A Singles Guide To Valentines Day

Updated 2 February 2017

As if you needed a Valentine to have a good time? We've put together a comprehensive list that ensures a super Valentine's Day for single folk!

While the rest of the world is bursting at the seams with an almost annoying amount of affection for their significant others, #TeamSingle spends the first half of February ducking and diving from the ever looming celebration of Valentine's Day. Don't get me wrong, love is a beautiful thing but to the single population, it feels like less a celebration of love, and more of an emphasis on how painfully (or maybe not so painfully - good for you) single they are. If we’re being honest, the lovers don’t care about us and we are practically plunging into a self-induced case of temporary depression. For that reason, we have taken it it upon ourselves to put together a list of five things for singles to do in the Mother City on Valentine’s Day.

Host an Anti-Valentine's Day Party
Here’s an idea that involves less chocolates, balloons, red hearts and roses; and more alcohol, food, some good company and more alcohol, obviously. Instead of spending the night wallowing in self pity, why not invite all your single mates for an anti-Valentine's Day throw down. Picture this: An all black theme ( because bright colours are triggering) and an intentional playlist that is more along the lines of Beyonce ft. Nicki Minaj ‘Feeling Myself’ and steers clear of songs like The Script ‘Breakeven’. With February still being summer in Cape Town, hit the kitchen to prepare some summer tapas for the night's festivities; throw some refreshing whisky cocktails into the mix with some good company and you’re good to go. Who said you have to be single and alone on Valentine's Day?


Treat Your Damn Self
Listen, the reality is, if no one else is going to treat you this Valentine's Day, treat your damn self! As much as love is the end goal in terms of dating, self love is of utmost importance. Indulging yourself, showing yourself a good time on your own terms, and being completely content with who you are is the bases from which love for others can grow. With that being said, why not use this Valentine’s Day to love yourself. Head down to the Yemaya Spa, Hair and Nail Salons for a day of lush treatments that will not only leave you relaxed, but also have you feeling a whole lot better. Alternatively, February is still early enough in the year to treat yourself to the cliched ‘New Year new me’ makeover. Men and women alike. Click through our top hair salons overview to find the right spot to work their magic on your locks.

Cape Town Comedy Club
Not that being single is a disease, but laughter really is the best medicine. Having been listed as one of " 8 Anti-Valentines Day Activities in Cape Town " because of it's lack of romance, The Cape Town Comedy Club is actually perfect and will make absolutely sure that there is not a sad soul in sight with its Anti-Valentines Day Comedy Show. Located at the V&A Waterfront, the Comedy Club will ensure an unforgettable evening. You needn't even do it alone. Round up all your single mates and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants at the V&A Waterfront before preparing to beat the blues with a good dose of comic relief.

Hit The Clubs
What better way to shake the Valentine's blues than in the club. Besides our majestic mountains and clear blue beaches, Cape Town is known for its nightlife. You'll never run short on places to party in the Mother City. Whether you’re in the mood to get all dressed up and sip champagne at Jade Lounge, or you’re looking for a more laid-back scene like The Loft, there is something for everyone. Who knows, while all the loved up folk are on their dates (because let's be honest, no one goes to the club on a date), all the single folk in the club will be eligible. Shoot your shot. Your next Valentine may be in that room!

Love Others
Although being single on Valentine's Day doesn't sit really well with us, there are those that go their entire lives without a companion, or at the very least, just some company. Instead of harping on your lack of romantic love, why not spread love this Valentine's Day. There are lots of people and animals in need. Places like the SPCA welcome anyone willing to assist with their little pups, and who can resist puppy cuddles? Cape Town is packed with kids homes where the kids have little to no family. Why not round up some friends and spend the day at a kids home  entertaining the little ones. We’ve also compiled a list charities that could use your assistance.

There is no reason for you to cry in the shower this Valentine's Day, we’ve got you covered.


By Kirsten Adams

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