Is there anything more exciting than celebrating Valentine’s Day in Cape Town with a once-in-a-lifetime experience or unforgettable adventure? Here are some of the best Valentine’s Day experiences in Cape Town that will not only add a whole lot of excitement to your day, but give you and your partner the opportunity to tick something truly exciting off your Cape Town bucket-list! What are you waiting for? Go have some fun lovebirds!
Have a look at our other Valentine’s Day in Cape Town blogs for some more GREAT & ROMANTIC Valentine’s Day ideas:
- Valentine’s Day in Cape Town 2023: Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town
- Thrilling & exciting Valentine’s Day Experiences in Cape Town 2023
- Top 10 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Cape Town 2023
#Take an Aerial Cableway Ride up Table Mountain at sunset
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?!
#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
#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 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
#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.
#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!
#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 – 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 in the form of a special Cape Town Valentine’s Day date to remember! Going on a romantic and magical horseback ride on the breathtaking Noordhoek Beach at sunset is not only a great Valentine’s Day date idea in Cape Town, but an unforgettable experience 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.
#Lions Head Sunset Hike
Lions Head summit sunset 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 romantic picnic 669 meters above sea level, and you’ve got yourself an unbelievable Cape Town Valentine’s Day date experience you and your Valentine won’t 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.
#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
#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 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.
#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 celebrating Valentine’s 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 Valentine’s Day 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
#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
#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?
#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!*
#Pick your own roses at Chart Farm
Wynberg – just 10 minutes out of the city centre – offers a farm-style retreat from the bright lights of the city. It is also the only place in the Peninsula that allows you to pick your own roses – How amazing is that? Plus, what better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a bunch of hand-picked roses? Undoubtedly making this one of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town on Valentine’s Day.
If you want to extend your time on the farm, grab breakfast at the Coffee Terrace and take in the views of the Constantia Valley.
#Watch the sunset from Llandudno Beach
Beachy sunset lovers, this one is for you!
Llandudno Beach is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town, but most magnificent sunset spots in the Mother City. Boasting large granite boulders, crystal-clear ocean waters, cool rock pools, a spectacular view, and stunning surroundings, Llandudno is pure beach and sunset bliss.
Whether you choose to watch the stunning sunset from one of Llandudno Beach’s giant boulders or find the perfect secluded spot on the sand, it promises to be every bit as magical and unforgettable as you can imagine.
**Why not take a picnic blanket, some refreshments, sundowners, and a picnic basket filled with all of each other’s favourite treats along on your special Llandudno Beach sunset date? It’s the picture-perfect way to celebrate your Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. Not to mention super romantic too!
**Extra Bonus: Llandudno Beach is usually not too crowded, giving you the wonderful opportunity to simply sit back, relax, and soak up every amazing sunset moment with your valentine or significant other by your side.
#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 your partner this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
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 the day of love in true Cape Winelands style.
#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.
#Go on an exhilarating & stunning sunset hike
While hiking might not seem like the most romantic thing to do with your partner or crush on Valentine’s Day in Cape Town, you may be pleasantly surprised. In fact, going on an extraordinary and exhilarating hiking adventure, paired with some of the most spectacular sunset and scenic views you’ll ever encounter, makes for an unforgettable bucket-list worthy experience and great Cape Town Valentine’s Day date idea.
Cape Town is the ultimate hiking mecca. Boasting a variety of beautiful and thrilling hiking trails, ranging from beginner to advanced, there is something for every avid hiker at heart to enjoy. Even if you’ve never hiked a day in your life, Cape Town’s thriving hiking scene welcomes you with open arms.
To take it to the next level, the spectacular sunset level that is, the Mother City is home to some seriously sensational sunset spots and hiking routes. It’s no surprise that going on the ultimate sunset hike is one of the most sought-after, exciting, fun, and memorable experiences and things to do in Cape Town all-year-round. Why not Valentine’s Day too? Just saying! Plus, you get to see your partner, significant other, crush, or loved one in full hiking action mode – What’s better than that?
To ensure you have the absolute greatest experience, here are some of the best sunset hikes in Cape Town to add to your Cape Town hiking bucket-list:
- Kloof Corner
- The Pipe Track
- Lion’s Head
- Signal Hill
- Lion’s Head Loop Hiking Trail
- Elephant’s Eye Cave
- Table Mountain
To find out more about these amazing hiking trails – Check out our ‘Best Sunset Hikes in Cape Town’ blog.
