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Things for Couples: Ramp Up Your Valentine's Day Game
Noiseless discos, spit braais, aphrodisiac dinners and anti-love song karaoke. Here are 32 impressive Valentine's date ideas, including one that could save a farm from closing … and we'll be adding a whole lot more.
Last Updated: 7 February 2019
We are constantly adding new events, specials and experiences, so check back regularly as we’ll be updating this Cape Town Valentine’s Day 2019 list daily.
LOVE OF A DIFFERENT KIND
The jobs and homes of 138 employees from the Solms Delta Wine Farm are in jeopardy with the farm on the brink of closing. But it’s not a done deal, so to try to save the farm, they’re hosting an initiative, in conjunction with Rail Tourism, to raise funds. Their Sweet Valentine’s Day experience includes an exclusive rail experience on their Business Express train, a shuttle service from Stellenbosch Station and a Museum Tour unveiling the history of the farm. Then it’s time to sip and taste the farm’s offerings: enjoy a wine tasting before being driven by tractor to your picnic spot. Your specially prepared picnic basket for two contains chicken wings, salad, rooster bread, biltong, quiche, Salomie, cheese and dessert. So spread the love this Valentine’s Day and help save an historic farm, and all of its employees.
Cost: R800 per couple.
Solms Delta | Delta Road, off R45 | Groot Drakenstein | Franschoek Valley | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)21 449 2366
A RITUAL OF LOVE
From the people who gave us “a new way to hotel” comes a unique way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. It kicks off with a specially curated love potion served in a porron, a traditional Spanish vessel used in a ritual to symbolise the transition of day to night. Dinner follows with an array of sharing tapas such as fresh oysters, seared beef fillet and exotic tomatoes. The main is three sharing dishes including beef short rib, seared tuna and poached leeks, and you end the night with two sharing plates of chocolate marquise and vanilla pannacotta with textures of strawberry. To experience this indulgent evening, book your spot at the AC Hotel by Marriot Cape Town.
Cost: R800 per couple
Time: 6pm–10:30pm (14 – 15 February)
The AC Hotel by Marriot Cape Town | Dockrail Road | cptarFB@marriott.com | +27(0) 21 137 1100
A CITY RETREAT
Have all the perks of a 4-star hotel, while still being within walking distance of the CBD, the V&A Waterfront and a host of other activities. You also get a complimentary in room couples massage when you book a couples retreat during the month of love at aha Hotel harbour Bridge.
Cost: Price varies depending on the type of room available
Time: 1 - 28 February
aha Harbour Bridge | Dockrail Road | +27 (0)21 431 9202
SPITBRAAI, CHAMPAGNE AND JAZZ
Sometimes you don’t want anything fancy. Sometimes you just want to relax with your significant other while enjoying good food, good wine and good music. Well at this 15 February Affair you’re getting all of that: lamb and chicken on the spit, crispy baby potato, baby onion, curry noodle salad, green salad and potato salad. Every table gets a bottle of bubbly, and then it’s on to malva pudding and custard for dessert with the Glen Robertson Jazz Band providing the live entertainment. Are you feeling this braai vibe? Then head down to Kaleidoscope Jazz Cafe.
Kaleidoscope Cafe | 56b Main Road | Claremont | email@example.com | +27 (0)21 674 5761
A DECK WITH A VIEW
With the ocean a few steps away and a 4-star hotel as your home, there’s no excuse for romance not to be in air. Throw in a complimentary three-course dinner and a romantic room turndown and you have the perfect reason to book a couples retreat at aha Simons Town Quayside Hotel.
Cost: Price varies depending on the type of room available
Time: 1 - 28 February
Aha Quayside Hotel | St Georges St | Jubilee Square | Simon's Town | +27 (0)21 786 3838
WHEN LOVE AND HATE COLLIDE
For those without a loved one, Valentine’s Day can be a pain, but not in 2019. This year there’s a party that caters to those without a significant other and it includes a welcome cocktail, tapas, canape-style pizza and an anti-Valentine’s party vibe including anti-love-song karaoke. It’s called Hate To Love, Love To Party, and if you want to attend you need to book your spot at the Red Roof At Radisson Red V&A Waterfont.
