In a city such as Cape Town, famed for its natural beauty, exciting events and breathtaking surrounds, it’s no surprise that romance is constantly in the air. With a number of tantalising date ideas around the Cape, we have carefully crafted a list of fun and unique ways to spend time with your significant other.
Live music, some sparkling wine and plenty of food stalls provide the perfect vibe for any date night. With this in mind, check out the Bubbly and Oyster Festival, organised by the Mojo Market.
Entertainment for the fest is provided by nine live bands throughout the weekend. 10 000 large oysters and oyster shots are available in addition to 30 food outlets. Some of the top Cap Classique houses from the Cape Wine region are on the menu to be enjoyed.
The festival is powered by The Mussel Monger and Oyster Bar. They purvey the finest oysters and mussels in South Africa, directly from their source to their Sea Point and Stellenbosch branches.
Cost: R20 Large Oysters | R30 Oyster shot | R50 5x MCC Taster Coupons, Free souvenir glass & Full glass of bubbly
Time: Fri 30 Aug to Sun 1 Sep | Fri 5pm to 10pm | Sat 12pm to 10pm | Sun 12pm to 9pm
Address: 30 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
Tel: 087 940 7474 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.mojomarket.co.za
Facebook: Cape Town Oyster & Bubbly Festival | Instagram: @themojomarket
For dates steered more towards the arts, where better to look than with the theatre? Cue Orphée et Eurydice, one of 18th-century composer Christoph Willibald Gluck’s most popular operas.
The story recounts the myth of Greek musician and poet Orpheus’ grief over the sudden death of his young wife, Eurydice, and his challenging journey into the Underworld to resurrect her.
Cape Town Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice, directed by the mother city’s own Matthew Wild, adds a new twist to the play:
“A daring innovation on Wild’s part is turning the relationship between the leads into a lesbian love affair. The starting point of this Orphée et Eurydice is a loving relationship between two women, and spectators are left to make of it what they will.” Beverley Brommert
For more information on the opera be sure to check out Beverley Brommert’s interview with Matthew Wild.
Cost: R180 – R280
Time: Tue & Thu 7pm for 7.30pm | Sat 5.30pm for 6pm
Address: Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Tel: 021 001 9880 | 021 689 1880 | Website: www.capetownopera.co.za
Facebook: @capetownopera | Twitter: @CapeTown_Opera | Instagram: @capetownoperacompany
Whether you’re an experienced paddler or a newbie to the open sea, Atlantic Outlook provides the opportunity to take your date out into the waters with their kayak tours and private lessons. With these experiences, you can intimately marvel at the beauty of Table Mountain, Lions Head and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline.
Visitors venture from their V&A Waterfront outpost for a scenic 2-hour sea journey past the Green Point lighthouse before cruising back to base. Lucky morning tour encounters may even lead to some memorable marine life interactions with dolphins, seals, sunflower fish and more.
And to top everything off, Atlantic Outlook is situated next door to the Oranjezicht Farm Market. What better way to round out a romantic morning than with breakfast in the historic Granger Bay?
Cost: Tours From R400 per person
Time: 9am to 11am | 11.30am 1.30pm
Famed for its wine, it only makes sense to tap into Cape Town’s thriving industry to impress your date.
Fine art auctioneers Strauss & Co, in collaboration with the fundis at Wine Cellar.co.za, are running a week of fine wine events aimed at both the connoisseur of the craft or someone looking for an educational tasting. Show off your wine knowledge with their wine tastings, or learn more with your date from the seasoned sommeliers.
As part of their annual Cape Town #FineWineWeek festival in September, the highly anticipated Tim Atkin 95+ tasting is one of their must-do events.
Guests can join Tim Atkin, international wine critic and Master of Wine, in a walk-around tasting that showcases 160 wines scoring 95 points and above from his yearly SA report. The wines are poured by some of the country’s top winemakers themselves and provide the rare opportunity to meet the inspiring winemakers behind them.
Address: The Westin, Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 448 4105 | Email: email@example.com | Website: www.winecellar.co.za/events
Facebook: Wine Cellar | Twitter: @WineCellarCoZa | @StraussFineWine | Instagram: @WineCellarCoZa | @StraussFineWine
If you’re up for a more intimate twist to the usual dinner and drinks, why not try a romantic treatment at one of Cape Town’s award-winning spas? Life Day Spa is kitted out with swanky interiors and an expert team for a couples’ experience you will not forget. The spa has venues in the Century City and V&A Waterfront precincts.
Take advantage of their Tranquillity for Two Couples package ranging from 1 to 3 hours. The deal combines a Middle Eastern Mud Ritual, the spa’s traditional Arabian-inspired exfoliating treatment, rounded out by a recovering flotation experience. A bottle of bubbly and a selection of treats complete this package.
For a quick end to a manic day or just a reboot for the week ahead, the Couples Hot Stone Extravaganza is a 60-minute treatment offering excellent value. Think a full body hot stone massage, set in a private room and paired with a glass of sparkling wine at only R1550 per couple.
