Valentine’s Day 2019: Things To Do in Cape Town + The Winelands

From rose-garden picnics and wine pairings to laidback lunches and a six-course feast, share the love this Valentine’s Day.

It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but actually – if you strip away the commercialisation and sickly-sweet messaging associated with modern-day Valentine’s Day – its 3rd-century origins are rather lovely – and worth remembering.

One possible version is that 14 February pays homage to Saint Valentine, who secretly married young lovers when matrimony was outlawed in Rome in 200AD. Another portrays young Valentine sending a message, from prison, to a damsel he fell in love with, and signing it “from your Valentine”. Enough to entice even the most jaded sceptics, right?

So, whether you’re celebrating a new romance or time-tested love, or simply enjoying the Cape’s divine weather with friends and cherished ones, we’ve rounded up a list of things to do on 14 February. From picnics under the stars to chic innercity dinners and three-course winelands feasts, we’re sharing the love this Valentine’s Day.

A starlit picnic (or four-course dinner) at Boschendal

Boschendal: Things to Do Valentines Day
Claire Gunn

This illustrious winery is a scenic setting to be sure, with a maze of wonderful gardens and magnificent mountain views. The estate forms the perfect backdrop for any special occasion so why not go all out this Valentine’s Day with either a starlit picnic in the rose garden while being serenaded by acclaimed saxophonist, Don Vino Prins, or a four-course dinner at The Werf Restaurant, where Spanish guitarist Wesley Hlava will set the mood?
Menu While the exact menus are still being confirmed, picnic guests will enjoy bubbly on arrival, a romantic picnic basket, and a special gift. Dinner guests can look forward to a welcome cocktail, a superb four-course dinner and a Valentine’s gift.
When 6.30pm onwards
Cost Picnic for two: R825
Picnic for one: R460
Picnic for children under 10: R150
Four-course dinner: R1 250
The Tree House: R105 (Werf Restaurant guests can book children (4 – 14 years) into The Tree House for the evening)
Please note Prices exclude beverages and gratuity.
Good to know The nights can be chillier than expected, so bring an extra layer for warmth or even a blanket to snuggle under.
Contact Picnic: 021 870 4273, 021 870 4274,
Four-course dinner: 021 870 4209,
Where to find it Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

A three-course dinner at Harringtons Cocktail Lounge

Harringtons: Things to Do Valentines Day

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a trip back in time at the swankiest cocktail lounge in the East City! Songstress Carla Louw will be serenading diners with a string of romantic classics such as “Baby Don’t Cares for Me”, “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Moondance”, while you tuck into a delicious three-course dinner.
Singletons, fear not! Harringtons has you covered with selected half-price tapas all day long as well as happy hour from 4pm to 7pm.
Menu On the cards for the romantic evening is the choice between Whitley Neill Protea and Hibiscus gin served with pink tonic or L’Ormarins brut MCC as a welcome drink. Then, enjoy a starter of either chicken satay, mushroom arancini or Cajun-fried squid, before savouring a main course of either roasted vegetables, a chargrilled ribeye steak, or slow-braised pork belly. End the night on a deliciously sweet note with petit fours for sharing of brownies with a cherry-infused cream, strawberries, and a champagne jello.
When 6pm – 10pm
Cost R250
Contact 021 461 2276,
Where to find it 61B Harrington Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town

MCC + sweet treat pairing all month long at Anthonij Rupert Wines

Rupert Wines: Things to Do Valentines Day

Driving up the tree-lined entrance of Anthonij Rupert Estate, guests are greeted by a classic Cape Dutch mid-nineteenth-century manor house, with perfectly manicured lawns and breathtaking mountain views – the ideal setting for a day of romancing. And this February, you will surely feel the love at this historic estate, with a complimentary rosé tasting all month long.
And, if rosé is not your thing, a bespoke MCC and sweet-treat pairing is also available throughout February.
Menu The L’Ormarins MCC and sweet-treat pairing features a strawberry macaron; citrus and dulce fudge; a raspberry blondie; and a cherry and white chocolate truffle with fresh cherries and raspberries.
Good to know During the month of February, if you purchase five bottles of rosé, you’ll get the sixth one free.
When Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm
Cost MCC and sweet-treat pairing: R95
Contact 021 874 9041,
Where to find it Anthonij Rupert Wyne, R45, Franschhoek

