LGBTQ Toronto Itinerary: Romantic Getaway
Toronto is the perfect location for gay and lesbian couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway. As the home to North America’s first fully recognized same-sex marriage in 2003, our city is a welcoming place for couples of all persuasions. Be yourself and express your love without fear of raising eyebrows or rustling feathers.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to rekindle your romance, Toronto won’t disappoint. To give you a taste of what the city has to offer, here’s a sample itinerary for a truly magical weekend featuring some of gay Toronto’s most romantic venues and attractions.
Day 1: Romantic dinner & classical music
Your romantic weekend begins with a candlelight dinner in Toronto’s Entertainment District. Dine on French-inspired dishes in an intimate setting at CRUSH Wine Bar. With its diverse menu of locally produced foods and over 600 wine labels to pair your meal with, CRUSH is one of Toronto’s finest destinations for wining and dining. In the mood for Italian? Reserve a table at Buonanotte instead, renowned for its sumptuous entrees, fresh pastas, and delectable deserts.
After treating your taste buds, it’s time to treat your ears. Toronto boasts some of the best classical music in North America. Enjoy a symphony or concerto at Roy Thomson Hall – a gorgeous 2630-seat performance space that is home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Or make your way to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, where the Canadian Opera Company stages world-class productions of operatic masterpieces by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and the other greats.
Wrap your evening up with cocktails on the rooftop bar at Thompson Hotel – an exclusive members-and-guests-only lounge that offers gorgeous 360-degree views of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario. Sip on a refreshing beverage beside the crystal-clear pool while admiring the city by moonlight. Then retire to your lodgings for an intimate evening with your partner.
Day 2: Evening stroll and live theatre
Spend the morning and afternoon exploring the city and visiting its many attractions. As day turns to dusk, make your way over to the historic Distillery District for a late afternoon stroll. Once an industrial and shipping centre, the Distillery District has been transformed into a quaint artistic and cultural village. Walk hand-in-hand down old-timey cobblestone streets while browsing the area’s many art galleries and shops housed in converted warehouses.
Following dinner at one of the Distillery District’s enchanting restaurants, catch a cab or a streetcar over to the Theatre District for a first-rate theatre performance at the Royal Alexandra or the Princess of Wales theatres. These two landmark venues form the core of Toronto’s live theatre scene, having staged such popular productions as The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera.
With show tunes still playing in your head, it’s time for a nightcap in Toronto’s Gay Village. Head to Byzantium for a more intimate atmosphere and a martini selection to die for. After 11:00 pm, Byzantium’s walls slide away to create one big lounge featuring some of the best DJ’s in the city. Dance the night away or head to the rear patio for more privacy. When you’re ready to call it a night, settle your bill and return to your hotel room for one last magical evening.
There’s so much to see and do in Toronto, you could never fit it all into a single weekend. But whatever you choose to do while you’re here, you’ll return home with memories to last a lifetime. Experience the warm, wonderful atmosphere of gay Toronto. Your love is welcome here.