Who better than a local to point you to the perfect place for food?

We asked Iain Beattie, director of a Cape Town based travel agency, Wildspace, to tell us a secret spot for a romantic Valentine’s date dinner.

Over to him:

There is a restaurant located at the tip of a peninsula, at the tip of a continent, with nothing between your glass of champagne and the Antarctic, apart from open sea.  This is The Two Oceans Restaurant, perched precariously above the angry meeting point of two powerful ocean currents on the spit of land that juts southwards from the majestic city of Cape Town. As a venue for Valentine’s Day, it cannot be beaten.

February is the best month to visit South Africa, and the drive to reach the restaurant rivals the best coastal meanders on the planet.  From the shadows of Table Mountain, drive along the pristine Atlantic coastline to Hout Bay, where you stop for a quick boat ride to inspect a colony of Cape Fur Seals not far offshore.  Driving south again, you soon reach the Cape Point Nature Reserve where one is likely to encounter baboons and various other fauna before reaching The Two Oceans Restaurant, literally at land’s end.

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The elegant fare can be enjoyed on the deck, or in the restaurant itself. Fresh seafood is the speciality, but they also cater for vegetarians, meat and pasta lovers, with a wine cellar to complement any meal.

If this heady combination doesn’t win your partner’s affections, then the rest of the country awaits…

(This post is from our 2012 archives)