100 things to do in winter in Cape Town

Capetonians tend towards hibernation in winter, but the city luckily how to lure them out with coffee at cosy cafés, dinner at restaurants with fireplaces and indoor adventures. Here are our top 100 things to do in winter in Cape Town and surrounds.

Updated June 2017

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

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

ATTEND A COFFEE APPRECIATION COURSE

Truth Coffee –  named second coolest coffee shop in the world by The Daily Meal – has a Barista Academy where you can learn to make coffee like a pro. Their entry level “Coffee Appreciation Course” costs R451 and will teach you the history of coffee, allow you to take a tour of their roastery and bean chamber and school you in the art of cupping and appreciating different blends and brews.

Website: truth.coffee/pages/barista-academy

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

We take our coffee seriously so you don’t have to. #DrinkTribe

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GO FOR A MURDER MYSTERY DINNER

If you love a good mystery and food, then a murder mystery dinner will be right up your alley. It’s like real life Cluedo as you’ll be assigned a character a week before the dinner and clues on the evening will help you and the other guests figure out who the murderer is. Theses evenings will be hosted at different locations across the city this season, be sure to book beforehand.

Book your tickets: bepartofthemystery.com

KITEBOARDING

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.

Learn to kitesurf / kiteboard in four days in Cape Town

GO FOR A TRAIL RUN

Trail running is a popular past-times for adventurous locals and visitors and Cape Town has a vast array of routes to choose from. From the rocky single-track of the Pipe Track to the thick, lush forest in the Constantia Green Belt, you’re spoiled for choice with the best trails in Cape Town.

PARAGLIDING

Paragliding is probably one of the best ways to take in the spectacular views of the Mother City with Lion’s Head and Signal Hill two of the city’s most popular sites to fly from. Take a tandem jump and float over the Mother City and Atlantic Seaboard for a memorable experience unlike any other. Luckily many flights also offer the option of capturing this magical experience with a go-pro, so you’ll have something to take home too.

See more on booking your paragliding experience

TRY OUR BURGER ITINERARY

We’ve rounded up the eight best burgers you need to eat in Cape Town. From the deliciously huge burgers at Gibson’s at the V&A Waterfront, to the classics at Royale Eatery in town, if you love burgers (or food), this is a to-do list you need to try.

See our roundup of the Best Burgers in Cape Town

VISIT THE TAPROOM

At the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, you’ll find The Taproom pub and restaurant, one of the best spots in Cape Town to enjoy a hearty meal 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. Never fear, if a 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

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 the Top Galleries to visit in Cape Town.

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. While you’re there 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

Simon’s Town is spectacular year-round and the beloved Bertha’s has been serving up sensational fresh seafood since 1993 . 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.

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

TREAT YOURSELF TO A UNIQUE SPA EXPERIENCE

Moody weather is the best excuse to hit the spa and treat your body to a bit of relaxation.

See our Top 10 Unique Spa Experiences

SEE A SHOW AT THE FUGARD THEATER

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. From 25 July till 2 September you can see the legendary South African musical King Kong, which originally launched the career of Miriam Makebawhen when the musical was first staged in 1956. The musical portrays the life and times of a heavyweight boxer Ezekiel Dlamini to the music of Todd Matshikiza.

Website: www.thefugard.com

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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

Kirstenbosch Boomslang

CUDDLES WITH CHEETAH CUBS

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

Website: www.cheetah.co.za

VISIT THE DIAMOND WORKS

Witness first hand, the art of diamond cutting, while sipping on a glass of complimentary champagne at The Diamond Works in Cape Town. You can also view a replica of the iconic Cullinan Diamond while discovering the history of the gold and diamond trade in South Africa. The Diamond Tour is available in a variety of international languages.  

Website: www.thediamondworks.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

BUFFET BREAKFAST AT SUIKERBOSSIE

Get stuck into a buffet breakfast or Sunday Roast buffet at Suikerbossie Restaurant – a Cape Town institution. For the breakfast buffet you can choose between the health or continental breakfast, the English breakfast or the Suikerbossie breakfast with a variety of 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

Bay Harbour Market on the water’s edge at the old Hout Bay Harbour has more than 100 stalls, a fish factory, and a stage for live musical performances, making it a popular outing for locals and tourists. 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, nine 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 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

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. 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! Conveniently located at the V&A 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

At Kalk Bay Theatre all the shows are handpicked so 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

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT FAIRVIEW

Until September Fairview will be hosting several foodie evenings pairing dishes from different cultures with Fairview wines. Warm your belly at one of the two Italian evenings, the Cape Malay tribute evening or simply tuck into Lamb Shank & Shiraz. Yum.

