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Love is in the air in Oranje-Kloof this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is only one day away! Luckily, we’re spoilt with an abundance of restaurants in Oranje-Kloof. Unluckily, that can lead to decision paralysis, especially with the added pressure of planning the perfect date. That’s why we’ve rounded up our four top picks for something special but not over the top, whatever your vibe.

For a ‘bougie’ dinner: Kloof Street House

If you want to treat your loved one to an upmarket dinner without feeling too stiff and posh, try out Kloof Street House. They set the mood with soft, romantic lighting and plush soft furnishings. Their eclectic vibe feels luxurious but accessible, so you can spoil your loved one without feeling stuffy!

This spot is sure to be busy, so make sure you book a table in advance!

Where to find them: 30 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8005
Contact: 021 423 4413

For an eclectic dinner: Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club is number one for a vibey atmosphere. Pick this spot if you’re seeking something a little different, and a lot laid back! There’s plenty to explore and discuss, but no frills or silver service. Their food is great, and their cocktails are even better! Why not try out their Cranberry Long Island in this bohemian love den surrounded by colourful Madame Zingara props.

Where to find them: 158 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
Contact: 021 423 6805

For a trendy, Asian-inspired dinner: Asoka

Asoka does Asian fusion tapas, need we say more?

This hip restaurant is the perfect romantic spot. With delicious dishes to share, it’s ideal for a foodie partner or a couple who love to graze together. It’s full of intimate nooks, endless candles, and the iconic central tree wrapped in fairy lights. We can’t decide which we love more, their desserts or their cocktails, so we suggest leaving the car at home and ordering both!

Where to find them: 68 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
Contact: 082 775 4945

For a retro movie experience: Labia Theatre

Nothing beats a classic dinner and movie date, even on Valentine’s Day.

In Oranje-Kloof we’re fortunate to have the best movie theatre in town, so make the most of it this Valentine’s. We recommend a quick meal at Tiger’s Milk or New York Pizza slice, and then walking over to The Labia Theatre (and back in time!) for a romantic flick. We guarantee you’ll feel like you’re in a bygone era, except now you can spike your slushy with gin or vodka. We recommend buying your movie tickets in advance and arriving 15 minutes before the movie starts for good seats!

Where to find them: 68 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8000
Contact: 021 424 5927

Whatever you do this Valentine’s day, remember to tell those close to you how much you care, and enjoy the area we all love safely.

Our top afternoon and evening activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Green Point

Valentine’s Day is a time to show love, gratitude and affection to the ones you adore. While some may celebrate with a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant, others may focus on friends. This year, if you’re not spending it with a partner, embrace the cultural approach of celebrating platonic love instead! 

 

In Finland, 14th February is a “Friends Day”. In Guatemala it is known as the Day of Love and Friendship, in Argentina it’s referred to as “a Week of Sweetness”, and in Estonia they describe it as “a Festival for Everyone.” To acknowledge love and connection, you really don’t need a romantic partner, so this year let’s all acknowledge the people and places we adore!

 

This exciting day is fast approaching, and we’re sure you’ve seen stuffed toys and heart shaped candies flooding the stores. However, while gifts are always welcome, we’ve got some ideas for you to make Valentine’s Day a little more memorable this year. Here are some of our ideas to ensure your day is fun and meaningful, while avoiding the Valentine’s Day clichés. 

 

A sunset stroll on the Sea Point promenade

The beautiful Sea Point Promenade is right on our doorstep but is so often overlooked. Take your partner, or friends, for an evening walk and spend some alone time together to really connect. Long walks are the perfect activity to strengthen a relationship and share stories while unwinding at the same time. Studies have shown that talking while walking allows for more vulnerable information to be shared, and greater intimacy created, as people feel more liberated when not maintaining eye contact. Fresh air, inspiring views, and a bit of gentle exercise is always a great combination.

Sundowners and snacks with a view at Sotano

Set opposite the iconic lighthouse, Sotano in Mouille Point is the perfect spot for a glass of wine and some afternoon tapas. From there, you can watch the sun sinking over the Atlantic Ocean in a relaxed setting. Their Pintxos Platter, consisting of hake croquettes, grilled baby aubergine, lamb meatballs, olive bread and more is the perfect feast of treats to enjoy while soaking up the afternoon sun. Be sure to book, as this spot will be especially popular on Valentine’s Day!

Phone: 021 433 1757

Address: 121 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town, 8005

An indoor picnic in the comfort of your home

If you want to do something meaningful, but avoid the crowds, why not organise an intimate dinner in the comfort of your living room? Any space can become a hotspot for connecting and relaxing! Whether you’re sharing the night with a partner or some friends, throw a couple of cushions onto the floor, clear the coffee table and string up some twinkling lights for instant atmosphere. 

Why not start the evening with a classic cheese board? A little wheel of brie, some almonds, grapes, olives and water crackers for everyone to nibble on as you swap stories and catch up. For a real picnic vibe, stick to finger foods like melon, mozzarella and prosciutto skewers, or mini bacon and cheddar quiches. It’s a special day, so of course dessert’s a must! We suggest fresh pastries from Giovannis Deli World, which always go down a treat!

A luxurious dinner at Pigalle

For a dreamy evening of good food and soft lighting, Pigalle offers a beautiful out of town experience. Their award-winning dining experience includes red velvet carpets, live music and dancing. Upon arrival, be sure to order one of their delicious cocktails. We love the Louis Armstrong, made with Woodford Reserve, Amaretto, pineapple, lemon, and mint. For dinner, we recommend sharing their seafood platter for two, where you can indulge in a healthy plate of baby lobster, prawns, langoustines, line fish, calamari and mussels, so come hungry! Pigalle may be a little over the top for a casual meal, but it’s worth it for a celebration of your loved one on this special day!

Phone: 021 421 4848

Address: 51A Somerset Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051

GP/OKCID security report – January 2020

There was a decrease in incidents of crime and planned operations, as well as parking violations and traffic accidents in January, which is great news considering Cape Town is bustling with tourists this peak season. Alongside this decrease in incidents, we were involved in planned operations with the SAPS as well as coordinated emergency and medical assistance to those in need.

In January alone, our law enforcement officers (LEOs) issued 651 fines to the value of R591 548. We want to thank our LEOs for their hard work over this extremely taxing period, specifically for achieving a total of 37 arrests this past month; 11 of these being arrests for armed robbery and 9 for theft out of motor vehicles.

Last month, a security guard at Fritz Hotel in Faure Street spotted a suspect attempting theft out of a motor vehicle as he was busy opening the bonnet of the car. The security guard contacted our team, and we caught the suspect as he was running up Faure Street towards Wilkinson Street. SAPs were then called, who arrested the suspect. Well done to the SAPs and our LEOs for a great arrest!

Cape Town is still experiencing its peak season, and so we urge you to be aware of your surroundings and not carry valuables in full visibility. Never leave anything on your seat or cubby hole in your vehicle (go so far as to leave your cubby hole open to show that there’s nothing inside). We’ve also seen an increase in snatch and grabs lately, so keep your phone tightly in your hand or wallet when you’re out.

Remember to keep our 24 patrol vehicle numbers on hand for assistance:

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE 

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE 

082 217 1386

 

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