If your date night-planning skills are falling a little flat lately or you’re running out of ways to woo your better half, look no further than our list of date night options to reignite the spark.
The Mother City has no shortage of romantic spots to spoil your special someone. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to spend a romantic evening here.
Discover new drinking holes
Explore unique and interesting bars as a couple. In the Mother City, your choices are endless, but we’ve narrowed it down for you. You’re welcome.
1. The Gin Bar
The Gin Bar is an oasis hidden in a courtyard behind Honest Chocolate Café in Wale Street, with an upstairs lounge section as well as the downstairs bar. You may choose any tonic you want but you can only have gin with it. The courtyard downstairs is particularly serene and welcoming – a perfect spot for meaningful conversation and quality time gazing into each others’ eyes.
Contact: 071 241 2277
Address: The Gin Bar, 64A Wale Street, Cape Town
2. Kloof Street House
This romantic secret garden-themed eatery offers the perfect escape for two with a candlelit atmosphere and a highly reputed menu.
Hidden underneath layers of green trees and bursting with unique ambience, a night spent at Kloof Street House will not be easily forgotten.
Contact: 021 423 4413
Address: 30 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8005
3. 14 Stories Rooftop Bar
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If you can’t get enough of Cape Town’s magnificent vistas, then you must try 14 Stories Rooftop Bar at SunSquare on Buitengracht Street. Take in the sunset with a 360 degree view of the city while sipping on cocktails or ordering a light meal.
Contact: 021 21 492 9999
Address: 23 Buitengracht Street
4. Watch a movie – outdoors
If you’d rather cuddle together and watch a good movie, why not take it outside. The Galileo Open Air cinema continues to grow in popularity. There are weekly shows in different locations like the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch gardens, Bloemendal Wine Estate, the Castle of Good Hope and many more.
Every event is unique and films shown range between romantic comedies, cult classics, musicals, adventure sports, and documentaries. There’s no shortage of food either. Enjoy pizzas, tapas, burgers and schwarmas when the hunger bites.
5. Horse-drawn carriage ride for two
For the hopelessly romantic, why not whisk your loved one away on a horse drawn carriage ride with the Cape Town Carriage Company?
Based at the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest European building in Southern Africa, the ride takes you on a tour through the Company Gardens and the streets of the Central Business District.
Get a different perspective of Cape Town in the comfort of a carriage. It’s safe – and unforgettable.
Contact: 082 575 5669
6. Go to the theatre
If you’re not into movies, then why not try a live theatre show at any one of Cape Town’s world-class venues. Try the Artscape Theatre or The Fugard Theatre. A number of breathtaking productions are shown in the Mother City and they certainly make for a memorable night.
Address: Artscape – D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, The Fugard – Corner Caledon & Lower Buitenkant Street, District Six, Cape Town, 8001
Websites: www.artscape.co.za and www.thefugard.com
7. Hike up Lion’s Head – at night
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It goes without saying that Cape Town is just as spectacular at night as it is in the day. One of the best ways to appreciate this and get some quality time with your partner is to do a Full Moon hike up Lion’s Head. The evening climb takes about one hour and the reward is a spectacular view of the city centre, the Atlantic Seaboard, Robben Island and Blouberg. Pack plenty of water, comfortable shoes and something warm. You may want to stay up there for a while.