June 27, 2016
100 Things to Do During Winter in Cape Town and Surrounds
As winter brushes her blue cheeks across Capetonian skies, come and discover how people have weaved their lives through the tip of Africa, as you encounter both the uncommon and marvellous, from flames of restaurant fireplaces to dancing leaves in the Winelands, from the intricate tastes of coffee in art galleries to the smells of the great Atlantic crashing against Cape Point. Here are our top 100 things to do in winter in Cape Town and surrounds.
1: VISIT A MUSEUM
Cape Town is a cultural hub and where the history of the country really began, so you can bet we have plenty of both to offer visitors. The Mother City’s history is rich – and at times tragic – and museums like the District Six Museum, The South African Jewish Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and more illustrate this past quite beautifully.
2. Experience some magic
And other weird and wonderful sights and sounds at the College of Magic in Claremont, the world’s only organisation of its kind in the world and home to Southern Africa’s only dedicated magical shop with a variety of books, videos, effects and equipment available to budding Houdinis to snap up. It’s our very own Hogwarts. They always have amazing holiday programs for the kids!
3. COFFEE WITH Character
Cape Town has many amazing coffee shops. Head into the CBD and surrounding areas and you're bound to find one on every corner. So, naturally, it can be difficult for a coffee shop to set itself apart from the rest. We've put together a list of some that have done just that by offering customers more than just coffee.
4: Enjoy some downhill fun
Scootours is great fun for the whole family. This downhill scooter fun is guaranteed to be a thrill for all and if your kids arenb't up to riding alone, they can ride with their parents if they are between 4 and 9 years old. This is essentially a guded tour and starts on Signal Hill. It's so much fun
5. KITE BOARDING
Cape Town is a hotspot for watersport and it’s no different in winter. Take advantage of the conditions – the waves are bigger and the water is clearer in the Mother City’s winter – and head on down to Table View for the best kiteboarding conditions you will ever experience.
6: TRAIL RUNNING AND MTB
Cape Town is home to those with an adventurous spirit. Not surprising when you consider what they have to explore. Mountain biking and trail-running are popular past-times for the locals and visitors with a vast array or routes to choose from. The trails also differ markedly in terrain, from the rocky single-tracks of Silvermine to the thick, lush forest below in Tokai. Just make sure you find out your route beforehand, because we wouldn’t want your adventure stretching too long...
Paragliding is probably one of the best ways to take in the spectacular views of the Mother City with Lions Head and Signal Hill two of the city’s most popular sites to fly from. If you aren’t an experienced paraglider, not a problem, because tandem instructional flights are available! Flights can last from five to 30 minutes. Time to get strapped in then!
8. Taste some of Cape Town's craft beers
Cape Town has an amazing craft beer scene. There are so many micro breweries in the city that it would be close to impossible to see it all. We suggest that you start at a local pub such as Beer House or Banana Jam. Both offer a wide variety of craft beers.
9: WINE TASTING IN CONSTANTIA
Spend the afternoon sampling wines in the oldest wine making region in the Cape. Right on the city’s doorstep, the Constantia Valley is home to some of the oldest and most prestigious farms in the country. All the farms are close together, meaning you can hop from one to the other with minimum fuss, but we would recommend taking two to three days to really explore the area properly. Each farm has its own unique selling point and charm, but one thing they all have in common is fantastic wine and superb attention to detail.
10: LUNCH ON THE WATER’S EDGE
Situated right at the water’s edge, Bertha’s has been open since 1993 and is still going strong. A favourite stop for travellers, the restaurant is located at the Simon’s Town quay, offering spectacular views of False Bay and the naval base. Offering a wide range of dishes, Bertha’s is famous for its fresh seafood.
11: DINNER AT GOLD RESTAURANT
Take a trip into the heart of Africa at Gold Restaurant, an authentic Africa restaurant in Green Point, complete with a Djembe drumming session, African dance performers and 15 courses of African cuisine to get through!