#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
#Enjoy a romantic picnic at Boschendal Wine Estate
Romantic Cape Winelands picnic for two anyone? Nestled in the breathtaking Franschhoek Valley is a 300-year-old wine farm that serves up a romantic experience for two – the one and only Boschendal Wine Estate of course!
Dappled sunlight with a generous relaxed atmosphere sets the scene for a romantic and memorable affair. Choose between a table & chair or picnic blankets and lawn chair option – the choice is yours. You are also more than welcome to bring your own blankets and chairs along if you so choose, as long as you enjoy a lovely, tranquil, and romance-filled Valentine’s Day afternoon with your special someone, complemented by the best local, seasonal produce and treats packed for your indulgence.
That’s not all! To top it off, your romantic picnic for two will be perfectly paired with sensational sweeping views of the majestic Cape Winelands and beyond. What more could you possibly ask for?
#Admire an extraordinary Table Mountain summit sunset
Are you ready to experience Mother Nature at her finest sunset hour this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town?
What would a compilation of the best sunset spots to marvel at and enjoy this Valentine’s Day be without the tall-standing giant of the Mother City skyline – Table Mountain? As one of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is one of the most remarkable and iconic landmarks and natural wonders in the world, attracting visitors, keen explorers, and avid adventures from all corners of the globe – And it certainly isn’t hard to understand why!
Now it can be you and your significant other, partner, or special someone’s romantic sunset Valentine’s Day date destination – How unbelievable is that?
You and your valentine can choose to either hike up to the Table Mountain summit (this is without a doubt a thrilling adventure and bucket-list worthy experience all in one – if both you and your partner are avid hiker’s or looking to do something active and romantic this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town – this is perfect for you two) or opt to go on an exciting Aerial Cableway ride to the top.
Regardless of the option you choose – you and your partner will be thoroughly and utterly spoiled when you reach the summit as unbelievable panoramic views of the sensational Mother City skyline and everything she has to offer surrounds you. There is absolutely no view quite like the view you’ll get to experience, admire, and enjoy from the top of one of the grandest and greatest natural wonders in both Cape Town and the world – the one and only Table Mountain. In fact, there is only one thing that can possibly top it – A TABLE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT SUNSET VIEW OF COURSE!
While you’re up there, why not pair your sweep-you-off-your-feet Table Mountain sunset backdrop and magnificent view over the vast Atlantic, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Camps Bay, Clifton, glorious Mother City and beyond, with a lovely picnic and bottle of champagne?
What an unforgettable way to spend Valentine’s Day in Cape Town with your special someone!
**Note: Check out our‘Table Mountain: The Ultimate Guide To Table Mountain’ blog for everything you need to know about this iconic flat-topped Mountain.
**Extra Extra Note / Bonus tip for avid hikers: If you’re eager to hike Table Mountain, here are some of its top hiking routes and trails + plus everything you need to know to reach the summit: Kasteelpoort Hiking Trail; ; Platteklip Gorge; Nursery Ravine Hiking Trail; India Venster; Constantia Corner Hiking Trail; Skeleton Gorge; Maclear’s Beacon; Devil’s Peak.
#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.
#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
#Enjoy a sunset cocktail at Café Caprice
Café Caprice is not only known as one of the most vibrant and sought-after beachfront spots along the famous Camps Bay sunset strip, but one of the best sundowner spots in the entire Mother City too.
Besides enjoying a cool and refreshing cocktail, craft beer, or glass of Cape Vino at one of the hottest spots in town, it will be perfectly paired with the most spectacular sunset views of Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention the lively energy this magical Cape Town beach is known for – Undoubtedly making it the perfect sunset date to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
#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]
#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!
#Visit & watch the sunset from Diaz Beach
**Secret Sunset Spot**
Located in one of Cape Town’s most magnificent natural wonders, Cape Point, Diaz Beach is not only one of the Mother City’s most exquisite and extraordinary hidden beach gems and striking secret sunset spots, but it has remained largely untouched by the masses – mainly due to its secret location and the extra effort required to get there. This is only one of the MANY things that makes Diaz Beach so alluring. Not to mention the ideal sunset beach escape and secret romantic hide-away to celebrate and enjoy Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.
Sounds pretty tempting, doesn’t it?
