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Valentine’s Day 2020: What to Do & Where to Eat in Vancouver

It’s the one day of the year that you ultimately want to spend with the person closest to you–your best pal or your other half, your new date or the love of your life. Valentine’s Day is indeed about celebrating love, and showing appreciation and sharing new beautiful moments with that one person that has captured your heart. 

If you need ideas on what to do and where to sit for dinner in Vancouver on this special day of the year, you are on the right page. We have you covered with 9 recommendations that you can consider for Valentine’s Day 2020. 

1.) Visit After Hours Aquarium 

Going to the aquarium might at first sound like an unusual choice of activity for Valentine’s Day. But since Vancouver Aquarium is hosting an After Hours event on February 14th, you just might pleasantly surprise yourself. It would be you, your best pal or date, a glass of wine and some animal friends from the watery kingdom. 

You will be able to explore the Aquarium’s galleries at night, and you can also catch some special programs planned for the event, on a range of different “steamy” topics. Such as learning everything about the sex lives of aquatic animals. 

For those hungry among you, there’ll also be a 3-course dinner + penguin meet, starting at 6 p.m. The After Hours Aquarium begins at 6:30 p.m. and the galleries will remain open until 11:00 p.m.

Prices: $30-$44
Reservation: Buy tickets online here
Location: Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC, V6G 3E2

2.) Eat Pizza Farina’s Heart-Shaped Pizza 

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Valentine’s Day is about all things heart-shaped, right? But what about food that is also heart-shaped? The answer is yes, there’ll be some on Friday, February 14th!

Vancouver’s much-cherished Pizzeria Farina is bringing back its celebrated heart-shaped Margherita Pizza for the evening. The picture-perfect pie is made with fior di latte, olive oil and basil, and is topped with tomato sauce. Their special Valentine’s Day pizza will be on limited offer, available only for dine-in guests at the pizzeria, and with a limit of one heart-shaped pizza per order.

Price: $16
Location: 915 Main Street, Vancouver BC  V6A 2V8

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3.) Grab A Juke Fried Chicken Bouquet

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Vancouver Chinatown chicken-and-rib joint Juke Fried Chicken is joining the Valentine’s Day festivities by bringing back their popular ‘Let’s Cluck’ Fried Chicken bouquets. This delicious arrangement is sold out pretty fast each time it’s reintroduced on Juke’s crunchy menu.

Each ‘Let’s Cluck’ bouquet contains eight mouthwatering pieces of Juke’s top-notch gluten-free and crispy fried chicken. It’s on a limited offer so if you want to mark your Valentine’s Day in true Southern-fried style, you can order one for pickup. 

Juke will remain open on Valentine’s Day and besides you can bring in your date for some yummy chicken, you can also have sticky pork ribs, snacks or salads, and combine with some of their great cocktails, craft beer or wine.

Price: $29 plus tax, 
Ordering: Online here, for pickup at Juke on Friday, February 14.
Location: 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver BC  V6A 1X4

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4.) Dine at Rise Eatery 

The Rise Eatery genuinely conjures Asian, European, and American tastes altogether, so expect nothing short if you come here on Valentine’s Day.

Order their Uni-Versal Pasta that we also recommend in our ultimate Vancouver food bucket list and finish up with Luv U So Matcha matcha cheese tartlet as per your desert. The service begins at 5 p.m.

Reservation: Make a reservation online here.
Location: 3121 Granville Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3K1

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5.) Dine at Cibo Trattoria For A 3-Course V-Day Set Menu 

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Another great option for a romantic dinner with your Valentine, this one Italian-style, is at Cibo Trattoria where you can dine on their special 3-course V-Day set menu. The service also starts at 5 p.m.

With the lights down low for the evening, anticipate a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. Start with a dish of Taleggio con Arugula a pear Insalata, that is crispy Taleggio cheese with arugula, fresh pear, and housemade fig balsamic vinaigrette, and continue with Pollo al Marsala, a beautifully done breast of chicken with Marsala wine served with confit garlic roast potato, crispy sage and broccolini. End with a luscious Cioccolato per Due truffles with fresh berries and petite meringue.

Cibo Trattoria’s V-Day set menu is available for both Friday, February 14, and Saturday, February 15. 

Price: $49 per person plus tax
Reservations: Online here, or by calling the restaurant at 604-602-9570
Location: 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC  V6B 0A8

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6.) Dine at Ancora For A Special V-Day Menu 

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Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio is offering a special V-Day menu on both their False Creek (Vancouver) and Ambleside (West Vancouver) locations on February 14. Executive chef Ricardo Valverde has prepared some top-notch Japanese-Peruvian style dishes, vegetarian options included.

Feast on Salmon Tartare Causas with cucumber, harissa crema, avocado and nori, as well as Matane Shrimp Risotto with hazelnuts, preserved lemon, thyme and cauliflower. There is also Albacore Tuna Ceviche with daikon Nikkei leche de tigre and chalaca. Or Ají Panca-Glazed Sablefish with miso-squash quinotto, bok choy and quinoa chicharron. Pair your orders with some exquisite wine options and end with some delicious Manjari Chocolate mousse for two. 

Price: $99 per person plus tax and gratuity; $79 per person plus tax and gratuity for a vegetarian menu option.
Reservation: Ancora False Creek: by calling at 604-681-1164 or book online; Ancora Ambleside: by calling at 604-926-0287 or booking online
-Ancora False Creek: 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver BC
-Ancora Ambleside: 1351 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver BC

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7.) Enjoy Live Music at Water Street Cafe

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If you want to bring your Valentine party to Vancouver’s historic Gastown, head to Water Street cafe. The vibe is always great here and you’ll especially love it if you are in the mood for some great live music. 

Warm-up with a cocktail from their bar menu, and if you get hungry share an appetizer or an entree with your other half. Their West Coast crab cakes are awesome, as is their Crispy Pork Belly. For something sweeter, take a chocolate granola bowl with maple syrup or perhaps share a bit of their top-notch tiramisu.

Location: 300 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6

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8.) Share a Flight of Ice Cream at Elephant Garden Creamery 

Want your Valentine really on the sweet side? Go to Elephant Garden Creamery and share a flight of ice cream with your pal or date. Their ice cream is soooo good that yes, we were compelled to add it on our Vancouver food bucket list, too. 

There are so many wondrous ice cream flavours to taste at Elephant Garden, that you really want to opt-in for a flight. The Mango Sticky Rice is an ultimate flavor winner, so consider it as a must-have in your combination. Their Lychee Osmanthus and Hong Kong Milk Tea flavours are also to die for. But there is much more, so enjoy discovering and finding your favorite ones.

Location: 2080 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, VPN 4B2

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9.) Get a Sugar Rush from the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 

Finally, Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival is another option for this upcoming V-Day. The festival has returned for its 10th edition this January, and February 14 would actually mark the last day when you can check-in for a sugar marathon.

The festival brings together some of Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, coffee shops, pastries and ice cream makers. We recommend you try the creations from Soirette in downtown Vancouver, Trafiq and 49th Parallel on Main Street, and Beaucoup Bakery in Kitsilano. 

Location: Download the map to see who’s participating in the Hot Chocolate Festival and all the places where you can check-in as you go. 

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So, whether you were wondering in between a full course meal fine dining downtown or just grabbing something sweet or on the go and spending V-Day at home, we hope we’ve answered some of your dilemmas. In case we’ve not, perhaps it’s time for sushi with your date, therefore browse our list of Vancouver’s 10 Best Sushi Restaurants.

Whatever you decide to do for Valentine’s Day 2020, we wish you a great time and loads of love! <3