100 things to do in winter in Cape Town

As winter brushes her blue cheeks across Capetonian skies, come and discover how people have weaved their lives through the tip of Africa, as you encounter both the uncommon and…

As winter brushes her blue cheeks across Capetonian skies, come and discover how people have weaved their lives through the tip of Africa, as you encounter both the uncommon and marvellous, from flames of restaurant fireplaces to dancing leaves in the Winelands, from the intricate tastes of coffee in art galleries to the smells of the great Atlantic crashing against Cape Point. Here are our top 100 things to do in winter in Cape Town and surrounds.

VISIT A MUSEUM

Cape Town is a cultural hub and where the history of the country really began, so you can bet we have plenty of both to offer visitors. The Mother City’s history is rich – and at times tragic – and museums like the District Six Museum, The South African Jewish Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and more illustrate this past quite beautifully.

SEE A GIRL SAWN IN HALF

And other weird and wonderful sights and sounds at the College of Magic in Claremont, the world’s only organisation of its kind in the world and home to Southern Africa’s only dedicated magical shop with a variety of books, videos, effects and equipment available to budding Houdinis to snap up. It’s our very own Hogwarts.

Website: collegeofmagic.com

COFFEE WITH TRIBE

Some of Cape Town’s coffee shops are busy and bustling; others are perfect for hanging out with friends. The Tribe Coffee Café is a little different: It is the perfect place for enjoying a cup of coffee alone and enjoying some quiet reflection. The atmosphere is zen-like and soothing, there is no better place to relax and take some time out to truly unwind. And the coffee? The beans are gently roasted and the aroma fills the whole café: you certainly won’t be disappointed with the coffee in the Tribe Coffee Café.

Website: www.tribecoffee.co.za

COFFEE ROASTERY TOUR

Cape Town has some of the best coffee roasteries in the country and you could spend days exploring them. Truth Coffee – recently named second coolest coffee shop in the world by The Daily Meal – Rosetta, Tribe, Deluxe, Origin, Bean There and Espresso Lab, to name but a few are local favourites and roast some of the best beans in the business.

KITE BOARDING

Cape Town is a hotspot for watersport and it’s no different in winter. Take advantage of the conditions – the waves are bigger and the water is clearer in the Mother City’s winter – and head on down to Table View for the best kiteboarding conditions you will ever experience.

TRAIL RUNNING AND MTB

Cape Town is home to those with an adventurous spirit. Not surprising when you consider what they have to explore. Mountain biking and trail-running are popular past-times for the locals and visitors with a vast array or routes to choose from. The trails also differ markedly in terrain, from the rocky single-tracks of Silvermine to the thick, lush forest below in Tokai. Just make sure you find out your route beforehand, because we wouldn’t want your adventure stretching too long…

PARAGLIDING

Paragliding is probably one of the best ways to take in the spectacular views of the Mother City with Lions Head and Signal Hill two of the city’s most popular sites to fly from. If you aren’t an experienced paraglider, not a problem, because tandem instructional flights are available! Flights can last from five to 30 minutes. Time to get strapped in then!

VISIT THE TAPROOM

Situated at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, The Taproom pub and restaurant is one of the best spots in Cape Town to enjoy a hearty meal washed down with craft beer. Beers on tap include Devil’s Peak’s Founders series (King’s Blockhouse IPA, First Light, Woodhead Amber Ale, Silvertree Saison) with four rotating taps, including beers from the Explorer series as well as some of the breweries experimental beers. The food is designed to go hand-in-hand with the beer and includes dishes like their unique Cheese Burger, legendary Pulled Pork Sandwich and many more dishes to choose from. And never fear, if beer is not your thing, there is a wine list available, and various hand-crafted liquors from Jorgenson Vodka, to Inveroche Gin are also served.