How exactly do you get to Diaz Beach? From the parking lot, you will embark on about a 20-minute hike. You will then reach a rather steep set of wooden stairs that will lead you to this picturesque beach oasis.
Boasting a white sandy beach, turquoise ocean water, towering peaks, plunging cliffs, and exceptional views all-around, the unspoiled shoreline of Diaz Beach is bound to render you speechless – With its unrivalled beauty only magnified at sunset. This is one Cape Town secret sunset spot that should undoubtedly be on everyone’s sunset bucket-list.
#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.
#Enjoy an old-school movie screening at the Labia Theatre
A classic movie date is without a doubt one of the top all-time favourite things to do in Cape Town on Valentine’s Day for love birds of all ages. However, the Mother City sure loves to put her own unique spin on a romantic movie date for two with a special movie screening at the Labia Theatre.
The legendary Labia Theatre is the oldest Independent Cinema in South Africa, showing independent movies, foreign films, historical cinema, and other alternative and art circuit films for movie lovers from all walks of life. 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.
#Have a lovely picnic at one of Cape Town’s best picnic spots
Enjoying a wonderful picnic with your crush, partner, or significant other this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town is, and forever will be, one of the best Valentines date ideas – It’s a classic, what can we say?!
The Mother City is blessed with countless natural wonders, parks, wide open spaces, gardens, beautiful beaches, and stunning surroundings all around. How can you not want to throw a blanket down and enjoy a fantastic picnic date in some of the most stunning locations in Cape Town? Well, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do just that!
Here are some of the best spots for your picnic date in Cape Town:
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
- Tokai Forest
- Newlands Forest
- The Company’s Gardens
- Wynberg Park
- Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
- Kogelberg Nature Reserve
- Chapman’s Peak
- Signal Hill
- Lions Head Summit
- Table Mountain Summit
- Cape Point
- The beach
- The Cape Winelands
#Admire the glorious sunset from one of Cape Town’s sensational sunset spots
The unapologetic natural beauty of the magnificent 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.
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.
Happy sunset chasing Cape Town Valentiners!
#Cape Sidecar Adventures Valentine’s Day Experience
Calling all adventure lovers! To add some more excitement and thrill to your Valentine’s Day, Cape Sidecar Adventures has put together an exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experience just for you.
Cape Sidecar Adventures:
#Visit the African Penguins at Boulders Beach
Why not escape the hustle and hype of the city and visit the thriving African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach this Valentine’s Day? While these cute and charismatic African Penguins might be the only ones dressed in Tuxedos on this Valentine’s Day date, you won’t mind one bit. Besides seeing the African Penguins from the African Penguin Viewing Site, you can enjoy a variety of other once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as swimming, kayaking or enjoying a laid-back beach day with them right by your side – Now that’s a Valentine’s date you’re bound to remember!
**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the 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).
#Enjoy a Valentine’s beach day
It’s no secret that the Mother City is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines and beaches in the world. While enjoying a sunny blissful beach day or stunning sunset stroll is enjoyable all year-round, there’s just something special about being beached-out, sun-kissed and salty-haired on Valentine’s day with your favourite beach partner by your side. So, why not ditch your same-old Valentine’s Day dinner plans and substitute it for some flip flops, shades, and sunscreen as you enjoy the ultimate Cape Town Valentine’s beach day?! Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Noordhoek, Beta Beach, Muizenberg, Bloubergstrand, Glen Beach and Long beach are merely a few of the stunning beaches you can choose from. Happy beaching lovebirds!
#Sundowners at one of Cape Town’s many stunning sunset spots
Sometimes the most romantic things, are the simplest of acts – And what could be more romantic than planning the perfect sunset sundowner date at one of Cape Town’s stunning sunset spots? Known for her stunning sherbet-coloured sunsets, there truly is no sunset quite like a Mother City sunset, and getting to enjoy every second of it with your special someone by your side just makes it extra special.
From Camps Bay, Clifton Beach, Clifton Ridge Rocks, the Bakoven Boulders and Llandudno Beach to Signal Hill, Kloof Corner and the Bloubergstrand Beachfront, there truly is no limit to Cape Town’s sunset magic. All that’s left to do is pack a picnic basket and some sundowners and pick your perfect sunset destination. It promises to be a memorable Valentine’s Day experience neither you nor your partner will soon forget! Check out our ‘Top 5 Secret Sunset Spots in Cape Town’ blog if you’re looking to make it extra special.