Valentine’s Day in 2024 offers a range of experiences in Cape Town, a city known for its multitude of activities and romantic settings. Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic Valentine’s escape or friends seeking an enjoyable outing, Cape Town has something for everyone. Here’s a list of the top activities to make this Valentine’s Day memorable.
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Have an Afternoon Tea at Belmond Nelson 🌸
Try out a Valentine’s Day at Belmond Nelson Hotel’s Afternoon Tea in its elegant Lounge. Priced at R550 per adult, this experience promises a feast for both the palate and senses. Indulge in an array of cakes, pastries, and sandwiches, elegantly tiered for visual and to eat accompanied by soothing live piano music. Tea enthusiasts can choose from over 60 premium loose-leaf and flowering teas, including the signature Mount Nelson Tea—a blend of Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, and Ceylon infused with pink rose petals, harmonizing with the iconic Mount Nelson pink walls.
Coffee lovers enjoy a flawless brew from sustainably sourced, single-origin beans from Ethiopia and Rwanda. Those seeking something stronger can explore the menu’s premium whiskies, cognacs, and liqueurs. The experience extends beyond beverages, featuring savoury specialities crafted by Executive Chef George Jardine, and sourced from local producers. Keep an eye out for Nellie, the hotel’s resident house cat, adding a charming touch as she freely roams. Make your Valentine’s Day special with this delightful Afternoon Tea at Belmond Nelson Hotel—a symphony of flavours and an elegant atmosphere for an unforgettable experience.
Belmond Nelson Afternoon Tea Times: Wednesday to Sunday at 12 pm or 3 pm
Address: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact Number: 021 483 1000
Lunch at Lievland Café 🦚
Set out on a delightful lunch experience at Lievland Café, located in the Stellenbosch Winelands. This hidden gem has a quaint setting in its secluded valley, just off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts. The café offers a contemporary and casual dining experience, housed in a unique space that blends the graceful style of an original Cape farm winery building with a clean-lined modern addition.
At Lievland Café, simplicity meets elegance. The atmosphere holds a sense of comfort and quality without unnecessary fussiness. Whether you’re looking for a light bite or a more filling meal, the menu caters to anyone’s preferences, featuring a combination of old-fashioned, rustic dishes with more refined options. Enjoy a relaxed Valentine’s Day lunch surrounded by the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands at Lievland Café, where the focus is on genuine, quality dining.
Lievland Cafe Opening Times: Mondays to Sundays from 8 am to 4 pm
Address: Lievland Café, Lievland Vineyards, R44, Stellenbosch
Contact Number: 021 879 7892
Picnic on Signal Hill 🧺
Enjoy a straightforward and memorable Valentine’s Day by opting for a picnic on Signal Hill, offering breathtaking views and the perfect setting for a sundowner. While there are a few picnic tables available, most people prefer sitting on the ground with some cover spread out, eliminating the need for an extra blanket.
Before going on Signal Hill Drive, a quick stop at Woolworths to grab some cheese, crackers, and a bottle of wine ensures a delightful picnic experience. Signal Hill stands out as one of the best picnic spots in Cape Town, especially during the enchanting sunset. Although it may not be the most intimate spot for a one-on-one romantic picnic due to its popularity, arriving at least 45 minutes before sunset ensures a prime location to share this experience with others. Enjoy a simple yet charming Valentine’s Day picnic on Signal Hill, surrounded by the beauty of Cape Town’s landscape.
Address: Signal Hill, Cape Town
Watch a Movie at the Labia Theatre 🍿
Experience a no-nonsense yet charming Valentine’s Day by catching a movie at the Labia Theatre, Cape Town’s oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema. Situated in Gardens, this old-age yet modern movie house features four characteristic screens and an intimate 50-seater—showcasing a selection of circuit, independent, foreign, documentary, classic, and alternative films.