Website: www.devilspeakbrewing.co.za/taproom

WINE TASTING AT STEENBERG

Spend the afternoon sampling wines at the oldest registered farm in the Cape, Steenberg Wine Estate. Settle yourself in for a selection of wines, including Méthode Cap Classique, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Nebbiolo and the ICON wine Magna Carta. And grab a bite to eat at the Bistro Sixteen82, one of the most popular restaurants in the Southern Suburbs.

Website: www.steenbergfarm.com

LUNCH ON THE WATER’S EDGE

Situated right at the water’s edge, Bertha’s has been open since 1993 and is still going strong. A favourite stop for travellers, the restaurant is located at the Simon’s Town quay, offering spectacular views of False Bay and the naval base. Offering a wide range of dishes, Bertha’s is famous for its fresh seafood.

Website: www,berthas.co.za

Bertha's restaurant

DINNER AT GOLD RESTAURANT

Take a trip into the heart of Africa at Gold Restaurant, an authentic Africa restaurant in Green Point, complete with a Djembe drumming session, African dance performers and 15 courses of African cuisine to get through!

Website: www.goldrestaurant.co.za

SEE A SHOW AT THE FUGARD THEATRE

One of Cape Town’s best – and most-loved – theatres, the Fugard (named after the legendary South African playwright Athol Fugard) has produced some of the biggest hit runs in recent memory, including the celebrated Rocky Horror Show.

Website: www.thefugard.com

WEEKEND ON A WINE FARM

Planning a weekend away with young kids can be tough! But Spier Wine Farm does not just tolerate kids, they welcome them. The farm offers wine tasting for the whole family (don’t worry, the youngsters get grape juice), superb picnic options, plenty of open spaces and the Eagle Outreach facility, among other things.

Website: www.spier.co.za

SHROOM HUNTING

Go on a quest for exotic mushrooms (watch out, don’t eat them!) in Deer Park and have lunch at Deer Park Café.

Website: www.deerparkcafe.co.za

A CANOPY WALKWAY

Take a walk above the treetops of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the Boomslang Aerial Walkway, with its gorgeous panoramic views of the mountain. The walkway is one of the Mother City’s most popular attractions and was named the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOSA) at Design Indaba Expo 2015.

Website: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

CUDDLES WITH CHEETAH CUBS

Meet a regal cat-thlete at the Cheetah Outreach Centre. Tours are free. Cuddles from cheetah cubs are R160 and you may even get the chance to pet a fully grown adult cheetah!

Website: http://www.cheetah.co.za/

DIAS TAVERN

One of the most popular restaurants in Cape Town, Dias Tavern serves traditional Portuguese fare in a warm, laid-back environment. Weekends are crazy busy – so make sure you book! Our recommendation, try the Trinchado and keep an extra roll handy for the leftover sauce.

Website: www.diastavern.co.za

THE OLDEST WINE-MAKING ROUTE IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

The Constantia Valley is home to some of the oldest and most prestigious farms in the country. All the farms are close together, meaning you can hop from one to the other with minimum fuss, but we would recommend taking two to three days to really explore the area properly. Each farm has its own unique selling point and charm, but one thing they all have in common is fantastic wine and superb attention to detail. Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Steenberg Vineyards, Constantia Glen Wine Estate, Beau Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Eagle’s Nest and Silvermist all await you in the valley.

Website: www.constantiawineroute.com

ZIPLINE AT SILVERMIST

There is arguably no better way to absorb the splendour of Constantia Valley. The SA Forest Adventures zipline at Silvermist Wine Estate, near Constantia Nek, combines adventure and sight-seeing into one unique experience. The 2.3-kilometre course is one of the longest in Africa with the lines differing in distance and speed. Once you’re done, be sure to quench your thirst by visiting Groot Constantia, which you more than likely got a bird’s eye view while zipping your way across the valley.

Website: www.saforestadventures.co.za

SHOPPING AND LIVE MUSIC

Situated on the water’s edge at the old Hout Bay Harbour, with more than 100 stalls, a fish factory, and a stage for live musical performances, the Bay Harbour Market is popular with locals and tourists alike. The KWV Sound Stage has been graced by some of SA’s best musicians and always draws a big crowd. You can also expect a wide range of 80 awesome weekly traders, 9 draught beers on tap, artisan food stalls, art and crafts.

