January 30, 2012
A day out with My Cape Town Ambassador Grant Spooner
It’s a gorgeous blue sky day and the seagulls and seals are out at play in the idyllic fishing village of Hout Bay. I meet Grant Spooner at his office near Mariners Wharf. His office is a large, old-school wooden boat in Hout Bay Harbour, which he is in the process of restoring. Grant is Marine Operations Director at Marine Scene, a company that specialises in marine services for film, tourism and events. They also offer coastal eco-adventures and high-speed blasts around the bay to the public. Grant has worked on many film sets shooting scenes out in the Cape seas, and on events like Red Bull Big Wave Africa and the Volvo Ocean Race.
What’s your favourite spot to hang out in Cape Town?
We really are spoilt for choice in Cape Town but I would have to say Llandudno Beach. It’s such a beautiful beach and a great place to surf and swim. I was out there this weekend with my family and my six-year-old daughter stood up on the surf board for the first time. It was a special moment. Scarborough is also really great and away from the crowds. I have travelled a lot and the Cape area really has an incredible, rich coastline unsurpassed in beauty.
What are your favourite restaurants in Cape Town?
I love sushi and seafood and there’s a great restaurant in Observatory called 1890 House Sushi & Grill. It really serves awesome sushi and the service is good. I also like Royale Burger Bar in Long Street for a good burger.
Where would you take a visitor for a unique Cape Town shopping experience?
I live in Hout Bay so I would have to say the Bay Harbour Market is a really lovely place to go shopping. It has unique stalls and a lovely vibe. It’s a good place to just hang out and relax.
Where else would you go shopping with your family?
My wife and I are really not keen on going to malls. Cape Town has so many lovely markets and we enjoy going to the Porter Estate Produce Market in Tokai on Saturday mornings. It's family friendly and situated in the forest which is perfect as we have two kids – our six-year-old and eleven-month-old. There is great fresh produce and other food stuffs and lots of activities for the kids.
Are there any other shopping spots in Cape Town that you frequent?
We really like Constantia Village. We get most of our everyday shopping done there. It has great shops and restaurants.
What’s your favourite stuff to purchase and where would you get it from?
First off my wife is a big advocate of buying locally produced goods so that’s been something we have tried to stick to. We like buying trees and other plants for our garden - our favourite place for this is a nursery in Hout Bay called Trees and Hedges. They have a great selection of indigenous plants.