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 to do in Cape Town 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!
Romantic Things 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Have a romantic dinner
There is something to eat 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.
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.
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.
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. We had the chance to stay right along Chapman’s Peak at the Tintswala Atlantic, one of the most romantic properties in Cape Town.
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.
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.
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!
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 surfboard 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!
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. Is it your first time driving abroad? Check out our tips!
Plan Your Romantic Trip to Cape Town
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