A relaxed Valentine’s Day market at Cape Point Vineyards

This weekly community market is where South Peninsula locals flock every Thursday evening in summer. And, because 14 February happens to fall on a Thursday this year, the weekly market will be Valentine-themed.
The festivities take place in the restaurant and picnic area of Cape Point Vineyards, whose award-winning wines are available at great prices. The views at sunset are breathtaking – especially with a glass of CPV sauvignon blanc to hand making it a wonderful, one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day experience.
Menu There are so many delicious stalls to choose from. Some of our favourites include The Lamb Man (for melt-in-your-mouth slow-roasted lamb neck), Earth Fire Pizza (deliciously crispy wood-fired pizzas) and the Donut Factory (for vegan donuts).
When 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 789 0900,
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek (via M3), Western Cape

A feast by Eric Bulpitt at La Motte Wine Estate

La Motte: Things to Do Valentines Day

Named after South African landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this elegantly whimsical fine-dining restaurant – with it’s Delft-style porcelain dangling from the rafters – is the perfect setting for a magical night. With chef Eric Bulpitt at the helm, the menu is similarly creative. After your meal, enjoy coffee or a digestif on the deck and soak up the romantic ambience of this historic wine estate.
Menu Guests are treated to a glass of La Motte’s 2015 MCC on arrival followed by an exquisitely prepared meal, including parfait cones, oysters and champagne, beets and goat’s cheese, crayfish and rosé, duck and cherries, with chocolate, Turkish delights and bon bons to end the night.
Good to know A wine-pairing option is available on request.
When 7pm
Cost R695 (excludes beverages and gratuity)
Contact 021 876 8800,
Where to find it La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek

Sharing plates at The Village Idiot

Village Idiot: Things to Do Valentines Day

It’s cemented itself as one of the city’s most popular watering holes, and this Valentine’s Day, The Village Idiot is hosting a sharing-themed soirée complete with background tunes by local acoustic artist Jak Tomas and an after-dinner DJ. There’s also a R50 special on all pink cocktails, so if you don’t have a date, bring your mates and toasts to yet another glorious Cape Town night.
Menu Choose between fillet medallions, with roasted potatoes and bearnaise sauce, or vegetable melanzane, before sharing a tempting trio of desserts. Revellers can also look forward to two drinks each: a choice between Standard Beer, house wine, Simonsig bubbly or non-alcoholic cocktails.
When 3pm – 10pm
Cost R360 per couple
Contact 021 418 1548,
Where to find it 32 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Live music and complimentary Pongracz at La Parada Waterfront

Reminiscent of a tapas joint on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, La Parada at the Waterfront is a welcome addition to V&A. The Catalan-style tapas joint, which already has sister branches on Bree Street and Constantia Nek, is a double-volume space in the Dock Road section of the V&A, and is stylishly decked out with hanging plants, tiled archways, postered walls and accents of wood, exposed brick, marble and tropical wallpaper.
And, come 14 February, there’ll be live music, and a complimentary glass of Pongracz to welcome diners.
Menu Because sharing is caring, we recommend the tuna tacos; flash-fried chilli-and-garlic prawns; patatas bravas; broccolini; seared fillet; and duck croquetas.
When 12pm – 11pm
Good to know The complimentary glass of Pongracz applies to all La Parada branches, but is only available while stocks last.
Contact 021 418 3003,
Where to find it Alfred Mall, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

