5 great spots for a Tinder date in the Cape Town City Bowl

Whether you’re an avid Tinder user or are new to the popular dating app, sooner or later you’ll have to take the plunge and go on that slightly awkward first date. To make it a little less stressful, we’ve handpicked a few City Bowl spots that are ideal for a casual meet-up for the next time you swipe right.


Alexander Bar. Photo by Karma Just Far.

Alexander Bar (Strand Street)

This relaxed spot is great for conversation and getting to know your date. It has a cosy revolving couch, functioning rotary dial phone system between tables, flattering lighting and soulful music to keep things going. If you and your date are drama geeks or music lovers, you can also catch a show in the fully equipped theatre upstairs. The kitchen is open until midnight for sneaky late-night snacks.


Bouchon Bistro. Photo supplied.

Bouchon Bistro (Hout Street)

The Dorrance winery shares an intimate space with this eatery. The wine bar and cellar offer a simple, ever-changing menu with a carefully selected wine list. Pop in for a midweek wine tasting with your date, or settle in for some tapas. The warm lighting and hum of Spanish music will make you want to linger a little longer.


Kloof Street House. Photo supplied.

Kloof Street House (Kloof Street)

This ornately decorated old house is a great spot to enjoy an atmospheric candle-lit dinner. The restaurant has different sections depending on the occasion. On Sundays there’s a jazz brunch with soothing sounds to suit the mood. Alternatively, find a spot at the quirky bar and enjoy your favourite drink before cosying up near one of the fireplaces for a meal.

Rick’s Café Americain (Park Street)

This popular Gardens spot has twinkly lights, a cosy fireplace downstairs and comfy couches upstairs to facilitate your getting to know one another while leaning in close over a plate of tapas. The slightly noisier bar downstairs might also do the trick for some vibey icebreaker cocktails.


Tjing Tjing Torii. Photo by Claire Gunn.

Tjing Tjing Torii (Longmarket Street)

This moody, playfully decorated space makes for an intimate night out with some inspired Asian dishes. Ease your way into the evening at the rooftop bar before heading downstairs for the made-to-share food. A sommelier will be on hand to give you some expert wine tips if you’re planning to indulge.

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