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Things to do this Valentine's Day in Cape Town

Incredible dinners, hotel stays, unique couples’ experiences and exclusive promos, these are but a few items in our list of things to do this V-Day in Cape Town

Last Updated: 23 January 2018

We are constantly adding new events, specials and experiences, so check back regularly as we’ll be updating this Cape Town Valentine’s Day 2018 list daily.

From indulging in a chocolate fountain buffet (yes, you read that correctly) to an anti-valentine's comedy show, there is something for everyone this Valentine's Day.

EXPLORE THE CBD THROUGH ITS CUISINE
If you are looking for something different and exciting, then a walking food tour could be your ideal Valentine's Day experience. Cape Town Culinary Tours guides you and your loved one on a scenic walk from De Waterkant through to the V&A Waterfront, while you indulge in six different local cuisines and beverages along the way. Tip: Make use of the exclusive CapeTownMagazine.com offer where you purchase one tour and get another one free – an ideal gift idea this Valentine's Day. Use the promo code CTMVALENTINE when booking between 22 January and 17 February (only) and redeem this special gift anytime this year until 31 December 2018.
Cost: R1099/p as well as a booking fee of R45/p.
Time: 11am–2:30pm


Cape Town | capetownculinarytours.com

STAY IN A POSH NEW HOTEL
If spoiling the one you love is your top priority, then enjoy a one-night stay at the iconic Ritz Hotel in Sea Point. The stay in the deluxe room, which is sea facing, includes a delectable three-hour, seven-course dinner at Top of the Ritz to the backdrop of picturesque views of the Mother City. Think Cape Town cuisine featuring Knysna oysters, the Ritz’s own interpretation of a Masala steak gatsby and more.
Cost: R4500 for a one-night stay in a deluxe room plus a seven-course dinner for two. Or R850/p for a seven-course dinner for two.
Time: 6pm–9pm


Corner of Main and Camberwell Roads | Sea Point | Cape Town | [email protected] or theritz.co.za

DANCE, DINNER AND A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN BUFFET 
Inspired by the classic film Casablanca, the Valentine’s Day dance and dinner at Casa Restaurant and Cabanas at The Ritz aims to reawaken a love for old-school glamour and romance. The evening kicks off at 7pm, featuring a four-course dinner with Norwegian Salmon as the main, with a live band serenading couples with classical music to set the perfect mood for celebrating love. Something for all the chocolate lovers to look out for is the chocolate fountain buffet with strawberry skewers, date fingers, shortbread and meringue sticks, all ready to be dipped.
Cost: R550/p for a four-course meal and a glass of bubbly.
Time: 7pm–12am


Corner of Main and Camberwell Roads | Sea Point | Cape Town | [email protected] or theritz.co.za

NOT EVERYONE IS IN LOVE – THE ANTI-VALENTINE'S COMEDY SHOW
The Anti-Valentine’s Comedy Show at Cape Town Comedy Club is for when you are single but you’re still open to meeting new people. If you are ready to laugh and mingle then you’ll enjoy this year’s show featuring MC, Mel Jones, UK headliner, Lateef Lovejoy and comedic support from Suhayl Essa and Francois van As. Happy hour is from 6pm–7pm, so a pre-show drink is in order – as long as you promise to try not to drunk dial your ex.
Cost: R120/p for tickets to the show only. There is a food menu available and will be charged for separately – dinner is on sale from 6pm.
Time: The show starts at 8:30pm


6 Dock Road | The Pump House | V&A Waterfront | online.computicket.com

A SOPHISTICATED THREE-COURSE DINNER 
Century City plays host to the sophisticated Cape Town Marriott Hotels Crystal Towers. Get dressed up and enjoy a three-course fine dining experience at Towers Restaurant. The menu consists of a delicious tomato soup, line fish prepared fresh from the sea and a delectable caramelised white chocolate mousse.
Cost: R450/p and includes a bottle of wine per couple from the wine list.
Time: 6:30pm until close