12: SEE A SHOW AT THE FUGARD THEATRE
One of Cape Town’s best - and most-loved – theatres, the Fugard (named after the legendary South African playwright Athol Fugard) has produced some of the biggest hit runs in recent memory, including the celebrated Rocky Horror Show.
13. WEEKEND ON A WINE FARM
Planning a weekend away with young kids can be tough! But Spier Wine Farm does not just tolerate kids, they welcome them. The farm offers wine tasting for the whole family (don’t worry, the youngsters get grape juice), superb picnic options, plenty of open spaces and the Eagle Outreach facility, among other things. They have amazing winter specials too!
14. SHROOM HUNTING
Go on a quest for exotic mushrooms (watch out, don’t eat them!) in Deer Park and have lunch at Deer Park Café.
15. A CANOPY WALKWAY
Take a walk above the treetops of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the Boomslang Aerial Walkway, with its gorgeous panoramic views of the mountain. The walkway is one of the Mother City's most popular attractions and was named the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOSA) at Design Indaba Expo 2015.
16. Shopping and live music
Situated on the water’s edge at the old Hout Bay Harbour, with more than 100 stalls, a fish factory, and a stage for live musical performances, the Bay Harbour Market is popular with locals and tourists alike. The KWV Sound Stage has been graced by some of SA’s best musicians and always draws a big crowd. You can also expect a wide range of 80 awesome weekly traders, 9 draught beers on tap, artisan food stalls, art and crafts.
17: BAXTER THEATRE
The Baxter Theatre has always played an important part in South Africa’s rich performing arts history, defying censorship during the Apartheid years by putting on sharp-edged, multi-racial performances. Today the Baxter continues this legacy by playing host to cutting-edge local and international productions, including drama, ballet, music and comedy. This winter, the Baxter will continue to entertain and enthral with a variety of shows – from comedy to dance festivals and dramatic productions.
18. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Durbanville Nature Reserve
A gem in the area, the Durbanville Nature Reserve is home to the critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld and the Cape Flats sand fynbos meet . Filled with fymbos – endangered and unique to Cape Town, the nature reserve is perfect for nature and animal lovers. Bird watchers should be on the lookout for the Cape sugarbird, lesser double-collared sunbird and Cape spurfowl. There are walking trails and wheelchair-friendly pathways. There are also picnic spots for those who want to relax with friends or family.
19: ZIPLINE AT SILVERMIST
There is arguably no better way to absorb the splendour of Constantia Valley. The SA Forest Adventures zipline at Silvermist Wine Estate, near Constantia Nek, combines adventure and sight-seeing into one unique experience. The 2.3-kilometre course is one of the longest in Africa with the lines differing in distance and speed. Once you’re done, be sure to quench your thirst by visiting Groot Constantia, which you more than likely got a bird’s eye view while zipping your way across the valley.
20: BUFFET BREAKFAST AT SUIKERBOSSIE
Get stuck into a buffet breakfast at Suikerbossie Restaurant – a Cape Town institution - for just R165 every Sunday. The buffet includes cold breakfast option, hot breakfast options, pastries and drinks, ALL YOU CAN EAT. Have a light dinner the night before so you can make the most of the opportunity!
21: Learn new things at the Cape Town Science Centre
Learn more about science and how things work at the informtive Cape Town Science Centre. Here you can interact with the exhibitions to make learning fun and playful. There are also amazing holiday programs for the kids.
22. SNOEK FISHING
Get Hooked on Africa when you fish for South Africa's beloved Snoek (just try one on a braai and you'll know why!) 50km out in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
23: SHOP AT THE WATERSHED
With over 150 stalls, selling more than 365 brands, look no further than the newest addition to the shopping mecca of the V&A Waterfront, the Watershed, to satisfy all your purchasing needs. Selling a variety of products, ranging from furniture and textiles, to fashion and jewellery. It’s a perfect spot for gift-shopping or simply to treat yourself to something special. Also, look out for special events and exhibitions.