Radisson Red | Silo Square | V&A Waterfront | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)87 086 1578
GETTING IN THE MOOD
While your sweet gestures may or may not have ulterior motives, it’s human nature to want to end the day of love between the sheets. A four-course dinner with an aphrodisiac menu should set you on your way. Throw in some fine vino along with a cellist playing sweet tones, and you’ll be ending the night in just the right way, thanks to Haskell Vineyards.
Haskell Vineyards | Silo Square | V&A Waterfront |email@example.com | +27 (0)87 086 1578
STAY THE NIGHT
Spend some time with your partner at a hotel pool deck with a bottle of bubbly at your side, and dinner waiting. Then stand a chance to win an overnight stay at this hotel by simply entering a lucky draw. If you don’t win the lucky draw, you can still stay the night for just R500. So do something special for your partner and remember, date night doesn’t end after dinner at the Onomo Hotel.
Cost: R500 for dinner and R500 for a room
Time: 13, 14, 15 February
Onomo Hotel | 10 Greenmarket Square | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)21 449 2366
RAUNCHY IN RED
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about being lovey-dovey, there’s a sexy side to it too The guys at Radisson Red get this, and they’re doing a sexy Spanish-style party to get you in the mood. Get a complimentary bottle of bubbly, Radisson Red speciality “tap-tap” tapas for two, enjoy live entertainment and a RED-style surprise gift, all when you head to Radisson Red’s Ouibar.
Cost: R750 per couple
Time: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm (Table times)
Radisson Red | Annandale Road | Stellenbosch | email@example.com | +27 (0) 21 881 3895
GIVE SOMETHING PRECIOUS
Not in the mood for parties and dinners? Maybe it’s time you gifted something for a change. Like a bespoke piece of jewellery from a jeweller with five decades of experience, created with contemporary talent and generational experience. The people at Uwe Koetter Jewellers are offering a bespoke deal where you’re involved in all aspects of the creation of your piece, so you get something your partner will fall in love with over and over again.
Cost: Varies depending on design
Uwe Koetter Jewellers | Shop 103 Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village | 27 Somerset Road | Green Point | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27(0)21 425 7770
SILENT VALENTINE’S DAY BEACH PARTY
Clifton beach at sunset with sweet loud tunes driving you to dance, that’s Valentine’s Day with a difference. And the best part is the Clifton community won’t hear a thing! The team from Silent Events are making this happen by bringing DJ SuperSuz and her wicked deep house remixes to Clifton Third beach on 14 February. Joining her are the soul and funk classics of the gorgeous Holy Funk and the ever-smooth DJ Lurve coming in with songs to make ladies swoon and gents croon. Whether you’re coming as a couple or flying solo, it doesn’t really matter, you’ll get in the mood with the Valentine’s Day Sunset Silent Disco.
Cost: R100 for adult and R50 for kids under-12 via Quicket
Clifton Third Beach | Atlantic Seaboard | email@example.com | +27 (0)72 777 0717
A TASTE OF SEDUCTION
There’s a saying that goes: the quickest way to a person’s heart is through their palate. The people at Coco Safar believe this mantra, and they’re offering a romantic evening of bistro dining on 14 February. It kicks off with a cocktail, followed by an intimate three-course dinner and ends on a sweet note with desserts, specialty coffee, rooibos and warm-hearted chocolate indulgences. All set in the seductive ambiance and French flair of Coco Safar Cafe.
Cost: R385pp, make bookings here.
Time: 6pm, 14 February 2019
Coco Safar Cafe | Artem Centre |277 Main Road | Sea Point | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 21 433 1336
NU JAZZ AND GIN
This is the scene: You and your beloved walk into an oceanside restaurant and straight into a gin cocktail. Your meal is a four-course Mediterranean feast and the entertainment for the night is the eclectic jazz tones of Abbott Nu Jazz. No this is not a dream, this is how Valentine’s Day will play out at Sotano Restaurant.
Cost: R450 per couple
Sotano Restaurant | 121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | email@example.com | +27 (0)21 433 1757
TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
Ditch the heels and formal jacket and visit the fish after dark while enjoying a laid-back evening of romance. The aquarium is offering a rustic, relaxed and informal setting with 37 intimate picnic spots specially selected for their romance potential. Each of these “pods” are private, complete with hay bales and accommodate only one couple, perfect for a little intimacy. spend the most romantic day of the year at the at the most uniquely romantic place in town, the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Cost: R850 to R1 000 per couple (depending on the picnic spot you choose), includes welcome drink.