Affordable admission prices ensure a budget-friendly cinematic experience, and the Labia Movie Theatre is not just about movies; it offers a complete evening out. Take advantage of the cosy coffee bar serving homemade delicacies, a chocolate bar offering sweets, chocolates, and popcorn, an outdoor garden terrace, and a fully licensed bar. The Labia is unique in allowing patrons to relax, sip a drink from the bar, and enjoy a movie. Indulge in Labia’s distinctive cocktail slush puppies and the renowned gluewein for a memorable Valentine’s Day movie night. Whether you’re a film lover or just looking for a laid-back evening, the Labia Theatre promises a straightforward yet enjoyable Valentine’s Day experience in Cape Town.
Labia Theatre Opening Times: Open daily from 11 am until the end of the last screening at about 11 pm
Address: 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact Number: 021 4245927
Go to Oranjezicht Market 💐
Head to the Oranjezicht Market for a straightforward yet vibrant Valentine’s Day outing in Cape Town. With stunning sea and mountain views, the market is sheltered by stretch tents and pergolas, providing a delightful space to explore. Whether you’re planning a weekly grocery shop or looking for rare and heirloom produce, the market offers fresh-from-the-patch veggies, herbs, seasonal fruits, breads, cheeses, organic dairy products, free-range eggs, raw honey, and ethically sourced meats and seafood.
The market has a lifestyle section featuring carefully curated, sustainably sourced items such as clothing, beachwear, decor, ceramics, vintage items, skincare, pet accessories, and farm-to-vase flowers. Don’t miss the special once-off workshops covering everything from cooking to crafts. If you’re here for a meal, indulge in a diverse mix of food stalls offering cooked and raw dishes for every palate—carnivores, chocoholics, vegans, and diabetics alike. Embrace a glorious varied cookout with flavours from Africa, Europe, the East, and the West. With plenty of space for kids and dogs, along with foot-tapping music and a family-friendly vibe, the Oranjezicht Market promises a laid-back and enjoyable Valentine’s Day.
Oranjezicht Market Opening Times: Open weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm (closed on Sundays) and Wednesday through to April 2024 from 5 pm to 9 pm
Address: Sidmouth Avenue, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
Contact Number: 083 508 1066 / 083 628 3426
Go to Tin Roof with Friends 🎶
If you’re not keen on celebrating Valentine’s Day solo, gather your friends and head to Tin Roof for a night filled with exciting beats and infectious energy. As soon as you step into the venue, you’ll be taken in by a lively atmosphere created by a state-of-the-art sound system and sick lighting displays. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just looking to let loose and have a good time, Tin Roof’s setting is sure to ignite your inner party animal. Enjoy an unforgettable night with friends, surrounded by music and an energetic vibe at Tin Roof in Cape Town.
Tin Roof Opening Hours: Thursday to Saturday and on Monday from 9 pm to 4 am
Address: Stegman Rd, Claremont, Cape Town
Contact Number: 021 674 6888
Sip Wine at Beyond Restaurant 🍷
Take on a straightforward and memorable Valentine’s Day by sipping wine and enjoying a meal at Beyond Restaurant in Cape Town. Diners can expect a unique experience featuring dishes with beautiful flavours, including limpet brandade, beer-steamed sea snails, and line-caught local game fish prepared tataki style or steamed in kelp. Meat lovers can savour delicious options such as springbok, Nguni, and kudu. The chefs at Beyond Restaurant share insights into the foraged ingredients, offering a unique show-and-tell experience at the table.
Inspired by the research of collaborator and paleo-ecologist Dr Jan de Vynck, these dining experiences provide a rare opportunity to explore the rich and sustainable flavours of the region’s wilderness. Dr. de Vynck’s work suggests that the Western Cape played a significant role in early human cognitive development due to its rich ingredients. The Origins of Flavour menus at Beyond Restaurant blend indigenous ingredients foraged from the wild Cape coastline with seasonal produce from local small-scale farmers, creating a culinary journey that highlights the diverse flavours of the Western Cape.
