10 Romantic things to do in Cape Town
When love is in the air it is always handy to know what romantic things are on offer, especially when visiting a new city. Cape Town is a beautiful place to explore with your partner with plenty of gems waiting to be discovered. We have put together a list of experiences that couples can sign up for during their stay in the Cape. For those interested in the more fun, active, and adrenalin-pumping activities we have provided a separate article over here for you to read.
List of Romantic things to do in Cape Town
The following list covers 10 romantic date options for couples to do in Cape Town that vary in price.
Cape Town Helicopters
Considering a proposal? Celebrating your anniversary? Or is it your loved one’s birthday? Hopping aboard a helicopter for a flight over one of the continent’s most attractive cities is one way to honour the occasion. There are a variety of flights to choose from which range in price and time in the air.
Cost: R1850 – R6900 per person
Estimated time required: 12 minutes – 50 minutes
Opening hours: By appointment
The Atlantic Ocean forms an exceptional backdrop of the Mother City and viewing Cape Town from these waters offers a romantic setting for those in love. The Champagne Cruise departs the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront via a 45 foot catamaran, which sails along the Atlantic coastline. Guests are offered a complimentary glass of champagne (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) while taking in the views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles Mountain range.
Cost: R300 per person
Estimated time required: 15h00-16h00 (please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure)
Opening hours: By appointment, weather dependent
Signal Hill Sundowners
Three iconic features of Cape Town are Table Mountain, Lions Head and next to them, Signal Hill. Accessed by road, Signal Hill is a local favourite for those wanting to watch the sun set over the city. All you need is a picnic blanket, a spot on the hill and your favourite drinks and snacks and you have yourself the perfect romantic setting. Tip: Leave Signal Hill once the sun sets to avoid getting stuck in traffic and for safety measures.
Estimated time required: In summer the sun sets just before 19h00pm so give yourself enough time to enjoy the views before the night skies settle in.
Opening hours: 24 hours
Chocolate & Wine Pairing at Groot Constantia
Close to the city, in the Constantia Valley, is South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate. If you and your partner enjoy the fruits of Bacchus then Groot Constantia is your place to be with Cape Dutch architecture, guided cellar tours, delicious food, and expansive views to look forward to. The Chocolate and Wine Pairing presents five selected wines and five handcrafted chocolates for a unique tasting experience.
Cost: R160 per person
Estimated time required: As long as need be
Opening hours: 09h00 – 18h00 (Monday to Sunday)
The Galileo Open Air Cinema
Who doesn’t love kicking it old school with an outdoor cinema? Every year over the summer, Cape Town hosts several open-air cinema viewings, which make for a great date night. Big screen favourites, popcorn and other delicious food and drink are available along with your cosy spot under the stars! Insider tip: On the first Wednesday of every month, a Royal VIP cinema experience is on offer so make sure to secure your tickets in advance.
Cost: R109 – R350 (dependent on add ons)
Estimated time required: As long as need be
Opening hours: 21st October 2021 – 24 April 2022
Cape Town is recognised for having a diverse performing arts scene with plays, operas, ballets, and comedy evenings on show throughout the year. Venues such as The Artscape Theatre Centre, Theatre on the Bay, Maynardville Open Air Theatre, and the Kalk Bay Theatre (to name a few) offer enticing line-ups with tickets available online. A fun way to experience the city’s cultural scene!
Cost: Show dependent
Estimated time required: Show dependent
Opening hours: All year round – please check theatre websites for upcoming shows.
Romantic Dinner for two
Renowned for its cuisine, this city is not short of excellent restaurants and couples can take their pick from several fine dining spots that will fire up the taste buds! From the Pot Luck Club in Woodstock, to the Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel, and over the mountain to La Colombe in Constantia, the only challenge ahead is selecting which place to go to.
Cost: Restaurant dependent
Estimated time required: A leisurely evening
Opening hours: All year round (please place your booking in advance)
Couples Spa Package at the 12 Apostles
The 12 Apostles Hotel is home to an award-winning Spa with views that stretch across the Atlantic Ocean. Couples can look forward to a variety of Spa Packages on offer that vary in cost and are nothing short of luxurious pampering. A Swedish massage in an enclosed mountain gazebo followed by lunch in the hotel’s Café Grill may be just the way to celebrate a special occasion.
Cost: From R3350 per couple
Estimated time required: 1.5 hours – 4 hours
Opening hours: 08h00am – 18h00pm (Monday to Sunday)
Picnic in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Set against the slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is a natural wonder and considered one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. This is a magical place to spend the morning, afternoon, or early evening, strolling through the thousands of species of plants. Fynokos Tea Room, situated in the gardens, has picnic takeaway platters on offer and these can be pre-ordered online. Bring your blanket and enjoy the scenery!
Cost: R200 Kirstenbosch entry (International rate)/ R80 (South African rate)
Estimated time required: As long as you need
Opening hours: 08h00am-19h00pm
Travel the Cape Peninsula
Can a road trip be romantic? We think this one can. Travelling along the Atlantic Seaboard to the Cape Point Nature Reserve is a feast for the eyes with endless views of the ocean accompanying you along the way. At the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula lies Cape Point, where a funicular ride to the viewing point (which sits just below and old lighthouse) makes for a very romantic setting. Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach on your way home - a romantic bird species if there was one, that only has one partner for life!
Cost: R360 Cape Point Nature Reserve entry (International rate) / R90 (South African rate) & R85 funicular return ticket
Estimated time required: Give yourself a full day to explore
Opening hours: 07h00am – 17h00pm
Part of our service is putting together bespoke tour packages and we would love to help you create a special holiday. We also offer a range of guided tours, so you do not have to worry about the rules of the road when visiting a new country. Please contact us for more information.
We hope we have inspired you for your next trip to Cape Town and you are all set for planning those romantic dates for you and your loved one!