Love is in the air and the Mother City is loving every single second of it! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And there truly is no better place to celebrate it than in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town. Home to some of the most magnificent landscapes, stunning natural wonders, iconic landmarks, spectacular Cape Winelands and incredible restaurants and culinary experiences. The Mother City is filled with beauty, magic and romance around every corner. And the best thing is, there truly is something for everyone. Here are our top 10 Valentine’s Day date ideas in Cape Town to make your Valentine’s Day extra special.
#1 Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the One&Only Hotel
Celebrate love the one and only way at the spectacular One&Only Hotel Cape Town this Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to make Valentine’s Day extra special this year, there truly is no better place than the beautiful One&Only. Situated right in the heart of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, boasting spectacular views of Table Mountain and the marina. It will undoubtedly add an extra dash of magic, beauty and romance to your special Cape Town Valentine’s Day celebrations.
This year the One&Only has some truly spectacular things planned for all the love birds out there. Thereby promising a Valentine’s Day neither you nor your loved one will soon forget. And the best thing is, both resort guests and outside visitors are invited to share in these memorable occasions. From an indulgent Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea with Love to a sensational six course Omakase menu dining experience at the world-renowned Nobu. Or a spectacular 4-course culinary experience at the iconic Ochre restaurant. The One&Only has the perfect Valentine’s Day experience for anyone looking to add some extra love and romance to their evening.
Find out more about the variety of incredible Valentine’s Day experiences and events taking place at the One&Only by visiting our One&Only Valentine’s Day events page.
#2 See a movie at the Galileo Open Air Cinema
See a movie under the stars at the Galileo Open Air Cinema. Is there anything more romantic than spending your Valentine’s Day under the Mother City moonlight and starry night sky with your special someone by your side? All while watching one of your all-time favourite movies in one of the most beautiful settings in Cape Town. The Galileo Open Air Cinema has established itself as the top outdoor cinema in Cape Town. As well as one of the most sought-after experiences for locals and travelers alike.
And this year they’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special Valentine’s screening of the romantic classic ‘About Time’ at the beautiful Nooitgedacht Wine Estate. It promises to be an evening filled with love, romance and magic. As the Galileo Open Air Cinema is one of the top experiences in the Mother City. As well as one of the most popular Cape Town Valentine’s Day date ideas. Tickets do tend to sell out fast. So, we suggest you get yours to avoid missing out on this special Valentine’s experience.
- Movie: About Time
- Movie date: 14/02/2020
- Movie venue: Nooitgedacht Wine Estate
- Doors open: 17:00
- Movie starts: 20:00
#3 Stunning sunset spots
Enjoy sundowners & a magical sunset at one of Cape Town’s many Stunning sunset spots. It’s sunset and sundowner time! Sometimes the simplest gestures and experiences are the most special. In a city as beautiful as Cape Town, you don’t need to do something extravagant to make an occasion memorable. And this certainly applies to Valentine’s day too. Enjoying a few sundowners and a romantic picnic at one of the Mother City’s many stunning sunset spots is undoubtedly one of the best Valentine’s Day date ideas in Cape Town. Plus, there’s nothing quite as spectacular as watching a magical Mother City sunset with your special someone or significant other right by your side. It’s pure bliss!
From the beautiful Llandudno Beach, Bakoven Boulders, Camps Bay, Clifton Ridge Rocks and Bloubergstrand beachfront. To Signal Hill, Kloof Corner, Lions Head and the infamous ‘Sunset Rock’. One of the Mother City’s most spectacular secret sunset spots. There is no shortage of beautiful sunset watching spots to celebrate a romantic sunset date this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
#4 Date night at the V&A Waterfront
Situated right in the heart of the Mother City, the vibrant V&A Waterfront is the perfect place to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day with the one you love. Besides being one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions. The V&A Waterfront has established itself as the ultimate hub of art, food, music, culture and adventure. In addition to the spectacular views out over the harbour and the stunning Table Mountain. The V&A Waterfront boasts a variety of sought-after restaurants, trendy bars and harbour-front eateries to choose from. Not to mention the vibrant and lively energy that fills the air. Thereby providing love birds with the perfect harbour-front escape to celebrate a special evening this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
Once you’ve enjoyed a lovely dinner, sundowner or glass of wine at one of the Waterfront’s sensational spots. We highly recommend you take a romantic stroll along the Waterfront. In addition to the truly beautiful backdrop, take some time to enjoy the spectacular view and twinkling city lights and savour the sounds of musicians and buskers scattered about. It promises to be a romantic Valentine’s evening spent in the heart and soul of the Mother City.