Two Oceans Aquarium | V&A Waterfront | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)21 408 3812
LOVE AND NATURE
Give your loved one a gift to remember by experiencing the luscious beauty of Knysna with a couples retreat at a luxury four-star hotel. Receive a welcome platter on arrival, a complimentary bottle of wine with dinner and a special hotel room romantic turndown. Book your couples retreat in Knysna with aha The Rex Hotel.
Cost: Price varies depending on the type of room available
Time: 1 - 28 February
The Rex Hotel | 8 Gray Street | Knysna | email@example.com | +27(0)44 302 5900
A LA CARTE FOOD AND HALF PRICE CHAMPAGNE
Amazing views of Camps Bay, half-price on champagne all night and your choice of steak, seafood, burgers, pizza and sushi. Get a glass of Andiamo, an Italian-style sparkling wine, on arrival and settle down to some romantic music while you and your loved one dine at The 41.
Cost: No entry charge, just pay for your meal
The 41 Restaurant | 41 Victoria road | Camps Bay | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)21 437 0558
RUN FOR YOUR LOVE
Having common interests with your significant other helps to keep the romance alive. So if you’re both runners, then head out for a quick 5km around a golf estate before visiting a Valentine’s-themed night market offering food stalls, a wine bar, craft beer by the Stellenbosch Brewing Company and live entertainment by Mobbing Bali, among other things. All of this at the Devonvale Golf Estate.
Cost: R80 for adults. R50 for children under-14.
Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate | Bottelarey Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)82 881 0466 | email@example.com
THE LOVE COVE
A five-course meal at a romantic lagoon restaurant sounds like a great way to impress someone. Throw in west coast oysters on arrival and you’ve set the mood for the evening to come. This is followed by another seafood starter, a beef rump main course and a palette cleanser to ease you into a dessert of Turkish delight cheesecake, toasted coconut custard, chocolate ice-cream, rose petals and berries. So impress your dream love by taking them to Benguela Cove.
Benguela Cove | Bot River, R43 | Hermanus | +27 (0)87 357 0637 | firstname.lastname@example.org
RELIVE THE AMERICAN GLAM ERA
If you’ve ever seen or read The Great Gatsby you’ll know it’s all about the excesses of the rich and successful. Now you can experience that glamorous 1920s era at a party including live jazz and a sparkling setting. The night includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, a five-course meal and a glass of wine with dinner. Alternatively, there is a three-course meal option, but bear in mind this comes without the complimentary drink, beverages will be on sale. Enjoy the Great Gatsby Valentine’s Soiree at Radisson Blu Riebeek Street.
Time: 5pm till late
Radisson Blu | Riebeek Street | +27 (0)21 467 4000 | email@example.com
MOONLIGHT AND STARDUST
When your waiter or waitress is also your entertainment for the evening, you know you’re in for one wild night. Whisk your partner away to a Moulin Rouge-esque night where you’ll be met at the door with a complimentary pink gin, followed by a three-course meal. Vegan’s can join the fun as there will be a special menu set just for them at Stardust Restaurant and Dinner Theatre.
Cost: R490pp for regular menu, R450pp for vegan menu
Time: 5pm till late
Stardust | 118 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 462 7777
A TEA TIME TO REMEMBER
Have a special tea break and take your partner out for a unique beverage experience. The guys from RoyalTea are changing the way we have tea, and they want you to bring your partner for the experience. They’ll also give you a free rose if you buy a Strawberry and Rose Tea on Valentines Day at either of their V&A Food Court or Kloof Street RoyalTea branches.
Cost: R55 for a Strawberry and Rose Tea
Time: 9am–7pm (Kloof Street), 10am–8pm (V&A Waterfront)
RoyalTea | Lifestyle On Kloof | 50 Kloof Street | Cape Town | www.royalteasa.co.za
2-FOR-ONE SPECIAL ON AN OCEAN ADVENTURE
Now if you really want to get your love’s heart pumping, try kitesurfing as a couple. High Five Kitesurfschool in Bloubergstrand has a two-for-one special on Valentine’s Day, and neither one of you have to be adventure junkies to try out this exhilarating sport. You get to relax and relish the experience because High Five works according to the highest standards with accredited trainers and top-notch gear at great locations with good rates. Check out High Five for kitesurfing in Cape Town.
