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Exploring the South Peninsula

Known for its laid-back spirit, long, white beaches and beautiful landscapes, it’s hard to believe that the South Peninsula is only 40 minutes from the city centre – when it feels like a world away.

Easy enough for a day trip, but still enough to keep you busy for a full weekend, here are a few of our must-visit spots when you visit the South Peninsula.

Where to eat

The Foodbarn Restaurant

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With one of Cape Town’s most loved chefs at the helm, the Foodbarn Restaurant has been serving delicious “casual” fine dining in Noordhoek for years. Led by Chef Franck Dangereux, the property includes a deli, restaurant, wine bar and tapas style offering. The extensive menu features French classics, with Cape flavour – such as la bouillabaisse du cap, a rich fish soup with grilled fish, prawn & mussels, saffron and garlic potato mousseline, rouille and crouton and a classic steak tartare – hand chopped with tartare sauce, croutons and parmesan cream.

Make your reservation and find them here.

Cafe Roux

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Also set in Noordhoek’s beautiful farm village, Cafe Roux gives guests a relaxed space in which to enjoy a meal and glass of wine, often alongside frequent live music. Describing their menu as “fresh and unpretentiously delicious“, they’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and are child-friendly.

Find them here.

Where to drink

Aegir Project Brewery

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While you can enjoy a selection of the Cape’s finest wine at almost any restaurant in the area, we suggest making a stop at one of two local breweries in the South Peninsula. Aegir Project Brewery has a number of beers on offer for tasting, and, is also rumoured to serve incredible pretzel bratwurst rolls. Worth a drive out to Noordhoek alone.

See what they get up to online, here.

Where to stay

Atlantic Dream Villa

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Delving even deeper into the South, head on down to Scarborough and spend the night at the luxurious Atlantic Dream Villa. A double storey, beachfront villa, this beautiful property can sleep 10 and overlooks white, sandy beaches and a peaceful milkwood forest. Close enough to town, you can easily be there in time for dinner on a Friday evening.

Get all the details here.

 Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel

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One of the newer additions to Simon’s Town, the aha Quayside Hotel is perched just across from the famous yacht basin. Offering nautically styled, 4-star accommodation, with either mountain or ocean views, it’s perfect for a last-minute seaside escape.

Get all the details here.

Getting to know Heritage Square

 Set in the heart of the CBD, Heritage Square is home to the award-winning Chef’s Warehouse, and iconic steakhouse, HQ.

We look a little further into this beautiful square, and share a few hidden gems that are just waiting to be discovered.

Cape Town Gin Company

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Distilling in Elgin, the Cape Town Gin Company has an intimate tasting room just outside the entrance to HQ, where you can taste their three gins, including their “Pink Lady”- with flavours of hibiscus and rosewater, and their iconic “Cape Town Rooibos Red Gin” – celebrating one of the Cape’s most famous exports, together with elements of orange and cinnamon.

Details: Cape Town Gin Company | 021 593 8800

Roost & Co

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Aiming to provide a wholesome chicken dining experience for the whole family, Roast & Co uses only free-range birds, served alongside a selection of delicious dishes – think pumpkin fritters, charred corn and truffle pap among others. We have a feeling that your Sunday roast won’t quite be the same again.

Details: Roast & Co | 021 424 6372

Dorrance City Winery

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The passion project of Christophe and Sabrina, Dorrance offers an urban wine cellar and tasting room in the heart of the city – expect narrow doorways, exposed granite walls, dimly-lit rows of barriques. Hailing from Calvados, Christophe has used his experience as a supplier of premium French barriques to produce finely crafted wines in the French tradition. View the full range of wines here. If all that wine tasting has made you hungry, then we suggest popping into their wine bar and restaurant, Bouchon, next door.

Details: Dorrance City Winery | 021 422 0695

You Bet It’s Ice Cream

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A relatively new kid to the block, You Bet It’s Ice Cream has quickly become known for its constantly changing flavours, vegan options – and boozy ice creams. From Chardonnay to gin and vodka, you might easily be tempted to switch your after-dinner drink for an after-dinner ice cream. A nightcap and dessert in one? It gets the thumbs up from us.

Details: You Bet It’s Ice Cream | 079 648 3595

Find Heritage Square at 90 Bree Street, Cape Town.

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Best spots for sundowners in Cape Town

Arguably the quintessential Cape Town activity, no visit to the city is complete without the much-loved local tradition of sundowners.

From coast to coast, we’ve rounded up our top three spots to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the end of the day – fantastic views, guaranteed.