A three-course dinner at Leeu Estate in Franschhoek

Situated in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley with breathtaking views of the Dassenberg mountains, Leeu Estates is the last word in sophisticated style. And, on Valentine’s Day, they’ve pulled out all the stops: enjoy the smooth sounds of the Cadillac Duo on piano and violin, while enjoying canapés and sundowners on the outdoor terrace, before enjoying an elegant three-course dinner in The Dining Room.
Menu A starter of poached langoustine served on a Parmesan tuile is followed by a palate cleanser of lime sorbet, and mint-and-gin granitas. Then guests can enjoy pan-seared duck served with a sweet potato fondant, and dessert of Pimm’s jelly, lemongrass sorbet, raspberry consumé and dehydrated raspberries.
When From 7pm onwards
Cost R650 (excludes beverages and gratuity)
Please note Tables need to be reserved by Friday, 8 February 2019.
Contact 021 492 2475,
Where to find it Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape

A romantic open-air cinema experience at The President Hotel

Chill in style at the sea-facing President Hotel, while you enjoy an open-air screening of Me Before You (with headsets to ensure that sound is kept to a minimum). Guests will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival, before enjoying a gourmet picnic for two (with a handwritten card and box of chocolates as an extra-special treat if you go for the VIP package).
Menu VIP picnic baskets include a starter, main course and dessert for two. While the chefs have not confirmed the exact menu yet, we’re sure it will be delicious.
When 6pm – 10pm
Cost Standard ticket: R395 (includes a seat, headset, welcome drink, popcorn and charcuterie board for two and dessert)
VIP package: R1 500 per couple (includes two glasses of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne on arrival, gourmet picnic basket for two, premium seating with blankets and pillows.
Good to know If you book a night’s stay on Valentine’s Day, you’ll also receive a 375ml bottle of MCC on ice, heart-shaped chocolates on your pillows and a room upgrade (subject to availability).
Contact 021 434 8111,
Where to find it President Hotel, 4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town

A romantic dinner or lunchtime picnic at Nederburg

If food is truly the way to one’s heart, then Nederburg’s dinner and picnic feast will have you swooning. The three-course dinner will be served in the Red Table restaurant, situated in the Cape Dutch manor house, and will be accompanied by the sweet symphonies of Bokamosho String Quartet. Picnickers can enjoy a wonderfully relaxed afternoon in the winery’s beautiful gardens under the shade of old trees.
Menu The night kicks off with a glass of Nederburg’s Première Cuvée Brut, followed by an amuse bouche of confit duck in a phyllo parcel with apricot jus. Starters are a choice between a calamari and chorizo salad or a spiced cauliflower panna cotta with green chutney, followed by a red-wine-and-raspberry sorbet to cleanse the palate.
Mains is a mouthwatering choice between a ribeye steak and a sesame-crusted salmon fillet.

The picnic baskets include a freshly prepared selection of artisanal bread, hummus, cheese, fig preserve, thyme-and-lemon-chicken kebabs, springbok samoosas, roasted cajun spiced nuts, a brie-and-mushroom tartlet with caramlised onions, a fresh seasonal salad and, of course, a sweet treat. The basket comes complete with cutlery, crockery, glassware, wooden platter, blanket and an ice bucket.
Please note The Valentine’s Day picnic is available from 12 to 15 February 2019.
When Picnic: 12pm – 4pm
Dinner: 6pm until late
Cost Picnic: R550 per couple
Dinner: R595 (excludes service charge)
Make a Booking
Contact 021 877 5155,
Where to find it Sonstraal Road, Paarl, Western Cape

A five-course menu by the sea at Shimmy Beach Club

Shimmy Beach Club: Valentines Day

With its enviable sea-scraping location, live music and candlelit tables, you’ll feel like you’re on holiday when you arrive at Shimmy Beach Club this Valentine’s Day. And to complete the mood, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Graham Beck bubbly, after which you get to savour a five-course set menu.
Menu An amuse bouche of salmon and seared-tuna roses with black bean mayo and avocado sets the tone… Guests then have a choice of starters: spiced duck breast, avocado ritz or truffled beetroot carpaccio – before enjoying a palate-cleansing strawberry-and-black-pepper sorbet with balsamic reduction.
The main meal is a choice between sesame-crusted salmon, roasted rack of lamb or wild mushroom tortellini, while dessert is an even harder decision between Lindt dark chocolate fondant, a cheeseboard, white-chocolate-mousse cheesecake and petit fours. Now that’s one delicious feast!
When From 6pm
Cost R480
Contact 021 200 7778,
Where to find it South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

