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Lorraine's Guidebook

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Lorraine's Guidebook

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Table Mountain Defining the Cape Town cityscape, Table Mountain is one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in the entire world. Its panoramic views of Cape Town and its surrounds are without a doubt its bigger draw card, but there is more to the mountain than simply soaking in the vista. The Table Mountain Cable Car offers up stunning views en route to the mountaintop, where you can take in a 360 degree view of the city, Table Bay, and the rest of the national park.
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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
5821 Tafelberg Rd
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Table Mountain Defining the Cape Town cityscape, Table Mountain is one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in the entire world. Its panoramic views of Cape Town and its surrounds are without a doubt its bigger draw card, but there is more to the mountain than simply soaking in the vista. The Table Mountain Cable Car offers up stunning views en route to the mountaintop, where you can take in a 360 degree view of the city, Table Bay, and the rest of the national park.
Boulders Beach is famous for its penguins, but it's beautiful in its own right. What gives Cape Town such a unique variety of beaches is the fact it marks the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. A beach on the western Cape is something entirely different to one on the eastern side. You could spend a week in Cape Town and not manage to fully explore all of its beaches!
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Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach is famous for its penguins, but it's beautiful in its own right. What gives Cape Town such a unique variety of beaches is the fact it marks the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. A beach on the western Cape is something entirely different to one on the eastern side. You could spend a week in Cape Town and not manage to fully explore all of its beaches!
Robben Island South Africa's apartheid history is an element of the nation's past that cannot be overlooked, and many visitors to the rainbow nation are interested in learning more about this dark period. Visitors to Cape Town can learn more about this period with a visit to Robben Island. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Robben Island served as a prison for over two hundred years – most famously housing inspirational South African president, Nelson Mandela.
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Robben Island
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Robben Island South Africa's apartheid history is an element of the nation's past that cannot be overlooked, and many visitors to the rainbow nation are interested in learning more about this dark period. Visitors to Cape Town can learn more about this period with a visit to Robben Island. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Robben Island served as a prison for over two hundred years – most famously housing inspirational South African president, Nelson Mandela.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Boasting as 'the most beautiful garden in Africa', Cape Town's Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens definitely has a right to the claim. Situated on the eastern side of Table Mountain, this luscious green paradise is a haven of cool in sometimes hot Cape Town. Far more than just a garden, the 528 hectare estate is home to a startling variety of plants, birds, and animals.
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Boasting as 'the most beautiful garden in Africa', Cape Town's Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens definitely has a right to the claim. Situated on the eastern side of Table Mountain, this luscious green paradise is a haven of cool in sometimes hot Cape Town. Far more than just a garden, the 528 hectare estate is home to a startling variety of plants, birds, and animals.
The Colours of Bo-Kaap A former township that was once known as the Malay Quarter, colourful Bo Kaap is now one of the trendiest districts in an already trendy city. Perfectly exemplifying the multiculturalism that makes South Africa "The Rainbow Nation", Bo-Kaap is a perfect place to see a different side of South African life. Whether you're taking a Cape Malay cooking class, exploring the bustling markets, or immersing yourself in the region with a homestay - there's plenty to see and do.
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Bo-Kaap
71 Wale St
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The Colours of Bo-Kaap A former township that was once known as the Malay Quarter, colourful Bo Kaap is now one of the trendiest districts in an already trendy city. Perfectly exemplifying the multiculturalism that makes South Africa "The Rainbow Nation", Bo-Kaap is a perfect place to see a different side of South African life. Whether you're taking a Cape Malay cooking class, exploring the bustling markets, or immersing yourself in the region with a homestay - there's plenty to see and do.
The crowd Surfers, groups of friends, families, and tourists. Best for Picnics at sunset, frisbee, beach bats, runs on beach and surfing. Chill factor Lose-feeling-in-the legs cold! You have to be super-brave to endure the freezing water, but once in, the refreshment factor is unbeatable. Bring Beach equipment, and a picnic for the day, as there are no shops or restaurants close by. Afterwards, head to Hout Bay and visit the Bay Harbour Market for a browse, beer and bite to eat at one of the many food stalls. If markets aren’t your thing, go for a late lunch or dinner at Lucky Bao. Where to find it Victoria Road, Llandudno, Cape Town
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Llandudno Beach
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The crowd Surfers, groups of friends, families, and tourists. Best for Picnics at sunset, frisbee, beach bats, runs on beach and surfing. Chill factor Lose-feeling-in-the legs cold! You have to be super-brave to endure the freezing water, but once in, the refreshment factor is unbeatable. Bring Beach equipment, and a picnic for the day, as there are no shops or restaurants close by. Afterwards, head to Hout Bay and visit the Bay Harbour Market for a browse, beer and bite to eat at one of the many food stalls. If markets aren’t your thing, go for a late lunch or dinner at Lucky Bao. Where to find it Victoria Road, Llandudno, Cape Town
The crowd Locals from nearby luxury apartments hang at 1st beach, 2nd attracts everyone (including a sizeable gay contingent), a trendy young set makes 3rd beach the most lively, while 4th beach is the most family-oriented. Best for Sunbathing, people-watching and epic swims to the rock on 4th beach on those rare days when the water is warm. Chill factor Like we said, the ocean is freezing. But, on the rare occasion, or after a very hot day, you may be able to take the plunge. Bring Umbrellas and lounge chairs can be rented, and soft drinks and “granadilla lollies” are sold by garrulous vendors. Bring a book, some bats or a frisbee to keep you entertained, and a light lunch, as the nearest restaurant is a steep flight of stairs away. Afterwards, head to head to The Bungalow Restaurant and Lounge for cocktails, seafood, and laidback beats. It’s just up the stairs from Clifton 4th, and only a short walk down the main road if you’re coming from the other beaches. Where to find it Victoria Road, Cape Town
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Clifton 2nd Beach
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The crowd Locals from nearby luxury apartments hang at 1st beach, 2nd attracts everyone (including a sizeable gay contingent), a trendy young set makes 3rd beach the most lively, while 4th beach is the most family-oriented. Best for Sunbathing, people-watching and epic swims to the rock on 4th beach on those rare days when the water is warm. Chill factor Like we said, the ocean is freezing. But, on the rare occasion, or after a very hot day, you may be able to take the plunge. Bring Umbrellas and lounge chairs can be rented, and soft drinks and “granadilla lollies” are sold by garrulous vendors. Bring a book, some bats or a frisbee to keep you entertained, and a light lunch, as the nearest restaurant is a steep flight of stairs away. Afterwards, head to head to The Bungalow Restaurant and Lounge for cocktails, seafood, and laidback beats. It’s just up the stairs from Clifton 4th, and only a short walk down the main road if you’re coming from the other beaches. Where to find it Victoria Road, Cape Town
The crowd Surfers, families, Kommetjie locals, tourists. Best for Surfing, sunbathing, sunset walks, and walking your dogs (off the lead!) Chill factor Pretty cold, ironically the water is warmer in winter; however, only the braver beach-goers venture in for a dip. Bring Sunscreen, as the sun’s reflection off the white sand can cause a nasty burn (even under an umbrella). Afterwards, head to Neighbouring Noordhoek for an ice cream at Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream, or a delectable dinner at The Foodbarn. And, if you’re at the beach on a Thursday, head to the Cape Point Vineyards Community Market for a delicious glass of vino and a tasty bite overlooking breathtaking sunset views. Important note The stretch of beach between Noordhoek and Kommetjie has seen an increase in criminal activity in recent times, including several reports of violent incidents. Visitors are urged to be cautious and alert if they choose to travel through this area. You can contact Komwatch on 082 327 7783 for more information. Where to find it Surfway Road, Kommetjie, Cape Town
Long Beach
The crowd Surfers, families, Kommetjie locals, tourists. Best for Surfing, sunbathing, sunset walks, and walking your dogs (off the lead!) Chill factor Pretty cold, ironically the water is warmer in winter; however, only the braver beach-goers venture in for a dip. Bring Sunscreen, as the sun’s reflection off the white sand can cause a nasty burn (even under an umbrella). Afterwards, head to Neighbouring Noordhoek for an ice cream at Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream, or a delectable dinner at The Foodbarn. And, if you’re at the beach on a Thursday, head to the Cape Point Vineyards Community Market for a delicious glass of vino and a tasty bite overlooking breathtaking sunset views. Important note The stretch of beach between Noordhoek and Kommetjie has seen an increase in criminal activity in recent times, including several reports of violent incidents. Visitors are urged to be cautious and alert if they choose to travel through this area. You can contact Komwatch on 082 327 7783 for more information. Where to find it Surfway Road, Kommetjie, Cape Town
Constantia Full Day Wine Tour from Cape Town Wine-lovers spend seven hours exploring one of the oldest wine regions in South Africa. Visit iconic vineyards in Constantia and try 5 to 7 wine-tastings at each location. Includes A la Carte lunch with views for days Highlights Enjoy a vineyard tour at the steepest vineyard in South Africa Visit the Iconic Groot Constantia Wine Estate dating back to 1685 Enjoy lunch from a A la carte menu at Constantia Glen Taste 5 to 6 award-winning wines at each estate in Constantia Enjoy a Chocolate & Wine Pairing at Groot Constantia
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The Constantia Wine Tour
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Constantia Full Day Wine Tour from Cape Town Wine-lovers spend seven hours exploring one of the oldest wine regions in South Africa. Visit iconic vineyards in Constantia and try 5 to 7 wine-tastings at each location. Includes A la Carte lunch with views for days Highlights Enjoy a vineyard tour at the steepest vineyard in South Africa Visit the Iconic Groot Constantia Wine Estate dating back to 1685 Enjoy lunch from a A la carte menu at Constantia Glen Taste 5 to 6 award-winning wines at each estate in Constantia Enjoy a Chocolate & Wine Pairing at Groot Constantia