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Chinchilla in Camps Bay

A relatively new addition to the famous palm tree-lined Camps Bay strip, Chinchilla is the latest offering from the respected Kove Collection, who have been bringing great food and wine to the Cape for years. From its elevate position, Chinchilla gives you those sunset views that visitors travel days to see, together with a variety of well-priced cocktails – we have it on good authority that their frozen margaritas  are well worth trying. That, together with an easy-going food menu of burgers, seafood favourites and sweet treats, make Chinchilla the new go-to cocktail spot in Camps Bay.

Details: Chinchilla, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town | 021 286 5075

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Tintswalo Atlantic in Hout Bay

Hidden below Chapmans Peak Drive, you would easily drive past this luxury oasis, which, only adds to its appeal. Apart from 10 luxurious ocean-facing suites, Tintswalo Atlantic also has a restaurant and enviable deck area that locals are welcome to enjoy. With views across the bay and a sunset that is nothing short of magical, we’re sure that experiencing it just once won’t be enough. Bookings are strongly recommended, as the location is intimate – but, absolutely worth it.

Details: Tintswalo Atlantic, Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay | 021 201 0025

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Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek

Located in the Cape’s “deep South”, Cape Point Vineyards is perhaps one of the most picturesque in the city, offering guests 360 degree views of mountains, fynbos and vineyards – making for unforgettable sunsets over the Atlantic ocean. Join the them on a Thursday evening for the local community market, pick up a few treats and a bottle of wine, and enjoy your bounty on the lawns as you watch the sun set. Alternately, wine tastings as well as dinner at their restaurant, and picnics, are available every other evening of the week.

Details: Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town | 021 789 0900

Experience the best of Cape Town – and beyond – with Cape Voyage. Contact us for more information on how we can help craft your perfect experience.

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Things to do with kids in Cape Town

While Cape Town is a popular family holiday destination throughout the year, the Easter holidays are particularly well-loved by those who want to plan some time away during the school holidays. Whether it’s for mom or dad to compete in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, or simply to spend some time enjoying the sites of the city – we’ve put together a list of our top five activities that the whole family can enjoy in the Mother City.

Visit the Planetarium

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The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent, and a treat for young and old alike. Offering daily shows and an interactive exhibit, you’ll be wowed by the expanse of the universe and leave with renewed appreciation for our little planet Earth. The Planetarium has a revolving show schedule, which has also included 360 degree cinema experiences on the human body, and more – so be sure to view their schedule to plan your visit.

A trip up Table Mountain

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The Table Mountain Arial Cableway is one of the most-visited attractions in the country, if not the continent, for good reason. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the floor of the cablecar itself slowly rotates, giving you panoramic views before you’ve even reached the top of the mountain. When you arrive, the whole family will be able to explore this famous attraction via dedicated pathways, with a café giving you the chance to enjoy an ice cream, or something more substantial, before your trip back down. While this is a family-friendly activity, it is still a mountain and, as always, children should be well-supervised and not left to wander alone.

Spend time at the 2 Oceans Aquarium

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Situated just outside the V & A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium, is possibly the perfect family activity in the city. A world-class facility, there’s sure to be something on almost any time you visit – from predator feeding, to penguin experiences and a touch pool for little ones to get a first-hand feel of the ocean, it’s worth putting a few hours aside to do this Cape Town attraction justice.

A picnic in Kirstenbosch Gardens

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Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the perfect spot to spend a few hours feasting on a blanket, under the shade of a tree, while the kids run freely on the grass. With seemingly endless pathways, ponds and streams, it’s the perfect place for children to get rid of a little energy, while also taking in some fresh air in one of the most beautiful spots in the city.

A boat ride to Seal Island

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Take to the ocean and visit Hout Bay’s famous Seal Island with a trip on a glass-bottomed boat. Watch seals frolicking and see kelp forests gently swaying beneath you from Circe’s famous cruise. Afterwards, explore the fishing village with a visit to the Bay Harbour Market, and of course – fish and chips on the rocks.

Experience the best of Cape Town – and beyond – with Cape Voyage. Contact us for more information on how we can help craft your perfect experience.

 

What to do on a Cape Town morning

Make the most of the bright summer’s mornings, and enjoy the Mother City before the town wakes up. Get an early start on your day, with our perfect itinerary for a morning in Cape Town.

