Romantic Things to do in Cape Town on Every Budget

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The very best of Cape Town

After two months in the city, we feel pretty confident we can share the best romantic things to do in Cape Town. It is the longest time as a couple we have spent in any one place that we were not living in. Needless to say, we fell in love with Cape Town and even now we are a little sad to be leaving. With two months in the city, we were certain to find some romance. 

Cape Town has just about everything you need to make a happy life, great food, stunning vistas, friendly locals, and a plethora of adventure activities. That means there are plethora of romantic things you can do with your significant other. Not one day was boring for us, so we wanted to point out some of the most romantic things for couples and individuals to do in Cape Town


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Romantic Things and Activities for Couples to do in Cape Town


Stroll through Kirstenbosch Gardens

A trip to Cape Town really isn’t complete without a stop at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Situated at the eastern foot of Table Mountain is the beautiful 528 hectare garden with five of the six South African biomes. There is plenty to see and do here for the family; however, we loved having a romantic stroll on the treetop canopy. When our feet were planted back on the ground we spent the rest of the day strolling around the huge grounds and admiring the spectacular views of table mountain. I would recommend planning at least a half a day at Kirstenbosch, and to try and visit on a sunny day!

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Romantic things to do in Cape Town - Stroll through the Gardens

Date night at the V&A Waterfront

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s shining stars and is definitely one of the main tourist attractions in the city.  It’s the perfect place to visit on a nice day and stroll around the harbor, try some artisanal food, or go shopping for souvenirs. We always ended up at the waterfront on days where we had no idea what to do with ourselves. There is always some form of entertainment here, and it is just a beautiful place to relax. We went to a few movies at the Nu Metro for the grand price of R65. And you can dine at some of Cape Town’s finest establishments, or go crazy in food lovers paradise inside the Market on the Wharf.

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Get out to Robben Island

While you’re at the waterfront you may as well book tickets to Robben Island. The waterfront is the “gateway” to Robben Island and all ferries leave from here to take visitors to the famous site where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life. Once you get to Robben Island you will move to a guided bus tour which will take you to all the stops on the island. Towards the end of the tour, you will be met by a former inmate of Robben Island whom will walk you through the days of the past and show you some of the sad cells that political prisoners were forced to remain in. The whole Robben Island experience takes about 3.5 hours and costs R320.

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A Day at Robben Island

Take a walk (or run) together on the Sea Point promenade 

If you’re in the mood to take a walk somewhere then there is no better place in Cape Town than the Sea Point promenade. The promenade stretches for 11km around Seapoint overlooking the beautiful ocean. Along the way, there are outdoor fitness parks, installation art, and swimming pools. Perfect place to come for sunrise or sunset in Cape Town.

Art installations on sea point promenade

Experience Table Mountain

Chances are if you are a visitor to Cape Town there is no way you’ll be missing Table Mountain. The impressive mountain landmark truly defines the beauty of Cape Town and draws people in from all over the world. There are two ways to get up, the cable car  or a nice hike. We did both and they are equally enjoyable! Once you are at the top, you will probably want a few hours to meander around, take in the views, and have a glass of champagne in the cafe at the top. There may be two ways up, but there are infinite ways down. Try abseiling for an adrenaline rush!

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Head to the tip of Africa

Yes, you get to the tip of Africa from Cape Town! Cape Point is located in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and is where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean collide. There are some fantastic hiking trails, a cafe, a historical lighthouse, and even shipwreck alley. The cost to get into the reserve is R125, check the hours for today here.

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The Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Watch the penguin show

What if I told you there was a place near Cape Town where you can watch thousands of penguins waddle, dance, and talk to you? Well, there is! Okay, they aren’t really “talking” to you, but they do make that noise that penguins make. A half hour drive from the center of Cape Town is Boulders Beach, a beach where humans can observe wild African penguins at ridiculously close range. The cost to see the penguins is R65. It is a protected area of the Table Mountain National Park, and the penguin colony was reintroduced here and ever since then they have flourished. With nice boardwalks looping around the main beach, Foxy Beach, visitors can observe the funny birds without interfering with their natural way of life.

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penguins at boulders beach

Have a romantic dinner

There is something for everyone in Cape Town. From sushi to Ethiopian cuisine, to a multicultural show with African flair there is no way you will go hungry in this city. So go enjoy one another’s’ company and have a romantic dinner out at one of the many nice restaurants in town. The best part about dinner out? Dining in Cape Town is incredibly affordable on an international level – so go ahead and get that extra glass of delicious Stellenbosch wine!

Put some color into your life!

If you’re on Instagram, then chances are you have seen photos of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood of Cape Town. The brightly colored buildings of this Cape Malay neighborhood makes it a popular stop for tourists with cameras. Take some time and stop by to get your photos in! Bo-Kaap is within walking distance to the Cape Town CBD.

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Explore the Bo Kaap Neighborhood

Get some adventure in

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but there are some serious adventure sports in and around Cape Town. From Seal Snorkeling to Canyoneering, and even bungee jumping off the world’s highest bungee bridge there is no way you will go bored in this city. Go ahead and egg each other on to do something crazy. These adventures can turn into one of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town! And science does say physical activity together increases intimacy and communication.
Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town

Enjoy a weekend at the Bay Harbour Market

Every weekend at 31 Harbour Rd the town of Hout Bay takes on some of the finest bakers, artisans, artists, and food creators in Cape Town. You can come here to get just about anything to eat, but perhaps the fish is what many of the booths specialize in. Don’t come full or with an empty wallet because everything in sight looks delicious, and the handicrafts are unique.

