With trendy eateries, intimate bars and scenic wine estates on every corner and a plethora of fun, innovative activities at every turn, Cape Town is chock-a-block with great options for a memorable romantic rendezvous, whether it’s a first date or a 50th anniversary.
Nevertheless, despite the breadth of alternatives available, when it come to arranging a top-notch date with a prospective sweetheart (or even a long-term partner), it can be a challenge to come up with an original fail-proof plan.
So, you've finally worked up the nerve to ask out that guy you've been eyeing in the coffee shop every morning. If you're in need of a little creative kickstart when it comes to the perfect first date ideas, we've got the list for you! And if it goes well, pick a book for him to read and have him pick one for you. Find something to refurbish, and meet later to do it together. Even if you don't follow through on drinks, you'll still have a new '80s windbreaker or pair of mom jeans. Always remember, however, that for safety and comfort reasons, first dates with someone you don't know in person yet should happen in public places. Depending on your athletic level and the trails in your area, try upgrading to a hike. You could gaze at the stars from a field, or you could go to an observatory to do serious stargazing. There's no better way to bond than shooting your way through House of the Living Dead. Go during the week for deals on drinks, shoes, or games.
For a casual date, challenge your partner to a round of "Jeopardy" or "Wheel of Fortune"; whoever loses pays for snacks. You'll have fun cooking; and if it tastes bad, order takeout and laugh about it. Spend a few hours learning about a brewery, winery, or factory in your area. Simple sports are fun ways to get competitive without getting too sweaty. Put your cooking skills—and taste buds—to the test with a recipe you've never tried. See: 28 Things You Know If You're A Girl Who Loves Food 36. Plus, if it doesn't work out with him, you still have the cookies. Instead of just sipping coffee, you can play Scrabble or Battleship. Check calendars for convention centers, performing arts halls, parks, social clubs, and the like. Whatever you find, you'll have plenty to talk about.