Website: www.bayharbour.co.za

BUFFET BREAKFAST AT SUIKERBOSSIE

Get stuck into a buffet breakfast at Suikerbossie Restaurant – a Cape Town institution – for just R165 every Sunday. The buffet includes cold breakfast option, hot breakfast options, pastries and drinks, ALL YOU CAN EAT. Have a light dinner the night before so you can make the most of the opportunity!

Website: www.suikerbossie.co.za

SHOPPING AND LIVE MUSIC

Situated on the water’s edge at the old Hout Bay Harbour, with more than 100 stalls, a fish factory, and a stage for live musical performances, the Bay Harbour Market is popular with locals and tourists alike. The KWV Sound Stage has been graced by some of SA’s best musicians and always draws a big crowd. You can also expect a wide range of 80 awesome weekly traders, 9 draught beers on tap, artisan food stalls, art and crafts.

Website: www.bayharbour.co.za

Hout Bay Market

SNOEK FISHING

Get Hooked on Africa when you fish for South Africa’s beloved Snoek (just try one on a braai and you’ll know why!) 50km out in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

Website: www.hookedonafrica.co.za

SHOP AT THE WATERSHED

With over 150 stalls, selling more than 365 brands, look no further than the newest addition to the shopping mecca of the V&A Waterfront, the Watershed, to satisfy all your purchasing needs. Selling a variety of products, ranging from furniture and textiles, to fashion and jewellery. It’s a perfect spot for gift-shopping or simply to treat yourself to something special. Also, look out for special events and exhibitions.

Website: www.waterfront.co.za

WATCH THE BIG GAME

Cape Town is sports MAD and you won’t have much trouble finding a local pub or restaurant screening the rugby or football on the big screen. Grab some lunch, settle in with a few beers and mix with the locals while getting your sports fix.

A HARBOURFRONT EMPORIUM – MARINER’S WHARF

Rub shoulders with venerable old captains and fishermen at the first harbour front emporium in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring shops, restaurants, markets and some of Cape Town’s best seafood.

Website: www.marinerswharf.co.za

CATCH AN AWA WRESTLING MATCH

No really. Many of us grew up watching WWE, but did you know we have really talented local wrestlers as well? You can check them out at regular AWA events.

Website: www,awfwrestle.com

RHODES MEMORIAL + EXPLORE THE ABANDONED ZOO!

The imposing Rhodes Memorial, which sits at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park, offers visitors spectacular views towards the Hottentots Holland mountain range. Experience it at sunrise. The abandoned zoo sits next to UCT and can be accessed from Residence Road towards Rhodes Drive.

Website: www.rhodesmemorial.co.za

A ROMANTIC GETAWAY AT KOL KOL MOUNTAIN LODGE

Romance is better in winter. You can sit by the fire and cuddle closer. Why not try a romantic getaway at Kol Kol? It’s a little outside of Cape Town (Grabouw – about a 50 minute drive), but the accommodation is perfectly suited to a winter getaway with hot tubs, fireplaces and stunning views of the valley.

Website: www.kolkol.co.za

CAPE TOWN COMEDY CLUB

Cape Town’s finest dedicated comedy joint is sure to give you the giggles with some of the sharpest and snarkiest names in the business! Situated in the Waterfront, this comedy club is the perfect night out for you and some friends.

Website: www.capetowncomedy.com

TWO-FOR-ONE TUESDAYS AT KALK BAY THEATRE

Under new management, Kalk Bay Theatre is the place to be these days. All shows are handpicked and many are sold out, so be sure to book early! Take advantage of the two-for-one Tuesday tickets to get a good deal. You can have dinner at the venue beforehand, plus a coffee afterwards to mix with the crowd and artists.

