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Where to celebrate Valentine's Day in Joburg in 2021

12 Feb 2021
Let's face it – another night on the couch with Mr D in your stretchy pants just won't cut it for your Valentine. How about a luxurious multi-course dinner for two, or a weekend staycation? You can't go wrong with the classics to enjoy Valentine's Day with a special someone. And if you're looking for a more unique way to celebrate love we have a great tip on dinner and music in a historic location, or a modern African dining experience from one of the city's dizziest heights.

Read all about it on our list of where to celebrate Valentine's Day in Joburg.

Sky-high Valentine's Dinner at Ponte

For an only-in-Joburg kind of Valentine's date, join Dlala Nje, a community tour company based at the iconic 52 storey Ponte tower, for the exclusive Valentine's Live evening on Sunday February 14. It starts with welcome drinks and live music, followed by an exquisite African-themed three-course menu with drinks pairing, ending with a sundowner in the clouds at 5101 venue on the 51st floor. The dinner experience costs R1,200 for two and includes all food and drinks as well as a gift and a photo to celebrate the day. Note that the event is strictly limited to twelve couples only so book online now.
 
You can't get higher than sundowners on the top of the Ponte tower

Jazzy Valentine's Dinner at Rand Club 

What could be more romantic than the glamour of spending the night at one of Joburg's most prestigious historic buildings in the heart of the city's heritage-rich mining district. Rand Club's Valentine's Dinner takes place on Friday February 12 with a three-course meal accompanied by live jazz. Dinner costs R350 per person, and there's also an option to book a stay over at one of the Rand Club's exclusive guest rooms (rooms from R900 including breakfast). Space is limited so email events@randclub.co.za to book. 

Old fashioned romance at Rand Club

Al Fresco Valentine's at Melrose Arch

Love is in the air in February and Melrose Arch's many restaurants all have something special to offer, especially if you love to dine al fresco. On Saturday and Sunday lunchtime there's live music on the piazza and many of Melrose Arch's restaurants such Rodizio Brazilian grill, the Cuisino wine bar and Old Town Italy are running Valentine's specials. Read our guide to the best restaurants to eat outdoors in Melrose Arch and book a table.

Pavement dining at Mr George in Melrose Arch

Starlit Valentine's Dinner at Shepstone Gardens

One of Joburg's most romantic venues Shepstone Gardens hosts a Valentine's dinner under the stars on the evening of Sunday Feb 14 at their pop-up restaurant venue. The three-course dinner costs R480 per person and includes a welcome drink. Book online here.

Shepstone Gardens
Shepstone Gardens, a wonderland in Mountain View

Romantic fine dining at The Marabi Club

With its moody interiors and secretive downtown location, fantastic live music programme, outstanding service from waitstaff jauntily dressed in the style of the swinging 1920s, and of course the acclaimed fine dining conjured up by chef Katlego Mlambo, lunch at The Marabi Club is always a special occasion. Currently closed, The Marabi Club is opening for one night only for an exclusive Valentine's lunch on Sunday February 14 from 12:00. The Valentine's lunch costs R395 per person for three courses, plus R50 for the live music entrance. Booking is essential and space is limited. Reserve your table online here.

The always atmospheric Marabi Club at Hallmark Hotel

Bubbly Valentine's with Arbour Cafe under the fairy lights

Birdhaven's cute courtyard cafe and restaurant Arbour Cafe has lined up a four-course dinner accompanied by Veuve Cliquot bubbles. Choose from a variety of set menus, with dishes on the menu ranging from crispy duck confit to wild mushroom linguini with truffle and parmesan. Enjoy two glasses of champers with your meal or a whole bottle. The Valentine's dinner is available on Saturday Feb 13 and Sunday Feb 14.  A four-course dinner for two with two glasses of Veuve Brut costs R1,095 per couple, the four-course dinner and a bottle of Champagne costs from R1,695 per couple. Email info@arbourcafe.co.za or call +27 10 753 2007 to book your table. 

The prettiest courtyard at Arbour Cafe, Birdhaven

Lunch and shopping under the trees at Bryanston Market

Joburg's original outdoor market, the friendly Bryanston Market (open every Thu and Sat) is wholeheartedly dedicated to supporting small makers and artisans working with sustainable and organic ingredients. On the Saturday of the Valentine's weekend Bryanston Market is a romantic space for a low key lunch in the tea garden with live music. It's also a brilliant place for one-of-a-kind Valentine's gift shopping.

Date Night Tuesdays at The Hussar Grill

Why save romance just for weekends and Valentine's Day? In these most unromantic of times it's great to see classic date night specials returning. The Hussar Grill's Date Night Tuesdays offer returns to keep the romance alive this summer. Book a date night for two on Tuesdays and for R350 per couple you can both enjoy a starter, main, a complimentary bottle of The Hussar Grill 50th Red wine, and signature chocolate vodka martinis. The Date Night Tuesdays offer runs until March 31, 2021. Book your table here.

Decadent chocolate vodka martinis at The Hussar Grill

A budget-friendly market day Valentine's lunch at Rosebank Sunday Market

This year Rosebank Sunday Market is offering a fun, quirky and super affordable Valentine's lunch at just R200 per couple. You get a choice of main meal from any of your favourite stalls, plus a drink (such as freshly squeezed juice or a virgin cocktail) and for dessert irresistible sweet treats from Fifteen85 Brownies. After lunch there's plenty to browse at the market and an opportunity to treat your beau to a Valentine's gift. To purchase a voucher email info@rosebanksundaymarket.co.za with the subject line 'Valentines Day Lunch'. 

A Clico Boutique Hotel Valentine’s stayover 

Book a romantic stayover at one of Rosebank’s most intimate and tranquil boutique hotels, Clico Boutique Hotel. The romantic stayover package includes a romantic rose petal turndown service in your bedroom overlooking the delightful Clico gardens, breakfast for two, a 60-minute massage and a gourmet romantic Valentine’s dinner with wine pairing at the hotel’s acclaimed fine dining restaurant. The Valentine’s staycation package costs from R4,100 per couple, use the promo code WINNER for a 10% discount. Call +27 11 252 3300 to make a booking.
 

A green getaway at The Fairway 

A green golf resort retreat in the west of Joburg, The Fairway is a great staycation destination. Acres of space to relax, luxurious rooms and views of nothing but trees. On Saturday February 13 the hotel's restaurant Balata presents a special three-course Valentine's dinner at R525 per person.  Upgrade and stay over with a one-night stay (including dinner for two and breakfast) costing R2,750 per couple or two nights at R4,250 per couple. There's also a range of spa specials. The Be With Your Beloved Valentine's special stayover packages are available on Friday Feb 12 and Saturday Feb 13. To book for the dinner email banqueting@thefairway.co.za or call +27 11 478 8000 and to book a stayover packages email cro@guvon.co.za or call 086 114 8866.

Escape the city at The Fairway in Randpark

Valentine's Weekend Getaway at Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo

If you are looking to take your sweetheart on a Joburg staycation, the brand new Radisson Blu OR Tambo hotel has a two-night Valentine's weekend special offer which includes a bed and breakfast stay plus a couples back and shoulder massage at the spa for R3,650. This business hotel is based in Bredell. To book the Valentine's weekend special email info.ortambo@radisson.com.
 
OR Tambo Radisson Valentine's
 

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