Newlands is on the verdant eastern side of Table Mountain and has a genteel ambience with its abundance of trees and rippling streams. Partly rural and partly a sophisticated extension of the Mother City, it’s virtually free of the South Easter wind and boasts Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on its doorstep where the Liesbeek River originates.
Kirstenbosch has so much to offer – a tree canopy walkway, Botanical Society bookshop, craft market, garden centre, and restaurants. There also the popular Galileo Open Air Cinema – and Kirstenbosch is also the venue for open-air concerts, covering all musical genres from pop to classical.
Newlands Forest is incorporated within the Table Mountain National Park. The forest is a popular outdoor recreation area which includes surviving remnants of indigenous afro-temperate forest and endangered Granite Fynbos, as well as extensive pine plantations. There are also historic sites including the Woodcutter’s Cottage and Lady Anne Barnard’s Bath. Newlands is home to the indigenous frog species called sandellia, a tiny frog that lives in the waters of the Liesbeek River.
Visit Montebello Design Centre which has a craft shop, sculpture garden, studios, a restaurant and the first contemporary Bushman (San) Gallery. Enjoy walks in the forest, coffee bars and restaurants, elite designer shops, English pubs, international rugby and cricket sporting facilities as well as walking distance to Rhodes Memorial and the University of Cape Town. We are also close to the Groote Schuur Estate (home of the State President), Josephine Mill and the oldest brewery in the country.
But those are just some of our favourites. Here are a few more fun local activities:
- Browse the local art galleries and artists’ studios
- Shop at Cavendish Square
- Noodle through the Dean Street Food Market
- Get revitalised at Angsana Spa
- Take in some cricket action or catch a local rugby game
- Walk from Kings Block House to Kirstenboschsch
- Follow the Littlewort trail
- Lick your lips at The Creamery
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