Website: www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za

PANCAKE AND WINE PAIRING

Is there a better pairing of food and wine this winter? We don’t think so! Uitkyk is doing this delicious pairing one Saturday of every month from May to August. Yum.

Website: www.wine.co.za

wine cheers cape town

ROCOCOA CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE

Chocolate is perfect in winter (and in every other season too). Why not try your hand at chocolate making at Rococoa or some chocolate pairing? It’s a fun way to indulge!

Website: www.rococoa.co.za

FIRST THURSDAYS

On the first Thursday of every month, arts and culture in Cape Town has a late night, with dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has on offer – hence the name First Thursdays. The event is completely free, with no structured tour, and no schedule to follow, you are free to absorb it all at your own leisure.

Website: www.first-thursdays.co.za

MOUNTAIN BIKING

This is the perfect time to hit the cycling trails in the mountains around the city. There are plenty of trails to discover, many starting on farms around Cape Town and the Winelands. Silvermine is a firm favourite, while Durbanville has a myriad of amazing trails to explore.

CITY WALK SATURDAYS

City Walk Saturdays event happens once a month starts in the Company’s Gardens, continues down St George’s Mall to Waterkant Street and progresses up the Fan Walk to St Andrew’s Square. It connects significant places in the urban heart of Cape Town through storytelling, public art, walking tours and retail offerings.Expect a wide variety of fun things to do and participate in. This includes free walking tour, photo exhibitions, an Instawalk, an outdoor library with book readings for kids, a jumping castle, face painting and SO much more!

Website: www.capetownpartnership.co.za/tag/city-walk-saturdays

GUIDED WALK THROUGH AWARD-WINNING GARDENS

The Vineyard Hotel has stunning gardens and offer guided walks with an environmentalist. The garden is home to the unique Cape Floral Kingdom and has won numerous awards.

Website: www.vineyard.co.za

SAND BOARDING

Glide down the towering white sands of the Atlantis and Betty’s Bay dunes and wipe out on a cushion of soft sand! There are a number of service providers in Cape Town who offer sandboarding adventures.

HIGH TEA AT CAPE GRACE

Who doesn’t love a high tea? Cake and warm drinks go well with the colder days. The Cape Grace Hotel offers one of the best high tea experiences in Cape Town.

Website: www.capegrace.com

RUN CAPE TOWN

A unique way to learn more about Cape Town is to run it. Thanks to Run Cape Town you do just that. They offer personalised, tailor-made, guided running tours through the streets and neighbourhoods of Cape Town.

Website: www.runcapetown.co.za

SPA TREATMENT AT MANGWANANI AT THE CULLINAN

Located in the city centre, the Mangwanani spa at the gorgeous Cullinan Hotel is perfect to do away with the winter blues. Have a treatment and saunter over to the hotel bar just on the other side of the pool for refreshments before or after.

Website: www.mangwanani.co.za/the-cullinan

A VOICEMAP TOUR OF MUIZENBERG

Not keen on doing a tour with a guide? Why not download the Voicemap app where you can select a voice guided tour. We recommend the Muizenberg one. It’s insightful and a great way to learn more about this neighbourhood.

Website: www.voicemap.me/tour/cape-town

Muizenberg Surf Shop

BRANDY TASTING

Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery offers brandy, coffee and chocolate pairing with potstil brandies, Belgian chocolate and Honduran coffee. The best things in life…

Website: www.vanryn.co.za

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TABLE MOUNTAIN KIDZ SEASON

This is definitely a not-to-miss. The Table Mountain Kidz Season runs until the end of September and entitles you to a three-for-the-price of one deal. This means that for every paying, two children under 18 go for free. As a part of the Kidz Season experience, all children will receive a treasure hunt map. Other treats for youngsters include something sweet when they hand in their voucher at both the Shop at the Top and the Café.

Website: www.tablemountain.net/content/page/kidz-season

AMAZING FOOD AND TREATS AT THE BLUEBIRD MARKET

Located in Muizenberg, this indoor market is located in an old warehouse and operated every Friday from 16h00 to 22h00. Here you can get amazing homemade and heart-warming food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family.

