December 14, 2012
Summer restaurants with a view
Cape Town is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world – and locals and visitors alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to venues with spectacular sea, mountain and city views. Here are some of them ...
The Grand Daddy Hotel's Sky Bar is a long-time favourite for after-work drinks and, interestingly, shares its rooftop space with an airstream trailer park, whose interiors have each been designed by a different artist. Sip cocktails and craft beers, and get stuck into a restaurant menu while overlooking the city’s most popular thoroughfare, Long Street.
The Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar is a relatively new addition to Cape Town, but one that is easily making a name for itself. With a glass of wine in one hand and a delicious snack or two in the other, spending time on Tjing Tjing’s balcony gives you a real feel for Cape Town’s City Centre as you surround yourself with some of the Cape’s tallest cement structures.
165 Longmarket Street, City Centre; +27 (0)21 422 4920
The Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden is situated in the shadow of the famous Rhodes Memorial, on mountain slopes overlooking the Cape Peninsula all the way to the distant Helderberg mountains. Savour an ostrich bobotie or Cape Malay bredie while trying to spot your favourite Cape Town landmarks.
Rhodes Memorial; +27 (0)21 687 0000
Rumbullion at the Roundhouse Restaurant has a history dating back to the 1700s, and a French heritage that is reflected in its menu selection. The Roundhouse offers captivating views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, as well as Camps Bay and Clifton. Take a deep breath and enjoy …
Round House Road (off Kloof Road), The Glen, Camps Bay; +27 (0)21 438 4347
moyo Kirstenbosch is one of several of the African-themed restaurant chain's venues, offering a range of artisanal products, African cuisine and charming settings. The chain's latest offering is at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, offering the most beautiful views of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
The Café Grill at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is the hotel’s casual al fresco venue set amongst indigenous fynbos, with extensive views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. A California-style menu is on offer 24 hours a day, and in summer you must try their ice-cream and fresh fruit selections – at least once.
The Grand Café and Beach offers a romantic private beach setting and, arguably, the best wood-fired pizzas in Town. Sip on a glass of bubbly, wiggle your toes in the white sand, cast an eye out over the little private bay and take your time scrutinising the mouth-watering menu.
Granger Bay Road, Granger Bay; +27 (0)21 425 0551
Boulders Beach Restaurant flanks Boulders Beach Lodge and is right on the water’s edge, so that meals eaten on the deck literally overlook the bay used by Cape Town’s resident African penguin colony. The menu is easy, the atmosphere relaxed and the sight of those little men in tuxedos "flying" in and out of the bay, hilarious.
The Blue Peter is a must-do along the West Coast! Popular among locals, the more formal Lighthouse Restaurant and casual Lighthouse Bar offer picture-perfect views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, beverages to suit all kinds and lip-smacking seafood and Cape cuisine.
7 Popham Street, Little Bay beach, Blougerstrand; +27 (0)21 554 1956
The Table Mountain Café offers a different view of Cape Town’s most-loved Mountain. Take a cable car up and dine at the top … on curious South African cuisines such as ostrich sausage, fynbos pizza and the mountaineer buffet selection. The venue is halaal, and boasts stunning views of just about the entire Peninsula.
Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road, Cape Town; +27 (0)21 424 0015
As you can imagine, these are but a few options. For even more, check out Cape Town’s restaurant scene here.