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Romantic restaurants in downtown Cape Town

31 Jan 2022
Fyn Restaurant

From low-lit haunts for starry-eyed lovers to swanky fine-dining delights for unforgettable nights, here’s the ultimate Cape Town CBD date-night guide.

Love it or hate it, Aphrodite’s favourite day is an excellent excuse for a good time with your amour. The Mother City is one of the world’s most romantic destinations. In fact, named it the ultimate honeymoon destination in 2021. The Cape Town CBD is sensational for those seeking to sneak in a memorable meal with their Valentine. Here’s the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) guide for romantic rendez-vous.

FYN Restaurant


Treat your favourite to the FYNer things in life, with this “neoteric Japanese African” fusion of flavours. Located in Parliament Street, FYN crosses boundaries to bring delighted diners stunning plates of contemporary cuisine. From burnt mushroom milk buns and summer somen (noodles), to Robata-grilled Kalahari beef and pumpkin pie nougat with yuzu marshmallow, guests are taken on an unforgettable journey that may just inspire a lover to get on bended knee. The dramatic industrial interior certainly is the perfect backdrop for a proposal…
Site: | Location: 5th Floor, Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament St | Phone: 021 286 2736

The Royal Oyster Bar


Some have it that Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, rose from the sea in an oyster shell, shortly before birthing Eros, the god of erotic romance. Others say that the romantic rogue Casanova – rumoured to have seduced 122 women – slurped down 60 oysters a day. Whatever the reason, these slippery shuckers have become known as aphrodisiacs. Hence, the glamorous new eatery, The Royal Oyster Bar on Bree St is ideal for those seeking to keep it sexy. This Valentine’s Day set out to spoil yourself: the venue is hosting The Royal Art Experience with oysters, wine and art therapy. Time: 17h00. Cost: R1 090 per person.
Site: | Location: 17 Bree Street | Phone: 071 490 2834

Grub & Vine


“If music be the food of love, play on …” Of course, Orsino is hoping to cure his craving for love by being drowned in an excess of it, so the quote isn’t quite right. But fools in love looking to blend the blues with good wine and great food should make a beeline for Matt Manning’s The Blue Room at Grub & Vine in Bree Street. Serving up soulful sounds with live music, this humble hot spot keeps it simple. Think tapas and bespoke cocktails. Dive into some Love and Sage to start, followed by the Hanky Panky. Add a pork scotch egg and spicy fried chicken wings to keep things deliciously dirty. At Grub & Vine restaurant itself, there is a Valentine’s Tasting Menu on offer over Valentine’s Weekend on 11, 12 and 14 February. Cost: R795 per person (six-course set menu) or R1 250 per person (six-course set menu with wine pairing). Booking essential.
Site: | Location: 103 Bree Street | Phone: 087 153 5244

Mulberry & Prince


Stroll down Pepper Street to the iconic pink doors and get ready for the best brunch the Mother City has to offer. Its stylish interior may get the ‘Gram buzzing, but it’s the eggs that really steal the show. If the way to your significant other’s heart is breakfast, then this is your (toast and) jam. You can’t go wrong with the famed Mulberry & Prince eggs “benny”. However, on Valentine’s Day, there is a special six-course dinner to be had. The menu is still to be announced … Cost: R1 000 per person (excluding drinks).

Site: | Location: 12 Pepper St | Book via email:

Infinity Restaurant


Feel on top of the world at Lower Long’s “high-rise restaurant”, which offers 360-degree mountain and sea views, and “skystronomy” – aka, gastronomy in the sky. With an audacious Afro-chic interior that has been decked out with glitzy chandeliers, animal prints and tropical wallpaper, you can embrace your wild sides while tucking into delectable fair. This Valentine’s Day, Hotel Sky Cape Town is offering R995 bed-and-breakfast for two with a special room drop and late check-out of 12 pm.

