I must sound really boring every time I start a blog post with,’ Can you believe we’re heading into this month already!?’ but seriously…August!? When on earth did that happen??? When I’m going through my every day life, I can kind of forget where we are in the year because there’s so much other stuff going on but when I sit down to write these monthly date night ideas posts, and I start writing out the month, it just stares right back at me and takes me by surprise every single time. So, yes, here we are about to descend into August. I think I have a good feeling about August but let’s wait and see.
I have been speaking to a few friends lately and the common theme has been how they don’t really go out together that much on date nights because, you know, life and all of that. Trust me, I get it! But having now made date nights a priority in our relationship and our lives, I also get how it is so needed and so valuable and I couldn’t go back to where we were a year ago, when a date night was few and far between. I know that life is expensive, busy, crazy. Trust me, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that mostly every time we go out, I never feel like it and could just as happily stay at home. But at the same time, every time we do go out, we both enjoy it and say, ‘we really must do this more often!’ So do yourselves a favour, even if it’s just once a month, have a look what’s going on in Cape Town and get out there! Go on that date night and enjoy some time together!
If you’re struggling to make date nights happen, start with taking a night at home, put off the TV, phones, technology and start with making the commitment to at least trying to go on more date nights. Write a list of things you’d like to do together and try commit to at least one day/night to make it happen. You can look at 10 Ways To Help You Make Dight Nights Happen to help you or my Make Your Own Date Nights Jar for inspiration.
We went to Charcoal Dining a couple of weeks ago for a date night. From the pictures of the restaurant, I expected the decor and vibe to be somehow smarter and warmer than what it was, but we still had a good night. If you want a more romantic feel, make sure to be seated at the tables towards the right of the entrance door. At first we were seated next to a very loud big table but thankfully were able to move to a cosy corner table. The food was very good and I would still recommend it as a date night restaurant. Let me know what you think if you go.
The Indian Chapter
We haven’t been here yet as it’s a bit of a way out from where we are but I have heard only good things about The Indian Chapter in Bloubergstrand. Winter, in particular August, is definitely a good time to indulge in some Indian curries and from what I hear, depending on where you live, the trip is well worth it.
I recently spent a night in Scarborough, and although it’s actually only about 40 minutes away from where we live, it felt like we were much further away. Being so close, you’d think we would go here often but actually I’ve only been a couple of times and that was a while ago already. I don’t have any particular place to recommend to stay at but if you’re looking to get away for a night or two without the kids and you don’t want to venture too far, this is such an amazing place to go to and I can highly recommend it for a lovely date night sleepover 😉 If you like healthy food, make sure you have a meal at Whole Earth Cafe…simply delicious!
The Robertson Small Hotel
Now, this is my kind of place! If you’re looking to spoil your loved one for a date night away or a special occasion, The Robertson Small Hotel looks beautiful! They currently have a 20% saving on a two night stay until the 31st August so if budget is a consideration for you, this could be the month to give it a try.
City Bowl Market
Although I haven’t been to the City Bowl Market yet, being a bit of a market lover myself, I definitely need to try it out soon. It happens every Thursday night from 4:30-8:30pm which makes for a fun date night out but also an early evening home which, for us, is often a good thing.
Robertson Slow Food and Wine Festival (5-7 August)
I’m all about slow food at the moment as I recently bought myself a slow cooker and have been trying out all sorts of yummy delights in it. Which is why I especially love the concept behind the Robertson Slow Food and Wine Festival being “slowly made…slowly enjoyed.” Not to mention Robertson and the surrounding areas are just beautiful.
Open Design Festival (10-21 August)
There is so much going on in August with the Open Design Festival starting on the 10th and running through until the 21st. From morning to evening, there are lots of events happening which will be sure to inspire, motivate, encourage and delight.
The Inconvenience of Wings (12 July-13 August)
I haven’t been to see The Inconvenience of Wings at the Baxter yet, but I have heard from friends that have been that it is absolutely brilliant. In fact, my husband is booking tickets and organising a baby sitter as I sit here typing these words.. Although the subject matter is far from light as “it brings bi-polar disorder and friendships into the spotlight”, going to the theatre to see a brilliant performance is still my idea of a good date night and I am looking forward to this one.
There you have it! Another month of date night ideas to help you and your loved one get out and spend some time together, have fun, and connect. You’re welcome 😉
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