10 Romantic Spots in the Mother City
Watch the sunrise on the beach with coffee
With Valentine’s Day on a work day, having a romantic moment before work will set a loving tone for the day. Many coffee shops and eateries open at the crack of dawn to cater for the office-bound crowd, so grab a take-away coffee and watch the sun rise on the beach. The sun rises at around 6:20am in summer, which means you don’t have to wake up at a ridiculous hour either.
Watch the sunset from the top of Table Mountain
The view from the top of Table Mountain is one of the most spectacular in the world, especially at sunset. With many paths that criss-cross from the top cable way station, it’s easy to find a nice quiet spot where you can enjoy the view in quiet with your love. The cable car’s sunset special, where tickets are half price from 6pm, runs until the end of February.
Hike along the Pipe Track
If a quiet hike among the trees and fynbos on the slopes of Table Mountain is more your thing, head over to the popular Pipe Track. The trail starts just off the top of Kloof Nek and runs along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain above Camps Bay. It’s a relatively flat trail that stretches for about 5km all the way to Corridor Ravine, with numerous benches along the way to enjoy the view. Sunset is just after 7.30pm, so plan accordingly, as it’s best to hike during daylight hours.
Picnic in the Kirstenbosch
There are few things more romantic than a quiet, relaxing picnic with your loved one. The sprawling lawns of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is a popular picnic spot for couples and families alike, but due to the size of the gardens it’s easy to find a nice secluded spot where you can enjoy a romantic drink under Cape Town’s pale blue summer sky.
Catch a view from Chapman’s Peak Drive
Chapman’s Peak Drive just outside Hout Bay is a popular location from which to view Cape Town’s spectacular sunsets. Cut into the soft rocks above a layer of granite, this winding pass with its sheer cliffs offers breathtaking views over Hout Bay and the Sentinel, and has numerous viewpoints where you can sit and watch the sun set. Most view points are accessible via a short hike, but if you choose to drive, there is a small toll fee to access the pass.
Sunset drive on the red bus
If you don’t feel like a drive or a hike, hop on the Cape Town’s popular red City Sightseeing busses for their Sunset Bus tour. Running from the V&A Waterfront, the bus meanders through the CBD and takes you all the way up to Signal Hill, from where you can catch the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean. Busses depart between 5.30pm – 6pm from stop 1 outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, and takes about two or three hours.
Ice cream on the Sea Point promenade
Feel like a teenager again and grab an ice-cream at one of the kiosks by the Sea Point Pavilion, and take a leisurely stroll along the promenade. Along the way, enjoy the sunset from the beach, the beautiful lawns or one of the many benches that line the promenade. With the sun still setting well after 7pm, there’s more than enough time after work to have something sweet with your sweetheart.
Picnic under the stars at the Hillcrest Quarry
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s CBD and head out to the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville for a romantic picnic under the stars. This year there’s a special Valentine’s Day picnic concert featuring a number of local artists. Bring a picnic basket, some chairs and a blanket, and enjoy the show with your valentine.
Dinner on the terrace at Buitenverwachting
Cape Town is famous for its wine farms and what better way than to enjoy a romantic evening than dinner at the restaurant of one of Cape Town’s top wine farms, Buitenverwachting? Situated in one of the farm’s original thatch and white washed Cape Dutch buildings, The restaurant’s terrace overlooks the picturesque Constantiaberg. The award-winning restaurant has two special Valentine’s Day menus, consisting of either meat or seafood dishes. Booking is essential.
Built right on the rocks, the Harbour House restaurant in Kalk Bay offers spectacular views of False Bay in a rustic setting. But it’s not just amazing views, the restaurant is also well known for its fine dining, serving delicious meals in generous portions. Their special Valentine’s Day menu offers meat, fish, or vegetarian options, all in a romantic, candle lit setting with the sound of the waves crashing below.
By: Stefan de Clerk