Website: www.bluebirdmarket.co.za

DINNER AND JAZZ AT THE CRYPT RESTAURANT

This underground restaurant sits under St George’s Cathedral in the CBD and is a fantastic spot for a great dinner and live jazz. The line-up is always changing and you should book in advance to get a good seat!

Website: www.thecryptjazz.com

MID-WEEK HOLIDAY AT CLUB MYKONOS

Sometimes all we need is a mini-holiday. Why not take advantage of Club Mykonos’s winter promotion? Prices start at R 1095 per unit (two bedrooms). Offer runs until 4 August.

Website: www.clubmykonos.co.za/special-offers/promotions/winter-warmer/

BOOKWORM BURROWING

A good book on a cold day is all the warmth we sometimes need. We recommend checking out Kalk Bay Books. A favourite with the locals, this store is great for those looking for something less commercial and possibly the classics you didn’t think you’d find on our shores.

Website: www.kalkbaybooks.co.za

ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM

Previously located in the city centre, this Saturday farm has been moved to Granger Bay, V&A and is a fantastic initiative that encourages urban farming. Here you can buy a wide variety of fresh produce and wholesome foods.

Website: www.ozcf.co.za

GORDON’S BAY WINTER WONDERLAND

Lighting up from 19 June to 19 July, the Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland is perfect for the family. This month-long event will have a carnival parade in the week of 26 June to 5 July, while also offering various other forms of entertainment such as a craft market, children activities, an art exhibition, a beer and food tent and live music.

SIMON’S TOWN WALKING HISTORY TOUR

The Simon’s Town Historical Mile is a great way to learn about this sea-side town. It runs from St George’s Street to the East Dockyard gates and gives visitors a view of great naval history.

Website: www.simonstown.com/stdc/walks.htm

PUB QUIZ FOR THE GREAT MINDS AT OBLIVION

This European-style wine bar with leather couches and a fabulous roof-top deck is always buzzing and their challenging pub quiz is a great option for a smarty-pants team of 4. Exercise your brain at Oblivion.

Website: www.oblivion.co.za/quiz

Oblivion in Claremont

JUMPING SHARKS AKA AIR JAWS

Combine shark cage diving with shark breaching aka ‘Air Jaws’ with African Shark Eco Charters in False Bay, Simon’s Town

Website: www.ultimate-animals.com

BEACH RIDING

Wander through the breath-taking Noordhoek beaches on horseback with Sleepy Hollow Riding School and spot the shipwrecks!

Website: www.noordhoektourism.co.za/sleepy-hollow-horse-riding

CAMEL RIDING, HORSE RIDING OR A VISIT TO THE SNAKE PARK

Imhoff Farm has it all. whether it is to ride a majestically stupid camel, take a leisurely ride on a horseback through the surf or observe and learn more about snakes at the Snake Park (reptile sanctuary and rehabilitation centre) or simply enjoy organic food and let your kids make friends in the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard.

Website: www.imhofffarm.co.za

BICYCLE TOUR THROUGH A TOWNSHIP

Find out what life is like on the other side of an air conditioned window and interact with real communities in Masiphumelele Township. While experiencing a bicycle tour with a difference with AWOL Tours.

Website: www.awoltours.co.za

FULL MOON PADDLE

Occurring only once a month, paddle out into the warm waters of False Bay and watch the majestic moonrise from behind the Hottentots Holland mountain with Sea Kayak Tours from the Simon’s Town Wharf, Simon’s Town

Website: www.kayakcapetown.co.za/pages/full-moon-trip.html

SPELUNKING (CAVING)

From the Bat’s Cave to the Smuggler’s Cave to the Giant’s Workshop and Elephant’s Eye, explore Cape Town from the bottom up at any one of these glorious holes in the earth in various locations.

LEARN TO SURF

Get your boogie on with one of Cape Town’s surf schools. The waves are best in winter – surf’s up bro!

