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Romantic Things to Do for Valentine's Day in Cape Town
Celebrate the day of love and woo your boo in the ‘Lover’ City with our overview of romantic to-dos!
Last Updated: 21 February 2017
Love is in the air, cupid is cocking his bow and the shop shelves are overflowing with chocolate, teddies and beautiful bunches of red roses; in short, it’s Valentine’s Day in Cape Town!
Truth be told, it’s one of those days you either love or loathe, but as the second most popular card-giving holiday in the world (Christmas is the first), there are few that manage to avoid the occasion all together.
So, if you find yourself in a fresh or seasoned romance without a clue of how to impress and woo your ... (insert pet name here), don’t panic, we’ve sourced some of the most romantic places to go and things to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cape Town this year.
THINGS TO DO FOR VALENTINE’S DAY 2017 IN CAPE TOWN AND SURROUNDS
Valentine’s Masquerade Banquet at Stardust Theatrical Dining
Stardust Theatrical Dining, for those that don’t know, is the heart and soul of dinner performance in Cape Town. When your waiter is also a performer, how can your night not be good? These waiting staff stars are rivalled only by the chefs at Stardust, who are nothing short of sensational. On Cupid’s favourite day, Stardust are hosting a Masquerade Banquet that will enchant your loved one and make this the best Valentine’s Day ever! You’re encouraged to dress up in your best formal finery, don a mask and enjoy the evening's festivities. They will be serving a seven-course meal that pairs beautifully with their amazing performers and their enticing drinks offering. The dinner starts at 7:30pm.
COST: Booking can be made with Stardust directly on +27 (0)21 462 7777 and the experience costs R1200 per couple.
Valentine’s Day at Boschendal Wine Estate
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your someone special at one of Cape Town’s most popular wine farms. Located in the stunning wine region of Franschhoek, Boschendal has stood majestically since 1685; which makes them experts in pretty much everything. They are hosting a selection of events on Valentine’s Day, all of which your special someone will love! The Werf Restaurant will host a three-course dinner from 6pm on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 which they will pair with amazing Boschendal wines. The Farm Shop and Deli will also host a dinner from 6pm, with a more relaxed atmosphere and again, plenty of wine. Finally, instead of a sit down meal, you can choose to sit on the lawn and enjoy a lovely Rhone Picnic. These expertly prepare baskets will have all kinds of goodies inside and are available from 12pm.
COST: All of the events incur different costs. Dinner at the Werf Restaurant is R595p/p, dinner at the Farm Shop and Deli is R395p/p and a picnic basket for two is R550. Please contact Boschendal directly to make a booking - +27 (0)21 870 4200 or email@example.com.
#BeMyValentine at Darling Brew
Darling Brew has been up to something! They’ve concocted a fruity lager to help you celebrate the day of love; the Limited Edition Pomegranate Lager. They have also developed a selection of events to hero their new beer, and we have the scoop on all of them. There’s a Valentine’s picnic on Saturday, 12 February and a lunch on Sunday, 13 February 2017. Both of them feature delicious food to go along with your new favourite beer, and a trip to Darling is just the ticket for a memorable day. On Valentine’s Day proper (Tuesday, 14 February 2017) Darling reveal their new venture; Travel Tuesdays. This initiative is aimed at getting people out of their comfort zones and pushing them to explore new places. If you can’t make it out to Darling, have a look in major retail chains for their Valentine’s Day Beer and write a personal message to someone special.
COST: The picnic costs R250 per couple, the lunch is priced per item and the Travel Tuesday offer is R70p/p for beer and a tasting. To make a booking for one or all of the Darling Brew Valentine’s Day events, you can drop them an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love is in the Air at the Park Inn Radisson Foreshore
Spend the most romantic day of the year at one of Cape Town’s premier hotels, centrally located in the CBD. The Park Inn have got a night filled with romance in store, with help from their sensationally delicious sounding four-course meal. The chefs at the hotel are top notch and you’ll find yourself firmly in the good books with this Valentine’s Day dinner. Included in the price of this experience is a bottle of their wine of the season, the Leopard’s Leap Chardonnay Pinot. Also, if the promise of wine and good food isn’t enough, then the chance to win a stunning necklace from Shimansky should be! The hotel are giving away this lovely gift and you are automatically entered when you make a booking. Spoil yourselves with a Valentine’s meal prepared by the very best.