Beyond Restaurant Opening Hours: Lunch to 12 pm to 2:30 pm, Wednesday to Sunday for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Address: 37 Klein Constantia Rd, Nova Constantia, Cape Town
Contact Number: 021 794 0306
Go to a Cooking Class 🍪
Whether you’re with your partner or flying solo, consider taking a cooking class in Cape Town to learn the art of making samoosas and koesisters from scratch. This two-hour workshop, hosted in a home kitchen in Bo-Kaap, guides participants through the step-by-step process of creating these traditional Malay delicacies. Led by an accomplished Cape Malay cook, the interactive class provides hands-on experience, allowing you to learn about the techniques behind crafting these iconic treats.
After the workshop, guests sit down with the host to enjoy the fruits of their labour—indulging in the samoosas and koesisters they’ve prepared during the class. Beyond the culinary aspect, these snacks hold cultural significance, symbolizing the heritage of the Bo-Kaap’s earliest inhabitants and remaining an integral part of South Africans’ diets across various cultures and religions. Embrace the opportunity to connect with the rich culinary traditions of Cape Town through this engaging and flavorful cooking experience.
Take on an Escape Room 🔐
Take on a thrilling and intellectually stimulating Valentine’s Day at HintHunt, where you and your partner or friends may find yourselves in an exciting adventure reminiscent of popular escape narratives. The experience not only provides entertainment but also challenges participants to solve intricate riddles, and crafty puzzles, and interpret clues—all within a specific time limit, adding an extra dose of adrenaline to the experience.
HintHunt offers a variety of escape rooms, each designed to reflect an imaginary location, along with Amazing Races and an Outdoor Escape game. These experiences are open to groups of two to six people and typically last for 60 minutes. Whether you’re seeking an engaging outing with friends or a unique Valentine’s Day date, HintHunt provides an opportunity to test your teamwork and problem-solving skills in a fun and immersive setting. If you prefer a night in, you can also participate in the games remotely from the comfort of your home.
HintHunt Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 7 pm, Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 8:30 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm
Address: Watershed, 17 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact Number: 076 187 2764 / 021 001 4215
Make Something at Clay Cafe 🫖
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a hands-on and straightforward experience at Clay Café in Hout Bay, where art, food, and good company come together to create memorable moments. Choose from over 180 pre-made pottery items to paint and decorate, all while enjoying delicious food and drinks in the company of family and friends. This unique combination of artistic expression and delicious delights provides an opportunity for a creative and enjoyable Valentine’s Day outing.
Clay Café’s focus is on promoting connection and creativity, offering an activity that encourages quality time through artistic exploration. The goal is to uplift, empower, and educate participants, striving for excellence in service and delivery. Embrace the vision of Clay Café to provide the best customer experiences, making your Valentine’s Day special with artistic love and delightful food in a relaxed and welcoming setting.
Clay Cafe Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm
Address: Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7872
Contact Number: 076 810 5120
Visit Kirstenbosch Gardens 💑
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden stands as a remarkable sanctuary to visit on Valentine’s Day. Renowned as the world’s first botanical garden dedicated to a country’s indigenous flora, Kirstenbosch is a haven for birdwatchers and horticulturists. Find joy in hours of exploration amongst the array of flowers, streams, garden paths, and hidden picnic spots.
Beyond its lush gardens, Kirstenbosch offers an array of experiences, including outdoor and indoor art exhibitions, three distinct restaurants—Moyo Kirstenbosch, The Kirstenbosch Tea Room, and vida e caffè—and various shops selling plants, garden accessories, books, gifts, and Mambo sculptures. The garden also serves as a venue for concerts, along with offering spaces for weddings, art exhibitions, horticultural events, and private functions. Visitors can ascend the Boomslang Walkway, a treetop walkway providing panoramic views of the mountain and gardens, enhancing the overall enchantment of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Kirstenbosch Gardens Opening Hours: The garden is open every day from 8 am to 7 pm during summer and 8 am to 6 pm during winter.
Address: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Contact Number: 021 799 8783 / 021 799 8773
Book a Stay at The One&Only 🌹
Book a luxurious Valentine’s Day stay at One&Only in Cape Town, featuring prestigious accommodations with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and the waterfront. Check out their bold new rooms, suites and penthouses at One&Only. The resort boasts the city’s most comprehensive spa, the One&Only Spa, situated on a private island. Escape the hustle and enjoy the spacious rooms, making it an ideal retreat for a romantic getaway.
