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January 13, 2012

A perfect summer’s weekend in Cape Town

End your perfect summer\'s weekend in Cape Town with a visit to the fantastic V&A Waterfront. Image © Cape Town Tourism

For most people, the weekend is a treasured time at the end of a busy week, and full advantage should be taken of it. Here are some activities in the Mother City that may be new to you, or may be due for a revisit. They are sure to relax you and contribute to that perfect weekend feeling.

If you’re eager to get an early start to your weekend on Friday evening, take a drive out to Hout Bay to the recently reopened Bay Harbour Market (Tel: +27 (0)82 570 5997; open 5pm to 9pm). This delightful market is set in an old fish factory along the edge of the harbour’s waters and provides a great shopping experience. The atmosphere is jovial, with vibrant tunes from musicians floating through the air and an assorted array of charming stalls awaiting your presence. (Also open Saturday 09h00 to 17h00 and Sunday 10h00 to 16h00).

Ease into your Saturday morning with a touch of class by taking a drive to Muizenberg and paying a visit to the stately Casa Labia Cultural Centre (Tel: +27 (0)21 788 6062). This gorgeously restored establishment was built in 1929 and is the former residence of the Count and Countess Natale Labia. Enjoy viewing the regally furnished rooms and then relax at the on-site Italian Café for a delectable breakfast. There is also an art gallery and an Africa Nova boutique.

Alternatively, you could take a drive further south to the little fishing village of Kalk Bay and enjoy browsing in one of the many quirky bric-a-brac, antique, clothing, craft and jewellery shops. In the afternoon stop at the Brass Bell Restaurant (Tel: +27 (0)21 788 5455), which is uniquely situated on the shoreline and where you can look forward to spectacular scenery and good food.

On Sunday you could drop by the ever popular V&A Waterfront for lunch. You may want to try Harbour House (Tel: +27 (0)21 418 4744), which offers a lovely setting and superb food. You can then opt for a ride on the huge, eye-catching observation wheel called the Wheel of Excellence (Tel: +27 (0)76 2766 962) or take the Historical Walking Tour (Tel: + 27 (0)21 408 7600) that departs at 11am from the Chavonnes Battery Museum.

If an evening activity is more up your alley, the City Sightseeing Cape Town (Tel: +27 (0)21 511 6000) red tour bus company has put together a great night-tour offering. The bus departs from Stop 1 outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront at 6pm sharp. The tour follows an enjoyable ride along Mouille Point, Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay Drive, Signal Hill Drive, Kloof Road and Adderley Street. Also included is a sunset stopover on Signal Hill, so patrons are encouraged to pack a picnic basket and enjoy this experience. It really provides a comfortable way to see the Mother City from a new vantage point, and is well worth the effort. The tour operates daily (except March 11, 2012) and runs until April 20, 2012.

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