We’ve mentioned some ideas on where to meet people in Kitsilano, but where do you take them for that all important first date?

Here’s our quick list of low-lit, atmospheric, and fun spots, plus some late night dessert and activity options.

Fine Dining

La Quercia and Bishop’s may seem like the ideal, romantic fine dining choices (and they are, with stellar food, too), but for first dates, these restaurants are a little too quiet and intimate. Pick something a little darker, louder, and busier such as Baru Latino (tapas, tacos, paella, ceviche, sangria, cocktails), Novo (pizza, pasta, wine), or Cacao (Upstairs, creative modern Latin American, cocktails).

Fun Dining

For a lively atmosphere with plenty of distractions (if needed), Rajio (Japanese small plates, fun drinks), Nuba (Lebanese mezze, fresh juices, cocktails), East is East (Middle Eastern, spicy, chai teas), and Las Margaritas (Mexican, and yes, margaritas) all make easy first date choices.

For Dessert

Finish off your meal with a sweet and smoky ice cream dessert from 720 Sweets, a decadent hot chocolate from La Glace, or a frozen s’more from Tangram Creamery – all three are open till about 10pm.


Since we’re still in some serious winter weather, the whole strolling along the beach thing may not be your thing at the moment (or maybe it is?). Try these indoor activities then instead – the Kitsilano Community Centre ice rink is always fun, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, and it’s open for a few more weeks (skate rentals are available). The Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory makes for an intriguing late night date if the clouds ever do part. Finally, there’s always the good old movie date at Fifth Avenue Cinemas, which is conveniently licensed.


Last modified: June 20, 2020

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