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May 28, 2013

Five spots in Constantia

Vines and gables – a classic Constantia sight. Image supplied by Cape Town Tourism

Where to stay

When it comes to self-catering accommodation, Constantia Cottages are ideally located in the heart of Constantia, among the leafy vines of the country's oldest winelands, in close proximity to many of the Cape's celebrated restaurants. It provides easy access to the major highways and is also two minutes away from the chic Constantia Village Shopping Centre, with its variety of fashionable shops and restaurants. The False Bay beaches and Westlake golf course are within easy access, and the city of Cape Town is no more than 20 minutes away.

If you’re looking for full-board accommodation, The Cellars-Hohenort is a treat, with panoramic views of the impressive mountain and the beautiful grounds. Set in nearly 9.5 acres of world-renowned gardens, this historic and beautiful country escape in the city offers guests three award-winning dining experiences, including The Greenhouse, where cuisine focuses on regional flavours with modern interpretations.

Where to take the kids

Dine al fresco overlooking the beautiful vineyards and False Bay in the distance, or in the courtyard under the vines at the stunning Jonkershuis, set on the iconic Groot Constantia farm. There is ample room for the kids to play under the trees while the adults enjoy Cape Malay-inspired food, and wine from the farm.

Where to eat

Peddlars on the Bend is as much an institution in Constantia as the horses that trot along the roads. Menus have changed over the years but the essence of this famous local restaurant remains. Good food and a great ambience make this the perfect venue for long, lazy afternoons sipping on Sauvignon Blanc in summer … or cozy dinners next to the roaring fire in winter.

Where to shop

Whether it’s a bookstore, pharmacy or great cup of coffee you’re looking for, Constantia Village has it all. From grocery stores to speciality gift stores and even beauty salons, this cosmopolitan shopping centre is your one-stop shopping destination in the Constantia winelands.

Where to have a drink

With the variety of incredible wine farms in the Constantia area you would be hard-pressed not to find somewhere to have a drink. Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting should all be on your list of must-see wine destinations.

There are also some great opportunties to enjoy the gorgeous scenery by going for a walk through the vineyards on Groot Constantia or, if you have more time, spending a night at the Orangekloof Tented Camp in Constantia Nek.

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