Forget Paris—I’m lobbying for Cape Town to be crowned the City of Love. Even the most mundane evening gains some serious romantic cachet against the stunning mountain-meets-ocean natural backdrop here. While you could have a memorable drive to a gas station in the shadow of Table Mountain, some occasions require more planning. If you’re looking for the perfect date-night venue, here are five favorites. You can’t go wrong with any of them, whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, popping the question or just escaping the kids for some much-needed alone time.
1. White Room
Chef Vanessa Marx is one of the most exciting young talents on South Africa’s culinary scene, celebrated for her seasonal menus at the brasserie Dear Me. But what’s not quite as well known is the unique space she oversees upstairs from Dear Me. The White Room comes to life for dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings, when diners choose from five- or eight-course tasting menus in a sleek room lit with glittering chandeliers.
2. 5 Rooms
If the Cape Winelands are feeling a bit of a trek, the Constantia wine region is the perfect alternative—and it’s just 20 minutes from the center of town. The Alphen, in the heart of the valley, is a landmark hotel, and the location of its signature restaurant 5 Rooms is sublime: Nestled amid lush grounds, the 18th–century manor house is a cozy Old World–style retreat. Plush velvet seats and crackling fireplaces in each of the five rooms make for a romantic setting.