A city with one of the widest ranges of activities in a central location, Cape Town is the best city you can ask for, for a great date! We’ve been on some incredible ones, from the semi-awkward start of the relationship to four years in and very happily married.
So whether you’ve gone on a first date and it went well but now you have to build on that and you’re panicking, or you’re just looking for something a little different to your usual Wednesday date spot, these are some of the best date ideas in Cape Town!
Date night ideas Cape Town
Looking to do something unusual for date night? We’ve got you covered! We love a classic dinner date, but that’s only one of the many different things you can do for a romantic evening out.
Cocktails at The Planet Bar, Mount Nelson Hotel
The Mount Nelson is Cape Town’s most iconic hotel, and has been fondly nicknamed ‘the pink lady’ by locals. While staying there is totally out of the question for most of us (that hefty price tag) we can go for a drink there!
The hotel has a bar, aptly named with its celestial-themed decor. And while the cocktails are a little pricey, they are absolutely delicious and out of the ordinary. Besides, you get free nuts! If you know how expensive nuts are these days, you’ll know you’re getting your money’s worth with that nuts and cocktail combo.
It’s just a lovely place to relax and chill with a comfortable, classy vibe.
Korean Barbeque at Galbi’s
Don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty? Perfect. Take your date out to Galbi! It’s a really cool Korean Barbeque place with great options and delicious cocktail jugs.
The great part about Korean barbeque is that it’s so hands-on. They bring you your meat and a bunch of Korean side-dishes, and you barbeque it on a grid in the middle of your table! Share a jug of cherry cocktail with Korean spirits, and you’ve got your evening made.
We didn’t know how it worked when we went, but our lovely waitress showed us the ins-and-outs, and we spent the rest of the night chatting and eating while the next little course braaid in front of us. It’s a popular choice though, so don’t try to go without a reservation!
Dinner and a Movie at The Labia
The Labia is a classic cheap Cape Town activity. Classier than modern cinemas, it’s the oldest functioning movie theatre in Cape Town, and also by far the cheapest! Glenn and I love to dress a little fancy and go watch something interesting at staggeringly low cost.
If you check out The Labia’s website, you’ll find they actually do dinner-and-movie combos most days of the week. This is in conjunction with local restaurants, and we’ve had pasta, pizza, and burgers at the different restaurants, before or after seeing a film.
The theatre also shows more alternative options to the mega-cinemas, and we’ve seen some brilliant South African and Indie films here. So if you’re looking for something a little different to do in Cape Town, the answer is, surprisingly, dinner and a movie! And all for just over R100 for the two of you. It’s places like these that make Cape Town dating so cool.
Sunset on Kloof Corner
Another one of our top choices to start off a special date night is this short hike. It’s a relatively easy trek up the slope of the mountain, and the panoramic view at the top is just incredible. You’ll pass proteas and fynbos, and have perfect views over Lion’s Head, the city, and the phenomenal Twelve Apostles. The sun sets over the ocean, and everything is lit up beautifully.
Kloof Nek also sits right between Camps Bay and the city center, so if you’re not feeling too sweaty and hot, you can easily go from here to a new restaurant you’ve not tried yet!
Sunset cruise and romantic dinner at V&A Waterfront
We love a good sunset, and Cape Town so often has fantastical ones! One of the best ways to see them, and experience a new side of our city, is to go on a sunset yacht cruise. They’re small-group, so even though few of us can afford to book out the whole yacht, you’ll get a patch of it to yourselves.
The sunsets are extra beautiful when seen across the water, and Table Mountain glows pink in the distance. Drinks are also included in the cruise, making this a terrific celebratory option, or just a perfectly romantic date night in Cape Town.
Romantic things to do in Cape Town during the day
While we love date nights, honestly our favourite time to spend time together is on a bright sunny day. So these are our top picks for day-dates!
Picnic on Table Mountain
A hike up Table Mountain is a fantastic date plan! You’re working too hard to catch your breath to feel like there’s a lull in the conversation (the dreaded lull), and once you’re at the top it is so, so worth the struggle.