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A walk along the promenade

Running from Mouille Point to Sea Point, Cape Town’s promenade is one of the city’s most-loved attractions – for locals and visitors alike. Offering 7 km of safe, paved walkway along the oceanfront, we suggest starting your day with a little sea spray. Don’t be surprised if you’re joined by dog-walkers, runners, roller bladers and more – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan city.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

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Situated just outside the V & A Waterfront, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market has quickly become a Cape Town institution, with locals flocking to get their fresh produce and artisanal goods on a Saturday morning. From fresh flowers to leafy greens and healthy meals-on-the-go, you might even be treated to a spot of live music or the chance to adopt a local pup in need of a home, thanks to the good folks at Sidewalk Specials.

Bubbly and oysters at Sea Breeze Fish & Shell

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Having worked up a decent appetite, you need no more excuse to visit Sea Breeze Fish & Shell on Bree Street. A favourite since it opened, you can find sustainable seafood and a large selection of oysters and wine by the glass. Sit under an umbrella on their roadside benches and people watch, or head indoors for elegant, minimalist decor. If you don’t get your fill for brunch, we recommend coming back between 5pm – 6pm for oyster happy hour, when the delicious morsels are only R10 each.

Experience the best of Cape Town – and beyond – with Cape Voyage. Contact us for more information on how we can help craft your perfect experience.

 

The Heritage Market at Constantia Uitsig

Over the past few years, Constantia Uitsig has been under a seemingly constant state of change. The latest addition is the new Heritage Market – and, let’s just say we’re pretty excited.

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While the new winery and wine tasting facility is still under construction, the estate has already opened a restaurant – Open Door – and a bike park, both of which have proven to be very popular with visitors. And, we’re quite sure that their new market is going to be no different.

Set in the row of quaint cottages, you’ll now be able to browse and shop from a variety of artisanal craft producers. With four producers already in residence, and more on the way, here’s a peek at what you have to look forward to during your next visit.

Sushi Box

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Said to be the best sushi this side of Japan, Sushi Box uses only the freshest, most sustainable ingredients – and aims to bring world-class sushi to the city. As the sixth outlet in Cape Town, you can now get your sushi fix in the winelands.

Contact details:

Tel: 021 204 3132 | Email: manager@sushibox.co.za | Website: www.sushibox.co.za

Closed on a Monday | Tuesday to Saturday 11h30 – 20h00 | Sunday 11h30 – 17h00

Alexander Avery Fine Chocolates

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Suppling a number of exclusive, 5* hotels and properties, Alexander Avery brings his beautiful display of bonbons, filled chocolates and more, all made from the finest chocolate, to Constantia. We’d also suggest taking advantage of the delicious, European-style patisseries, high quality teas and French Press coffees – pop a few in your basket to enjoy later, and turn tea time into something special.

Contact details:
Tel: 021 204 3135 | Email: info@alexanderavery.co.za | Website: www.alexanderavery.co.za

Kirsten’s Kick-Ass Ice Cream

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Handmade with love, Kirsten’s ice creams are all made from scratch, right down to the marshmallows, cookies and honeycomb. If a scoop (or two) of ice cream isn’t enough to tempt you, then why not add a freshly-made waffle, doughnut or cookie to your order? Good news for those with dietary requirements –there are also sugar-free, banting an vegan ice creams on offer. Ice cream for everyone!

Contact details:

Tel: 021 204 3134 | Email: kristen@kristenskickass.co.za | Website: www.kristenskickass.co.za

Monday to Sunday 09h00 – 17h00

Nest Deli and Coffee Shop

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A coffee shop that offers the finest single-origin coffees, breakfasts, light lunches and cakes, Nest Deli prides itself in warm and friendly service in a space that feels like home. Connected to the shop, you’ll also find a selection of gifts, fresh produce and home ware –we suggest adding a little extra time to your visit for a browse. Here’s a peek at their menu to tempt you – click on the image to enlarge:

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Contact details: 

Tel: 021 204 3133 | Email: info@nestdeli.co.za

Monday to Saturday 08h30 – 16h30 | Sun 08h30 – 15h00

Heritage Market at Constantia Uitsig:
Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Explore Cape Town with our most popular tours

Our unforgettable guided tours of Cape Town allow you to experience the best of the Cape, while making the most of the time you have in the city.

Led by experienced guides, whether you want to experience our pristine coastal reserves and beaches, the famous wine estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, or take in the views from the world-famous Table Mountain – there’s no reason you can’t do it all with us. Ready for an adventure? Here are our three most popular day tours to whet your appetite.

The Cape Peninsula Tour

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From your Cape Town hotel, you’ll travel in our luxury vehicle as we head towards our first top of Hout Bay – a charming, multi-cultural fishing village. Keen to get out and explore on your own? You’re also able to hop on a boat for a trip to a nearby seal colony at Duiker Island.

