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A Guide to Seattle's Best Date Ideas

Impress your life-long love or your new interest with one of these plans—from brunch to a midday activity to a night on the town.

Seattle has plenty of romantic activities, no matter what you enjoy doing as a couple. Below are some ideas for a date, whether you spend the morning, afternoon or evening together.

Bond Over Brunch

Start a cozy weekend with mimosas and breakfast food. Seattle loves brunch, but a couple favorite options include Toulouse Petit in Lower Queen Anne for French-inspired favorites—afterward, stop at Kerry Park for incredible views of the city—or Vif Wine and Coffee in Fremont, where you can enjoy top-notch espresso with delectable tartines, baked goods or granola.

Capitol Hill spot Volunteer Park Cafe is another cute spot for brunch. Afterward, visit the Volunteer Park Conservatory—the botanical garden has five display houses including a cacti room, palm house and fern house. Not feeling like a heavy meal? Stroll around Green Lake with a warm cup of coffee instead. The paved, inside path is 2.8 miles around. 

Toulouse Petit
Toulouse Petit is one of many brunch spots that would make a great date. (Courtesy Toulouse Petit)

Afternoon Adventures

Explore some of Seattle’s waterways by canoe—stop at the University of Washington’s Waterfront Activities Center to rent a boat before heading out into the Montlake Cut and Union Bay. You’ll have views of the 520 floating bridge, the Washington Park Arboretum and Husky Stadium. Or get a different view with a flight on Kenmore Air. The 20-minute scenic flight tour includes views of the sports stadiums, Elliott Bay and more.

Seattle scenic tour with Kenmore Air
A scenic Seattle tour with Kenmore Air is one way to spend a romantic day with your partner. (Courtesy Kenmore Air Harbor Inc.)

If you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground, the Seattle Pinball Museum has vintage and modern machines for a bit of healthy competition. Alternatively, Flatstick Pub in Kirkland has indoor mini-golf and you can also enjoy a beer. Art lovers and music lovers will enjoy Sound Garden, where the grunge band got its name. The wind plays the musical sculpture, which is on NOAA land, so a photo ID is required. 

Hold hands while touring Seattle's underground, created after the Great Fire of 1889, during the Underground Tour. The 90-minute tour is a humorous and enlightening look at Seattle's interesting past. Another good spot for strolling is the Museum of Flight, where you can help your love "take off" with exhibits on all kinds of flight, from some of the first airplanes to space flight.

Seattle Pinball Museum
Enjoy a little competition at the Seattle Pinball Museum. (©Alabastro Photography)

Night On the Town

Go all out with a night on the town: Have an extravagant, delicious dinner at Canlis, while enjoying views of Lake Union, or watch the sunset over Puget Sound and dine on French-inspired dishes at Maximilien. Try the Le Gourmand Menu—three fantastic courses with an optional wine pairing. Alternatively, combine dinner and a show at Teatro Zinzanni, where the five-course dinner is entwined with a spectacular show that is part cabaret, part circus.

Rather take in a comedy show? Unexpected Productions, at the Market Theater in Pike Place Market, is a fun improv spot where you can laugh until you cry. After, head down the Pike Street Hill Climb to the Zig Zag Cafe, a great place to cuddle up with your date and have a drink. If you and your loved one are movie buffs, Sundance Cinema in the University District is a 21-and-older spot with a bar, plenty of food options and the opportunity to reserve specific seats.

Golden Gardens in Ballard is a beautiful park with beaches and great sunset views. There are also first-come, first-served fire pits—build a warm fire and watch the sky come alive with the sunset. After, head to Molly Moon's Ice Cream, where you can share a waffle cone filled with one of the many seasonal flavors made with local ingredients.

Teatro ZinZanni
Experience dinner and a show at Teatro Zinzanni. (©Keith Brofsky)