24: WATCH THE BIG GAME
Cape Town is sports MAD and you won’t have much trouble finding a local pub or restaurant screening the rugby or football on the big screen. Grab some lunch, settle in with a few beers and mix with the locals while getting your sports fix.
25. A HARBOURFRONT EMPORIUM - MARINER'S WHARF
Rub shoulders with venerable old captains and fishermen at the first harbour front emporium in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring shops, restaurants, markets and some of Cape Town's best seafood.
26. CATCH AN AWA WRESTLING MATCH
No really. Many of us grew up watching WWE, but did you know we have really talented local wrestlers as well? You can check them out at regular AWA events.
27. RHODES MEMORIAL + EXPLORE THE ABANDONED ZOO!
The imposing Rhodes Memorial, which sits at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park, offers visitors spectacular views towards the Hottentots Holland mountain range. Experience it at sunrise. The abandoned zoo sits next to UCT and can be accessed from Residence Road towards Rhodes Drive.
28. A ROMANTIC DRIVE ON CHAPMANS PEAK
One of Cape Town's most iconic roads is Chapman's Peak. The road has 114 bends and offers up stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are a number of picnic and lookout spots along the way so there are plenty of chances for you to admire the view.
29. CAPE TOWN COMEDY CLUB
Cape Town’s finest dedicated comedy joint is sure to give you the giggles with some of the sharpest and snarkiest names in the business! Situated in the Waterfront, this comedy club is the perfect night out for you and some friends.
30. LOCAL THEATRE SHOWS
Cape Town has a variety of geat threatres. This is the kind of activity that you can do no matter what the weather is like outside. It's warm and cozy inside! Here's an extensive list of Cape Town's top theatres. Many of them have winter deals, so be sure to check out their websites.
31. PANCAKE AND WINE PAIRING
Is there a better pairing of food and wine this winter? We don’t think so! Uitkyk is doing this delicious pairing one Saturday of every month from May to August. Yum.
32. ROCOCOA CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE
Chocolate is perfect in winter (and in every other season too). Why not try your hand at chocolate making at Rococoa or some chocolate pairing? It’s a fun way to indulge!
33. FIRST THURSDAYS
On the first Thursday of every month, arts and culture in Cape Town has a late night, with dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has on offer – hence the name First Thursdays. The event is completely free, with no structured tour, and no schedule to follow, you are free to absorb it all at your own leisure.
34. MOUNTAIN BIKING
This is the perfect time to hit the cycling trails in the mountains around the city. There are plenty of trails to discover, many starting on farms around Cape Town and the Winelands. Silvermine is a firm favourite, while Durbanville has a myriad of amazing trails to explore.
35. CITY WALK SATURDAYS
City Walk Saturdays event happens once a month starts in the Company’s Gardens, continues down St George’s Mall to Waterkant Street and progresses up the Fan Walk to St Andrew’s Square. It connects significant places in the urban heart of Cape Town through storytelling, public art, walking tours and retail offerings.Expect a wide variety of fun things to do and participate in. This includes free walking tour, photo exhibitions, an Instawalk, an outdoor library with book readings for kids, a jumping castle, face painting and SO much more!
36. Experience traditional cuisine at Eziko Restaurant in Langa
The Eziko Restaurant offers a memorable African eating experience. Linked to the Eziko Cooking and Catering School, which was set up to teach members of the local community to cook and so provide them with marketable skills. Eziko is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on prior request, and is a popular stop with tour operators.
37. SAND BOARDING
Glide down the towering white sands of the Atlantis and Betty's Bay dunes and wipe out on a cushion of soft sand! There are a number of service providers in Cape Town who offer sandboarding adventures.
38. HIGH TEA AT CAPE GRACE
Who doesn’t love a high tea? Cake and warm drinks go well with the colder days. The Cape Grace Hotel offers one of the best high tea experiences in Cape Town.
39. Get cheesy
Sweet dreams are made of cheese, right? In Cape Town there is a store/restuarant that is purely deicated to artisan cheese. 80% is local and 20% is imported cheese. You can buy cheese to go or sit down at the restaurant and indulge in dishes such as camembert mac ‘n cheese or the cheese platter or delicious toasted sandwiches. Yum!
