Chef’s choice – top 10
Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
Launched as a Cookery School and reformed into a gastronomic treasure trove. The menu changes daily depending on available produce, and there’s a “no booking” policy.
92 Bree Street, 021 422 0128
Acclaimed upmarket vineyard restaurant on Silvermist Wine Estate in Constantia, that marries foraged-for local ingredients with a wonderful sprinkling of French flair.
Constantia Main Road, Constantia Nek, 021 794 2390
A much-loved foodie eatery at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, it draws inspiration from sea and land, to offer sophisticated modern South African in a magnificent five-star setting.
93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights, 021 795 6226
South China Dim Sum Bar
Simple, varied and ever-changing menu of fresh and flavourful Asian street food – merging good food, warm service and earth-friendly practices.
289 Long Street, 078 846 3656, [email protected]
The Test Kitchen
Bold, experimental, contemporary, TTK (as it’s known among insiders) serves nouvelle cuisine with a South African bent - ranked Best Restaurant in Africa 2016 and 22 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016.
Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, 021 447 2337
A nose-to-tail meatery, motivated by sustainability and the concept of charcoal cooking - where good wine, meat (naturally), and coolness merge.
81 Church Street, 021 424 7204
A Noordhoek institution where La Colombe founder Franck Dangereux offers a more relaxed take on fine-dining housed in a charming old barn.
Noordhoek Farm Village, 021 789 1390
Rust en Vrede
Located on the historic, award-winning Rust en Vrede estate it offers the quintessential winelands restaurant experience, combining fine dining, superb service and an elegant setting.
Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 021 881 3757
The Shortmarket Club
Combines edgy versions of classic dishes, immaculate interiors and exceptional service, making dining here a memorable occasion - feels like a private members club without the stuffiness.
88 Shortmarket Street, 021 447 2874
Seasonally inspired modern restaurant in a quaint old building, offering great à la carte options and an excellent value tasting menu that changes regularly - a local favourite.
78 Regent Road, Sea Point, 021 433 0856
Quirky is cool
Bacon on Bree - Bacon butty elevated to gourmet levels.
217 Bree Street, 021 422 2798, bacononbree.com
Biesmiellah - Asia meets African spices.
2 Wale Street, 021 423 0850, biesmiellah.co.za
Woodstock Grill & Tap - Pairs quality meat with its own brews.
252 Albert Road, Woodstock, 021 447 0934, woodstockgrill.co.za
Marco’s African Place - Game carpaccio and live Afro Jazz.
15 Rose Lane, Bo Kaap, 021 423 5412, marcosafricanplace.co.za
Publik Wine Bar - Great local wines in the heart of the city.
81 Church Street, no phone, publik.co.za/publik-wine-bar
The Codfather - Foodie institution with the fish priced by weight.
37 The Drive, Camps Bay, 021 438 0782, codfather.co.za
Yard - Politically incorrect, rock’n’roll garage diner.
6 Roodehek Street, Gardens, 083 440 7843, on Facebook
Amadoda - Riotous ambience of a casual shisa nyama barbeque.
1 Strand Street, Woodstock, 021 447 2133, amadoda.co.za
Best of the best for …
- Burgers - Jerry’s Burger Bar (Observatory, Kloof etc)
- Sandwich spot - Jason Bakery (city centre)
- Breakfast - Hemelhuijs (city centre)
- Brunch - The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Sundays only) or Four & Twenty (Wynberg)
- Late-night food - Junior (Tamboerskloof)
- Vegetarian - Nooka Café (city centre)
- For when you're not paying - Kyoto Garden Sushi (city centre)
- Casual fine-dining - Foxtrot (Constantia)
- For date night - Kloof Street House (Gardens)
- Tapas - Chefs Warehouse and Canteen (city centre)
- Sushi - Izakaya Matsuri (Green Point)
- For the view - Glen Carlou Wine Estate (Klapmuts)
- Cheap eats - Eastern Food Bazaar (city centre)
- Lunch spot - Bistro 1682 (Tokai)
- Seafood - Pigalle (Green Point)
- Pizza - Col’Cacchio (branches everywhere)
For anyone with kids, you will know that planning a family activity is a lot more difficult than it used to be. Making sure the young ‘uns are well looked after is one thing, but keeping them occupied and happy is something else entirely. But this is something Cape Town is really good for - so here's a HUGE list of awesome things to do …
THE BOOK LOUNGE - Every Saturday at 11:00, a free story telling session perfect for 3-8-year-olds. You can get some "me time too"; enjoy a cuppa at their coffee shop or browse the myriad interesting and unusual books. It’s best to book. booklounge.co.za
ACROBRANCHING CONSTANTIA - Unleash your inner ape and go swinging through the tree tops. The three courses are each equipped with zip lines, sing bridges and Tarzan swings. The courses are family-friendly and safe for children as young as 3yrs. acrobranch.co.za
ATLANTIC RAIL STEAM TRAIN - Vintage steam locomotive offers day trips most Sundays. Hop on this old iron horse in Cape Town at 10:30 for a slow, scenic ride along the Peninsula to Simon’s Town (departs 15:15). You can also get off at Kalk Bay. Booking is essential. atlanticrail.co.za
THE COMPANY’S GARDENS - There are so many open spaces for kids to run around in and they get to feed the squirrels! Buy a bag of peanuts for the squirrels from the vendors at the entrance, take a leisurely stroll then eat and drink at the Company’s Garden restaurant. thecompanysgarden.com