A six-course escape at Purple Rayn Boutique Guest House

Purple Rayn: Things to Do Valentines Day
Fortis Hotels

The newly opened Purple Rayn Boutique Guest House in Constantia invites guests to enjoy a six-course feast prepared by executive chef Warren Carney (formerly Asoka and Kloof Street House) and his team. From the moment you take your first sip of bubbly among the trees in the tranquil garden, you’ll feel a million miles away.
Menu Guests will be treated to canapés and a glass of bubbly on arrival followed by a choice of oysters; shiitake onigiri (a flavoured Japanese rice ball that’s shaped into triangles and served with nori) or ratatouille with rose, basil and goat’s cheese, before enjoying a palate cleanser. For mains, choose between sushi; a chicken and mushroom ballotine; crayfish linguine; glazed lamb cutlets or vegan pie.
Dessert is a blissful affair of either a hazelnut, salted caramel, ginger and honeycomb concoction; or a cheese platter with melon konfyt and homemade crackers. Linger longer with a rooftop coffee and specially made petit fours.
When 6pm – 9pm
Cost R695 per couple
Contact 021 110 0756,
Where to find it 9 Bellevue Avenue, Bel Ombre, Constantia

Sunset cruise to Clifton

Tigger2: Things to Do Valentines Day

Where better to celebrate summer and the day dedicated to love than aboard a luxury yacht? With breathtaking views of the ocean as sunset approaches (Table Bay or Clifton depending on the weather on the day), couples have the choice of a sunset cocktail cruise or sunset canapé cruise. Both cruises include welcome roses, while cocktail cruisers will be treated to an Aperol Spritz cocktail and a glass of sparkling wine at sunset, while those opting for canapés will be served once the yacht has returned to the Waterfront.
Menu Guests enjoying the canapé dinner will be treated to a 13-piece platter per person.
When Cocktail cruise: 6.30pm – 8pm
Canapé cruise: 6.30pm – 9pm
Cost Cocktail cruise: R530
Canapé cruise: R750

Source credit: Valentine’s Day 2019: Things To Do in Cape Town + The Winelands first appeared on



Valentines Day! (1)


Wishing all our guests a happy Valentine Day!


Valentine’s Day Dinner with Benguela On Main Somerset West
One of the classiest joints in the Somerset West area invites couples to come and experience an opulent food filled affair. Couples can expect a four-course culinary journey that will excite the palate, but the menu has not been finalised just yet.

COST: This fancy food and wine experience will cost R1000p/p and bookings can be made by calling +27 (0)87 357 0637 or mail for more information

Valentine’s Day Lunch and Dinner at Benguela Hermanus
Benguela Cove will be hosting a Valentine’s Day dining experience. Couples can choose between lunch or dinner in the idyllic seaside town of Hermanus, situated just outside Cape Town. It is the perfect retreat from the familiar bustle of suburban life in the CBD area and promises an atmosphere, food and treatment fit for royalty. Experience an afternoon or night filled with good fare, award-winning wines and an incredible setting for your Valentine’s Day dining. The beauty of the Walker Bay region and endless views overlooking the Bot River lagoon is the perfect backdrop for a special foodie experience with your loved one.

COST: The lunch and dinner will cost, R1000p/p for bookings call: +27 (0)87 357 0637 or mail for more information. Please note that reservations are exclusive to lunch and dinner

An intimate sunset Valentine’s Day picnic at waters edge

Those charming folks at the Radisson Blu Waterfront are inviting you and your lovely to come and enjoy an exclusive and romantic picnic for two together on their lush, green lawn. While enjoying each other’s company couples can expect to be immersed in a picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean. The picnic basket will be provided and its contents tastefully prepared by the hotel’s world class chefs. Inclusive with the picnic basket is an umbrella and of course the spoils of breathtaking views. Join Radisson Blu and enjoy an incredibly amorous affair, with good food, your boo and a first class view of a Cape Town sunset for Valentine’s Day 2017. Please note that the picnic has a limit of 15 couples (30 people) due to space constraints.