SUNSET PICNICS ON SIGNAL HILL

The view. Need we say more?

FUFISLIDING AND OTHER WATERSPORTS

Waterskiing, waveboarding and fufisliding, embrace your inner water baby with a ton of kickass watersports at Blue Rock Cable Waterski in Somerset West

Website: www.bluerock.co.za

AWARD-WINNING OLIVE OIL AND WINE

Dating back to 1711, the Morgenster Estate brews internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines and extra virgin olive oil of astonishing quality. The estate has also recently opened the doors of its new restaurant – 95 at Morgenster, so warm yourself up with some fine Italian fare on one of the most beautiful estates in the country.

Website: www.morgenster.co.za

Morgenster Tasting Room

LA MOUETTE

Impeccable fine dining at a fraction of the cost, La Moutte offers a six-course tasting menu for only R395 (R695 with wines). It was voted 7th best restaurant in South Africa in the TripAdvisor Awards in 2013.

Website: www,lamouette-restaurant.co.za

THE FIRST HUMAN HEART TRANSPLANT PROJECT

Take a guided tour through the surgery theatres used during the first human heart transplant in 1967. Yes, it happened in Africa! Visit the Heart Transplant Museum at Groot Schuur Hospital in Observatory.

Website: www.heartofcapetown.co.za

DE OUDE BANK BAKKERIJ

Baker Fritz serves artisan bread and coffee in his beautifully decorated restaurant, full of nostalgic, rustic cuteness. You can also popin at Schoon De Companje and visit their Coffee Roastery & Juice Bar, Boutique Wine Shop, Local Brews On Tap, Indian Imported Furniture and many more.

Website: www.decompanje.co.za

A CENTURY OLD GOLF COURSE

Play a round of golf at one of Cape Town’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses (est. 1910), the 7 time host of the SA Open and 3 time host of the Bells Cup, the Mowbray Golf Club is still one of the best.

Website: www.kingdavidmowbraygolfclub.co.za

A WORLD-FAMOUS ARTIST

Check out the Irma Stern (1894-1966) exhibition. She was world renowned for her exotic figures, portraiture, landscapes and still lives on – in 2011 one of her paintings sold for R34 million at Bonham’s, London. Not bad.

Website: www.irmastern.co.za

HAAS COFFEE

An art gallery that morphs into a coffee shop and back (there are bunny sculptures), tuck into some coffee and soulful rain watching with a hot date.

Website: www.haascollective.com/coffee

A RIDICULOUSLY PRETTY 200 YEAR OLD HOTEL

Over two centuries old, the gorgeous aristocratic Vineyard Hotel is situated in 6 acres of lush Newlands forest. There are 2 restaurants on the property, including the award-winning Myoga. Check out their luxury Winter Spa packages.

Website: www.vineyard.co.za

SUNDAY LUNCH BUFFET AT THE CULLINAN

The elegant Cullinan Hotel offers some of the best value for money with desserts that are so posh they’re almost too good to eat… almost.

Website: www.tsogosun.com/the-cullinan

A DESIGN CENTRE

Visit the Montebello Design Centre on the Montebello Estate for a delicious lunch, shopping, the groovy art exhibitions or a design course. It’s a project that supports local arts, craft and design in Cape Town.

Website: www.montebello.co.za

RED BUS SIGHTSEEING

Step on and step off the iconic Cape Town Red Busses to feast on the sights and sounds of the city. There are 17 bus stops in a circular route around the city with a route duration of approximately 2 hours.

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town

tourists_taking_photos_on_sighseeing_bus_cape_town

A LOCAL BREWERY

Try Newlands Brewery’s 8 famous beers on your tour through this over 200-year-old Brewmaster’s haven, in the shadow of Table Mountain.

Website: www.newlandsbrewery.co.za/the-tour/

TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM

There is a 2,000kg fish with a 4g brain. There are crabs that are over 1m tall and have legs that stretch 4m. There is 28cm thick viewing glass to keep the huger predators (the ones with serrated teeth) away from you. Here are all the wonders of the ocean for you to marvel at. Don’t miss feeding time!