Cost: From R800
Time: 2–3 hours (from 12pm)
68 Beach Boulevard | Bloubergstrand | +27(0)72 902 7899
NOT ANOTHER VALENTINE’S EVENT
When you’re single and want to meet new people, the best place to do so is probably not at a Valentine-themed event. Instead, why not go to the Cape Town Comedy Club on Valentines Day for a not-so-Valentine-themed party. If you are ready to laugh and mingle, then be prepared to enjoy a show featuring Carl Weber as the MC, Dustin Moore as the headline act with support from Tsitsi and open mic act Keith Mukhram. Happy hour is from 6pm–7pm, so a pre-show drink is in order – just try not to drunk dial your ex after one too many drinks and one too many laughs at The Anti-Valentine’s Comedy Show.
Cost: R120pp for tickets to the show only. There is a food available, which 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)79 495 3989
ROAST AND MUCH-LOVED COMPANY
The hip team from Roast & Co are teaming up with urban wine brand Brampton, pairing the restaurant's tasty meals with the wine company’s finest wines. So spend Valentine's Day on Heritage Square for a complimentary welcome drink, three-course meal and much more at the Roast & Co.
Cost: R795 per couple
Heritage Square | 98 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6372 | email@example.com |
A PRIVATE PICNIC FOR TWO, A FOUR-COURSE MEAL AND SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS
The Rhone Secret Rose Garden at Boschendal invites you to a romantic twilight picnic this Valentine’s Day. Upon arrival, guests will be treated to a glass of bubbly to set the mood for an evening spent under the stars. The picnic basket, made for two to share, features an array of treats curated by The Werf Restaurant’s executive chef Christiaan Campbell. You can also choose one of the other picnic venues such as the Love Nest and the Werf Pavilion.
Alternatively, you can book for a dinner also curated by Chef Campbell, which includes a welcome cocktail, Valentine’s gift and a four-course meal at the Werf Restaurant.
Cost: The dinner is R1250pp and the picnics are R6500 (Secret Rose Garden), R7000 (Love Nest) and R8000 (Werf Lawn) per couple.
Boschendal Estate | Pniel Road | Groot Drakenstein | Franschhoek | +27 (0)21 870 4274 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EXCLUSIVE TWILIGHT DINNER FOR TWO
When it comes to love, timing is everything. So could there be a more perfect time to have Valentine’s Day dinner than as the sun sets and the sky is decked in crimson and orange? Ayama Slent Farms in Paarl is offering exactly that this Valentine’s Day. Guests will be treated to a glass of champagne upon arrival, followed by a dinner of extraordinary Italian food, curated by their executive chefs. All while enjoying Ayama-style wines with soft live music setting the mood in the background. Space is limited to 50 people, so book as soon as possible to wow your significant other at the Ayama Under The Stars Valentine’s Dinner.
Cost: R750pp, includes a glass of bubbly, full dinner, a bottle of wine, entertainment and a Valentine’s Day gift.
Time: 9 February 2019, 6pm–9pm
Ayama Slent Farms | Voor Paardeberg, Paarl | email@example.com | +27 (0)21 869 8313
WHEN DESTINY HAS ITS WAY
Sometimes the planets align, coincidences collaborate and everything falls into place for the perfect pairing. Like when HQ started hosting monthly Love Thursday events in 2018, unaware that the day of love in 2019 just so happens to fall on a Thursday too. Happy coincidence? Maybe ... but the restaurant is pulling out all the stops to take advantage of this. They’re welcoming you and your partner with a Rose & Raspberry Pink Tanqueray 10, with Fitch & Leedes Tonic, followed by their famous salad, steak and chips for the main course. This is all topped off with a mouthwatering Rose & Raspberry Valentine’s Dessert Trio to share, while the talented Acoustic Element play romantic music in the background. So wow your significant other at the HQ Love Thursday – Valentine’s Edition.
