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 now.
So if 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 dates ideas in Cape Town!
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Aquarium is incredible! There’s so much to see, you’ll spend hours strolling through the displays and marveling at underwater life.
And the best part about it for a date is that you won’t run out of things to say! If you can’t think of anything to add to the conversation, point in a new direction and say ‘uhh look at that’. Bingo.
Our favorite exhibits were the giant crabs which opened their stomachs up to your if you looked at them long enough, the pregnant male seahorses, and of course, the Great White Sharks – healing and preparing to be released back into the wild.
The 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!
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 a lovely place to relax and chill with a comfortable, classy vibe. And when we went, we actually say an American celebrity! I nodded at him, playing it cool, and also because I recognized him but in that moment forgot how.
While I can’t guarantee a celebrity comes standard with your date, it seems likely enough to give it a shot.
Wine Tasting in Constantia
Another amazing tasting date in Cape Town! Constantia’s wine is world-famous and award-winning. It’s a beautiful neighborhood, 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 ~R50 for 5 wines at Buitenverwachting, our personal favorite.
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.
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, so 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!
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!
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 tonnes of 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.
Dessert at Dolce, and Street Art Spotting
Whoever said these would be normal, sit-down-and-eat-your-dinner (and if you don’t eat your meat, how can you have any pudding?) date lists. Clearly, it’s not. That’s because on the whole, we like our dates to be doing things together, rather than just sitting across from each other. After all, you can talk while you walk, can’t you?
Anyway, 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.