Overview With delicate grape varietals flourishing under the hot South African sunshine, Franschhoek is a wine-lover’s dream destination—but the vineyards are spread far throughout the rolling hillsides. On this guided wine tour, visit a minimum of three Franschhoek wine estates and sample the diverse wines for which this fertile corner of South Africa is famous. With all travel and entry fees included, find out for yourself what makes South African wine special. Visit three or more Franschhoek wine estates with all travel included Sample some of the delicious wines for which Franschhoek is famous Discover why South African wines are famous across the world. Read more about Full-Day Wine Tour from Franschhoek 2020 - https://www.viator.com/tours/Franschhoek/Full-Day-Wine-Tour-from-Franschhoek/d24379-10561P4?mcid=56757
Franschhoek Wine Tours
62 Huguenot Road
Overview With delicate grape varietals flourishing under the hot South African sunshine, Franschhoek is a wine-lover’s dream destination—but the vineyards are spread far throughout the rolling hillsides. On this guided wine tour, visit a minimum of three Franschhoek wine estates and sample the diverse wines for which this fertile corner of South Africa is famous. With all travel and entry fees included, find out for yourself what makes South African wine special. Visit three or more Franschhoek wine estates with all travel included Sample some of the delicious wines for which Franschhoek is famous Discover why South African wines are famous across the world. Read more about Full-Day Wine Tour from Franschhoek 2020 - https://www.viator.com/tours/Franschhoek/Full-Day-Wine-Tour-from-Franschhoek/d24379-10561P4?mcid=56757
This wine tour combines visits to the three oldest regions in The Cape Winelands. You’ll start your day in Stellenbosch, followed by a visit to Franschhoek. Last but certainly not least, your final visit of the day will be in Paarl. Popular Wine Estates In The Area: Oude Libertas, Kleine Zalze, Babylonstoren, Eikehof, Fairview, Spice Route and hundreds more Recommended Start Time: Full day tour: 8am Approximate Duration: Full day tour: 9 – 10 hours (5 – 6 wine estates) All tastings and lunches for clients account Stellenbosch City Tour Wine tasting Wine Purchases Franschhoek Huguenot monument & museum Wine Tasting & Cellar Tour Lunch at any one of Franschhoeks top restaurants Paarl Visit superior wine farms in the beautiful wine region of Paarl Options include Simonsvlei, Laborie, Riebokskloof, Fairview, Spice Route and Backsberg amongst others Wine & Cheese Tasting
Wine Tour Stellenbosch | Franschhoek | Cape Town
4 Portswood Road
This wine tour combines visits to the three oldest regions in The Cape Winelands. You’ll start your day in Stellenbosch, followed by a visit to Franschhoek. Last but certainly not least, your final visit of the day will be in Paarl. Popular Wine Estates In The Area: Oude Libertas, Kleine Zalze, Babylonstoren, Eikehof, Fairview, Spice Route and hundreds more Recommended Start Time: Full day tour: 8am Approximate Duration: Full day tour: 9 – 10 hours (5 – 6 wine estates) All tastings and lunches for clients account Stellenbosch City Tour Wine tasting Wine Purchases Franschhoek Huguenot monument & museum Wine Tasting & Cellar Tour Lunch at any one of Franschhoeks top restaurants Paarl Visit superior wine farms in the beautiful wine region of Paarl Options include Simonsvlei, Laborie, Riebokskloof, Fairview, Spice Route and Backsberg amongst others Wine & Cheese Tasting
The Pipe Track The Pipe Track is famous for its beauty and tranquility and is known as one of the most enjoyable hikes in Cape Town. Distance: +/- 6km Time: 3 hours Difficulty: Easy Terrain: Level – single rocky track, jeep track, few stone stairs. Description This is a great way to gain an understanding of what Table Mountain hiking has to offer without a tireless hike to the summit. It is not steep neither is it strenuous, but it does travel some distance so be prepared. This is a level walking route, starting off on a single rock path and later joins onto a jeep track. There are a few slight hills on this hiking route, but nothing really worth highlighting. This is one of Table Mountain’s oldest hiking routes dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to lay pipelines. Today carrying water from the Table Mountains reservoirs to the City of Cape Town. Now enjoyed by many local hikers, this route runs parallel to these large water pipes located below the western slopes of Table Mountain. And, the 12 Apostles mountain range and is best described as one with mind-blowing views throughout the walk. The route takes you along the Atlantic coast and looks over Camps Bay, Lion’s Head and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a lot to see on this route. The route is packed with Table Mountain’s unique fynbos and displays a wide variety of South Africa’s proteas. The Pipe Track is next to Table Mountain’s massive sandstone cliffs and we’ll pass through the beautiful ravines of the western slopes. Crossing many popular routes to the summit. There are many magical places where you can stop and enjoy the views along the way. This hike takes approximately 2 hours each way and we will end the hike right back where we started. Another popular alternative option is to do it one way and end the hike at the Camps Bay Pipe Track entrance. Best Time To Hike The Pipe Track is shaded in the mornings and receives a lot of sunlight throughout the day. Hiking in the evening and mornings in the hotter summer months is recommended.
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Pipe Track Trail Run
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The Pipe Track The Pipe Track is famous for its beauty and tranquility and is known as one of the most enjoyable hikes in Cape Town. Distance: +/- 6km Time: 3 hours Difficulty: Easy Terrain: Level – single rocky track, jeep track, few stone stairs. Description This is a great way to gain an understanding of what Table Mountain hiking has to offer without a tireless hike to the summit. It is not steep neither is it strenuous, but it does travel some distance so be prepared. This is a level walking route, starting off on a single rock path and later joins onto a jeep track. There are a few slight hills on this hiking route, but nothing really worth highlighting. This is one of Table Mountain’s oldest hiking routes dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to lay pipelines. Today carrying water from the Table Mountains reservoirs to the City of Cape Town. Now enjoyed by many local hikers, this route runs parallel to these large water pipes located below the western slopes of Table Mountain. And, the 12 Apostles mountain range and is best described as one with mind-blowing views throughout the walk. The route takes you along the Atlantic coast and looks over Camps Bay, Lion’s Head and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a lot to see on this route. The route is packed with Table Mountain’s unique fynbos and displays a wide variety of South Africa’s proteas. The Pipe Track is next to Table Mountain’s massive sandstone cliffs and we’ll pass through the beautiful ravines of the western slopes. Crossing many popular routes to the summit. There are many magical places where you can stop and enjoy the views along the way. This hike takes approximately 2 hours each way and we will end the hike right back where we started. Another popular alternative option is to do it one way and end the hike at the Camps Bay Pipe Track entrance. Best Time To Hike The Pipe Track is shaded in the mornings and receives a lot of sunlight throughout the day. Hiking in the evening and mornings in the hotter summer months is recommended.
Kasteelspoort 10-12 km round trip Moderate to difficult terrain Partly shaded Little water Not dog friendly* The Kasteelspoort hike is an enjoyable, thrilling and fairly lengthy hike ending at a popular and picture perfect view point at the top of Table Mountain. The hike, there and back, is between 10-12 km (depending on how much you explore the summit) and should take just under five hours walking at a leisurely pace. The terrain at the start is a fairly rocky but flat track, yet once the turn up Kasteelspoort begins, the gradient increases significantly with a number of rocky steps and large boulders to navigate and scramble over. The trail is well populated and offers incredible views of Camps Bay and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean beyond for the entire duration of the hike. Description The parking area for this hike is at the first parking lot to your left as you turn onto Tafelberg road from Kloof Nek road heading towards the cable car station on Table Mountain. From here, you walk up a set of stairs to the left of the public bathrooms onto Tafelberg Road. After you cross the road there is another small set of stairs to the right, possibly hidden behind some cars, which leads you onto a dirt track. This is where the trial starts. For the first third of the hike, you will walk along a trail called “The Pipe Track”. This is a fairly easy trail provided you watch your footing. There are a few rocky areas, some loose rocks, and roots to step over. Within 500 m you will understand the naming of the path as you come across the first of the pipeline which you will walk under. About 900 m into the trail you will notice a gate blocking you from entering a path to the right. This is the original pipe track, which is currently unusable after heavy rains. A marked sign directs you onto the detour path. Along the way you will notice a few splits in the path, stay on the main pipe track. The turn to Kasteelspoort is clearly marked. Along this path the views of the Cape coast are exquisite, with a number of cut-backs and clumps of trees providing welcome shade and a perfect spot to take a break or grab a sip of water. At 3.5 km, around 45 minutes along the Pipe Track, you will see the well-marked sign-post to the left for the path up Kasteelspoort. Up until this part of the hike the gradient has been very gentle, but almost immediately, after this turn the route becomes steeper, with a steady climb all the way to the top. The initial segment is made up of a rocky staircase, none too big, which steadily snakes its way up the side of the mountain. After approximately 20 minutes, you will come across a small stream with a sign indicating hikers should not scramble up the waterway, but instead cross it and continue up the well-beaten path, with yellow-painted footprints on the rocks guiding your way up. Then begins the toughest part of the hike, with a number of steeper sections that involve a bit of scrambling and pulling yourself up over larger rock faces, yet none too high or overtly challenging (we were joined at the top by a number of elderly hikers who managed). The majority of this segment of the hike is under the shade of the mountain (in the morning through to early afternoon), yet take care of a number of wet and possibly slippery sections owing to the dripping water from the slopes further up. Around 40 minutes later, you will emerge from the shadows of the slopes as the gradient eases up, with the rocky path a lot flatter and easier. A small wooden bridge helps you cross another small stream before reaching a circular, rocky signpost, with a map, in the centre of the path. Turn right along the path marked “Twelve Apostles Spine Route” for another ten minutes until you reach another sign post, where you will again turn right along the flat path marked “Old Cableway View Point”. Your destination is now in sight, with the old cable station – an abandoned, rectangular rocky structure – on the right, and a rocky ledge directly in front. Access to the ledge requires a small detour to the left, around a clump of bushes and rocks, before leading out onto the actual ledge – a perfect photo opportunity, if you’re brave enough! There are a number of other paths to explore at the summit, including Suikerbossie, Echo Valley, a visit to the nearby reservoirs or a further ascent to the other side of Table Mountain near the cable car. You can easily take the same route down the mountain, or a number of other clearly marked paths, all dependent on where you have parked your car and how lazy you are feeling! *I personally think this trial would not be suitable for dogs, though we did come across a few on this hike. In speaking to one particular owner, she advised that only healthy and smaller dogs, whose owners are able to give them a boost or assistance over the bigger rocks, should be taken along this particular trail.