One&Only offers world-class dining experiences, with celebrated chef Chris Mare presenting South African traditions and flavours, while global fusion master Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa dazzles with his signature Japanese-Peruvian cuisine at the first African restaurant of its kind. Treat yourself and your partner on Valentine’s Day by finding yourself in luxury, breathtaking views, and top-notch culinary delights at One&Only in Cape Town.
Address: Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact Number: 021 431 5888
Go on a Hike Up Lions Head 🚶
Set out on a rewarding Valentine’s Day activity by hiking up Lion’s Head, the most popular trail among Cape Town’s many hikes. Lasting around two to three hours, the relatively short trail provides a great workout and leads to stunning views from the top. As you wind your way around the mountain, the trail offers incredible vistas along the journey, with panoramic views from the top being the ultimate highlight.
The route is well-marked, and most sections are easily traversed by foot, providing a good workout, especially as the path ascends from the parking lot. While there is some rock scrambling near the summit, the only potentially challenging parts involve metal ladders and climbing chains. However, these obstacles can be bypassed via an alternative footpath, ensuring a manageable and memorable hiking experience on Valentine’s Day.
Address: Between Table Mountain and Signal Hill
Take a Sunset Cruise at the V&A Waterfront 🥂
Experience a romantic Valentine’s Day on a Waterfront Sunset Champagne Cruise, offering a new perspective of Cape Town’s coast from the sea. Sip on local sparkling wine as you relax and admire the breathtaking sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. The sailboats Esperance and Serenity One navigate the cruise based on the wind conditions, ensuring a delightful journey with a route that may extend towards Milnerton Lighthouse or along the Clifton and Robben Island coastlines, depending on the prevailing winds.
In the warmer months, the cruise typically sets sail from the harbour, crosses Table Bay towards Milnerton Lighthouse, and returns to Granger Bay to witness the sun setting behind Table Mountain before motoring back to the Waterfront. During winter, the direction may vary, heading towards the Clifton or Robben Island coastlines. The experienced skipper and crew prioritize safety, ensuring passengers have the best possible view of the spectacular sunset over the sea. In case of unfavourable conditions, the cruise might head to Cape Town Harbor, offering enchanting views of Table Mountain and the city lights, providing a delightful alternative for a memorable Valentine’s Day experience.
Contact Number: 021 418 3168
Up and Away on the Cape Wheel 🎡
Take in a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of Cape Town by going on the Cape Wheel at the V&A Waterfront. This giant wheel provides a unique viewing experience across the City, showcasing iconic landmarks such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Town City skyline, Paarl Mountains, and the Cape Town Stadium. With 30 fully enclosed, air-conditioned cabins, the Cape Wheel ensures a safe and comfortable experience as it takes you 40 meters above the ground on a four-revolution ride. Two of the cabins are wheelchair-friendly, allowing for accessibility and an enjoyable Valentine’s Day outing with stunning views of Cape Town’s beauty.
Address: The Cape Wheel (PTY) LTD, The Lawns Breakwater Boulevard, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact Number: 087 470 0696
Share a Bottle of Wine at Simonsig Estate 👒
This Valentine’s Day in collaboration with Wine.co.za, find yourself in the timeless romance of Simonsig in Stellenbosch. As one of the oldest wine farms, Simonsig carries the legacy of the Malan family, creators of the Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé. Venture into the heart of this beautiful estate with your partner and savour the 2022 vintage, a delightful blend of Pinot Noir, Pinotage, and Pinot Meunier. The pale salmon-coloured bubbly, with its captivating aromas and fruity palate, sets the stage for a truly enchanting Valentine’s Day celebration.
At Simonsig, the atmosphere is as exquisite as the wine itself. The estate’s cool and dark cellars have nurtured this brut rosé to perfection, creating an ideal setting for an intimate Valentine’s Day date. Explore the charming vineyards, and indulge in the legacy of love that flows through every bottle of Kaapse Vonkel. Simonsig beckons you to elevate your Valentine’s Day experience, combining the warmth of romance with the richness of exceptional Cap Classique. If you’re looking to stay at home and enjoy this bubbly creation be sure to buy it by clicking the button below.