GO KARTING - The perfect spot for those who want some friendly petrolhead-related competition. See who can set the fastest lap time or complete more laps in a set amount of time. karting.co.za
THE CLAY CAFÉ - Spend the day painting crockery that you can take home with you. The staff are on hand to help everyone with various techniques and the restaurant is open all day.Website: claycafe.co.za
COLLEGE OF MAGIC - This magical arts school has a one-of-a-kind curriculum for all to enjoy; the junior courses are held on Saturday mornings. You can also hire a performer for parties. collegeofmagic.com
RUSH TRAMPOLINE PARK - An indoor park filled with wall-to-wall trampolines, two dodgeball courts, three basketball slam dunk lanes, two long trampoline lanes perfect for doing flips, a battle beam and loads more. Has to be tried. rushsa.co.za
HINTHUNT GAME - An exciting 60-minute live escape game perfect for groups of three to five people; solve mysteries and puzzles in order to get out. The minimum age is 9yrs (accompanied by an adult) or 15yrs unaccompanied. hinthunt.co.za
CAPE TOWN SCIENCE CENTRE - There are interactive displays, a fun building site where kids can build houses, puzzles to solve, insights into gravity, brainwaves and so much more! ctsc.org.za/
SCRATCH PATCH - Did you know that almost half of the world’s gemstones can be found in South Africa? The Scratch Patch and Mineral World (at the V&A Waterfront and in Simonstown) is a cool way to dig for your own beautiful gems. scratchpatch.co.za
SATURDAY VOLUNTEERING AT SPCA - Dedicated volunteers are needed to help with socialising and walking dogs, cleaning them and cleaning cages; cleaning litter trays and grooming cats and kittens; or help at the horse care unit. www.spca-ct.co.za
BUGZ FAMILY PLAYPARK - Indoor and outdoor areas for children aged 2 to 10 years, with a choo-choo train, swing horses, water slide, horse rides, quad bikes, free play areas, a tree house and even castle – plus regular magic shows and visiting Bugz characters. bugzplaypark.co.za
IZIKO MUSEUM PLANETARIUM - Inside the planetarium, visitors get to study the night sky, all the stars and the planets of our universe. Various shows make learning about stars fun and exciting. iziko.org.za
TOTS 'n POTS CONSTANTIA - Want your kids to cook but don’t want to clean up afterwards? Here they can fling flour and bash butter to their hearts’ content - under your supervision. Particularly good for smaller kids, you can sign up for a single lesson or a whole course. Booking is essential. totsnpots.co.za
ZIPZAP CIRCUS SCHOOL - Great for those who dream to be in circus arts of any sorts. Programmes are FREE and funded by various individuals and organisations. The school also puts on various shows throughout the year. zip-zap.co.za
THE BLUE TRAIN - A miniature train with a sea view! It's operated at Mouille Point by the Sea Point Rotary Club and has been around for 50 years. Children and adults alike can enjoy this fun train trip for only R15 per ride. seapointrotary.org.za
PLANET KIDS - Indoor play and activity centre in Muizenberg open Wednesdays to Sundays. There are jumping castles, fun slides, great work rooms and so much more! planetkids.co.za
DEER PARK CAFÉ - In an idyllic setting just above the city bowl, it's perfect for a lazy lunch. With a fenced play area, complete with swings, slides, jungle gyms and a rolling lawn just outside the café, the youngsters have plenty to keep them busy! facebook.com/deerpark.cafe
IMHOFF FARM - Open daily, this picturesque farm in Kommetjie has a free-range farm and coffee shop, café, wine shop, petting zoo, plus an equestrian centre for outrides on Noordhoek Beach and the opportunity to ride a camel! imhofffarm.co.za
ART JAMMING - This is great for both the young and the young-at-heart. Everyone gets to choose a blank canvas and they select their seat and get given their painting tools. artjamming.co.za
BLUE ROCK - The paintball course is epic and you can spend the whole day out at the centre, which also offers water skiing, a "foefie" slide and more! bluerock.co.za
SPRINGBOK EXPERIENCE - Designed to simulate what the players go through with tests for fitness, hand-offs, passing and kicking, it is popular with everyone. waterfront.co.za
COOL RUNNINGS - Cape Town may not have snow, but that didn’t stop us building Africa’s first toboggan track. The best part is you are in full control of the sled, so cut loose or ride the brake - it’s up to you! It can get busy, so plan ahead. coolrunnings.capetown
WORLD OF BIRDS - The largest bird sanctuary in Africa, home to more than 3,000 birds and small animals from over 400 species. Get close to a wonderful array of birds, including birds of prey. The Monkey Jungle is always a big hit too. worldofbirds.org.za
JOLLY ROGER - What kid doesn’t want to be a pirate? The Jolly Roger pirate boat at the V&A Waterfront is the perfect port of call for the youngsters to play out the ultimate adventure on the high seas. yacoobyachts.co.za
CITYROCK INDOOR CLIMBING - Open to anyone older that 5yrs. There are climbing courses and three climbing options for kids: Bouldering, Automatic belay wall and High Wall Top Roping. cityrock.co.za
GREEN POINT URBAN PARK - A unique family-friendly space for a picnic, walk, run or for simply lazing around. There is an outdoor gym, a play park, adventure park and outdoor labyrinth. capetown.gov.za
