1. Fine dine at La Mouette
With low lighting, stunning French cuisine and a rich glass of red wine, La Mouette could not be more perfect for a pair of lovers on Valentine’s Day.
Situated in the heart of Sea Point in a grand and historic Tudor building, La Mouette features both a la carte and tasting menus, giving you a choice of delicious gourmet experiences to share with your partner.
You can cuddle in one of their cosy corners or enjoy the ocean breeze in their gorgeous courtyard, need we say more?
Pure Local Tip: La Mouette offers dinner and culture – the walls are beautifully decorated with gallery-standard art from local artists, some of which have been collected in the past, by art aficionados from all over the world.
2. Go horse-riding on Noordhoek beach
Live your wildest romantic dreams by riding off into the sunset next to your partner, feeling the wind on your cheek and watching sapphire waves roll onto white sands. Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding operates in the Noordhoek Valley and offers a range of daily riding activities.
Surrounded by beautiful views on one of the most pristine and picturesque beaches in the city, this Valentine’s Day experience is a hard one to top.
Pure Local Tip: For unforgettable romantic photos, you can book Cognac the horse – a beautiful white Stallion who is popular on film shoots.
3. Snuggle under the stars with the Galileo Open Air Cinema
Crack open a bottle of wine and cuddle under the stars in some of Cape Town’s most magical locations. The Galileo Open Air Cinema moves from one stunning venue to the next and every Valentine’s Day they make sure to feature a film that’s worth snuggling up to. Featuring live music, artisanal food and other activities, this is definitely a noteworthy way to spend time with your loved one on the most romantic day of the year.
Pure Local Tip: When you attend a wine-estate movie you can pre-order a picnic, featuring a beautiful bottle of local wine!
4. Ignite your senses at The Greenhouse
It’s no surprise that The Greenhouse is ranked as one of South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants. Overseen by Chefs Peter Tempelhoff and Farell Hirsh, the dishes here are culinary masterpieces, each one carefully crafted like an artwork. Celebrating the unique flavours of Africa and located in the immaculate and luxurious gardens of the Cellars Hohenort Hotel, a night at The Greenhouse is not one you will soon forget.
Pair your meal with an artisanal cocktail or quality bottle of wine, and enjoy a feast for the senses. If you really want to make it an everlasting memory, book a hotel room to stay the night.
Pure Local Tip: For a unique and gourmet take on a traditional South African staple, we highly recommend trying their White Chocolate Pap – infused with tarragon and pistachio and decorated with light fruity flavours.
5. Steal a kiss on a secluded beach
A scenic one hour drive out of Cape Town will get you to a breath-taking spot to share an afternoon or evening with your loved one. Sand between your toes, crystal waves lapping at the shore and breath-taking natural scenery are the perfect setting for a romantic picnic or leisurely stroll. Diaz Beach in Cape Point boasts soft white sand, turquoise waters and dramatic scenery. It’s 20 minutes along a crafted wooden walkway to get down to the beach but well worth it – free of the hustle and bustle that you usually find on Cape Town beaches in the Summer, the beach is quiet and romantic and you’ll often have it to yourself. Surrounded by impressive 200m cliffs on three sides, this spot is a magnificent destination.
Pure Local Tip: If you’re in the mood for some sight-seeing, Diaz Beach is located very close to the famous old Cape Point lighthouse – another spectacular viewpoint and interesting piece of history.
6. Pick some roses in Wynberg at Chart Farm
What could be more romantic than a bouquet of fresh, hand-picked roses? Chart Farm offers a quaint and picturesque getaway just 10 minutes out of the city centre. Bought in 1934, the historic farm features a lush rose garden – the only place in the peninsula where you can pick your own roses – as well as grapevines, lemon trees, horse-riding and a cosy coffee shop where you can share a delicious slice of cake or a nourishing house meal. The farm also has breath-taking panoramic views of the Constantia Valley.
Pure Local Tip: February is Fig season at the farm, so make sure you grab some – perhaps to accompany some camembert enjoyed by candlelight with your partner at home!
7. Sail into the sunset on a chartered boat cruise
Sit back and relax with the ocean breeze in your hair while on a scenic harbour tour or luxury cruise. Luxury Yacht Charters is well known for offering premium sailing experiences, customized for your tastes. Whether you’re a couple that likes the thrill of watersports or enjoys sipping bubbly on a pristine deck while watching dolphins splash through the waves, they have everything to make this Valentine’s a memorable one. Explore the natural beauty of the South Western Cape shoreline and anchor at Clifton Bay for cocktails.
Pure Local Tip: Book for a sunset tour, pop open a bottle of sparkling wine and make a toast out on the water under pink skies!
8. Share an evening of Jazz at The Crypt
One of the original live jazz venues of the city, located inside the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa, The Crypt offers a unique collision of history, culture and cuisine. Enjoy a premier jazz and dinner experience, sipping on wine and soaking in the soul that is Cape Town’s famous jazz scene.
Pure Local Tip: We highly recommend trying their oysters to start!
9. In the lap of luxury at Tintswalo Atlantic
With stunning uninterrupted views of the Atlantic ocean served alongside mouth-watering plates of beautifully-presented cuisine, it’s no wonder Tintswalo is an award-winning spot for locals and tourists alike. A quiet gem hugging the mountainside, this 5-star boutique lodge is perched on a pebble beach and offers a sublime dining experience which you can enjoy on their expansive wooden deck outside, or inside, where their open-plan kitchen offers you the chance to sip on wine while watching the chefs create their masterpieces right in front of your eyes.
Pure Local Tip: A stay at Tintswalo is a must – they offer private spa treatments to their guests, which you can receive on the balcony of your room, with only the smells and sounds of the ocean breeze to accompany you.
10. Cycle along the promenade
You haven’t fully lived the Cape Town experience if you haven’t cycled along the Sea Point Promenade… Combine that with a signature sunset, a sugar cone of sweet gelato and a playful game of putt-putt with ocean views, and you might just have the most romantic and adventurous Valentine’s Day yet!
Pure Local Tip: We’ve never tasted a Pistachio Gelato as smooth as the one at Moro Gelato (http://www.morogelato.co.za/) – a definite place to stop after your promenade cycle!
Spend a night transported and transfixed, watching world-class performances from a stage which has played host to legends of South African theatre. Located on the famously beautiful beach suburb of Camp’s Bay, you can arrive at the theatre in the setting sun after a romantic dinner at any one of the area’s prime restaurants.
Pure Local Tip: Don’t forget to try the Peking Duck pancakes at the Sidedish Theatre Bistro!