Dates are supposed to be creative and fun, which is why we have come up with this list of local date ideas to get you out and about and exploring the city. Now that the research has been done, take your pick, mix-n-match activities and experiences and plan the perfect date for you and your sweetheart. These will all be ideal for evening dates and even daytime excursions.
Get Creative at Color Café
There's plenty of fun to be had at Color Café! Grab your sweetheart by the hand, head to Hyde Square in Hyde Park, and spend a few happy hours with Color Café, getting creative and having a blast doing some ceramic painting. And the best part about this activity is you don’t have to be a Van Gogh, Michelangelo or Picasso to create something special and unique. All you have to do is pick the item you want to paint, have fun while letting your inner artist indulge a little, and have a good time. And once you're done, you'll have a personalised piece of art to take home with you. This is certainly a unique and different date idea option to try!
During Summer, Go Raspberry Picking
What is more romantic than grabbing your sweetheart by the hand, enjoying some sunshine while strolling through a raspberry field, picking a few succulent berries to take home with you to indulge in later? If this sounds like the perfect date for you, then be sure to visit The Field Berry Farm in Walkerville between the months of January and April for their Raspberry Festival. There is an entry fee and well as a set cost per kilogram of raspberries that you pick from their field. And once you've had your stroll, be sure to grab something delicious from their various food stalls. Be sure to try their raspberry fro-yo or slushie, they're musts! Click here for all the details.
Stroll Through The Fourways Farmers Market
Grab your date by the hand and head to the Fourways Farmers Market, now located within the Modderfontein Reserve. This is a great spot to take a stroll through all of the interesting market stalls, indulge in some of the best gourmet street food imaginable and soak up some sunshine. and if you both have furry four-legged companions, why not let them tag along as this market is dog-friendly (just be sure to keep the pooches on their leads). Click here to take a look at what you can expect at this lovely outdoor market surrounded by nature.
Grab Something Sweet at Crumbs & Cream
Why not make your date with that special someone extra sweet with something decadent and indulgent from Crumbs & Cream? Cookies and ice cream are seriously a match made in heaven, and Crumbs & Cream is just the place to get some of the best combinations, flavours and more. Here, you can take your pick from their in-store menu that's updated on a regular basis to ensure there's always something new to try and savour, or you can create your own custom experience! Looking for other dessert options to spoil your date with? Click here to take a look at some of the city's top dessert hot spots.
Visit The Egrek Cinema
Have you visited Parkhurst's hidden gem, the Egrek Cinema? This is just the place if you're looking to enjoy one of the latest movies on circuit without all of the crowds. Think a small and intimate 30-seater cinema, making it an intimate and cosy movie viewing experience perfect for your next date night. For more information about the Egrek Cinema, click here. And if you're wondering what's currently showing, then click here to visit their website.
Dine In the Sky At Higher Ground
For a unique and unforgettable dining experience like no other, be sure to book your romantic date night at Higher Ground at St Stithians College in Bryanston. Here, you and your date will get to enjoy your choice of either a breakfast, lunch or dinner, 30.48 metres in the air, surrounded by stunning panoramic views of Sandton and the Johannesburg skyline in the distance. These Sky Dining experiences are available over the weekends and booking is essential. Click here for more information and to find the perfect date and click here to make your booking.
An Exciting Date Night In With DateFactory
We came across this exciting concept not too long ago, and we highly recommend you give it a try! DateFactory brings you and your partner a complete date night in a box, delivered right to you door anywhere in South Africa, for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own space. And best of all, there's a wide range of options to choose from, whether you're both in the mood for the ultimate pamper session with your sweetheart to unwind after a long week or are looking to spice things up a bit with on of the sexier variations. Click here to take a look at what you can expect from DateFactory.
