Riverside Month of Love: Date Ideas

There is so much to love in Riverside, along Queen Street East  from the DVP to Empire Ave. We’ve rounded up some favourites to help you plan your perfect date!

SMASH! Ping Pong Lounge

672 Queen East


What’s more romantic than a little healthy competition? Check out this laid back ping pong lounge for a few drinks, some noms, and a friendly game of ping pong. Equipped with more than enough stations, casual seating, and a full bar – SMASH is great for singles, doubles and groups! 

Tiny Record Shop

804 Queen East


This cool little space is a great place to be tucked away with your significant other where you can geek out on a shared interests. The Tiny Record Shop is exactly what it sounds like – a tiny record shop displaying the owner’s personal collection of unique records. Become a part of this intimate experience of sharing good music (and stay tuned for the occasional free live in-store performance)!

White Lily Diner

678 Queen E


One of Riverside’s newest eateries takes you back to the good ol’ diner days, with a flair for high-end dining. White Lily diner offers a throw back to the 50s – with retro minimalist decor and nostalgic tunes, coupled with old school food and drink picks with a unique White Lily flair – nobody does casual romantic dates like this! (tip: 1/2 priced wine on Fridays!)

OMA Chiropractic & Wellness Centre

1 Munro Street


Why not book some some self-care to show you care? Try out Oma’s range of self-care/massage packages with your loved ones. Also, don’t miss Oma’s annual LOVE YOURSELF event on Feb 10th in support of neigbourhood charity Nellie’s. It’s a double whammy of self-pampering and supporting a great local cause. Bring a loved one, or just go by yourself for a spectacular evening of custom jewellery, tarot cards, the “Seduction Station” and more. Get tickets on line or at the door ($15 – all in support of Nellie’s).

Comedy Nights @ I’ll Be Seeing You Bar

747 Queen E


Have some hearty laughs, mixed with some craft beer at I’ll be Seeing You’s weekly comedy night every Tuesday. Presented by Great Lakes Brewery and hosted by Cara Conners, this weekly event features $5 pints and a great line up of funny people (tip: don’t bring the kids!).

Il Ponte Cucina Italiana

625 Queen E


Il Ponte is the place to be for authentic Italian eats in a relaxed atmosphere. Perched at Queen East and Don Valley, Il Ponte boasts both art celebrating Riverside and the best view in the neighbourhood of the Riverside Bridge itself. Test out your Italian while enjoying dishes like ‘Gnocchi Il Ponte’ -if you need anything special, just ask restauranteur Giancarlo, who always aims to please.  (tip: Get 1/2 price wine bottles on Tuesdays!)

Stay tuned for more Riverside Month of Love news!