Date night in Cape Town

January 10, 2019

Planning a romantic night in the Mother City? We have a few suggestions to make it an evening to remember:

1) Dress to the nines

When you look good, you feel good, so a shopping trip before the big night is in order. Whether you like to don vintage treasures or designer labels, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Cape Town.

A great place to start your shopping trip is at the V&A Waterfront. Explore this popular leisure destination’s multitude of shops that sell everything from luxury designer labels to budget-friendly options. Don’t forget to stop for lunch with a view of the harbour with the sea breeze in your hair.


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If you’re looking for a fun and quirky outfit, Kalk Bay, a tiny fishing town on the False Bay coast, is the way to go. Although it’s about 40 minutes’ drive from the city, the ocean views along the way are worth it. Stroll through the winding streets and pop into small shops selling crafts, vintage clothing, antiques and even attire from local designers.


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For a cool Cape Town experience, visit the The Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. The weekly Saturday market has become somewhat of an institution for locals and is the perfect place to get to know up-and-coming designers and crafters. Don’t skip the food section – the tasty treats and hearty meals on offer will definitely make your mouth water.


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2) Splurge on flowers

What is a date night without treating your loved one to a few fresh blooms? Visit the Trafalgar Place Flower Market, commonly known as the Adderley Street Flower Market, for an incredible floral experience. The market is one of the oldest in Cape Town and is frequented by locals, visitors and even wedding florists looking for the best flora in town.


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At the huge market you will find all blooms imaginable, including elaborate arrangements, traditional bouquets, indigenous fynbos and, of course, South Africa’s national flower, the protea.

The market sits in the heart of Cape Town at Trafalgar Place and is open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 8pm.

3) Wine and dine

Nine out of 10 of South Africa’s top restaurants, as judged by the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes Benz Awards, are based in the Western Cape. Talk about food choices!

If you’re looking for a fine-dining extravaganza, why not start with the list’s top restaurant in South Africa? The Restaurant at Waterkloof in Somerset West is just 40 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, and a sight to behold.


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The modern building and glass balcony opening up to panoramic views of the valley below are enough to impress and then we’re not even talking about the food. The restaurant only offers a series of tasting menus, meaning you’ll be feasting all night on the chef’s selected delicacies. Booking in advance is advised.

For something close to the city centre (and easier on the pocket), enjoy an evening at Thali for a fresh take on Indian cuisine. The restaurant only serves a set menu for two people to share (perfect for date night) and dishes are Indian-inspired tapas. The moody decor will whisk you away to a far-off country while the tasty dishes tickle your tastebuds.


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4) Go the extra mile

Turn your date night into a luxurious and relaxing long weekend. We’ll even organise the whole experience for you! Book your trip through Mango’s Travel Packages for great deals and even better getaways. Don’t miss out on our weekly specials for major savings.

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