COST: The Valentine’s Day dinner at the Park Inn Radisson Foreshore will cost R595p/p. Bookings can be made online via +27 (0)21 427 4800.
Valentine's Day Dinner with Benguela On Main Somerset West
Looking for something intimate and sophisticated to do with your significant other this Valentine’s Day? One of the classiest joints in the Somerset West area, Benguela on Main, invites couples to come and experience an opulent food filled affair. If you and your lovely enjoy extravagant eating in a five-star environment then join in on a Valentine’s Day event that promises to enhance the joys of the most romantic day on the calendar in a delicious way. Couples can expect a four-course culinary journey that will excite the palate, but the menu has not been finalised just yet. The Head Chef Jean Delport and his team are crafting up the perfect menu to bring guests the most incredible Valentine’s Day dining experience. Visit their website and keep watching, the menu is due to be released closer to the date of the event.
COST: This fancy food and wine experience will cost R1000p/p and bookings can be made by calling +27 (0)87 357 0637 or mail email@example.com for more information
Valentine's Day Lunch and Dinner at Benguela Hermanus
Benguela Cove will be hosting a Valentine’s Day dining experience. Couples can choose between lunch or dinner in the idyllic seaside town of Hermanus, situated just outside Cape Town. It is the perfect retreat from the familiar bustle of suburban life in the CBD area and promises an atmosphere, food and treatment fit for royalty. Experience an afternoon or night filled with good fare, award-winning wines and an incredible setting for your Valentine’s Day dining. The beauty of the Walker Bay region and endless views overlooking the Bot River lagoon is the perfect backdrop for a special foodie experience with your loved one. The menu includes some incredibly sophisticated dishes and promises couples their money’s worth, with a lavish and unforgettable dining experience.
COST: The lunch and dinner will cost, R1000p/p for bookings call: +27 (0)87 357 0637 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please note that reservations are exclusive to lunch and dinner
Valentine's Day lunch and dinner at Benguela Brasserie Sedgefield
The perfect amorous affair for all you romantic fanatics this Valentine’s Day is at Benguela’s Brasserie in Sedgefield, a lovely lakeside establishment. They are calling couples who are inclined to do something romantic and charming, but find themselves enticed by a relaxing yet incredibly elegant atmosphere to come nibble, bite and indulge in #foodporn with them. They are definitely big fans of this fanciful day, as the establishment are urging lovers from everywhere across the Cape landscape to come and join them. They’ll get you in that smitten mood with some live music to enjoy with your two or three-course meal of sapid dishes, whilst you and your beloved overlook the Swartvlei lake - if you ever stop looking into each other’s eyes that is. We wouldn’t judge you lovebirds though, given the obvious romantic allure this occasion promises to evoke. The menu promises to leave you feeling incredibly satisfied and starry eyed, end the evening off with a romantic evening drive home to enjoy your food induced comas in unison.
COST:This elegant lakeside dining experience will cost you R425p/p for the two-course meal and R500p/p for the three-course dining experience.To book call:+27 (0)44 343 1844 or email: email@example.com
An Intimate Sunset Valentine's Day Picnic at Waters Edge
Those charming folks at the Radisson Blu Waterfront are inviting you and your lovely to come and enjoy an exclusive and romantic picnic for two together on their lush, green lawn. While enjoying each other’s company couples can expect to be immersed in a picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean. The picnic basket will be provided and its contents tastefully prepared by the hotel’s world class chefs. Inclusive with the picnic basket is an umbrella and of course the spoils of breathtaking views. Join Radisson Blu and enjoy an incredibly amorous affair, with good food, your boo and a first class view of a Cape Town sunset for Valentine’s Day 2017. Please note that the picnic has a limit of 15 couples (30 people) due to space constraints.
COST: To attend this exclusive picnic it will cost R695 per couple and 100% prepayment is required. To book your spot call: +27 (0)21 441 3000.
