The Most Romantic Date Spots in Cape Town

In Cape Town the romance is alive and well. Together with being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the Mother City sure loves to show off her romantic side. The city is home to some of the most magnificent landscapes, iconic landmarks, sought-after attractions, trendy bars, rooftop spots and world-renowned restaurants. There is something for all the love birds looking to enjoy a romantic day or night with the one they love.

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Here are some of the most romantic date spots in Cape Town that will add some romance, fun and excitement to your romantic date in the Mother City.

1. See a movie under the stars at the Galileo Open Air Cinema


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Is there anything more romantic than spending the evening with your special someone under the Cape Town night sky in one of the Mother City’s most beautiful locations? Attending an open-air movie screening at the famous Galileo Open Air Cinema has not only become one of the most sought-after experiences for locals and travellers alike, it’s also one of the most romantic date spots in Cape Town too.

Let’s be honest, movie dates have forever been the ultimate date night classic. But the Galileo certainly takes it to a whole new and exciting level. As it’s the top outdoor cinema experience in Cape Town, shows do tend to sell out fast, especially over Valentine’s Day. So, be sure to check their schedule for up-coming screenings and start planning your perfect Cape Town date night.

2. The top of Table Mountain


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Although this one is slightly unconventional, there is no denying the fact that the top of the majestic Table Mountain is one of the most romantic date spots in Cape Town. We told you the Mother City loves to do things slightly differently, and this definitely applies to her top date spots too. Plus, there is nothing like admiring one of the most magnificent views in the world from the top of one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

Taking a sunset Aerial Cableway trip to the top of this iconic mountainous gem and watching the glorious sunset over the Mother City and Atlantic Ocean is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and memorable date ideas. Once you’re at the top you can even pop open a nice bottle of bubbly and enjoy a sunset picnic. All while admiring the sensational view with the one you love.

3. Enjoy a romantic meal for two at Chef’s Warehouse Beau Constantia


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There is nothing like enjoying a romantic meal for two at one of Cape Town’s most sought-after restaurants. Chef’s Warehouse is set on the modern boutique estate of Beau Constantia. With giant floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the vibrant False Bay from its elevated position, the view from Chef’s Warehouse is truly spectacular. Undoubtedly making it one of the most beautiful and romantic date spots in Cape Town. In addition to its beautiful setting and backdrop, Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia was rated among the best restaurants in Cape Town.

Headed up by Chef Liam Tomlin’s and co-owned by Chef Ivor Jones, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia is all about creating an inspired menu and delectable array of imaginative global tapas. Bursting with flavour, it will have you and your date indulging on very bite and savouring every moment of this exceptional Cape Town dining experience. Paired with spectacular panoramic views of the Constantia Valley, stunning setting and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this is one Cape Town date neither of you will soon forget.

4. Go for sundowners at one of Cape Town’s many stunning sunset spots


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Sometimes the most romantic things, are the simplest of acts. And what could be more romantic than planning the perfect sunset sundowner date at one of Cape Town’s stunning sunset spots? Known for her stunning sherbet coloured sunsets, there truly is no sunset quite like a Mother City sunset. And getting to enjoy every second of it with your special someone by your side, just makes it extra special.

From Camps Bay, Clifton Beach, Clifton Ridge Rocks, the Bakoven Boulders and Llandudno Beach to Signal Hill, Kloof Corner and the Bloubergstrand Beachfront. There truly is no limit to Cape Town’s magical sunset spots. So, pack a picnic basket and some sundowners and pick your perfect sunset destination. It promises to be a magical Cape Town date experience in every way.

5. On the Rocks, Bloubergstrand


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Bloubergstrand undoubtedly boasts one of the most spectacular views of the beautiful Table Mountain in the entire city. On the Rocks is known to be one of the top spots in Cape Town for locals and travellers alike to soak it all in. On a clear day, the view of Table Mountain is postcard perfect, and the lovely sea breeze offers the perfect companion to a refreshing cocktail, G&T or glass of wine. On the Rocks therefore gives you and your date the perfect opportunity to admire this magnificent view. All while enjoying some sensational sundowners or a glass of wine paired with a delicious meal. What more can you ask for?

6. Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar


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The famous Tjing Tjing Rooftop bar is not only one of the trendiest rooftop spots in the city, but one of the most romantic date spots in Cape Town too. Because, let’s be honest, any place that boasts a spectacular view like the Tjing Tjing Rooftop bar is a top-notch date spot. Situated at the top of a restored heritage building in Longmarket Street, the view of the cityscape is absolutely spectacular, as well as the view at sunset. However, in addition to incredible views, Tjing Tjing is famous for its spectacular cocktail selection.

But if classic cocktails aren’t quite your scene, Tjing Tjing boasts a large variety of craft beers, bottled or on-tap, as well as an exceptional assortment of both white and red wines. Besides an exciting drink selection, cool laid-back vibe and vibrant energy, Tjing Tjing is somewhat of a Cape Town culinary gem. As Tjing Tjing Bar is located atop two popular Japanese haunts (Tjing Tjing Torii and Tjing Tjing Momiji), you best believe you’re in for quite a culinary treat. This top Cape Town rooftop spot has therefore become widely known as the place to enjoy some of the best Japanese tapas in town.

7. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens


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Situated at the eastern foot of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens has been crowned one of the greatest botanic gardens of the world. It’s making it one of the most beautiful Cape Town destinations to explore. And certainly one of the most romantic too.

From enjoying a romantic picnic for two on the lush lawns of Kirstenbosch, strolling through the magnificent gardens and exploring all the hidden gems or taking a walk along the sought-after Tree-top Canopy walk. There is no limit to this beautiful Cape Town natural wonder. Thereby making it a top Cape Town date spot filled with beauty, fun and adventure.

8. Sunset hike up Lions Head


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This Cape Town date idea is dedicated to all the adventure loving couples out there! Because there’s no denying the fact that the top of Lions Head is one of the most romantic date spots in Cape Town. Although it might take a little extra work and some hard hiking graft to reach the top of your date destination. The view from the top promises to be worth every second. Not to mention the fact that the hike up Lions Head offers some of the most spectacular views of Table Mountain, the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay and beyond all the way throughout.

If you’re however looking to make this adventure date extra special, a sunset hike up Lions Head is absolutely incredible. It isn’t known as one of the Mother City’s best sunset spots for nothing. If you want to add another surprise, pack a couple of treats in your backpack and enjoy a romantic picnic for two on the summit of Lions Head. All while soaking up every second of the magical Cape Town sunset before you.

9. Cassia Restaurant, Durbanville


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Situated on the beautiful Nitida Wine Estate along the stunning Durbanville Wine Route, Cassia is undoubtedly one of the most romantic date spots in Cape Town. Boasting stunning interiors and a light and airy feel with large windows. Choosing a table near the windows means you’ll be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of the wine valley, vines and farm dam right throughout your wining and dining. In addition to a spectacular backdrop and romantic setting, you’re in for quite a culinary treat. Cassia is known for its generous portions of fresh and seasonal ingredients. Paired with a glass of their exceptional wine, this Cape Winelands date promises to be a special experience for you both.

10. Sunset date at Cape Town’s secret ‘Sunset Rock’


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Dubbed by Cape Town locals the ‘Sunset Rock’, there is no denying the fact that it is one of the most spectacular secret sunset spots in the Mother City. Thereby making it one of the most beautiful and romantic date spots in Cape Town. So, if you’re looking to plan something extra special for your special someone, a romantic picnic and sundowners on the ‘Sunset Rock’ is bound to knock their socks off. But where exactly is this Cape Town secret sunset gem?

Make your way right to the end of Ocean View Drive. Once you’re there, you’ll have to ‘bundu bash’ your way through some greenery and over a few rocks. As it’s one of the Mother City’s most beloved local secret sunset spots, there is no clear path laid out. But it’s all part of the adventure right! You’ll then stumble upon a natural collection of large flat granite boulders that overlooks Clifton and Camps Bay. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, you can sit back, relax and watch the sunset from a phenomenal outdoor vantage point. It promises to be both a spectacular and romantic sunset experience you and your date will never forget. Plus, you get to tick something amazing off your Cape Town bucket-list at the same time.