Their Couples Get Away package comes highly recommended for anniversaries, birthday treats or special celebrations. Make sure you have some time to spare for this one. Experience calming bliss with a hot stone massage session in the couples’ suite, renewing mud ritual, and 60-minute classic skincare treatment. The deal includes lunch and some sparkling wine, making it the ideal city escape.
The ultimate trump card? All the packages include free access to the spa pool, stunning steam room and virtual forest to drag out your experience.
Address: Cnr Century Blvd and Rialto Rd, Century City
Tel: 021 525 3883 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.lifedayspacenturycity.co.za
Facebook: Life Day Spa Century City | Twitter: @lifedayspacc | Instagram: @lifedayspacenturycity
Gate69 is sure to add some sparkle and glam to any date night. Burlesque meets The Birdcage as they proudly claim the title of South Africa’s Premier Cabaret Theatre.
The first theatre of its kind in the Mother City, Gate69 is described as plush, ornate, cosy and intimate – voted as the #1 TRIPADVISOR rated theatre experience in the Western Cape.
The theatre comfortably caters for up to 100 people, which means you never feel excluded from what’s happening on stage. It’s a safe space where customers arrive as strangers and leave as friends.
The Trolley Dollies at Gate69, the venue’s resident act, create and star in their own unique shows which often include stand-up comedy, superb costumes, huge wigs, props and breaking the fourth wall.
Their current show running until 28 September, “NON-Specific” is a look inside the dark spaces beyond the spotlight, with lots of glitter, laughs, nostalgia and a musical medley that leaves the audience begging for more. In October, The Trolley Dollies returns with a saucy and sassy version of The Three Blind Mice. And November sees comedian Kevin Fraser taking on cabaret for one night only at Gate69. We’ll keep you posted with more details!
Cost: R520 – R599 unless otherwise stated
Time: 6.30pm on the red carpet, dinner at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm
Mini-golf is timeless and hugely popular with children and families, but it’s also a great outing or date idea for anyone from teenagers to married couples.
Set inside artificial caves, Cave Golf’s 18-hole mini-golf courses are great to play. The unique layouts provide a challenge for those more experienced and a fun setting for those new to the game.
Cave Golf has two courses: one at the V&A Waterfront, which is very popular, and short and compact; and one in Simon’s Town, which meanders downwards from the back of the Scratch Patch and through a series of underground areas with imaginative caves, mine obstacles, an underground waterfall and mineral displays.
Both venues also have an ever-popular Scratch Patch and a Mineral World shop.
Please note that Golfers must start no later than 30 minutes before closing time.
Cost per player: Simon’s Town R35, V&A Waterfront R30, and deposit of R20.
Time: Simon’s Town Mon to Fri 8.30am to 4.45pm | Sat, Sun & Holidays 9am to 5.30pm | V&A Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat, Sun & Holidays 9am to 5.30pm
Addresses: Dido Valley Rd, Simon’s Town | V&A Waterfront, 1 Dock Rd, Cape Town
Tel: 021 786 2020 | 021 419 9429 | Email: email@example.com | Website: www.scratchpatch.co.za
Facebook: Scratch Patch, Cave Golf & Mineral World | Instagram: @scratchpatchsa
Nestled in the heart of the seaside suburb of Muizenberg, Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market takes place in an old postal plane hanger. With a host of local food and goods, an awesome shopping section and a bicycle bar, an idyllic weekend dating spot awaits.
Pop in on a Friday or the first Sunday of the month and experience their wide variety of food stalls, catered to suit everyone’s tastes and requirements.
Their shopping section offers jewellery, clothing, leather products, body products and a vintage stall to top it all off.
The Bicycle Bar offers a wide range of local beers on tap including Woodstock Brewery, Lakeside, CBC and Jack Black, as well as a guest tap, which changes regularly. A selection of local wines, soft drinks and kombucha are also available.
Time: Fri 4pm to 10pm | First Sunday Each Month 11am to 4pm
Address: 39 Albertyn Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Tel: 084 405 3544 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.bluebirdgarage.co.za
Facebook: Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market | Instagram: @bluebirdgaragemarket
Cape Town has art galleries galore, and those looking for a date filled with a feast for the eyes need to look no further than the Norval Foundation.
The Norval Foundation is a new centre for the research and exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond.
Its sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces and research library are situated within a unique setting that offers visitors a multi-sensory experience. This is complemented by a sophisticated restaurant and bar, a bespoke shop and a children’s playground.
Worth noting also is the William Kentridge Exhibition, Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture, presented by the Norval Foundation and exhibited there until May 2020.
The exhibition covers several bodies of work and testifies to Kentridge’s longstanding and spontaneous improvisation when handling three-dimensional form. It sees the origins of these works in props from his operas and images from his animations stepping off the stage and out of the screen.
Cost: R180 | U18s free
Times: Wed – Mon 10am to 5pm | Summer Early Opening Wed 8am & Late Closing Sat 8pm
Address: Norval Foundation Art Gallery, 1 Ou Kaapse Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town
Tel: 087 654 5900 | Email: email@example.com | Website: www.norvalfoundation.org
Facebook: NorvalFdn | Instagram: @norvalfoundation