September 19, 2011
Top Five Cultural and Heritage Spots in Cape Town
Rhodes Memorial. Photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe
Our wonderful country celebrates National Heritage Day on September 24 and, in the Mother City, we are certainly blessed with numerous spots steeped in cultural significance.
Be sure to visit these cultural and heritage spots in the Mother City:
For history buffs with an appetite:
One of the most beautiful and oldest buildings in our hometown, The Roundhouse has grown from a small round guardhouse built in 1786 to the gourmet establishment it is today.
A national monument and a favoured building of Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of the Cape from 1814 to 1826, The Roundhouse boasts exquisite views of the deep blue, and has three luxury dining rooms and a refurbished terrace ideal for late summer night socialising.
Location: The Roundhouse Restaurant, Camps Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 438 4347
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden
Savour the vibrant history, unbelievable views and mouth-watering goodies at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden.
Adjacent to the magnificent Cecil John Rhodes Memorial, built in 1912 to commemorate the former prime minister of the Cape Colony, this mountainside eatery is a fulfilling cultural experience.
Location: Rhodes Memorial, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 687 0000
For the politically minded:
Houses of Parliament
Instead of hurrying past the Houses of Parliament while on a stroll through the Company’s Garden, take a guided tour of these important buildings that were completed in 1885, and see where our laws are made. From January to June you can also sit in on parliamentary sessions.
Location: Plein Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 403 2911
For the curious walker:
Running alongside the main road through Rondebosch and Newlands, this river has the prestigious honour of being one of the first named by Jan Van Riebeeck in (back then it was called the Amstel or Versse Rivier).
Though canalised at some points, the river is still worth the walk. If you feel peckish you can stop for a picnic at the Two Rivers Urban Park at the riverside.
For the seaside explorer:
More than just a hot spot for catching big waves and that much desired suntan, Blouberg was once the scene of the Battle of Blaauwberg (also known as the Battle of Cape Town) in 1806.
Take a drive out to the sandy shores of this impressive beach and imagine what transpired there more than a century ago when the British defeated the Dutch and won leadership of South Africa for a second time.