Big city love

In the movies, love-struck couples always seem to have the best dates in iconic cities. Think Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sleepless in Seattle. This Valentine’s Day, you and your partner could experience the same, with your very own romantic encounter right here in the Cape Town CBD.

With its quaint paved side streets, magnificent green public spaces and renowned restaurants, Cape Town’s Central City rivals even established romantic getaways such as Paris and Venice. And with all the film crews on the CBD’s streets these days, you might even be caught on camera. With romance in mind, the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) have put together some suggestions for a picture-perfect Valentine’s Day.

Put your best foot forward

For fresh roses, look no further than the Adderley Street Flower Market.

Trafalgar Place, Adderley St

Take it easy together

The eighth floor of The Pepper Club hotel is home to the tranquil Cayenne Spa, where you and your partner can indulge in a couples’ spa treatment.

Cnr Loop and Pepper Sts, www.pepperclub.co.za/cayenne-spa, 021 812 8812

Trot along in style

Based at the Castle of Good Hope, the Cape Town Carriage Company offers a horse-drawn carriage ride for two that takes you past many of the Central City’s historic and romantic sites.

Darling and Buitenkant Sts, www.ctcco.co.za, 021 704 6907/8

Stop for lunch

The Company’s Garden is Cape Town’s answer to Central Park in New York City. You’ll find plenty of quiet spots to picnic among the squirrels. Food Lovers Market on St George’s Mall is a convenient place to stock up your picnic basket.

Food Lover’s Market: 122 St George’s Mall, 021 424 0294

Take a couples’ selfie at the Heerengracht fountain

You’re in one of the world’s most beautiful cities: take advantage of the setting! With the fountain, the mountain and some of the CBD’s tallest buildings as a backdrop, your selfie will make your Instagram followers and Facebook friends wish they were there.

Fountain Circle, Heerengracht

Enjoy a pre-dinner sundowner

After a hard day’s picnicking and spa’ing, you’ll need a drink. Thankfully, Cape Town CBD has amazing cocktail bars. Enjoy a sundowner on the sidewalk at The Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, named one of the Best New Bars in 20 Cities by Condé Nast Traveler in 2013, or on a rooftop at Tjing Tjing. Cape Town’s worst-kept secret, Julep – hint: it’s in a lane off Long Street – is another gem worth looking for.

The Orphanage Cocktail Emporium: 227 Bree St, www.theorphanage.co.za, 021 424 2004

Julep: Vredenburg Lane, www.julep.co.za, 021 423 4276

Tjing Tjing: 165 Longmarket St, http://tjingtjing.co.za, 021 422 4920

Go for dinner and a movie

The Twankey at The Taj Cape Town is known for its oysters – which, paired with the right bottle of bubbly – are the perfect start to date night.

Cnr Wale and Adderley Sts, www.tajhotels.com, 021 819 2000

Remember Lady and the Tramp and their bowl of spaghetti? Recreate that scene with the authentic Italian food at 95 Keerom, one of the top Italian restaurants in Cape Town according to the 2014 Eat Out 500.

95 Keerom St, www.95keerom.com, 021 422 0765

You could go to the movies at the mall, or you could watch a film under starlight at the Pink Flamingo cinema on the rooftop of The Grand Daddy. In February they’re showing The Notebook, Casablanca and Serendipity.

38 Long St, www.granddaddy.co.za/pinkflamingo, 021 424 7247

Dance the night away

The Crypt at the world-famous St George’s Cathedral has live jazz five nights a week. On Valentine’s Day you can enjoy the sounds of the Abigail Peterson Quartet from 20h00.

1 Wale St, www.thecryptjazz.com, 079 683 4658