Cape Town Activities for Couples
Can you feel the love in the Cape Town Air?!
The unapologetic natural beauty of the magnificent Mother City is not only synonymous with breathtaking beaches, majestic mountain ranges, the captivating Cape Winelands, world-renowned landmarks, and sought-after attractions, but with romance and big romantic gestures too. So, be prepared to be swept-off-your-feet Cape Town lovers!
Here are some of the most exciting, romantic, and best Cape Town activities for couples in the Mother City and surrounds.
#TAKE AN AERIAL CABLEWAY RIDE UP TABLE MOUNTAIN AT SUNSET
While any trip to the top of the tall-standing mountainous giant of the Cape Town skyline promises to exceed your every expectation, there’s just something EXTRA extraordinary, exciting, and romantic about taking a sunset Aerial Cableway Ride to the summit of one of the New7Wonders of Nature – Table Mountain – with your significant other.
If you’re looking to amp up the romance factor 1086m above sea level, why not pair your sensational Table Mountain sunset backdrop and breathtaking view over the vast Atlantic, Lion’s Head, Camps Bay, Clifton, Signal Hill, glorious Mother City and beyond, with a lovely picnic and celebratory bottle of bubbly on one of the many benches, large rocks, or beautiful spots scattered along the Table Mountain summit? This is not only guaranteed to sweep your significant other right off their feet, but promises to be a bucket-list worthy experience neither of you will ever forget. What are you waiting for – your romantic Table Mountain summit sunset date awaits!
#VISIT KLEIN ROOSBOOM BOUTIQUE WINERY
Wine-loving couples – this one is especially for you! Known as the keeper of one of Cape Town’s best-kept wine tasting secrets, Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery is any head-over-heels wine lover’s dream wine escape. Offering wine enthusiasts one of the most unique and enthralling wine tasting experiences, it’s hard to resist a visit to this beautiful one-of-a-kind Western Cape wine gem.
Beyond merely enjoying a tasting of Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery’s array of exceptional wines, you get to do so in a destination that is truly unlike any other – your very own cave! How amazing is that?!
Klein Roosboom has reclaimed and lovingly restored their former wine storage facilities (‘caves’), creating romantic wine tasting nooks ideal for a cosy tasting-for-two – Undoubtedly making it one of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town for couples.
Each cave has been tastefully decked out with roses, old-fashioned decor pieces, and soft natural lighting, creating the most magical romance-filled setting and mood for a memorable occasion and celebration.
#ENJOY A ROMANTIC SUNSET DRIVE ALONG CHAPMANS PEAK
Sunset, scenic views, and a sense of romance in the air – taking a sunset drive along Chapmans Peak is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town for loved-up couples.
Named one of the most magnificent coastal drives in the world, Chapman’s Peak Drive is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most stunning and sought-after attractions amongst locals and tourists alike. This captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Besides showcasing some of the most sensational views over the Atlantic Ocean and beyond, you’ll pass rugged mountains, picturesque white-sand beaches, and vibrant fishing harbors along the way. Not to mention Chapmans Peak is known for its exciting hidden gems and stunning secret spots scattered along the route.
If you’re looking to experience something extra special and romantic, nothing beats a sunset drive along the amazing Chapman’s Peak Drive. It isn’t known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing.
** Important note: Chapman’s Peak Drive may be closed during severe weather, or because of road maintenance. Contact the customer service line (021 791 8220) or visit their Facebook page or website to check the current status.
- Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
- Best time: Best during daylight hours | Particularly beautiful at sunset
- Cost: Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, and as such requires as toll tariff fee. Each category of vehicle pays a different tariff and the tariff is applicable in each direction.
- Toll Details: Click here to find out more about the Chapman’s Peak Standard Toll Tariffs | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Day Passes | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Frequent User Benefits
#WATCH THE SUNSET FROM THE ‘SECRET’ LOOK-OUT CAVE ON CHAPMAN’S PEAK DRIVE
The beautiful Mother City is not only synonymous with romance and big romantic gestures, but with sunsets too – particularly Cape Town sunsets – because there truly is no sunset quite like a Cape Town sunset.
