Cape Town: Romantic capital of South Africa

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cape town romantic capital of south africa photographed by susan wong 2012

The international City of Love may be Paris, but here on the African continent, and specifically towards the southern tip, Cape Town is the most amorous place for intended conquests and a romantic rendezvous.

Perhaps it’s the intimacy one feels with most of the city being surrounded by dramatic mountains of the Cape Peninsula spine sliding into the Atlantic Ocean, framed against the blue sky.  Maybe it’s the overwhelming sensuality from the good food and tantalising wines.  Or, conceivably, it may be the romance of the late-setting sun and its soft golden glow that seems to bask everyone in a more beautiful light.  Regardless, Cape Town is a place where couples can grow closer and delve into the finer joys and delights of each others company.  Without a doubt, romance is everywhere.

Special thanks to Escape To The Cape

Like most Capetonians do, it’s best to appreciate the Romantic Capital of South Africa outdoors.  Whether it’s sunbathing on Cape Town’s 150 kilometres of beaches, hiking along the city’s hundreds of paths, driving along her shoreline, admiring the sweeping views high above on the mountains, or dining al fresco – for a romantic party for deux, make sure you add the following on your bucket list.

cape town romantic capital of south africa photographed by susan wong 2012

Road trip for two

Spend a day driving around the Cape Peninsula, on the spectacular coastal roads.  Whether in a convertible or on the back of a Harley Davidson, there’s nothing better than the sound of a revving engine, the wind, a great tune pumping through the speakers but the sea, sun and sand whizzing by.

Make your way to one of Cape Town’s most famous roads, Chapman’s Peak Drive, which winds its way along the coast with occasional views of the striking Table Mountain. Drive along the M6 onto Victoria Road, gradually descending to sea level, passing steep cliffs, winding creeks and rock beaches, which eventually give way to the white sands of Camps Bay Beach.  Be inspired with a drive through the millionaire’s mile, crammed with beachfront apartments and mansions carved into the cliffs, through to Sea Point.  Finally, don’t forget to drive to Signal Hill on its narrow and winding roads that offer some of the best views of Table Mountain, the city bowl, V&A Waterfront, and even Robben Island in the distance – definitely one of the best places for a sunset photograph with the night lights of the city flickering and the prominent Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain in the background.

Driving around together, with the one you love, Cape Town is your oyster.

cape town romantic capital of south africa photographed by susan wong 2012

Table Mountain

Way up in the mountains, high in the air, and wind in your hair – Table Mountain may seem like the obvious choice.  What could be more romantic than taking a ride up on a revolving cable car, with 360 degree views, to the isolated top of the city?  Often shrouded by clouds, if it’s a clear day, don’t take any chances – take the daily sunset special up to the famous mountain that sprouts up from the middle of the city – and enjoy the sweeping views from the tabletop with a bottle of South African wine and some chocolate dipped strawberries.

At the top, beyond the mountainous Twelve Apostles, look at views of some of Africa’s most expensive real estate built into the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.  Looking north, marvel at historic rolling vineyards. To the south, admire the sparkling city bowl as the sun begins to set.  And, follow the perfect curves of False Bay, leading all the way to Cape Point.

cape town romantic capital of south africa photographed by susan wong 2012

A Date With The Penguins

Though these penguins don’t tap-dance or find their soul mates through song like the Emperor Penguins of Happy Feet, penguin-watching can also be quite romantic.  Take a calming and restorative stroll on the long boardwalks at Boulder and Foxy Beaches, and meet the African “Jackass” Penguins, and be reminded of the kid in all of us.

Make a quick stop at the neighbourhood gelato and sorbet shop, where one look at the assortment of flavours is like love at first sight.

cape town romantic capital of south africa photographed by susan wong 2012

Romantic Vineyard Escape

Drive up the steep hills and lush valleys through scenic country roads to historic towns of the Wine Route – Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek – just outside of Cape Town.  Taste some of the world’s best wines and enjoy a lovely rustic meal nestled in the beautiful winelands.

cape town romantic capital of south africa photographed by susan wong 2012

The Passionate Colours of Cape Malay

Stroll through the hidden jewel of Cape Town, Bo-Kaap or also known as Cape Malay Quarter, and enjoy the colourful streets of Georgian and Victorian buildings from the 17th and 19th centuries, built from a passionate history.  Narrow cobble-stoned streets guide you through a lively suburb. Brightly painted buildings spice up the neighbourhood where no two buildings are identical in colour.  A passing jazz musician strums his guitar, filling the streets with the perfect romantic tune.

Stop at the neighbourhood convenience store and try one of South Africa’s famous sweets, Melktert or Milk Tart.  Similar to an egg custard tart, Melktert is delightfully milkier, lighter, and perhaps, even better than the others with its dusting of cinnamon.  A glorious pairing of thin, crispy grainy pastry and a delicate, wobbly filling – the Melktert is a tart to the heart.

cape town romantic capital of south africa photographed by susan wong 2012

Sights and sounds of the V&A Waterfront

The vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, at the foot of Table Mountain is home to world-class restaurants and bars, great shopping, and plenty of open-air cafes.  The buzz of a working harbour is intriguing and leaves much for exploration.  On a hot summer afternoon, enjoy a fresh sea breeze and a refreshing cocktail.  In the evening, dine in one of the low-lit 80 restaurants, enjoy the lights and swoon over live jazz gigs by the water.

cape town romantic capital of south africa photographed by susan wong 2012

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

  • Lovely article 🙂 Most people writing about or visiting Cape Town overlook the fact that we have an interesting wine route right next to the city, which is the Constantia wine route, oldest of the wine farms and where the wine industry began. There are splendid old homesteads, award winning wines and top restaurants right on the city doorstep.

  • Thabo Mlaetzo

    Great piece on the beauty of our country SA…I miss home but also found my second home in Kenya. As sweet as home.

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