Be Adventurous At Soweto Towers
Why not do something you've both never done before? Like bungee jumping at the Soweto Towers? We know, it sounds absolute crazy, but we promise you, it is loads of fun and will be a memory you'll hold on to for a lifetime. Who can say that they did a bungee jump? Not many people, so why not add it to your date to-do list? They offer a selection of other adventure activities is the bungee jumping is a little too much for you — choose from a session of paint balling, SCAD free fall, base jump, or try making your way up the a 25m climbing wall. Booking is essential!
Arrange A Romantic Picnic
Ever gone on a picnic in the city? Not? Then make sure you plan a wonderful gastronomic outdoor adventure. First things first – you need to decide where you’re going to set up your feast. In case you didn't know, Dial-a-Picnic offers picnic experiences that'll definitely delight. Whether you're in Cape Town, Sandton, Alberton, Durban or Pretoria, there is an option for you. But, if you're looking to plan your own location — whether it’s in your backyard, in a park or in the middle of your lounge inside a blanket fort — Dial-a-Picnic also offers a selection of lovely picnic baskets filled with delicious delights for you to choose from and have delivered. Planning a romantic picnic give you the opportunity to get creative and custom create something you and your partner will love and enjoy!
Trade The Sneakers For Skates
Kick off the sneakers and pull on a pair of skates for a laughter-filled date at RollEgoli roller skate rink in Bryanston. Not only will enjoy some quality time together, but you will be shrieking and laughing with all the tumbling until you finally find your feet (or would that be 'skates'?) Once you get the hang of it and had a bit of a workout, you might need a break. So grab your partner and a bite to eat at their onsite restaurant, which serves pizzas, hot drinks, cold drinks, slush puppies, gelato, hot drinks and snacks. The venue also has a jungle gym, trampoline, a scooter track, a four-hole putt putt course and a big screen for sporting events.
Keep It Simple With Adventure Golf
Why not keep the date simple and spend the afternoon (or evening) play a round or two of Adventure Golf? Sure, it sounds rather boring and plain, but it gives you both the perfect opportunity to get a little competitive and strike up some conversation. You can find Adventure Golf courses at Fourways Mall, Ferndale on Republic, Stoneridge Centre and Hillfox Value Centre. All of their branches are open everyday of the week, Sunday – Thursday from 09:00 – 20:00, and Friday and Saturday from 09:00 – 22:00.
Visit Saddle Creek Ranch
So, how about some outdoor adventure? Then be sure to plan, arrange and book something unique and extra exciting at Saddle Creek Ranch in Hekpoort, about an hour's drive from Joburg. Here, you can spend the afternoon enjoying nature, going on horseback rides, perhaps even trying your hand at some archery, go quad biking, do some laser clay pigeon shooting, or even get some of the best Magaliesburg views with a Hot Air Balloon Safari adventure. The options are endless! Click here to see what you and your partner can get up to at Saddle Crrek Ranch. Also, keep in mind that booking is essential.
Enjoy A Couple's Cooking Class
As they saying goes, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, which is why it might be a good idea — or a bonding experience — for couples to take a romantic cooking class together. Taste-Buds Cook Club offers Romantic Couples Evenings that’ll delight your taste buds and give your date night a unique twist. Couples will start off with a welcome drink before making their way to the kitchen. There you will prepare a dish which could be a starter, main course or dessert. Once your dish is done, it will be beautifully plated and ready for you to enjoy on the buffet table together with the dishes, prepared by others. So, get ready for a variety of taste sensations. Click here to find out when the next Romantic Couples Evening takes place and book now.
Catch A Movie At The Bioscope
For a different way of seeing a movie in the city, makes sure you check out the lineup at The Bioscope at 44 Stanley. They screen interesting films every week, offering a unique way to sit back, relax and enjoy a movie with your partner. Visit their site to view their upcoming and current screenings. Every month, they do host a dedicated date night screening, showing a romantic movie paired with a cheesy pizza to share. Visit their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest date night screenings. Click here to find out more about The Bioscope and why you should pay it a visit in its brand-new home.