Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2024 in Cape Town

Valentines Day 2024

30 ways to say “I Love You”

It’s worth making a special effort for the Day of Love because there are so many tantalising options – from fabulous meals and one-off experiences to super-romantic settings. Whether you’re celebrating a new romance, a time-tested love, or simply enjoying the beauty of the Cape with your friends and loved ones, here’s a list of memorable things to do on 14 February. Make your plans now. And ladies, remember – it’s a Leap Year!

Refined romance at Grub & Vine

Valentines Day Grub And Vine

The name, simply put, refers to chef Matt Manning’s twin passions of “good, honest cooking” and “excellent wine”. But his bistro cuisine is anything but simple… It’s beautifully prepared, elegantly plated and downright delicious. For a perfect night of wining and dining, you’re in the right place. Fortunately, there are now two Grub & Vines – one in the heart of the city in a heritage building, and one in the Constantia wine valley (a glass-walled space within an art museum). For Valentine’s Week, diners can choose the menu du jour (three courses) or tasting menu (five courses), both with canapés and a welcome drink. The latter also comes with an optional wine pairing for every course. Your taste buds will sing to the tunes of cured trout, ostrich carpaccio, scallops, coq au vin, confit pork belly, risotto, duck breast and more.
Cost Menu du Jour: R795 per person
Tasting Menu: R1 195
Wine Pairing: R2 250 (local legends)
R3 250 (international icons)
R3 500 (SA vs the world)
Date 14 – 17 February 2024
Time G&V Bree: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
G&V Norval: 12pm – 9pm
Where to find it 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai
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A walk on the wild side at Boma on Bree

Valentines Day Boma On Bree

This hotspot’s cool boma-bar vibe is inspired by deserts and big skies, from the Karoo to the Kalahari, with fun touches like flamingos and cacti. The food reflects the South African love of cooking on coals: think jaffles, West Coast mussels, rib-eye steak, chops, charred veg – reimagined as sharing plates. On Valentine’s night, pick what you like from the menu (including a drink of your choice) for a set price, then head downstairs to the tropical Tiki Tomb cocktail bar to serenade your partner with some karaoke.
Cost R300 per person (two courses)
R400 per person (three courses)
Time 6pm – 10pm
Where to find it 107 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Date night at Tryn at Steenberg

Valentines Day Tryn Steenberg

Tucked away in the Constantia winelands, Tryn Restaurant offers the trifecta of dining out: elegant cuisine (a rich fusion of local and exotic flavours), majestic views and contemporary interiors filled with art. It also opens onto a view-drenched terrace (which has its own drinks-and-tapas menu). Why not extend the Valentine’s vibes by booking for Tuesday’s Date Night special: your choice of two cocktails, two starters and two mains from the à la carte menu for a fixed price.
Cost R875 per couple (on 13 February)
Summer Special (3 courses, lunch or dinner) on 14 February: R580 per person
Time 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
Where to find it Steenberg Wine Farm, Steenberg Road, Tokai
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Love on an island at the One&Only

Valentines Day: One And Only

An alfresco Valentine’s dinner in a serene island setting fringed by palms… it’s the soul of romance and you don’t even have to travel. One&Only Cape Town’s Isola is hosting a special couple’s dinner around the resort’s infinity pool. The private island (usually the exclusive preserve of hotel guests) is hugged by canals and waterways, creating a serene away-from-it-all ambience. The three-course menu is inspired by fresh Mediterranean flavours and accompanied by world-class wines, and the lively flamenco-inspired guitar. Kick off with an elderflower and citrus prosecco spritzer accompanied by nibbles; then for starters choose between dishes such as orzo with prawns, ostrich carpaccio, spicy sweet potato salad, or calamari cuoppo. After a palate refresher from the sorbetto cart, it’s time for grilled kingklip, grilled ribeye, seafood pasta, zaatar chicken or stuffed capsicums. For dessert, crème brûlée, sumac roasted strawberries and baklava vye for the sweet spot.
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Cost R3 000 per couple (pre-payment required)
Date 14 February 2024
Time 6.30pm – 10pm
Contact 021 431 5888, guestexperience@oneandonlycapetown.com
Where to find it Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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A culinary journey at Adara

