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Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Johannesburg


As the month of love approaches, Joburg Tourism finds fun ways to fall in love in the city of Gold this Valentine’s Day (and month). Clichéd, commercialised, seeping with pressure and the disappointment of unrealised expectations, these are just a few words to describe Valentine’s Day spent outside of our city walls.

Prolific with fine dining, romantic gems hidden in unassuming places, affordable gestures of affection and gifts exclusive to the city, look no further to find love in Jozi! Find an abundance of romantic Valentine’s Day ideas on Valentine’s Day itself or followed on Valentine’s Day weekend.

From Laughter Blossoms Love!

So many love stories start with laughter and what better way to break the ice, than to have some light-hearted fun and catch feels at the same time by enjoying a night of stand-up comedy for two. With a number of comedy clubs and stand-up sessions taking place throughout the city (many of which offer dinner and a little bit of a dance after), we love love love, Parkers Comedy Club at Monte Casino, offering a night of infectious laughter and a line-up of A-class comedic entertainers.

Take a Hike!

Celebrating 60 years of heritage, conservation and exquisite nature indigenous to Jozi, end Valentine’s day weekend on a guided Sunday Hike exploring endless natural beauty and romantic views from the Melville Koppies! Sunday the 17th of February sees a group guided, 4km hike discovering resident geology and archaeology steeped in history and decorated in indigenous fauna and flora. Leaving promptly at 8:30am from the stone reception hut on Judith Road Emmarentia, a Valentine’s Day hike is sure to get your heart pounding! 

Fire on Ice

Old school, super cool and oh so romantic! Joburg’s Northgate Shopping Centre offers a resident ice-skating rink, making for the ideal opportunity to cosy up, hold hands and have him or her fall right into your arms! With an evening Skate Session from 7:30pm to 10:30pm and perfectly positioned in the Food court, couple your date with dinner or a coffee and hot chocolate after for some old-school-cool romance.

Serenade Them with Gifts of Music

Looking for a Valentine’s day gift that keeps on giving? With a stellar line up of musical talents headed to the City in next to no time, an extraordinary Valentine’s day gift that will see the romance last beyond just Valentine’s Day are tickets to up and coming concerts to hit the South African Music circuit shortly. We are especially looking forward to the arrival of Ed Sheeran, scheduled to take to the stage on the 23rd and 24th of March 2019. Serenading couples at sell-out stadiums across the globe with ballads including "Thinking Out Loud", "Perfect” and many, many more. Tickets to see Ed Sheeran are limited and currently on sale via Computicket.

Included in our list of the near perfect Valentine’s Day gift, from romantic serenades to songs of love, loss and heartache, let the legendary Sam Smith sing to you and your sweetheart at a post-Valentine’s day debut on South African soil. Making for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day gift, get tickets to see Sam Smith live and in concert for his "The Thrill of it All" World Tour at the TicketPro Dome on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of April 2019. 

With the sweet smell of romance in the air, the shortest month of the year brings about the opportunity for love to be discovered in unexpected places. From mainstream romantic gestures to unassuming Valentine’s advances, fall in love in the City of Gold or with the city’s herself and her many attractions!