NOORDHOEK HORSE RIDES - Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding has been operating in the Noordhoek Valley since 1975 and offers a wide range of riding activities. Beach rides are limited to six people, but suits riders of all experience levels. noordhoekbeach.co.za
RATANGA JUNCTION - The kids will love it and the adults can channel their inner child on everything from The Cobra to Monkey Falls. Spend the day at Ratanga Junction and go on as many rides together as possible. ratanga.co.za
TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM - With more than 3,000 marine creatures on view – including sharks, turtles and penguins – this is one of the best aquaria in the world. It showcases the unique marine life of the Cape. See the resident ragged tooth sharks fed daily at 3pm! aquarium.co.za
CHEETAH OUTREACH - 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! cheetah.co.za
STRAWBERRY PICKING - Polkadraai Strawberry Farm is open to the public; enjoy an afternoon at this Stellenbosch-based strawberry farm with your entire family. Open 9am - 4pm during strawberry season. Great photo opportunities too. polkadraaifarm.co.za
SCHOOL OF ROCK CAPE TOWN - Designed to build confidence in budding rockers, the school offers a number of programmes, including parties and themed events – it’s never too late to rock out! claremont.schoolofrock.com
SPIER WINE FARM - Geared to a full family experience with everything from grape juice tasting to the Eagle Encounters facility on offer. Spier doesn’t just welcome family, they embrace them. spier.co.za
BUTTERFLY WORLD - Home to free-flying exotic butterflies, alongside other animal displays, including reptiles, tarantulas, birds, marmoset monkeys, meerkats and lots more. Children under 3yrs are free. butterflyworld.co.za
THE ICE STATION - For just R45 you get entry to the ice rink and a pair of rental skates to enjoy hours of gliding on a bed of ice. There is also a mini-arena reserved for younger kids. You'll need gloves and an extra pair of socks. icerink.co.za
Haunted Cape Town - The Mother City is the oldest city in the country, so it's a breeding ground for tales of the macabre. Sure, there might not be too many zombies – but ghosts? You can bet we got plenty of those.
EAGLE ENCOUNTERS - A bird rescue centre at Spier where you can join interactive bird shows and are allowed to hold an eagle. eagle-encounters.co.za
OSTRICH ENCOUNTERS - Feed ostriches and learn about the world's biggest flightless birds at the West Coast Ostrich Ranch or drive south to the Cape Point Ostrich Farm. At the West Coast Ostrich Ranch - can stand on an ostrich egg and even sit on an ostrich. Alongside the restaurant there's also a children's play area with climbing frame and sandpit.
Source: Cape Tourism
- The Baxter Theatre: Situated in Rondebosch, just east of Cape Town’s CBD, The Baxter Theatre has played an important part in South Africa’s rich performing arts history, defying censorship during the Apartheid years by putting on sharp-edged, multi-racial performances. Today the Baxter continues this legacy by playing host to cutting-edge local and international productions, including drama, ballet, music and comedy.
- Theatre on the Bay: On the other side of the Mountain, Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay serves up great food and great theatre. Situated just off Camps Bay’s main strip, it offers audiences an array of both local and international dramas, comedies, dance, cabaret, and musicals, next to the popular Side Dish Theatre Bistro.
- Maynardville Open Air Theatre: Shakespeare’s Cape Town home, the Maynardville Open Air theatre plays host to Artscape’s annual Shakespear-in-the-Park where professional Shakespeare productions are performed under the stars on its wooden stage. The theatre is located in Maynardville Park in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs.
- Masque Theatre: If you’re looking for amateur theatre, The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg is just the place. Featuring a well equipped, 174-seat venue, this community theatre hosts amateur performances of all genres.
- Kalk Bay Theatre: Situated in the quaint fishing village of Kalk Bay, this 78-seater theatre plays a number of musical, comedy and cabaret productions to its loyal patrons. It also has a bar area that serves drinks, snacks and light meals.
- The Fugard Theatre: Named after world-famous South African playwright Athol Fugard, and located in historical District Six on the edge of the CBD, the Fugard Theatre is one of Cape Town’s most beloved theatres. Featuring two intimate theatres and a bioscope it has hosted a number of celebrated local and international performances, including The Rocky Horror Show and Waiting for Godot.
- Alexander Upstairs Theatre: Right in the middle of Cape Town’s CBD is the popular Alexander Bar and Café. The theatre upstairs is known to be a hotbed of up-and-coming local talent, and hosts an array of diverse productions from comedy, live music, drama, poetry readings and much much more.
- Rosebank Theatre: Established by renowned theatre director, Nicholas Ellenbogen to serve as a platform for up-and-coming artists and seasoned theatre veterans alike, the Rosebank Theatre is especially known for comedy and musical performances in its intimate, 50-seater venue . When visiting the theatre, please bring cash to purchase refreshments, as they current;y do not have card facilities available.