Kasteelspoort Hiking trail
Kasteelspoort 10-12 km round trip Moderate to difficult terrain Partly shaded Little water Not dog friendly* The Kasteelspoort hike is an enjoyable, thrilling and fairly lengthy hike ending at a popular and picture perfect view point at the top of Table Mountain. The hike, there and back, is between 10-12 km (depending on how much you explore the summit) and should take just under five hours walking at a leisurely pace. The terrain at the start is a fairly rocky but flat track, yet once the turn up Kasteelspoort begins, the gradient increases significantly with a number of rocky steps and large boulders to navigate and scramble over. The trail is well populated and offers incredible views of Camps Bay and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean beyond for the entire duration of the hike. Description The parking area for this hike is at the first parking lot to your left as you turn onto Tafelberg road from Kloof Nek road heading towards the cable car station on Table Mountain. From here, you walk up a set of stairs to the left of the public bathrooms onto Tafelberg Road. After you cross the road there is another small set of stairs to the right, possibly hidden behind some cars, which leads you onto a dirt track. This is where the trial starts. For the first third of the hike, you will walk along a trail called “The Pipe Track”. This is a fairly easy trail provided you watch your footing. There are a few rocky areas, some loose rocks, and roots to step over. Within 500 m you will understand the naming of the path as you come across the first of the pipeline which you will walk under. About 900 m into the trail you will notice a gate blocking you from entering a path to the right. This is the original pipe track, which is currently unusable after heavy rains. A marked sign directs you onto the detour path. Along the way you will notice a few splits in the path, stay on the main pipe track. The turn to Kasteelspoort is clearly marked. Along this path the views of the Cape coast are exquisite, with a number of cut-backs and clumps of trees providing welcome shade and a perfect spot to take a break or grab a sip of water. At 3.5 km, around 45 minutes along the Pipe Track, you will see the well-marked sign-post to the left for the path up Kasteelspoort. Up until this part of the hike the gradient has been very gentle, but almost immediately, after this turn the route becomes steeper, with a steady climb all the way to the top. The initial segment is made up of a rocky staircase, none too big, which steadily snakes its way up the side of the mountain. After approximately 20 minutes, you will come across a small stream with a sign indicating hikers should not scramble up the waterway, but instead cross it and continue up the well-beaten path, with yellow-painted footprints on the rocks guiding your way up. Then begins the toughest part of the hike, with a number of steeper sections that involve a bit of scrambling and pulling yourself up over larger rock faces, yet none too high or overtly challenging (we were joined at the top by a number of elderly hikers who managed). The majority of this segment of the hike is under the shade of the mountain (in the morning through to early afternoon), yet take care of a number of wet and possibly slippery sections owing to the dripping water from the slopes further up. Around 40 minutes later, you will emerge from the shadows of the slopes as the gradient eases up, with the rocky path a lot flatter and easier. A small wooden bridge helps you cross another small stream before reaching a circular, rocky signpost, with a map, in the centre of the path. Turn right along the path marked “Twelve Apostles Spine Route” for another ten minutes until you reach another sign post, where you will again turn right along the flat path marked “Old Cableway View Point”. Your destination is now in sight, with the old cable station – an abandoned, rectangular rocky structure – on the right, and a rocky ledge directly in front. Access to the ledge requires a small detour to the left, around a clump of bushes and rocks, before leading out onto the actual ledge – a perfect photo opportunity, if you’re brave enough! There are a number of other paths to explore at the summit, including Suikerbossie, Echo Valley, a visit to the nearby reservoirs or a further ascent to the other side of Table Mountain near the cable car. You can easily take the same route down the mountain, or a number of other clearly marked paths, all dependent on where you have parked your car and how lazy you are feeling! *I personally think this trial would not be suitable for dogs, though we did come across a few on this hike. In speaking to one particular owner, she advised that only healthy and smaller dogs, whose owners are able to give them a boost or assistance over the bigger rocks, should be taken along this particular trail.
Newlands Forest – Contour Path loop 7 km round trip (312m elevation gain) Easy-moderate Dog-friendly Shaded Water available in winter months This is a perfect hike for those seeking a casual weekend outing on the mountain. Only requiring 2 hours at a very comfortable pace, Newlands Forest provides a beautiful, peaceful setting that will leave you invigorated and relaxed. There are a couple steep jeep tracks as well as rocky sections on the contour path, which warrants proper hiking/trail shoes. Tread with caution on the boardwalks if it has rained recently as they may be slippery! The hike begins at the Newlands Forest Parking Lot which lies at the Newlands Fire Department just off of the M3. After walking up the road that leads to the mountain, you will find the Newlands Forest signboard and map. Turn left and continue along the wide jeep track, through the metal boom and gradually begin to climb up the mountain. At the first junction, turn right (if you continue left you will also reach the contour path but this route is often busy with cyclists). The path flattens before gradually climbing up and left until you reach another T-junction. Turn right and head down, where you will find a bridge that crosses a narrow river. The river is normally flowing during winter months and it is a lovely spot to sit for a bit and for children to play in the rock pools. Behind the wooden bench, you will see a small path heading up alongside the river. Take this path and turn left at the next T-junction. Continue along the boardwalks – these may be slippery after recent rains so tread carefully. As you start climbing again, look out for a small path branching off to the left (towards the river), and cross to the other side. Head up, ignoring the first path that branches sharply to the left. Take the second path to the left, which marks your 2km point (continuing straight will lead to Woodcutter’s trail). About 200m later the path will fork – continue right to head up to the contour path. You may choose to either take the stairs on the right (steeper ascent) or the jeep track on the left (more gradual but longer), as they will meet at the top. Continue winding up until you see the ‘Contour Path’ sign. Just a few high steps here and 100m further you will reach the Contour Path that marks 2.9km and the end of your ascent. This path actually traverses all the way from Constantia Nek to the Table Mountain Cable Car Station; heading right would take you towards The King’s Blockhouse, however, take the left towards Kirstenbosch Gardens. Provided the weather is clear, you will be able to look out over the southern suburbs towards the Hottentots mountain range. The meander along the contour path is relatively flat, with a few rocky sections where caution should be taken. Also be careful not to slip on the boardwalks and be aware of missing/damaged boards. At 4.2 km you will see the sign marking the entrance to Kirstenbosch. Continuing straight would lead towards the Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine ascents, as well as Constantia Nek. Turn left here and begin your descent towards Kirstenbosch. After descending 500m, the path forks – right to Kirstenbosch and left back to Newlands Forest. Turn left and continue until the following junction that meets the mountain biking trail. Turn left again and watch out for cyclists approaching from in front or behind. At the 5km mark the path dips into a narrow ravine with a bridge crossing, providing a pleasant spot to rest and soak in the sounds of the forest. The path traverses the side of the mountain and gradually climbs until it merges with the jeep track. Turn right and keep right at the next junction, heading down the mountain. At the next two junctions you will keep left (follow the mountain biking arrows), descending all the way to the jeep track where you started. Keep right here and complete the trip back to the Newlands Forest Parking Lot.
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Newlands Forest Hiking Trail
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Newlands Forest – Contour Path loop 7 km round trip (312m elevation gain) Easy-moderate Dog-friendly Shaded Water available in winter months This is a perfect hike for those seeking a casual weekend outing on the mountain. Only requiring 2 hours at a very comfortable pace, Newlands Forest provides a beautiful, peaceful setting that will leave you invigorated and relaxed. There are a couple steep jeep tracks as well as rocky sections on the contour path, which warrants proper hiking/trail shoes. Tread with caution on the boardwalks if it has rained recently as they may be slippery! The hike begins at the Newlands Forest Parking Lot which lies at the Newlands Fire Department just off of the M3. After walking up the road that leads to the mountain, you will find the Newlands Forest signboard and map. Turn left and continue along the wide jeep track, through the metal boom and gradually begin to climb up the mountain. At the first junction, turn right (if you continue left you will also reach the contour path but this route is often busy with cyclists). The path flattens before gradually climbing up and left until you reach another T-junction. Turn right and head down, where you will find a bridge that crosses a narrow river. The river is normally flowing during winter months and it is a lovely spot to sit for a bit and for children to play in the rock pools. Behind the wooden bench, you will see a small path heading up alongside the river. Take this path and turn left at the next T-junction. Continue along the boardwalks – these may be slippery after recent rains so tread carefully. As you start climbing again, look out for a small path branching off to the left (towards the river), and cross to the other side. Head up, ignoring the first path that branches sharply to the left. Take the second path to the left, which marks your 2km point (continuing straight will lead to Woodcutter’s trail). About 200m later the path will fork – continue right to head up to the contour path. You may choose to either take the stairs on the right (steeper ascent) or the jeep track on the left (more gradual but longer), as they will meet at the top. Continue winding up until you see the ‘Contour Path’ sign. Just a few high steps here and 100m further you will reach the Contour Path that marks 2.9km and the end of your ascent. This path actually traverses all the way from Constantia Nek to the Table Mountain Cable Car Station; heading right would take you towards The King’s Blockhouse, however, take the left towards Kirstenbosch Gardens. Provided the weather is clear, you will be able to look out over the southern suburbs towards the Hottentots mountain range. The meander along the contour path is relatively flat, with a few rocky sections where caution should be taken. Also be careful not to slip on the boardwalks and be aware of missing/damaged boards. At 4.2 km you will see the sign marking the entrance to Kirstenbosch. Continuing straight would lead towards the Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine ascents, as well as Constantia Nek. Turn left here and begin your descent towards Kirstenbosch. After descending 500m, the path forks – right to Kirstenbosch and left back to Newlands Forest. Turn left and continue until the following junction that meets the mountain biking trail. Turn left again and watch out for cyclists approaching from in front or behind. At the 5km mark the path dips into a narrow ravine with a bridge crossing, providing a pleasant spot to rest and soak in the sounds of the forest. The path traverses the side of the mountain and gradually climbs until it merges with the jeep track. Turn right and keep right at the next junction, heading down the mountain. At the next two junctions you will keep left (follow the mountain biking arrows), descending all the way to the jeep track where you started. Keep right here and complete the trip back to the Newlands Forest Parking Lot.
