Moonlight Horse Ride – Voortrekker Park
While Voortrekker Park might not be on the forefront of romance in your mind, there are few things more romantic than a sunset and a moonlight picnic. If that sounds good to you, Cape Riding has got you covered. You can enjoy a beautiful African sunset while you explore the nature reserve surrounding the monument on horseback. Afterwards, you can enjoy a romantic moonlight picnic for two. This outing makes for an evening of adventure, fun, relaxation and a beautiful view of the stars – all shared with a person you care for.
Where: Eufees Road, Groenkloof 358-Jr
More Info: 082 828 6323
Ice Skating And Arcade Fun – The Grove
While this might sound somewhat juvenile to some, this can be a wonderful way of getting to know your partner. You are never too old to have some old-school fun. So, why not whisk your special guy or girl away for an evening of child-like joy. Have some fun dancing around together on the ice – first one to take a tumble buys dinner. After a lovely dinner with some wine, venture into the arcade and have a go at tenpin bowling or get in the bumper cars. Hit the arcade machines and get some friendly competition going. You might be lucky and see a whole new side to your partner. A playful evening out could be a great way to strengthen your bond and make new memories.
Where: The Grove Mall, Corner Lynnwood & Simon Vermooten Roads, Pretoria
More Info: www.thegrovemall.co.za
If you are the kind of couple that enjoys cultural events or is keen to try new things, keep an eye on the events hosted by Brooklyn Theatre. Everything from classical music shows, to plays and recitals, to operas – you will find an array of interesting events right throughout the year. What conveys love better than music and art?
They showcase mostly local talent, and some international musicians join a few productions throughout the year. The Café Artiste is also a lovely place for a drink or a meal before or after shows.
Where: Shop 21, Greenlyn, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria
More Info: www.brooklyntheatre.co.za | 012 460 6033
The Village – Hazelwood
The Village is one of Pretoria’s favourite and trendiest places to hang out at the moment. It seems we are finally escaping the closed atmosphere of malls and shopping centres in favour of a more open-plan dining experience. The Village is a couple of blocks filled with restaurants and cafés, like Culture Club, Alfies and Cowfish. You certainly won’t be starved for choice and are bound to find a place that delights you.
Arguably one of the best things about The Village is how easy and comfortable it is to walk the streets between restaurants – it really gives you an ‘out-of-Pretoria’ feel. The fairy lights give the area a fantastic kind of atmosphere, and it does wonders to foster a romantic feel as you stroll along the numerous restaurants before finding a place to settle for dinner. Why not hit up a different joint for a nightcap after dinner? After all, it is only a short walk away.
Where: 15, 16 Street, Hazelwood, Pretoria
More Info: www.facebook.com/thevillagehazelwood/
Date night can do a lot of good in any relationship, and what better excuse to try new things and make more memories. In a world where everybody gets busier by the second, it is extra important to square away some time for your favourite person. If you have any amazing date night ideas or secrets, please feel free to share in the comments section below!
By Tilana De Wachter