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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.

Top 5 things include in a trip to Cape Town

Planning a trip to Cape Town can be overwhelming – no matter if you’re a local traveller, or visiting from further abroad. With so many attractions and things to see, it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve put together our 5 top things to include in a trip to Cape Town for you.

Table Mountain

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Whether you choose to explore Cape Town’s icon by cable car or by foot – you can’t visit the city and not visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Set aside some time to spend at the top, taking in the views from every angle and enjoying a bite to eat at the restaurant. The hike can be challenging, if you are contemplating tackling it by foot – so remember to take the necessary precautions and prepare accordingly.

A helicopter trip

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No matter if you’re a Cape Town local or international visitor, seeing the city from the sky is guaranteed to wow you. With flights as short as 15 minutes, all the way up to one hour, it’s easy to fit one in to your schedule, even if you’re pressed for time. Most flights depart from the V & A Waterfront, making it a central option for most visitors. Be sure to book in advance, especially in peak season (November – March).

Cape Peninsula Tour to Cape Point

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The Southern-most tip of Africa, the iconic Cape Point Nature Reserve allows you to do everything from taking scenic hikes, to getting up close and personal with African Penguins at Boulders Beach. A beautiful drive from the city, it’s worth booking out at least half a day in your diary to make the most of this area.  Note that entrance fees for the nature reserve do apply.

A visit to the winelands

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Showcasing more than simply spectacular Cape wine, the three main wine regions around the Cape – Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are also filled with heritage monuments and rich history of the area. If you’re short on time, Constantia is barely 30 minutes from the city centre – with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch more suited if you have half a day or more to spend. No matter where you choose to go, we guarantee you’ll find a new favourite wine!

A sunset cruise

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The perfect pre-dinner treat, sunset cruises usually leave from the V & A Waterfront. Including a glass of bubbly, watch the sun go down on the Mother City while taking in the views from the water. Perfectly situated to take advantage of the many fine restaurants at the Waterfront, you won’t find a more magical way to send a day in the Cape.

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.

Top 10 spots for you and your kids this summer

Summer is a glorious time of year, but in Cape Town it’s simply put: “the best.” Traveling with your kids should never been seen as a setback, it’s an opportunity to do all the fun stuff. Cape Town has so many unique family-friendly offerings; indoor and outdoor places to visit, things to do and over 72 beaches to choose from. Lonely Planet voted Cape Town as the Number two city to visit in the world, so bring your family to experience its offerings, here are a few musts:

 

THE BEACH

Cape Town has eight blue flag beaches, with the exception of Boulders Beach, all eight are free to use. Each of them has something different to offer and you are guaranteed to find one that suits all your needs. For the more adventurous, you can find some exciting activities, including surfing, kite-surfing and SUP lessons available.

(Photo credit: Debbie Benjamin)

(Photo credit: Debbie Benjamin)

 

STROLLA RESTAURANT

A new addition to the foodie scene in Cape Town is Strolla Restaurant. Enjoy a warm family dinner or light lunch to a productive business meeting, this chic new eatery caters for every kind of setting. The restaurant is connected to an impressively equipped kids’ playroom which has everything kids can dream of to keep them busy and entertained.

Website: www.strolla.co.za

Where: 313 Beach Road | Sea Point

(Photo credit: www.strolla.co.za)

(Photo credit: www.strolla.co.za)

 

 ARTJAMMING

Artjamming studios, offers a painting experience with a difference known as “paintertainment.” This is great for both the young and the young-at-heart. Everyone gets to choose a blank canvas to paint with an array of colours to choose from. It’s all about being creative and using ones imagination.

Website: www.artjamming.co.za

Where: V&A Waterfront and Willowbridge Shopping Centre (Tygervalley)

 

CHEETAH OUTREACH

The Cheetah Outreach project near Somerset West has been set up to educate people about cheetahs, as well as to raise funds for initiatives to prevent their extinction in South Africa. Meet the world’s fastest land animals.Entrance to the Cheetah Outreach is approx R10. A cheetah encounter, where visitors can stroke the animals and have their pictures taken, costs R110 (adults) or R60 (children under 14 years).

Website: www.cheetah.co.za

(Photo credit: www.cheetah.co.za)

(Photo credit: www.cheetah.co.za)

 

TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM

The Two Oceans Aquarium offers visitors the opportunity to discover the diverse marine life found off the southern African coast. Meet the animals that call the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean their home – and the brightly coloured ones that live in the warm Indian Ocean. Be mesmerized by the new I&J Ocean Exhibit and Jellyfish gallery. Truly an experience for the entire family.

Website: www.aquarium.co.za

Where: Dock Road | V&A Waterfront

(Photo credit: www.aquarium.co.za)

(Photo credit: www.aquarium.co.za)

 

JOLLY ROGER PIRATE BOAT

Isn’t it every kids dream to be a pirate? The Jolly Roger pirate boat at the V&A Waterfront is the perfect port of call for you and your kids to play out the ultimate adventure on the high seas. Operating seven days a week, the Jolly Roger offers morning, afternoon and sunset cruises. Private charters are also available.

