6 first dates in Vancouver

Granville Island
Once a busy industrial hub, Granville Island was rejuvenated in the 1970s to become one of Vancouver’s hottest neighbourhoods. Home to the lively and popular Public Market, Granville Island provides plenty to do and see for the perfect afternoon first date.

granville island berries

North shore

For an afternoon that’s a little more filled with adventure, rent a mountain bike and explore the trails that run through Vancouver’s North Shore.

This popular spot is world-renowned as a mecca for mountain biking, complete with obstacles like narrow man-made bridges that are designed to challenge even the most experienced riders. Impress your date with your wheelie skills – just make sure you wear a helmet!

Time for a drink

If you met on a dating website such as eHarmony, grabbing a drink is always a great first date idea, giving you both the opportunity to get to know one another in a comfortable setting.

Duck into the hidden Narrow Lounge on Main Street for friendly service and a great beer list, or visit the cozy Whineos on Granville Street and take a peek behind the secret bookcase that opens up into another room. Enjoy a bottle of locally-grown wine and toast to your new romance.


For a truly romantic evening, head up to the MacMillan Southam Observatory, a magical place where you can explore Vancouver’s majestic night skies. Admission is by donation, making this a fun, cheap date option. Learn about the history of the universe while enjoying this unique Vancouver dating experience.

Dinner with a view…

What could be more romantic than a delicious dinner at one of Vancouver’s coolest restaurants? I know! A delicious dinner at a cool restaurant… with a view. At Raincity Grill, you’ll enjoy gorgeous views overlooking English Bay, so you can watch boats come in and waves splash against the shoreline.

For an unobstructed view of Stanley Park and the North Shore, make a reservation at Lift Bar & Grill, which features an outdoor patio with a fire pit so that you can keep warm on even the chilliest evening.

Vancouver Chinatown

For a truly elevated experience, visit Cloud 9, located on the 42nd floor of a tall building on Robson Street. You’ll get to see the entire city in panorama while chowing down on some truly scrumptious food.

Whether you’ve met someone special through friends or on a Vancouver online dating site, take advantage of the fantastic city and try some of these dates.

Resource box

Vancouver, CA
Tourism Vancouver provides a great events guide for the city

The MacMillan Space Centre
For more information about the MacMillan Observatory

25 Free Things to do in Vancouver
A guide to free attractions

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