Website: www.aquarium.co.za

THE OLD BISCUIT MILL

Set in Woodstock’s up-and-coming art district, the Neighbourhood’s Market is one of Cape Town’s trendiest and best-stocked markets with everything from fresh produce to artisan coffee and beer, fashion and fresh flowers. The markets get very busy, so it’s best to go early (open Saturday mornings only). We recommend Luke Dale-Roberts’ potato rosti with bacon/salmon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce.

Website: www.theoldbiscuitmill.co.za

POOL, BEER AND DANCING

Stones pool halls are all over the city, a perfect joint anyone wanting to socialize on a budget (pool games are R5, ciders around R20). DJs usually start spinning the decks at 10pm most nights. Just hang out.

Website: www.stones.co.za

DRINK IN THE HERITAGE AT GROOT CONSTANTIA

Do a cellar tour, chocolate and wine pairing on this historic estate. Before leaving, visit the Manor House and Orientation Centre to appreciate the rich and diverse history and culture of the Estate and buy some award winning wines. Book a tour by calling+27 (0)21-794 5128.

Website: www.grootconstantia.co.za

TOBOGGANING

Perfect for a kid’s party, try whizzing down Cool Runnings’ custom built tobogganing course!

DRINK COFFEE RESPONSIBLY

The team at Bean There are absolutely devoted to sourcing and serving the very best coffee available. All of the coffee they serve is ethically sourced and they travel to the farms and communities where they source their beans personally in order to ensure that they are getting the best beans and serving to optimal roast. Add this to the wonderful atmosphere and the eclectic African interior, and you have the very best coffee shop in Cape Town.

Website: www.beanthere.co.za

GET STEAMED

Go for a relaxing session at the Long Street Turkish Baths. Sauna, steam rooms, cold pool – a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Reasonably priced in an iconic Long Street building built in 1908. Check out the days and times they are open to you – they are gender based.

Website: www.capetown.gov.za/en/SportRecreation/Pages/LongStreetBaths.aspx

PRESSURE AT MERCURY LIVE

Unleash a rock-a-pocalyptic rampage at Mercury when you headbang to wall-shuddering base at this once a month underground electro party.

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Mercury-Live-Lounge/242228062484473

BREAD & WINE

This cosy restaurant on the Moreson Estate (be sure to check out their marvellous orchid nursery) combines its interesting menu expertly with their Moreson wines and a range of champagne second to none. We recommend a cheese and charcuterie board with a bottle of bubbles.

Website: www.moreson.co.za/pages/bread-wine-vineyard-restaurant

breaking bread

INDOOR PLAY FOR KIDDIES

Take the day, pack the kids in and head for Kraaifontein to visit Bugz Family Playpark, the largest park in the Western Cape and an easy find just off the N1 heading to Paarl. With a huge outdoor play area that has free play as well as paid rides, kids will be kept busy for hours. And if there are showers, head indoors to the indoor play area until the sun comes out again.

Website: www.bugzplaypark.co.za

ANURA

The Anura wine-tasting venue has a fireplace and an outstanding menu of cheese, breads and meats for you to nibble on. It’s also absurdly pretty outside.

Website: www.facebook.com/Anura-Vineyards-118684118173835/

BRANDY AND FUDGE, ANYONE?

… or biltong, nut and chocolate. Visit the KWV Wine Emporium in Paarl for delicious pairings and from May to August a delicious pairing of fortified wines and cake.

Website: www.kwvwineemporium.co.za

FINE DINING AT CAMPHORS

Planted in 1700, the giant Camphor Trees of Vergelegen, give this award winning restaurant its name. The Camphors Restaurant Menu reflects the season and diners can choose from a la carte options to 5 course tasting menu with pairings of the Estate’s classic wines.