Honour Yourself and Your Partner with the Desir Intimate Collection
For the ultimate intimate experience for you and your partner, visit the discreetly positioned Désir Intimate Collection in Camps Bay this Valentine’s Day. You and your partner will be able to honour yourselves by purchasing the most luxurious and sophisticated range of imported lingerie and adult toys in South Africa. Simply book a private appointment, which provides you with exclusive access to their luxurious showroom, and enjoy some bubbly whilst you browse their array of products, ranging from lingerie and cosmetics to adult toys and essentials. In addition, you will be provided access to their client concierge (should you wish) who will ensure you purchase the absolute best product suited for you and your partner. Alternatively, shop online at Desir.co.za for 24 hour, door-to-door, discreet delivery and enjoy the most elite and luxurious gift wrapping. Honour yourself and someone special this Valentine’s Day.
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So Happy Carnival Valentine's Day Edition
This is for all those lovers who are looking for something incredibly unconventional, fun and downright awesome to do as a celebration of love this Valentine’s Day. This carnival promises to provide an atmosphere filled with extravagance in style, music, art and entertainment, which will ensure a truly unforgettable experience for all attendees of this ‘love affair’. The carnival takes place the weekend post Valentine’s Day, running from Saturday, 18 February 2017 to Sunday, 19 February 2017. It starts at 12pm and runs until 2am. Bring your beau or come through by yourself, you might find yourself discovering an unexpected romance that could last a lifetime, a notion directed at those hopeless romantics. The setting certainly adds to the chivalrous allure of this romantic spectacle with it being held in the surrounds of an old castle at Fort Simon Wine Estate, which is magnificently nestled in the Stellenbosch winelands. So skip a romantic dinner this year and have a unique cultural experience that will leave you and your lover with the feeling of being cleansed from the familiarity of everyday life and indeed love. Make it magical and allow your imagination to be touched this Valentine’s Day.
Cost: Tickets to the carnival varies and will cost between R150p/p - R10 000 (group packages) depending on your personal preferences. Tickets are available from sohappy-nutickets.co.za and for further information visit the event’s page on Facebook
Valentine's Dinner and Dance in Strand
Another fabulous, quaint and romantic idea for you lovebirds to consider amidst the frustration of having to find something to do with your special someone this Valentine’s Day, is a dinner and dance being held in Strand at The Green Fountain. The venue is intimate and reminiscent of an Italian cafe in the Sicilian countryside, with a touch of elegance and understated class, chandeliers suspended above the head of diners all help to create a royal ambience. If you and your boo enjoy simplicity, coupled with a vibrant atmosphere, good food and music, then book yourself a spot at this dinner and dance in the coastal suburb of Strand.
COST: There has been no indication about the costs of the dinner and dance, but for more information call: +27 (0)21 853 0084 or to make a booking email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vintage Valentine's Market
Celebrate the month of love with the peeps at Die Kattebak Market and enjoy some chilled vibes with your special person. The market will comprise of delightful features such as, vintage(as the name suggests), retro, second hand and hand-crafted goods. There will be live music to keep market goers entertained and to keep the bounce alive amidst the bustle of love and conversation. Obviously there has to be good food and estate wine available, because no market is complete without this power combo. The intimate sunlit atrium, which is an indoor spot is where the market is at. So now that you know what’s happening, bring him/her and come around for some wine sipping, gourmet food eating and vintage clothe shopping the weekend before Valentine’s Day. It’s a great way to avoid the hoards of couples who will be rushing to fancy restaurants, beach fronts and picturesque spots on the actual day. Dare to be different.
COST: Entrance to the market will be free of charge
Peter Falke MCC and Macaroon Pairing
For a bit of style and grace this Valentine’s Day, why not head over to the Peter Falke tasting room and enjoy an opulent affair. They are offering an elegant experience at a wonderfully affordable price. They are inviting patrons to come and enjoy a glass of Peter Falke Methode Cap Classique, which will be served with two different flavoured macaroon options. The macaroon’s on offer have been especially designed by the Birdcage in Stellenbosch. Please note that their regular food and drinks menu will also be available on the day, in case you were wondering how this simple and sophisticated pairing was going to satisfy your hunger pangs. They’ve got you covered.