While we’re on the topic of the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive, we thought we may as well add some EXTRA secret sunset magic to the equation – Sunsets and romance go hand-in-hand after all?! If you’re looking to experience one of the most breathtaking, unforgettable, and down-right exhilarating couples’ activities in Cape Town – soaking up every second of the glorious Mother City sunset from one of her most magical secret sunset spots is definitely it! Not to mention it’s the perfect combination of adventure and romance!
Beyond Chapmans Peak’s unapologetic sweep-you-off-your-feet natural beauty, sensational views and surroundings, this magnificent coastal road is also known for its incredible and exciting hidden gems and stunning secret spots scattered along the route – One of which being the Chapmans Peak secret Look-out Cave – Which is by far one of the best and most enchanting secret sunset spots in the Mother City!
However, like all of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little bit off the beaten path to find this sunset hidden gem…But its all part of the adventure!
Lucky for you, we’ve got the local insider scoop that will lead you right to your desired sunset-watching destination. Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapmans Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real sunset chasing adventure begins!
Positioned just below the pass, you’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside to reach the Look-out Cave. Once you’ve discovered and safely made your way down to this cool and captivating secret cave hideaway and stunning secret sunset spot, it’s time to sit back, relax, and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
An extra bonus is that it has enough space for you and your loving and adventurous partner-in-crime (so to speak) to enjoy a romantic picnic and a few sneaky sundowners (so make sure you pack everything you need), paired with one hell of a view. Trust us, this is one thrilling and magical couple’s activity in Cape Town you absolutely don’t want to miss!
- Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
- Best time: Sunset
#GO ON A SUNSET CHAMPAIGN CRUISE
There is nothing that says romance quite like a romantic sunset cruise with your partner through the waters of the glorious Atlantic.
Not only do you get to enjoy an afternoon / evening of pure extravagance and luxury with your significant other but have the remarkable opportunity of watching the magnificent sun set, all while being surrounded by picturesque views of the glorious Mother City in all her glory. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a few of Cape Town’s marine life locals swimming about, splashing around, and surfing the cool ocean waves, especially its famous Marine Big5, which includes dolphins, whales, Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, and the Mola Mola Sunfish.
Cape Town boasts countless charters and sunset cruise options to choose from. Each offering their own unique packages and specials to make your romantic sunset cruise experience that much more memorable.
#ABSEIL DOWN TABLE MOUNTAIN – THE HIGHEST COMMERCIAL ABSEILING ROUTE ON THE PLANET!
Calling all die-hard adrenaline junkies & fearless thrill-seeking couples – this incredibly exhilarating & wildly daring adventure experience in South Africa’s beautiful, vibrant, and exciting city of Cape Town is just for you! You better strap in, it’s going to be one WILD adrenaline-fueled ride that’s for sure! If it’s the thrill of a decent you’re after then Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain is exactly where you want to be for this once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list worthy adventure.
Standing tall at a staggering 1,086 meters above sea level, Table Mountain is known as the all-mighty giant of the Cape Town skyline. Named one of the New7Wonders of Nature, this 600 million years old flat-topped mountain is not only one of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks and sought-after attractions, not to mention one of the most recognizable mountains in the world, it is also the ultimate mecca for nature lovers, avid hikers, and keen adventure seekers. Table Mountain and the surrounding Table Mountain National Park boasts a thrilling variety of hiking trails, sensational panoramic views, tons of hidden gems & secret spots, and a vast diversity of unique fauna & flora – all of which makes exploring Table Mountain’s natural beauty and surrounding landscapes an exhilarating adventure in itself.
While admiring this magnificent mountainous giant from below is beyond breathtaking, there are few things that can compare to standing on the summit of the world-renowned Table Mountain & looking out over the vast Atlantic Ocean, iconic Lion’s Head, stunning Signal Hill, beautiful Camps Bay & Clifton, glorious Mother City and beyond. Now that you’ve conquered the Table Mountain summit, why not take it one step further by abseiling down it? As this iconic tall-standing mountain is the highest commercial abseiling route on the planet, it gives daring travelers & avid adrenaline junkies the rare & remarkable opportunity to experience one of the most thrilling once-in-a-lifetime adventures in the world – IT LITERALLY IS AN ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME – how could you not jump at the opportunity to tick this ONE-OF-A-KIND ULTIMATE ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE off your bucket list??