40. SPA TREATMENT AT MANGWANANI AT THE CULLINAN
Located in the city centre, the Mangwanani spa at the gorgeous Cullinan Hotel is perfect to do away with the winter blues. Have a treatment and saunter over to the hotel bar just on the other side of the pool for refreshments before or after.
41. A VOICEMAP TOUR OF MUIZENBERG
Not keen on doing a tour with a guide? Why not download the Voicemap app where you can select a voice guided tour. We recommend the Muizenberg one. It’s insightful and a great way to learn more about this neighbourhood.
42. BRANDY TASTING
Van Ryn's Brandy Distillery offers brandy, coffee and chocolate pairing with potstil brandies, Belgian chocolate and Honduran coffee. The best things in life...
43. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TABLE MOUNTAIN KIDZ SEASON
This is definitely a not-to-miss. The Table Mountain Kidz Season runs until the end of September and entitles you to a three-for-the-price of one deal. This means that for every paying, two children under 18 go for free. As a part of the Kidz Season experience, all children will receive a treasure hunt map. Other treats for youngsters include something sweet when they hand in their voucher at both the Shop at the Top and the Café.
44. AMAZING FOOD AND TREATS AT THE BLUEBIRD MARKET
Located in Muizenberg, this indoor market is located in an old warehouse and operated every Friday from 16h00 to 22h00. Here you can get amazing homemade and heart-warming food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family.
45. DINNER WITH A DIFFERENCE
Reverie Social Table offers a different take on dining. Every evening Chef Hattingh prepares a five-course meal for guests who all sit around one welcomes guests to sit around one 18-seater table. The idea is to keep cell phone usage at a minimum, eat, drink and be merry with those around the table with you. It's all about great company and talking to people who you may not have known before that evening. Booking is essential.
46. MID-WEEK HOLIDAY AT CLUB MYKONOS
Sometimes all we need is a mini-holiday. Why not take advantage of Club Mykonos’s winter promotion? Prices start at R 1095 per unit (two bedrooms) per night. You will get to relax, unwind and have fun. There are warm pools to enjoy during these colder months!
47. BOOKWORM BURROWING
A good book on a cold day is all the warmth we sometimes need. We recommend checking out Kalk Bay Books. A favourite with the locals, this store is great for those looking for something less commercial and possibly the classics you didn’t think you’d find on our shores.
48. ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM
Previously located in the city centre, this Saturday farm has been moved to Granger Bay, V&A and is a fantastic initiative that encourages urban farming. Here you can buy a wide variety of fresh produce and wholesome foods.
49. GORDON'S BAY WINTER WONDERLAND
Lighting up from 24 June to 18 July, the Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland is perfect for the family. This month-long event will have a carnival parade in the week of 26 June to 5 July, while also offering various other forms of entertainment such as a craft market, children activities, an art exhibition, a beer and food tent and live music.
50. SIMON'S TOWN WALKING HISTORY TOUR
The Simon’s Town Historical Mile is a great way to learn about this sea-side town. It runs from St George's Street to the East Dockyard gates and gives visitors a view of great naval history.
51. PUB QUIZ FOR THE GREAT MINDS AT OBLIVION
This European-style wine bar with leather couches and a fabulous roof-top deck is always buzzing and their challenging pub quiz is a great option for a smarty-pants team of 4. Exercise your brain at Oblivion.
52. JUMPING SHARKS AKA AIR JAWS
Combine shark cage diving with shark breaching aka 'Air Jaws' with African Shark Eco Charters in False Bay, Simon's Town
53. BEACH RIDING
Wander through the breath-taking Noordhoek beaches on horseback with Sleepy Hollow Riding School and spot the shipwrecks!