COST: To be a part of this elegant wine and macaroon pairing it will cost R80p/p. To book a spot for you and your partner call: +27 (0)21 881 3677
The Love Market Birthday Edition
This year the charming folks at the Love Market are celebrating their first birthday. Their aim this time around is to make the market bigger and better. The event is perfectly suited to folks of all ages, young or old you are all welcome! Patrons can look forward to gift shopping from an array of the best hand-picked locally made products from vendors, delicious food, beverages, craft beers, wine, bubbly and live entertainment. They’re even including a kiddies section to keep the little one’s entertained, while the grown-ups indulge in all that the lovely stalls have to offer. There are also picnic baskets available to book prior to the event, which can be collected upon arrival. Also worth mentioning is that half of the ticket proceeds will be going to Streetsmart SA - a charity aimed at helping children living ion the streets. The first 100 people to enter through the market’s gates will be receiving a FREE birthday cupcake! Come out and celebrate their birthday in the loveliest way this Valentine’s Day.
COST: Entry to the market will cost R15p/p for adults R10p/p for kids (aged 10 - 16) kids under the age of 10 enter for free. Please note that tickets are available at the gate and will cost R20p/p for adults and R10p/p for kids (three-16) the market runs from 9am until 5pm. Book your basket by emailing email@example.com
Valentine's Day Movie at The Galileo Open Air Cinema
February is the one month of the year when romance films are mandatory, so why not sigh and swoon with your sweetheart underneath the stars at The Galileo Open-Air Cinema? This year, the lovely people behind the scenes presents lovebirds with the befitting Valentine’s Day classic When Harry Met Sally, at the stunning setting of Nooitgedacht Wine Estate. Take a romantic, funny and endearing journey with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan and get swept up by the age old conundrum of whether it is possible for friends to transcend beyond the platonic plateau towards a fairytale romance. Sip your Savannas and settle in for a night of top-notch entertainment. That’s not all; before the movie starts there’ll be welcome drinks for guests, along with live music and a festive market selling a smorgasbord of artisanal food, Nooitgedacht wines and soft drinks. All movie-goers will be treated to a chair, blanket and small gift, and there’ll be a photo booth to capture all the kisses on camera. The evening starts at 6pm and the movie will be screened at 8pm.
COST: Tickets are available via TheGalileo.co.za, and cost R190p/p. Click through to the individual events for more information
The Hilton Cape Town Valentine's Day Offer
This is a call for couples who are looking for something dazzling to do this Valentine’s Day. One of Cape Town’s finest hotels is opening its doors and its hearts to all lovers with a fabulous Valentine’s Day dinner. The dinner will take place at the Signal Hill Terrace. Patrons can expect a five-course set menu for dinner. The menu highlights includes: Twice-cooked best end of lamb with cilantro and chicken mousse; apple wood smoked and cured sea bass, which will be accompanied by a glass of bubbly or a mocktail on arrival. The food will be halaal friendly for all Muslim diners who might be interested. There is also a fantastic giveaway, so pack in your toothbrush, because you and your partner could stand a chance of winning an overnight stay at The Hilton on the eve! For couples who are interested in an overnight stay there is a special offer for you too. Please note that booking is essential due to limited space at the venue.
COST: The dinner will cost R590p/p for adults and R295p/p for kids under 12. The dinner, bed and breakfast offer will cost R1450p/p for bookings Call: +27 (0)21 418 3701
Valentine Under the Stars at Century City
Spend this year’s day of love under the stars enjoying a 'classic-meets-pop' open-air concert with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) at The Square in the newly renovated Century City Conference Centre. Joining the lauded Mother City orchestra on stage at this alfresco event is a string of singers, namely South Africa’s Riaan Hunter(Opera Singer), The Grey(Violin Duo), Ike Moriz(Singer), Rouchelle Liedemann(Inspirational Singer) and Titilayo Adedokun(International Singer). The concert will be hosted by Katlego Maboe. Tickets include a soft drink or a glass of bubbly or wine; food and drinks will be on sale on the night. Doors open at 6:30pm.
