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Things to do for Valentine’s Day: fun is in the air
Celebrate your love (or loves) at lunch, with a picnic or art, and other romantic ideas
Last updated: 2 February 2021
Caught short for your Valentine's date? We've got you. Want pure romance? Throw down a blanket on a green lawn, pull delicacies out of a picnic basket and stretch out with your love. Want something more stimulating, then head to the streets to look at remarkable murals. Plus there are loads more last-minute Valentine's Day ideas you can still pull out of the bag.
BOOK DINNER FOR 2 (AND A ROOM) AT THE HYATT
The recently opened Hyatt Regency Cape Town is a prime setting for an urban romantic caper. For Valentine's Day it's offering two fantastic specials – a 3-course romantic lunch or dinner, and a Valentine's overnight package. Lunch or dinner is by 126 Cape Kitchen & Café, the Hyatt Regency’s restaurant, with a menu by Keith Frisley, former executive chef of The Four Seasons in Johannesburg – Your date will be definitely wowed by the innovative menu (the kitchen is halaal, by the way). It will be served at Signal Hill Terrace, in gorgeously secluded, romantic (and socially distanced) seating areas. Why not extend dinner and overnight, so you can head up to a plush king room for two afterwards? The rooms are spacious, stylishly dressed in soft tones, have huge beds with gorgeous linen, and all have views that make the perfect backdrop for romancing the love of your life. The stay includes Valentine’s dinner or lunch, and a lavish breakfast. Go on, make a weekend of it at Hyatt Regency
Where: 126 Buitengracht Street (corner Buitengracht and Wale streets)
When: Dinner and lunch, 14 February. Valentine's stay: 12 - 14 February
Price: Lunch/dinner only, R450pp; Valentine's stay including lunch or dinner, R1 990 per room (1 night), + R1000 for additional night
Hyatt Regency Cape Town, 126 Buitengracht St | +27 (0)87 109 1234 | hyatt.com
CHECK-OUT HOW ARTISTS ARE DECORATING CAPE TOWN’S STREETS
Over 20 local and international artists will line the streets with their large-scale, out-of-this-world artworks at the International Public Arts Festival (IPAF). Walk, run or cycle through the works of Dirty Native from Johannesburg, South African artist Buffy Braveart, Jennifer Erny from Brazil, Silas Miami from the Free State, Italian stencil artist Lucamaleonte and more. The murals are in and around Salt River, the city centre Waterfront and Sea Point. You can either see them independently or, if you'd like some insider knowledge, book a local tour guide (recommended) and send 100% of the proceeds straight to them for a Valentine’s Day out at the International Public Arts Festival.
Where: Anywhere between Cape Town city centre, Woodstock, Sea Point, Bree and Loop street and the Waterfront. But, you can find an online guide of each tour via baz-art.co.za/street-art-tour
When: 10 to 14 February, 10am - 4pm
Price: Free if self-guided
Me'Kasi Kafé, 289 Victoria Road | +27(0)71 370 1246 | firstname.lastname@example.org
CELEBRATE THE POOCH YOU LOVE
Valentine’s Day is about love in all shapes and forms. The Animal Welfare Society in Stellenbosch invites you and your pup for a Valentine’s Day walk. If you don’t have a furry friend, there will be shelter dogs on site who will be eager to go on a morning walk or run with you. You can take your pup out along the vineyards opposite the shelter; direction boards will indicate the route. Plus, to commemorate the special day, the premium package includes a 15-minute photoshoot with you and your pooch thanks to Boland Weddings.
Where: Devon Valley Road, Devon Valley Stellenbosch
When: 14 February, 8am - 11am
Price: The standard ticket price is R50 and the premium package is R150. You can book online via awss.co.za.
Devon Valley Rd, Stellenbosch | 021 883 9129 | email@example.com
LEARN TO COOK WITH YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON
If the way to a loved one’s heart is through their stomach, then a cooking class will be a thoughtful treat that will win you special brownie points. The Kitchen Collective has two Valentine’s Day cooking classes open not just to couples but friends, foodies and family, too. For dinner on 13 February, there’ll be canapés on arrival, as well as a refreshing shot of Gazpacho soup, and then participants will cook a three-course meal. For lunch on 14 February at the Peppermint Palace in Fresnaye, Denise Cowburn-Levy will walk you through one of her favourite dishes straight from her personal cookbook. This is one creative way to take your partner out for a self-made lunch or a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day.
Where: You’ll cook up your lunch at the Ginger and Lime Food Studio in Fresnaye and for dinner, you can cook up a storm at The Kitchen Collective kitchen in the city centre
When: 13 to 14 February, 12pm - 5pm
Price: R750 - R875
6-2 Ave Disandt, Fresnaye | 80 Jordaan Street, City Bowl | +27665914947 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK A ROMANTIC PICNIC IN THE ELGIN VALLEY
Picnics and sunsets are two classic Valentine’s Day ideas for good reason: they’re hella romantic. Out in the Hottentots-Holland mountains, Elgin Vintners is hosting a picnic sunset on their lawns. All you’ll need to bring is a picnic blanket, a pillow or two if you’d like and a sun hat or sunscreen. The picnic baskets and romantic ambience is taken care of. Inside the Elgin Vintners picnic baskets you’ll find cheese, savoury biscuits, roasted nuts, fresh crudités, fruit and preserves, pâté, Appletiser and/or Grapetiser. There is ample space for social-distancing. You could even go for a romantic stroll around the English Country garden into the fairy village and right down to the Palmiet River.
Where: Elgin Vintners, Appletiser Rd, Elgin
When: 13 February, 5pm - 8pm
Price: R350 per picnic box which serves two people. You can purchase your baskets online via Quicket.
Appletiser Rd, Elgin | 021 848 9587 | elginvintners.co.za
MAKE A WEEKEND OUT OF VALENTINE’S DAY
Why restrict your show of love to a single day? Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia makes a weekend of Valentine’s Day with a gourmet picnic for two in their gardens or vineyards. Each picnic basket has more than enough for you and your partner. There’s smoked fish paté, a baked vegetable quiche, lemon and rosemary roasted chicken quarters, artisanal cheese and homemade breads and more. For dessert, share scones with strawberry jam and butter. Whichever day you pick to have your Valentine’s picnic (Friday or Saturday) you could stay the night and have a double celebration. Cellars Hohenort is hosting a Valentine’s Day 5-course lunch on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February at The Conservatory Restaurant.
Where: Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Constantia
When: 12 to 14 February, 11am - 6pm
Price: R600 per picnic basket which serves two people. If you’d like to stay the night, the starting price for a double room is R3 700 per night. You can purchase your baskets or make your lunch bookings online via thecellars-hohenorthotel.com
93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights | 021 794 2137 | thecellars-hohenorthotel.com
SET THE MOOD WITH A LIVE SHOW BY ALISTAIR IZOBELL
One of South Africa’s most recognisable artists, Alistair Izobell, is playing live online on Valentine’s Day. The show, ‘Love Lives Here’, is being performed with guest bands. Only Izobell’s most romantic songs will be performed to help you create the most romantic atmosphere possible. Watch it live wherever you want to set up, in your garden, the lounge or any other special spot.
When: 14 February, 5pm - 7pm
Price: R100pp. You can purchase your baskets online via Quicket.
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