Top 10 Joburg Date Ideas { Inspiration }

Posted by The YesBabyDaily Team on 19 September 2014

Top 10 Joburg Date Ideas

Top 10 Romantic & Original Date Ideas {Joburg}

Forget bowling, this list is packed with awesome and unique date ideas that won’t disappoint!

Whether or not you’re about to tie the knot, there’s nothing better than a romantic date night to keep the spark alive. Joburg doesn’t have the mountain, the views or the beaches that Cape Town boasts, so where do couples looking for a unique, fun and romantic date spot in Joburg go?

We’ve listed some of our favourite local spots for a special & unique date in Joburg. Maybe you want to get outdoors, are looking for special sunset spot – or need a budget date idea that won’t break the bank. We’ve got a comprehensive and varied list of unforgettable Joburg date nights and daytime date ideas.

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Joburg Date Idea #1

{Pick Me!} A Gourmet Picnic from The Secret Kitchen

Love the outdoors & picnics, want to go on a little adventure to somewhere beautiful with a gourmet picnic basket

Saturday or Sunday

The Secret Kitchen in Johannesburg are renown for their amazing Gourmet picnic baskets. Get a delicious selection of picnic snacks, and find a special spot in Joburg for a romantic picnic for two!

Our favourite Picnic Spots in Joburg:

The Zoo Lake: Zoo Lake is a large park situated around a manmade lake that makes for perfect weekend ambles, only 15 minutes from the centre of Johannesburg. Zoo Lake is one of Johannesburg’s most popular outdoor spaces and certainly one of the safest, particularly over weekends. Zoo Lake is a popular spot for picnicking, walking dogs, jogging and canoeing.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam: Johannesburg’s beautiful Botanical Gardens are situated on the western shores of the popular Emmarentia Dam, just 6km from the city centre.  The park itself has three dams on which boating, canoeing and sailing is offered.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens:Situated in Little Falls, the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens really is one of Joburg’s gems. The minute you walk through you gate you are completely transported into a beautifully relaxing environment. With green grass for days and open or private areas, you will find the perfect picnic spot.

More picnic spot ideas

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Joburg Date Idea #2

{Eclectic & Arty} The Bioscope is back!

Enjoy art-house films, want to try something different, are a little eclectic, don’t mind driving to the Maboneng Precinct.

Friday or Saturday night – so you can stay over!

The Bioscope

An unused 1970s industrial building on Main Street in downtown Johannesburg has received a full cultural transformation – and is now home to the Bioscope, Joburg’s only Independent Cinema.

It’s an old-school movie theatre that lets you drink wine and serves amazing popcorn while you soak up the latest Art-House screening on seats without those pesky arm rests to separate you. Awesome.

The Bioscope is a unique exhibition space where on any night of the week, you’ll be able to find old art-house classics, discover small films from other parts of the world, or watch South African cinema past and present.

Visit their website for screening times & details

... Followed by The 12 Decades Art Hotel

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You might be a little hesitant to drive all the way to town, and then find your way home after your wine-infused evening. Don’t fret. Instead of rushing home, plan the evening so that you can get the full Newtown Main Street Life experience and book a room at the next door 12 Decades Art Hotel.

The rooms are exceptionally reasonably priced – and it’s the perfect way to end your romantic date night. Staying in the incredible 12 Decades hotel – Johannesburg’s only Art Hotel. The 12 Decades Johannesburg Art hotel chronicles the history of Johannesburg across 12 decades. With rooms designed and conceptualised by some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists and designers

This avante-garde Johannesburg accommodation features well-appointed and stylish accommodation, perfect for a romantic night away. The rooms include v 1886- 1896 “Vision- Main Street Life” designed by Marcus Neustetter & Jonathan Liebmann and 1936-1946 “Who is Herbert Dlomo?” designed by Lauren Wallett.

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View the hotel & make a reservation

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Joburg Date Idea #3

{Foodie Heaven} Cube Tasting Kitchen!