COST: Tickets for this exclusive experience cost R350p/p and can be purchased via Computicket.com or Valentinestars.co.za. A limited amount of VIP tickets can also be booked at R1200p/p (included in the ticket price are prime seats for the concert, access to the VIP lounge as well as snacks and drinks throughout the night). Click through to the event for more information
Valentine's Day at the Romantic Overture Restaurant
This wonderful little restaurant is situated in a hidden valley and is renown as being one of the most romantic restaurants in the winelands area of Stellenbosch. They are offering a Valentine’s Day dinner at their rustic restaurant and are inviting couples to bask in the idyllic atmosphere that can be attributed to the natural beauty surrounding the restaurant. Be sure to try and make your booking ASAP as the venue is quite a hit and tends to fill up really quickly.
To book, please call the organisers directly on +27 (0)21 880 2721.
Fly and Dine with your Valentine and NAC Helicopters
If you want to fly your favourite person to the moon (well, not quite), or rather just around the peninsula, then best you opt for Nac Helicopter’s special Fly & Dine deal. Nothing says romance like a helicopter flight, especially one that ends with a delicious two-course meal at the Greek Fisherman, City Grill Steakhouse or Meloncino Ristorante! Prices vary according the tour package you decide to choose– The Hopper(R1415p/p), Atlantico(R1795p/p),Three Bays(R2485p/p) or Cape Point tour(R4635p/p) and all flights include a meal at one of the affiliated restaurants. Let your heart soar with your amour and take photos galore on this riveting ride!
COST:The price varies according to the length of your flight. Bookings can be made by phoning +27(0)21 425 3868 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. T’s & C’s apply.
Valentine's Day at Spier Wine Farm in Stelllenbosch
This Valentine’s, the illustrious estate is pulling out all the stops with a romantic picnic and movie experience under the stars. Snuggle up to your special someone as you watch the heartwarming film The Best Of Me. This movie will leave you and your beau feeling all sorts of emotions, that will add to the romance of this special day. Each couple will receive a delectable picnic full of appetising aphrodisiacs. Sample a selection of sensational cheeses, tuck into crispy baguettes, enjoy rare roast beef, smoked trout pate and baby potato and biltong salad, and then revel in lemon cheesecake mousse and Belgian chocolate truffles to finish the feast. Wash it all down with a bottle of Spier Signature Methodé Cap Classique and you know you have the makings for a magical night.
COST: The gourmet picnic costs R550 per couple, the movie will cost an additional R100p/p for adults and R70p/p for kids. Bookings can be made via Webtickets.com. The picnic starts at 6pm and movie will be screened at 8pm
Valentine's dinner at HQ
Headquarters Restaurant is a revered steakhouse in Cape Town and they are inviting you to spoil your lovely this Valentine’s Day. There’s a lot at steak on the Day of Love, so make sure you butter up your boo through his/her stomach – after all food and love go hand in hand and there are few things as enjoyable as a romantic meal for two. Revel in live entertainment as you tuck into the establishment’s famed meal of salad, steak and chips (there is a veggie option available), which is served with their Cafe De Paris Butter sauce. This hearty meal is followed by a dessert tasting platter to share. The evening also includes a glass of Pierre Jourdan bubbly to set the mood.
COST: The meal costs R595 per couple and bookings can be made by emailing email@example.com or phone +27( 0)21 424 6373. There are two seatings; one at 6pm and one at 8:30pm (some 7:30pm tables are available).
Dan Patlansky live at Kirstenbosch Gardens
The annual summer concerts brought to you by Kirstenbosch and #KBRocks will be playing host to one of the most respected blues artists South Africa has produced. He has been nominated by Total Guitar Magazine as one of the top 10 guitarists in the world. Listening to Dan Patlanksy is definitely reminiscent of a bygone era, a time where music could literally make you feel emotions and take your soul on a journey that would have you with your eyes closed, swaying and bobbing. He can evoke these magical feelings, as he shreds the riffs of his guitar and sings in that classic smokey blues tone typical of the 1950’s. This is the perfect way to spend Saturday, 11 February 2017 with your lover or a group of friends, jamming out to the intensely soothing blues tunes.
