Top Couple Photoshoot Locations in Cape Town
It’s no secret that the Western Cape is home to South Africa’s most beautiful backdrop settings. We’ve got all the spots – beaches, Winelands & country, city & industrial – you name it! Need an idea for your engagement shoot? We have listed a few of our Top Couple Photoshoot Locations in Cape Town. These stunning photos featured in this list were captured by ZaraZoo Photography.
Top Beach Photoshoot Locations
1. Big Bay, Blouberg
Big Bay has a beautiful flat sandy beach that stretches up the coast. Blue waters, white sand, and not to mention the best view you can get of Table Mountain! Come to this spot any time of day for gorgeous couple shots.
2. Paternoster, West Coast
Paternoster, a small west coast fishing village, is the epitome of peaceful and romantic settings in the Western Cape and another one of our best engagement shoot locations. It is a mere 1h40 from Cape Town, but it will transport you to a totally different world! Charm and tranquillity define this small town, and the sandy beaches with small colourful fishing boats make for a stunning backdrop.
3. Clifton 4th Beach
Clifton, home to the rich and the famous, is the most sought after residential location in Cape Town. The beach itself cannot easily be seen from the mountain pass above, but take a few steps down to Clifton 4th beach and a stunning cove with rounded boulders will be revealed. The beach is almost totally sheltered from the prevailing South Easter, which makes shooting here so much fun!
4. Strand Beach
A long sandy, flat beach with the beautiful Hottentots Holland mountains in the background. One of our top engagement photoshoot locations – Strand is a coastal town which is just 30 minute from Cape Town. During the off-season, it is a lovely location to go for long romantic strolls with your loved one. Strand beach road is also home to towering residential blocks. Sunsets at Strand beach are one of a kind and one of our favourite spots for a couples shoot!
Top Couple Photoshoot Locations – Winelands and Country
5. Signal Hill, Cape Town
Signal Hill, located next to Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, is one of the most amazing spots in the entire country, perfect for a couples shoot. Apart from the beautiful views of the ocean and the city of Cape town below, there is also a fantastic, unobstructed view of Table Mountain. When it comes to romantic sunset locations, this is by far number one!
6. Lourensford Estate
Lourensford Estate in Somerset West is the biggest privately owned wine farm in South Africa. It is set on the foot of the Helderberg mountains and has everything that you would expect from a classic South African Wine farm. The reason why it is one of our best engagement shoot locations is due to the range of space – vineyards, dams and the beautiful vistas over False Bay.
7. Triggerfish, Strand
Triggerfish, one of the first craft beer brewing companies in South Africa, produces a variety of nine craft beers that can be tasted and enjoyed in a stunning rustic bar attached to the brewery. This hidden gem is nestled away in a vast industrial estate that used to be an old chemical factory. Grasslands and trees now grow alongside this gorgeous spot.
8. Babylonstoren, Paarl
This is a must-see spot in the Cape Winelands! The gardens of Babylonstoren used to supply fresh produce to ships as they docked at Table Bay. Today, these gardens have been beautifully restored to its former glory. Fruit, vegetables and herbs can all be found in these expansive gardens. In between the orchards and herb-gardens are geometric paths that you and your loved one can stroll through. Lastly, make sure to stop at the little stream under the oaks for a few romantic snaps.
9. Hidden Valley
Another fantastic Wine Estate to use for Couple Photos is Hidden Valley. This working farm produces quality wines and olive products and is another unbelievably beautiful sunset spot – with the big fireball setting behind table mountain. Go for a romantic shoot in the manicured gardens and vineyards or a stroll between the Olive groves – then end of the evening with a romantic sunset and dinner at Hidden Valley’s restaurant, Overture!
10. Canola Fields, Durbanville
During the month of August, the rolling hills surrounding the town of Durbanville is painted bright yellow when the Canola fields are in bloom. So if you are looking for lush green and yellow fields with blue sky then look no further. Tip: take a pair of gumboots with as you might encounter a bit of mud here and there. August is one of the wettest months in Cape Town after all!
11. Oudekraal Nature Reserve
This is one of those hidden gems that nobody knows of. As you drive from Camps Bay towards Hout Bay, pass the Twelve Apostles Hotel and you will see the signposts from Oudekraal on the right. The Nature Reserve is set right on the sea and has little paths winding through the milkwood forest that hugs the beach and boulders. The setting is truly unique and unlike any of the other beach location. The secluded beach with water lapping the small sandy strip will transport you to somewhere in paradise. Tip: Oudekraal closes the gates at 6 pm, so make sure you time your couple photoshoot well.
Industrial & City Photoshoot Locations
12. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
The Bo-Kaap district in Cape Town is one of the most colourful areas in the Mother City. Back in the day, the slaves who inhabited the area could not afford paint to make their quarters pretty, so they used whatever leftover paint they could get their hands on. To this day, residents honour the tradition by painting their houses with bright striking colours. The narrow cobbled streets of the Bo-Kaap further adds to the unique feel of this vibrant area. Photo opportunities are endless, so take a leisurely stroll with your loved one and see what locations appear – A fantastic adventure to say the least!
In the last decade, the face of Woodstock has changed dramatically. The once run-down industrial suburb of Cape Town got a new lease on life as young professionals moved in and trendy restaurants and media businesses made use of the rustic & industrial space that was abandoned when manufacturing moved out. We’ve selected Woodstock as one of the top engagement photoshoot locations because of its vibrancy with revamped and dilapidated buildings side by side. You’ll also find funky coffee shops, graffitied walls, hipsters, antique furniture shops, fantastic food and craft markets.
14. Kalk Bay
Kalk Bay, a quaint little fishing village right next to Muizenberg is about 30 minutes away from Cape Town City centre. The little village is wedged in between the steeply rising mountains on the one side and the ocean on the other side. In between, lies the famous coastal railway and the main road to vibrant coffee shops, bohemian clothing stores, beachside restaurants and antique shops with rare finds. On the other side of the railway line, there is a beautiful little white sandy beach. Start with a well-roasted coffee, followed by a return trip by train to Simons Town. Go get your feet wet in the lapping waves and finally stop off at a rustic restaurant for sundowners – all this of course while your photographer is snapping away!
15. V & A Waterfront
Coming to Cape Town and not visiting the V&A Waterfront is like going to Paris without doing the Louvre – It is a must-see tourist attraction with some of the finest restaurants, boat trips and a 450 store mall. What’s more is the fantastic views of Table mountain. Tip: go on a boat trip for some stunning romantic photos on the ocean with the Cape Town City skyline as a backdrop. There are plenty photo opportunities – modern art; interesting buildings and the dry docks are just some of the cool elements you can work with.
16. Wijnland Auto Museum
Slightly further away from Cape Town, in Joostenberg Vlakte, is a fantastic spot for a couple shoot! The Wijnland Auto Museum is a classic car graveyard and home to over 50 beautifully restored cars, with the oldest dating back to the early twentieth century. On the grounds you will find an open yard with hundreds of old cars – Most of them rusted beyond repair, but there are also those that look like they were just parked there a few years ago. This is one of our coolest engagement shoot locations because we simply cannot help but falling in love with the industrial old charm which the museum captures.