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19 Dreamy Things to Do in Pretoria for Couples

Struggling to keep the spark alive in Pretoria? Fear not, lovebirds!

We have a list of date ideas that are so good, they’ll make your partner’s mood swings seem like a gentle breeze. Whether it’s your first or you’ve lost count, these activities will have you both laughing more than their latest “It’s not you. It’s me” episode.

Now, check out our guide because it’s the perfect antidote to the “What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” dance.

Seal your love with a lock at Magnolia Dell Park

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Address: Queen Wilhelmina Drive & University Rd, Bailey’s Muckleneuk

Phone: +27 76 383 0833

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 6 AM to 6 PM

My partner and I wanted to do something special in Pretoria, just the two of us. We heard about this quaint little spot called Magnolia Dell Park, known for its Love Bridge.

The well-maintained pathways and tranquil atmosphere created a beautiful setting for a leisurely stroll.

Adding our own love lock to the iconic Love Bridge felt like a meaningful gesture, solidifying our commitment in a unique way. This experience is a free and unforgettable way for couples to celebrate love.

Pro Tip:
Once you’ve taken in the beauty of the park, treat yourself to delicious coffee from Huckleberry’s. It’s right there in the park, offering not just great food but also a charming atmosphere to unwind in after your stroll.

Enjoy live performances and get inspired at U-The Space

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Address: 146 Minnaar St, Pretoria Central

Phone: +27 76 383 0833

U-The Space is an artistic haven in Pretoria that we adore. This vibrant art hub features an eclectic mix of experiences that cater to every art lover’s desire.

We spent hours exploring the captivating artwork on the walls and their extensive book collection and enjoyed coffee from the in-house café.

The venue often hosts engaging poetry slams and live music performances, adding to its dynamic atmosphere. One of our highlights here was discovering new local bands and artists, making each visit unique. 

Pro Tip:
Take a leisurely four-minute stroll to the Ditsong National Museums. It’s a perfect way to extend your cultural date, where history and heritage complement the modern art experience.

Embark on literary scavenging at the National Library of South Africa

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Address: 228 Johannes Ramokhoase St, Pretoria Central

Phone: +27 12 401 9700

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 9 AM to 5 PM

When we’re looking for something to do together in Pretoria, we often find ourselves at the National Library of South Africa. I love the conversations we have as we browse through topics that interest us.

The library is huge, seating over 1,500 people, and it’s always buzzing with activity, especially with the nearby universities hosting events and fairs.

Pro Tip:
Venture beyond the National Library and explore hidden gems like Esanlu Book Shop, Outer Limits, and PCH Bookshop. Each store offers a unique ambience and selection, promising a memorable book-hunting adventure for literary lovers.

Attend a performance at Brooklyn Theatre

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Address: Shop 21, Greenlyn Village Centre, Cnr Thomas Edison and 13th Streets, Menlo Park

Phone: +27 12 460 6033

My partner and I checked out Brooklyn Theatre knowing it’s a hotspot for local talent. It’s not a massive venue, but that’s part of its charm, and the ticket prices won’t break the bank either.

The lineup of performances includes captivating theatrical productions and soul-stirring musical performances.

The Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet performance was mesmerising. We were completely captivated by the music and the overall experience.

Pro Tip:
After enjoying a captivating performance, take the experience further by wandering the vibrant Thomas Edison and 13th Streets. It’s a perfect way to reflect on the show’s highlights and create a memorable end to your date night.

Arrange a romantic picnic at Union Buildings Garden

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Address: Meintjieskop, off, Government Ave, Arcadia

Phone: +27 12 300 5200

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Friday  – 7 AM to 6 PM

We often seek out unique spots to enjoy quality time together. Recently, we decided to have a romantic picnic in the lush garden of the Union Buildings.

As we settled in, we couldn’t help but admire the stunning city view. The Union Building itself is closed to the public, but the gardens provided the perfect backdrop for our romantic escapade. 

Parking was convenient and secure, located just across the street. 

Pro Tip:
Step outside to the nearby stalls and treat yourselves to the local street food.

Book a game drive at Rietvlei Nature Reserve

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Address: 14 Game Reserve Ave, Rietvallei 377-Jr

Phone: +27 12 358 1812

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 6 AM to 6 PM

Rietvlei Nature Reserve, though small, is a hidden gem, perfect for a day trip regardless of the season. Our game drive, which lasted around an hour and a half, was like flipping through the pages of a wildlife magazine.

We spotted the iconic white rhinos and the formidable buffaloes, and if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a cheetah or two. But it’s not just about the big game; the reserve is a playground for bird lovers.

One of the highlights for us, amateur photographers, is the ever-changing landscape of Rietvlei. With each visit, the scenery shifts, offering unique and breathtaking opportunities to capture the beauty of nature through our lenses.

Pro Tip:
You should be mindful that while many roads are well-maintained, the unpaved tracks may become challenging after rain. Consider a vehicle with higher clearance if your date adventure leads you off the beaten path.

