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June 01, 2011

Ten reasons to love winter in Cape Town

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Photo provided by The One & Only Hotel

While winter has a tendency to drive locals into hibernation, there is so much more to this city than your four walls at home. Here are 10 reasons to get out there and love winter in the Mother City:

Art and culture

Tretchikoff, aka “The People’s Painter” returns to Cape Town for his first exhibition in a national gallery. While his prints hold cult status around the world, Tretchikoff’s original paintings will take your breath away. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm, the exhibition runs until 25 September 2011. Visit www.iziko.org.za for more details

Great wines

The hidden gem in Heritage Square is the Signal Hill Winery, where you can taste a variety of exclusive wines in the intimate setting of an inner-city wine cellar. Signal Hill is considered one of South Africa’s leading wineries, and stands tall as the only winery in the world located in a capital city. The square also houses the oldest vine in the Southern Hemisphere, which is well worth checking out. Phone +27 (0)21 424 5820 to organise a visit to their tasting room.

Sweet tunes

Fat Back Soul is the cool kid on the block, very LA (another city like us, renowned for winter hibernation), laidback, and chic, with a wonderfully retro atmosphere. A sidekick of &Union, their ethos for organic and artisanal spirits and beers is in keeping with the classy and distinctive feel. The unique offering here is the music, so if you appreciate good beats, Fat Back Soul caters for many tastes with an enviable playlist featuring firm favourites as well as some obscure and funky tracks in the mix. Phone +27 (0)21 422 4086 for more information.

Cosy fireplaces

The Oval Room at The Roundhouse restaurant is one of the many venues in Cape Town offering a cosy nook where you can nurse a glass of red and feel right at home. The old-world charm of the venue, which dates back to 1786, promises a magical and romantic evening. Open Wednesday-Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 9am-3pm, phone +27 (0)21 438 4347 to make a booking.

Winter specials

There are loads of winter specials during the cooler months in Cape Town, giving you the chance to sample all sorts of activities, venues and menus at a discounted rate. Browse our winter specials.

Chocolate indulgence

For traditional Armenian chocolate handmade in Cape Town, visit the Andrerouz chocolate factory in Mowbray. Here you can enjoy traditional hand-ground Armenian coffee – a thick, rich brew served in small cups on arrival. Sixteen varieties of fudge and an array of sweet spicy chutneys are also available. Their flagship product is Mikado, an Armenian piece of confectionery consisting of layers of paper-thin wheat pastry, each covered with a cacao-caramel cream. To make a booking or to order these delicious confectionaries, contact Lauren lcoxson@iafrica.com or Robin +27 (0)71 372 8777.

Pampering sessions

Winter is no excuse to let yourself go. Keep your feet well pedicured at The One&Only Spa, where the revolutionary Bastien Gonzales treatment will ensure that your feet stay smooth and sexy under your winter woollies for months. Alternatively, indulge in a full-body massage using warmed sea shells to melt away tension and stress. Make a day of it and spend some time relaxing in the vitality pool, steam room and sauna while enjoying a complementary cup of hot rooibos tea. Phone Spa Reservations on +27 (0)21 431 5810 to make a booking


The classic novel Tuesdays with Morrie is being performed until June 11, 2011, from Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm in the cosy and intimate Theatre on the Bay. This is a truly heart-warming story, and one not to be missed. Tickets are R80 – R150, available at www.computicket.com

Walks in Green Point Urban Park

Wrap up and enjoy a leisurely stroll through The Green Point Urban Park and Biodiversity Showcase Garden in Green Point. An innovative pedestrian system links major heritage sites, including the historic Mouille Point Lighthouse; the pedestrian promenade adjoining the western portion of Granger Bay Boulevard with Fort Wynard and a link from the series of squares and parks to Table Mountain. Open between sunrise and sunset during summer and winter, the park is also dog friendly. Should you wish to make general enquiries about the park, please contact Nafeesa Williams at nafeesa.williams@capetown.gov.za.

Comedy evenings at Trinity

And finally, enjoy great food and comedy at Trinity in Green Point, every Tuesday night. R50 gets you through the door or pay R25 if you’re planning to enjoy dinner there too. Their restaurant just won 3rd best steak in the Western Cape, giving you all the more reason to visit! For more info and to check out the line-up, visit www.trinitycapetown.co.za.

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