Watched Masterchef - twice. Love beautifully created & plated meals. Like the idea of a romantic evening of culinary magic.

Tuesday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday & Monday.

Cube is an intimate 30 seat tasting kitchen set in trendy Parktown North. At Cube they “encourage you to break free from conventional eating and enjoy 10 courses of something different.”

They state on their website: We believe the table is a place that has long since been forgotten as a source of fun and conversation. We encourage lengthy dinners filled with lots of wine, food and conversation. If you’re looking for something different, an evening of delights to the taste buds then Cube is perfect for a JHB date night to remember!

The prices (at the time of publishing) were around R680 p.p - but call ahead to check! A bonus is that you can bring your favourite bottle at no corkage!

Make a booking

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Joburg Date Idea #4

{Sunset Spectacular} The Northcliff Water Tower

Are looking for something special to do that won’t break the bank, want to pack a little picnic & some wine, want an awesome sunset view

Any day of the week!

The Northcliff Tower offers Joburg’s best sunsets, and an awesome and original date idea! The Northcliff Water Tower is home to Johannesburg’s second highest “koppie” of 1 807 metres. With 24-hour guards posted at the parking area this grassy top, above the steep rockface, offers an amazing view! It’s a 360 degree beautiful vista, all within a ten minute hike around the top of the ridge.

Pack a bottle of your favourite wine and a little picnic, and set off for a budget-friendly Joburg date that won’t disappoint!

Directions to Northcliff Water Tower:
It’s on Lucky Avenue: Turn left off Beyers Naude Drive into Frederick Drive, left into Hearn Drive, which leads into Rockey Drive. Turn right into Louie Avenue and right again into Lucky Avenue.

Go here for Sunset & Sunrise times

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Joburg Date Idea #5

{The way to a man's heart…} Romantic Couples Cooking Classes

Both enjoy cooking, want to learn some new recipes and techniques,

Check with Taste-Buds Cook Club for dates to reserve your space.

Taste-Buds Cook Club offers a fun, romantic ‘Couples’ cooking class where they teach you fun aphrodisiac recipes, using the top 10 aphrodisiac foods! Best of all is that you get to go home to a clean kitchen (No dishes to do)...

Their website says:

Taste-Buds Cook Club offers a Romantic Couples evening - destined to be a fun, relaxed evening’s cooking with your loved one. You are greeted with welcome drinks, after which you will move through to the kitchen where everything will be laid up and ready for you to cook in pairs, the recipes will all be utilising the top 10 aphrodisiac foods and there will be something to cater to everyone’s palate.

Once you have completed your cooking experience the food will be placed on a buffet table where you will get to dish your meal and enjoy it together!

They promise it will be a date night to remember!

Visit the Taste-Buds website

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Joburg Date Idea #6

{Fine Food & Artisan Goods} An afternoon at Neighbourgoods Market

Want to sample gourmet foods, find artisan goods and feel like the bustle of a trendy rooftop market

Every Saturday 09:00am - 15:00pm

Following the success of the Cape Town Biscuit Mill, the Johannesburg edition was launched in 2011 in the vibrant neighbourhood of Braamfontein, Johannesburg - Neighbourgoods Market was born. The market takes place over two floors of 73 Juta Street, a Johannesburg landmark building. The second floor features an extensive rooftop area with views over the city where you can enjoy the delicious food or artisan beer bought in the bustling market below.

It’s a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Highlights include seasonal fruit and veggies from the Free State, delicious mini-Mediterranean quiches, meat from Braeside butchery in Parkhurst and beers from Darling Brewery. This might not be a typical date, but you’ve never been - try it!

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Joburg Date Idea #7

{Into the Wild} Go to the Lion Park

Love animals, want to play with lion cubs!

daytime date - weekdays or weekends!

The Lion Park, situated near Lanseria Airport, and is an eco-tourism destination that focuses on the well-being and regeneration of the various species, in particular the endangered Wild Dog, the rare White Lion and Cheetah. It is neither a game reserve or a Zoo, but rather a breeding ground and sanctuary for important species. What a beautiful date idea, to visit the Lion Park and get to see and experience these beautiful species!

