If you’re Valentine’s Day averse, you might need to turn the page. This week, Phumlani S Langa gives us the best suggestions on where to take that special someone. Remember, it doesn’t have to be your bae because Valentine’s Day is about showing love to friends and family too!
Valentine’s Healthy Dinner
Jackson’s Real Food Market
February 14, 6.30pm
R395 at quicket.co.za
One needs to stay mindful of one’s physique around V-day.
Keep it healthy with a nutritious three-course meal that should be sure to spark the fire of romance.
Valentine’s Dinner – Three Course Set Menu
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton
February 14, 7pm
Tickets R880 at email@example.com
The Radisson is by no means a bad venue for a little rendezvous with your boo. Try this set menu out for size and let me know how it goes.
Valentine’s Picnic Under The Stars
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
February 14, starts 6pm
R25 to R50 at webtickets.co.za
This is more like it if you ask me – simple and sincere. Mother nature will provide the backdrop and all you need bring is a picnic blanket. Bring the kids along if you like, to relax and toast to love with the sounds of Teddy Pendergrass and Celine Dion in the background.
Railways Café Valentine’s Dinner
5 Main Road, 0157 Centurion, Irene
February 14, 6pm
R500 per couple. Secure one of 30 couples’ seats at firstname.lastname@example.org
Expect a lovely setting, wine, a three-course cuisine and a complimentary gift awaiting you on the table. They have decked out the booths of the café with flowers, candles and crystal lights. Dreamy, right?
Café Artiste, Brooklyn Theatre
February 14, 5pm
R129 per head. Phone 086 177 7807 to make a reservation
The whole family is welcome to partake in this evening of good food and a relaxed vibe.
Valentine’s Dine and Stay
Kievits Kroon, Reier Road, Kameeldrift East
February 14, 2pm
Tickets R3 820 to R4 180 at
This right here is for the lavish lovers. Not just a dinner, but an overnight outing at an up-market hotel. Enjoy a seven-course dinner, wine pairing, a romantic turn down, fine accommodation and a breakfast the morning after.
Night Picnic and Outdoor Movie Screening
Ubuntu Kraal, Orlando West
February 14, 5.30pm
R100 to R1 050 at jamsonice.co.za
A picnic and movie are a classic Valentine’s Day date. Watch this screening under the stars of Soweto. The thought is inviting.
Zithande Girls Valentine’s Celebrations
White City Lounge, Mphuti Street
February 17, 4pm
So, if you arrive wearing some killer heels and they turn out to be the best looking pair on the night, you may win a prize. Not only that, but the entrance fee covers you for a bottle of wine, five ciders or five beers. Should be quite lit. But alas, no men are allowed in the lounge before 7pm.
Throwback Chillout Run-In
Icon Soweto, Pimville
February 11, 1pm
Ladies free entrance until 5pm
Roll up for a day of jamming. This is a good opportunity to maybe get the attention of someone special for Valentine’s Day or to simply dance your stress away. The sound of DJ Switch and a host of other party-starting deejays should hold you down.
Delvera Valentine’s Hike
Dirtopia Trail Centre, Delvera Farm
February 14, 4.30pm
R150 per person at dirtpass.co.za
You know we’re big about staying active, but nobody said you have to go through the pains of getting in shape by yourself. Order a delicious picnic and hike to the top of Klapmutskop to view the sunset, where a glass of bubbly will be served at the top of the mountain. You can make this a family affair because friends and family are welcome too.
Felix Hlophe – Be My Valentine
Cinema Nouveau, Gateway, Umhlanga
February 14, 7pm
R180 at webtickets.co.za
This one could work for a V-Day date because a spot of humour can be romantic. Even if you are single, a good laugh can be just what is needed to get you through the day of love.
The Winston Pub, Clark Road, Umbilo
February 14, 8pm
Entrance R20 to R30 at the door
Described as “uncouth, unsavoury and undeniably funny”, this weekly event features local talent on the rise. Catch a laugh with your date or laugh off not having one.