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09 Feb 2022

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Valentine’s Day: Unforgettable Moments in Old Montreal

Valentine’s Day: Unforgettable Moments in Old Montreal

Restaurants have reopened, hotels are welcoming guests, boutiques are coming back, and spas are reviving; the historic neighbourhood is getting restless! Whether this year’s Valentine’s Day is celebrated in love or in friendship, Old Montreal without a doubt holds the glimmer of sweetness or spiciness you need for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.

HOTELS

For a change from your daily grind, nothing works quite like a staycation or a Valentine’s Day vacation. Whether you’re from out of town or you’re a Montreal denizen, the charm of our hotels is a promise of happiness.

Hotel St-Paul, 355 Saint-Paul Street, and Jellyfish

The Valentine's Deal offered by these two businesses is a wonderful invitation to spend time with your love.

Receive a 20% discount on a superior room, as well as a meal for two, delivered to your room and specially prepared by Jellyfish, comprised of salmon tartare, charcuterie and pickled vegetables, shrimp ceviche, mushroom and artichoke brioche, beetroots and ricotta, beef tataki, Thai mango salad, a cranberry and maple syrup goat cheese ball, and tiramisu. And you can add on a chocolate treat crafted by artisan confectioner Gendron and a breakfast delivered to your door which includes croissants, fruit juice, yogurt, and coffee or tea.

Hotel William Gray, 421 Saint-Vincent Street

With its Winter Garden tucked away in its interior courtyard, and its stylish rooms, the William Gray Hotel is the place to celebrate Valentine’s Day for a night or a weekend, and to come take pictures in a dreamlike setting. Also, you can get a free photo session with the hotel’s Valentine’s Day bundle from February 11th to the 13th. This package includes a bottle of champagne, a charcuterie and cheese plate, as well as an in-room breakfast. The William Gray Spa and the Maggie Oakes and JACOPO restaurants are also in the same building, so you don’t have to leave your romantic bubble to enjoy a couple’s meal crafted specially for the occasion.

Reservations by phone: 514-656-5600

Le Petit Hotel, 168 Saint-Paul Street West

This place full of pep and charm is offering a 25% discount on reservations, chocolate and candies, your choice of one bottle of sparkling or regular wine, and of course, breakfast in your room, via the “Love and Stay” package; make reservations online.

Hotel Nelligan, 106 Saint-Paul Street West

For Valentine’s Day, this establishment is running a contest on Instagram in collaboration with TheLostTwo and MontrealTravelers. Enter for the chance to win a two-night’s stay with breakfast included in this beautiful corner of the neighbourhood.

Hotel Gault, 449 Sainte-Hélène Street

Playing host to a contest and a great discount, nothing is too beautiful for this confidential Old Montreal location, which offers you the chance to “enjoy an unforgettable vacation with your partner with breakfast included and many little touches to your room!” To see the available discounts you can reserve your room online.

For the contest, you may participate via their Instagram profile. The winners will be announced on February 11th, just in time to enjoy the prize with your better half!

RESTAURANTS

Finally open again! You may now spend a romantic evening out at the restaurant, or from the comfort of your home – the choice is yours!

Ikanos, 112 McGill Street, Suite 1

This restaurant specializing in seafood has come up with a Valentine’s Day box that we have just fallen in love with! Fluke sashimi with pear, mint, hazelnut and cardamom, as well as the Surf ‘n’ Turf plate and their chocolate tart, among other intensely appetizing dishes that are irresistible. Good to know, you can order online directly, and the box is available from February 10th to the 14th.

Pincette, 94 Saint-Paul Street East

From February 11th to the 14th, lobster is on the menu for this table d'hôte menu, created specially for Valentine’s Day. Tuna tartare, shellfish cromesquis, lobster tail, truffle linguini, halibut pavé or filet of beef, with desserts like a deconstructed tarte au citron or chocolate cake, all in an intimate seaside setting. That’s a yes from us!

Santos, 191 Saint-Paul Street West

For friends and lovers”. Santos is offering a special menu for February 14th, and we would choose this place with our eyes closed. With their festive complex and elegant cocktails, and their tapas, you can feast here as a couple or among friends, as the title of the event says. Celebrating the ones you appreciate in life is what counts!

Reservations online.

BEVO Pizza, 410 Saint-Vincent Street

You can now purchase the at-home pizza making kit, and create a romantic Italian evening at home. Will you be able to recreate a heart-shaped pizza for the one who has your heart? You can order online or by telephone at 514-861-5039.

CHOCOLATES & SWEET TREATS

Sweet tooths and little kisses: with these suggestions, you’ll feel like a real gourmand!