COST: Tickets to the concert will cost between R90p/p and R125p/p and can be purchased via Webtickets.co.za for more information call: +27 (0)21 799 8783
Webersburg Whips out the Card of Hearts
If music be the food of love, be sure to grab your sweetheart and take them to the serene setting of Webersburg. Tuck into a delicious picnic as you sit on the sprawling lawns in front of the Manor House and gaze out across the still waters of the lake, framed by magnificent mountains. Each gourmet picnic comes with a bottle of Webersburg Wine, so you’ll have something to sip as you whisper sweet nothings in your loved one’s ear.
COST: The gourmet picnic is R550 per basket. To book, phone +27 (0)21 881 3636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 Apostles Hotel & Spa Valentine's Day Dinner
With too much love to give on this special day, this illustrious sea-facing establishment is extending its amorous adulations for one magical night at one of Cape Town’s most romantic hotels . This means that lovers can treat each other to the tantalising Valentine’s menu at their own discretion, and avoid the Cupid Day rush. They will be hosting an all out dinner featuring all manner of tasty delights on Tuesday, 14th February 2017. The special Valentine’s dinner will include a glass of MCC on arrival, live music and a glass of red rose for the ladies. The cost to dine with 12 Apostles will include a five- course meal with another wine pairing option available for all the connoisseurs out there. Don’t miss your chance to have a romantic evening with your lover at one of the most extravagant hotels in Cape Town.
COST: The Valentine’s Dinner costs R1100p/p, while the wine pairing option will cost R350p/p.To book, call +27(0)21 437 9029 or email email@example.com.
Valentine’s Dinner at the Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
This year the Planet Restaurant situated at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel invites you to bring your lovely for an evening of amorous eating. The venue definitely adds to the romantic atmosphere associated with this day with its unquestionable elegance and class, the pink lady will leave your beau feeling drunk in love with the extravagant evening of love and food they have planned. Upon arrival couples will be greeted with a glass of Boschendal, Brut N/V. The dinner will consist of four-courses which includes conflit duck tortellini with fresh tomato salad, duck pancetta and wood sorrel, slow cooked beef fillet with beef cheek tempura, cauliflower, pickled onions and mustard and tongue jus. Then for the proverbial cherry on top dessert will include; chocolate, raspberry and amaretto deluxe as well as tea or coffee with friandise. Don’t hesitate that special someone this year and come experience some five star dining with the Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel this Valentine’s Day.
COST: Dinner at Planet Restaurant is R1250 p/p, which includes the four-course meal and welcoming glass of Boschendal, Brut N/V. To make reservations call: +27 (0)21 483 1948 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valentine’s Dinner and Dance at the Two Oceans Aquarium
The folks at the Two Oceans Aquarium will be hosting a spectacular aquatic celebration for all you lovebirds. They have planned a romantic dinner and dance at their facilities and the dinner will comprise of a four-courses and patrons can choose to be seated either in front of the magnificent I&J Ocean Exhibit or in the 10m- long tunnel in the Atlantic Ocean Gallery. The last place to dine is seen as the most serene of the 3 if you want to be secluded with your lovely in the tranquility of the mesmerising Ocean Basket Kelp Forest exhibit. Whichever you choose you will not be disappointed with your surroundings, which will add to the amorous allure of the most romantic day of the calendar year. This dinner will include dance demonstrations of the Venetian waltz and salsa to entertain patrons, while they tuck into the four-course dinner. Patrons will also be partnered up with professional dance partners and learn how to do the two aforementioned dances.
COST: The dance and dinner will cost R1600 per couple to be seated at the I&J Ocean Exhibit, R1900 per couple to be seat at the I&J Ocean Exhibit Tunnel, R3500 per couple to be seated at Tranquility Dining Room and R1300 per couple to be seated at the Atlantic Ocean Gallery. For more information call: +27 (0)21 814 4547 or email: email@example.com.
* Now that you know about some of the most romantic things to do with your special someone on Valentine's Day 2017. Try having a look at our Date Night Ideas for a little more inspiration!
Alternatively, take a squiz at our guide to annual February events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.
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