There is absolutely NO denying that taking on the highest commercial abseiling route on the planet is not only one of the top adventures & adrenaline activities in Cape Town, but in all of Africa & the world too! The only question is, are you fearless & adventurous enough to take this massive & beyond thrilling leap of faith & show the all-mighty Table Mountain exactly what you’re made of? GO FOR IT – WE DARE YOU!
#PAMPER YOURSELVES WITH A COUPLE’S MASSAGE
It’s no secret that Cape Town is known for its spectacular spas and tranquil sanctuaries. From vineyard retreats to luxurious urban oases, and even a slick sky-scraping city spa where you can escape into a parallel universe for an hour or two – there truly is something for every loved-up couple to enjoy.
From aromatherapy massages, mineral scrubs, or a destressing deep-tissue massage to an indulgent pampering session, facials, detox treatments, and of course the holy grail – a romantic couple’s massage – there’s a spa treatment for every occasion.
All onsite spa treatments are tailored to suit the needs of you and your partner, plus you can even customize your spa experience by adding in a few indulgent cocktails or a romantic dinner for two – turning your tranquil spa day into a whole romantic experience you won’t soon forget.
Here are some of the best spas in Cape Town and the Winelands, perfect for a day of pampering, indulgence, relaxation, and rejuvenation:
- One&Only Cape Town Spa
- The Twelve Apostles Spa
- Librisa Spa at the Belmond Mount Nelson
- Steenberg Spa
- Mai Thai Wellness Spa
- Fresh Wellness Spa at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
- Heavenly Spa by Westin
- The Alphen Spa
- Angsana Spa at The Vineyard Hotel
- Sanctuary Spa at the Waterfront
- Spa at Cape Grace
- Jiva Spa at Taj Cape Town
- Lanzerac Spa (Stellenbosch)
- The SPA at Spier (Stellenbosch)
- Delaire Graff Spa (Stellenbosch)
- Majeka House Spa (Stellenbosch)
- The Hydro at Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch)
- Babylonstoren Garden Spa
- Leeu Spa by Healing Earth (Franschhoek)
- Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa
- Lurra Spa at Erinvale
#GO ON A LIONS HEAD SUNSET HIKE
Lions Head summit sunset hike anyone? Standing tall at 669 meters above sea level, the roaring Lion of the Mother City skyline is not only one of the Mother City’s most beloved mountain gems and top hiking trails, but one of the most beautiful sunset spots in Cape Town too – Talk about a triple threat!
While you may need to put in some extra effort, and a bit of hard hiking graft to reach the Lions Head summit; It will ALL be worth it in the end. Boasting spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, the Atlantic ocean, Signal Hill, the glorious Mother City and beyond, the view alone is bound to render you speechless – Pair it with a sensational Lions Head summit sunset and a lovely picnic 669 meters above sea level, and you’ve got yourself an unbelievable, exciting, and down-right romantic Cape Town experience and bucket-list worthy couple’s adventure neither you nor your partner will soon forget!
- Important Note: Depending on what time you start your Valentines Lions Head sunset hiking adventure, chances are you will most likely need to make your way down the mountain in the dark. While the Mother City will provide some natural light, it is absolutely VITAL that you are fully prepared – and that means taking a torch, headlamp, or some source of portable light along to ensure you navigate your way down Lions Head safely.
- Starting point: The Lion’s Head hiking trail starts at the car park on Signal Hill Road. Follow the trail which circles around the mountain to get to the top.
- End point: The end point of the hike is the Lion’s Head Summit. Once you reach the summit, make your way down the same way until you reach the initial starting point.
- Average time to the summit: It takes approximately 1,5 hours to reach the summit at a comfortable pace | The Lion’s Hike is a 3hour round trip.