COST: To attend this exclusive picnic it will cost R695 per couple and 100% prepayment is required.

To book your spot call: +27 (0)21 441 3000.

Honour yourself and your partner with the Desir intimate collection
For the ultimate intimate experience for you and your partner, visit the discreetly positioned Désir Intimate Collection in Camps Bay this Valentine’s Day. You and your partner will be able to honour yourselves by purchasing the most luxurious and sophisticated range of imported lingerie and adult toys in South Africa. Simply book a private appointment, which provides you with exclusive access to their luxurious showroom, and enjoy some bubbly whilst you browse their array of products, ranging from lingerie and cosmetics to adult toys and essentials. In addition, you will be provided access to their client concierge (should you wish) who will ensure you purchase the absolute best product suited for you and your partner. Alternatively, shop online at for 24 hour, door-to-door, discreet delivery and enjoy the most elite and luxurious gift wrapping. Honour yourself and someone special this Valentine’s Day.

13 Totnes Ave | Camps Bay | Cape Town | 8005 |+27 (0)860 994 160

So Happy Carnival Valentine’s Day Edition
This is for all those lovers who are looking for something incredibly unconventional, fun and downright awesome to do as a celebration of love this Valentine’s Day. This carnival promises to provide an atmosphere filled with extravagance in style, music, art and entertainment, which will ensure a truly unforgettable experience for all attendees of this ‘love affair’. The carnival takes place the weekend post Valentine’s Day, running from Saturday, 18 February 2017 to Sunday, 19 February 2017. It starts at 12pm and runs until 2am. Bring your beau or come through by yourself, you might find yourself discovering an unexpected romance that could last a lifetime, a notion directed at those hopeless romantics. The setting certainly adds to the chivalrous allure of this romantic spectacle with it being held in the surrounds of an old castle at Fort Simon Wine Estate, which is magnificently nestled in the Stellenbosch winelands.

Cost: Tickets to the carnival varies and will cost between R150p/p – R10 000 (group packages) depending on your personal preferences. Tickets are available from and for further information visit the event’s page on Facebook

Valentine’s Dinner and Dance in Strand
Another fabulous, quaint and romantic idea for you lovebirds to consider amidst the frustration of having to find something to do with your special someone this Valentine’s Day, is a dinner and dance being held in Strand at The Green Fountain. The venue is intimate and reminiscent of an Italian cafe in the Sicilian countryside, with a touch of elegance and understated class, chandeliers suspended above the head of diners all help to create a royal ambience. If you and your boo enjoy simplicity, coupled with a vibrant atmosphere, good food and music, then book yourself a spot at this dinner and dance in the coastal suburb of Strand.

COST: There has been no indication about the costs of the dinner and dance, but for more information call: +27 (0)21 853 0084 or to make a booking email

Vintage Valentine’s Market
Celebrate the month of love with the peeps at Die Kattebak Market and enjoy some chilled vibes with your special person. The market will comprise of delightful features such as, vintage(as the name suggests), retro, second hand and hand-crafted goods. There will be live music to keep market goers entertained and to keep the bounce alive amidst the bustle of love and conversation. Obviously there has to be good food and estate wine available, because no market is complete without this power combo. The intimate sunlit atrium, which is an indoor spot is where the market is at. So now that you know what’s happening, bring him/her and come around for some wine sipping, gourmet food eating and vintage clothe shopping the weekend before Valentine’s Day.

COST: Entrance to the market will be free of charge

Peter Falke  MCC and macaroon pairing
For a bit of style and grace this Valentine’s Day, why not head over to the Peter Falke tasting room and enjoy an opulent affair. They are offering an elegant experience at a wonderfully affordable price. They are inviting patrons to come and enjoy a glass of Peter Falke Methode Cap Classique, which will be served with two different flavoured macaroon options. The macaroon’s on offer have been especially designed by the Birdcage in Stellenbosch. Please note that their regular food and drinks menu will also be available on the day, in case you were wondering how this simple and sophisticated pairing was going to satisfy your hunger pangs.