- Rainbow Puppet Theatre: This unique little theatre is the only permanent puppet theatre in South Africa. Situated in the kindergarten building of the Constantia Waldorf School just south of Cape Town city centre, the little playhouse puts on puppet productions inspired by classic Grimm fairy tales every Saturday morning. The shows rotate every month and is recommended for toddlers 4 and up. Call for more info: 0027 (0) 21 783 2063
- The Artscape Theatre: Cape Town’s premier performing arts venue, the magnificent Artscape theatre complex features four theatres that play host to everything from large-scale operas, internationally renowned ballet performances, to popular musicals.
- Magnet Theatre: Established in 1987 as a space to develop unique, topical and innovative African theatre, the Magnet Theatre in Observatory just outside the Cape Town CBD, is known for its critically acclaimed stage productions that inspires audiences of all ages.
- Barnyard Theatre: The Willowbrigde Barnyard Theatre in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs offers highly entertaining in-house productions enjoyed in a friendly, family atmosphere. Guests sit around large wooden tables and can bring their own picnic baskets, or order from the cash bars or coffee stations.
- Cape Philharmonic Orchestra: Composed of some of the finest musicians in Cape Town, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra is the epitome of talent and skill. Founded in 1914, it is the most active and multi-functional orchestra on the African continent and covers many festivals, concerts and all genres of music from ballets to symphonic pop.
- Cape Town International Jazz Festival: All That Jazz In early April every year, Cape Town puts on its jazz shoes and hosts the world-renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival. For jazz lovers, this is a chance to see top local and international jazz musicians at the foot of Table Mountain. The Festival The festival is the fourth biggest largest jazz festival in the world.
- Cape Town Opera Company: If you’ve a taste for the finer things in life, then embrace the art of African opera with the Cape Town Opera Company. As a training ground for some the best opera talent across the continent, the Cape Town Opera Company has received numerous accolades for their performances.
Cape Town Comedy Club: With sets taking place at The Pumphouse in the iconic V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Comedy Club welcomes both local and international acts of the highest calibre and wit. It’s open five days a week and provides a hangout for customers and audience members to eat, drink and relax while enjoying a laugh or three.
Source: Cape Tourism
Cape Town is a shopper’s dream with a wide range of luxury boutiques and shopping malls to choose from. However, a more fun and interesting shopping outing experience is to be found in the city's markets. Market shopping is popular with the locals, who love nothing more than to browse the selection of stalls, selling everything from curios and clothes, to delectable food and drinks. Here are just some of the fantastic markets you can visit …
ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM
Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the Oranjezicht City Farm is a true farmer’s market, selling the products and produce of local urban farmers. Everything from seasonal fruit and veg, flowers and homemade goodies are on offer here. Vegans and vegetarians, this market is for you. The market is well-known for catering to all types of foodies, and customers who want wheat, gluten, sugar and dairy-free alternatives are well served.
Where: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront
When: Every Saturday, 9am - 2pm
THE BAY HARBOUR MARKET
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, 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.
Where: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
When: Every Friday (9.30am - 4pm), Saturday & Sunday (9.30am - 4pm)
KIRSTENBOSCH CRAFT MARKET
The ever-popular market at Kirstenbosch consists of around 180 crafters who sell original, hand-crafted goods and there is plenty of food on offer as well! Proceeds from stall rentals go to the Development Fund for Kirstenbosch Gardens. Speaking of the gardens, the market is situated directly across the road at the Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages, meaning you can pop across for a stroll when you have finished shopping.
Where: Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages, corner Kirstenbosch Drive and Rhodes Avenue
When: Select days in December & January
WATERSHED AT THE V&A WATERFRONT
With over 150 stalls, selling more than 365 brands, look no further than the Watershed to satisfy all your purchasing needs. The Watershed sells 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. The space also includes the Jubilee Exhibition Hall and smaller spaces which play host to world famous exhibitions, live entertainment and workshops.
Where: Watershed, V&A Waterfront
When: Open Daily
DURBANVILLE CRAFT MARKET
Roam the gardens of Rust-en-Vrede under a blanket of stars. Christmas décor, confectionery, only the best handmade gifts, preserves, home décor, food and much more will be on offer.
Where: Rust-en-Vrede, Wellington Road, Durbanville
When: Selected Saturdays 8.30am - 2pm
AFFAIR ON THE HILL
Launched with great success during the recent Season of Sauvignon in Durbanville this year, Affair on the Hill celebrates wine, good food, shopping, live music and is perfect for the whole family.
Where: Durbanville Hills, Tygerberg Valley Road
When: Selected days throughout the year
RONDEBOSCH CRAFT MARKET
The perfect way to spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon, the Rondebosch Craft Market continues to be a popular port of call for market shoppers. Browse stalls of hand-made goods, have breakfast under the shade of the trees, or just do both.
Where: Rondebosch Park
When: Second Saturday of every month, 9am - 2pm
CITY BOWL MARKET
The place where Cape Town’s food lovers meet. Featuring tastes from across the globe, you’ll find huge pots of paella, famous Durban curries and more. If you go, plan to be on hand when the band arrives. Live performances start around 6pm. Fashionistas should check the market’s website for the fashion expo that runs once a month.
Where: 14 Hope Street, Gardens
When: Thursdays, 4.30pm - 8.30pm
One of the hippest markets in Cape Town is the weekly Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock. Housed in the Old Biscuit Mill, a converted mill house, it offers a number of quirky shops selling crafts, clothing and jewellery. If you go – go hungry! The highlight here is the incredible food stalls tucked in the back of the market. Find everything from breakfast fare to dumplings and gyros with craft beers to wash it all down.