Explore South African art and history at the Pretoria Art Museum

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Address: Wessels St, Arcadia

Phone: +27 12 358 1812

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Sunday – 10 AM to 5 PM

Nestled in the heart of Pretoria, the Pretoria Art Museum is a vibrant celebration of South African creativity. My partner and I were excited to explore its galleries and soak in the local culture.

One of the highlights for us was seeing works by Anton van Wouw and Gerard Sekoto up close. Their pieces captured the essence of South African culture in a captivating and thought-provoking way.

But it wasn’t just paintings that caught our attention. The museum also had a fascinating collection of historical artefacts, giving us a glimpse into the country’s rich heritage. 

Pro Tip:
The museum is best enjoyed on weekday mornings when the galleries are less crowded, offering a more intimate experience with the art. 

Go zip-lining at Acrobranch Pretoria


Address: Soutpansberg Road, 18 Honingnestkrans St

Phone: +27 (021) 201 1121

Operating Hours:

  • Wednesday to Sunday – 9 AM to 6 PM

My partner and I spiced things up a bit and tried out Acrobranch Pretoria North. We’re not usually the adrenaline junkie types, but we were up for something different.

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with this jungle of zip lines and obstacle courses. The highlight for us was definitely the 300-m long zip line on the High-Flying course. What a rush!

Despite our nerves, the whole experience was really safe. It’s perfect for couples looking to add a bit of excitement to their weekend. 

Pro Tip:
Opt for comfort and practicality. Wear clothes you can move freely in and closed shoes that you won’t mind getting dirty. 

Have a romantic movie night at Nu Metro Menlyn Park

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Address: 92 Atterbury Rd, Garston AH

Phone: +27 86 124 6362

For a memorable date night in Pretoria, visiting a local movie theatre like Nu Metro Menlyn Park is a fantastic choice. We recently experienced the 4DX screening of “Bad Boys For Life,” and it was phenomenal.

With seats that moved and vibrated, wind effects, and even smoke enhancing the scenes, the 4DX technology made us feel like we were part of the action. The Dolby Atmos Surround Sound added to the immersion, making every moment feel real.

Watching a movie together can provide you with insights into each other’s film preferences and behaviour. It’s a fun, immersive way to bond and get to know your partner better.

Pro Tip:
Grab Nu Metro’s yearly calendar for just R50 and unlock perks like free 4DX tickets, snacks, and drinks.

Hike at Wonderboom Nature Reserve

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Address: 1 Lavender Rd, Annlin West

Phone: +27 12 358 1792

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 7 AM to 5 PM

Wonderboom Nature Reserve is a great spot for couples looking to spend quality time together without distractions. Being away from crowds creates a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for enjoying each other’s company.

The reserve offers stunning scenery, including the famous Wonderboom wild fig tree.

Pro Tips:
Pack a well-stocked first aid kit alongside your picnic treats. It’s a smart way to show you care. Staying hydrated is key to enjoying your adventure together, so remember to bring enough water for two.

Challenge each other to rock-wall climbing at Climbing the Barn


Address: 1Plot 210 Korhaan Dirt Rd, Mooiplaats

Phone: +27 12 000 4803

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 2 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturday – 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 5 PM

Climbing the Barn is one of the most adventurous spots in Pretoria for couples. With over 450 square metres of climbing space, there was plenty to explore, even for beginners like us.

On our first visit, we were pleasantly surprised by how friendly and helpful the staff were. We decided to challenge each other to a rock-wall climbing competition, which turned out to be a lot of fun and a great bonding experience.

The place also has a braai area, making it a fantastic spot for family outings. There’s also horse riding!

Pro Tips:
Make sure to book an introductory class. It’s a fun and educational start to your climbing journey together. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes are a must for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Pamper yourselves with a relaxing massage at Kievits Kroon


Address: 41 Reier Rd, Kameeldrift-East

Phone: +27 12 819 8600

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Thursday – 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 8 AM to 9 PM
  • Sunday – 8 AM to 5 PM

Kievits Kroon Spa in Pretoria is a local gem perfect for couples looking for some quality downtime. During our visit, we were impressed by the serene ambience and top-notch facilities. 

We booked a half-day session on a quiet Friday morning. Our couples’ massage was incredibly rejuvenating.

The staff were friendly and professional, making sure we felt pampered from start to finish. Our therapists were amazing, and their skills during the full-body massage, facial, and manicure and pedicure were impressive.

Pro Tips:
You may also reserve a secluded table under the stars at Kievits Kroon Spa and complement the evening with their gourmet cuisine and award-winning wine list.

Enjoy ice skating together at the Grove Ice Rink

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Address: Lynnwood Rd &, Simon Vermooten Rd, Lynnwood Ridge

Phone: +27 12 807 3060

Operating Hours:

  • Monday – 9:30 AM to 7 PM
  • Tuesday to Sunday – 9:30 AM to 10 PM

When we first stepped into the Grove Ice Rink, we were blown away by the sheer joy of gliding on the ice. The staff were super friendly and helped us out, especially since it was our first time.

There was this magical vibe with the crisp air hitting our faces and the sound of skates slicing through the ice. And the music? Perfect!

It was so cool to see people of all ages having a blast out there. We’ve found our new favourite hobby, and we can’t wait to go back for more icy fun!