COST: To be a part of this elegant wine and macaroon pairing it will cost R80p/p.

To book a spot for you and your partner call: +27 (0)21 881 3677

The Love Market Birthday Edition
This year the charming folks at the Love Market are celebrating their first birthday. Their aim this time around is to make the market bigger and better. The event is perfectly suited to folks of all ages, young or old you are all welcome! Patrons can look forward to gift shopping from an array of the best hand-picked locally made products from vendors, delicious food, beverages, craft beers, wine, bubbly and live entertainment. They’re even including a kiddies section to keep the little one’s entertained, while the grown-ups indulge in all that the lovely stalls have to offer. There are also picnic baskets available to book prior to the event, which can be collected upon arrival. Also worth mentioning is that half of the ticket proceeds will be going to Streetsmart SA – a charity aimed at helping children living ion the streets. The first 100 people to enter through the market’s gates will be receiving a FREE birthday cupcake!

COST: Entry to the market will cost R15p/p for adults R10p/p for kids (aged 10 – 16) kids under the age of 10 enter for free. Please note that tickets are available at the gate and will cost R20p/p for adults and R10p/p for kids (three-16) the market runs from 9am until 5pm. Book your basket by emailing

Valentine’s Day Movie at The Galileo Open Air Cinema
February is the one month of the year when romance films are mandatory, so why not sigh and swoon with your sweetheart underneath the stars at the Galileo Open-air Cinema? This year, the lovely people behind the scenes presents lovebirds with the befitting Valentine’s Day classic When Harry Met Sally, at the stunning setting of Nooitgedacht Wine Estate. Take a romantic, funny and endearing journey with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan and get swept up by the age old conundrum of whether it is possible for friends to transcend beyond the platonic plateau towards a fairytale romance. Sip your Savannas and settle in for a night of top-notch entertainment.  That’s not all; before the movie starts there’ll be welcome drinks for guests, along with live music and a festive market selling a smorgasbord of artisanal food, Nooitgedacht wines and soft drinks. All movie-goers will be treated to a chair, blanket and small gift, and there’ll be a photo booth to capture all the kisses on camera. The evening starts at 6pm and the movie will be screened at 8pm.

COST: Tickets are available via, and cost R190p/p. Click through to the individual events for more information

The Hilton Cape Town Valentine’s Day Offer
This is a call for couples who are looking for something dazzling to do this Valentine’s Day. One of Cape Town’s finest hotels is opening its doors and its hearts to all lovers with a fabulous Valentine’s Day dinner. The dinner will take place at the Signal Hill Terrace. Patrons can expect a five-course set menu for dinner. The menu highlights includes: Twice-cooked best end of lamb with cilantro and chicken mousse; apple wood smoked and cured sea bass, which will be accompanied by a glass of bubbly or a mocktail on arrival. The food will be halaal friendly for all Muslim diners who might be interested. There is also a fantastic giveaway, so pack in your toothbrush, because you and your partner could stand a chance of winning an overnight stay at The Hilton on the eve! For couples who are interested in an overnight stay there is a special offer for you too. Please note that booking is essential due to limited space at the venue.

COST: The dinner will cost R590p/p for adults and R295p/p for kids under 12.

The dinner, bed and breakfast offer will cost R1450p/p for bookings Call: +27 (0)21 418 3701

Valentine Under the Stars at Century City
Spend this year’s day of love under the stars enjoying a ‘classic-meets-pop’ open-air concert with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) at The Square in the newly renovated Century City Conference Centre. Joining the lauded Mother City orchestra on stage at this alfresco event is a string of singers, namely South Africa’s Riaan Hunter(Opera Singer), The Grey(Violin Duo), Ike Moriz(Singer), Rouchelle Liedemann(Inspirational Singer) and Titilayo Adedokun(International Singer). The concert will be hosted by Katlego Maboe. Tickets include a soft drink or a glass of bubbly or wine; food and drinks will be on sale on the night. Doors open at 6:30pm.

