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.
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- Valentine’s Day in Cape Town 2023: Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town
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#1 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 and extremely memorable experience and Valentine’s Day in Cape Town!
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 your favorite 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 top things to do in Cape Town this Valentine’s Day. 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 Valentine’s Day romance factor, you can order a delicious picnic basket or decide to spend the night in one of their magical themed trailers.
**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!
#2 Spend the day on one of Cape Town’s secret beaches
If you and you’re Valentine are head-over-heels beach lovers at heart, this is definitely a great date idea for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. There is nothing like being sun-kissed, salty-haired, beached-out, and sandy-toed while spending the day on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches with your special someone. In fact, there’s only ONE thing that could potentially make your blissful Mother City Valentine’s beach day even better, and that is soaking up the glorious Cape sunshine on one of the best and most magnificent secret beaches in Cape Town.
Here are some of the best and most beautiful secret beaches in Cape Town – all of which deserve a prime spot on your Cape Town beach bucket-list and list of Cape Town date ideas too:
- Beta Beach
- Water’s Edge
- Platboom Beach
- Diaz Beach
- The Preekstoel (West Coast National Park)
- Windmill Beach
- Scarborough beach
- Sunset Beach
- Olifantsbos Beach
#3 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. Visit the One&Only Cape Town website to find out more about their romantic Valentine’s Day events.
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.
#4 See a movie 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 this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town, and certainly one of the most fun and romantic too – Making for the perfect Cape Town Valentine’s 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.
#5 Admire the glorious sunset from one of Cape Town’s sensational 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.
Known for her stunning sherbet-coloured sunsets that set the sky alight in a glorious celebration of colours, there is absolutely no denying that the Mother City is pure sunset bliss. What better time to admire and enjoy all of Cape Town’s sunset magic than on Valentine’s Day?
Why not add some sunset sparkle to your Cape Town Valentine’s day this year by watching the stunning Mother City sun go down from some of the best and most beautiful sunset spots in the entire city and beyond? It not only promises to be worth every single second, but sweep your Valentine, not to mention YOURSELF, right off your feet! Plus, the Mother City is home to some seriously cool secret sunset spots – which means sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset hidden gems – That’s when the real sunset adventure begins.
Here are some of the best sunset spots and hidden sunset gems to celebrate Valentine’s day in Cape Town with your special someone by your side.
- Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive | *Secret Sunset Spot
- The Clifton Ridge Rocks | *Secret Sunset Spot
- Lions Head
- Table Mountain summit
- Signal Hill
- Llandudno Beach
- The secret ‘Sunset Rock’ | *Secret Sunset Spot
- Diaz Beach | Cape Point | *Secret Sunset Spot
- Kloof Corner
- Bloubergstrand Beach
**Note: Check out our ‘Valentine’s Day in Cape Town 2023: Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town’ blog or our ‘Best sunset spots in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about all of Cape Town’s magnificent and magical sunset spots.
#6 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.
#7 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.
**Entrance tickets can be purchased online at Webtickets.
#8 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.
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 this Valentine’s Day.
Named one of the most magnificent coastal drives in the world, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of Cape Town’s most sought-after attractions. 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, you’ll pass rugged mountains, picturesque white-sand beaches, and vibrant fishing harbors along the way.
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 the city 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
#9 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 Street, Gardens, Cape Town
- Tickets: Click here to book your ticket / tickets online via Webtickets
- Contact details: 021 424 5927 | [email protected]
- Website: Click here to visit the Labia Theatre website
#10 Go on a Sunset Cruise
There is nothing that says romance quite like going on a dreamy sunset cruise with your partner through the waters of the glorious Atlantic this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
Not only do you get to enjoy an afternoon / evening of pure extravagance and luxury, but have the remarkable opportunity of watching the magnificent sunset, all while being surrounded by picturesque views of the beautiful 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.
There are countless charters and sunset cruise options to choose from. Each offering their own unique packages and specials to make your sunset cruise experience that much more memorable.
#11 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.
#12 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.
#13 Take an Aerial Cableway Ride up Table Mountain at sunset
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?
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 date, partner, significant other, or loved one on Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. Without a doubt making this one of the best Valentine’s Day date ideas.
While you’re up there, 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?!
Click here to book your Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Ticket online via Webtickets.
#14 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 everyone to enjoy.
Why not treat yourself and your partner to a day of pampering and relaxation at one of the Mother City’s incredible spas this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town? 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.
The onsite spa treatments are tailored to suit the needs of you and your partner, plus you can add in cocktails or a romantic dinner for two – turning your 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
#15 Enjoy a romantic dinner at Chef’s Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay
Are you looking to enjoy an indulgent, immersive, and unforgettable dining experience in one of the most unbelievable locations this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town? Chef’s Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay is the perfect Valentine’s culinary spot for the two of you!
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.
Each table at Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic overlooks the spectacular view from all angles, taking your 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.