#5 Picnic at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
A romantic Valentine’s Day picnic is one Valentine’s classic that will never loose it’s magic and charm. But, there’s just something extra special about enjoying a picnic in one of Cape Town’s most magnificent natural wonders, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Situated at the eastern foot of Table Mountain. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens has been crowned one of the greatest botanic gardens of the world. Undoubtedly making it one of the Mother City’s most beautiful attractions and best Cape Town Valentine’s Day date settings. Perfect for a magical afternoon filled with love and romance.
In addition to having a romantic picnic on the lush lawns of Kirstenbosch Gardens. Paired with one of the most beautiful views of Table Mountains and surrounding greenery. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens offers so much more to do, see and experience. From strolling through the beautiful gardens, thrilling hiking trails, nature walks, waterfalls, unique fauna and flora, sculpture garden and the famous Treetop Canopy Walk. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is filled with beauty, wander and adventure around every twist and turn. All waiting to be explored and experienced by you.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Entrance Fee:
- Adults: R75
- South African Students (with student card): R40
- Scholars/Learners (6 – 17 years): R20
- Children under 6 years: Free
- South African Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays except on public holidays
#6 Romantic sunset drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive
Known as one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world, a sunset drive along the beautiful Chapman’s Peak Drive is undoubtedly one of the best Valentine’s Day date ideas in Cape Town. And certainly one of the most romantic too. This captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Showcasing the most spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. Thereby making it the perfect place to enjoy a magical sunset date in Cape Town with your special someone.
In addition to some of the most sensational views in the city. Chapman’s Peak Drive is also a great place to spot some beloved members of the Cape Town Marine Big 5. So, keep your eyes open for Southern Right Whales, Dolphins, African Penguins and Cape Fur Seal sightings. There are also a variety of hidden gems scattered along this stunning coastal road. One of which is known as one of Cape Town’s best kept sunset secrets, the Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave.
Positioned just below the pass, you have to be willing to wonder a little off the beaten track to discover this hidden cave gem. Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point. Now this is where the adventure starts! You’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside in order to find the cave. Once you’ve reached this hidden cave gem, it’s time to sit back, relax and soak it all in. If you’re looking to make it extra special, pack a Valentine’s picnic basket and enjoy one hell of a view paired with a sensational sunset.
As Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road there is a small entrance fee to pay. But the magnificent views will make up for it in every single way!
#7 Enjoy a movie screening at the Labia Theatre
There is nothing quite like an old-school movie date to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. But the Mother City sure likes to put her own unique spin on this Valentine’s classic with a special, and truly authentic, movie screening at the iconic Labia Theatre. The Labia Theatre is the oldest Independent Cinema in South Africa. So, you know you’re in for quite a special treat. Showing independent movies, foreign films, historical cinema and other alternative and art circuit films for movie lovers from all walks of life. Watching a screening at the Labia has become one of the most sought-after experiences in Cape Town. And undoubtedly one of the top Cape Town Valentine’s Day date ideas for love birds of all ages.
In addition to enjoying a memorable movie screening, the Labia Theatre also has a coffee shop, stocked with all the delicious movie treats your heart desires. As well as a fully licensed bar with a terrace. Thereby making it one of the most unique and memorable Cape Town movie date experiences.
- Location: 68 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town’
- Ticket prices: R60
#8 Valentine’s Day sunrise or sunset hike
This thrilling Cape Town Valentine’s Day date idea is dedicated to all the adventure seekers and avid hikers out there! Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as starting or ending your day with a spectacular sunrise or sunset view over one of the most beautiful cities in the world. All while enjoying an incredible hike along one of Cape Town’s many exciting, and equally stunning, hiking trails.
Although it might take a little extra effort and hard hiking graft to reach your destination. The truly magnificent view from the top as well as all the way throughout the hike promises to make it worth every single second. If you want to add another surprise to your Valentine’s Day hiking adventure, pack a couple of treats in your backpack and enjoy a romantic picnic for two on the summit. It promises to add an extra special touch to an already unforgettable Cape Town Valentine’s Day experience.