Cost: R650 per couple
Time: Early love birds 6pm–8pm, Late lovers 8:30pm–late
Heritage Square | 100 Shortmarket Street | +27 (0)21 424 6373 | firstname.lastname@example.org
RED CARPET TREATMENT
Feel like a Hollywood A-lister with Lanzerac Wine Estate as they roll out the red carpet this Valentine’s Day. They’re offering romantic experiences at their various eateries for couples looking to celebrate love. Receive a complimentary glass of MCC on arrival, then indulge in the fine cuisine from their executive chef, complemented by the estate’s award-winning wines. The four-course menu of beetroot and lime-cured salmon, with fresh apple, horseradish, and pomegranate caviar will be served in a romantic setting complete with crystal chandeliers overhead. Space is limited, so book now for the Lanzerac Wine Estate Valentine’s Day Celebration.
No. 1 Lanzerac Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 887 1132 | email@example.com | lanzerac.co.za
PICNICS, VIEWS AND FIVE-COURSE MEALS
The Radisson Blu in the waterfront is setting the perfect scene and offering two options for lovers this Valentine’s Day.
Option one is a picnic on the lawn with a menu consisting of sushi for two, tabbouleh feta salad with lemon coriander dressing, local cheese served with preserves and pickles, and more. Option two is a five-course sit-down dinner. The menu includes delicious dishes such as a red bush chai-spiced butternut soup, a duo of prawn and pomegranate gravadlax, lamb loin with Spanish chorizo and cilantro potato dauphinoise. All of this to the sound of waves breaking, ocean breezes plus the best views in Cape Town for you and your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Radisson Blu V&A Waterfront.
Cost: The picnic is R795 per couple while the dinner is R695pp.
Beach Road |Granger Bay | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)21 441 3000
A TASTE OF FRANCE THIS VALENTINES DAY
Tucked away next to an orphanage off Bree Street is a little bistro that is perfect for a cosy romantic dinner. This Valentine's Day they're serving a three-course meal with cheese and cold meat starter, surf and turf-style main and a chocolate heavy dessert. So if you want to celebrate Valentine's Day in small-town France manner, then head out to Jean Luc's Kitchen.
Cost: R700 per couple with a drink on arrival
Jean Luc's Kitchen | 11 Orphan Street|Cape Town| email@example.com | +27 (0)21 206 4636
ROMANCE ON THE WATER
Sweep that special someone off their feet with the grandest of grand gestures – a luxury cruise. Add a sunset and you’ve probably got the most romantic date idea in history. You can get a one-and-a-half-hour cruise that includes a cocktail upon boarding, a complimentary glass of bubbly and a rose. You can also book a two-and-a-half-hour cruise that finishes with a delectable canape dinner at the mooring. Make a date of it and discover Tigger 2 boat cruises in Cape Town.
Cost: 1.5-hour trip is R530pp and the 2.5-hour dinnner cruise is R750pp
Tigger 2 | V&A Waterfront | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)82 852 4383
WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
“Let’s catch a movie” is probably the go-to line when setting up a first date. But if you really want to impress her, do it on Valentine’s Day and make it an outdoor movie. Snuggle up to your loved one (or potential loved one) while watching a special Valentine's Day feature of Romeo and Juliet at the picturesque Nooitgedacht Wine Estate in Stellenbosch with The Galileo Open Air Cinema.
Time: Gates open at 5pm, movie starts after sunset
Price: From R225pp (includes entry, backrest, blanket, drink and Frey Chocolate)
Nooitgedacht Wine Estate | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)71 471 8728 | email@example.com | www.thegalileo.co.za and Webtickets.co.za
TOAST TO LOVE WITH A GLASS OF BUBBLY AND ROMANTIC MELODIES
Treat your sweetheart to some Miss Molly Bubbly and a mouthwatering mealtime experience, starting with a platter to share featuring everything from risotto to phyllo cigars. For mains, choose between the beef fillet and cannelloni and top it off with a homemade rissotto. All of this to the romantic tones of a grand piano at The Piano Bar.
Cost: R480pp including your Miss Molly Bubbly
47 Napier Street | De Waterkant | +27 (0)21 418 1096 | thepianobar.co.za
Please note that booking is essential at each venue.
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Read about the history of Valentine's Day and share with your partner or singles friends.
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