Site: | Location: 9 Lower Long Street | Book via email: or Phone: 021 879 5040

Villa 47


Described as a three-floor culinary concept, Villa 47 has it all, from Locanda, the kind of relaxed Italian bistro that would get you singing like Meryl Streep, to Martini Terrazzo, a garden-style courtyard boasting a versatile lounge and bar. For sublime speciality dishes look no further than Locanda’s lasagne. If you enjoy sharing style plates more, Martini’s salt and pepper calamari with yuzu mayo, and pommes frites with parmesan truffle cream will leave you in the throes of ecstasy.
Site: | Location: 47 Bree St | Phone: 021 741 0250

Bombay Brasserie


Specialising in North Indian food combined with Cape Malay flair, Bombay Brasserie at the Taj Hotel exudes elegance, with its exotic décor and sumptuous touches. With small plates inspired by street food, the restaurant is ideal for those seeking authentic flavours, with favourites like kofta curry, lamb biryani and a special take on malva pudding. This Valentine’s Day, savour an incomparable vegetarian or non-vegetarian dining experience for R645 per couple, valid from 12 to 14 February 2022. Bookings are essential.
Site: | Location: 1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall | Book via email: or Phone: 021 819 2038



A small oasis in the heart of Cape Town, Hemelhuijs offers an ideal escape from life’s hustle and bustle. Indulge in its freshly made jewel-coloured juices, creative cocktails or custom-blended coffee and order from the all-day menu. Heavenly smells and tastes await; the carefully sourced ingredients by Jacques Erasmus and his team escalate the comforting flavours of childhood memories with care and flair.

Site: | Location: 71 Waterkant street, Cape Town City Centre | Phone: 021 418 2042

Tjing Tjing Momiji


A tranquil and understated space celebrating Japanese culture and cuisine. Award-winning fine-dining restaurant Momiji in Tjing Tjing House is where the chef’s creativity lets loose, with an outstanding set menu that fuses Japanese flavours with local ingredients. Recently reopened, the eatery’s décor delights the eye and transport guests straight to Tokyo; the idea is food should be fun, beautiful and tell a story. There is a concise set menu. This season, Momiji offers an informal and concise dining experience. The set menu costs R425 per person or R750 per person inclusive of a drinks pairing. Note, Momiji trades from Thursday to Saturday and will be closed on Valentine’s Day, so you’ll need to book for the preceding Saturday. Bookings are essential.

On Valentine's Day itself, have a picnic with a 10-piece mochi box from Mochi Mochi, which is next door but also part of the Tjing Tjing family. Cost: R150 Flavours include:

  • 2x Chocolate dipped Strawberry mochi
  • 2x Rose mochi
  • 2x Passionfruit mochi
  • 2x “First date” and Cashew mochi
  • 2x Cherry-Chocolate mochi

Site:  | Location: 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001| Book via Dineplan or email or Phone: 021 422 4374 / 422 4920

The Rockefeller


Newly opened in Cape Town’s business district in the Foreshore, The Rockefeller is the city’s hottest new hotel. A plush oasis impeccably appointed with lavish décor; the hotel offers a stately refuge from the inner-city bustle. Fast becoming the CBD’s new foodie hotspot, the hotel boasts spectacular sushi, an artisanal bakery, contemporary dining options and a 24-hour deli, all stemming from a famous food portfolio that includes Grand Pavilion, Sevruga, Cowboys & Cooks and Fancy Franks.

This Valentine’s Day, experience the wholly majestic setting while enjoying a 3-course dinner at R800 per couple, including complimentary bubbly on arrival and live DJ entertainment for the evening. If you’d like to stay the night, there is a special Valentine’s bed-and-breakfast offer of R900 per room for stays on 14 February.

Site: | Location: 12 Christiaan Barnard St| Phone: 021 819 2000

IMAGES: FYN Restaurant, The Royal Oyster Bar, Grub & Vine, Mulberry and Prince, Infinity Restaurant, Villa 47, Bombay Brasserie, Hemelhuijs, Tjing Tjing Momiji, The Rockefeller