Website: www.yacoobyachts.co.za

Where: Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront

 

PENGUIN COLONY AT BOULDERS BEACH

Boulders beach, home to a colony of about 2122 African Penguins which are spread along the coastline. Experience an up close encounter with breeding colony of penguins, swim with them in the sea and enjoy their private sandy beach. Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has a lot going for it: the ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot for kids. It falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, the beach is always clean and safe, and it is rarely crowded. This however comes at the cost of a small conservation fee, but who wouldn’t want to pay the R65 for a day in this paradise amongst Cape Town’s feathered friends.

Website: www.sanparks.org

(Photo credit: www.capetown.travel)

(Photo credit: www.capetown.travel)

 

WATERWORLD

For a wonderful day of good, clean, safe fun with the whole family head to Waterworld Strand Waterpark, a wet and dry play zone just 35 minutes from Cape Town. The summer hotspot is tucked away in a leafy area just alongside one of False Bay’s most beautiful beaches and has five waterslides, an adjacent putt-putt course, a jungle gym, an obstacle course and a shaded café.

Website: http://waterslides.co.za/

Where: Beach Road | Strand

 

SCOOTOURS

Ready for a downhill adventure,scootours offers riders the unique opportunity to experience the Mother City and her magnificent views while freewheeling down the slopes of Signal Hill and Table Mountain on a Monster Mountain® Scooter. Each scooter tour is led by a friendly guide who ensures the whole family is having tons of downhill fun but will also keep you and your little ones amused throughout the trip with fun and interesting facts about Cape Town. Scootours® Cape Town offers three daily tours; at 9am, 12pm and 3pm and the duration of the 5km track ranges from an hour-and-a-half to two hours.

Website: http://scootours.co.za/cape-town-table-mountain/

(Photo credit: www.scootours.co.za)

(Photo credit: www.scootours.co.za)

 

IMHOFF FARM

Imhoff Farm, a place that is not just a playground for the kids, but the adults as well. Open all week, the picturesque farm in Kommetjie has loads to keep you busy. A free-range farm and coffee shop, the Blue Water Café, Old Cape Wine Shop, the Higgledy Piggeldy petting zoo and the Imhoff Equestrian Centre that offers outrides on Noordhoek Beach. Uniquely to Imhoff farm is the opportunity to ride a camel!

Website: www.imhofffarm.co.za  

Where:  Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie

Balducci at the V&A Waterfront has had a facelift!

It really has had a makeover! Lighter, brighter and perhaps more informal, Balducci has managed to maintain the special ambience!

 

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The service ambassadors are all dressed in black and white, some even sporting bow ties, and we really couldn’t fault the service!  Zanlele was very attentive and told us all about their loyalty program.  10% of your bill is credited to your Slick card and the accumulated value can be redeemed at any time.  We signed up straight away!

The new menu still has all the favourites and you definitely need some time to ponder and perhaps debate all the delicious options.  The portions are all generous, so you can go hungry!  I overheard the lady next to us saying “wow, that dish could feed my entire family”.

All our meals were outstanding. If you’re not following the popular Banting LCHF diet, the pizzas and pastas all looked delicious. For the rest of us there is a great sushi and fish selection.

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The lunchtime specials are great value, only R59 for a pizza or pasta (excluding the flaming prawn) and R89 for a 250g grain fed 28 day matured Sirloin with a choice of starch or vegetable.

The 23pc Bento box is R119, and judging from the number of boxes in the restaurant it seemd to be a popular choice!  The Bento special includes:

2pcs Salmon Nigiri, 2pcs Inari Nigiri, 4pcs Alaska Rolls, 3 Salmon Roses, 4 Veg Rolls, 4 Cucumber Maki, 4 Avo Maki & a  bowl of Miso Soup.

Balducci offers free wifi, 20MB with no time limit, convenient to catch up on e-mail or for posting that photograph after a great night out!

 

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Sushi & Chardonnay at Sevruga

The  V&A Waterfront is my sushi capital of Cape Town! There are so many great restaurants at the Waterfront, with new ones popping up all the time, but Sevruga is definitely my favourite spot.

On a beautiful day you can sit outside and watch the hustle and bustle of the crowd enjoying the carefree atmosphere. Old and young, business suits and tourists, everyone always seems to be enjoying a holiday feeling.

For a more serious business meeting, or maybe a romantic dinner you can choose to enjoy the more formal ambience inside.

The sushi platters are always fantastic, but I’ve recently discovered the Carin’s roll.

8 pieces of prawn tempura, creamy seven spice prawn, spring onion, & teriyaki glaze.

 

Salmon roses, and fashion sandwiches, are always a good choice if you feel like the more traditional sushi choices.

The wine is as important as the food at Sevruga.There are more than 200 wines and vintages to choose from, and the impressive Sevruga’s Wine Wall displays more than 3000 bottles of wine.

Sushi and cocktails are half price Monday to Saturdays from 12h00 – 18h00, and 14h00 – 18h00 on a Sunday!

Perfect location, fantastic food and impeccable service – definitely worth the accolades.