Hout Bay Market

Drive Chapman’s Peak

If you are without a car in Cape Town, I highly recommend renting one for at the least the day so that you can drive Chapman’s Peak. This is one of the world’s most scenic drives and is definitely worth the R42 toll to drive on this beautiful road together.

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Admire the street art

Woodstock is a hip neighborhood in Cape Town undergoing some serious gentrification right now. What does that mean? Amazing street art in the city! We enjoyed an afternoon of walking around and snapping photos of all the impressive street art in the area together. There are plenty of cafes to duck into including the Old Biscuit Mill, which is best visited on Saturdays.

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Go on a Hop on Hop Off Tour

Only have a few days to explore the Mother City together? Perhaps taking a sightseeing bus tour of the city is the best bang for buck at R170. It may not seem like one of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town, and I know sometimes these tours seem a little touristy. However, it really is a great way of getting around the city together and visiting all the notable sites in the city.

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Hike up Lion’s Head

A hike up Lion’s Head is much less effort than hiking Table Mountain, but with the same incredibly rewarding views. This is a must for anyone visiting Cape Town and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. The hike takes about two hours round trip and is best at sunrise and sunset!

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Head to Muizenberg

Muizenberg is right outside of Cape Town and is the heart and soul of surfing culture in South Africa.  The vibe is even more laid back here than in Cape Town. There are dozens of cafes, yoga shops, and beach shacks to wander into. If you’re feeling adventurous then rent a surf board and wetsuit and try a hand at surfing together. Be sure to check out one of the many yoga studios for some yoga on the beach!

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Stay at The Capital Mirage

After all these activities you are going to want somewhere central and comfortable to lay your head every night. We called The Capital Mirage home when we arrived in Cape Town and couldn’t have asked for a better base. The hotel is located right in De Waterkant and is walking distance to the CBD, Bo-Kaap, Lions Head, the V & A Waterfront and just about anything else that you could need.

Stay at the Capital Mirage

The rooms here are massive, and feature a giant flatscreen TV, seriously comfortable king size bed, and…wait for it… a full kitchen with a washer and dryer! Never ever have we stayed in a modern hotel and been able to cook our own meal before. Coming back to The Capital Mirage after a full day of exploring Cape Town and being able to relax like I was at home was a treat. The fun didn’t stop there either. While at The Capital Mirage, we were treated to uncapped high speed internet! I know this may not seem like much to some people, but believe me uncapped and high speed are two things that don’t mix well in Cape Town.

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Each morning and sunset was well spent up on the top floor of The Capital Mirage at their sky bar. The Vue offers some of the best views of the city and is the perfect place to enjoy a much deserved Sundowner. There are also three restaurants inside The Capital Mirage building for those that do not care to cook in. Active Sushi is on the bottom floor, which offers quality sushi at competitive prices (check out their all you can eat specials!) For the meat eaters there is the Cattle Baron Grill Room & Bar, and on the top floor at The Vue you can get all the chic metropolitan dishes that you may be craving.

We were a bit worried about our vehicles safety while staying right in the heart of Cape Town. We were pleased to find out at that there is a parking garage attached to The Capital Mirage and it is completely free for hotel guests. It’s hard to find free parking in this city so knowing that we didn’t have to pay to park here was a huge perk!

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We really got comfortable during our stay and can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone visiting Cape Town. You may have to call room service to extend your check out because you won’t want to leave! Even if you aren’t staying at The Capital Mirage you can still swing by for a visit to any of the restaurants. My suggestion would be to have a drink at the amazing rooftop pool while enjoying some fancy cocktails from The Vue!

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Getting Around Cape Town

We came to Cape Town thinking it would be a big city with big city transport options available. This was NOT the case and there really is no efficient way to get around Cape Town. The best way to see all of the amazing things this city has to offer is by car. Uber is also a really popular and safe option in the city and is incredibly affordable. Make sure to download the app and give it a try. If you are on a major budget then the MyCiti bus is always available to get you to your destination

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Our Car in Cape Town


Plan Your Trip to Cape Town

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Accommodation in Cape Town: Find the best hotel deal at HotelsCombined.comor to feel more at home in South Africa we use Airbnb. Here is a coupon for your first stay! Here are the most popular destinations in Cape Town: City BowlCamps BayGreen Point, and Sea Point.

Flights to South Africa: Compare airlines, dates and prices all in one place with Skyscanner.

Car Rental in Cape Town: Auto Europe is a car rental booking service that compares all the major brands like Hertz, Avis, Alamo, and Europcar.

Travel Insurance: We never travel without travel insurance with World Nomads. We ALWAYS travel with travel insurance. Natasha is a bit of a worry wart and would rather stay safe than sorry. World Nomads offers incredible flexible and great plans!

Water: We found the water in Cape Town fine to drink, if you want extra assurance then we love traveling with our Lifestraw Go Waterbottle

Guide Book: Sometimes it’s nice just to have a real book in your hands when traveling. We recommend picking up a Lonely Planet to get you through the wireless nights.

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