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Love is in the air (okay, snowfall warnings might be, too) this week, and like many of us, you might be stumped for plans on the big V day.

Luckily for you, Victoria has no shortage of romantic spots to wow your sweetheart, and we’re here to shed light on just a few of them for you.

From the most mouth-watering eateries (some you can even get take-out or delivery from!), to high tea, or even a (chilly!) walk by the water, here are 10 things to do in Victoria this Valentine’s Day that are giving us ALL of the heart eyes:

1. Dinner at Il Terrazzo Ristorante

Right in the heart of downtown Victoria, Il Terrazzo is a beautiful backdrop for a delicious meal, surrounded by fireplaces and candlelight.

Featuring Italian cuisine and a large wine list, what’s not to love?

  • Where: 555 Johnson Street
  • To book: 250-361-0028

2. A take-home culinary adventure with Earls Kitchen + Bar

Earls Kitchen + Bar at the Bay Centre has launched exclusive take-home chef-kits, just in time for the international day of love – meaning you can wow your sweetheart (and their tastebuds!) right from the comfort of your own home.⁠

The 3-course kits include Warm Spinach + Three Cheese Dip, your choice Filet Mignon OR Salmon Filet + Prawns (served with Lobster + Shrimp Ravioli and a side of Roasted Asparagus) and Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding. 🤤⁠

Only available to order until February 12th!

  • Where: Order yours today online here

3. A stroll along the breakwater

Bundle up, grab your sweetie by the hand and take a walk along the beautiful waterfront breakwater. Perfect for before or after dinner, you can take in the sights while spending some one-on-one time with your date.

Where: Ogden Point

4. Take a ‘nooner’ at Hotel Zed

You can enjoy four hours of uninterrupted, er, quality time with your sweetheart this Valentine’s day at Hotel Zed, with rates starting at just $59!

Even better? If you book a nooner this Valentine’s Day and welcome a baby into your family 9 months later, the hotel will give you a free V-Day stay with them for the next 18 years!

It’s a win-win, right?

  • Where: Hotel Zed, 3110 Douglas Street
  • To book: Book your ‘nooner’ online here

5. High tea at White Heather Tea Room

What’s Victoria without high tea? The White Heather Tea Room is offering a special Valentine’s Day dine-in service from February 11th to 14th, with a reservation. They also have takeaway boxes if you want to indulge at home!

  • Where: 1885 Oak Bay Avenue
  • To book: Call (250) 595-8020

6. Sushi at E:Né Raw Food and Sake Bar

Not your usual sushi place, this one is small, intimate and cozy. With unique Japanese dishes sake tasting experience, as well as a fun vibe, all of your senses will fall in love here.

  • Where: 737 Pandora Avenue
  • To book: Call 778-433-0363 to reserve your spot

7. Dinner at Vis a Vis

With a “face-to-face” mentality, Vis-à-vis is a personalized and engaging experience.

With front row seats to their, Bartender & Charcutier while sipping on a cocktail, you can enjoy this unique menu with your love.

  • Where: 2232 Oak Bay Avenue
  • To book: 250-590-7424

8. Grab a take-home charcuterie box and stay in

In celebration of the upcoming day of love, the organizers of the Cheese and Meat Festival have carefully curated a take-home box of delectable delights so you can treat your sweet – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

  • To order: Grab yours online today before they sell out!

9. Watch the sunset with your sweetheart

From Mount Finlayson, to Mount Doug, to Mount Tolmie, if your love language is adventure and hiking then this is for you! Get your hike on and be rewarded with a stunning treat at the end of the day – it will be worth it!

  • Where: All around Victoria!

10. Indulge in an online cooking class

Not sure how to plan a truly fun, unique, romantic experience from the safety of your home this Valentine’s Day? Scared at the thought of having to cook to impress? Even more scared of disappointing your sweetie (of not planning something cool)?

From setting the table to sautéing the shallots to romancing your lovey, this cooking class will guide you through the night in an interactive, entertaining, and intoxicating evening. Beyond just the cooking, they even have some fun Valentine dinner ideas to impress your partner.

  • Where: Online here
  • When: This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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