I’ve done it at my least fit, so don’t stress about that. You’ll just have to take a few more water breaks! And if you’re still just starting out and don’t want to appear weak, bring a camera and when you feel like you’re dying, say ‘uhh look at that’. Then stop and take photos of something. Works like a charm.
One of the most romantic places in Cape Town, the views over the city and the ocean beyond it are incredible and well worth any challenge. Add a picnic, and everything is perfect!
Gin Tasting at Cape Town Gin & Spirits Co.
I love this place! It’s the kind of thing you’re probably only supposed to do once, while you consider buying a gin. But it’s such a fun activity that I’ve done it with my sisters and a friend too, on different occasions.
You get to taste their gins with tonic, and then try a few with different mixers. They all taste soooo good, and you learn all about the gins as you go along! The company is very small, so the man usually doing the tastings is involved in the whole process, and you get all that first-hand knowledge! He’s also very funny.
The tasting is also just a short walk from Long Street, so when you’re a little day-drunk and happy, you can go for a little adventure on Cape Town’s most popular street! Find something to nibble on, and be sure to keep your keys and your wallet safely tucked away.
They run from 11 am to 6 pm, so this works great as a lunch date.
Wine Tasting in Constantia
Another amazing tasting date in Cape Town! Constantia’s wine is world-famous and award-winning. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood, and the wine farms are so gorgeous to look over while you sip on something delicious (that being wine).
There are a lot of great options in Constantia, offering different things like chocolate and wine pairings, cheese and wine pairings, or just good old wine tastings. And they’re really well priced – you can pay about R60 for 5 wines at Buitenverwachting, our personal favourite.
You can also tour the farms, learning more about the wine-making process. Catch a hop-on-hop-off bus or an uber if you feel uncomfortable driving. It’s one of our favourite fun things to do in Cape Town for couples and we plan to tick off all the vineyards.
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Aquarium is incredible! There’s so much to see, you’ll spend hours strolling through the displays and marvelling at underwater life.
Our favourite exhibits were the giant crabs which seemed to open their stomachs up to us as we stared open-mouthed, the pregnant male seahorses, and of course, the Great White Sharks – healing and preparing to be released back into the wild.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is also right in the V & A Waterfront. There’s so much to do and eat there (the second part being top priority), that if you want to, you can continue with a meal or a walk through popular attractions. At least get an ice-cream!
Ice cream on Sea Point Promenade
A stroll along the Sea Point promenade is one of the best free things to do in Cape Town! You can take in the sunset from here, or just enjoy the crashing waves and the happy people and pups around you. An ice cream from The Creamery really rounds out the experience!
Dessert at Dolce and street art spotting
Dolce is one of our absolute favourite dessert places in Cape Town. The vegan and non-vegan desserts are absolutely delicious, and every time I go there I get one of the Lindt brownies for later, no matter what else I buy.
The staff is friendly, the vibe laid-back, and you get a free pastry on your birthday! So if this date planning of yours is for you or your partner’s birthday, jackpot.
And then, the street art in the Observatory/Woodstock area is phenomenal. Stroll around and try to spot them all! You won’t. But you’ll spot a bunch, and that’s really the whole point.
Go paragliding together
Want to shake things up for your anniversary this year? One of the coolest adventure activities in Cape Town is paragliding from Signal Hill. And how fun to do it as a date! We did this together for our first anniversary, and it was just lovely. You float through the air, shouting across to each other far above the ground and taking in the views.
So whether you want to do something new together, or really impress on a first date, paragliding is a terrific option. And to close it off, you can go for the option above, and calm your slightly shaky nerves with ice cream and a stroll along the promenade! That is, after all, where you’ll be landing.
Last thoughts on our Cape Town date ideas
So, these are all our best recommendations for a great date in Cape Town! Whether you prefer big adventures or relaxing and chatting, there are options for everyone – and really, any fun activity can be romantic if you’re having a good time together.
So, do you agree with my recommendations? And do you have anything to add? We would love to tick it off our own list and add it to this one if you do.