Where: The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road
When: Saturdays, 9am - 2pm
Located opposite the giant strawberry on the R44, between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, the ROOT44 market is housed in a marquee, making sure you never miss out even when the weather’s not playing along. There is a natural wood play park and lawn area for the kids, keeping them entertained for hours at a time.
Where: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm
EARTH FAIR MARKET
A favourite with the working crowd based in the CBD, the market pops up to sell delicious food made locally. The vibe is great and it makes for the perfect city centre lunch hangout.
Where: St George’s Mall, Cape Town CBD & South Palms Centre, Tokai
When: Every Saturday, 9am - 2pm in Tokai, Every Wednesday, 3pm - 8.30pm in Tokai, Every Thursday, 11am - 3pm in Cape Town CBD
Going for a Platteland atmosphere within the urban part of Cape Town, there is a great variety of food (think homemade pies, marmalades, gourmet mushrooms, gourmet sandwiches and much more) and often some live music taking to the stage. The kids will love the unpretentious, relaxed set-up of everything while the older ones will enjoy the variety on offer.
Where: 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
When: Every Saturday, 9am - 3pm
OLD BISCUIT MILL
It may be known for the Saturday Neighbourgoods Market, but the Old Biscuit Mill is a shopping gem in its own right. Noteworthy shops include the acclaimed Imiso Ceramics, Continuum wood furniture and quirky kids shop Mu & Me. If shopping makes you hungry, definitely come here. The mill is home to some of Cape Town’s best restaurants including Italian at Burrata, sharing plates at Potluck Club and French at Saucisse.
Where: The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road
When: Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm, Saturdays 9am - 2pm
The Bluebird market is in an old warehouse. Here you can get amazing homemade and heart-warming food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family.
Where: Cnr of Albertyn & Milner road, Muizenberg
When: Every Friday, 4pm - 10pm
TOKAI FOREST MARKET
The Tokai Forest Market is set in a large open space where visitors have the opportunity to have coffee, breakfast and brunch while doing some early morning browsing at this unique home industry market. There is plenty on offer, from delicious baked breads and pies to jewellery, handcrafted décor items for the home and even children’s clothes.
Where: Orpen Road, Tokai
When: Every Saturday, 9am - 3pm
KALK BAY FRESH ETC MARKET
Another beautiful old building hosts a culinary adventure in a warm and feel-good setting in the quaint town of Kalk Bay. Go and say hello to the seals afterwards!
Where: Kalk Bay Community Centre, Kalk Bay
When: 3rd Sunday of every month, 10am - 3pm
COUNTRY CRAFT MARKET
Operating since 1983, the Country Craft Market has grown from just 17 crafters to 180 stalls promotinga wide variety of high-quality handicrafts. The Country Kitchen provides the sustenance needed to scoop up as many wares as possible, while Country Kids keeps the little ones occupied with a jumping castle, face painting and more.
Where: Southey’s Vines, 186 Main Road, Somerset West
When: Selected Saturdays in summer, 9am - 2pm
WILLOWBRIDGE SLOW FOOD MARKET
Priding itself on its homemade organic food, award-winning cheeses, Karoo meat, pastries and more, the slow food market harks back to the ancient festivities of fresh food markets done the natural way.
Where: Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, 39 Carl Cronjé Drive, Tyger Valley
When: Saturdays 9am - 2pm
V&A FOOD MARKET
Set in Cape Town’s crown jewel of tourist locations, The V&A Waterfront, this culinary market has tantalising fresh produce as well as designer appliances and a food bookshop.
Where: V&A Waterfront
When: Open daily, 10am - 7pm
BO-KAAP FOOD AND CRAFT MARKET
Famous for quirky culture and specialty foods, the Bo-Kaap brings koeksisters and samoosas, dried fruit, smoked snoek, pecan nut pie and melktert into the equation – it’s a perfect way to explore South Africa’s vibrant Cape sub-cultures.
Where: Haas Coffee, 67 Rose Street
When: Last Saturday of every month, 10am - 4pm
You cannot visit Cape Town and not visit one of its oldest markets, set on a cobbled square between Short and Longmarket Streets. A Cape Town institution, this fleamarket is where informal traders from all corners of the African continent now come to sell their fabrics, sculpture, art and beadwork. Visitors to the square are sure to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and pick up great souvenir bargains.
Where: Greenmarket Square, Cape Town city centre
When: Monday to Saturday, 9am - 4pm
Source: Cape Tourism
The birth of the South African wine industry was in the Cape with the Constantia valley in Cape Town being the cradle of the wine industry and boasting the oldest wine farm in South Africa.
Wine tasting is an utterly charming way to pass the weekend. When paired with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture and awe-inspiring food, it becomes one of Cape Town’s most beloved activities for visitors and locals alike. There are too many to go into great detail here, but we've compiled a list of wine routes for you - cheers and good luck!
