There’s a lot of pressure that comes with planning the perfect Valentine’s Day… But, we’re here to take the stress out of what to do with our list of date ideas.
If you’re in Johannesburg…
Post-it Wall of Love at The Zone Mall in Rosebank
It’s not really a date, but it is a super sweet idea for Valentine’s Day. Post-it wants to fill a wall with doting sticky notes and you’re invited to write your own note to your loved ones and stick it up. Whether it’s prose, a heart-warming memory, or an encapsulating quote, make sure you stop by The Zone Mall in Rosebank to add your one to the wall. Plus, there are prizes to be won and an awesome photo booth so that you can share your experience.
Where: The Zone Mall in Rosebank, 177 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg
When: Saturday, 10 February; 10am – 3pm
Contact: Check out Post-it SA’s Facebook page for more information
Read more: Valentine’s Day poems to get you in the mood
Moët & Chandon-themed dinner at The Maslow
Treat yourself and your partner to a five-course set menu and a glass of bubbly this Valentine’s Day. The Maslow’s fine dining restaurant, Lacuna Bistro, will be serving oysters and prawns, lamb, a gourmet cheese board and scrumptious dessert platters to share. So, if you haven’t had a special dinner date in a while, this is the one for you. Put on your favourite LBD and enjoy a romantic night of out-of-this-world food.
Where: Lacuna Bistro, The Maslow, 146 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
When: Wednesday, 14 February; 6pm – 10pm
Cost: R440 pp
Contact: 010 226 4600, [email protected]
Beer tour and tasting packages with SAB World of Beer
If you and your guy both love beer, then this is the perfect date. SAB World of Beer will be offering a week’s worth beer tours and tastings as well as a food and beer pairing slot. On the Saturday after the 14th, they will be offering a Valentine’s Day lunch menu specifically created for beer-loving couples – five courses of deliciousness each paired with a different beer. The menu includes a springbok fillet, deep-fried camembert and a decadent brownie.
Where: 15 Helen Joseph Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
When: 10-17 February; 1pm – 4pm (Valentine’s Day lunch menu only available on 17 February)
Cost: Beer tour and tasting package, R360 per couple, and Food and beer pairing, R1 000 per couple
Contact: 011 836 4900, [email protected]
Cupid’s movies in the park
Take an intimate picnic to the next level with this family-friendly Picnic in the Park event. You’ll be able to enjoy a round-up of romantic movies – Beauty and the Best, 10 Things I Hate About You, Love Actually, and Moulin Rouge – while snacking on your packed picnic basket from home (Win!). If you and your little ones love dressing up, the theme is Cupid’s Masquerade and fairytale costumes are encouraged. There will also be mask workshops and jumping classes to keep your kids entertained.
Where: Inanda Country Base, Rose Rd & Maple Rd, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand
When: Saturday, 17 February; 2pm – 11 pm
Cost: R170 for adults and children under 17 enter for free (Buy now at Quicket)
Contact: 076 892 2535, [email protected]
If you’re in Cape Town…
Valentine’s on the Marina
Take in the beautiful sights of the V&A harbour at sunset with an impressive set menu at the Vista Marina. The decadent three-course menu has been designed by Vista Marina’s owner Thelma Francisco and promises to treat you to a unique dining experience on Valentine’s Day. Plus, you might just walk away with a stunning 0.15 carat diamond and complimentary design consultation at The Diamond Works – so be sure to wear your lucky charm to dinner.
Where: Vista Marina, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When: Wednesday, 14 February; 7pm – 11pm
Cost: R385 pp
Contact: 021 814 4510, [email protected]
Enjoy a whole month of Anthonij Rupert Wyne specials
For couples who are looking for romance, but don’t want to spend hundreds of rands on a grand dinner… Anthonij Rupert Wyne, in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, is offering high tea for two, or L’Ormarins MCC and nougat pairings at a special price for couples, this February. Both the high tea and the pairing will take place in the historic Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room, where you can look out to breathtaking views of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains.
Where: Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room, R45 Wine Route, Franschhoek Valley
Cost: R180 pp for the high tea and R60 per couple for pairings
Contact: 021 874 9074, [email protected]
3 nights of romantic movies with Galileo Open Air Cinema
Catch a romantic movie under the stars with a picnic blanket and basket from the 14th until Friday. The Galileo Open Air Cinema will be playing Valentine’s Day (Wednesday), The Notebook (Thursday), La La Land (Friday) at different venues around Cape Town. So pack in your favourite finger-food snacks, a bottle of bubbly and get ready to laugh, cry, and cuddle together.