- As the sun sets at +/- 8pm in the summer, it is important to time your hike just right | During summer we recommend starting your Lions Head sunset hike between 6pm and 6:30 pm (depending on your hiking pace and overall fitness level).
- On the opposite end of the spectrum, the sun sets at +/- 6pm – 7pm in autumn and winter. This means it’s essential to start your Lions Head sunset hike much earlier.
**Check out our ‘Hiking Lions Head Cape Town: Everything You Need To Know’ blog for everything there is to know regarding hiking Lions Head, including information, guidelines, and insights pertaining to the hiking routes as well as what you can expect, the things you will need, tips, tricks, and so much more.
#GO HORSEBACK RIDING ON THE BEACH
Picture this: You’re on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town, the sun is setting, the ocean waves are crashing at your feet, and you’re blissfully galloping along the shoreline on horseback with your date, partner, significant other or special someone by your side – a pretty perfect picture isn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be just that!
While it may sound like a scene straight out of a romance novel, it can just as easily be your reality! Going on a romantic and magical horseback ride on the breathtaking Noordhoek Beach at sunset is not only a great date idea and romantic experience in Cape Town, but an unforgettable bucket-list worthy adventure too.
Besides the sheer unapologetic natural beauty that surrounds you, you’ll also trot past a shipwreck (among many other things) as you explore one of the longest (and most breathtaking) beaches on the Cape coastline.
Have a look at our ‘Best Cape Town Beach Horse Riding Experiences’ blog for some great ideas.
#GO TANDEM PARAGLIDING
Calling all thrill-seeking couples – It’s time to take to the sky! There are few things more exhilarating than going on an adrenaline-filled paragliding flight or an unforgettable paragliding sightseeing tour over the glorious city of Cape Town – WHAT A THRILL! And getting to tick this adventure-filled experience off your bucket list with your significant other just makes it all the more exciting!
Going on an exhilarating tandem paragliding experience is by far one of the top adrenaline activities for adventurous couples in Cape Town, and one of the coolest, thrilling, and most exciting things to do on any trip to the Mother City. Not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-forgotten, bucket-list worthy adventure in every way! Trust us, this is one adventure experience you and your thrill-seeking partner don’t want to miss!
Cape Town’s tandem paragliding trips typically take off from Lions Head or Signal Hill. In addition to the intense adrenalin rush and ‘pinch-me I can’t believe this is actually happening’ moments you’ll experience throughout your tandem paragliding flight, you’ll be treated to the most magnificent panoramic views of the beautiful city of Cape Town. All while soaring through the sky – how unbelievable is that?
**Tip: If you’re keen to experience a super special tandem paragliding adventure, why not take to the sky at sunset? Is there anything better than gliding above the Cape Town skyline, soaring over some of its top sights, remarkable landmarks, beautiful natural wonders, majestic mountain ranges, breathtaking coastlines, and the glorious Atlantic ocean as the Mother City’s stunning sherbet-colored sunset sets the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors? We think not! Cape Town is pure sunset bliss after all. A sunset tandem paragliding flight is without a doubt the ultimate combination of beauty, adventure, and romance!
#GO TO THE PINK FLAMINGO ROOFTOP CINEMA
The Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema in Cape Town is dedicated to restoring the true experience of cinema – Making for a truly unique, romantic, and extremely memorable experience!
Located in the heart of Cape Town’s lively CBD, the infamous Pink Flamingo open-air Rooftop Cinema is part drive-in, part social event, and part adventure. Set in the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel – the only designer Rooftop Airstream Trailer Park in the world – The Pink Flamingo celebrates the silver screen in a silver setting – right beneath the starry night sky and Mother City moonlight – talk about romantic!
Showcasing an array of films, including all of your favorite cinematic & movie classics, watching a movie under the Cape Town night sky while surrounded by their amazing gleaming vintage Airstream Trailers, is without a doubt one of the best date ideas and romance-filled Cape Town activities for couples. Not to mention one of the most unique and memorable too!
On an open-air rooftop that is The Grand Daddy Hotel’s Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park, the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is all about celebrating the occasion, the glamour, the romance, the ritual, and the wonderful world of make believe that is the art of filmmaking and movies.
