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Unique and Romantic Date Ideas in Downtown Kalamazoo

Posted on December 20th, 2021

The weather may be cool but there are plenty of opportunities warming up the air in Kalamazoo this season. Want to forego the typical dinner date? Why not start the night with rock climbing in the heart of downtown? If you want to channel your creative side, hit up the Aroma Labs for concocting a custom fragrance, or stop by Kalamazoo Candle Company for a DIY candle-making experience! Whatever your interests are, plan a heart-warming surprise for that special someone with one of these unique date ideas.


Itinerary One


Stop 1:
Make personalized fragrances together at the Aroma Labs 

The Aroma Labs is a unique, creative, gender neutral experience that allows the community an opportunity to develop their own custom fragrances, soaps, sugar scrubs and more.


Stop 2:
Shop at Bee Joyful

Bee Joyful is Michigan’s first Zero Waste Shop and Refillery. Visit the shop to buy environmentally friendly products and support local businesses. 85% of the brands they carry are based in Michigan, and 100% are in the United States. Shopping here is a great choice for conscious consumers!


Stop 3:
Enjoy cocktails and charcuterie at Stamped Robin

Stamped Robin is a fun and funky casual space to drop in for craft cocktails, appetizers, great vibes and a guaranteed good time. Reservations are strongly encouraged!





Itinerary Two


Stop 1:
Challenge each other at Climb Kalamazoo

Climb Kalamazoo might be one of the most unique date night activities you’ll find around! They’re Southwest Michigan’s premier indoor climbing gym with over 10500 square feet of climbing surface.


Stop 2:
Shop at Gazelle Sports 

Gazelle Sports is a run specialty & active lifestyle store – plus so much more! They’re proudly Michigan-based, locally owned and operated and in the Mitten. For active couples, shopping at Gazelle’s is basically paradise!


Stop 3:
Grab a drink and dinner at Central City Tap House

End the night with grub from Central City Tap House! Their menu offers everything from wood-fired pizza and street tacos. Don’t forget to browse their special Spiked Hot Chocolate menu!





Itinerary Three


Stop 1:
Dinner at Rustica 

Rustica’s foodie experience has an emphasis on fresh, sustainable, and local products. They blend influences from France, Italy, Spain, and other European countries along with regional Michigan fare.  The food at Rustica is simple, fresh, and delicious.  Watch the chefs as they prepare your food in their open show kitchen!


Stop 2:
Candle-making at Kalamazoo Candle Company

Kalamazoo Candle Company handcrafts candles in the heart of Kalamazoo with 100% natural soy wax, paper-core cotton wicks, and ZERO added dyes, so they’re about as natural as it gets. Each candle burns cleanly and evenly, releasing fragrance throughout the entire burn. They offer walk-in DIY candle making, which makes for the perfect date night activity!


Stop 3:
Grab drinks to-go from Principle to enjoy in the Social District and walk to Bronson Park to enjoy the lights

Located on the historic central Kalamazoo Mall, Principle Food & Drink features craft cocktails and scratch made cuisine in a casual yet elegant vintage atmosphere. Cozy up to to the bar and enjoy your cocktails among the lively atmosphere, then make sure to take one to-go as well!


Stop 4:
Stop by Pop City Popcorn to grab snacks to enjoy later

Pop City Popcorn offers gourmet popcorn that’s popped fresh daily! Stop by to sample a few flavors to help you figure out which flavor to take home with you!




Itinerary Four


Stop 1:
Dinner at Food Dance

This downtown Kalamazoo restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, as it was one of the pioneers in the “Farm to Table” culinary movement – and the menu at Food Dance is still as fresh, locally sourced, and delicious as ever! They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Stop 2:
Walk to WL Social House for a post-dinner drink or two

WL Social House, formerly known as The Wine Loft, is the perfect place to sip, eat and gather with friends! You’ll find everything from fine wines to stellar handcrafted cocktails on their menu!


Stop 3:
Walk down the Kalamazoo Mall and enjoy the lights

In case you didn’t already know, the Kalamazoo Mall has a pretty unique history and story behind it. It was the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States! And while we have a lot of pride for it all year round, the way it’s dressed up for the holidays make it extra special in the winter months.


Stop 4:
Stop by Mason Jar Plant Shop and do some shopping

The Mason Jar Plant Shop is located just off the Kalamazoo Mall on South Street. They are an independent plant shop offering house plants, a DIY terrarium bar, and a fabulous selection of curated gifts and decor.