Best First Date Ideas in Gauteng

3809083314_2ef7fdf86d Dating in Johannesburg can be quite tricky. City-living often limits the opportunity for romance and if restaurants aren’t your thing, you need to think a bit more creatively about your options. Still, there are a number of perfectly suitable restaurants and alternative options for those who are looking for something a little bit different.

The Best Place To Take a First Date In Johannesburg

First date - San Deck - Joburg The San Deck is everything you imagine luxury to be. Comfortable couches, stunning views of the Johannesburg Skyline and beyond, this venue is great if you want to ease into your first date. The San Deck is the perfect place to go for sundowners with that new special someone. Once the sun starts to dip away, the fire pits and flame heaters warm up, making this venue a great choice for late summer all-through autumn. It’s open from 06:30 to 23:00 and if you head there early and want to go from cocktails to dinner, you can try out the Vin mmx grill-style restaurant. Alongside the restaurant is the Cheese room which offers 18 cheese variations and a number of fine wines. If cheese is your thing, you can enjoy it in house with freshly baked bread or take some home. These two spots are only open from 18:30 on Tuesday to Saturday, though, so plan carefully.

6760161933_f6b0ab796b_b Another option is to watch a movie outdoors. Depending on which generation you hail from, chances are you have heard of the famed drive in cinemas. Lovers lined up their cars outside over the weekend and did everything but watch the movie being screened in front of them. The outdoor cinema in Braamfontein is a bit different. It’s a relatively new innovation in Johannesburg, which only launched in May this year, it offers people a different way to watch some of the old classics and Nouveau movies. Screenings are currently once a month and tickets can be purchased through Webtickets. It’ll cost you R120 per ticket, which will include your entrance, a bean bag to sit on as well as a bottomless popcorn. You can also opt to bring your own drinks and picnic, but you’ll have to pay R170 for a “corkage” ticket. Image via #TourDeJozi on Flickr

Dating Sites in Johannesburg

Romantic couple on spa holiday Romance isn’t dead, it just needs a little bit of CPR. There are many places to go for a romantic date in Johannesburg. Romance really just depends on what your definition of it is. If you’re a guy, though, you can’t go wrong with taking your lady for a pamper session at the Pyramid Day Spa in Johannesburg. This is a slightly pricey option, but your partner will love you for it. The Pyramid Day Spa is popular spa in Johannesburg’s old city centre. The outside might look a bit uninviting, but it’s a hidden gem. If you’re looking to truely splash out, you can opt for the couples’ package. It will set you back R2220 for and a half hours in the spa, but it does include a lunch. There are other options too, of course, and you can opt for something as basic as just a massage for two, if you prefer. Getting comfortable and having your muscles all relaxed together is a great way to get into the right mood for heading home and spending a lazy afternoon together. Romance isn’t hard, if you think about it a little.

The Best Casual Date Idea In Johannesburg

Walter Sisulu Johannesburg Botanical Garden When it comes to casual dates, you probably want something which isn’t going to tie you down too much. Going for a walk on the beach and finishing it off with some sundowners is ideal if you live close to the beach. There’s no such luxury in Joburg, though, meaning you have to think a bit more carefully about the best place for a casual date in Johannesburg. There are a few options, but the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens is one of the safest bets. You can mix this one up a bit. You can either simply go for a walk through the gardens or you can end off your walk with a picnic in the botanical gardens. Picnics are really great for a casual date. They’re relaxed while still being quite intimate and the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens is the perfect place in Joburg to have a first date. Located in Roodepoort, about 40 minutes from Sandton, the Botanical Gardens are a great idea for a weekend picnic date. There’s plenty to see, from waterfalls to walking trials so get there early and wind down with a picnic after a wander through the gardens. Gates open at 08:00 and the Gardens are open until 18:00. It costs R18 per adult to get in, just remember: don’t feed the animals. Image via Howdous on Flickr

Adventurous Date Ideas In Johannesburg

Adventure date - horse riding - Joburg You know how horse riding looks so simple in the movies? It really isn’t. It’s a pretty big challenge to a novice. If you and your partner don’t suffer from equinophobia (that’s the fear of horses), horse riding is a great option for an adventurous date in Johannesburg. There are a number of different options to choose from and all of them cater for riders of all levels. Expect to pay between R200 to R500 for up to two hours of riding.