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Things to do in Johannesburg on Valentine’s Day


Love it or not, Valentine’s Day is around the corner presenting endless opportunities to discover urban romance in and around the city of Johannesburg. The second week in February brings with it anticipation and allure, if not for a special someone, for a special occasion to discover an abundance of Valentine’s Day ideas throughout Joburg.

Whether you celebrate the Big V with a romantic interest or rather with a romantic intent, Joburg offers up ample ways of wining, dining and so much divining all throughout the city this Valentine’s Day. To follow, discover some of our favourite romantic things to do in Johannesburg, each destined to bring you fine food, exceptional experiences and a love for the lavish.

See Our Top Ten Best Valentine’s Day Ideas in Jozi:

1. Boutique-Chic
Painting the city of gold red this Valentine’s Day, with various boutique hotels all feeling the love, you won’t need to look very far to find fine dining and exquisite wining. With a love for all things gastronomic, indulge in various foodie favourites presented by a variety of boutique hotels ranging from the Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff, the Balata Restaurant at the Fairway Hotel in Randpark or the Clico Boutique Hotel in Rosebank.

2. Wine and Dine Divine
Sharing in a taste for fine wine and divine dining this Valentine’s Day, in a sensory explosion of sight, smell, taste and touch, savour each bite washed down with a mouthful of a perfectly paired poison at various bistro’s, eatery’s and Joburg’s best  “holes-in-the-wall”. Featuring mouth-watering meals that will send your senses into overdrive, some of our favourites include the EB Social Kitchen and Bar in Hyde Park, Café Hemingways located in Kyalami, Morrells Boutique Estate in Northcliff or Parc Fermé in Sandton.

3. Love Lifts Us Up...
While hanging out in a hot air balloon is one way to share a romantic rendezvous, add a twist to the experience and share an exclusive dinner date at a table suspended fifty metres in the sky. One of our favourite things to do in Johannesburg is to visit the Higherground Restaurant brought to you by Sky Events hosted above Lyme Park in Sandton, serving up a variety of menus for an unsurpassed dining experience.

4. Old school and oh so cool
Cuddle up for an old school, oh so cool Valentine’s Day screening of the Classic True Romance featuring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette at the Bioscope, a 62 seater indoor cinema located in the Maboneng Precinct in downtown Joburg.   

5. And all that Jazz
Who could resist the sexy, sultry allure of a moody basement jazz club fitted with 1920s and 1930s Johannesburg styled art deco washed in an intimate glow peeling off a low set stage? We've fallen in love with the Marabi Club pop up located in Maboneng’s Hallmark House boutique hotel oozing with jazz-pizazz.

6. Art ‘n about
Another unique Valentine’s Day Idea is to spend the day moseying amidst moving pieces of art featured at various exhibits hosted throughout Joburg’s renowned museums, galleries and art houses. Soaking up some of Africa’s most inspired artists’ works, gain perspective, share in intimate conversations and discover newfound passions for work never seen before. We love Ghanaian photographer Eric Gyamfi's Just Like Us: Constellations exhibiting at the Goethe-Institut, Zanele Muholi's Faces and Phases 11 showing at the Market Photo Workshop and Thierry Oussou's Before It Is Completely Gone at Stevenson's in Braamfontein.

7. It Must be Magic!
This Valentine’s Day, take their breath away at opening night of The Illusionists. Book your date at the Teatro at Montecasino and rediscover the wonder of magic with some of the world’s most renowned illusionists and magicians on stage from the 14th of February to the 11th of March 2018.

8. Centre Stage
Combine your love of the arts with your passion for your special person and share a night out at the theatre. With so many glorious stage productions currently on show, of all the things to do in Johannesburg, we recommend seeing The Color Purple, You Take my Breath Away and Six Inches all showing at the Joburg Theatre along with Blonde Poison on stage and the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.   

9. Book a Spa Day
Classed amongst some of the best Valentine’s Day ideas, treat you, your love or your love for luxury at one of the various spa’s scattered throughout Johannesburg, with couples treatments or his and hers package options we adore Amani Spa’sAronia Day Spa, Lavana Beauty Spa or Camelot in Melrose Arch.

10. Fall in love with the City 
Adventure, discovery and all things Jozi! Climb aboard the Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour Bus visiting Joburg’s key attractions all in one day. Fall in love with our beautiful city; take the day to tour Johannesburg in a gorgeous open top, red-for-romance, city bus!

However you spend your special day we hope that it’s with good company, in great spirits and capturing magical memories made to last many a lifetime!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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