54. CAMEL RIDING, HORSE RIDING OR A VISIT TO THE SNAKE PARK
Imhoff Farm has it all. whether it is to ride a majestically stupid camel, take a leisurely ride on a horseback through the surf or observe and learn more about snakes at the Snake Park (reptile sanctuary and rehabilitation centre) or simply enjoy organic food and let your kids make friends in the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard.
55. BICYCLE TOUR THROUGH A TOWNSHIP
Find out what life is like on the other side of an air conditioned window and interact with real communities in Masiphumelele Township. While experiencing a bicycle tour with a difference with AWOL Tours.
56. FULL MOON PADDLE
Occurring only once a month, paddle out into the warm waters of False Bay and watch the majestic moonrise from behind the Hottentots Holland mountain with Sea Kayak Tours from the Simon's Town Wharf, Simon's Town
57. SPELUNKING (CAVING)
From the Bat's Cave to the Smuggler's Cave to the Giant's Workshop and Elephant's Eye, explore Cape Town from the bottom up at any one of these glorious holes in the earth in various locations.
58. LEARN TO SURF
Get your boogie on with one of Cape Town's surf schools. The waves are best in winter - surf's up bro!
59. SUNSET PICNICS ON SIGNAL HILL
The view. Need we say more?
60. FUFISLIDING AND OTHER WATERSPORTS
Waterskiing, waveboarding and fufisliding, embrace your inner water baby with a ton of kickass watersports at Blue Rock Cable Waterski in Somerset West
61. Winter dinner at Bliss Boutique
With incredible views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, Bliss Boutique Hotel is not only a stunning place to spend the night, but its restaurant is also the perfect place to grab a delicious winter meal. With a winter menu that consists of thai prawn curry, cripsy beef, homemade chicken pie, beef lasagne and more, you won't go hungry here!
62. AWARD-WINNING OLIVE OIL AND WINE
Dating back to 1711, the Morgenster Estate brews internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines and extra virgin olive oil of astonishing quality. The estate has also recently opened the doors of its new restaurant – 95 at Morgenster, so warm yourself up with some fine Italian fare on one of the most beautiful estates in the country.
63. THE FIRST HUMAN HEART TRANSPLANT PROJECT
Take a guided tour through the surgery theatres used during the first human heart transplant in 1967. Yes, it happened in Africa! Visit the Heart Transplant Museum at Groot Schuur Hospital in Observatory.
64.Dinner and a show
Cape Town has a number of places that offer both dinner and a show. We've put together a list of the top places wher eyou can enjoy some entertainement and a delicious meal.
65. A CENTURY OLD GOLF COURSE
Play a round of golf at one of Cape Town’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses (est. 1910), the 7 time host of the SA Open and 3 time host of the Bells Cup, the Mowbray Golf Club is still one of the best.
66. A WORLD-FAMOUS ARTIST
Check out the Irma Stern (1894-1966) exhibition. She was world renowned for her exotic figures, portraiture, landscapes and still lives on - in 2011 one of her paintings sold for R34 million at Bonham's, London. Not bad.
67. A unique shopping experience
At the Bromwell Botique mall, you can shop from 16 concept stores where you can pick up unique pieces of interior, decor, furniture, art and other decorative pieces. When you're done shopping, head downstairs to Bread Cafe where you can sample some delcious treats from the inhouse bakery and kitchen.
68. A RIDICULOUSLY PRETTY 200 YEAR OLD HOTEL
Over two centuries old, the gorgeous aristocratic Vineyard Hotel is situated in 6 acres of lush Newlands forest. There are 2 restaurants on the property, including the award-winning Myoga. Check out their luxury Winter Spa packages. Also, The Vineyard Hotel has stunning gardens and offer guided walks with an environmentalist. The garden is home to the unique Cape Floral Kingdom and has won numerous awards.
69. SUNDAY LUNCH BUFFET AT THE CULLINAN
The elegant Cullinan Hotel offers some of the best value for money with desserts that are so posh they're almost too good to eat… almost.