COST: Tickets for this exclusive experience cost R350p/p and can be purchased via or A limited amount of VIP tickets can also be booked at R1200p/p (included in the ticket price are prime seats for the concert, access to the VIP lounge as well as snacks and drinks throughout the night). Click through to the event for more information

Valentine’s Day at the Romantic Overture Restaurant
This wonderful little restaurant is situated in a hidden valley and is renown as being one of the most romantic restaurants in the winelands area of Stellenbosch. They are offering a Valentine’s Day dinner at their rustic restaurant and are inviting couples to bask in the idyllic atmosphere that can be attributed to the natural beauty surrounding the restaurant. Be sure to try and make your booking ASAP as the venue is quite a hit and tends to fill up really quickly.

To book, please call the organisers directly on +27 (0)21 880 2721.

Fly and Dine with your Valentine and NAC Helicopters
If you want to fly your favourite person to the moon (well, not quite), or rather just around the peninsula, then best you opt for Nac Helicopter’s special Fly & Dine deal. Nothing says romance like a helicopter flight, especially one that ends with a delicious two-course meal at the Greek Fisherman, City Grill Steakhouse or Meloncino Ristorante! Prices vary according the tour package you decide to choose– The Hopper(R1415p/p), Atlantico(R1795p/p),Three Bays(R2485p/p) or Cape Point tour(R4635p/p) and all flights include a meal at one of the affiliated restaurants. Let your heart soar with your amour and take photos galore on this riveting ride!

COST:The price varies according to the length of your flight. Bookings can be made by phoning +27(0)21 425 3868 or emailing T’s & C’s apply.

Valentine’s Day at Spier Wine Farm in Stelllenbosch
This Valentine’s, the illustrious estate is pulling out all the stops with a romantic picnic and movie experience under the stars. Snuggle up to your special someone as you watch the heartwarming film The Best Of Me. This movie will leave you and your beau feeling all sorts of emotions, that will add to the romance of this special day. Each couple will receive a delectable picnic full of appetising aphrodisiacs. Sample a selection of sensational cheeses, tuck into crispy baguettes, enjoy rare roast beef, smoked trout pate and baby potato and biltong salad, and then revel in lemon cheesecake mousse and Belgian chocolate truffles to finish the feast. Wash it all down with a bottle of Spier Signature Methodé Cap Classique and you know you have the makings for a magical night.

COST: The gourmet picnic costs R550 per couple, the movie will cost an additional R100p/p for adults and R70p/p for kids. Bookings can be made via The picnic starts at 6pm and movie will be screened at 8pm

Valentine’s dinner at HQ
Headquarters Restaurant is a revered steakhouse in Cape Town and they are inviting you to spoil your lovely this Valentine’s Day. There’s a lot at steak on the Day of Love, so make sure you butter up your boo through his/her stomach – after all food and love go hand in hand and there are few things as enjoyable as a romantic meal for two. Revel in live entertainment as you tuck into the establishment’s famed meal of salad, steak and chips (there is a veggie option available), which is served with their Cafe De Paris Butter sauce. This hearty meal is followed by a dessert tasting platter to share. The evening also includes a glass of Pierre Jourdan bubbly to set the mood.

COST: The meal costs R595 per couple and bookings can be made by emailing or phone +27( 0)21 424 6373. There are two seatings; one at 6pm and one at 8:30pm (some 7:30pm tables are available). 

Dan Patlansky live at Kirstenbosch Gardens
The annual summer concerts brought to you by Kirstenbosch and #KBRocks will be playing host to one of the most respected blues artists South Africa has produced. He has been nominated by Total Guitar Magazine as one of the top 10 guitarists in the world. Listening to Dan Patlanksy is definitely reminiscent of a bygone era, a time where music could literally make you feel emotions and take your soul on a journey that would have you with your eyes closed, swaying and bobbing. He can evoke these magical feelings, as he shreds the riffs of his guitar and sings in that classic smokey blues tone typical of the 1950’s. This is the perfect way to spend Saturday, 11 February 2017 with your lover or a group of friends, jamming out to the intensely soothing blues tunes.

