Valentine’s Day Ideas For All Relationship Statuses

Words: Crush

Valentine’s Day is a very polarising time of year, it either evokes annoyance at the soppy merchandise available or it melts hearts and allows people to declare their undying love for their significant other. Whatever your relationship status this year, we have Valentine’s Day ideas to ensure you spend it doing something fun.

Valentine’s Day Ideas

There’s something for everyone here, trust us!

To impress a new love – ëlgr

It’s chic, it’s classy and they do incredible cocktails. What more do you need to impress a new special someone? They also do amazing pizzas! Oh, and they have the most gorgeous outdoor bar! Enough said, book now.

To drown your sorrows – The Athletic Club & Social

No paramour this year? Fear not, in between the delish drinks on offer and the 1900s speakeasy-style decor, you won’t even notice that you’re in the year 2022, let alone that you’re swinging solo on the most romantic day of the year.

Valentines day ideas Athletics Social Club


To Test the Waters – Oranjezicht City Night Market

A market is always a great place for a first date — their are tons of distractions, its loud and if things aren’t going well, nothing is keeping you there! The Oranjezicht City Farm Market is open on Wednesday nights from 5pm to 8pm and yes… there is a bar.


 To show off your Asian persuasion – Bao Down

To take the whole family – Blockhouse Kitchen

Bring the kids, the mother-in-law, aunties and uncles. A delicious menu with a wide variety of options, from fried chicken burgers to spinach and ricotta ravioli.

Blockhouse Restaurant

To have a Lady and the Tramp Moment – The Cousins Trattoria

So we all know that scene, Lady and her Tramp buddy share a mutual strand of spag-bol that leads to an awkward but romantic moment, it’s one of the most famous movie food scenes ever. If you want to re-create your own legendary moment, head over to The Cousins Restaurant – three cousins from Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, created this little Cape Town gem, where the pasta is handmade daily. They’ve become famous for a pasta dish that is literally made in a Parmesan ‘bowl’. Freshly made taglioni pasta with a simple mushroom cream sauce is theatrically finished off in a giant wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. How could you possibly go wrong?

To be a knight (or Daring Damsel) in shining armour – Fyn Restaurant

The restaurant setting is something out of a fairytale, so you can sweep your fair maiden (or dashing dude) off her/his feet while dining under the contemporary and artistic ceiling. It’s all zhuzh and swanky and we love it.

FYN Restuarant

To Lament lost love – Eat all the ice cream

If you’re feeling blue this Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing better than tucking into a cone, no scratch that, a pint of your favourite crafted ice cream. We are literally spoilt for choice with all the options available. So basically, buck up and get in there, you’ll feel better we promise.


To pick up Valentine’s morning coffee and doughnut– Grumpy and Runt

If freshly made vegan doughnuts don’t scream that you adore someone, we don’t know what does. This is the perfect spot to nip in for a sneaky pre-work brekkie or to grab a to-go coffee and bite for your beau.


To enjoy the view – Chef’s Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic 

If you’re looking to go all out — seaside view, fine dining, great drinks — then Chef’s Warehouse Tinstwalo is the perfect place to make quite an impression. Situated right on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, you won’t find a better view of the ocean in Cape Town.

To get down and dirty with your long-time love – Diaz Tavern

If you’re past the airs and graces stage of your relationship and have no inhibitions about radical garlic breath and peri peri sauce running down your chin, then you’ve found the ideal place to take the ideal partner. Diaz Tavern is legendary for a reason.

Diaz Tavern

 To pick up pizzas for a romantic night in – The Shed Pizza 

Specialising in Neapolitan pizzas, gourmet burgers and sushi, this joint is the real deal giving you the best bang for your buck.  Born during lockdown (read, their takeaway pizza game is on point — no soggy crusts here!), The Shed has blown up as one of Cape Town’s best pizza spots.

To enjoy a lazy day relaxing with your love – Boschendal

Take a trip out to the winelands and order a Werf picnic basket at Boschendal. You’ll eceive a basket filled with delicious eats and treats, already prepared and ready for you to share with the one you love.

For a weekend away – Gonana Guesthouse, Paternoster

This luxury, eco-friendly and plastic-free accommodation in Paternoster is exactly what you need if you’re looking for a bit of privacy this Valentine’s month. With its seven en-suite guestrooms, one self-catering unit and two new self-catering cottages (pet-friendly) with breathtaking sea views from the balconies, Gonana will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Its Valentine’s Eco-Beach Breakaway special at R1 350 per double room per night includes a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage per person, plus a glass of bubbly on arrival. This special is valid for all bookings 14-21 February 2022.

To Looked Super Chilled but Flush at the Same Time

Enjoy fresh seafood, burgers, cocktails and more right at the beach. Sure, Surfshack seems real chilled and surfer-dudey but it’s also along the famed Camps Bay Platinum Mile, so you’ll still look like you’ve made an effort to plan something special. Laidback vibes, an unbeatable sea view but still swish, it’s the perfect date mix.

To Buy Better Valentine’s Gifts – Pick one of these amazing Chocolatiers

Follow tradition by offering your love roses and chocolate, but spice it up by picking up some edgy sweets at any one of these amazing local chocolatiers. Not only will you be gifting something delish but you’ll earn extra brownie points by supporting our homegrown artisans.

Local Artisan Chocolate Makers - Huguenot

To go for a vibe  – The Grand Pavilion

The Grand Pavilion guarantees a good night out. Whether on a romantic date, or a fun evening out with friends, The Grand Pavilion is the perfect place to be. Lavish interiors and sun-kissed furnishings immediately make you feel like you’re on a well-deserved holiday. You’ll instantly feel relaxed and at ease and if not, a cocktail off their extensive menu will help you get there.

For a casual meal that won’t disappoint – He Sheng Sea Point

There is nothing fancy about He Sheng, but thats why we love it because it’s all about the food, which is incredible. It’s authentic Chinese cuisine in the heart of Sea Point and the perfect place to take your love for a simple, fuss-free, yet delicious meal. You won’t find a dumpling as good anywhere else in the city and their cucumber salad is unparalleled.

To hang out with your single buddies –  Blondie Bar

Recently opened on Kloof Street and already the trendiest place in the city bowl, Blondie ticks all the boxes of a neighbourhood bar/restaurant. They have great music, delicious cocktails (try their Paloma) and are specialising in Israeli and Mediterranean food. Don’t expect a burger and fries, but rather a gorgeous plate of perfectly dressed heirloom tomatoes or some lightly charred baby gem lettuce with shavings of Parmesan. Definitely the place to go if you’re looking for a fun, (possibly debaucherous) night, away from anyone on a date.

So you’ve checked out these Valentine’s Day ideas but have decided to stay in? Check out these cheesy dinner ideas.

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