Valentines Day Adara

Picture the scene: dining alfresco on a glorious summer evening, on a tranquil terrace surrounded by flower-filled gardens, oak trees, emerald lawns, vineyards and mountains. Adara is still somewhat of a secret, but it won’t be for long… This new arrival in Paarl, a 300-year-old Cape Dutch wine estate freshly restored to its original magnificence, is laying on a six-course dinner of global and local flavours. From soft-shell blue crab and asparagus hollandaise to truffled mushroom risotto, lamb and rooibos-smoked kingklip and mussels, it’ll be a feast to remember.
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Cost R795 per person
Time 6pm
Where to find it Adara Palmiet Valley Estate, Sonstraal Road, Paarl
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Multi-course feasts at The Taj

Valentines Day The Taj

A historic landmark in the city centre, Taj Cape Town offers an all-round five-star hotel experience and oodles of old-world glamour.
Urban-chic Mint Restaurant is offering six courses of pure delight. From tasty titbits to start with – a bruschetta basket, young prawns, bocconcini and peach skewers – to the main attractions such as crayfish thermidor, beef Wellington and goat’s cheese and grape ravioli – this is the food of love on a plate. All that’s left is to round off your evening with something from the desert trolley… Heaven.
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Bombay Brasserie’s superb modern-Indian fine-dining cuisine stars on a six-course Valentine’s menu that’s sure to inject some spice into the proceedings, with a range of curries and accompaniments (punctuated by delightful amuse-bouches) – all beautifully plated and presented with care – that will transport you to another place and time.
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Cost Mint: R695 per person
Bombay Brasserie: R950 per person
Time 6pm – close
Where to find it 1 Wale Street, corner of St Georges Mall, Cape Town
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Dinner à deux at The Cellars-Hohenort

Valentines Day Cellars Hohenort

The botanical-themed Conservatory restaurant glows with candlelight on Valentine’s night. Make the most of the occasion with a romantic stroll in the beautiful gardens of this historic hotel, before settling in for an elegant six-course dinner, with the option of an MCC pairing with each course. Highlights of this meal designed for l’amour are prawn ceviche, wagyu beef, confit chicken, linefish roulade and a “chocolate lovers” dessert.
Cost R795 per person
MCC Pairing: R400 extra per person
Time 6pm – 9.30pm
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
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Aphrodisiacs at Grand Africa Café & Beach

Valentines Day Grand Africa

Sometimes all you need for romance is a bottle of bubbly, some oysters, a sea view and a table where you can sit with your toes in the sand… Grand Africa is one of the Mother City’s best spots to watch the sun go down, complete with palm trees and funky DJs on the decks. The menu offers all the popular classics (pizzas, sushi, steak, pasta). Book your table for the 14th and you’ll get a bottle of Pongracz Brut and six oysters, plus a complimentary glass of bubbly to welcome you to wonderland.
Cost R700 per couple
Time 12pm – late
Where to find it Haul Road, off Granger Bay Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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The Mexican Way at Hacienda

Valentines Day Hacienda

Flowing tequila, fabulous margaritas and a playlist of cool Latin tracks – just the recipe for a great night out. Add gaucho-chic interiors and spice-flecked food and drinks inspired by the cuisine of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, and it becomes memorable. This Valentine’s Day, Hacienda has a set menu for two that dips into sheer delight, with ceviche, authentic mole and tacos like you’ve never tasted. Best of all, every course can be paired with Patrón tequila. You’ll also get welcome bubbly on arrival, with the option of partaking in Drunken Oysters.
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Good to know There’s a welcome glass of Martini Prosecco on arrival.
Cost R699 per person
Tequila pairing: R699 extra per person
Time 6pm or 8.30pm seating
Where to find it 92 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Salsa at sunset at Radisson RED

Valentines Day Salsa At Sunset

Trip the light fantastic, high above the city lights, with a night to remember on the rooftop of this Waterfront hotel. As the sun sets, professional salsa dancer Charné Johnson will teach you the red-hot moves, and from there it’s up to you. With food and cocktails flowing, sultry music, panoramic views and a dancefloor like no other, there can be no better way to celebrate love and life. And everyone’s welcome, singles and couples.
Cost R95 per person
Time 7pm
Where to find it Silo Square, S Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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It’s amour at Scala

Valentines Day Scala

If food is the language of love, speak Italian! Head into this atmospheric, below-street-level space just off Heritage Square, where they do Italian a little differently… The pastas are served as sharing plates, made in-house from three different types of dough, topped with a variety of delectable sauces, and in all shapes and forms. For Valentine’s dinner, the set menu ticks all the boxes: a welcome glass of bubbly, a platter of antipasti, pasta (including acclaimed chef Luciano Monosilio’s signature carbonara, plus three others) and dolci (chocolate, of course).
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Good to know There’s a welcome glass of Martini Prosecco on arrival.
Cost R699 per person
Time 6pm or 8.30pm seating
Where to find it 81 Church Street, Cape Town
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Dinner away at The Marine

Valentines Day The Marine

Whisk yourselves off to Hermanus for a romantic getaway, and make it extra special with a Valentine’s dinner in the Art Deco-styled Pavilion at this iconic seafront hotel. The five-course feast goes from beautifully crafted canapés (with a glass of bubbly at sunset), through luscious local burrata and springbok carpaccio, a choice of mains (mussels or beef fillet), before a sweet finale of strawberry baked cheesecake with chocolate hazelnut praline kisses.
Cost R595 per person
Time 6pm – 9.30pm
Where to find it Marine Drive, Hermanus
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Nights of wine + music at Blue Room and Culture

Valentines Day Blue Room Culture

For lovers of all the good things in life (wine, food, music, good company), these two venues – in the same building in buzzy Bree Street – have a plan to draw you in. Upstairs at Culture Wine Bar, it’s “Galentine’s Week”, where patrons can enjoy a tasting of four excellent wines paired with canapés – plus live music. It’s all about fun, so bring your friends (every table of four gets a complimentary bottle of bubbles). Meanwhile, downstairs at atmospheric music venue The Blue Room, a stylish evening awaits: from a welcome cocktail and canapés to a three-course dinner, with the live soundtrack courtesy of jazz songbird “N-The Queen” Ncedeka.
Cost Blue Room: R950 per person (music cover charge included)
Culture: R395 per person
Date 14 – 17 February 2024
Time 6pm – 10pm
Where to find it 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
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A magical evening at Asoka

Valentines Day Asoka

This vibrant bar-lounge-restaurant is magical on any night, with its indoor fairy-lit olive tree, glowing candles and lanterns, oh-so-cool soundtrack and Asian-flecked sharing-plate menu. On Valentine’s night, Asoka is dressing up for the occasion and treating guests with special care. Following welcome bubbly and canapés, there’s a three-course dinner to feast on (tempura duck, truffle teriyaki beef, tuna tacos, oysters and more). The soundtrack comes courtesy of an acoustic duo, solo artist ParloBianco and resident deep-house DJ.
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Cost R695 per person
Time 5.30pm – late
Where to find it 68 Kloof Street, Gardens
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Comfort classics at Burger & Lobster

Valentines Day Burger And Lobster

There’s no reason to complicate things… This modern restaurant on buzzing Bree Street specialises in two ingredients, and serves them to perfection – plus, we should note, fabulous cocktails. The three-course Valentine’s dinner is one of “opposites attract”, with a choice of burger or lobster roll; plus starters of cheese balls or burnt brisket. You’ll both be on the same page for dessert, though: Nutella & Oreo cheesecake to share. It includes a welcome glass of bubbly.
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Good to know There’s a welcome glass of Martini Prosecco on arrival.
Cost R699 per person
Time 6pm or 8.30pm seating
Where to find it 105 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Love uncorked at Le Grand Domaine Enoteca

Valentines Day Le Grande Domaine Ecnoteca

Stellenbosch’s uber-stylish wine bar – all glossy timber surfaces, leather, copper details, striped awnings and tiling – is an atmospheric spot to indulge your passion (for wine and each other!). This Valentine’s week, the pick of the wines will be served with a two-course bistro-style meal: Swiss fondue with the ​​Les Celliers de Vétroz Fendant (a white wine from Valais), then a rump steak with chimichurri and a glass of Grand Vin de Stellenbosch red or yellowtail with The Pledge Our Origin white. Plus a glass of Grand Vin MCC to welcome diners.
Cost R450 per person
Time 13 – 17 February, 12pm – 10pm
Where to find it 7 Church Street, Stellenbosch
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Flirty alfresco at Cavalli