Les Moulins Lafayette, 245 Saint-Jacques Street

Here you can find caramel milk chocolate bars with roasted almonds or 64% dark chocolate bars with gooey salted caramel inside. We love these little squares made from thousands of little hearts: it’s as pretty as it is tasty… it’s love in bar form! And we should give a little nod to their heart-shaped sesame seed baguette that melted our hearts.

L’Amour du pain

From February 4th to 14th, this bakery-patisserie will treat us to heart-shaped sweets that we are powerless to resist. Including treats like Breton hearts with a light chocolate crème and fresh fruit, chocolate passionfruit hearts for two with a dark chocolate mousse, or a mango passionfruit chocolate heart, you have the lion’s share of (great) options to choose from! You can order directly online.

Bar à beurre, 348 Notre-Dame Street East

In this colourful little space, Valentine’s Day is expressed joyfully with sugar! You can leave Bar à beurre with the cute “macarons-strawberries-hearts-lollipops” box, or the giant “Fortune cookie” for a bit of luck! You can also up the cuteness by adding a teddy balloon to your order.

MrPuff, 438 B Place Jacques-Cartier

For a limited time, discover the “Fruity Bliss” box available until February 15th. We love the gourmet decadence of their vanilla icing and red fruits, perfect to enjoy in front of one of the Winter Garden bonfires in Place Jacques-Cartier, along with a hot chocolate!

Chocosina, 406 Saint-Sulpice Street

As the name might suggest, Chocosina is a veritable temple of chocolate! Bars, lollipops, gold nuggets, ganaches… you have a lot of choice and, say what you will, their treats were made with a lot of love. As for us, we couldn’t leave those doors without a box of their artisanal gluten-free fudges. Get one to share with your friends… or all for yourself!

IN STORE

Jewellery, cards, candles, artwork: all the gifts to express your feelings can be found in le Vieux.

L’Empreinte coopérative, 88, Saint-Paul Street West

In this boutique, holding premises since 1974, you can find a vast and wonderful selection of items created by more than 90 Quebec designers: jewellery, clothing, ceramics, stationery, zero-waste items… At L’Empreinte coopérative, we fell in love with the cute heart-shaped pendants. As well as the “family” necklaces from their special selection.

Galerie Beauchamp, 40 Saint-Paul Street West

What better way to celebrate the enduring magic of love than with Cynthia Coulombe Bégin’s “Flying Hearts”, available at this Old Montreal gallery? With their vibrant colours and different sizes, you can start a collection, or just purchase the perfect one for your soulmate. “Somewhere between a canvas and an objet d’art, cut from acrylic and lacking the traditional rectangular shape, they practically float on the wall.” So reads the artist’s Instagram profile about the pieces. And when you see them in person, you’ll believe us when we say “love is in the air”...

Mimi & August, 162, Saint-Amable Street

For a reasonable price, their unique and fun jewellery give character to any outfit while still being subtle – we love their cute coffee and lady earrings! In addition, you will also find cards drawn by Camille the owner, with cute love notes and motifs like flowers, tea, or cats… Even better, the shop is also holding a contest in association with the brand Squish to celebrate the occasion where you can enter to win candies, a candle, and a card. Find more info on their Instagram page.

Galerie Le Bourget, B-34, Saint-Paul Street West

This gallery on Saint-Paul Street is offering 14% off artwork until February 14th. Say “I love you” with unique and colourful works that will fit anyone’s tastes. It’s a great way to decorate your walls with love.

SPAS

With the baths reopening for this special day, as well as their offering of massages, our Old Montreal spas are a slick gift and some of them are holding very advantageous deals for Valentine’s Day.

Bota Bota, 535, de la Commune Street West

The spa on the water will help you plan a beautiful day thanks to a special promotion: from the 1st to the 14th of February, you will get a $20 discount on the purchase of a $120 gift card, perfect as a gift or to use towards a reservation of the water circuit package Layover for two or the Marie-Céleste package for two, including Swedish massage and bath access.

Rainspa, 55 Saint-Jacques Street, 3rd floor

In this institution, they take care of your body… through a bit of gourmet attention. Chocolates and macarons await you after your massage, and you can also enjoy different advantageous offers to save money without depriving yourself of a full experience.

Spa William Gray, 421, Saint-Vincent Street

Fittingly located in the historic building of the Hotel William Gray, this spa and thermal circuit proposes some special offers that will let you reserve a massage for two, a room at a reduced rate, and enjoy a glass of champagne each when you arrive at the spa, thanks to the “Zen Vibes” package. Or, you can have all that, plus a meal for two at Maggie Oakes restaurant with the “Unwind and Reset” package.

N.B.: Would your business fit into this list, but is not yet mentioned? Contact us and we would be happy to add it in.

Photos: Chocosina, Pincette, Hôtel William Gray, Les Moulins Lafayette