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The Most Romantic Places in Johannesburg

You have stars in your eyes… you finally found someone you think hung the moon. For that reason, you want to give them the royalty treatment they rightly deserve. Among the streets located in the city of gold, you are guaranteed to find a multitude of romantic places. So whether your partner fancy’s something exquisite or a date on the simpler side, this list of the most romantic places in and around Johannesburg covers it all!

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Did you know that the tallest structure on the continent is located in Sandton, Johannesburg? The Leonardo stands 234 meters above ground, hence the name of its in-vogue sky bar, Alto234. Referred to as the building’s “cherry on top”, here you can set up a date and woo your partner with stellar 360° views of Jozi in its entirety! Take in the best views from Africa’s highest bar while nibbling on snacks like wagyu biltong, oysters and more. You can even show off a bit and order a bottle of Alto234’s drink of choice, Moët & Chandon.

Location: 75 Maude Street, Sandton Central

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Zoo Lake

For a wholesome date with your favourite person, this is one of the most romantic places in Johannesburg to do so. Randburg’s popular Zoo Lake is a public park with lush scenery featuring an impressive artificial lake. Take your partner’s hand, venture into the park’s walking paths, and make your way to the lake for a serene boating experience. Zoo Lake has ample space to set up a cute picnic, so remember to pack your basket of goodies, a blanket and an umbrella. The park is next door to Johannesburg Zoo if you don’t want the date to end yet!

Location: Parkview, Randburg

Harties Cableway

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What could be more romantic than cuddling up in a two-seater and feeling the rush of heading up a mountain? We don’t know what the best part of this Harties Cableway trip is – the endless adventures that await at the destination or the unmatched views of Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesberg range and its surrounding areas. Let your significant other decide! Among various top-notch eateries and a dozen recreational facilities, we highly recommend booking a couples’ spa treatment atop the mountain for optimum romance!

Location: Plot 3, Melodie Agricultural Holdings, Hartbeespoort

Gerakaris Family Wines

There’s something about wine that’s just so amorous. If you agree and your better half happens to be somewhat of a connoisseur, book a wine-tasting session at Gerakaris Family Wines in Randburg. A romantic ambience reigns the grounds effortlessly, whether you’re enjoying your sample of 5 vinos inside the intimate boutique winery or out in the alluring garden. You and your partner can lose track of time spent here – which might just be what you need to reconnect. Remember to order and nibble on the Gerakaris’s tantalising cheese board!

Location: Marlborough Avenue, Craighall Park, Randburg

The Bioscope

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One of the most romantic places in Johannesburg is The Bioscope in Milpark – an idiosyncratic movie theatre that provides the most intimate cinema experience you’ll ever come across! As if the setting isn’t charming enough, this independent cinema is famous for hosting Date Night: a designated evening when a treasured Romance is screened and enjoyed with pizza that is more cheesy than the movie. Keep an eye out for this couple’s event when it’s your turn to plan a date!

Location: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark

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Lethabo Estate

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So you can have a couples picnic in a park, but why not take things to the next level with a picnic alongside Crocodile River? The grand Lethabo Estate can quickly assist with this! So pick up the love of your life and make your way to Lanseria for a riverside picnic among flourishing fauna and flora. The best part is that everything will be set up according to your picnic option – so all you have to do is arrive on time and make the best of your time here! With a choice of drink, will it be wine or bubbly?

Location: 25 Jukskeidrif Road, Lanseria

The Blue Train

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Okay, technically, The Blue Train runs through Johannesburg – so it’s one of the most romantic places in the city at some point. It can’t get more upscale than this! This luxury train boasts 5-star status with fine dining, elegant lounges and affluent suites. Take this 31-hour journey with the one you love most, from Pretoria to Cape Town, and observe some of the country’s best landscapes. Just think about it… when will you get to experience a “hotel-on-wheels” again?

Location: Bossman Station, Paul Kruger Street, Salvokop, Pretoria

Raspberry farm

Fields of sweet and juicy little drupes await in Walkerville. Of course, we’re talking about the delightful Field Berry Farm scattered with colourful raspberry plants. Another wholesome date idea, all you have to do is pick a sunny day to surprise your loved one with the activity of raspberry-picking. If you have enough energy left after this fun-filled day, you two can prepare a delicious raspberry dessert at home to draw things to a close!

Location: Walkerville, De Deur

Little Paris

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Now, this is one of the romantic places near Johannesburg where you can spoil your partner into the abyss! Boasting a deli, gift shop, clothing boutique and French-styled restaurant, Little Paris is a tourist attraction that oozes romance. Situated in Hartbeespoort, you and your significant other can stroll on the premises and grab the chance to add a personalised lock to the famous Love Bridge to seal your relationship, followed by having your picture taken at the 12.5-meter Eiffel Tower! Finally, end the day off with, say, a classic croissant at French Toast Koffie Kafee.

Location: R511, Hartbeespoort

Marble Restaurant

Your favourite person deserves first-class treatment… and this includes cuisine! Marble Restaurant in Rosebank offers this and so much more. You already know we’re suckers for synchronising the mood with sweeping views, so this can be checked off the list. Traditional South African food? Check. State-of-the-art setting? Check. In short, you can’t go wrong with booking Marble Restaurant for the next date night. You will have your partner in the palm of your hand!

Location: 19 Keyes and Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank

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