India Venster (Table Mountain) Hiking Time: 2 to 4 hours (one way) Region: Table Mountain, Cape Town Fitness level: 3 to 4 Technical Difficulty: C India Venster is one of the most beautiful and exciting hiking routes up Table Mountain. Yes, it is a tricky one with quite a bit of scrambling, and nothing like Platteklip (which is rather boring). It is recommended that you are in relatively good shape to do India Venster. This of course does not mean you have to be a top athlete, but India Venster will put level of fitness to the test – just bear that in mind. The route is known as dangerous. Well, if you follow the trail’s indicators (yellow foot prints and green or blue spray paint marks) and and use your common sense, you should be fine. The India Venster hike route starts about 50m to the right of the lower cable car station on Table Mountain Road. This path leads you straight to the contour path. It is a real thigh cruncher and a good warm up for the rest of the route. Walking up to the contour path should take you 15 to 20 minutes. When you reach the contour path, you will see a green sign pointing to your left and to your right (basically along the contourpath) . Indeed, India Venster is no longer indicated and starts behind that sign post UP the mountain (follow the blue and/or green spray paint marks and yellow footprints on the rocks). The scrambling is not to hectic, and is what makes this trail up Table Mountain so much fun! While doing your thing, do not forget to enjoy the scenery, stick to the path, and hike in groups. Rather go up India Venster than going down. NOTE: Only hike India Venster, or any other route on Table Mountain, when the weather is good, when visibility is clear and when the wind is minimal. Turn back when the weather starts to change. In summer, avoid hiking in mid-day due to high temperatures. Do not hike alone. Always carry warm clothing (even if it is warm – the weather can change within 20 minutes) sufficient water, snacks, sunscreen and a cellphone with emergency telephone numbers. Stick to the path. Please stay safe while hiking up and down our beautiful mountains, and read some of the safety precautions. Rather be safe than sorry, we always say! 🙂
India Venster
India Venster (Table Mountain) Hiking Time: 2 to 4 hours (one way) Region: Table Mountain, Cape Town Fitness level: 3 to 4 Technical Difficulty: C India Venster is one of the most beautiful and exciting hiking routes up Table Mountain. Yes, it is a tricky one with quite a bit of scrambling, and nothing like Platteklip (which is rather boring). It is recommended that you are in relatively good shape to do India Venster. This of course does not mean you have to be a top athlete, but India Venster will put level of fitness to the test – just bear that in mind. The route is known as dangerous. Well, if you follow the trail’s indicators (yellow foot prints and green or blue spray paint marks) and and use your common sense, you should be fine. The India Venster hike route starts about 50m to the right of the lower cable car station on Table Mountain Road. This path leads you straight to the contour path. It is a real thigh cruncher and a good warm up for the rest of the route. Walking up to the contour path should take you 15 to 20 minutes. When you reach the contour path, you will see a green sign pointing to your left and to your right (basically along the contourpath) . Indeed, India Venster is no longer indicated and starts behind that sign post UP the mountain (follow the blue and/or green spray paint marks and yellow footprints on the rocks). The scrambling is not to hectic, and is what makes this trail up Table Mountain so much fun! While doing your thing, do not forget to enjoy the scenery, stick to the path, and hike in groups. Rather go up India Venster than going down. NOTE: Only hike India Venster, or any other route on Table Mountain, when the weather is good, when visibility is clear and when the wind is minimal. Turn back when the weather starts to change. In summer, avoid hiking in mid-day due to high temperatures. Do not hike alone. Always carry warm clothing (even if it is warm – the weather can change within 20 minutes) sufficient water, snacks, sunscreen and a cellphone with emergency telephone numbers. Stick to the path. Please stay safe while hiking up and down our beautiful mountains, and read some of the safety precautions. Rather be safe than sorry, we always say! 🙂
Skeleton Gorge The Skeleton Gorge hike takes you through shaded, indigenous forest up the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain, and summits at Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. 1086m above sea level. Distance:+/-6.5km Time:+-5 hours Difficulty: Challenging Terrain:Single rocky track, stone steps, steep sections, ladders, minor scrambles. Description The route is steep, you have to work hard to get to the top. A good fitness level is required for this one. Skeleton Gorge is shaded nearly all the way to the top which makes a cooler accent much appreciated in the hot summer months. The Skeleton Gorge hike is different from those that summit on the Western and Northern routes. This is because Eastern slopes receive the most rainfall throughout the Cape Peninsula, creating a more diverse forest-like landscape. Think boulders, running water, streams, indigenous shaded forest, fresh smells and a lot of green, and you may start to get an idea of what hikes on this side of Table Mountain is all about. Skeleton Gorge starts in world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We’ll wander through tunnels of trees, and over little wooden bridges making our way up the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain to the Contour Path where it is intersected by Skeleton Gorge. We start our ascent up Skeleton Gorge on some rock steps followed by a series of wooden ladders. 6 in total laid down to help us with some steep rock faces – adding a sense of adventure into this hike. Skeleton Gorge follows a rocky stream where we will do a little minor scrambling, which will consist of using your hands to stabilize yourself as we pass over some rocks. The scenery here is fascinating. It’s like a jungle in this forest. The variety of flora and running streamlets blend into this indigenous forest making a spectacular hiking environment. The river bed leads the way, as the path blends into the mountain slopes taking us up to Breakfast Rock, a massive boulder near the summit. The hard work here is almost done, and we head north along the Eastern flank on a more gradual and well-maintained route. Passing Table Mountain’s peaks and gorges to Maclear’s beacon via the Smuts track. Maclear’s beacon is a short walk to the Upper cable car station where we will take the cable car back down. Views of the Cape Flats, False Bay, and Hottentots Holland mountain ranges will be enjoyed along the way. Once we reach the cable car station you will be spoilt with uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Cape Town from the main plateau. Best Time To Hike This route is shaded most of the way up Skeleton Gorge. Although you can get away with starting later on this route we still recommend starting this hike early in the morning.
Skeleton Gorge
Skeleton Gorge The Skeleton Gorge hike takes you through shaded, indigenous forest up the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain, and summits at Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. 1086m above sea level. Distance:+/-6.5km Time:+-5 hours Difficulty: Challenging Terrain:Single rocky track, stone steps, steep sections, ladders, minor scrambles. Description The route is steep, you have to work hard to get to the top. A good fitness level is required for this one. Skeleton Gorge is shaded nearly all the way to the top which makes a cooler accent much appreciated in the hot summer months. The Skeleton Gorge hike is different from those that summit on the Western and Northern routes. This is because Eastern slopes receive the most rainfall throughout the Cape Peninsula, creating a more diverse forest-like landscape. Think boulders, running water, streams, indigenous shaded forest, fresh smells and a lot of green, and you may start to get an idea of what hikes on this side of Table Mountain is all about. Skeleton Gorge starts in world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We’ll wander through tunnels of trees, and over little wooden bridges making our way up the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain to the Contour Path where it is intersected by Skeleton Gorge. We start our ascent up Skeleton Gorge on some rock steps followed by a series of wooden ladders. 6 in total laid down to help us with some steep rock faces – adding a sense of adventure into this hike. Skeleton Gorge follows a rocky stream where we will do a little minor scrambling, which will consist of using your hands to stabilize yourself as we pass over some rocks. The scenery here is fascinating. It’s like a jungle in this forest. The variety of flora and running streamlets blend into this indigenous forest making a spectacular hiking environment. The river bed leads the way, as the path blends into the mountain slopes taking us up to Breakfast Rock, a massive boulder near the summit. The hard work here is almost done, and we head north along the Eastern flank on a more gradual and well-maintained route. Passing Table Mountain’s peaks and gorges to Maclear’s beacon via the Smuts track. Maclear’s beacon is a short walk to the Upper cable car station where we will take the cable car back down. Views of the Cape Flats, False Bay, and Hottentots Holland mountain ranges will be enjoyed along the way. Once we reach the cable car station you will be spoilt with uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Cape Town from the main plateau. Best Time To Hike This route is shaded most of the way up Skeleton Gorge. Although you can get away with starting later on this route we still recommend starting this hike early in the morning.