Food, wine, stallions and magnificent views… This wine and equestrian estate in the Helderberg, with its striking modern architecture and sculpture-studded gardens, is the perfect setting for a Valentine’s Day rendezvous. Enjoy “Snacks & Sounds” on the Tasting Terrace beside the dam: a lunchtime treat of bubbly, a platter of nibbles and an intimate acoustic concert of romantic melodies. Or, if you have all afternoon, grab a picnic basket and head to the lawns, to enjoy a feast of fancy finger-licking treats (chicken kebabs, cheese quiche, trout pâté and cheesecake), with a bottle of Cavalli MCC and oysters thrown in.
Good to know If you’re staying home tonight, have a Date Night Box delivered: a bottle of Cavalli Chenin Blanc, a bottle of The Warlord red and the “Discussion Ignition” toolkit to help keep things interesting.
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Cost Picnic: R995 per couple
Snacks & Sounds: R570 (cheese platter), R675 (charcuterie platter)
Date Night Box: R430
Good to know Booking at least 24 hours in advance is essential.
Collection times 12pm – 2pm
Contact 021 855 3218, office@cavalliestate.com
Where to find it Cavalli Estate, R44 (Strand Road), Somerset West
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Cook like a Parisian at The Chef’s Studio

Valentines Day Chefs Studio

Paris is the City of Love, and the cuisine of Paris has sparked lifelong love affairs. Learn to make classic French dishes at an interactive chef’s master class, in a state-of-the-art kitchen. Then sit back and enjoy the mouth-watering fruits of your labour – a four-course feast – at a convivial communal table. This foodie experience on Valentine’s Day is perfect for couples and friends who love to cook and want a fun evening out.
Cost R750 per person
Time 6pm for 6.30pm
Where to find it 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Rural romance at The Bistro at Brookdale

Valentines Day Bistro At Brookdale

If you’re yearning to escape to the countryside for your love celebration, take a journey to a hidden valley in a fold of the mountains above Paarl… Here you’ll stumble upon the wonderful  Brookdale Estate and its elegant eaterie. In a far corner of the farm, beside the cellar, it overlooks a sea of vines. “Chic bistro” is how chef Gary Coetzee describes his menu, with locally sourced ingredients, beautiful presentation and flavours that pop. Book to dine here on 14 February, and you’ll receive a complimentary glass of the estate’s Mason Road Serendipity Rosé to kick off a splendid supper.
Cost Starters from R130; mains from R160; dessert from R120
Time 11am – 5pm
Where to find it Hawequa Bos Pad, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl
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Treats by Mochi Mochi

Valentines Day Mochi Mochi Treats

Who needs a box of chocolates when you can have mochi! Cape Town’s one and only wagashi (Japanese sweets) salon, courtesy of the Tjing Tjing clan, is offering limited-edition mochi boxes this Valentine’s Day – and there’s one to suit everyone. The first box contains four choc-dipped mochi truffles in miso-coffee-caramel, coconut, strawberry cheesecake and hazelnut. The Anti-Valentine box contains eight mochi in four flavours: “Let that man-go” (lime, mango, togaroshi), “It’s not me, it’s yuzu” (yuzu caramel), “You’re not my cup of tea” (Earl Grey) and “Dead to me” (black sesame praline). Place your orders by close of business on 10 February to collect on the 14th.
Cost R100 for Valentine’s box
R120 for Anti-Valentine’s box
Contact hello@mochimochi.co.za
Where to find it Heritage Square, 71 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town CBD

A dreamy dinner at Lanzerac’s Manor Kitchen

Valentines Day Manor Kitchen Lanzerac

You can’t ask for a more gloriously romantic setting than Lanzerac estate’s flagship restaurant. Housed in the heritage manor house, it’s all sparkling chandeliers, lead-glass windows, salmon-pink walls and fine furnishings. With its glass roof, you’ll be dining by starlight in utter style. Chef Stephan Fraser’s pink-ingredient culinary journey will take you from Saldanha oysters to Tuscan butter salmon or French filet mignon, via sharing plates of brie crème brûlée and prawn and squid-ink ravioli – paired with Lanzerac’s finest wines. The only detour being a cherry bomb martini dessert.
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Cost R590 per person
Time 6pm – close
Where to find it Lanzerac Road, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
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Down the rabbit hole at Nocturne

Valentines Day Nocturne

Take the less-travelled Valentine’s dinner road and head to this bar-restaurant, the sophisticated and moody sibling of Stellenbosch fine-dining hotspot Dusk. This is where the cocktails and food pair together perfectly, breaking boundaries with both and blurring the lines between gastronomy and mixology. (The Dusk test kitchen and fermentation lab provides intriguing food concoctions.) There’s an exclusive, gorgeously plated five-course dinner on 14 February, with the option of beverage pairings: wine with starters and main, and a cocktail with dessert.
Cost R995 per person
Beverage Pairing: R345 extra per person
Time 5pm – 12am
Where to find it 43 Plein Street, Stellenbosch
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Sunset spectacular at The President Hotel