THE CONSTANTIA VALLEY WINE ROUTE - constantiawineroute.com
The Constantia Valley is the closest wine route to the city, no more than 20 minutes away. The magnificently beautiful region is home to some of the country’s oldest and most prestigious wine farms dating back to 1685. There is no doubt a trip to the Constantia Valley would be incomplete without a visit to its famous, sweeping vineyards. Boutique Cape wineries are found on its verdant mountain slopes and across its green meadows, offering wine tastings, art exhibitions and live music gigs. Lounge on the lawns with picnic baskets and a choice vintage or simply relax and take in the breath- taking views of the natural surroundings.
The wines of the Constantia vineyards are largely cool climate offerings, so look out for world class Sauvignon Blancs, delightful reds and infamous sweet wine offerings. Stroll through the area’s greenbelts before heading through to the father of the Cape’s wine estates, including:
THE STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTES - wineroute.co.za
Boasting nearly 200 wine and grape producers, Stellenbosch was the first region to establish a formal route among the wineries, a route which has gone on to become one of the country’s six most popular tourist destinations. Too numerous to list, the 148 wine farms in this area decorate the vine-swept landscape, many of them historical farms with achingly beautiful Cape Dutch manors houses, gardens, hotels and fine-dining restaurants.
- Alto Estate
- Blaauwklippen Vineyards
- Delheim Wines
- Kanonkop Wine Estate
- Lanzerac Wines
- Meerlust Estate
- Lourensford Wine Estate
- Mulderbosch Vineyards
- Rust en Vrede
- Simonsig Wine Estate
- Thelema Mountain Vineyards
- Vergelegen Wines
- Zewenwacht Wine Estate
THE HELDERBERG WINE ROUTE - showme.co.za
The wineries that fall under the Helderberg Wine Route’s jurisdiction are all in and around the Somerset West area, a 30 minute drive from the city. Historic estates line up alongside cutting edge modern cellars, all producing a wonderful diverse array of wines. In recent times, it has acquired a reputation for producing impressive white wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Here are some amazing things to do in the area, as well as our easy how-to guide for getting there and getting happy. Don’t miss out on the utterly beautiful nature reserve while you’re at it.
THE DURBANVILLE VALLEY WINE ROUTE - durbanvillewine.co.za
A short drive 20-minute drive north of the city is all it takes to experience wonderful wine and dine pairings at any number of the Durbanville estates. One of the region’s many virtues is also the spectacular views back across the ocean towards Table Mountain. You can also dip your toes in the rivers of the nearby nature reserve on a pretty morning. The region creates intense, fruit-driven yet refined wines, as unique as the slopes they grew on and the master winemakers who crafted them.
THE FRANSCHHOEK WINE ROUTE - franschhoek.org.za
Another wine route with outrageously beautiful landscapes. With many of the wine farms sharing a French Huguenot heritage, expect to find enormous French influence here and not surprisingly a Champagne-inspired sparkling win sub-route, the “Cap Classique Route”. The gorgeously quaint village of Franschhoek abounds with art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and boutique hotels. Take the wine tram for a lovely bit of history. Again, there are over 50 wineries in this area, so it's impossible to list them all. Here are a few personal favourites:
- Anthonij Rupert Wyne
- Babylonstoren Wine
- Boschendal Wines
- Haute Cabriere – Home of Pierre Jourdan
- La Couronne Wines
- La Motte
- Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons
- Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
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If you like planes, trains and buses, then this is the list of outings for you! It's great for the kids too.
- Cape Point & The Flying Dutchman Funicular: The Flying Dutchman Funicular travels on a railroad on Cape Point, providing a novel and exciting way to travel and see the sights. From the bottom station, you will journey through dense foliage and fynbos to the upper lighthouse.
- City Sightseeing Tours (Red Bus): The popular hop on hop off double-decker red bus is known for being one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of getting to Cape Town’s top attractions. The family-friendly City Sightseeing bus offers audio information about the journey in 15 languages, and even boasts an audio channel especially for children.
- Franschhoek Wine Tram: Leave the stress of modern life, and your car, behind when you take a trip on the charming Franschhoek Wine Tram. Journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.
- Table Mountain Aerial Cableway: The best views of Cape Town are from the Table Mountain Cableway, a unique and 87-year-old method of seeing the wonders of the city. Travel up to the summit of the majestic flat-topped mountain and be astounded by vistas of the Mother City, Robben Island and the Peninsula.
- Discover Cape Town by taking the City Walk: A pre-determined route through the city, the City Walk gives you the opportunity to experience some of the sights and sounds of Cape Town’s CBD. While this route can be done as a guided tour – departures daily from outside the Taj hotel – it is, for the most part, a self-guided route.
- Parks in Cape Town: Cape Town is so much more than a walk in the park, it IS the park! The city is surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Cape Floristic Region – the world’s smallest and most diverse floral kingdom. Around 70 percent of its approximately 9 600 species are not found anywhere else in the world.
- Scootours: Feel a rush of excitement as you head down some of the best trails in the Mother City on off-road scooters. Scootours provide you with some of the most state-of-the-art scooters in Cape Town. You’re bound to have a memorable time on the slopes of Table Mountain and Signal Hill.