- Location: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 541 0165 | [email protected] | www.chefswarehouse.co.za/cw-tintswalo
- Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: Lunch: 12pm – 2pm | Dinner: 6pm – 8:30pm | Sunday Dinners from 6:30pm | Reservation required
#16 Watch the sunset from the ‘Secret Sunset Rock’
**The ULTIMATE Cape Town Secret Sunset Spot**
Watching the sunset from one of the Mother City’s most magnificent secret sunset spots and glorious sunset hidden gems – ‘The Secret Sunset Rock’ – is without a doubt one of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town on Valentine’s Day.
Proudly crowned the ‘Sunset Rock’ by locals, this beautiful Cape Town secret sunset spot is worth every bit of extra effort it takes to get there.
So, how exactly do you get to this magical spot? Once you’re on Ocean View Drive, follow the road through the neighbourhood of Fresnaye. Continue all the way to the end of the road until you reach what appears to be a dead-end. You will pass several stunning high-end houses along the way. In fact, it will almost feel like you’re not allowed to be there at all – Completely ignore this weary feeling and park your car in the dead-end space.
As the ‘Sunset Rock’ is by far one of Cape Town’s best kept local sunset secrets, there is no clear path laid out to get there. You will have to bundu-bash your way through several bushes and climb over a few rocks in order to reach this glorious sunset gem. Before you know it, you will find yourself on a giant flat granite boulder – Yay, you made it!
Find a spot anywhere on the giant flat granite boulder or any of the big boulders and rocks scattered about. Alternatively, feel free to scout out the area until you find the perfect spot and vantage point lower down. It’s completely up to you. Whichever spot you choose, the unobstructed views of the striking Twelve Apostles mountain range, Clifton beach, Camps Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Lions Head, and beyond promises to be nothing short of spectacular.
**To top it off, the secret ‘Sunset Rock’ is also one of the best sundowner and picnic spots in the entire city. So, why not add an extra special touch to your Cape Town Valentine’s Day sunset date and pack the ultimate sundowner and snacks picnic basket?
#17 Go wine tasting at Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery
Cape Winelands Valentine’s Day wine date anyone? 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. Tucked away in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley – a mere 20km from the city centre – this Western Cape Winelands gem offers wine enthusiasts one of the most unique and enthralling wine tasting experiences. So much so that 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 this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. Not to mention a bucket-list worthy Cape wine tasting experience too
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 Valentine’s celebration.
- Location: Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town
- Operating hours: WINE TASTING: Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm | JÉAN RESTAURANT: Tuesday – Sunday: 9am – 4pm
- Contact details: 0860 572 572 | [email protected]
- Website: www.kleinroosboom.co.za
#18 Take a stroll along the Sea Point Promenade | Play an exciting game of putt-putt | Enjoy a fun-filled day
The vibrant Sea Point Promenade stretches along the Atlantic Seaboard coastline for approximately 8 – 11km between Sea Point and Mouille Point, boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Lions Head, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, and several small beaches along the way. It has also become the ultimate mecca for anyone wanting to enjoy a stunning stroll, walk, run, bike ride, skateboard, or roller-blading session along the beachfront as the path follows the coastline curves. The best thing is, this cool and captivating Cape Town spot has a several exciting surprises lined-up for you along the way too!
In addition to enjoying a romantic walk along the famous Sea Point Promenade and glorious Atlantic coast, showcasing jaw-dropping scenic views all around you, why not add some fun, thrill, and a hefty dose of excitement to your Cape Town Valentine’s Day Sea Point Promenade date by enjoying an exhilarating and playful game of putt-putt / mini-golf? It’s the perfect activity for you and your Valentine to let loose, have some much-needed fun, reminisce, and let your inner-child free, as well as simply enjoy a lovely and laid-back day with your special someone. It’s the perfect combination of romance and playfulness!
Along the Promenade you will also find plenty of play parks on the lawns, perfectly positioned benches ideal for scenic ocean-gazing, a super cool maze, an Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Sea Point Pavillion, various thrilling ocean and land-based experiences and adventure companies offering a range of exhilarating tours and renting options, including bicycles and e-Bikes (Electronic Bikes), as well as the iconic and historic Green Point lighthouse located on the Mouille Point side.
That’s not all! The Promenade is home to several incredible restaurants, bars, eateries, and ice-cream shops scattered along the way for whenever hunger, thirst, or cravings strike. To top it off, the Sea Point Promenade is one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town as well as a great place to enjoy amazing sightings of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5 (dolphins, whales, mola mola sunfish, Cape Fur Seals, and African Penguins) along with other amazing marine life.
*With so many things to do, see, explore, and experience, you can easily turn your Sea Point Promenade Valentine’s Day date into a whole-day adventure!*
#19 Take a trip up Signal hill & pair it with a romantic sunset picnic
Planning a romantic trip for two up Signal Hill will 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.
Did you know that In the evenings, Signal Hill is known as ‘lovers lane’ – popular among 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. Making this one of the very best things to do this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
If you’re looking to make your Signal Hill Valentine’s date 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 only add to the already magical atmosphere, making it a moment neither of you will ever forget.
#20 Snorkel with Cape Fur Seals
If you’re looking for something fun, thrilling, and adventurous to do this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town, going snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals should be right at the top of your list! Snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals is an incredibly popular and highly sought-after adventure experience in Cape Town among locals and tourists alike – It certainly isn’t hard to understand why.
