Going to Cape Town to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one? Book a cheap air flight with ‘Mango’ from OR Tambo for just R4 483 including a car hire vehicle for three days. Or sort out your own cheap car hire vehicle with ‘Avis’, ‘Tempest’ or ‘Europcar’ not forgetting ‘Budget Car Hire’s’ weekend wheels specials from only R180 and fly ‘FlySafair’ for R2 898. If it’s Port Elizabeth you’re coming from, a ‘FlySafair’ flight to Cape Town will cost you R1 798 to keep your loved one happy and your relationship intact.

Go for a picnic or a movie date

It’s your job to surprise your loved one with something different each year on Valentine’s Day. You’re considering a Valentine’s Day picnic At ‘Spier Wine Farm’ in Stellebosch or a Valentine’s Day Movie at the ‘Groot Constantia Wine Estate’ or you may opt for the 1986 classic ‘Top Gun’ at the ‘Hope@Paul Cluver Summer Festival’ in the Elgin Wine Valley for R100 each.

For indoor lovers, go to Castle of Good Hope

If you’re not that into the outdoors, spend Valentine’s Day mingled with history at the ‘Castle of Good Hope’ under a star-lit sky as you breathe in the melodious notes of ‘classic-meets-pop’ with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CTPO) accompanied by South Africa’s own celebrated soprano Magdalene Minnaar and the unsurpassed Selim Kagee. Food and refreshments will be on sale and tickets for this amazing event are R480 per person or R900 per couple which includes a soft drink or glass of bubbly. A limited number of VIP tickets can be purchased for R1 800 with prime view seating and access to the VIP lounge, snacks and drinks. Doors open at 18h00 and for more information contact ‘Opulent Living Experiences’ at +27 (0) 21 433 1699.

Enjoy a late night out

If work is preventing you from enjoying a late night out, take your lover to an appetising 3-course brunch at the ‘Kloof Street House Restaurant’, an enchanting piece of paradise hidden amidst the chaos of the city. Tickets are R250 per person with booking essential on +27 (0) 21 423 4413.

Enjoy a dinner date with lovely music

Enjoy a night of romance with a cuisine that will make your taste buds sing to the sounds of Jimmy Nevis at the ‘Valentine’s Day Concert with Jimmy Nevis’. The venue is ‘African Pride’ in the stylish and ultra modern ‘15 On Orange Hotel’ with tickets going for R395 and limited so don’t waste time.

Or stay at the trendy Hilton Hotel

Staying in the City, the trendy Hilton Hotel has for lovers a ‘Valentine Day Dinner at Signal Hill Terrace’ with a 5-course menu comprising decadent dishes and a night of romance. One lucky couple stand the chance to win a night of luxury with breakfast included so bring your overnight bag in case it’s you! You can book now by phoning +27 (0) 21 481 3700 to secure your table for R395 per person.

If you’re single, visit the Foreign Exchange Bar

There’s no reason to be miserable on Valentine’s Day just because you’re single. You’ll have a great evening at ‘The Foreign Exchange Bar’ with its ‘red light/green light’ concept of dressing for status identification. Get some single friends together, dress in green and go. Tickets cost R50 with free entry for those dressed in green, yellow or red. The show starts at 20h00 and there’s no need to book.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Restaurant

Find that Latin American dancing turns you on? Spoil yourselves at the well known ‘Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Restaurant’ with a delectable 4-course meal prepared by Head Chef Jason, a salsa dance show and group lessons, all for R350 (pp). To book a table for this event you need to phone on +27 (0) 21 488 2555.

Pumphouse

If it’s laughter you’re after to share with your loved one, the ‘Pumphouse’ at the V&A is hosting ‘Jou Ma Se Comedy Club’ with Stuart Taylor as MEC and other well known artists. Laughter combined with delicious treats from the a la carte menu and a 2-course meal is R180 or R120 for stand up tickets for the show only.

Valentine’s Day at the Two Oceans Aquarium

For a night of romance and awe, book for ‘Valentine’s Day at the Two Oceans Aquarium’ where a scrumptious 3-course meal awaits you as you view an array of majestic colours gliding effortlessly before your eyes. Doors open at 19h00 with dinner being served at 20h00. General access costs R485 but for a prime view you’re looking at R525 per person. You can book at +27 (0) 21 814 4547.

Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro

‘Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro’ in Sea Point has on offer an enticing 4-course set lunch and dinner menu. You can choose to dine only (downstairs in the bistro) or enjoy a 4-course Cape Malay buffet at the upper stage while you watch a Valentine’s Day special edition of the musical ‘Kaapse Stories from the Mother City’. The meal and show cost R435 and for the show only it’s R350 per person. You need to book by phoning +27 (0) 76 144 4809.

11. Stardust

Irrespective of the occasion at ‘Stardust’ you always have an evening out to be remembered. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with a superb selection of deliciously themed dishes being served by drama students who give you a full night of exceptional entertainment. Tickets are R600 and booking is a must, phone +27 (0) 21 462 7777.

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