International Date Ideas that Win This Valentine's Day

Have your date night ideas devolved into a routine of Netflix movies and takeout? While we all love a good binge of flicks and chicken lo mein to-go, Valentine’s Day is the perfect reason to find ways to spice up your love life. Explore the sights of Prague hand-in-hand. Dance the night away in Montreal. Tap your toes to jazz music in New York City. These global date nights put that box of chocolates you were going to buy to shame. Celebrate your love on February 14 and year-round with these romantic ideas for couples all over the world. 

View of Eiffel Tower over the Seine River [Paris, France]

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Paris | In the city of romance, it’s difficult not to fall in love. It’s a modern fairytale, with its glittering grandeur and hidden corners of intimacy that make you two feel like the only people in the world. The City of Light enthralls with a beautiful background that only your loved one can match, with scenes changing from the epic Eiffel Tower to the majestic Jardin des Tuileries. Whether you’re sipping a glass of wine on the Seine or strolling the Champs-Élysées, romance envelops you. 

For a date night in Paris that’s a little less expected than champagne at the Eiffel Tower, let Lady and the Tramp inspire you. Wander until you find a perfectly lit cobblestoned alleyway to dine on pasta under the glow of candle light. Indulge in glasses of Bordeaux and a dessert of crème brulee. Continue the evening with a dance under the stars. As long as the weather is good, tango aficionados gather along the Seine River in the 5th arrondissement. Professionals and newcomers are welcomed alike to step and twirl to the sounds of tango tunes playing from a radio. 

Rockefeller Center Ice Skate Rink [New York City, New York]

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New York City | The possibilities are endless in New York City. It’s the city where dreams come true, and it’s this feeling that anything can happen that blooms romance and date night ideas for couples. The Big Apple is like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, taking you from the glitzy and glam of Broadway tunes one minute to a hole-in-the-wall café set amongst a row of brownstones the next. You can spend your day drifting through the sprawling galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or ice skating at the cinematic Rink at Rockefeller Center.

Begin your Saturday with a leisurely stroll through Brooklyn Flea. Peruse the wares of more than 100 vendors, picking through furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and jewelry, art and crafts created by local artisans. While you’re debating between an antique brooch and a limited-edition vinyl at the market, sample and snack from the delicious food carts. That night kick the romance up a notch with a foray into Harlem for some seriously good jazz. 

View of Vltava River from The Charles Bridge [Prague, Czech Republic]

Prague | Prague is equal to Paris in beauty, just replace the wine with beer. For couples needing fun date night ideas, Prague provides a historical and cultured setting that goes back a millennium, but is also rich in laidback charms. 

Prague has all the elements of a romantic Valentine’s Day date, meeting every mark on the checklist from idyllic views to contemporary art and countryside havens. It matches Paris in every ranking, but also for a better price. Set the mood with the perfect backdrop in central Prague where cobblestones lie unevenly under your feet, spires stretch to the sky and houses line the way in pastel hues. In this historic heart of Prague, you’ll find medieval Europe at its best preserved. Pause for an instant under the whirring gears of the Astronomical Clock and seal the moment with a kiss. 

Cape Town [South Africa]

Cape Town, South Africa | Cape Town with Table Mountain, golden beaches and miles of vineyards captures your heart at first sight. It’s a city defined by its natural wonders, and exploring it is a must. A scenic hot air balloon flight over the marvels makes it even more majestic. It’s a sky-high adventure over the Berg River Valley, the best views offered at sunrise. Watch as the Mother City comes to life beneath you. Pack a bottle of South African wine to toast with, as the vineyards near Cape Town are considered to produce some of the finest vinos in the world. 

Shops at Night [Montreal, Quebec]

Montreal | If you’re looking for the romance of Europe without crossing the pond for your Valentine’s Day date, try hopping the border to Montreal. This cosmopolitan French-Canadian city is a mix of the old world contained in a contemporary design, offering the best of food, nightlife, culture and festivals. This diverse metropolis accents every experience with grace and elegance.

Sparks fly under the glow of stars at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. The wonders of space come down to earth, making you feel like you’re both floating in the heavens together. Your relationship is cemented in the stars, with the galaxy swirling around you to a soundtrack of symphonic music.

Grand Canal with Gondolas [Venice, Italy]

Venice, Italy | “When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore,” Dean Martin crooned. Find your own amore canal-side with your special someone. It’s a one-of-a-kind Italian getaway complete with gondolas propelling you through the lapping waters of Venice and past baroque and Renaissance buildings. 

Before beginning an evening of fine Italian dining, explore the central St. Mark’s Square. See the dome of the Basilica San Marco and the intricate Doge’s Palace burst into color at sunset. After the moon takes its place in the sky, attend a performance at Teatro La Fenice. Settle into your gilded seat for a night of ballet or opera.

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Alyssa Derby

Passionately curious about the world around her, Alyssa Derby is a self-proclaimed wanderlust aficionado. She’s tallied a count of seven countries visited, with New Zealand, Greece and Bolivia next up on the bucket list. To reminisce about past trips, s

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