The Best Places to Meet Single Women in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, also known as the Mother City, is considered by many to be a symbol of hope for a country once-marred by rampant discrimination. Today, unshackled from its past, no city has embraced the country’s vibrant, electrifying diversity quite like Cape Town. As for hope, the city is more than capable of catering to the hopeless romantics.

Boasting eleven national languages (Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga), there really isn’t a shortage of any language of love. Further attesting to its diversity, the country has a variety of recognized religions, with Christianity (at more than 80% of the populace) taking the lead. The median age is 28.7 years, and the majority (51.7%) of the 55.91 million populace - to the luck of prospecting male suitors - are women.

South Africa has no shortage of sundry people, or history, for that matter. And what happens when you combine wanna-not-be singles with rich, beautiful history? Only the best setting to meet ‘the One’, of course!

An ideal place to start is Cape-Town’s oldest building. Castle, to be precise. A Bastian fort constructed in the 17th century, Kasteel de Goede Hoop (the Castle of Good Hope, if you don’t speak Dutch) is a provincial heritage site, considered to be the best preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort. This grand enclave of stone and mortar is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, especially during Autumn when the regularly stormy winds are calmer, and the air is perfumed by both the ocean and the nearby botanical gardens. Imagine strolling down the ancient, sprawling courtyards filled to bursting with flowerbeds and history, when your eyes meet the eyes of your next great love. That's a 'how we met' story that you can be proud to tell friends and family.

To follow the vein of the self-proclaimed history buff, another token location is Robben Island. Situated off the coast of Bloubergstrand, Robben Island had once been used for the isolation of (mainly political) prisoners, including the first democratically elected president of the country, Nelson Mandela. Of course, the only way onto the island is a four hour ferry ride, but this gives you lots of time to get to know the other passengers. The local African Penguins (more commonly referred to as ‘Jackass Penguins’ for their shrill, donkey-like brays) are sure to spark conversation. Visit in early Spring, and you’re more than likely to spot a whale or two. You could also see a shark. There’s always possibility for confusion, as the strip of sea tethering Robben Island to the shore is home to more than forty different species of shark, some rivaling the aforementioned whales in size. If you happen to meet an attractive woman on your way to the Island, what could be worth remembering more than those teaming oceans? Indeed, what better way to start a conversation than: “DID YOU SEE THAT!?”?

To stay with the oceans, Cape Town boasts two coastlines of beautiful beaches. The most popular beaches include Camps Bayand the Clifton Beaches; both speckled with seafood-vendors and restaurants. Be sure to sample the Peri-Peri prawns, or, if you’re not up for braving this spicy dish on your own, ask someone to suffer with you! A great conversation starter might just be the deliciously sweet face-melter recipe found in a variety of Cape Town cuisine.

Of course, if you’re after a more romantic setting (and would like to distance yourself from the crowds of tourists), a definite must are the Clifton Beaches. Known for their picturesque blue waters and salt-coloured sands, these beaches are framed by monolith mountain outcrops. Definitely worthy of a picture or two. Rather than taking a selfie, you could forge some new connections by asking a woman to help you with the shot.

Another area that might prove worthy of a picture would be the Table Mountain region. Not only is it one of the most-visited places in Africa (and for good reason), but it’s the perfect place to catch the outdoors-type in their natural environment. Instead of taking the cable-car up the mountain (which peaks at more than a kilometre above sea level), go hiking instead! You’ll be more than likely to meet a woman on your way to the to the top, as the climb can take up to three hours, depending on the route you take. It’s all worth it though, as the view from the clouds encompass all of Cape-Town and is especially awe-inspiring during sunset.

After adventuring, you might be tempted to check out some of the local pubs, and Cape Town has some of the best. If you enjoy Asian cuisine, you might try the Asoka Bar. This is a Victorian town-house bar with an open-roof candlelit courtyard, Asian fusion tapas, and cocktails. If you love music, head over to The Piano Bar. This venue is always filled with live, suave tunes; the perfect ambiance for meeting new people. Of course, the The Fireman's Arms boasts some music of its own, though the tunes are catered more towards lovers of old-timey rock ‘n roll. If you’re a dancer, you could always ask someone to two-step; after sticking them to the customary melktertjie.

Even if you miss out on historical landmarks, sea-faring expeditions, mountain-conquests, and the hustle-bustle of the inner-city, there’s always outdoor theatre. The Galileo Open Air Cinema, frequently screening movies from the 80’s and 90’s, is the perfect place for the socialite, as well as the more laid-back. Grab a bean-bag chair and enjoy the show with someone, or mingle at the wine-tasting stands with a romantic-comedy playing in the background.

No matter what you’re into, Cape-Town is the perfect place to mingle with single women, or bump into someone you end up taking a liking to. All you need to do is be friendly, be confident, and, above all else, have fun! Do these things and you might just meet the forever-elusive ‘One’.