Make date night, movie night
Situated atop the Grand Daddy Hotel (sweet name) on Cape Town’s famous Long Street, the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is an enchanting open-air Theater. In a trailer park… But rest assured my dear reader, this is no redneck trailer park. As for what’s showing… your guess is as good as mine. Best to phone and juuuust make sure.
Included in the cost of your ticket, you’ll get some candy, popcorn (obviously) and a refreshing welcome drink. For the perfect date, pre-order gourmet food baskets and revel in seeing a movie with that special somebody.
Oh, and the place is heated in winter and cooled in summer.
The Grand Daddy Hotel
38 Long St, Cape Town City Centre
+27 (21) 424 7247
Dine at Black Sheep
If you’re in the mood for an intimate, yet relaxing anniversary night (or any other night for that matter), then go for supper at Black Sheep. Not only are they rated in the top 20 restaurants in all of Cape Town, but they use fresh, organic and locally grown goodies
FUN FACT: Being a blackboard restaurant you can expect interesting new dishes every time you visit.
The wine is excellent (wine’s always excellent if you ask us), along with the awesome food (which is also pretty damn good).
Black Sheep is on Kloof Street, so in the event that you decide you are not quite prepared to go home after your meal, then you do not need to.
It’s one of the best places to find an array of interesting things to do in Cape Town on your evening out.
Black Sheep Restaurant
104 Kloof St, Gardens
+27 (21) 426 2661
If you’re an art lover, then this one’s right up your artistic alley.
First Thursdays occur on the first Thursday of each month. Hence the (not so unique) name.
Have a romantic stroll through the streets of the city center, and investigate Cape Town’s plethora of art museums and cultural attractions before dawn.
It’s a terrific way to experience the cultural prosperity of the region on foot following after hours.
The best part of First Thursdays is that you don’t pay a cent and most of the places stay open until 9 pm or later. An awesome way to start your night out.
Horse Riding on Noordhoek Beach
It’s hard to picture anything more romantic than horse riding on a beach.
Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding offers horse-riding on the beautiful Noordhoek Beach in Cape Town. The rides are suited for Novice to Pro and are mostly done at a walking pace.
It goes without saying that you can do this even if you’ve never even seen a horse in your life.
Just take comfortable clothes and enthusiasm in your heart.
Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding
Sleepy Hollow Ln, Noordhoek
+27 (21) 789 2341
Laugh a Little, Snort a Lot
First date jitters and nerves are a thing of the past with this one. Few things break the ice as quickly as some laughing (unless someone trips and falls in front of you… but I digress).
Laugh together while bonding as you participate with a few of the nation’s best comedians as they misbehave.
You can skip the gym the next day as you can bet your ab will be aching from laughter afterward. Nobody leaves with no great, gut-busting ab exercise.
Feeling peckish after your gut-busting workout? Why not try their famous “Jou Ma Se Gatsby”: a half-sized baguette full of greens, homemade mint sauce, lettuce, tomato, and lamb.
Cape Town Comedy Club
The Pumphouse, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
+27 (21) 418 8880
Picnic for Two
Even if this one’s been done to death (do us part), picnics are always fun, romantic and will definitely score you some brownie points for later.
Grab you old blanket and head out for a sun-soaked day of chilling and being with your loved one.
One of our favourite recommendations is Buitenverwachting. Located in Constantia where you can sit in the wine cellar or outside on the lawn under the 250-year-old trees.
Oh, and the views are majestic.
37 Klein Constantia Rd, Nova Constantia
+27 (21) 794 5190
Go Sightseeing in Your City
Even if you’re a local and haven’t done this one before, it’s a must. Hop on one of the red City Sightseeing buses and choose from one of the three tours of the Cape.
You’ll see everything from Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront to the gorgeous wine routes.
This one’s great for couples and kiddos alike.
Watch the Sunset on the Beach
George A. Moore said: “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
Sometimes the most beautiful moments are right on our doorsteps. And they don’t cost a thing.
Watching a sunset on a beach with a friend, family or a loved one can create precious memories.
If you really need to, why not indulge in a sundowner as well.
NOT SO FUN FACT: Just remember though that the alcohol consumption is prohibited most of South Africa’s beaches. I guess that’s a good thing.
Our top choices for the best sunsets are:
- Lion’s head
- Signal Hill
- Table Mountain (that’s a given)
- Camps Bay
- Kloof Corner
- Bloubergstrand (the wind sucks though)
Walk on a Mountain
A close second to the aforementioned activity (#1 for some) is definitely taking a walk in nature. More specifically, in, around and on top of the many mountains around Cape Town.
A couple of awesome places to visit would be Lion’s Head, Signal Hill or even the lower reaches of Table Mountain with your favourite jar of red or white.
The beauty of this activity is that it completely removes the pressures of what some would call a conventional date.
Just don’t do kayaking. That will seriously test your relationship. Mmhh, great topic for a follow-up article actually… “Not so fun activities that will seriously test your relationship“.
Who doesn’t like, no LOVE, penguins?
Why not head on over to Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town to meet the penguins.
The ancient granite boulders also protect the area from wind and large waves, making it the perfect swimming spot (the water is warmish).
But you’re not going there to swim are ya? You’re going there to enjoy the company of the thousands of African penguins.
There is a small conservation fee charged to access the beach, but hey, it’s for the penguins.
The Food Markets
Cape Town’s food markets have always been a favourite of mine. While they aren’t necessarily the hangout spots for bargain hunters anymore, they sure as sh*t represent fantastic value for a morning or afternoon out.
There is no shortage of markets available and it would take a whole other article to list them and so here’s a few of our favourites.
Bay Harbour Market
31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay
072 858 7763
30 Regent Rd, Sea Point
021 422 4888
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Granger Bay Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
083 628 3426
The timeless Old Biscuit Mill
375 Albert Rd, Woodstock
021 447 8194
All of these markets have fantastic atmospheres accompanied by a vast amount of diversity to fit every person.
If only for the food, you’ll leave a happy camper.
Make a Rescue Dog’s Tail Wag
Domestic Animal Rescue Group (or DARG for short) really does an incredible job looking after abandoned and neglected dogs and cats.
Situated in Houbay, DARG actively invites members of the public to help and get involved.
Just imagine being an abandoned soul, no love, no home, no food. I don’t know about you, but it makes me sad just writing this.
You’d be showing these beautiful abandoned animals love again and love is what makes the world go round.
As you can tell, this one is close to my heart and while it would be awesome to bond with your partner over a puppy, do get involved a bit to help them out as well.
Coffee for the Win
This one’s a dating classic. Most dates start out with “wanna go for a coffee?” and so Cape Town’s got you covered here.
There is a slew of vibrant coffee shops in and around Cape Town, so you’re really spoilt for choice.
Wimpy and McDonald’s coffee DO NOT COUNT!
That being said, here are some of our favs.
Truth Coffee Roasting
36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre
+27 (21) 200 0440
Bean There Coffee Company
58 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre
+27 (87) 943 2228
63 Loop Street, City Central
+27 (81) 521 3384
Origin Coffee Roasting
28 Hudson St, De Waterkant
+27 (21) 421 1000
Rosetta Roastery (Woodstock)
66 Albert Rd, Woodstock
+27 (21) 447 4099
375 Albert Rd, Woodstock
+27 (21) 447 0845
66 Albert Rd, Woodstock
+27 (21) 447 2771
JARRYDS Espresso Bar + Eatery
90 Regent Rd, Sea Point
+27 (60) 748 0145
Artem Centre, 277 Main Rd, Sea Point
+27 (21) 433 1336