From Hout Bay we head along Chapmans Peak – often considered to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world – until we arrive at Cape Point, the southernmost edge of the Cape Peninsula. There’s time to stretch your legs, explore the National Park, grab a bite to eat and take in the spectacular views. From here, we slowly head back towards Cape Town, stopping in at Simon’s Town – a quaint seaside village that is home to the country’s naval base, and Boulders Beach – famous for its colony of African Penguins. This tour ends at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, at the foot of Table Mountain.

The Stellenbosch or Franschhoek Wine Route Tour

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With its outstanding wine and beautiful scenery, no visit to Cape Town is complete without a day spent in the winelands. Our guide will take you to 2 or 3 wine farms for wine tasting and allow you to indulge, without having to worry about driving home afterwards. The two most popular regions are Stellenbosch or Franschhoek – both beautiful towns, home to exceptional wine estates – chat to us and we’ll help you decide on your route and plan your perfect day.

The Table Mountain and Robben Island Tour

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Offering spectacular views of the city, Robben Island and the peninsula, Table Mountain is one of the new wonders of the world for good reason and a visit should be top of your Cape Town to-do list. The state-of-the-art cable car offers 360 degree views on your journey, and we pre-book tickets, giving you more time to enjoy the views, and less time in queues. Once at the top, you can take in the views, explore via one of the sign-posted pathways or grab a drink and bite to eat. The cable car departs regularly, with the last car leaving at sunset.

From the top of the mountain to sea level, there are few places in South Africa that bear the weight and sheer historical importance of Robben Island. A short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront, you will be guided around this World Heritage Site by a former inmate, giving you unparalleled insight and understanding into one of the world’s most significant political landmarks.

 

What to see and do in the new Silo District

There’s no question that the new Silo District, just outside the V & A Waterfront, is going to be the place to be and be seen this summer season.

Billions of Rands later, what was once an area of bare, cement grain silos, is now home to some of the most prestigious brands and names in the country. We’ve put together a list of our top things to do and see in the new Silo District.

Lindt Chocolate Boutique

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Having moved from their old home in Green Point, the new Lindt Chocolate Boutique & Studio has opened in the Silo district of the Waterfront, and is, well, heaven. The only retail store with a studio attached outside of Switzerland, Capetonians can feel pretty special that this chocolate oasis is in our back yard. Apart from all sorts of chocolate classes, there is a small cafe counter, where you can order coffee and Lindt hot chocolate, as well as create your own customised chocolate bar. This takes 8 minutes and allows you to choose from a selection of extraordinary toppings – a fantastic gift idea. Oh, and there’s also a gelato counter, just in case your sweet tooth wasn’t already in overdrive.

Radisson RED

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Situated next to the Zeitz MOCAA, Radisson RED out-bid more than 60 hotels for this coveted spot. A short walk to the Waterfront and in the hub of the new Silo district, the hotel is inspired by art, music and fashion, with so many unique, quirky features that we can’t even begin to share them all here. If you’re looking for a hotel out of the ordinary, you will certainly find it at Radisson RED –  with coffee cups designed by local artists, BMW motorbikes that will take you to work or a meeting if you’re running late, and a rescued Boston Terrier mascot, Baxter, who encourages you to help other four-legged friends in need. Their roof-top pool deck also deserves special mention, and it sure to be a hotspot for sundowners as we head into season.

Zeitz MOCAA

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) could be said to be the founding name of the Silo District, as we now know it. A contemporary art museum that is set to open this Heritage Day weekend, you can find twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora spread over one hundred galleries and nine floors. Tickets are available here.

Kirsten Goss

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Having studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained a Fine Arts degree in Jewellery Design, Kirsten Goss has been creating beautiful pieces for over 15 years – with her most recent store opening in the Silo District. Working in a number of metals with precious and semi-precious stones, her jewellery is entirely hand finished, with the most seemingly insignificant aspects of every piece meticulously laboured until perfect.

Trending travel – a peek inside Cape Town’s hotspots

The South African tourism industry is constantly shifting and evolving, with people looking for a different kind of travel experience.

Whether travelling for business, leisure, or a bit of both (coined as “bleisure” tourism), people want to experience as much as possible within a limited time frame. South Africa has a plethora of vibrant attractions to offer the curious traveller, and Cape Town is at the heart of it all!

Sarah Rootman, owner of Cape Voyage, shared her thoughts on recent travel trends in Cape Town.

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With summer approaching, what are you most looking forward to?

Touring Cape Town and basking in the sun! Scenic drives, beach picnics, and walks along the promenade are some of my favourites.

What are 3 must-do activities in Cape Town that you recommend?

