Living in Toronto means there is always an endless amount of things to see and do. Since most of us do not have unlimited funds to spend, it helps when you can find fun, fascinating and affordable activities around the city. It’s even better when they’re near where you live! Check out these cheap date ideas near Village Green.
Why pay top dollar for a romantic date when you’ve got beautiful Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Avenue) right in your neighbourhood? Admission is free, from 10 am to 5 pm, 365 days a year. If you haven’t been to this hidden gem in Toronto, you’ve been missing out!
Why save date night for the night? Plan a cheap and romantic day date! Visit Allan Gardens in the late morning, around 10:30 am, after the plants have had their morning watering. You will love the smell of freshly watered plants in the morning and there are few things more beautiful than the way the sunlight shines into the greenhouse and reflects off the fresh water droplets. It kind of looks like the brightly coloured plants are dripping with diamonds.
There are six greenhouses in total that take up over 16,000 square feet. The well-maintained gardens are a mixture of permanent displays and seasonal features. The tropical oasis (including banana trees) is especially warm, welcoming, and romantic on a chilly fall or winter day. Enjoy the array of flowers, plants and trees that change with the seasons. There is always something new to see, so you can keep coming back for more!
Free Astro Tours at U of T
Looking for an out-of-this-world experience that is super affordable? Take an AstroTour!
These free Astronomy Public Tours, from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, take place on the first Thursday of the month. They are hosted at 9:10 pm (from May to September) and 8:10 pm (from October to April) at the Astronomy Building (50 St. George Street).
The experience lasts for about two hours, and is broken into three parts. It begins with an hour-long talk by a doctoral, postdoctoral, fellow, or faculty member. These talks are meant to be accessible and understandable to the layperson. Occasionally there will be special AstroTours with world-famous speakers or special engagements marking amazing astronomical events. Seats for the lectures are on a first-come, first-served basis.
The other two parts of the tour consist of free planetarium shows and telescope observation. Telescope observation is walk-in. Tickets for the planetarium shows are handed out before the lecture. Set a heavenly tone for your next date, for free!
Bike through the Don Valley Trail
What’s more fun, or more affordable, than strapping on your helmet and hitting the trail for a beautiful bike ride together? Dodging traffic may not be on your list of romantic activities, so head to a paved bike path, preferably with some natural beauty surrounding you. The Don River Trail is perfect! You can head north towards the Taylor Creek Trail, or south towards the Corktown Common.
If you’d like to learn more about all the amazing bicycle and walking trails near your, check out our recent article.
Coffee in Yorkville
The coffee date. It might just be the perfect first date. It’s casual, it’s cheap, and if there’s no connection you can both blow it off before your coffee has cooled. It you hit it off, there is nothing better than whiling away a few hours with interesting company over a cup (or several) of your favourite fresh brew. You’ve got lots of options nearby. Yorkville is a nice place to stroll around, peek inside a few coffee shop windows, and find a vibe that fits. Here are a few places you may want to grab a cup:
Cafe Moi ( 1200 Bay St). This colourful, cozy and casual cafe is a great place to hang out and bond over great coffee. The smooth creme and mild espresso make for a world class Cappuccino.
Coco Espresso Bar (29 Bellair Street), in the heart of Yorkville, serves up strong coffee in a cozy, yet vibrant atmosphere. Warm wood-panelled walls and bare Edison bulbs set a relaxed mood. There are tasty sandwiches, delicious desserts, and exceptional gelato flavours to enjoy, if you’re in the mood to settle in.
Strike gold on your next coffee date at Goldstruck Coffee (130 Cumberland Street). This industrial-chic hangout is home to great organic coffee, sandwiches, and delicate pastries. They’ve got good smoothies, too — if that’s more your speed. The atmosphere is a bit jazzy. It’s not too loud to talk, but loud enough to groove through otherwise awkward silences in the conversation.
Don’t let the date fall flat just because you’re looking to save a few bucks. Okonomi House (23 Charles Street West) takes affordable date night to the next level with their fine Japanese cuisine and famous savoury pancakes. If you’ve never had savoury pancakes before, welcome to the rest of your life! If you’ve both never had savoury pancakes before, experiencing new things together is a great way to make sweet memories that you’ll both be able to savour!
Everyone loves fun dates, and everyone loves saving money. These cheap date ideas near Village Green can help you do both at once. Have a great time!
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