It’s summer in Cape Town and nearly holiday time..woohoo! For those of you who follow my blog, you will know that I have been giving date night ideas since I started. I have loved doing this as it has made me fall even more in love with this amazing city that we live in as I have discovered that there are always such awesome and cool things going on. Being a mom of 2 girls means having to organise a baby sitter every time we want to go out. So while there are so many things I would love to do, at this point, we just can’t do them all. I am trying though 😉
But if you are with or without the kids and are wanting to go out for a date night, here are 25 date night ideas to keep you busy this summer.
1. RENT BIKES ALONG SEA POINT PROMENADE
If you’re going on the beachfront and don’t have your own bike, you can rent with Up Cycles or, if you have your own, go for a ride in our beautiful mountains. For more info on bike routes, click here.
2. GO HORSE RIDING
There are many places to go horse riding in and around Cape Town. There is something so liberating and romantic about going horse riding together. Sunset rides on Noordhoek beach look quite idyllic. For more info click here.
3. GET A MASSAGE
There are many amazing spas in Cape Town which offer couple massages. Take some time off and indulge your senses in total relaxation.
4. GO SUPPING
Rent a SUP together and get out in the water especially on a beautiful summers day. You can rent them from Hout Bay and either paddle in Hout Bay or in the canals at the Waterfront. You can also try a SUP yoga class while you’re at it! For more info click here.
5. THE THEATRE
There is always something happening at the many theatres around Cape Town. Have a look to see what’s going on. Our date night at The Fugard was one of our favourites but there are some other great places to go to.
6. EXPLORE THE MOUNTAINS
There are so many beautiful walks to do in Cape Town depending on your fitness levels. To name just a few, Newlands Forest, Constantia Nek, Tokai Forest, Table Mountain. Make sure to be properly prepared and be well informed before going on any hike. Be sure to take a walk up Signal Hill when it’s full moon.
7. FIRST THURSDAYS
This is a great date night out together. It happens every first Thursday of the month and is an awesome way to explore the city and all that happens at night time. For more info click here.
8. CATCH A TRAIN
Why not ditch the car and take a steam train ride instead? Atlantic Rail have a few different packages to choose from. It definitely makes for an exciting and unique date
together. For more info click here.
9. MUIZENBERG SLIDES
Ok, so not quite your typical date night venue but hear me out here. I recently went on the Muizenberg slides as my daughter went to a party there and it was so much fun! Personally, I wouldn’t go in the middle of the school holidays as I think it’ll be way too busy for my liking but every Friday they have a night slide from 6pm to 9pm and I think that could be quite interesting. Let me know if you try it! 🙂
10. TOUR ON A SEGWAY
Go on a tour of the Spier vineyards with a difference. Why walk when you can ride on a Segway PT (Personal Transporter), ‘the coolest two-wheeled way’ to see the farm! For more info click here.
11. GO PARAGLIDING
Paragliding might be more for the adventurous couple but if that’s you, what a great thing to do together to get your adrenaline pumping and make you feel alive! And what better way to see our beautiful city on a beautiful summers day! For more info click here.
12. HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
How about going on a hot air balloon ride? Although it’s a bit pricey, if that is not an issue for you, I’m sure it is an amazing experience and a very romantic date night. For more info click here.
13. THE ROSE BAR AT THE ALPHEN HOTEL
“With a DJ line-up to impress, alongside cocktails and naughty nibbles offered under the stars, overlooking 12 acres of wonderland lawns, the Rose Bar transports our socialites on a nightly journey of unbridled pleasure.” I couldn’t have said that any better hence the quote… For more info click here.
14. STUDIO 7
Keep a look out for what Studio 7 has on offer this season. They normally have some amazing bands/singers in a very intimate atmosphere. This season, they’re outside making for a perfect summer date night. For more info click here.
15. FREE TANGO ON THE PROMENADE
If dancing is your thing, or even if it’s not, I would definitely give this a try. Normally held on the second Sunday of every month (weather dependant) at 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm, it looks like a lot of fun! For more info click here.
16. TUNING THE VINE
“Tuning The Vine presents a magical immersion into the wonderful world of wine, right in the heart of the city.” For more info click here.
17. EXPLORE THE MANY MARKETS
Personally, I could explore markets all day long. If you’re like me, then you’ll appreciate the many different choices we have of markets in our city that seem to be springing up left right and centre. I, for one, am not complaining. For more info on Cape Town markets click here.
18. THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of being able to watch a movie under the stars, lying on the grass, with some snacks and the one you love. Hmmm…sounds quite dreamy doesn’t it? For more info click here.
19. PICNIC ON THE BEACH
The great thing about summer in Cape Town is that there are so many romantic things to do without it having to be too expensive. Whether it’s a picnic or a walk on the beach as the sun is setting, both are the perfect way to end the day and usher in the evening.
20. TABLE MOUNTAIN
I couldn’t leave Table Mountain off the list, it just wouldn’t feel quite right. And with their sunset summer specials, going up the mountain is much more affordable for us locals. For more info click here.
21. SHIFT ON CAMPS BAY BEACH
Make your way to Camps Bay beach for the Beach Dance Meditation every full moon. If you’re up for a bit of yoga, meditation and dance, I think this is a beautiful way to spend time together and nourish your souls. For more info click here.
22. SHIMMY BEACHCLUB
While I have to admit, I’m not sure Shimmy Beachclub is totally my scene ( I haven’t actually been before but I believe it is quite THE scene) I do really like their line up of music that they have especially Goldfish. I have become a huge Goldfish fan and would love to try make one of their Submerged Sunday Sessions for a little bit of a boogie in a great summer setting. For more info click here.
23. CAPE TOWN COMEDY CLUB
For many (myself included) 2016 has been quite a challenging and rough year. Even if that’s not the case for you, if you’re a parent and you’re around in the holidays, you’ll definitely need some comedy relief to keep you sane! 😉 Head on down to the Cape Town Comedy Club because laughing is a great way to spend time together and chill out. For more info click here.
24. BOAT RIDE
If you want to live the lifestyle for a little bit, what better way than to go on a sunset cruise on a chartered boat? If you really want to spoil each other, go for the top of the top and get the boat just for the 2 of you! For more info click here.
25. HOP ON THE RED BUS
Whether you are a tourist or want to feel like one, hop on the City Sightseeing Red Bus and explore this beautiful city from a fresh and unique perspective. For more info click here.
There you have it! I am sure there are loads more things to do but this is my list for now. I hope there’s a little bit of something for everyone. If you have anything else to add, please let me know in the comments below. Have a wonderful romantic fun filled summer season!