A quick round trip would take about 2 hours, but one can enjoy just as many hours inside the park if you have the time. Starting with caged enclosures that you can walk and play with the small cubs! You can also see ostriches, zebras and giraffes, and drive into enclosures of fully grown wild lions and lionesses.

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Joburg Date Idea #8

{Show off your Skills} Adventure Golf

Like a bit of friendly competition

Monday to Thursday 9:30am - 5:30pm / Fridays and Saturdays 9:00am - 10:00pm / Sundays 9:00am - 7:30pm

Adventure Golf is an awesome way to spend some time together indulging in friendly competition. And while it may be a slightly more cliched date idea, it’s a golden oldie that never disappoints. Adventure Golf courses can be found throughout Joburg, and offer some pretty amazing courses with caves, water features, magnificent greens as well as professionally laid out putting courses.

Adventure Golf is situated in prime locations around Johannesburg, there are 4 venues to choose from:

Brightwater Commons in Randburg
Fourways Mall in Sandton
Park Meadows in Kensington, opposite Eastgate Mall
Stoneridge Centre in Green Stone Park

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Joburg Date Idea #9

{Live Music} Tanz Live - Joburg’s best Live Music spot

Love live music, plan in advance

Visit their website for show guides & dates!

Tanz Live is the number one live entertainment venue, restaurant and bar, situated in the heart of Bryanston where you can enjoy traditional Argentinean cuisine and live entertainment. Live acts include the likes of local musicians and stand up comedians. They have over 12 years experience in booking all the top South African Bands, DJs and stand up comics so you are guaranteed to receive top quality entertainment from South Africa’s best talent.

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Joburg Date Idea #10

{Wine and Food Pairing} Roots Restaurant

Enjoy good wines and fine cuisine, are interested in how dishes and wines are paired, want an amazing set menu from one of the city’s finest restaurants

Normally every first and third Friday of the month. Check their site for details

Roots restaurant, situated in the Cradle of Mankind holds monthly wine tastings that have become very popular, for a very good reason! They are amazing! Normally held every first and third Friday of the month wine makers from the best Wine Estates in the Country introduce a selection of their wines and tell you a bit about their Cellar and Wine Farm.

Each dish on the 6 course menu is created to complement each wine. The restaurant is also in a beautiful location, and for those who don’t want to make the drive back, you can stay in the amazing Forum Homini hotel!

Evenings priced at about R420 per person (not including drinks)

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Joburg Date Idea #11

Parker’s Comedy at Monte Casino or Silverstar Casino

Feel like doing something different, enjoy local comedy - and don’t want to have to do all the talking…

Open most nights - Check their site for details

Parker’s Comedy & Jive is listed as ‘The Home of SA Stand-Up Comedy’. With two purpose built comedy clubs, Parker’s is designed to showcase the best in local and international comedians, and makes for a fun and casual date night night out! You can have dinner and drinks at the club (doors open at 18h30) and enjoy an evening of laid back laughter with some of SA’s best comedians!

Ticket Prices (at time of publishing)

R120pp on a regular night
Prices differ when hosting International / special Local Acts.

Joburg Date Idea #12

{Stargazing} The Johannesburg Planetarium

Fancy a cuddle while gazing at the stars, won’t fall asleep while getting an informative lesson on astronomy, want to surprise your partner with a unique date.

Saturday when they run the ‘Sky Tonight’ show. Check their site for details

The planetarium at Wits University (off Empire Road) isn’t just for kids. Other than having an impressive and beautiful projection of the night sky above you, on Saturday afternoons you can sit in on the ‘Sky Tonight’ show - a tour of the stars and constellations of our current evening skies. A ticket costs only R36 each, and it starts at 3pm (at time of publishing). Perfect for a pre-dinner alternative to the theatre, or just something different to do on a Saturday.

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