Food scene
Cape Town has been on the tourist radar for decades, but it was arguably Luke Dale Roberts who put her on the international fine-dining map back in 2010. In all four of his exceptional Cape Town venues, you’ll find intelligent, seasonal cooking that’s, most importantly, incredibly tasty. At the 40-seater TTK (as it’s known among insiders), your dinner starts in the Dark Room for an array of inventive snacks inspired by Luke’s travels around the world, and then moves to the Light Room, where you experience Luke’s bold, experimental and contemporary dishes with an optional wine-pairing. Once you’ve dined here, you’ll understand why it’s the only (South) African restaurant to be featured consistently in the The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Good to know Reservations open quarterly (on 1 December, 1 March, 1 June and 1 September) at 8am for the three months thereafter. Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 8pm Contact 021 447 2337, reservations@thetestkitchen.co.za Where to find it The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
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The Test Kitchen
375 Albert Rd
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Cape Town has been on the tourist radar for decades, but it was arguably Luke Dale Roberts who put her on the international fine-dining map back in 2010. In all four of his exceptional Cape Town venues, you’ll find intelligent, seasonal cooking that’s, most importantly, incredibly tasty. At the 40-seater TTK (as it’s known among insiders), your dinner starts in the Dark Room for an array of inventive snacks inspired by Luke’s travels around the world, and then moves to the Light Room, where you experience Luke’s bold, experimental and contemporary dishes with an optional wine-pairing. Once you’ve dined here, you’ll understand why it’s the only (South) African restaurant to be featured consistently in the The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Good to know Reservations open quarterly (on 1 December, 1 March, 1 June and 1 September) at 8am for the three months thereafter. Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 8pm Contact 021 447 2337, reservations@thetestkitchen.co.za Where to find it The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Sitting cheek by jowl with some of the city’s hippest watering holes and street-food joints, this serene gem on Kloof Nek Road is consistently ranked among the best by some of Cape Town’s top chefs and connoisseurs (Franck Dangereux, Peter Tempelhoff and John Maytham, to name a few). Here, beautifully crafted sushi, is served in a warm, minimally decorated space, with hands-on owner, Pennsylvania-born Scott Wood, ensuring diners are treated to the ultimate guest experience. Kyoto is just as suited to a special-occasion dinner as it is for a spontaneous pop-in. The menu might appear pricey, but you are assured of the very best quality, as Scott is forensic about the authenticity of the ingredients used. If sushi’s not your thing, opt for a piece of fish, flash-grilled the Japanese way, over coals, at your table! Stick around late enough, Scott might just pour you a glass of Hibiki Harmony Blended Whiskey… Opening times Monday – Saturday, 5.30pm – 11pm Contact 021 422 2001, kyotogardensushict.com Where to find it 11 Lower Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town
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Kyoto Garden Japanese Restaurant
11 Kloof Nek Rd
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Sitting cheek by jowl with some of the city’s hippest watering holes and street-food joints, this serene gem on Kloof Nek Road is consistently ranked among the best by some of Cape Town’s top chefs and connoisseurs (Franck Dangereux, Peter Tempelhoff and John Maytham, to name a few). Here, beautifully crafted sushi, is served in a warm, minimally decorated space, with hands-on owner, Pennsylvania-born Scott Wood, ensuring diners are treated to the ultimate guest experience. Kyoto is just as suited to a special-occasion dinner as it is for a spontaneous pop-in. The menu might appear pricey, but you are assured of the very best quality, as Scott is forensic about the authenticity of the ingredients used. If sushi’s not your thing, opt for a piece of fish, flash-grilled the Japanese way, over coals, at your table! Stick around late enough, Scott might just pour you a glass of Hibiki Harmony Blended Whiskey… Opening times Monday – Saturday, 5.30pm – 11pm Contact 021 422 2001, kyotogardensushict.com Where to find it 11 Lower Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town
Another top-drawer eatery from Luke Dale Roberts, The Pot Luck Club is headed by chef Jason Kosmas, whose exciting menu is designed to showcase all five flavour profiles (salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami). Plate-sharing is encouraged, so that diners can experience a gastronomical gamut of tastes. Situated on the top floor of the Silo at The Old Biscuit Mill, the ambient eatery boasts killer city views, especially at night. Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12.30 – 2pm; 6pm – 10pm; Sunday, 11am – 12.30pm Contact 021 447 0804, reservations@thepotluckclub.co.za Where to find it Silo Top Floor, The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
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The Pot Luck Club
373-375 Albert Rd
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Another top-drawer eatery from Luke Dale Roberts, The Pot Luck Club is headed by chef Jason Kosmas, whose exciting menu is designed to showcase all five flavour profiles (salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami). Plate-sharing is encouraged, so that diners can experience a gastronomical gamut of tastes. Situated on the top floor of the Silo at The Old Biscuit Mill, the ambient eatery boasts killer city views, especially at night. Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12.30 – 2pm; 6pm – 10pm; Sunday, 11am – 12.30pm Contact 021 447 0804, reservations@thepotluckclub.co.za Where to find it Silo Top Floor, The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
What was launched as a Cookery School by acclaimed chef Liam Tomlin, Chefs Warehouse & Canteen has been transformed into a gastronomic treasure trove where, aside from enjoying flavour-bursting canteen-style fine dining, guests can shop for kitchen paraphernalia, speciality ingredients, recipe books and even chefs’ clothing (in the downstairs shop). Liam and his team also have a branch at the picturesque Beau Constantia, where chef Ivor Jones heads the kitchen. Due to the relaxed canteen style, the restaurant does not take bookings. Opening times Monday — Saturday, 12pm— 2:30pm; 4.30pm — 8.30pm Contact 021 422 0128, info@chefswarehouse.co.za Where to find it 92 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
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Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
92 Bree St
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What was launched as a Cookery School by acclaimed chef Liam Tomlin, Chefs Warehouse & Canteen has been transformed into a gastronomic treasure trove where, aside from enjoying flavour-bursting canteen-style fine dining, guests can shop for kitchen paraphernalia, speciality ingredients, recipe books and even chefs’ clothing (in the downstairs shop). Liam and his team also have a branch at the picturesque Beau Constantia, where chef Ivor Jones heads the kitchen. Due to the relaxed canteen style, the restaurant does not take bookings. Opening times Monday — Saturday, 12pm— 2:30pm; 4.30pm — 8.30pm Contact 021 422 0128, info@chefswarehouse.co.za Where to find it 92 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Flavor-bursting Asian cuisine in Claremont, courtesy of well-known restaurateur Cheyne Morrisby. There’s a hot, new Asian eatery in Claremont, courtesy of Cheyne Morrisby, chef-owner of the wildly popular Lucky Bao, Shio, Cheyne’s and Ding Dong, which has brought some much-needed flavour and spice to the southern suburbs. Introducing Fire Monkey, a sleek, open-plan restaurant (housed in the space previously occupied by Salushi; next to Hudsons) that’s already making a name for itself as the go-to place for a smorgasbord of East-Asian cuisine. The space Under the watchful eye of a striking monkey mural, Fire Monkey presents social dining – a unique spin on the restaurant experience, with communal wooden tables and a view into the open kitchen, somewhat reminiscent of a (fine) dining hall. The thought of sharing a table with eight potential strangers might be daunting at first, but once the plates start rolling you and your fellow patrons will be lulled into a delicious trance, with collective “oohs” and “aahs” emanating from all around. The menu The menu comprises tapas-style small plates, divided into different sections: Ichi, Ni, San, Shi (the first four numbers in Japanese), each of which represents a category, namely seafood, meat, vegetarian and dessert.
Fire Monkey - Asian Eating House
25 Protea Road
Flavor-bursting Asian cuisine in Claremont, courtesy of well-known restaurateur Cheyne Morrisby. There’s a hot, new Asian eatery in Claremont, courtesy of Cheyne Morrisby, chef-owner of the wildly popular Lucky Bao, Shio, Cheyne’s and Ding Dong, which has brought some much-needed flavour and spice to the southern suburbs. Introducing Fire Monkey, a sleek, open-plan restaurant (housed in the space previously occupied by Salushi; next to Hudsons) that’s already making a name for itself as the go-to place for a smorgasbord of East-Asian cuisine. The space Under the watchful eye of a striking monkey mural, Fire Monkey presents social dining – a unique spin on the restaurant experience, with communal wooden tables and a view into the open kitchen, somewhat reminiscent of a (fine) dining hall. The thought of sharing a table with eight potential strangers might be daunting at first, but once the plates start rolling you and your fellow patrons will be lulled into a delicious trance, with collective “oohs” and “aahs” emanating from all around. The menu The menu comprises tapas-style small plates, divided into different sections: Ichi, Ni, San, Shi (the first four numbers in Japanese), each of which represents a category, namely seafood, meat, vegetarian and dessert.
A mere 150 steps from Zeitz MOCAA, this sexy bar-bistro-boutique is perfect for a morning, afternoon or evening date… Ideally situated in the V&A Waterfront’s buzzing Silo District, and a mere stone’s throw from Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, The Yard is one of those cool hybrid concept spaces, that’s just as suited to suits and Zoomers* as it is to tourists and serious shoppers. The brainchild of creative talent Abigail Bisogno, the multifaceted space houses a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and lifestyle store filled with a beautifully curated selection of mostly local ceramics, jewellery and accessories, all handpicked by the owner herself. Whether you pop in for an early morning Rosetta coffee and a freshly baked pastry before a morning at the museum; or even a post-cultural salad or smoothie, The Yard is an inviting space – day or night. Think raw concrete and slick marble, plush leather seats and huge industrial-style sliding windows that look out onto the Silo District and its oversized art installations.