If you want to up the romance factor and make it an extra special experience, you can order a delicious picnic basket or even decide to spend the night in one of their magical themed trailers. Why not go all out and take advantage of this unforgettable one-of-a-kind experience!
**Note: You can choose from three unique seating options: General Seating, the Love Seat, and the Couch. Each ticket includes a welcome drink, a bag of sweets and popcorn.
Watching an open-air rooftop screening at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is by far one of the best and most romantic things to do in Cape Town for couples!
#SEE THE AFRICAN PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH
Home to a thriving African Penguin colony, a visit to the renowned Boulders Beach is an absolute must-do Cape Town experience. In addition to Boulders Beach being one of the Mother City’s most visited & highly sought-after beaches, it is also one of the only places in the world where you can get up close and personal with these cool and charismatic ocean locals. This undoubtedly makes visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach a bucket-list worthy Cape Town experience and once-in-a-lifetime adventure in every way. Watching these fascinating creatures waddle and swim in the clear blue water is an experience that both couples and families will remember.
Besides seeing the African Penguins from the African Penguin Viewing Site in Boulders Beach, you can enjoy a variety of other once-in-a-lifetime adventures such as swimming, kayaking or enjoying a laid-back beach day with them right by your side. In fact, the cove at Boulders Beach is considered as one of the best beaches in Cape Town to go swimming as the water is warmer compared to other Cape Town beaches. This is primarily due to its sheltered location, making it an ideal place to soak up the sun and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery,
In addition to Boulders Beach, Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay is home to an African Penguin viewing site as well as one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world.
**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the African Penguin Viewing Site and Boulders Beach. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. You can choose to exit and re-enter as it suits you (this only applies to the day your ticket was purchased).**Visit the SANParks website for more information regarding Boulders Beach’s Conservation Fees.
#ENJOY A ROMANTIC DINNER AT CHEF’S WAREHOUSE AT TINTSWALO ATLANTIC IN HOUT BAY
Did someone say a romantic dinner for two? If you’re looking to enjoy an indulgent, immersive, and unforgettable dining experience in one of the most unbelievable and breathtaking locations in Cape Town, Chef’s Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay is the perfect dining destination for the two of you! Not to mention one of the most magnificent and magical too. Oh yes, the remarkable Chef’s Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic is top-tier when it comes to indulgence and romance, so prepare to be swept off your feet ladies & gents – it promises to be one for the books!
That’s certainly not all you can look forward to! Located on Chapman’s Peak Drive, right on the ocean shore, you’ll be treated to uninterrupted ocean and mountain range views, complemented by the sound of waves lapping gently against the rocks of the hotel and restaurant’s outdoor deck. Chef’s Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic undoubtedly offers diners the whole package and SO much more!
If that’s not enough, each table at Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic overlooks the spectacular view from all angles, taking your romantic ocean-front dining experience to a whole new and exciting level. As for the food, you can look forward to Chef Liam Tomlin’s famed tapas-for-two concept with seasonal ingredients that are exquisitely plated.
#ENJOY A ROMANTIC GETAWAY FOR TWO AT TINTSWALO ATLANTIC: THE ULTIMATE COASTAL HIDEAWAY
While we’re on the topic of Tintswalo Atlantic, why not take your romantic & unforgettable Tintswalo experience to the next level by spoiling / treating yourself and your significant other to a romantic escape or overnight stay in what is known as Cape Town’s most magnificent and magical hidden gem and ultimate coastal hideaway?
Perched on a pebbled beach at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, right at the base of the ocean-facing Table Mountain National Park, Tintswalo Atlantic is the epitome of tranquillity, lavish luxury, and breathtaking beauty.
As the only hotel permitted to operate within the boundaries of this renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, the award-winning 5-star Tintswalo Atlantic boutique lodge not only boasts panoramic views of the picturesque Hout Bay harbour, the dramatic Sentinel mountain peak, the glorious Atlantic Ocean and beyond, but provides guests with exclusive access to the natural beauty found along the mountainside’s winding walking and hiking trails. Paired with its surrounding unapologetic beauty, Tintswalo Atlantic’s secluded location on the water’s edge provides guests with true away-from-it-all indulgence and solitude near Cape Town’s vibrant inner city.