COST: Tickets to the concert will cost between R90p/p and R125p/p and can be purchased via for more information call: +27 (0)21 799 8783  

Webersburg Whips out the Card of Hearts
If music be the food of love, be sure to grab your sweetheart and take them to the serene setting of Webersburg to listen to an ensemble of lovely live bands. While immersed in the mood music, tuck into a delicious picnic as you sit on the sprawling lawns in front of the Manor House and gaze out across the still waters of the lake, framed by magnificent mountains. Each gourmet picnic comes with a bottle of Webersburg Wine, so you’ll have something to sip as you whisper sweet nothings in your loved one’s ear.

COST: The gourmet picnic is R550 per basket. To book, phone +27 (0)21 881 3636 or email

12 Apostles Hotel & Spa Valentine’s Day Dinner
With too much love to give on this special day, this illustrious sea-facing establishment is extending its amorous adulations for one magical night at one of Cape Town’s most romantic Hotels . This means that lovers can treat each other to the tantalising Valentine’s menu at their own discretion, and avoid the Cupid Day rush. They will be hosting an all out dinner featuring all manner of tasty delights on Tuesday, 14th February 2017. The special Valentine’s dinner will include a glass of MCC on arrival, live music and a glass of red rose for the ladies. The cost to dine with 12 Apostles will include a five- course meal with another wine pairing option available for all the connoisseurs out there. Don’t miss your chance to have a romantic evening with your lover at one of the most extravagant hotels in Cape Town.

COST: The Valentine’s Dinner costs R1100p/p, while the wine pairing option will cost R350p/p.

To book, call +27(0)21 437 9029 or email

Valentine’s Dinner at the Planet Restaurant at the  Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
This year the Planet Restaurant situated at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel invites you to bring your lovely for an evening of amorous eating. The venue definitely adds to the romantic atmosphere associated with this day with its unquestionable elegance and class, the pink lady will leave your beau feeling drunk in love with the extravagant evening of love and food they have planned. Upon arrival couples will be greeted with a glass of Boschendal, Brut N/V. The dinner will consist of four-courses which includes conflit duck tortellini with fresh tomato salad, duck pancetta and wood sorrel, slow cooked beef fillet with beef cheek tempura, cauliflower, pickled onions and mustard and tongue jus. Then for the proverbial cherry on top dessert will include; chocolate, raspberry and amaretto deluxe as well as tea or coffee with friandise. Don’t hesitate that special someone this year and come experience some five star dining with the Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel this Valentine’s Day.

COST: Dinner at Planet Restaurant is R1250 p/p, which includes the four-course meal and welcoming glass of Boschendal, Brut N/V.

To make reservations call: +27 (0)21 483 1948 or email: 

Valentine’s Dinner and Dance at the Two Oceans Aquarium
The folks at the Two Oceans Aquarium will be hosting a spectacular aquatic celebration for all you lovebirds. They have planned a romantic dinner and dance at their facilities and the dinner will comprise of a four-courses and patrons can choose to be seated either in front of the magnificent I&J Ocean Exhibit or in the 10m- long tunnel in the Atlantic Ocean Gallery. The last place to dine is seen as the most serene of the 3 if you want to be secluded with your lovely in the tranquility of the mesmerising Ocean Basket Kelp Forest exhibit. Whichever you choose you will not be disappointed with your surroundings, which will add to the amorous allure of the most romantic day of the calendar year. This dinner will include dance demonstrations of the Venetian waltz and salsa to entertain patrons, while they tuck into the four-course dinner. Patrons will also be partnered up with professional dance partners and learn how to do the two aforementioned dances.

COST: The dance and dinner will cost R1600 per couple to be seated at the I&J Ocean Exhibit, R1900 per couple to be seat at the I&J Ocean Exhibit Tunnel, R3500 per couple to be seated at Tranquility Dining Room and R1300 per couple to be seated at the Atlantic Ocean Gallery. For more information call: +27 (0)21 814 4547 or email: