Great places and ideas for a romantic night out (or in), this Valentine’s Day (and beyond)

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If you’re looking to discover romantic places or ideas, look no further, this go-to list is here to guide you through Valentine’s Day (and beyond) this year. Here are some gorgeous places to explore and enjoy with your partner, in Johannesburg or Cape Town.

Wine and dine in style 

Johannesburg Restaurants 

CAFÉ DEL SOL BOTANICO
Prosecco on arrival followed by a delish 4-course menu, priced at R850 per person. An a la carte menu will also be available featuring specials of the day.
T: (011) 463 0207, E: bookings@cdsbotanico.co.za, W: https://www.cafedelsol.co.za/
 

FOUR SEASONS THE WESTCLIFF, JOHANNESBURG
From brunch, to sunset cocktails and dinner, Four Seasons has you covered at both View and Flames restaurants for the entire weekend, to delight the romantic in all of us.
T: (011) 481 6000, E: reservations.johannesburg@fourseasons.com, W: www.viewrestaurant.co.za.

THE PEECH BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND BASALT RESTAURANT
Chef Freddie Dias brings Mediterranean passion to the new Basalt at The Peech. It’s a win!
T: (011) 537 9797, E: reservations@thepeech.co.za, W: https://thepeech.co.za/

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Cape Town Restaurants

BOCCA
Serving authentic Italian dishes bursting with flavour and indulgent cocktails.
T:
(021) 422 0188, E: info@bocca.co.za, W: https://bocca.co.za/ 

BLANKO
Enjoy a 3-course menu crafted by smart Chef Amber May Deetlefs, in the gardens of The Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia. Priced at R320 per person.
T: (021) 795 6313, E: events@alphen.co.za, W: https://www.blanko.co.za/ 

BOBO’S
Dine on a svelte 3-course menu at this casual coastal chic eatery on Beach Road, Mouille Point. Priced at R320 per person.
T: (021) 439 9027, E: info@bobosbrasserie.co.za, W: www.bobosbrasserie.co.za

FIREFISH
Enjoy lovely waterside views of Cape Town’s Waterfront and Table Mountain, whilst dining on a delicious 3-course menu. Priced at R320 per person.
T: (021) 286 4933, E: info@firefishrestaurant.co.za, W: https://www.firefishrestaurant.co.za/ 

THE ALPHEN BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Spoil your special someone with a night away at The Alphen during the month of February 2020, and enjoy the special rate of R3,650 per room per night. Includes dinner at Blanko, breakfast at la Belle, and a complimentary upgrade to the next room type (subject to availability) as well as a romantic turn-down.
T: +27 (0) 21 795 6300, E: reception@alphen.co.za, W: https://www.alphen.co.za/ 

THE SHORTMARKET CLUB
London gentlemen’s club meets New York City speakeasy with sexy cuisine. It’s a vibe.
T: 072 382 8664, E: info@theshortmarketclub.co.za, W: http://theshortmarketclub.co.za/home/

THE POT LUCK CLUB
Set on top of the silo at The Old Biscuit Mill; take in the city lights and Table Mountain slopes as you dine on amazing dishes to share, created by Chef Jason Kosmas, at this rocking eatery.
T: (021) 447 0804, E: reservations@thepotluckclub.co.za, W: http://thepotluckclub.co.za/home/
 

Cape Winelands

ALLÉE BLEUE WINE ESTATE
Share a chicnic basket with your love at this historic Franschhoek estate. It’s a farm picnic with a sprinkling of chic, priced at R385 for 2 persons sharing, and inclusive of a bottle of Allée Bleue Wine.
T: (021) 874 1021, E: Info@alleebleue.com, W: www.alleebleue.com

If you’re opting for a night in, try their simply beautiful Brut Rosé 2014. Filled with delicate flavours of strawberries, rose petals and candyfloss. This romantic bubbly is available online at R151 per bottle.

CAVALLI ESTATE
Cavalli Restaurant by Chef Michael Deg takes full advantage of this Stellenbosch estate’s extraordinary setting with beautiful views of the distant Helderberg Mountains. Enjoy a 6-course set menu for dinner at R950 per person, or a 6-course vegetarian menu priced at R700 per person.
For accommodation bookings – T: 021 855 3218, E: info@cavalliestate.com, W: https://cavalliestate.com/.
For restaurant bookings – T: (021) 880 8167, E: restaurant@cavalliestate.com

If you’re opting for a night in, try their Cavalli Pink Pony 2019, available at R80 per bottle from the estate. A fragrant Grenache Rosé with summer fruits on the nose leading into a dry, full-bodied wine on the pallet.

DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE
Indulge at either Indochine or Delaire Graff Restaurant at this jewel of the Cape WinelandsAdd a wine tasting or spa experience to round off a beautiful day.
T: (021) 885 8160, E: info@delaire.co.za, W: https://www.delaire.co.za/

HAUTE CABRIÈRE
Valentine’s Day guests will be welcomed to the restaurant with a glass of MCC at the newly renovated Haute Cabrière. Enjoy a romantic lunch or dinner in the restaurant or at the recently launched all-glass outdoor tasting room/restaurant, while gazing at the views of the stunning Franschhoek Valley.
T: (021) 876 8500, E: restaurant@cabriere.co.za, W: www.cabriere.co.za

If you’re opting for a night in, Haute Cabrière’s Pierre Jourdan Méthode Cap Classique celebratory wines from Franschhoek are an ever-constant win. Try the Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blanc, a rich and full-bodied MCC that pairs beautifully with creamy seafood dishes. Purchase online at R335 per bottle. 

KLEINE ZALZE WINE ESTATE AND TERROIR RESTAURANT
Visit Stellenbosch, go wine tasting at Kleine Zalze, and enjoy a romantic lunch or dinner at the acclaimed Terroir restaurant; which has been honoured with a Top 10 award at the annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards at least nine times. Considering Cape Town’s global reputation for high-quality, cutting edge food; this significant achievement attests to Chef Michael Broughton and his team’s consistency and attention to detail.
T: (021) 880 8167, E: restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za

If you’re opting for a romantic night in, pair the Kleine Zalze Methode Cap Classique Non-Vintage Brut Rosé with duck breast served with roasted vegetables. This show-stopper is flirtatious fun and has flair that delights the palate as much as the eye. Available at selected specialist wine outlets nationwide, and at the cellar, at R128 per bottle.

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Romantic Gifts

Hailing from Stellenbosch, the ALTO ESTATE Shiraz 2016 is a full-bodied wine with a good balance between finesse and structure. Its rich, ruby red colour and bouquet of red fruit, wood spice and pepper notes make this wine the perfect partner to Mediterranean dishes. Available at retail outlets nationwide and found on many restaurant wine lists this wine, at R250 per bottle, can also be delivered to your door when purchased online.

Pinot Noir is the ultimate sensual grape varietal and at the top of the pile confidently rests BOUCHARD FINLAYSON. Get this ultimate Valentine’s gift for your significant other, from fine wine shops nationwide or online via www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za.

The BOSJES Reserve wines are Breedevalley terroir showpieces selected by Cape Wine Master, Allan Mullins. The BOSJES Chardonnay Reserve 2018 delivers a bouquet of tangerine, peach and apricot with fruit, vanilla and a light toastiness on the creamy mouth-filling palate. The finish lingers with delectable citrus notes making it a mouth-watering accompaniment to seaside dishes such as fish with citrus-based sauces, shellfish, pasta or meat dishes featuring chicken, duck or veal. Available online at R290 per bottle.

DAMASCENE is a new range of wines crafted from unique and exceptional vineyards across the Western Cape Winelands. The Syrah 2018 is intensely spiced with notes of white pepper, coriander and nutmeg. Perfumed with hints of ripe red fruit, cured meat and olives, it is a wine that is strikingly elegant on the palate. With a potent core of fruit and a spice-driven finish this wine is the perfect option to woo your loved one. Available online at R400 per bottle.

Originating from Stellenbosch, the KWV THE MENTORS Petit Verdot 2017 is an intense, ruby-red wine with notes of cranberries and sweet spice on the nose. The palate is rich and juicy, making it the perfect accompaniment to hearty red meat dishes. Available online at R250 per bottle.

Choose the FROST POPSICLES range for a cheeky option this Valentine’s Day (and beyond). These frozen popsicles are a first of its kind in South Africa. Comprising nine delicious flavours (six alcoholic and three non-alcoholic flavours), these popsicles are low in calories, made from all-natural ingredients; and contain no artificial flavourants, colourants or sweeteners. With the exception of the Vanilla Coffee flavour, all other Frost Popsicles are dairy-free and vegan-friendly. Customise a box of your “perfect 10” and purchase online, from R180. 

SOUTH AFRICAN POTSTILL BRANDY is made to the highest production requirements. The process of making brandy excellence is a handcrafted and meticulous process that results in award-winning potstill brandies with complex multi-layered aroma profiles. Follow this easy recipe and surprise your love with a fancy brandy cocktail, The Brandle, made at home.

  • INGREDIENTS: 25ml Potstill Cape Brandy | 50ml Naartjie Juice | 15ml Van Der Hum | 15ml Sugar Syrup | 100ml Schweppes | Garnish with orange slices
  • GLASS: Tall Cocktail
  • METHOD: Build and stir over ice

Fine South African Potstill Brandies are available at most liquor retailers. For more information about South African Brandy visit www.sabrandy.co.za 

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List provided by Manley Communications and edited by Peaches
In copy images provided by Manley Communications
Header image by Marissa Rodriguez

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