With ten beautifully appointed suites and one regal Presidential Suite, all with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Tintswalo Atlantic offers all the lavish luxuries of a world-class hotel, paired with personalized service and the utmost attention to detail.
As one of the most renowned lodges in the Western Cape, Tintswalo Atlantic offers guests nothing less than true Tintswalo hospitality from the moment they arrive at this seaside paradise. Enjoy sundowners on the deck beside the heated pool and share cooking tips with the charming Executive Chef, venture out to Hout Bay village, or take a drive to the Cape Winelands for an unforgettable wine-tasting adventure – the possibilities are truly endless!
Having been described as the most spectacular, dramatic, and romantic destination in Southern Africa, Tintswalo Atlantic is not only the perfect ocean front escape, but one of the most romantic getaways in Cape Town and surrounds.
**Insider Secret: Hidden out of sight from passing travellers, Tintswalo Atlantic is only reachable by the resident shuttle, which transports guests from the main road right down to the lodge on the shore below. You’re gifted with a sense of privacy highly sought-after for special occasions and romantic retreats.
- Location: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
#GO ON A ROMANTIC HOT-AIR BALLOON RIDE
There are so many ways to see and experience Cape Town, but few are as exciting – or romantic – as riding in a hot-air balloon.
Riding in a hot air balloon is a unique and unforgettable experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. And what better way to do it than in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world? A hot air balloon ride over the Cape Winelands is a magical way to start your day, with the sunrise casting a warm glow over the landscape below.
During the hour-long flight, you’ll have stunning views of the Winelands, with its rolling hills, vineyards, and charming towns. Keep an eye out for wildlife too, as hot air balloons are known to attract curious animals. The experience is peaceful and serene, with the gentle swaying of the balloon adding to the sense of tranquillity. Once you land, enjoy a champagne breakfast to celebrate your adventure.
Most hot air balloon rides in Cape Town include a safety briefing, the balloon ride, and breakfast. Some operators also offer additional experiences, such as a tour of the winery or a wine tasting. It’s worth noting that hot air balloon rides are weather-dependent, so it’s best to book a few days in advance and keep an eye on the weather forecast. A hot air balloon ride is a perfect date idea for couples looking for a romantic and memorable experience.
#VISIT THE KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
If you and your partner are head-over-heels nature lovers, and even if you’re not, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is the picture-perfect fairy tale escape for enjoying a fun-filled and memorable day in Cape Town with your special someone.
Located right at the base of the renowned Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens is acclaimed as one of the Great Botanic Gardens in the World, showcasing one of the most remarkable displays of indigenous natural beauty in the city.
Boasting endless stretches of lush greenery, lovely lawns, age-old trees, secret waterfalls and flowing streams, a glorious diversity of flora entirely indigenous to Cape Town, and spectacular views and surrounding scenery, this natural gem creates a breathtakingly beautiful and romantic setting for an unforgettable day spent in the Mother City.
To make this special occasion even more enthralling, Kirstenbosch boasts hidden rock pools, forest escapes under the trees, secret waterfalls, the infamous Treetop Canopy Walk (known as the ‘Boomslang’), and lovely pathways complimented by incredible views of Table Mountain.
**Pack a lovely picnic basket with champagne and celebrate a romantic couple’s day out in style in one of the most beautiful settings in Cape Town.
**To find out more about Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, have a look at our ‘Top 5 Reasons To Visit Kirstenbosch Gardens’ blog.
#ENJOY A ROMANTIC OPEN-AIR SCREENING AT THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA
Known as the ultimate outdoor cinema and movie experience in the Mother City, enjoying a screening at the Galileo Open Air Cinema is by far one of the top things to do for couples in Cape Town, and certainly one of the most fun and romantic too – Making for the perfect Cape Town date night out.
There are few things quite as exciting as enjoying a screening of one of your all-time favourite movies under the Mother City moonlight and starry Cape Town night sky. But, getting to do it with your partner, crush, significant other, or special someone by your side just makes it extra special.