11. Grand Café & Beach Bar


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Set in a restored warehouse on a private beach in Granger Bay, the Grand Café & Beach Bar is the perfect romantic date spot in Cape Town. Especially if you’re looking to enjoy something beachy and laid-back. Boasting a stunning beach area right in front of you, two beach bars and a beautiful deck for al-fresco dining. It truly has everything you need to enjoy a great date with your special someone. Not to mention the spectacular views. With the stunning Signal Hill in the background and beautiful Table Bay in front of you, it will almost feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new world entirely right in the heart of the city.

12. Azure Restaurant


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If you’re looking to treat your special someone with something truly sensational, a fine dining experience at the sought-after Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel is sure to blow them away. With a veranda set on the slopes of Table Mountain National Park, the view from Azure is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Boasting sweeping views over the Atlantic Ocean, Lions Head, Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and beyond. It’s no surprise that it’s known as one of the best views in the city. Besides exceptional views and a magnificent backdrop, Azure Restaurants is undoubtedly one of the top dining and culinary experiences in the city; making for an unforgettable date night experience in Cape Town.

13. Top of the Ritz


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Perched on the 23rd-floor of the newly renovated Ritz Hotel in Sea Point, the Top of the Ritz is another lavish and equally romantic date spot in Cape Town. But, this exclusive dining experience comes with a bit of a unique twist. Besides being one of the Mother City’s most sought-after culinary experiences, it is also the only revolving restaurant in the Western Cape. This makes it quite a bucket-list date night experience! It’s therefore no surprise that it has become a must-visit spot on the Atlantic Seaboard.

In addition to a spectacular view over the Mother City and beyond, Top of the Ritz offers diners an equally exceptional dining experience. With a seven-course ‘Journey of Flavours through Cape Town’ on offer.

14. Take a sunset boat cruise


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Time to move from land and onto the ocean waters, because let’s be honest, the Atlantic Ocean must be one of the most romantic date spots in Cape Town. Well, that’s if you go on a sunset boat cruise of course. Going on a romantic sunset boat cruise gives you the opportunity to enjoy the stunning coastline and beautiful scenery from aboard a luxury yacht for a sunset cruise to Clifton or Table Bay. In addition to the tranquillity of the ocean water and the beauty of watching the sun set over one of the most magnificent backdrops. You can pair it with some bubbly and oysters too if you’re looking to add some extra romance to your sunset cruise experience.

15. Date night at the V&A Waterfront


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The vibrant V&A Waterfront is the ultimate hub of art, food, music, culture and adventure. Situated in the heart of the Mother City, its undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s top attractions. But besides its vibrant atmosphere and lively spirit, at night it transforms into the ultimate harbour-front escape. In addition to the spectacular views out over the harbour and the stunning Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront boasts a variety of sought-after restaurants, trendy bars and harbour-front eateries to choose from.

Once you’re done with your dinner, enjoy a romantic stroll along the Waterfront, admire the view and twinkling city lights and savour the sounds of musicians and buskers scattered about. It promises to be a romantic evening spent in the heart and soul of the Mother City.

With so many incredible restaurants, experiences and destinations to choose from, a day or night date in the Mother City promises to be filled with beauty and excitement all the way through. And regardless of which romantic date spot in Cape Town you choose, it will undoubtedly be equally special either way. What are you waiting for? It’s time to spread the love and romance in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town.

Browse our Curated Collection to view even more incredible choices for romantic accommodation in Cape Town. This collection includes some of our most sought-after apartments and villas across the city’s top destinations. You can also contact us for assistance in finding the very finest selection of romantic accommodation in Cape Town. 

Now it’s over to you. How do you plan to spend your Cape Town Valentine’s Day this year? Leave your ideas in the comments below!

About The Author: Bianca Bunge

I am a Cape Town based Travel Blogger & aspiring writer. Travelling is the ULTIMATE joy, it allows us to lose ourselves & find ourselves all at the same time, is there anything better than that? PURE BLISS!! And being a Travel Blogger allows me to share my love of travelling, especially my LOVE of Cape Town, with all of you. The Mother City truly did steal my heart, and perhaps she'll steal yours too! I also love the ocean, going on adventures & wine, I REALLY love wine! Join me on my mission to discover EVERY little bit of Cape Town, and what a glorious adventure it will be!
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