When you think of romance, what comes to mind? Perhaps a candlelit dinner, a nature hike, or even a stroll on the beach. Whatever your definition is, Cape Town has it all! From fine dining to luxurious spas and picturesque views, the Mother City will have you and your partner feeling like you’re on top of the world.
Here are some of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town for couples celebrating a special occasion.
Whether you’re looking for classic French cuisine or something more exotic, there are plenty of places to dine out in Cape Town. The bustling city center offers restaurants that cater to every taste and budget. For those wanting something special, why not try a romantic dinner cruise? This unique experience gives couples an opportunity to take in the beauty of Cape Town from the sea while enjoying excellent food and drinks as well as live entertainment.
Boasting some of the world’s best chefs, Cape Town offers everything from African-fusion dishes at The Test Kitchen, fine-dining at The Foodbarn Restaurant, and delicious seafood specialties at La Boheme. Plus, many restaurants offer outdoor seating which is perfect for taking in the stunning scenery that makes this city so special.
If you’re looking for something more outdoorsy and adventurous, Cape Town has plenty of options for that too! Take a day trip up the West Coast or along the Whale Coast to local reserves and estuaries – ideal for birding, nature walks and picnics. Or take a romantic walk along one of its many beaches at sunset while admiring the stunning views of Table Mountain. Camps Bay and Clifton remain popular spots for a romantic stroll before hitting one of the nearby restaurants or cafes. For couples who love hiking, why not head towards Chapman’s Peak Drive and take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic?
Nothing says ‘romance’ more than spending time together outdoors. Why not try a sunset hike up Lion’s Head or visit one of the tidal pools at Cape Point Nature reserve? Active couples can also enjoy a unique kayaking experience to Boulder’s Beach in Simonstown or hire e-bikes for a mountain biking adventure together.
What better way to enjoy romance than with a glass (or two) of award-winning wine? The Cape Winelands region is just outside of the city limits and offers stunning views as well as excellent wines from some of South Africa’s finest vineyards. Spend an afternoon wine tasting in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek sampling some of the country’s finest wines while taking in the picturesque vineyards surrounding you. For something even more unique, book yourselves onto a hot air balloon ride over Paarl Valley and experience an unforgettable evening watching the sun set over South Africa’s winelands.
If you’re remaining closer to home, then be sure to visit Groot Constantia Estate which boasts centuries-old vines and is steeped in history. We recommend popping into Jonkershuis Restaurant or Simon’s Restaurant on the estate, to enjoy delicious meals paired with award-winning wines from their cellar door.
Cape Town is full of romantic experiences perfect for any couple looking for something special while visiting South Africa’s Mother City! From nature hikes to winelands tours and beach strolls, this city has something for everyone. Browse our Cape Town packages now for inspiration on that special romantic getaway or Valentine’s treat for yourself and your loved one.
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