Here are some of our top Cape Town hiking trail suggestions for your sunrise or sunset Valentine’s Day hiking adventure. Lions Head, Kloof Corner, the Pipe Track, Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Signal Hill, Newlands Forest, Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point and the Silvermine’s Nature Reserve. If you’re however looking to take on the great Table Mountain on the ultimate hiking challenge. Platteklip Gorge, Skeleton Gorge, India Venster, Kasteelpoort, Maclear’s Beacon and Devil’s Peak or some of Table Mountain’s top hiking trails. Each Table Mountain hiking trail however ranges in difficulty as well as the amount of fitness and technical skill required. So, it is absolutely essential you ensure you are well prepared and take the necessary precautions when choosing to hike one of its hiking routes.
#9 Wine tasting adventure in the beautiful Cape Winelands
What would the perfect Cape Town Valentine’s Day date be without some exceptional wine to celebrate it? There’s therefore only one true authentic way for wine lovers to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Cape, and that’s to go on the ultimate Western Cape wine tasting adventure. Home to the largest wine producing region in Africa, the Western Cape is any wine lover’s dream come true. And even if you don’t consider yourself to be a die-hard wine enthusiast at heart. You’ll undoubtedly fall head-over-heels in love with the beautiful Cape Winelands and its exceptional selection of wine. In addition to incredible wine, the Cape Winelands is also known for its beautiful wine routes, exciting food and wine pairing experiences and world-renowned culinary pursuits. Thereby providing you with everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
Some of Cape Town’s top wine routes to choose from include: the Stellenbosch Wine Route, Franschhoek Wine Route, Helderberg Wine Route, Wellington Wine Route, Durbanville Wine Route, Constantia Wine Route and the Elgin Wine Route. All boasting a wide variety of spectacular Wine Estates and wine tasting experiences to enjoy.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram is also an incredible, and super exciting, way to visit some of Franschhoek’s top wine estates. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a combination of a double-decker bus and tram ride that allows you to hop on and off at various wine farms on your chosen itinerary. All you have to do is pick your wine route, sit back and enjoy the sweeping vineyard and mountain vistas the Franschhoek Wine Valley has to offer. All while tasting some of Franschhoek’s most exceptional selection of wine. This exciting Cape Winelands experience offers approximately 8 different routes to choose from with each route including anywhere from 6 – 10 Franschhoek wineries that you’ll get to visit. Thereby making it a pretty unforgettable and fun Cape Town Valentine’s Day date idea for wine lovers from all around the world.
#10 Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way ride
Is there any view more beautiful than the one from the top of the gentle giant of the Cape Town skyline, Table Mountain? We think not! Besides being one of Cape Town’s most beloved landmarks. Table Mountain has also been named one of the New7Natural wonders of the world. Thereby making it one of the Mother City’s most magnificent natural gems as well as the ideal Valentine’s Day date spot for locals and travelers alike. So why not make this Valentine’s Day extra special by enjoying a romantic Aerial Cable Way ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain?
Besides enjoying an amazing morning or mid-day cable-way ride to the top. Taking a sunset Aerial Cableway trip to the summit of this iconic mountainous gem and watching the glorious sunset over the Mother City and Atlantic Ocean is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and memorable date ideas. Once you’re at the top you can even pop open a nice bottle of bubbly and enjoy a sunset picnic. All while admiring the sensational view with the one you love. Now that’s an unforgettable Cape Town Valentine’s Day date neither you nor your loved one will soon forget.
Prices for the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway:
- Morning Adult (8am – 1pm | November 2019 – April 2020): Return Ticket: R360 | One-way Ticket: R200
- Morning Children: 4 – 17 years old (8am – 1pm | November 2019 – April 2020): Return Ticket: R180 | One-way Ticket: R100
- SA Senior Citizens (7 days a week): Return Ticket: R100 | One-way Ticket: R50
- Early Access Tickets (7:30am – 8am): Return Ticket: R450
- Afternoon Adult (1pm – closing| November 2019 – April 2020): Return Ticket: R300 | One-way Ticket: R200
- Afternoon Children: 4 – 17 years old (1pm – closing| November 2019 – April 2020): Return Ticket: R150 | One-way Ticket: R100