Still wondering how to spoil your Valentine this romantic holiday? Look no further – we’ve compiled a list of some of the best experiences on offer in and around Cape Town that are sure to score you some serious brownie points. But you’ll have to jump right in and secure your spot as the clock is ticking!
Romance is in the air for this up and coming Valentine’s day as Vinebikes has decided to put together a special experience for all the couples looking for some adventure in the Cape.
The 2-hour bicycle tour on the famous Electric bikes kicks off from the brand new trail centre in Lanzerac Wine Estate, then moves on to exploring the hidden pathways within Stellenbosch. Guests travel along the tranquil Winelands scenery while admiring some of the oldest vineyards in the region, and are treated to a top class wine tasting at Rustenberg Wine Estate. The tour finishes at Lnanzerac Wine Estate, giving you the opportunity to wrap up the day with a light lunch and wine tasting at the vineyard deli.
Usually such a tour goes for R700 per person and tastings on own account, but the Valentines Day special is available at R550 per person including your wine tasting and a free video of your experience. Book now not to miss out on this opportunity to do something extra special for your partner this year.
Where: Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
When: Valid for the month of February | Three daily slots, departures at 9am, 12pm and 3pm
Spoil your loved one with an evening under the stars this Valentine’s Day, where breathtaking views and gourmet dining come together at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence’s Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace The chic rooftop space treats guests to an enticing experience during the month of love. Nestled in Cape Town’s City Centre with Insta-worthy views over the city, Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace provides an exclusive contemporary setting and top-notch hospitality.
Couples are welcome to the romantic space illuminated with mesmerising fairy lights and to top it all off, embrace the evening’s entertainment on the dance floor. The three-course feast of shared-meals incorporates elegance and romance synonymous with Valentine’s day.
The basket selections include spicy tandoori pork belly bites, lamb shank croquette, prawn and roast garlic ponzu salad, white onion samp risotto and sweet treats like chocolate mousse and caramel jasmine tea panna cotta. Capture the moment on the 14th of February and celebrate your companionship on the rooftop at Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace.
Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential.
Where: The Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence Cape Town, 22 Riebeek Street
When: Friday – 14 Feb | From 7pm to 10pm
Cape Town is globally known as a foodie destination and with that in mind, One&Only is adding their own stamp to Valentine’s weekend for dining experiences oozing with sophistication, a dash of haute cuisine, and their trademark hospitality.
Their newly launched Ochre restaurant is hosting a romantic four course dinner with a creative and chic twist on South African cuisine as the centrepiece. And for that extra special edge, diners are also treated to a complimentary couple’s photograph in frame to memorise the evening. The expert pastry team is giving the hotel’s Afternoon Tea event a loved-up overhaul with their range of rouge-coloured sweet treats as well as some savoury bites to enjoy with your loved one or just a weekend treat for some mates.
And if you’re big on Japanese cuisine, forget everything you know and give Nobu a try. The upscale eatery is putting on a swishy six course menu for Valentine’s day featuring signature dishes curated by head chef Harold Hurtada. You can look forward to a gourmet fusion of Japanese techniques and flavours with Peruvian produce. More importantly though, they’re delicious! Nobu guests will also receive a special framed photograph as a memento.
Diners are encouraged to stop by at Vista deck for a couple of drinks and some live tunes after their meal. Advance booking is essential for all the experiences.
Where: One&Only, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When: 14 to 16 Feb | Ochre dinner – 6:30pm to 10pm | Afternoon Tea – 2:30pm to 5:30pm | Nobu dinner – 6pm to 10:30pm
Price: Ochre dinner – R1100pp | Afternoon Tea – R520pp | Nobu dinner – R2200pp
Surprise your loved one with a romantic and memorable gourmet picnic experience in the Winelands with the Cape sunset and night sky as your backdrop. Bring the blankets and treat your sweetheart with this romantic event while capturing the moment, sharing flavourful and tasty food. The gourmet picnic basket for 2 includes sipping on ice-cold MCC, with serenades from the up and coming blues-rock musician Jake Gunn. The popular musician strums his guitar, promising an evening of entertainment for you and your loved one.
The basket of goodies for the guests includes the 401 Rozendal MCC, sparkling bottled water, wood fire Ciabatta served smoked paprika flavoured butter, olive tapenade butter, pickled pumpkin, cumin infused beetroot chutney and homemade preserves. Enjoy the luxury of Rare roast beef salad, chickpeas, toasted corn, peas, peppers, smoked paprika roasted sweet potato and a host of scrumptious dining options with the feel of romance radiating through the air.