See the menu and book now: www.fairview-events.co.za

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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. Durbanville has become a mountain biking hotspot, but you’ve also got plenty of options for your two wheels with the epic mountain biking trails in Cape Town and surrounds.

See some of the epic views from MTB trails in Durbanville:

CITY WALK SATURDAYS

A City Walk Saturday 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 a 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

SANDBOARDING

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

GO TO THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

The Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition is currently showing at the historic Chavonnes Battery Museum. Visit the museum and you’ll see incredible pictures of sea life that will show you marine life like you’ve never seen it before. You’ll also get to explore the museum, which is a marvel and one of the oldest forts in Cape Town.

Website: www.chavonnesbattery.co.za

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 pot still 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 two kids under the age of 18 score a free return trip with the cable way when you buy an adult return ticket for R255 at the Lower Station Ticket Office or online. 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 housed in an old warehouse and opens 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

MID-WEEK HOLIDAY AT CLUB MYKONOS

Sometimes all we need is a mini-holiday. Why not take advantage of Club Mykonos’s winter promotion? Book a getaway to Langebaan with prices starting at R 1010 per unit. Offer runs until 6 August 2017.

Website: www.clubmykonos.co.za/winter-season-promotion

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 farmers’ market has been moved to Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront and is a fantastic initiative that encourages urban farming. Here you can buy a wide variety of fresh produce, baked goods and wholesome foods between 8h00 and 14h00.

Website: www.ozcf.co.za

We’re ready for you. Bring your Mom or someone else’s. Granger Bay 8.30 to 2pm.

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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. They also have an audio tour that can guide you through this historic naval town.

Website: www.simonstown.com/stdc/walks.htm
Also, see our Simon’s Town Itinerary for ideas

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 four. Exercise your brain at Oblivion every Monday at 19h00 for R20 per person.

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. The dramatic act of shark breaching is one of the hunting techniques great white sharks use to surprise and kill their prey that sees the shark launch into the air. With predation and breaching activity highest in June, July and August, this is a winter activity not to be missed by shark lovers.

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 waters of False Bay and watch the majestic moon rise 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

SPELUNKING (CAVING)

From Wally’s Cave on Lion’s Head to Elephant’s Eye at Silvermine, explore Cape Town from the bottom up at any one of these glorious holes in the earth in various locations.

Explore the Cango Caves

Sunrise hike on Lion’s head 👌🏼 #capetown #lionshead #wallyscave

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LEARN TO SURF

Get your boogie on with one of Cape Town’s surf schools. The waves are best in winter and the water is slightly warmer- surf’s up bro!

See our Top Surf Spots in Cape Town

SUNSET PICNICS ON SIGNAL HILL

The view. Need we say more?

FUFISLIDING AND OTHER WATERSPORTS

Waterskiing, wave boarding 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 R445 (R820 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

FRESHLY BAKED GOODS AT SCHOON DE COMPANJE

Baker Fritz serves artisan bread and coffee in his beautifully decorated restaurant, full of nostalgic, rustic cuteness. You can pop in 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 the 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 six 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

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A LOCAL BREWERY

Try Newlands Brewery’s eight 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 socialise on a budget (pool games are R5, ciders around R20). DJs usually start spinning the decks at 10 pm 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

Early morning stretches #longstreetbaths #turkishbaths #capetown

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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 KIDS

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, bread and meats for you to nibble on. It’s also absurdly pretty outside.

Website: www.facebook.com/Anura-Vineyards

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 la carte options to a five-course tasting menu with pairings of the Estate’s classic wines.

Website: www.vergelegen.co.za/camphors

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

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 fireplaces.

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

Addis in Cape restaurant

Delicious food from Addis in Cape

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.

See some of our favourite hikes for Discovering Fynbos in Cape Town.

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.

Read about all you need to know about Whale Watching.

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

Enjoy the Casablanca style décor and ambience of Rick’s Café Americaine for killer cocktails during happy hour from 15h00 to 17h00 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

HAVE SOME HONEST CHOCOLATE

This Wale Street-based coffee and chocolate shop is where you can get handmade chocolate made from raw ingredients and organic Ecuadorian 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.

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

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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