30+ Date Ideas in Downtown New West

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Comprehensive List of Romantic or Friendly Date Ideas in Downtown New West

We’ve got you covered morning til night

#1 (Morning / Afternoon / Night) Isn’t it obvious? Walk from Westminster Pier Park all the way down the Quay. You and your partner are sure to love the river front views.


photo courtesy aliceclair

*Tip: if you’re super romantic, you could even place a lock on the fence together.

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#2 (Morning) Angelina’s for breakfast or brunch – their eggs benedict is incredible and their traditional breakfast platters are such a great deal (eggs, roast potatoes, toast, fresh fruit + more).


photo courtesy nadia_azam


#3 (Morning) Brunch at De Dutch. The pannekoeken are gigantic and would be a great meal to share (if you’re a light eater. If not, get your own).



#4 (Morning) couples yoga session at one of our incredible studios: Oxygen Yoga and Fitness or Santosha Hot Yoga New West.


#5 (Morning) how about a couples training session at Fit on 6th ? The pair that kicks together sticks together!


#6 (Late Morning) Coffee date. It's a classic but foolproof. Venture to cozy cafes like Coffee Bar on Columbia St. or Old Crow and Hive Cafe on Front St.


photo courtesy coffeebar_newwest

And if coffee isn't your style, then grab a tea instead and hang out at the bar at the Great Wall Tea Co.


#7 (Noon) Lunch + board games at Pizzeria Ludica. Order one of their house pizzas to share and spend an afternoon facing off in fierce competition. 


photo courtesy Danielle C


#8 (Noon) Burgers for lunch at Burger Heaven! If you don’t mind a mess and being a little less than graceful, then devour a deliciously sloppy burger.


photo courtesy burgerheavennw

*Tip: be sure to pick up their coupon in the local paper!


#9 (Noon or Evening) Enjoy a boozy lunch (or dinner) at the Met Bar & Grill. Their heated garden patio is nice and cozy. 

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#10 (Afternoon) Browse the featured exhibits at the New Media Gallery at the Anvil Centre

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photo courtesy @derickbon


#11 (Noon) pack a picnic! Whether you bring food from home or pick up what you need from Donald’s Market, the lawn at Westminster Pier Park is the perfect place to relax.


#12 (Afternoon) Bring a frisbee and play on the grass together at Westminster Pier Park

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photo courtesy julie_the_runner


#13 (Afternoon) Luxuriate with your partner as you both get pampered with a couples’ massage at Limina Wellness Lounge


#14 (Afternoon) Treat your special someone to a cannot-be-missed smoothie from Rain City Juicery or one of their ginger beer ice cream floats.

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photo courtesy @raincityjuicery

*Tip – their ice cream is from Rocky Point Ice Cream, so you know it’s gonna be good.


#15 (Afternoon or Late Evening) Feast on one of Bobacabana’s waffles while sipping a sweet bubble tea.


photo courtesy iamlouiseeeeeee


#16 (Afternoon) Furniture shopping / browsing at our favourite stores like Brick & Mortar, Champagne Taste Home or Mid Century Modern Living. If you love antiques or vintage pieces then Antique Alley Movie Props on Front Street is the place to check out. 


photo courtesy mcmhome


#17 (Afternoon) Rally some friends or other couples, head down to Westminster Pier Park and go against each other in a competitive game of volleyball.

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#18 (Afternoon) Go on an intellectual adventure as you try the city's newest escape room, Pandora's Locks. Solve the mystery together and have a blast while doing so.


#19 (Afternoon) If you and your boo are super serious, then why not browse rings and jewelry at Royal City Jewellers. If you're not that flashy, then consider Good Omen, who specializes in artisan-crafted jewellery.


photo courtesy royalcityjewellers


#20 (Evening) Enjoy a hot bowl of ramen at Ramen Hachi or catch a movie at Landmark Cinemas.



#21 (Evening) Grab a sweet treat (GF) from Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery or gelato from Tre Galli Gelato.



#22 (Evening) Spice things up with a taste of Mexico at New West favourite El Santo.



#23 (Evening) Explore exotic flavours together at Wild Rice! Or head to River Market to Long Tail Kitchen



#24 (Evening) Fill up on an incredible Italian dinner at Piva or a delicious Greek dinner at Taverna Greka & Stefano's. Reservations are recommended!


*Tip ask to be seated close to window as the riverfront views are exquisite. 


#25 (Night) Drinks and music at Heritage Grill, which is known for its lineup of live talent.


#26 (Night) Enjoy each other’s company over beers at Steel & Oak or make a spot by the New West Skytrain station and hit up Hops or Hub Restaurant. Their selection of craft beers is unrivaled.


photo courtesy steelandoak
*Enter the Hops Northwest Valentine Contest for a FREE Valentine's Day package.


#27 (Night) Pick up tickets to Lafflines Comedy Club at The Columbia and prepare for non-stop laughs.


#28 (Night) Call it a night and revel in the comfort, luxury and waterfront views at Inn at the Quay! Enjoy a jacuzzi and a balcony that overlooks the Fraser River. #staycation

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photo courtesy @yreiner66

Or if something closer to the action is more your style, consider The Met Hotel or for something classic then try Arundel Mansion.


photo courtesy bent_photo_


#29 (Night) Dance the night away at New West's premiere club and lounge, MagnetiQTwo rooms, two dancefloors, and double the space to get down. Look out for their Latin nights!


#30 (Full Day) Book a Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruise for the two of you! The views of the river are absolutely spectacular and the buffet meals on-board are super tasty.

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photo courtesy @stonehousedidi

#31 Check out our online events calendar to see what's happening in the city


Did we miss any ideas? Let us know at @downtownnewwest or hashtag #downtownnewwest. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


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