Valentines Day President Hotel

This classic Bantry Bay resort-hotel, with its fabulous pool terrace, offers an easy-breezy but sultry Miami vibes setting for Valentine’s date night, in the shadow of Lion’s Head and beside the ocean. Under a sky painted in spectacular shades of sunset, Chef Sergio will serve up a five-course dinner, with optional wine pairings for each dish. Seafood features prominently, as does duck breast; for vegetarians, there’s lots of spice and other exotic flavours. To finish, a raspberry-white chocolate-vanilla heart that’ll make all resistance crumble.
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Cost R785 per person; R950 with wine
Vegetarian: R595 per person; R750 with wine
Time 6pm – close
Where to find it 4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay
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Romantic picnics at Jordan

Valentines Day Jordan Picnics

An alfresco feast in a glorious setting? Not just any old setting, but in one of Jordan wine estate’s fabulous (and secluded) picnic pods beside the willow-fringed dam. They’re set up with umbrellas, blankets and cushions, and have waiter-service to keep your drinks topped up. In the lovely wicker basket are three different breads, local cheeses and charcuterie, a chicken tart and various pickles, preserves and tasty dips and spreads. For Valentine’s week, you can add a few special touches: a bottle of Jordan Dry Rosé, a bunch of roses, rose petals to scatter around the pod, a welcome drink on arrival and a sweet treat to take home. There’s also a picnic basket for kids, if you’re sharing the love with them.
Cost R638 per couple (excludes beverages)
Add-on extras: R377 per couple
Kids’ picnic basket: R172
Time 10 – 18 February, 12.30pm – 4pm
Where to find it Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch
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Lip-licking delicious at Iron Steak

Valentines Day Iron Steak

For red-blooded romance, you can’t go wrong with a succulent steak (grass-fed, dry-aged and organic) along with a fine array of tasty tipples. In this respect, Iron Steak & Bar lives up to its name. For its Valentine’s Day special, patrons can choose between picanha steak, a wagyu burger (with wagyu beef dripping fries) or a chicken espetada (there’s a vegetarian choice too). Starters are meatballs or fish cakes for dipping, the dessert to share is choc mousse with salted caramel ice-cream, and there’s a complimentary glass of bubbles.
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Good to know There’s a welcome glass of Martini Prosecco on arrival.
Cost R699 per person
Time 6pm or 8.30pm seating
Where to find it 114 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Love is in the air with Explore Collection

Valentines Day Explore Collection

Remember that scene in Out of Africa, where Robert flies Meryl to a fabulous picnic spot in the wilderness? You can recreate that (albeit without the savannah animals, but with stunning sea views) by booking a helicopter ride from the Waterfront to a remote mountain-top deck amid the fynbos near Cape Point. Once you land, you’ll be served gin and tonics from a safari-style portable bar, with accompanying canapés. You’re free to take a romantic stroll – there are plenty of scenic spots to take pics. The entire experience takes an hour-and-a-half, so it’s also the ideal surprise (do we hear a proposal?) to add on to other Valentine’s plans.
Cost R12 000 per person
Time On request
Where to meet Breakwater Helipad, 220 East Pier, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Romance on high at Gigi Rooftop Bar

Valentines Day Gorgeous George

With its cheeky “It’s always better on top” slogan, this sixth-floor restaurant and bar at the downtown boutique hotel Gorgeous George sets the mood perfectly. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the George’s ‘House of Love’ special at Gigi Rooftop, a designer-chic “urban jungle” with a glass-panelled pool and views of the city. Combining good vibes and cool tunes with a slick designer edge, it sets the scene for a romantic three-course dinner.
Cost R550 per person
Time From 7pm
Date 14 February 2024
Contact hello@gorgeousgeorge.co.za
Where to find it Gorgeous George Hotel, 118 St George’s Mall, Cape Town
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Dine Underground at EARTHBOX

Valentines Day: Earthbox

Transcend the ordinary by descending into EARTHBOX’s underground chamber for a magical Valentine’s Day dinner. Chef John Joseph, the visionary behind The Anatomy of Food, is hosting a six-course dinner as part of the popular Chef Series at the immersive art installation on Lourensford Wine Estate. Enjoy a welcome cocktail amid the scenic landscape of the wine farm, before going six metres under the earth into an awe-inspiring space for the dining experience. In true John Joseph style, it will feature the finest seasonal ingredients, memorable flavours and decadent wine pairings.
Cost R3 500 per person
Time 6.30pm
Where to find it Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West
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Time of publication: 06 February 2024

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