70. Grab a cup of tea and some meditation at eht Tibetan Tea House
It would be safe to say you are not going to find many place like the Tibetan Tea House. This quirky little spot is a must-visit for so many reasons, whether it be to browse the art gallery – featuring local and a collection of Tibetan art – attend a meditation class or get stuck into some vegan fare. Open since 2001, this has become a Simon’s Town staple and you need to visit when you’re in town.
71. RED BUS SIGHTSEEING
Step on and step off the iconic Cape Town Red Busses to feast on the sights and sounds of the city. There are 17 bus stops in a circular route around the city with a route duration of approximately 2 hours. There's a great 3-for-1 deal running during this winter time!
72. A LOCAL BREWERY
Try Newlands Brewery's 8 famous beers on your tour through this over 200-year-old Brewmaster's haven, in the shadow of Table Mountain.
73. TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
There is a 2,000kg fish with a 4g brain. There are crabs that are over 1m tall and have legs that stretch 4m. There is 28cm thick viewing glass to keep the huger predators (the ones with serrated teeth) away from you. Here are all the wonders of the ocean for you to marvel at. Don't miss feeding time!
74. THE OLD BISCUIT MILL
Set in Woodstock’s up-and-coming art district, the Neighbourhood’s Market is one of Cape Town’s trendiest and best-stocked markets with everything from fresh produce to artisan coffee and beer, fashion and fresh flowers. The markets get very busy, so it’s best to go early (open Saturday mornings only). We recommend Luke Dale-Roberts’ potato rosti with bacon/salmon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce.
75. POOL, BEER AND DANCING
Stones pool halls are all over the city, a perfect joint anyone wanting to socialize on a budget (pool games are R5, ciders around R20). DJs usually start spinning the decks at 10pm most nights. Just hang out.
76. DRINK IN THE HERITAGE AT GROOT CONSTANTIA
Do a cellar tour, chocolate and wine pairing on this historic estate. Before leaving, visit the Manor House and Orientation Centre to appreciate the rich and diverse history and culture of the Estate and buy some award winning wines. Book a tour by calling+27 (0)21-794 5128.
Perfect for a kid’s party, try whizzing down Cool Runnings' custom built tobogganing course!
78. DRINK COFFEE RESPONSIBLY
The team at Bean There are absolutely devoted to sourcing and serving the very best coffee available. All of the coffee they serve is ethically sourced and they travel to the farms and communities where they source their beans personally in order to ensure that they are getting the best beans and serving to optimal roast. Add this to the wonderful atmosphere and the eclectic African interior, and you have the very best coffee shop in Cape Town.
79. GET STEAMED
Go for a relaxing session at the Long Street Turkish Baths. Sauna, steam rooms, cold pool – a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Reasonably priced in an iconic Long Street building built in 1908. Check out the days and times they are open to you – they are gender based.
80. Oysters and champagne at Twanky
This one is for the seafood lovers. Twanky offers up a variety of seafood tapas that can be enjoyed in a luxurious setting. The building was the ground floor of the Old Temple Chambers and has been fully restored to be elegant and glamourous.
81. Cocktails and music at the Piano Bar
This trendy, New York-inspired Revue Bar is something unique and the perfect spot to relax at with cocktail in hand. The venue prides itself on its large and varied wine menu and it also has a number commercial and craft beers on tap, along with a wide range of spirits and Cuban cigars for your pleasure. Open Monday to Sunday, the Piano Bar offers an intimate live music setting, with a great food menu to enjoy as well.
82. BRANDY AND FUDGE, ANYONE?
... or biltong, nut and chocolate. Visit the KWV Wine Emporium in Paarl for delicious pairings and from May to August a delicious pairing of fortified wines and cake.
83. FINE DINING AT CAMPHORS
Planted in 1700, the giant Camphor Trees of Vergelegen, give this award winning restaurant its name. The Camphors Restaurant Menu reflects the season and diners can choose from a la carte options to 5 course tasting menu with pairings of the Estate’s classic wines.