Website: www.vergelegen.co.za/camphors.html

MAMA TEMBOS

Mama Tembos offers authentic African cuisine and slow cooked soul food sprinkled with exclusively Capetonian dishes. Think grilled crocodile ribs, warthog ribs, springbok pie, ostrich kebabs, roasted quail and amarula crème brule!

Website: www.mamatembocafe.com

LIBRISA SPA AT MOUNT NELSON

A leading day spa in Cape Town, Librisa is situated at one of the city’s favourite hotels. Treat yourself to a pamper session and then indulge in high tea.

Website: www.belmond.com/mount-nelson-hotel-cape-town/spa-cape-town

TAKE A LUXURY WEEKEND BREAK

Enjoy the mountainside luxury, fynbos and khoi pond at Bezweni Lodge or the formal gardens and colonial heritage, at Highlands Country House, or better yet, kick back at a luxury suite with fire-place and sea views at Sonnekus Guest House, St James.

HARBOUR HOUSE RESTAURANT

A favourite of many Capetonians, Harbour House Restaurant will warm your heart with its views of the ever-restless ocean and cosy fire places.

Website: www.harbourhouse.co.za

TASTE ETHIOPIA IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

Experience aroma, spices, gluten free food from a basket, eat with your hands and take part in the traditional coffee ceremony at Addis in Cape. Menu also caters for Vegetarians and Vegans.

Website: www.addisincape.co.za

VISIT THE MTN SCIENCE CENTRE

Children are naturally inquisitive, so a trip to the Science Centre will prove very enlightening for them. There are interactive displays, a fun building site where kids can build houses, puzzles to solve, insights into gravity, brainwaves and so much more!

Website: www.ctsc.org.za

science centre observatory

HIKING

Cape Town has some of the most dazzling hiking trails in the world and winter’s sunlight and brisk mornings make these journeys all the more spectacular.

THEATRESPORT

Improvised comedy in the fine tradition of ‘Who’s Line is it Anyway?’ TheatreSports will perform some crazy antics based on the audience’s suggestions. They are at your mercy.

Website: www.improguise.co.za

WHALE WATCHING

Wave at a whale while it waves its tail at you! Get close enough for a spray from the blowhole or watch these majestic creatures leisurely from the coast during whale watching’s best season.

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

Enjoy the Casablanca style décor and ambience of Rick’s Café Americaine for killer cocktails during happy hour from 3pm to 5pm daily, or cosy up at the restaurants two huge fireplaces.

Website: www.rickscafe.co.za

HIT THE BATTLEFIELD

Experience a new breed of military simulation with the infra-red laser tag war games of Battlefield Live SA. It’s like paintball without the pain!

Website: www.battlefieldlive.co.za

IZIKO MUSEUMS

Wander through the bones of ancient beasts and wonder at South Africa’s greatest artists, on display for ridiculously cheap entrance fees. Iziko Museums in a must!

Website: www.iziko.org.za

TREAT YOURSELF AT HONEST CHOCOLATE

This Wale Street-based coffee and chocolate shop is where you can get handmade chocolate made from raw ingredients and organic Ecudorian cacao with no preservatives or artificial flavouring. It’s also dairy free. You can grab a good cup of coffee with a delectable slice of cake (gluten-free also available) or purchase some of the delicious chocolate products. Try the banana bread bunny chow – a banana bread mini loaf filled with macadamia chocolate spread and ice cream for R48. 99.

Website: www.honestchocolate.co.za

SPRINGBOK EXPERIENCE

This interactive exhibition pulls you into the dream of playing rugby for an obsessed and adoring nation, with games testing your handoff, reaction time, fitness, kicking and passing skills that kids and adults will love.

Website: www.sarugby.co.za/content.aspx?contentid=113444

CLIMB HER MAJESTY TABLE MOUNTAIN

It’s the ultimate Capetonian homage, the pilgrimage up the one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Did you know there’s a beach up there? And a train? Find out more on your own winter adventure up one of the world’s iconic bucket-list spots!

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