Pro Tips:
For a cool deal, hit The Grove on Tuesday nights to enjoy skating at half the price.Make your weekends memorable with a Sunday night session, where entry is just R85, and skate hire won’t cost you a dime.

Watch the breathtaking sunset at Voortrekker Monument

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Address: Eeufees Rd, Groenkloof 358-Jr

Phone: +27 12 326 6770

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 8 AM to 5:30 PM

Voortrekker Monument is a striking tribute to Southern Africa’s pioneer history and the Afrikaner heritage. Towering against the skyline, it’s a sight to behold, framed by the surrounding natural beauty.

The granite structure itself is impressive, designed by Gerard Moerdijk, but what really got us was the surrounding landscape. Seriously, it’s like they plucked it out of a painting!

We spent the whole day wandering around and taking in the sights. When the sun started setting, the monument against the golden sky was downright romantic.

Pro Tips:
Don’t miss the opportunity to take home a souvenir from the reasonably priced gift shop. After exploring, refuel at the on-site restaurant which offers a variety of options to satisfy your hunger.

Go rose-picking at Ludwig’s Roses Farm


Address: 61 Haakdoornlaagte

Phone: +27 12 544 01 44

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 6 AM to 6 PM

Ludwig’s Roses Farm in Pretoria is a charming spot for couples to spend quality time together. My partner and I recently paid a visit and had a delightful experience picking roses.

The garden is lovely, especially on a sunny afternoon when the air is filled with the scent of roses. Walking hand in hand, we felt a sense of peace and closeness.

After choosing our favourite blooms, we headed to the shop where we had them turned into a beautiful bouquet. It was a simple yet meaningful way to create lasting memories and show our affection for each other.

Pro Tip:
Don’t miss out on their signature rose-shaped scones. Pair them with the farm’s unique rose petal jam for an unforgettable taste that fully embodies the essence of the farm.

Savour a romantic dinner at Kream Brooklyn


Address: 283 Dey St, Nieuw Muckleneuk

Phone: +27 (0)12 346 4642

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 11 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 11 AM to 8 PM

Kream Brooklyn offers a cosy spot for couples like us to enjoy a romantic dinner. We’ve been regulars here, drawn in by the warm atmosphere and delicious food.

The restaurant’s vibe is modern yet inviting, offering various seating options from intimate corners to breezy terrace spots where you can soak in the sunset with a mocktail in hand.

We kicked things off with their California rolls, and the salmon practically melted in our mouths. For mains, we couldn’t resist diving into the fillet bone marrow grills and the basil pesto and feta pasta—each dish bursting with flavour. 

Pro Tips:
Dress in smart casual attire to blend seamlessly with the sophisticated setting. A polished outfit not only respects the establishment’s dress code but also enhances your dining experience.

Indulge in a coffee date at Plato Coffee


Address: 649 Borzoi St, Garsfontein

Phone: +27 82 452 7787

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 6 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday – 7 AM – 6 PM

Platō Coffee has quickly become a beloved spot for locals, with its recent expansion to Sandton adding to its popularity. Enticed by the buzz, my partner and I decided to check out the Garsfontein location.

We enjoyed the peaceful ambience of their courtyard, where young trees showed promise of growing into a vibrant green retreat. We decided to sample their ham and cheese croissant from the menu, and it was truly delightful.

What truly impressed us, though, was the warm and welcoming service. It elevated our coffee experience from merely satisfying to genuinely delightful. 

Pro Tip:
While the cafe may have limited street parking, don’t let that deter you. Conveniently, there’s ample parking available in the adjacent lot of 10 Rounds Gym.

Treat your partner to a shopping spree at Duncan Yard

Address: 526 Cnr Jan Shoba &, Prospect St, Hatfield

Phone: +27 76 949 6811

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM – 2 PM

Duncan Yard is like a cosy village with cute shops and eateries all around. Walking there feels like strolling through a little Italian town, with its cobblestone paths and castle-like buildings.

When my partner and I went, we had a blast checking out the different stores and trying out some delicious food. We even found this adorable boutique with unique home décor that we ended up buying.

Duncan Yard is perfect for a laid-back date. You can chat, enjoy the atmosphere, and maybe discover some cool new things together. 

Pro Tip:
Visit Mystic Boer, an exceptional bar just a short stroll away. It boasts a spacious outdoor area for those who prefer the open air and a sizable dance floor for anyone ready to groove the night away.

Take a romantic stroll through Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

Address: 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria

Phone: +27 12 843 5071

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 8 AM to 5 PM

The Pretoria National Botanical Garden covers 76 hectares containing different habitats, each with a unique charm. When we visited, the lush greenery and fragrant flowers made for a peaceful and intimate setting.

We wandered along the winding paths, taking in the stunning scenery and trying to guess the names of the various flowers. Spending time in nature and sharing these simple joys left us both relaxed and closer than ever.

Pro Tip:
For a bit of fun, engage in a playful game of I-Spy with the diverse flora. This not only adds an element of entertainment to your stroll but also encourages a deeper appreciation for the garden’s rich biodiversity.
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