**Note: As this is one of the Mother City’s most sought-after experiences, tickets can sell out quite fast. So, make sure you book yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
Check out our ‘The Galileo Open Air Cinema’ blog for everything you need to know about this not-to-be-missed experience. You can also visit The Galileo Open Air Cinema website for more information, updates, along with their jam-packed movie line-up.
#EXPLORE THE BEAUTIFUL HIDDEN VALLEY
Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain near Stellenbosch, Hidden Valley is one of the Cape Winelands’ most beautiful Wine Farms. For those who love to go slightly off the beaten track in search of Cape Town’s best kept secrets and lesser-known hidden gems, Hidden Valley is the ideal place for the perfect romantic day out with the one you love.
The jewel of the farm is shrouded by fynbos, vineyards, and olive groves, and boasts spectacular views of vast mountain ranges, thriving vineyards, and stunning surrounding scenery.
To add an extra special touch, Hidden Valley Wine Farm offers you a delightful picnic basket to enjoy, plus you can enjoy a wonderful wine tasting experience and celebrate in true Cape Winelands style.
#GO FOR SUNDOWNERS SOMEWHERE PRETTY
Sometimes it is the simplest things that are the most romantic. And where else in the world are you going to find such prime locations & stunning settings for watching the sun go down with a glass of bubbly or fine wine in hand? That’s right, nowhere! Plus, when it comes to enjoying sundowners in Cape Town, your choices are pretty much unlimited. Here are some of the top sundowner spots in Cape Town to help you plan the perfect sundowner date:
Grand Café & Beach
St Tropez meets Cape Town cool at The Grand, a laid-back, chic seaside café. Nestled on a tiny beach in Granger Bay, next to the V&A Waterfront, this glamorous spot is where the jet set come out to play. Boasting a private beach and waterside wooden deck, guests relax with drink in hand and feet in the sand as they watch the last rays of the sun sparkle on the water. An extensive cocktail menu and wine list are on offer, as well as an array of delicious fare including fresh salads, seafood and crispy wood-fired pizzas.
Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, perfectly situated in the heart of Clifton between the Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head, and the Atlantic Ocea, The Bungalow is the best place in Cape Town to experience golden hour with a sundowner in hand and live DJs spinning your sunset soundtrack. As the only restaurant located along the world-renowned Clifton reserve, it’s a standalone icon.
14 Stories Rooftop Bar
Cape Town is lucky enough to welcome a hot new rooftop bar right to the centre of town with the 14 Stories Rooftop Bar at the new Tsogo Sun Square in the CBD. Open daily from 4-11 pm, it’s a great place to wait out traffic, sip on a sundowner, and get the party started as you fall in love with Cape Town all over again.
The iconic Café Caprice, situated directly across Camps Bay Beach along the famous Camps Bay sunset strip, has been making it onto lists such as these since it opened in 1999, and for good reason too! Café Caprice combines artisan cocktails, a café-style menu, relaxing lounges, and sidewalk seating that allow locals and tourists alike to experience the epitome of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan social scene. If you get bored of watching the glorious sunset (which is highly unlikely), dabble in a little celeb-spotting instead.
Tobago’s Bar @ Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
Perched right on the edge of Granger Bay with magnificent views of the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain, Tobago’s Bar at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is one of the city’s finest spots to catch the sunset. A large sun-drenched deck and rim-flow swimming pool seem to float right into the bay – the perfect place to soak up the view as you sip on a Sweet Melon Margarita or a glass of wine from their well-stocked cellar.
Utopia – Dining Elevated
This restaurant in De Waterkant has a magnificent view of the city, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, and Table Mountain. Here you can enjoy a sundowner as the sky turns from blue to pink and the city lights start to twinkle. They have an extensive drinks menu to choose from as well as an exquisite menu. The open-plan layout is also perfect for an impromptu photoshoot with a view if you’d like to make everyone in the world jealous of your fine location.