The famous Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island, in Hout Bay is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and the perfect destination for your Valentine’s Day snorkelling adventure. These playful ocean beings are known to be extremely inquisitive and interactive with divers, making snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals an unforgettable ocean adventure absolutely everyone should get to experience at least once in their lives.
In addition to ticking something truly exhilarating off your bucket-list, you also get to discover and explore Cape Town’s magnificent underwater world, remarkable kelp forests, and all of its vast, varied, and wonderful marine life inhabitants. Be sure to keep an eye out for the other members of Cape Town’s renowned Marine Big5 – dolphins, whales, mola mola sunfish, and African Penguins.
**Note: Most snorkelling adventures and experiences (especially if you’re eager to go snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals) take place in Hout Bay – more specifically the Hout Bay Harbour.
#21 Kayaking With African Penguins
Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with an unforgettable kayaking ocean adventure and the cool and charismatic African Penguins right by your side? While the beloved African Penguins may be the only ones wearing a tuxedo on this Valentine’s Day date, you won’t be mad about it one bit.
There are several ways to see these playful ocean beings loving life and thriving in their natural habitat, the most popular being the African Penguin viewing site at Boulders Beach and going kayaking with them in Simonstown.
This is one exciting Valentine’s Day experience neither you nor your loved one will ever forget.
#22 Step into the most magical garden at Babylonstoren
Situated in the Drakenstein Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, almost halfway between Franschhoek and Paarl, Babylonstoren is about as beautiful as they come. It’s no surprise that the magical Babylonstoren has established itself as one of the most beautiful gardens in Cape Town.
Famous for its beautifully lush 3.5-hectar garden, the Babylonstoren gardens is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular displays of Mother Nature. But in true Cape Town style, this is no ordinary garden. Boasting towering rose vines, organic veggies, lush lawns, and an amazing cactus patch (to mention merely a few of its attractions), the Babylonstoren gardens truly is the ultimate nature lover’s paradise as well as the picture-perfect place for spending a magical and romantic Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
- Location: Babylonstoren, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium, Franschhoek
- Operating times: Garden is open daily from 9am – 5pm | Last entry: 4pm
- Contact details: 021 863 3852 | [email protected]
#23 Go Tandem Paragliding
Soar through the sky this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town as you enjoy one of the most exhilarating and exciting adventure experiences – Tandem Paragliding!
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 bird’s eye view of the beautiful city of Cape Town. Not to mention tick a thrilling adventure experience off your Cape Town bucket-list with your partner, significant other, or special someone right alongside you.
**Tip: If you’re keen to add a splash of romance to your exciting tandem paragliding Valentine’s Day adventure date, why not take to the sky at sunset? Glide above and along the Cape Town skyline as the Mother City’s stunning sherbet-colored sunset sets the sky alight in a glorious celebration of colors – What more could you possibly ask for this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town? It’s the perfect combination of beautiful and adventurous!
#24 Watch the sunset from the ‘secret’ Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive
**Secret Sunset Spot**
Are you and your Valentine up for a sneaky sunset cave adventure? 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!
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 it’s all part of the adventure!
Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapmans Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real Valentine’s Day sunset 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 secret cave hideaway and stunning secret sunset spot, it’s time to simply sit back, relax, and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, stretching far beyond what the eye can see.
An extra bonus is that the Look-out Cave has enough space for you 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. What more could you possibly ask for this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town?
- Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
- Best time: Sunset
#25 Have a Gin & Tonic at Cape Town’s coolest secret gin spots
Bring on the GIN! If you consider yourself and your special someone to be die-hard gin lovers at heart, the Gin Bar is the perfect place to enjoy your Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. Known by Cape Town locals as the ‘secret’ Gin bar, mainly due to its hush-hush, unmarked location hidden behind a cool Chocolate Café, Honest Chocolate, and nestled in a Mediterranean-style secret courtyard, as well as one of Cape Town’s coolest hidden gems, hippest hangouts, and favorite Gin nirvanas, a visit to The Gin Bar should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Cape Town.
At The Gin Bar, they take their gin seriously – VERY seriously – as they pride themselves on making the entire experience all about the star of the show – THE GIN! Oh, and you, of course! So, if you and your Valentine are head-over-heels gin-lovers at heart, the legendary Gin Bar is without a doubt where you should be at!
**Interesting fact: Did you know that the Gin Bar was one of the first bars in the Mother City to dedicate itself to all things gin? Thereby making it the true OG of the Cape Town gin scene. It is also one of the country’s only true speak-easy bars – how incredible is that?
As the name suggests, all the signature cocktails at The Gin Bar contains Gin, well, besides the virgins of course. The menu is concise and definitely favors quality over quantity, just as it should be. If you’re not much of a gin lover, no problem! They also offer a selection of amazing classic cocktails to choose from.
When it comes to their much-loved signature cocktails, The Gin Bar cleverly named their classic five cocktails The Head, The Heart, The Hope, The Soul, and The Ambition, all intended to provide their drinker with as much needed healing for whatever may ail them. Undoubtedly adding an extra unique and personalized touch to the already bucket-list worthy experience.