Address: Kromme Rhee Road, Stellenbosch District, Koelenhof
Contact Number: 021 888 4900
Get a Couple’s Massage at Steenberg Farm💆♀️💆♂️
In relaxation this Valentine’s Day with a couples massage at Steenberg Farm. Take in the atmosphere of the Scented Garden as you experience a side-by-side bespoke Herbal Oil Massage, Pressure Point Foot Massage, and Scalp Ritual. Let the soothing sounds of nature enhance your serenity during this 60-minute retreat designed for shared bliss.
As part of this exclusive offer, elevate your experience with a 2-course seasonal lunch or dinner at Tryn, the foodie gem at Steenberg Farm. With a reasonable price for a couples massage and lunch or dinner, this sensual package invites you to unwind and rejuvenate together amongst the lush surroundings of Steenberg. This special promotion is available for a limited time only, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate love and relaxation in style.
Address: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road Constantia Valley, Cape Town
Special Price: R3400 per couple
Special Available: From 1st December 2023 to 29 February 2024
Contact Number: 021 712 7481
Sushi & Bubbles at The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa 🍣
Enhance your Valentine’s Day celebration by participating in the exclusive Sushi & Bubbles event at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Create an evening of sophistication and delight at the Apostles Braai restaurant, where live music sets the mood for a memorable dinner date. The experience unfolds with a sumptuous 24-piece sharing sushi platter with a fusion of flavours.
As you savour each delectable bite, indulge in the luxury of bottomless Bubbly, enhancing the romantic vibe of the occasion. This dining experience offers a perfect blend of delicious food and scenic beauty, making it a truly delightful Valentine’s Day treat. With the joy of shared moments, exquisite cuisine, and endless bubbles, creating memories that will linger long after the evening comes to an end.
Address: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Contact Number: 021 4379000
Valentine’s Day Live Music with John Niel 🎸
Create lasting memories with your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Reload in Flamingo Square Centre, Table View. With an evening of romance as you indulge in a special Valentine’s dinner accompanied by live entertainment featuring Cape Town’s esteemed musician, John Niel. Take in Reload’s relaxed and stylish setting, tailor-made for a perfect romantic night out, all at a modest cost for the mesmerizing live performance.
Uniquely celebrate your love by savouring a delicious meal while being serenaded by the soulful tunes of John Niel. With a menu offering an array of meals, cocktails, wines, and more, Reload ensures an unforgettable Valentine’s experience. Given the limited seating capacity, early booking is highly recommended to secure your spot for an evening filled with culinary delights and musical enchantment. Make this Valentine’s Day a night to remember at Reload with the perfect blend of fine dining and live entertainment.
Ticket Price: R50
Event Date & Times: February 14th 2024 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Dance the Night Away – Salsa Night at Cabo Beach Club 💃
Take part in a night of passion, music, and romance at Salsa Night at Cabo Beach Club. Let the smooth beats transport you to a tropical paradise as you and your partner sway in sync, creating moments of connection and intimacy that resonate with the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re a seasoned salsa pro or simply looking for a fun-filled evening, the instructors will be on hand to guide you every step of the way, ensuring an enchanting dance experience that brings you closer than ever before.
This Valentine’s Day, raise your glass to love, friendship, and the sheer joy of dancing. The rhythmic vibe of Cabo Beach Club provides the perfect setting to celebrate the spirit of the occasion, where each step on the dance floor becomes a celebration of connection and shared joy. Join us for Salsa Night and let the dance weave a romantic tapestry that adds an extra layer of magic to your Valentine’s Day celebration.
Address: 12 S Arm Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact Number: 021 137 5401
With its fun activities and stunning views, Cape Town provides a range of things to do to make your Valentine’s Day in 2024 truly special. Whether you opt for a romantic dinner, a scenic hike, or a creative endeavour, the city’s charm and cultural richness ensure a memorable celebration. Choose the activities that resonate with your preferences, and let Cape Town be the host for a Valentine’s Day filled with love, laughter, and lasting memories.