Date ideas in Toronto that are relatively cheap, or—even better—totally free, are affordable substitutes for a session of Netflix and chill. You don’t have to spend money to make great memories.
Here are some great date ideas in Toronto when you don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Take a stroll through Allan Gardens Conservatory
This dazzling oasis by Sherbourne and Carlton is a prime location for quality time. Open year-round, you can explore all the lush plant life this greenhouse has to offer for free. After your stroll, post up on one of the benches for more intimate one-on-one time with your boo.
Go on a vintage and art crawl
You can explore a new neighbourhood while you get to know your new person by taking your date on an art gallery and vintage store crawl in Little Portugal, which is completely free to join, on the last Saturday of every month.
Sing your heart out at a karaoke bar
While karaoke bars in the city tend to run on the pricey side, there are still a few hidden gems that will allow you to belt out on a budget. At Echo Karaoke in Koreatown, for example, you can rent a private room for two for $25 an hour.
Visit a free art gallery or museum
There are countless galleries in the city that will let a pair of art lovers peruse for free, like the AGO and the Aga Khan which both have free entry on Wednesdays, or the ROM, which is free on the third Tuesday night of every month.
Wander a vendor market
There’s no better way to gauge someone’s tastes and eccentricities than seeing them at a flea market, like Downsview Park Merchant’s Market or the Toronto Sunday Market, where you can pick up rare knick knacks before grabbing a treat from a food vendor.
Test your knowledge at trivia night
Bars all across the city host regular weekly trivia nights that you can drop in at for only the price of a drink. You and your date can choose a more general knowledge based trivia like Thursday Trivia at Avling Brewery, or opt for a specialized approach like pop-culture trivia at Fortunate Fox.
Hike the city’s most scenic trails
While many think of Toronto as a bit of a concrete jungle, it’s also home to some seriously stunning greenspace that can be admired in all seasons, like Earl Bales park, one of the city’s most picturesque winter hiking trails.
Take a tour of Toronto’s most famous market
While St. Lawrence Market doesn’t have an official tour to guide you through, you can self-guide through the many delectable food vendors offering everything from sweet struedels to Peameal bacon sandwiches at super affordable prices.
Attend a free concert
There’s nothing like a little music to set the mood, so why not take your date to the Four Seasons Centre to catch a free concert? The Canadian Opera Company puts on free concerts at noon multiple days a week, so you can wow your date with your sophisticated taste.
Check out the city’s coolest public art installations
You don’t have to step foot to see incredible art in Toronto — some of the best is out in the open for the public to see. Swing by Woodbine Beach to check out the Winter Stations or head to Billy Bishop airport to learn about Toronto’s Hip Hop history with Project T Dot.