Blankets are not included, so be sure to bring your own along. Bookings to be made via Quicket.
Where: 401 Rozendal, Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch
When: Friday – 14 Feb | From 6pm
Price: R950, per couple sharing. Book via Quicket
Nothing says true romance quite like a night at the opera. And if you’ve run out of ideas for gifts to impress, Cape Town Opera’s Season Tickets will be your ultimate secret weapon. A Season Ticket secures the top priced seat in the house for all of their six highly anticipated opera performances scheduled to be staged in 2020. What better way to get a head start on your date nights with the latest in South African talent and creativity. Operas include Fidelio in Concert, Così fan tutte, Hänsel und Gretel, along with concerts Grace Notes, Lord! Come Away! and At the Mid Hour of Night.
The Season Tickets generally retails at R1000pp, but Cape Town Opera is running a special Valentine’s deal for R850pp. Included in this offer is also an exclusive invite to the pre-launch Opera Conversations event for the production of Fidelio in Concert which gives first timers and opera experts a captivating opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the cast and team. The event also provides a glimpse behind the staging of the show and what to anticipate.
Season tickets are limited, and all retail sales end on 13 February.
Price: R850pp, Buy Here
Party with your love or catch up with friends at the vibey, laid-back and colourful Mojo Market this Valentine’s Day. The Friday evening bash is bringing the fun for all Valentiners with chocolates, flowers, teddies and with the ocean just around the corner. The Mojo Market hosts an assortment of attractions for all party-goers. The Tap’d bar with a mix of craft and international beer favourites are perfect for the blokes, while wine fanatics can enjoy a glass of the best of South African wine at the Wine Bar. The Gin Bar is also featuring at the event for those who want a taste in between the two.
A party isn’t a party without the music, and Mojo Market is doing what they do best with live grooves from Saul City and Major Attention. Guests can break it down on the floor or just chill to the live music from the Mojo Stage. For those wanting to fill their appetites, share in the delights made by 33 foodie vendors. Pair your glass of bubbly with some of the artisanal, handcrafted treats on offer and let’s toast to love this Valentine’s Day.
Where: Mojo Market, 30 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
When: Friday – 14 Feb | From 5pm to 11pm
Price: Free entrance
South Africa’s premier grill room, The Hussar Grill is spreading the love of food and serving Class-A, grain-fed beef and game for meat-lovers this Valentine’s date night. While enjoying the award-winning speciality steaks coupled with great service, guests can experience a night of romance with their significant other in various venues around the Mother City. Over its 64 years in existence, The Hussar Grill has perfected its grilling techniques while attracting a diverse crowd, also offering vegetarian specialities and a critics-approved wine list. The famous grill room hosts superb service within a warm ambience, heart-warming food and classic steaks paired with signature sides.
For those with a more gastro-edge, the Hussar Carpetbagger – which is served with smoked mussels, aged cheddar and homemade wholegrain mustard sauce – is a decadent and classy option for your Valentine. And to finish your feast, you can’t go wrong with their decadent Chocolate Fondant dessert with vanilla pod-infused ice cream.
Online reservations: www.hussargrill.co.za/book-now/
If you’re looking for a unique activity to pair with your dining experience at The Hussar Grill, Investec Cape Town Art Fair is once again offering a unique cross-section of the art market, representing the forefront of contemporary art globally. On the cards is a special Gallery Bus Tour with pit stops at some of the Mother City’s top art galleries for exclusive exhibitions.
2020’s SOLO focus explores different representations of space including the urban, domestic, architectural, and virtual, in a variety of media.
Other sections to look forward to are: Past/Modern, a new guest-curated programme by Joao Ferriera (Curator, South Africa), featuring presentations by Modern masters; Editions, showcasing leading print galleries and workshops that specialise in prints, multiples, and editions; Cultural Platforms, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, presents the work of cultural institutions and non-profit organisations, nurturing and supporting the artistic production in the region through exhibitions and artist residencies; and finally, the Magazines & Publications section, showcasing magazines, books, journals, and catalogues presented by publishers from around the world, with a focus on art.
To round things off, the Art Fair includes a public programme that includes screenings, gallery openings and a curated talks programme to engage visitors of the fair. Tickets can be booked here.
Where: CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
When: Friday 14 Feb to Sun 16 Feb | From 11am to 7pm
Price: R130 – R190 per day | R300 for weekend pass | Tickets can be booked here via Webtickets