The Leopard Bar
If it’s romance you’re after, The Leopard Bar at the Twelve Apostles Hotel offers up the kind of sunsets that’ll make anyone go gooey on the inside. With the Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles mountain range behind you and the Atlantic Ocean stretching out in front of you, you’ll feel like you belong on the set of an epic movie. If you don’t fancy any of the cocktails on the menu – the Vanilla Chocatini looks delish – the bartenders can whip up something from your favourite ingredients. In addition to a craft beer menu, the bar also has a cigar menu for those special occasions.
On the Rocks
This lovely restaurant in Blouberg Strand is a favourite for locals and visitors and it’s easy to see why. On a clear day, their view of Table Mountain is postcard perfect and the sea breeze offers the perfect companion to a long colourful cocktail, G&T or glass of wine. Once you glance at the menu you’ll definitely be tempted to eat too: the seafood, mains, and desserts are worth salivating over.
Sky Bar at the Grand Daddy Hotel
It’s hard to imagine that you’ll find a great spot to watch the sun go down in Long Street, but the Grand Daddy Hotel manages to pull it off. The hotel has a vintage airstream trailer park on its rooftop and along with it a stylish bar. The bar, which is only open when the weather is sunny, offers up beer, wine, and cocktails. You’ll want to try the signature Trailer Park Happiness, which is made with premium gin, Cruz vodka, raspberry and lemon juice, and topped with lemonade.
Brass Bell Restaurant and Pub
One cannot think sundowners without The Brass Bell popping into mind. This ever-popular and well-loved Kalk Bay institution has been wooing patrons for years with its exquisite seaside locale, breathtaking views over False Bay and vibrant atmosphere. Best for long sundowner sessions are the Water’s Edge restaurant and Bikini Deck, where you can watch the waves crash against the windows as you toast the setting sun with a classic Pina Colada or Strawberry Daiquiri. Snack on succulent seafood fresh from the sea or generous wood-fired pizza as you soak up the vibe with some live music.
Other great sundowner spots:
- Harringtons Cocktail Lounge
- Bascule Bar
- Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
- The Radisson Red Rooftop Bar
- Rick’s Café Americain
- The Rumbullion
- De Grendel
- Harbour House
#GO KAYAKING WITH AFRICAN PENGUINS
Going kayaking alongside Cape Town’s cool and charismatic African Penguins is an experience that should be on everyone’s Cape Town adventure bucket-list. Not only is it one of the most thrilling and unique ways to see the sights and scenery of the vibrant False Bay coastline (as most kayaking trips depart from Simon’s Town), but the best way to get up-close with Boulders Beach’s African Penguin Colony.
In addition to seeing Cape Town’s ultimate cool kids – AKA: The African Penguins of course – you’ll also have the opportunity to spot a few other members of Cape Town’s amazing Marine Big 5, including Cape Fur Seals, whales, and dolphins.
Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins are known to be especially playful and inquisitive in nature. They absolutely love the limelight and any chance to show off their tricks and twirls, so don’t be surprised if they come right up to your kayak for a greeting or a second in the spotlight. They love showing off and we have no doubt that you’ll love every second of watching them do it. So, sit back, relax, revel in every extraordinary moment of this experience and kayak along. As an extra bonus, make sure you’re on the lookout for some Sea Gulls and a range of other sea birds too!
**Did you know that Boulders Beach is one of the only places in the world where you can get up close and personal with African Penguins?
#TAKE A TRIP UP SIGNAL HILL
Planning a romantic trip up Signal Hill will without a doubt be an equally magnificent and memorable experience. Regarded as one of the most stunning and sought-after locations in Cape Town, the view from its 350m high summit is nothing short of spectacular. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain, Lions Head, and the glorious city of Cape Town, you’ll be utterly mesmerized.
If you’re looking to make your Signal Hill excursion extra memorable, why not plan a romantic picnic at sunset? Signal Hill isn’t known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing. The golden sunlight will add to the magical atmosphere making it a moment neither of you will ever forget.
**Extra Signal Hill Insight: In the evenings, Signal Hill is known as ‘lovers lane’ – popular with couples who are up there to enjoy the lights and the romance of the Table Mountain backdrop, particularly during summer when Table Mountain is lit at night.