It can easily be argued that the Mother City is one of the most romantic places to spend Valentine’s Day, from riverside dinners, to sundowners by the ocean, to wine farm picnics, we are spoilt for choice. If all the options are making you dizzy, consider some of our favourites.

1. Valentine’s Picnic at Boschendal

Enjoy a romantic picnic under the stars at Boschendal’s Rhone Rose Garden while listening to acclaimed Cape saxophonist Don Vino Prins.

Couples will receive a glass of bubbly upon arrival, a romantic picnic basket and a Valentine’s gift.

Tickets plus packed picnic baskets cost R825 for 2 or R460 for 1. The cost for kids under 10 is R150.

Remember to bring along something warm in case the evening gets chilly.

Date: Thursday February 14

Venue: Boschendal Wine Estate

Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm


2. Anti-Valentines Day at the Cape Town Comedy Club

If you’re less inclined to celebrate romance, why not spend Valentine’s having a laugh with some good mates instead?

Prepare yourself for a treat with Carl Weber as the MC, Dustin Moore as the Headline Act, supported by Tsitsi and open mic act Keith Mukhram at Cape Town’s only dedicated comedy venue and dinner theatre.

Tickets are R120 and available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite Checkers stores.

Date: Thursday February 14

Venue: The Cape Town Comedy Club

Time: 6pm to 10.30pm


3. Couple’s Cooking Class at Ginger & Lime

Join the Ginger and Lime culinary studio for its special Valentine’s interactive cooking class on February 14 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Ginger and Lime is an excellent venue and activity for foodies or even just people who love to eat and socialise around food. They host fun, relaxed, informal cooking classes that are interactive in nature.

Instead of having formal stations, all guests help to cook and prepare the meal together, be it chopping onions, stirring sauces or even just pouring wine for other guests. They can be as involved as they wish.

Guests receive the recipes for the evening on their arrival and are encouraged to ask questions and take notes (if they wish) while Ginger & Lime demonstrates tips, tricks and tasty meals that can inspire home cooking and entertaining.

Ginger & Lime can accommodate about 20 guests maximum for an interactive evening which is held in its beautiful kitchen.

See more details on the Valentine’s Day cooking menu here.

Date: Thursday February 14

Venue: Ginger & Lime Cooking School

Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm


4. Wine & Dine at Marriot Hotel

Spend an evening wining and dining with your special someone at the Marriot Hotel.

The hotel is currently running a special from Thursday 14 until Saturday 16 February 2019, every evening from 6.30pm.
Enjoy a four-course dinner for R480 per person, with a complimentary bottle of wine.
Booking essential: +27 21 525 3888 or [email protected]
Date: Thursday 14 February to Saturday 16 February
Venue: Marriot Hotel
Time: 6.30pm
5. Sweet treats and Rosés at Anthonij Rupert Wyne

This year, Anthonij Rupert Wyne turns Valentine’s Day into a month-long celebration of love. Throughout the whole of February, visitors to the estate, which is situated in the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, are invited to enjoy a complimentary tasting of Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Rosé-style wines.

You can sample the Protea Rosé 2018, L’Ormarins Brut Rosé 2015, L’Ormarins Brut Classique Rosé NV, and the Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2017.

A uniquely-romantic outing to the Estate can be crowned with a bespoke MCC & Sweet Treat Pairing, served at R95 per person. This “deliciously sweet” pairing includes a tasting of three MCC’s in the L’Ormarins range served with four sweet treats. The treats include Strawberry Macarons, Citrus and Dulce Fudge, a Raspberry Blondie, and a Cherry and White Chocolate Truffle served with fresh cherries and raspberries.

The pairing will be available from Monday to Saturday at the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room, and prebooking is essential.

Date: Friday February 1 to Thursday February 28

Venue: Anthonij Rupert Estate

Time: Dependent on availability


6. Dinner and dance at Grande Provence

Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable with an intimate evening at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in the heart of Franschhoek. Setting the perfect mood in the name of love, this enchanting evening of dining and dancing will tantalise all the senses.
Starting from 7pm, the culinary indulgence begins with an uplifting glass of bubbly and oysters on arrival. The Gallery at Grande Provence will be transformed into a romantic dining room complete with a dance floor, where you can dance the night away after an intimate four-course dinner – be sure to bring along your dancing shoes.
The cost of the Valentine’s Day dinner and dance is R1 100 per person.
Date: Thursday February 14
Venue: Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
Time: 7pm to 11pm
7. Valentine’s Day at Oude Werf
The Vineyard is the most romantic Valentine’s venue, and this year has two options that are sure to take your breath away.
Valentine’s Picnic at the River (R 650pp): Share a basket that includes a quality Simonsig wine and is filled with delicious delicacies including cheeses and preserves, cold meats, hot-smoked salmon and baby-potato salad, served with a variety of pickles, dressings, breads, and crackers. You’ll be delighted with the dainty desserts that are also included.
Valentine’s Dinner at the Square (R 495pp): Your five-course celebration starts with a tempura oyster amuse-bouche. Opt for a seductive fig tart or beetroot-and-gin-cured trout with passionfruit dressing as your starter. The tantalizing pink gin-and-lavender-sorbet palate cleanser is followed by your choice of tenderloin of lamb or Tuna wellington. The last course is a platter to share of bite-sized mini desserts.
Book at +27 (0)21-657 4500 or [email protected].
Date: Thursday February 14
Venue: Oude Werf Hotel
Time: 6.30pm
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