First date ideas in Cape Town

First date -  Cape TownFirst date -  Cape Town
First date -  Cape TownFirst date -  Cape Town


First date ideas in Cape Town

Going on a first date is exciting, scary and thrilling all at once. You will be meeting someone for the first time (and hopefully not the last time). But it can difficult to know where to go on your first date. You could opt to do something traditional, such as going to a delicious dinner and watching a funny film, or you could think outside of the box and take them on a bicycle tour of a few of the Cape Winelands’ best spots.

Whether you will be watching the latest romantic comedy at the Nu Metro Cinema in Canal Walk or shopping for quirky curios at the Franschhoek Family Market, there is a multitude of options to choose from for a first date in Cape Town. Read on below for just some of these ideas to use for the perfect first date in the Mother City.


Stroll through Kirstenbosch Gardens

Taking a leisurely stroll through a scenic botanical garden is the perfect laid-back first date idea. And what better place to do this than Kirstenbosch Gardens? It is situated at the foot of Table Mountain and has unparallelled views. It is also home to five of the six South African biomes.

There is plenty to do and see here, but one of the highlights of the Kirstenbosch Gardens is taking a stroll along the treetop canopy. It is a truly magical experience, allowing you and your date to spend time enjoying nature and having uninterrupted conversations while getting to know one another. Plan your date to be on a sunny day, so you can see the natural scenery in all its splendour.


Watch a VIP film at Canal Walk

There is something romantic about going to a movie on your first date. Perhaps it is because it is the “traditional” choice, but it is certainly a good go-to idea for those who enjoy going to the movies. You can take it up a notch by choosing a VIP experience at the Nu Metro Cinema at Canal Walk.

The VIP cinema is a truly luxurious experience. Here you will find leather recliners, freshly prepared food for in-cinema enjoyment as well as a romantic and comfortable atmosphere. This is a fantastic first date option, as it is affordable but feels like a VIP experience. Be sure to choose a film that you will both enjoy, or ask your date what their preference is. You can watch a film in style and comfort and fit in dinner at the same time. It truly is a “win-win” option.


Go on a Segway tour at Spier Wine Farm

First dates are often awkward at first, so why not take them on a unique and adventurous activity to break the ice? You could take them on a tour of one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms on a Segway.

Spier Wine Farm offers two options for this quirky activity. For the first one, you can choose a one-hour trip that covers the heart of the farm, and for the second one there is a two-hour trip which heads further out into the sprawling vineyard. Once the tour is over, stop off for a bite to eat at the sumptuous Eight Restaurant located on the grounds of the Spier Wine Farm. Your date is sure to give you points for originality with this adventure.


Visit a food market

Visiting a food market is a unique first date idea. And there are plenty to choose from in Cape Town! You can take your pick from the Bay Harbour Market, the Mojo Market, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market and the classic Old Biscuit Mill Market. All of these markets offer a stunning array of food and drink vendors, as well as exciting arts and crafts.

Your date is sure to enjoy spending time strolling through enticing food stalls and discovering new and unique vendors. Stop off and have lunch at one of the many stalls and be sure to try out any taste-testers that are offered. You could also choose to go to a night market, to bring a romantic atmosphere to the date. A market is a fun and relaxing activity, which can help to allay any nerves that either of you might be feeling.


Don’t stress the small stuff

First dates can be nerve-wracking but they are also exciting. You might meet the love of your life on a first date, so be sure to make a good impression. Going to the Nu Metro Cinema to watch a romantic comedy is a fantastic way to spend time on a date, or you could spend time admiring the natural beauty of the Kirstenbosch Gardens on a Saturday morning. Whatever you choose to do, be sure that it is an experience neither of you will forget.

First date -  Cape Town