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Cape Town’s history is long and storied. It is a city with unrivalled culture and diversity, boasting a heady mix of old and new and nothing speaks to this more than the iconic Big Seven attractions. These form the core of the Mother City, and your trip will not be complete with a visit to each. (Source: Cape Tourism)
Attracting roughly 24 million visitors a year, the V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most-visited destination. Boasting five shopping districts — offering up everything from local designers to international brands — and myriad coffee shops, restaurants and bars, the sprawling Waterfront has a little something for everyone… including your kids! Your little ones will adore the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Scratch Patch, and the chance to ride the Cape Wheel.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain is Cape Town’s centrepiece. If you are relatively fit and are feeling energetic, a hike up Platteklip Gorge allows you to immerse yourself in the mountain’s rich biodiversity. For those pressed for time, the cableway offers a quick and convenient ascent. Cable cars depart from the cable station every 10 to 15 minutes and the journey up the mountain takes about five minutes. The cars rotate through 360 degrees during the trip, affording you spectacular views of the mountain below.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Robben Island has come to symbolise the oppression of the Apartheid government. It was here that Nelson Mandela – alongside many other political prisoners – spent 18 years of his 27 years in prison. However, the island’s history predates the Apartheid regime. Over the centuries, it has acted as a prison, a military base and a leper colony. Ferries depart for the island daily from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, and the tours (including the ferry trips) usually last about three-and-a-half hours.
Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, a mere 13km from the city centre, Kirstenbosch is regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. The 528-hectare Kirstenbosch Estate contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. Spend the day picnicking on the lawns, strolling through the Protea garden, or discovering interesting plant species in the Botanical Society Conservatory. While you are there, be sure to check out the 130m Centenary Tree Canopy – affectionately known as the Boomslang – that snakes its way through the trees of the Arboretum.
The oldest wine farm in South Africa offers up more than just fine wine and delicious food; at Groot Constantia, you can also brush up on your Cape history at the museum housed in the old Manor House. While you are there, be sure to sample some of the estate’s dessert wine – Grand Constance – which was so famous in the nineteenth century (then known as Constantia Wyn) that it even found its way into the works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.
A predetermined route through the city — starting in the Company’s Gardens, heading down St. George’s Mall to Waterkant Street’s Fan Walk, and ending in St. Andrew’s Square — the City Walk gives you an opportunity to experience some of the sights and sounds of Cape Town’s CBD. Along the way, you can even stock up on African textiles and curios. The walk is best done on the third Saturday of the month, between 10am and 2pm, when there are a number of additional fun attractions along the route. Think dancing, singing, acting and craft markets!
A trip to the Cape Point Nature Reserve gives you the opportunity to stand at the most south-western point of the African continent. While you won’t get to see where the Benguela current meets the Agulhas current, you will be treated to some pretty spectacular views of the ocean and the Atlantic and False Bay coastlines. While you are there, be sure to spend some time in the nature reserve where you are likely to encounter baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, buck, and at least some of the 250 species of bird that call this 7750-hectare reserve home.
Looking for something unique and exciting to do in Cape Town that will immerse you in the culture of the Mother City? Here are some options for you …
- Join a secret sunrise: If you’re an early bird who loves to watch the sunrise and you’re a free-spirited individual – not afraid of self-expression, then this is a must! Sign up to their newsletter to find out the next secret venue where magic happens. For a small fee you get a pair of wireless earphones and are encouraged to dance, meditate… whatever the theme of the day, which often includes dress up.
- Visit the Labia Theatre: The Labia is a cultural heritage institution to locals on Orange Street, originally opened by Princess Labia in 1949 as a stage for live performances. Today it’s a quirky movie house, which screens mostly artsy, alternative and foreign films in a relaxed non-commercial setting. They have a licensed bar, so you can enjoy a glass of wine and rub shoulders with Capetonian hipsters and intellectuals before the show.
- Toast at First Thursdays:
On the first Thursday of every month, the CBD’s galleries stay open until around 9pm for you to explore the cultural and art heritage of the city for free – often with a glass of wine in hand. There is no tour or guided walk but the idea is for you to go from gallery to gallery on foot and discover what’s on offer. First Thursdays are extremely popular so try to book a table for dinner in advance if you want to eat en route.
- Join Promenade Mondays: Connect with like-minded people every Monday evening on the Sea Point Promenade in a fun way – by skating, rollerblading or even BMXing as the sun goes down. The group meets at 6pm at the Queens Beach parking lot.
- Get Romantic at the Galileo Open Air Theatre: This outdoor cinema takes place at a few venues in Cape Town, which includes the V&A Waterfront on a Thursday, throughout the summer months. Movies include everything from old classics to hot documentaries. Doors open at 6pm and movies start at sunset. There is food on sale and chairs and blankets are available for rent – because Cape Town nights can get chilly! Tickets are around R80.
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The central city is the oldest part of the City of Cape Town. It has been changing and growing since before the arrival of the VOC at the Cape in 1652. Middle Stone Age hand axes found in the foreshore are evidence of a time when the sea level was much lower than it is now.
Khoekhoe groups came into Table Bay to trade with passing ships well before the Dutch arrived to plant the garden that was to supply fresh vegetables to their ships. Table Mountain’s freshwater sources gave precious water to the early indigenous peoples and their livestock. In fact, Cape Town used to be called Camissa – meaning ‘the place of sweet waters’ – by the Khoekhoe people.
The Company’s Garden was the Dutch-owned fruit and vegetable garden growing fresh produce which was sold to passing ships and sailors and which fed much of the early colony. You can visit the garden and see how it has been transformed into a botanical paradise and community food garden.