84. INDOOR PLAY FOR KIDDIES
Take the day, pack the kids in and head to Pinelands to visit Be UP. This new indoor playpark boasts a wine range of activities such as trampolines, altigame, climbing walls, a huge kids' maze and more!
85. Restaurant specials at the V&A Waterfront
Many Cape Town resturants have amazing winter deals. The V&A's restaurant tenants have really come to the party this year with some incredible deals!
86. MAMA TEMBOS
Mama Tembos offers authentic African cuisine and slow cooked soul food sprinkled with exclusively Capetonian dishes. Think grilled crocodile ribs, warthog ribs, springbok pie, ostrich kebabs, roasted quail and amarula crème brule!
87. LIBRISA SPA AT MOUNT NELSON
A leading day spa in Cape Town, Librisa is situated at one of the city's favourite hotels. Treat yourself to a pamper session and then indulge in high tea.
88. JUMOP AROUND AND FEEL THE RUSH
This indoor trampoline park is great fun! Thre's over 30 000 square feet of exciting challenges with wall-to-wall, interconnected trampolines. There are also 2 didgeball courts, 3 basketball lanes, a foam pit, a stunt wall and much more!
89. TAKE IN SOME ART AT THE ABE OPPERMAN GALLERY
Get out of the cold and view some art exhibitions at the Abe Opperman Gallery.
90. TASTE ETHIOPIA IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
Experience aroma, spices, gluten free food from a basket, eat with your hands and take part in the traditional coffee ceremony at Addis in Cape. Menu also caters for Vegetarians and Vegans.
91. INDULGE IN THE CAPE TOWN GIN SCENE
Gin in all its various varieties has become a big things in Cape Town. One of the local players is Hope On Hopkins in Salt River. Run by husband and wife team, Leigh Lisk and Lucy Beard, they handcraft two of their gins using malted barley from Caledon which is fermented and triple distilled into a neutral spirit, a Single Malt Vodka. You can visit the distillery by appointment and have the Gin Experience and Tour for R85.
Cape Town has some of the most dazzling hiking trails in the world and winter’s sunlight and brisk mornings make these journeys all the more spectacular.
Improvised comedy in the fine tradition of ‘Who’s Line is it Anyway?’ TheatreSports will perform some crazy antics based on the audience’s suggestions. They are at your mercy.
94. WHALE WATCHING
Wave at a whale while it waves its tail at you! Get close enough for a spray from the blowhole or watch these majestic creatures leisurely from the coast during whale watching’s best season.
95. PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM
Enjoy the Casablanca style décor and ambience of Rick’s Café Americaine for killer cocktails during happy hour from 3pm to 5pm daily, or cosy up at the restaurants two huge fireplaces.
96. HIT THE BATTLEFIELD
Experience a new breed of military simulation with the infra-red laser tag war games of Battlefield Live SA. It’s like paintball without the pain!
97. IZIKO MUSEUMS
Wander through the bones of ancient beasts and wonder at South Africa’s greatest artists, on display for ridiculously cheap entrance fees. Iziko Museums in a must!
98. TREAT YOURSELF AT HONEST CHOCOLATE
This Wale Street-based coffee and chocolate shop is where you can get handmade chocolate made from raw ingredients and organic Ecudorian cacao with no preservatives or artificial flavouring. It’s also dairy free. You can grab a good cup of coffee with a delectable slice of cake (gluten-free also available) or purchase some of the delicious chocolate products. Try the banana bread bunny chow - a banana bread mini loaf filled with macadamia chocolate spread and ice cream for R48. And then when you're done here, head to the courtyard at the back for the secret gin bar...
99. SPRINGBOK EXPERIENCE
This interactive exhibition pulls you into the dream of playing rugby for an obsessed and adoring nation, with games testing your handoff, reaction time, fitness, kicking and passing skills that kids and adults will love.
100. CLIMB HER MAJESTY TABLE MOUNTAIN
It's the ultimate Capetonian homage, the pilgrimage up the one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Did you know there's a beach up there? And a train? Find out more on your own winter adventure up one of the world's iconic bucket-list spots!