The Yard (Silo District)
A mere 150 steps from Zeitz MOCAA, this sexy bar-bistro-boutique is perfect for a morning, afternoon or evening date… Ideally situated in the V&A Waterfront’s buzzing Silo District, and a mere stone’s throw from Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, The Yard is one of those cool hybrid concept spaces, that’s just as suited to suits and Zoomers* as it is to tourists and serious shoppers. The brainchild of creative talent Abigail Bisogno, the multifaceted space houses a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and lifestyle store filled with a beautifully curated selection of mostly local ceramics, jewellery and accessories, all handpicked by the owner herself. Whether you pop in for an early morning Rosetta coffee and a freshly baked pastry before a morning at the museum; or even a post-cultural salad or smoothie, The Yard is an inviting space – day or night. Think raw concrete and slick marble, plush leather seats and huge industrial-style sliding windows that look out onto the Silo District and its oversized art installations.
Oasis Bistro Poolside Lunch Special at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel There’s hardly a better way to celebrate the season. Celebrated as one of the top hotels in the Cape, indeed South Africa, the Mount Nelson is on virtually everybody’s bucket list. And now, the opportunity to visit this iconic property during summer – when the gardens are at their most beautiful – is as easy as reserving a table, and taking advantage of the hotel’s Lunch and Pool Summer Special. Urban Oasis The wonderfully light and airy Oasis Bistro has pride of place at The Mount Nelson Hotel, overlooking the lawns and swimming pool. Location aside, the restaurant serves a variety of excellent dishes from wholesome breakfasts to luxurious lunches. The breezy, African-inspired interior and sun-splashed terrace, overlooking rolling lawns and pristine gardens, make it a hard-to-beat summer spot. And now, day visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Mount Nelson in its full summertime glory with its Lunch and Pool Spring Special that runs from now until end-April 2020 (excluding the period between 16 December 2019 and 16 January 2020). Every day, from Monday to Saturday, guests can enjoy a delicious full lunch at Oasis Bistro (simply select your favourite salads, cold selections and desserts from the buffet, and order your main meal) and a welcome cocktail or mocktail – all for R650 per person. The special also includes full access to explore the beautiful gardens and surrounds, and the opportunity to spend a lazy afternoon on a lounger, while dipping in and out of the pool. On Sundays, Oasis Bistro is offering a full Carvery Roast Lunch Buffet. Together with a welcome cocktail (or mocktail) and relaxing jazz tunes, this R750 per person special is also not to be missed. Seems like it’s going to be a summer to remember… Date 1 November 2019 – 30 April 2020 (excludes 16 December 2019 – 16 January 2020) Time Monday – Saturday (Oasis Lunch + Pool Special) Sunday (Oasis Carvery Buffet) Cost Oasis Lunch + Pool Special: R650 (adults); R350 (children 4 – 11 years) Sunday Carvery Roast: R750 (adults); R450 (children 4 –11 years) Contact 021 483 1948, restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com Location 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
76 Orange St
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Oasis Bistro Poolside Lunch Special at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel There’s hardly a better way to celebrate the season. Celebrated as one of the top hotels in the Cape, indeed South Africa, the Mount Nelson is on virtually everybody’s bucket list. And now, the opportunity to visit this iconic property during summer – when the gardens are at their most beautiful – is as easy as reserving a table, and taking advantage of the hotel’s Lunch and Pool Summer Special. Urban Oasis The wonderfully light and airy Oasis Bistro has pride of place at The Mount Nelson Hotel, overlooking the lawns and swimming pool. Location aside, the restaurant serves a variety of excellent dishes from wholesome breakfasts to luxurious lunches. The breezy, African-inspired interior and sun-splashed terrace, overlooking rolling lawns and pristine gardens, make it a hard-to-beat summer spot. And now, day visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Mount Nelson in its full summertime glory with its Lunch and Pool Spring Special that runs from now until end-April 2020 (excluding the period between 16 December 2019 and 16 January 2020). Every day, from Monday to Saturday, guests can enjoy a delicious full lunch at Oasis Bistro (simply select your favourite salads, cold selections and desserts from the buffet, and order your main meal) and a welcome cocktail or mocktail – all for R650 per person. The special also includes full access to explore the beautiful gardens and surrounds, and the opportunity to spend a lazy afternoon on a lounger, while dipping in and out of the pool. On Sundays, Oasis Bistro is offering a full Carvery Roast Lunch Buffet. Together with a welcome cocktail (or mocktail) and relaxing jazz tunes, this R750 per person special is also not to be missed. Seems like it’s going to be a summer to remember… Date 1 November 2019 – 30 April 2020 (excludes 16 December 2019 – 16 January 2020) Time Monday – Saturday (Oasis Lunch + Pool Special) Sunday (Oasis Carvery Buffet) Cost Oasis Lunch + Pool Special: R650 (adults); R350 (children 4 – 11 years) Sunday Carvery Roast: R750 (adults); R450 (children 4 –11 years) Contact 021 483 1948, restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com Location 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Spice Route: The 14 Best Things To Do at this Paarl Estate For a memorable day in the Cape Winelands – complete with gourmet food, artisanal wine, art, shopping and more – make the Spice Route in Paarl your one-stop destination. A mere 45-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Spice Route Destination is a delightful farm village in Paarl, where three fabulous restaurants and a variety of local wine, beer, gin and chocolate tastings await. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; there is an outdoor kids’ play area with exciting customised items and a pump track, a coffee shop with homemade ice cream, an interiors and gift shop, a deli and even a glass-blowing and ceramic studio. If there ever was a perfect day-trip to the Winelands for the entire family, Spice Route would be it! 1. Spice Route Passport Taste your way through Spice Route Destination with a Tasting Passport – a pocket-sized booklet that gives you access to five standard tastings (valid for one year from date of purchase). The tasting experiences include a Swartland Wine Journey from Spice Route Wines, CBC Craft Beer, De Villiers Chocolate & Confectionery, Jowls Charcuterie (next door to Spice Route Wines wine-tasting area), and Wilderer Distillery Spirits, each of which can be used at your leisure throughout the year. For R210, it makes for a wonderful gift for foodie friends. Please note Tasting reservations are required for 10 or more people. Cost R210 Contact 021 863 5200, info@spiceroute.co.za 2. Jewells This open-kitchen farm-to-table eatery is co-owned by three of South Africa’s top chefs: Liam Tomlin (of Chefs Warehouse and Thali fame), charcuterie whizz Neil Jewell and baker extraordinaire Tina Jewell. As you’d expect – only the best ingredients go into producing the seasonal dishes: vegetables and herbs from Spice Route’s surrounding farmland and organic Red Angus beef from Charles Back’s herd. The experimental winelist comprises a Spice Route Wines selection, including a new range of natural wines, Obscura, produced in clay vats from Georgia (in Europe, one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions). Add warm service and spectacular views, and the restaurant is certainly living up to its name. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm Friday – Sunday, 6pm – 8pm Contact 021 204 4875, jewellspiceroute@gmail.com 3. La Grapperia Enjoy a selection of wood-fired, thin-based pizzas and a variety of other family-friendly food options at this casual German and Italian eatery, while enjoying a glass or two of Wilderer Distillery’s award-winning gin and tonic. While relaxing under the trees, with the little ones playing in the nearby playground, why not linger a bit longer and watch the sky turn a few shades of pink as the sun dips behind the mountain – a Cape Town bucket list item indeed. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10.30pm Contact 021 863 4367, grapperia@wilderer.co.za 4. Barley & Biltong Emporium This beer garden has arguably one of the best views in the Paarl Winelands, with outdoor seating at long wooden tables and benches (ideal for large groups). Indoors, there’s a long wooden bar counter under a reed ceiling, with several TV screens strategically placed for big-match days. The restaurant serves a mean burger – thick juicy patties with mature cheddar and homemade tomato sauce served on a sesame bun with homemade chips. Specials and light lunch options are chalked up on the blackboard daily. It’s the perfect place to while away a few hours while enjoying an ice-cold CBC (Cape Brewing Company) pint, accompanied by your choice of biltong. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Contact 021 863 5200, info@barleyandbiltong.co.za 5. Wilderer Distillery Building on the legacy of master distiller Helmut Wilderer, whose award-winning grappa and eau de vie (schnapps) paved the way, this lovely distillery still produces world-class spirits. In the safe hands of his son Christian Wilderer, the distillery caters for pop-ins as well as tastings at R30. Look out for Cape Healing Herb Bitter, a gold-medal-winning, naturally produced local liqueur using over 30 fynbos herbs including buchu, betulina, rooibos, devil’s claw and African wormwood. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm Contact 021 863 4367, grapperia@wilderer.co.za 6. Hero Adventure Trail Known for creating some of the best adventure trails in the country, the Hero Adventure Trail brings 50km of track to Spice Route Destination. Located on the southern slopes of the Paarl Mountain, the trails boasts views of vineyards, olive orchards, citrus plantations, and more. Ideal for keen mountain-bikers, runners, hikers and explorers. Please note In order to use the trails you must register and purchase a day pass at the Hero Trail Centre or Information Centre at Spice Route. Opening times Monday – Sunday; Summer (September – May), sunrise – sunset Winter (June – August), 7am – 5.30pm Contact 083 384 2976, info@hero-adventure.co.za 7. DV Café For a delicious sweet treat and a cup of the good stuff, head to this coffee shop for a freshly roasted cup of coffee, a tempting array of gluten-free cakes (made with De Villiers Chocolate), and home-made ice cream. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm Contact 021 874 1060, tastingroom@dvchocolate.com 8. Spice Route Wine-Tasting Area As its name implies, Spice Route Wines recalls the ancient mariners of the 15th century who braved the Cape of Storms in search of exotic spices. Charles Back, who owns the highly successful Fairview Estate just 800 metres up the road, opened the winery in 1997, which was considered to be a bold move at the time. Today, however, his bold spirit seems to have paid off, with the new destination attracting flocks of locals and out-of-towners. When it comes to wine-tasting, there are four options: Malabar Tasting (R40), Swartland Wine Journey (R50), Winemaker’s Journey (R75) and Wine and Charcuterie Journey (R80). If it’s chilly outside, head to the cosy underground tasting room, but if it’s a beautiful day, enjoy your wine under the pergola, or on the expansive lawns, where newly planted plane trees and umbrellas provide shade. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm Contact 021 863 5200, tasting@spiceroute.co.za 9. The Cape Brewing Company Opened in December 2012, the Cape Brewery Company (CBC) produces a wide range of craft beers – under the watchful eye of skilled brewmaster Wolfgang Koedel – who insists on using only the finest ingredients and state-of-the-art equipment. Aficionados can view the facilities, watch the entire production process and taste it immediately after – either on tap or at the tasting stations. There are four core brews: pilsner, lager, Krystal Weiss and Amber Weiss made using crystal-clear water from a nearby spring in the Paarl mountain, which gives the beer its unique flavour. Choose between tasting four beers (R50) or seven (R75) before you decide which (and how many) crates to take home with you! Check out all CBC Beer Tasting details here. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (last tasting at 4.30pm) Contact 021 863 2270, info@capebrewing.co.za 10. De Villiers Chocolate There’s more to chocolate than meets the eye at De Villiers Artisan Chocolate – one of the few bean-to-bar micro-chocolatiers in the world. The factory and shop are situated in a charming historic building on the farm where chocolates are hand-crafted from cocoa beans sourced from all corners of the globe. The shop also sells medium-roast Arabica coffee beans and drinking chocolate. Daily tastings are available and you can choose between a simple chocolate and confectionary tasting (R30) or a tutored explanation of all five single-origin dark chocolates, including a sampling of the delicately roasted cocoa beans, and an insight into the bean-to-bar process (R35, booking required). Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm Contact 021 874 1060, info@dvchocolate.com 11. The Trading Company No visit to Spice Route Destination would be complete without popping into Abigail Bisogno’s gorgeous Trading Company. A former retail director at Foschini, Abby (the sister of Charles Back and co-owner of Spice Route) has created a shop filled with exciting treasures – from handmade, limited-edition pieces by well-known local artists to bespoke homeware, exotic cushions and table linen, jewellery, stationery, and much, much more. Most of the products are made from natural materials and all the décor in the store has been handmade locally or spruced up by local craftsmen. With its mix of old and new, it’s a quirky treasure trove where you’re sure to find the ideal gift for anyone and everyone you know. Tourists can pick up all the gifts they need to take home to loved ones in this one-stop shop. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Contact 021 201 6917, contacttradingco@gmail.com 12. Brenda’s Deli Foodie extraordinaire Brenda de Jager has turned her passion for all things edible into a business that makes preservative- and additive-free jams, preserves, pickles and glazes. Find her deli at the entrance of Spice Route and stock up on one of her fragrant jams, the perfect accompaniment to a slice of buttery toast or a fluffy scone. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Contact 021 863 3392, info@brendas.co.za 13. Collect – Anthony Shapiro Collect is one of the Destination’s newest aesthetic treasures, home to Anthony Shapiro’s exquisite ceramics. Well-known for his popular ANT bowls, Anthony has been making pots since he was 13, teaching ceramics along the way. Situated next to The Red Hot Glass Studio, Collect is filled with high-quality ceramics by Anthony as well as other artists. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Contact 082 853 0988, anthony@anthonyshapiro.co.za 14. Red Hot Glass Situated next door to Liam Tomlin and Neil Jewell’s restaurant is one of the few Venetian-style glass-blowing studios in the country. The glass pieces in the gallery are exquisite – from hand-blown perfume bottles to interior artefacts, lighting and abstract sculptural artworks. From the gallery you can watch the craftsmen going about the business of glass-blowing. Opening times Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm Friday, 9am – 4.30pm Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Contact 021 863 0330, info@redhotglass.co.za
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Spice Route: The 14 Best Things To Do at this Paarl Estate For a memorable day in the Cape Winelands – complete with gourmet food, artisanal wine, art, shopping and more – make the Spice Route in Paarl your one-stop destination. A mere 45-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Spice Route Destination is a delightful farm village in Paarl, where three fabulous restaurants and a variety of local wine, beer, gin and chocolate tastings await. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; there is an outdoor kids’ play area with exciting customised items and a pump track, a coffee shop with homemade ice cream, an interiors and gift shop, a deli and even a glass-blowing and ceramic studio. If there ever was a perfect day-trip to the Winelands for the entire family, Spice Route would be it! 1. Spice Route Passport Taste your way through Spice Route Destination with a Tasting Passport – a pocket-sized booklet that gives you access to five standard tastings (valid for one year from date of purchase). The tasting experiences include a Swartland Wine Journey from Spice Route Wines, CBC Craft Beer, De Villiers Chocolate & Confectionery, Jowls Charcuterie (next door to Spice Route Wines wine-tasting area), and Wilderer Distillery Spirits, each of which can be used at your leisure throughout the year. For R210, it makes for a wonderful gift for foodie friends. Please note Tasting reservations are required for 10 or more people. Cost R210 Contact 021 863 5200, info@spiceroute.co.za 2. Jewells This open-kitchen farm-to-table eatery is co-owned by three of South Africa’s top chefs: Liam Tomlin (of Chefs Warehouse and Thali fame), charcuterie whizz Neil Jewell and baker extraordinaire Tina Jewell. As you’d expect – only the best ingredients go into producing the seasonal dishes: vegetables and herbs from Spice Route’s surrounding farmland and organic Red Angus beef from Charles Back’s herd. The experimental winelist comprises a Spice Route Wines selection, including a new range of natural wines, Obscura, produced in clay vats from Georgia (in Europe, one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions). Add warm service and spectacular views, and the restaurant is certainly living up to its name. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm Friday – Sunday, 6pm – 8pm Contact 021 204 4875, jewellspiceroute@gmail.com 3. La Grapperia Enjoy a selection of wood-fired, thin-based pizzas and a variety of other family-friendly food options at this casual German and Italian eatery, while enjoying a glass or two of Wilderer Distillery’s award-winning gin and tonic. While relaxing under the trees, with the little ones playing in the nearby playground, why not linger a bit longer and watch the sky turn a few shades of pink as the sun dips behind the mountain – a Cape Town bucket list item indeed. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10.30pm Contact 021 863 4367, grapperia@wilderer.co.za 4. Barley & Biltong Emporium This beer garden has arguably one of the best views in the Paarl Winelands, with outdoor seating at long wooden tables and benches (ideal for large groups). Indoors, there’s a long wooden bar counter under a reed ceiling, with several TV screens strategically placed for big-match days. The restaurant serves a mean burger – thick juicy patties with mature cheddar and homemade tomato sauce served on a sesame bun with homemade chips. Specials and light lunch options are chalked up on the blackboard daily. It’s the perfect place to while away a few hours while enjoying an ice-cold CBC (Cape Brewing Company) pint, accompanied by your choice of biltong. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Contact 021 863 5200, info@barleyandbiltong.co.za 5. Wilderer Distillery Building on the legacy of master distiller Helmut Wilderer, whose award-winning grappa and eau de vie (schnapps) paved the way, this lovely distillery still produces world-class spirits. In the safe hands of his son Christian Wilderer, the distillery caters for pop-ins as well as tastings at R30. Look out for Cape Healing Herb Bitter, a gold-medal-winning, naturally produced local liqueur using over 30 fynbos herbs including buchu, betulina, rooibos, devil’s claw and African wormwood. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm Contact 021 863 4367, grapperia@wilderer.co.za 6. Hero Adventure Trail Known for creating some of the best adventure trails in the country, the Hero Adventure Trail brings 50km of track to Spice Route Destination. Located on the southern slopes of the Paarl Mountain, the trails boasts views of vineyards, olive orchards, citrus plantations, and more. Ideal for keen mountain-bikers, runners, hikers and explorers. Please note In order to use the trails you must register and purchase a day pass at the Hero Trail Centre or Information Centre at Spice Route. Opening times Monday – Sunday; Summer (September – May), sunrise – sunset Winter (June – August), 7am – 5.30pm Contact 083 384 2976, info@hero-adventure.co.za 7. DV Café For a delicious sweet treat and a cup of the good stuff, head to this coffee shop for a freshly roasted cup of coffee, a tempting array of gluten-free cakes (made with De Villiers Chocolate), and home-made ice cream. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm Contact 021 874 1060, tastingroom@dvchocolate.com 8. Spice Route Wine-Tasting Area As its name implies, Spice Route Wines recalls the ancient mariners of the 15th century who braved the Cape of Storms in search of exotic spices. Charles Back, who owns the highly successful Fairview Estate just 800 metres up the road, opened the winery in 1997, which was considered to be a bold move at the time. Today, however, his bold spirit seems to have paid off, with the new destination attracting flocks of locals and out-of-towners. When it comes to wine-tasting, there are four options: Malabar Tasting (R40), Swartland Wine Journey (R50), Winemaker’s Journey (R75) and Wine and Charcuterie Journey (R80). If it’s chilly outside, head to the cosy underground tasting room, but if it’s a beautiful day, enjoy your wine under the pergola, or on the expansive lawns, where newly planted plane trees and umbrellas provide shade. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm Contact 021 863 5200, tasting@spiceroute.co.za 9. The Cape Brewing Company Opened in December 2012, the Cape Brewery Company (CBC) produces a wide range of craft beers – under the watchful eye of skilled brewmaster Wolfgang Koedel – who insists on using only the finest ingredients and state-of-the-art equipment. Aficionados can view the facilities, watch the entire production process and taste it immediately after – either on tap or at the tasting stations. There are four core brews: pilsner, lager, Krystal Weiss and Amber Weiss made using crystal-clear water from a nearby spring in the Paarl mountain, which gives the beer its unique flavour. Choose between tasting four beers (R50) or seven (R75) before you decide which (and how many) crates to take home with you! Check out all CBC Beer Tasting details here. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (last tasting at 4.30pm) Contact 021 863 2270, info@capebrewing.co.za 10. De Villiers Chocolate There’s more to chocolate than meets the eye at De Villiers Artisan Chocolate – one of the few bean-to-bar micro-chocolatiers in the world. The factory and shop are situated in a charming historic building on the farm where chocolates are hand-crafted from cocoa beans sourced from all corners of the globe. The shop also sells medium-roast Arabica coffee beans and drinking chocolate. Daily tastings are available and you can choose between a simple chocolate and confectionary tasting (R30) or a tutored explanation of all five single-origin dark chocolates, including a sampling of the delicately roasted cocoa beans, and an insight into the bean-to-bar process (R35, booking required). Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm Contact 021 874 1060, info@dvchocolate.com 11. The Trading Company No visit to Spice Route Destination would be complete without popping into Abigail Bisogno’s gorgeous Trading Company. A former retail director at Foschini, Abby (the sister of Charles Back and co-owner of Spice Route) has created a shop filled with exciting treasures – from handmade, limited-edition pieces by well-known local artists to bespoke homeware, exotic cushions and table linen, jewellery, stationery, and much, much more. Most of the products are made from natural materials and all the décor in the store has been handmade locally or spruced up by local craftsmen. With its mix of old and new, it’s a quirky treasure trove where you’re sure to find the ideal gift for anyone and everyone you know. Tourists can pick up all the gifts they need to take home to loved ones in this one-stop shop. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Contact 021 201 6917, contacttradingco@gmail.com 12. Brenda’s Deli Foodie extraordinaire Brenda de Jager has turned her passion for all things edible into a business that makes preservative- and additive-free jams, preserves, pickles and glazes. Find her deli at the entrance of Spice Route and stock up on one of her fragrant jams, the perfect accompaniment to a slice of buttery toast or a fluffy scone. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Contact 021 863 3392, info@brendas.co.za 13. Collect – Anthony Shapiro Collect is one of the Destination’s newest aesthetic treasures, home to Anthony Shapiro’s exquisite ceramics. Well-known for his popular ANT bowls, Anthony has been making pots since he was 13, teaching ceramics along the way. Situated next to The Red Hot Glass Studio, Collect is filled with high-quality ceramics by Anthony as well as other artists. Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Contact 082 853 0988, anthony@anthonyshapiro.co.za 14. Red Hot Glass Situated next door to Liam Tomlin and Neil Jewell’s restaurant is one of the few Venetian-style glass-blowing studios in the country. The glass pieces in the gallery are exquisite – from hand-blown perfume bottles to interior artefacts, lighting and abstract sculptural artworks. From the gallery you can watch the craftsmen going about the business of glass-blowing. Opening times Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm Friday, 9am – 4.30pm Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm Contact 021 863 0330, info@redhotglass.co.za
The Ghilbi Bar and Terrace is located at the Raddison Blu Hotel & Residence in the CBD, providing a quick escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Live Djs perform on Friday and Saturday evenings with light snacks on offer at the bar. The deck hosts a welcoming pool for the warmer days and a cozy indoor section for the cooler ones. Address: 22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town City centre Contact: 021 467 4000
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The Ghilbi Bar and Terrace is located at the Raddison Blu Hotel & Residence in the CBD, providing a quick escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Live Djs perform on Friday and Saturday evenings with light snacks on offer at the bar. The deck hosts a welcoming pool for the warmer days and a cozy indoor section for the cooler ones. Address: 22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town City centre Contact: 021 467 4000
Chinchilla Rooftop Café and Bar Located across from one of Cape Town’s most popular beaches, Chinchilla Rooftop Café and Bar offers a laid back and bohemian scene to relax and unwind with a tailored made cocktails from the in-house mixologist. Watch the sun disappear into the horizon across the ocean at Camps Bay beach, you won’t regret it. Address: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town Contact: 021 286 5075
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Chinchilla Rooftop Café and Bar Located across from one of Cape Town’s most popular beaches, Chinchilla Rooftop Café and Bar offers a laid back and bohemian scene to relax and unwind with a tailored made cocktails from the in-house mixologist. Watch the sun disappear into the horizon across the ocean at Camps Bay beach, you won’t regret it. Address: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town Contact: 021 286 5075
Dude Food Made Real Good Tiger’s Milk is the best destination for ‘dude food’, made good. Epitomising handcrafted goodness with a menu that takes pizza, grills and burgers to the next level, pair these with our locally made Tiger’s Milk Lager and you’re sure to leave satisfied.
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Tiger's Milk Kloof Street
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Dude Food Made Real Good Tiger’s Milk is the best destination for ‘dude food’, made good. Epitomising handcrafted goodness with a menu that takes pizza, grills and burgers to the next level, pair these with our locally made Tiger’s Milk Lager and you’re sure to leave satisfied.
Shopping Malls
SHOPPING IN CAPE TOWN Cape Town is a shopper’s dream with a wide range of shopping expeditions to undertake – from luxury boutiques and shopping malls to private shopping tours and markets, the Mother City has it all. The V & A Waterfront – with over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery and tech – is South Africa’s most popular shopping destination and offers far more than just shopping. Canal Walk and Tyger Valley cater to the Northern Suburbs, with the Southern Suburbs well served by malls like Cavendish Square and Blue Route Mall. Market shopping is also HUGE in Cape Town with indoor and outdoor markets waiting for you to take advantage of their massive assortment of wares. The best part of market shopping is that many of them are proudly South African or African with Green Market Square arguably the most famous of the ‘fixed’ markets. If you are looking for something a little bit more exclusive, you can shop like a celebrity with your own private buying experience. Shop for exclusive South African arts, crafts and designer brands with your own personal shopping guide. The tour, offered in luxury transport, can accommodate up to six people and is customised based on the visitor’s needs. Additional assistance can be offered to coordinate freight or to source goods at an extra charge. Shopping malls can provide the best shopping experiences such as social gatherings, entertainment, performances, product launches, promotions and festivals. There are six factors that affect a mall's success: comfort, diversity, luxury, mall essence, entertainment and convenience. Benefits of Shopping Malls * They have their own parking facility. * There is a wide variety of products available. * There are products from competing producers available under one roof. ... * They have facilities such as restrooms. * They have gaming zones. * There are food courts with a wide variety of cuisine. * There are movie theatres in shopping centres.
The Victoria Wharf Shopping centre is the main shopping mall situated at the V&A Waterfront, and plays host to hundreds of stores, and dozens of restaurants. Suggested Duration:2-3 hour Location Contact Victoria V & A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa Website +27 21 408 7500
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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The Victoria Wharf Shopping centre is the main shopping mall situated at the V&A Waterfront, and plays host to hundreds of stores, and dozens of restaurants. Suggested Duration:2-3 hour Location Contact Victoria V & A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa Website +27 21 408 7500
One-stop point for all your needs, awesome shopping experience Canal Walk Shopping Centre is a huge mall which extends from Pick n Pay at one end to Checkers on the other end. With lots of options to shop for garments and things for daily use like Edgars, WoolWorths, Game etc, this mall is a one-stop place for all your needs. The food court has all the options including Burger King, McDonald's, Anat, KFC and what not. For the first timers it would seem a bit confusing because of the length of the mall but I got used to the shops by studying the mall map present on their website. It is situated right in the centre of Century City and I used to visit the mall every three days or so. It is spacious and well planned. The movie experience is also quite good. Overall I loved the place. Location Contact Century City Drive, Cape Town Central South Africa Website +27 21 529 9699
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One-stop point for all your needs, awesome shopping experience Canal Walk Shopping Centre is a huge mall which extends from Pick n Pay at one end to Checkers on the other end. With lots of options to shop for garments and things for daily use like Edgars, WoolWorths, Game etc, this mall is a one-stop place for all your needs. The food court has all the options including Burger King, McDonald's, Anat, KFC and what not. For the first timers it would seem a bit confusing because of the length of the mall but I got used to the shops by studying the mall map present on their website. It is situated right in the centre of Century City and I used to visit the mall every three days or so. It is spacious and well planned. The movie experience is also quite good. Overall I loved the place. Location Contact Century City Drive, Cape Town Central South Africa Website +27 21 529 9699
Popular Shopping Centre The Garden's Shopping Centre, based in Cape Town's City Bowl, is undoubtedly its most popular shopping centre. Boasting 5 eateries with a total of 86 shops randing from Bookshops to clothing to hardware to stationery as well arts cand crafts, gifts, electronics, jewellery, home and décor and a large Supermarket. It also has a dedicated floor with medical services including optometrist, GP, dentist, beautician. Many of the banks are represented with a forex bureau. The centre itself is easily accessible and has parking both underground as well as on the upper deck. Location Contact Mill Street Corner Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa Website +27 21 465 1842 Email
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Popular Shopping Centre The Garden's Shopping Centre, based in Cape Town's City Bowl, is undoubtedly its most popular shopping centre. Boasting 5 eateries with a total of 86 shops randing from Bookshops to clothing to hardware to stationery as well arts cand crafts, gifts, electronics, jewellery, home and décor and a large Supermarket. It also has a dedicated floor with medical services including optometrist, GP, dentist, beautician. Many of the banks are represented with a forex bureau. The centre itself is easily accessible and has parking both underground as well as on the upper deck. Location Contact Mill Street Corner Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa Website +27 21 465 1842 Email