Century Boulevard | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 525 3888 or email [email protected]

TOAST TO LOVE WITH A GLASS OF PROSECCO
Musical haunt The Piano Bar is already a popular dining destination for couples, but this V-Day offer makes it doubly so. Situated in De Waterkant, Piano Bar lets you treat your sweetheart to some Prosecco and a mouth-watering mealtime experience, starting with a platter to share featuring everything from risotto to salmon. For mains, choose between the beef fillet and cannelloni. On the night expect the sweet sounds of the Brittany Dilkes duo, and to round it all off, enjoy some dessert which will include two shots of Frangelico.
Cost: R825 per couple and includes a glass of Prosecco per person.
Time: 6pm–late


47 Napier Street | De Waterkant | +27 (0)21 418 1096 

AN INTIMATE COUPLES' OR SINGLES' DINNER 
Already known as one of the city’s most intimate spots for a date night, HQ is being more inclusive this year. Their Valentine’s Day dinner will not only be catered to couples but also for singles looking for a good night out. On arrival, enjoy a complimentary rose and raspberry pink Tanqueray and tonic helping you to start up the conversation for the night ahead. There’ll be a delicious steak on the menu, an item that has proved popular for a long time. Entertainment will be provided by Ricky Botsis and Anthea Scholtz so be sure to bring along your dancing shoes.
Cost: R650 per couple and includes a rose and raspberry pink Tanqueray and tonic.
Time: 6pm–12pm


100 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6373 or [email protected]

A GOURMET PICNIC OVERLOOKING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
It’s hard to imagine anything more romantic than tucking into a sunset gourmet picnic with a view of the Atlantic Ocean at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Curated by the Radisson’s executive chef Norma Heath, the Valentine’s Day picnic selection includes a selection of hams, trout salad, wine pairings and more.
Cost: R750 per couple, includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
Time: from 6:30pm


Granger Bay Boulevard | Granger Bay | +27 (0)21 441 3000 or [email protected]

WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
One of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with good company and a great movie and you can do this at The Galileo Open-Air Cinema. If this sounds like you, then head to Nooitgedacht Wine Estate and enjoy the aptly named Valentine’s Day movie starring Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba and more. This magical evening will include the movie, backrest, blanket, welcome drink, a heart-shaped lollipop of course, you and your partner.
Cost: R225/p and includes a welcome drink on arrival.
Time: Gates open at 5pm


R304 between Stellenbosch and the N1 | Stellenbosch | Webtickets.co.za

CELEBRATE ALL THINGS LOVE
They say you should celebrate Valentine’s Day every day and we agree, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show your love by doing something special with your significant other on this red heart (or is that “red hot”?!) day. Head to the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in the Winelands for a beautiful evening under the stars with performances by The Voice SA’s Thembeka Mnguni and Samantha Leonard. Their angelic voices are sure to to whisk you and your person away to another world.
Cost: R200/p 
Time: 8:15pm–9:15pm 


Corner of Oude Libertas Road and Adam Tas Road Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 809 7473/7380 or [email protected]

HONOUR YOURSELF AND YOUR PARTNER 
What better way to honour yourself and your partner this Valentine’s Day? Désir’s showroom and online store provide you with a selection of the most luxurious and sophisticated range of imported lingerie, sex toys and accessories in South Africa. The Fifty Shades of Grey range is definitely one to look at as it is approved by Fifty Shades author E.L. James. Whether online or in-store, the entire experience guarantees discretion as much as it promises to be unforgettable. Find them at their showroom in Camps Bay.


3 Totnes Avenue | Camps Bay | Cape Town

Please note that booking is essential at each venue.

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SOME MORE ROMANTIC IDEAS AND EVENTS

Read about the history of Valentine's Day and share with your partner or singles friends.

Keep an eye out for some cool date ideas and a great selection of romantic things to do in Cape Town

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