawrence East: Kennedy Bowl (4). Good for: Interactive fun, group dates
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Ellesmere: Johnny’s Shawarma. Good for: Take-away food, casual lunch dates
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Midland: Ni Ji Sushi. Good for: Japanese delicacies, green tea ice cream
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 4 mins
  • Scarborough Centre: Canyon Creek. Good for: Steaks, Honey buttered rolls
    Average rank: 3.8. Walking time: 13 mins
  • McCowan: Cineplex Scarborough. Good for: Movie nights, group dates
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 6 mins

Line 4: Sheppard Line

  • Sheppard-Yonge: Nomé Izakaya.* Good for: Japanese tapas, fun izakaya atmosphere
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Bayview: Il Fornello Bayview. Good for: Cheery, welcoming Italian atmosphere
    Average rank: 3.8. Walking time: 4 mins
  • Bessarion: Paridise Farms Steakhouse. Good for: Farm-to-table meat, casual dining
    Average rank: 3.8. Walking time: 4 mins
  • Leslie: Betty Sutherland Trail. Good for: Outdoor dates, nature hikes
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Don Mills: SilverCity Fairview Mall. Good for: Movie nights, group dates
    Average rank: 3.8. Walking time: 7 mins

EliteSingles editorial, updated October 2017.

If you have questions about these date ideas or suggestion of your own, please comment below or write to us at editorial@elitesingles.ca

Comments

I love the Viking Bakery!

I've taken girls to the ROM, AGO, Steam Whistle, St. Lawrence, RISE, bar Volo, Black Camel, High Park and lots more...

...but most recently to a Toronto Dance Salsa social and it was a really fun night :)

Thanks for showcasing Toronto Dance Salsa :)

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