A scenic drive along the Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point, with a mandatory stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. And, of course, a visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a visit to the winelands.

Cape Town is best-known for its incredible wine farms. What are some of your favourite farms, and what makes them stand out?

There are so many, but we love Waterford Wine Estate. Some delightful wine farms listed on our tours (and website) include Delaire Graff, Haute Cabriere, Steenberg, Constantia Glen, De Grendel and Warwick.

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In your opinion, what makes for a great wine tasting experience?

Beautiful views, a good sommelier and great service are a must.

Travelstart recently featured a blog on 5 Undiscovered Wine Farms In and Around Cape Town. Which winery would you include in your tour?

They all sound great, but we will definitely visit Whalehaven Winery when we plan our tours to Hermanus to see the whales in a month or two.

What trends have you noticed in your company in the last year about travel and tourism in South Africa?

We are seeing more and more international travellers, and so many are returning for their annual summer holiday. With so much to offer – beaches, hiking, world-class restaurants and warm weather – Cape Town is certainly becoming the place to visit.

In your experience, how are local tourists different from foreign tourists?

I think locals take so much for granted. Foreign visitors show their appreciation for what they see and experience, and there’s a certain excitement to see and explore as much as possible.

Cape Voyage has been around for 7 years. How would you define your company’s success?

It may be a cliché, but good service. We are quick to respond to all enquiries and are available 24/7. We understand that with travel, things can change at the last minute, so we have to be flexible and able to accommodate last-minute changes. Our drivers and tour guides are very reliable and will always go the extra mile to ensure our guests have a memorable time.

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If Travelstart approached Cape Voyage to do a team-building event, what would you recommend?

We work with a company that specializes in team events, so we would be able to provide the transport, (luxury sedans, minivans or coaches depending on the numbers) and ensure you have a safe, comfortable trip.

Gear up for summer in Cape Town, where its beckoning coastlines, shimmering beaches and natural wildlife will take your breath away. Get ready to wine and dine your way through some of the Cape’s most spectacular wine farms, set against picturesque landscapes. Whether you’re a local or first-time visitor, you’re in for a treat with Cape Voyage’s fantastic tours and tailor-made packages!

Interview as told to Travelstart

Three must-visit restaurants in Cape Town

In the mood for a delicious night out – but, not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of three must-visit restaurants in Cape Town.

Whether you call the city home or are only here for a short-time, we guarantee you will discover a new favourite. From classic French brasserie to sushi and steak – all you need to do is make the reservation.

The Stack

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Featuring one of the most beautiful bars in the city, with its plush emerald greens and vibrant purples, The Stack is as much a bar and restaurant as it is a marvel of design. The latest project of hotelier Nigel Pace, and interior designer, Sarah Ord, The Stack is a private members’ club and French-inspired brasserie. Perfect for a special night out, start your evening with one of their signature cocktails – think Burnt Orange Old Fashioned – before indulging in brasserie classics, such as confit duck, beef tartare or a classic creme brûlée. With a beautiful outdoor deck for warmer days, and cosy fireplace for Cape winters, if you’re out to impress a special date, look no further than The Stack.

Visitor suggestionAs it’s situated just off Kloof Road, it’s worth planning lunch here after a trip up the Cable Car – what better way to relive the views from the top of the city, than with a bespoke cocktail in hand?

Willoughby & Co

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Consistently claimed to be the “best sushi in Cape Town” by locals, it’s the one spot in the city where you don’t mind queueing.  With no social media presence or website, Willoughby’s relies on word-of-mouth for recommendations, and – the they just keep coming. With an almost-endless variety of sushi to choose from, including classic California Rolls to more adventurous tempura and combo options, it’s simply heaven for any sushi lover. The perfect spot to refuel after a morning of shopping and site-seeing around the V & A Waterfront, add a glass of wine or sake and make it a long lunch before heading to the harbour to watch the sun set.

Local hint: Ask your water for the “off menu” platter called The Bomb. You won’t regret it.

Hussar Grill Steenberg Village

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We’ll confidently go out on a limb and state that these are the best steaks in Cape Town. Reminiscent of an English gentleman’s club, complete with library corner and leather upholstery – you’ll be forgiven for wanting to indulge in a cigar and glass of cognac after dinner. Situated in Tokai, opposite the well-known Steenberg Wine Estate and close to the Constantia Wine Route, The Hussar Grill also offers respite to those with the munchies, after a few wine tastings-too-many. With garlic snails, fillet Béarnaise, Chateaubriand and more to choose from, it’s a well-priced, extensive menu that will make you an instant regular.

Inside tip: Don’t leave without trying the chocolate vodka.