Two Rivers Urban Park was the location of the second Khoi/Dutch war, which began when Dutch farmers began to settle along the Liesbeek River. Their hedges, built to protect their farms, encroached on Khoekhoe grazing ground and clashes began. The legacy of water lives on. Today, the collection of water from springs here in Newlands is an ongoing cultural practice for families who have always lived in the area, and for whom the collection of water has symbolic meaning.
Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary, a section of the Liesbeek River, also forms part of Two Rivers Urban Park.
Spend a day at the Museums
- The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in Cape Town and was built by Jan van Riebeek when he arrived in the Cape in 1652. The importance of the Cape as a halfway point in the trade route between Europe and the East is highlighted by the fact that the Cape was occupied at least twice in the late 18th and early 19th century: The Battles of Muizenberg and Blaauwberg marked the military occupation of the Cape by the British. Evidence of these happenings can be found throughout the City. Learn more by taking a walking tour of the city.
The Slave Lodge is the second oldest building in South Africa. Once a communal slave lodge, it is now a museum showcasing the city’s slave history as well as its culture and society in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. A 1725 runaway slave (‘droster’) community – which grew to 60 people – survived at Cape Hangklip for 109 years, until slavery was abolished in 1834. The Slave Memorial on Church Square is a heritage landmark and features 11 granite blocks (some engraved with the names of slaves) that honour the contribution slaves made to our culture and heritage and acknowledges the suffering they experienced.
- The Koopmans-de Wet House in Strand street is the oldest house museum in the country. It offers a fascinating look back into the living space of a well-off Cape family of the 18th Century.
- The Langa Township Heritage Museum is made up of the Old Pass Office and the Old Post Office. The Old Pass Office has a sad history of being the ‘gateway’ to the city for migratory workers. Many of these workers were harshly punished when they disobeyed the pass laws of the apartheid era. The Pass Office is now used as a space for meetings and heritage workshops, and as a venue where visitors and tourists can learn about the history and urban life of the township.
- The Gugulethu Seven Memorial remembers the deaths of seven young anti-apartheid activists in 1986.
- The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum was established in 1958 as a hostel for workers in the nearby fruit and canning industry. The museum is a reminder of the living conditions that the migrant labour system imposed. Pay a visit to learn more about this system. You can also view the whole township on a guided walk.
Robben Island has, over the years, been a prison, a hospital, a mental institution and a military base. It is best known for being ‘home’ to the world’s most famous prisoner and statesmen, Nelson Mandela. The Robben Island Museum is definitely worth the visit. Take a ferry from the V & A Waterfront to Robben Island. Guided tours are offered by former political prisoners, who provide personal accounts of prison life on the island.
- The Bo-Kaap Museum is situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims after the abolition of slavery. Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit to view the distinctive colourful houses, cobbled streets and calls to prayer that provide a unique Cape experience. The museum consists of a furnished house that depicts the lifestyle of a 19th century Muslim family.
- The South African Jewish Museum is a moving tribute and detailed account of one of the great South African Jewish communities of the diaspora. The museum takes visitors on a journey back to the South African Jewry’s early roots and shows how influential the community was in building South Africa as we know it.
Many attractions in Cape Town offer visitors the chance to learn about the city’s history, as well as experience it. There are many attractions in Cape Town that showcase the city’s rich historical and cultural roots, with many of these not only offering information about the city’s past and present, but also the opportunity to experience it.
- Cape Town Planetarium: Looking up into the night sky, the Cape Town Planetarium is a celebration of the planets and constellations visible in the great Southern African sky. Throughout the year, the planetarium hosts workshops and exhibitions of different themes, but the highlight is undoubtedly the lights and sounds created by the planetarium’s star machine, which takes visitors on an audio-visual adventure through the stars and constellations. For the little ones, there are workshops where they’ll learn about the galaxy and the stars in a fun and interactive way.
- South African Naval Museum: Simon’s Town, located around 30 minutes from the city centre, is home to South Africa’s largest Naval base, making it the perfect location for the South African Naval Museum. Here visitors can see a collection of naval artefacts such as uniforms, torpedoes, sea mines, as well as models of ships and submarines of the South African Navy, past and present. One of the highlights of the museum is the life-size ship’s bridge and submarine operations and control room.
- South African Jewish Museum: Known for its high tech, interactive displays and occupying two buildings, the South African Jewish Museum is one of the most popular museums in the city and gives visitors an engaging insight into South African Jewish history, as well as an area dedicated to the Holocaust.
- Springbok Experience Rugby Museum: Rugby is one of South Africa’s most beloved sports, with the passion for the game running deep in South Africans’ blood. Through numerous interactive exhibits, the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum details the sport’s history from its introduction in 1861 to the national team’s historic World Cup win in 1995, as well as the game’s role in the country’s tumultuous political past. The museum also features the popular ‘Springbok Trials Zone’, an interactive area where visitors can test their skills to see whether they have what it takes to make the Springbok rugby team.
- Cape Town Diamond Museum: Diamonds have played a big part in putting South Africa’s mineral wealth on the world map. At the Cape Town Diamond Museum visitors can learn how diamonds are formed within the earth’s crust over billions of years, the workings of the country’s diamond industry, and see how diamonds are transformed from rough rocks to coveted jewels.
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