Where: Nooitgedacht (Wednesday), V&A Waterfront (Thursday), Central Park (Friday)
When: Wednesday, 14 – Friday, 16 February; 6pm
Cost: R89 – R175 pp at Webtickets
Contact: 021 447 1641, [email protected]
If you’re in Durban…
Dinner with The Kickstands
Bond over the live, acoustic sounds of The Kickstands at the stunning Kloof Country Club on Valentine’s Day. Plus, a three-course meal will be served with a choice of beef wellington, grilled kingklip or mushroom stroganoff as the main course. If your idea of a great date is live music and delicious food, then book your tickets now!
Where: Kloof Country Club, 26 Victory Rd, Kloof
When: Wednesday, 14 February; 7:30pm – 10 pm
Cost: R250 pp
Contact: Call 082 883 2669 or email [email protected] (Bookings are essential!)
Zulumoon gondola ride for two
Forget expensive, cheesy presents and fancy dinners, and rather spend the money on experiencing something new together like a magical gondola boat ride. Hop on a gondola and sail down the Durban Point Waterfront Canals at night sharing a box of decadent chocolates. Plus, you’ll get a single red rose to give to your partner on Valentine’s Day, so you won’t be abandoning the gimmicks completely.
Where: Gondola Dock, Timeball Blvd, Durban Point Waterfront Canals
When: Wednesday, 14 February; 7pm – 10pm
Cost: R550 per couple for a 25-minute ride
Contact: 084 730 8784, [email protected]
Budget-friendly dinner at Kaya Beach restaurant
What’s more poetic than dining on the beach with your favourite person? Luckily, Kaya Beach restaurant is making the experience more affordable for you and your Valentine this year. Their set menu will only set you back R200, plus you can bring your own cooler box of drinks if you like. Enjoy a romantic meal and end the night with a walk on the beach.
Where: Kaya Beach restaurant, 55 Greys Inn Road Bluff, Bluff Eco Park
When: Wednesday, 14 February; 10:30am – closing time
Cost: R200 pp
Contact: 082 521 4393, [email protected]
Read more: Free printable Valentine’s Day cards
If you’re on a budget (or just avoid crowds of couples)…
Netflix and chill with a pizza
Here are our favourite picks of shows and movies on Netflix and Showmax at the moment:
There are three seasons of Lovesick so this is a good one if you’re looking to binge on a sweet romcom.
No Tomorrow (Showmax)
What happens when you fall for someone who thinks the world is going to end in a few months time?
Crazy, Stupid, Love (Netflix)
With such a star-studded cast, you’re bound to make the right choice with this one…
A sweet little chocolate shop (and the owners) cause quite the stir in a quaint French village.
Cook a three-course dinner at home
Here are our favourite recipes perfect for a romantic night in but that’s still affordable and easy to make.
Quick, easy and oh-so-fancy!
A delicious meal made from humble ingredients that are probably in your fridge already…
Who doesn’t love rich chocolate sauce oozing out of chocolate puddings? Who??
If you’re single and ready to mingle…
Anti-Valentine’s Day comedy show
Instead of watching Titanic (or Romeo & Juliet) again, just to make fun of the ridiculousness of it all, why not head out to the Cape Town Comedy Club for a laugh with local comedians – Mel Jones, Suhayl Essa, and Francois Van As – as well as Lateef Lovejoy, from the UK, as the headliner. You can also sit down for dinner before the show, and take dragging Valentine’s Day with your girls to a whole new…
Valentine’s Dinner with Dinner Club SA
Meet new and interesting single people in a safe and relaxed environment with Dinner Club SA. These dinners usually happen every weekend and cater for a wide variety of age groups; however, on Valentine’s Day, the dinner club will be open to all age groups. You’ll be treated to a four-course buffet and are allowed to bring your own alcohol. The dress code is smart casual in red and white.
Where: Jan’s Dinner Club, 202 Cumberland Ave, Bryanston, Johannesburg
When: Wednesday, 14 February; 6:30pm – 11:55pm
Cost: R330 pp
Contact: 082 346 8367, [email protected]elessza.co.za