Romantic travels: Perfect date nights in 14 global cities, from Nairobi to Houston


Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14 in the U.S.), it’s always advisable to have a great date-night idea in your back pocket. To create this year’s roundup, we surveyed Bloomberg bureaus, from Tel Aviv to Taipei. The result is a global guide featuring plugged-in recommendations in 14 cities.

Don’t see your hometown?

We have 26 more date night ideas in Dubai, Cape Town, Budapest, Mexico City, São Paulo, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur, Vancouver, Chicago, and Sydney. Plus ten more cities from a year prior. Just be sure call ahead for bookings, as some reporting may have become outdated—the inspiration, though, is still completely legit.

Nairobi, Kenya

Head to Nairobi National Park, the rare wildlife reserve you can visit by taxi, to see some of the more than 100 mammal species that reside there, including the rare black rhinoceros. After catching a legendary African sunset surrounded by Mother Nature’s riches, have dinner at Talisman, where the service is excellent and the menu blends European, Asian, and African influences. It includes vegetable samosas, grilled fish, spicy Indian ‘bhajia’-style potatoes, and roasted vegetables blended with spicy mustard sauce.

If it’s the weekend …

Spend a night at Giraffe Manor, a luxurious, English-style country house built in 1932 that’s home to a herd of Rothschild giraffes. Its 12 luxury suites have sunny terraces and in-room fireplaces, but the real draw is the famous breakfast room, where the giraffes poke their heads through the windows each morning to beg for a bite of your eggs benedict. The property provides a car and driver for your stay, so cap off a day of horseback riding and hiking at the lounge-y Casablanca, famous for its shisha pipes, cocktails, and cold, local beer.

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