Top 10 Activities near Durban Beachfront.

Durban Beachfront is synonymous with, among other things, sunshine, good vibes and the beauty of the Indian Ocean mixed with perfect stretches of  coastline… But it’s also a hive of activity and fun, just waiting to be untapped!

Here are the top activities to enjoy in and around Durban Beachfront:

#1 Stroll along the Durban Beachfront

Now, when in Durban, make like the Durbanites and get strutting, cycling or jogging along the Durban Beachfront Promenade…

Spanning some six kilometres, and edged by constant, tempting stretches of beach, the promenade is perfect for a leisurely walk, sunset stroll or easy beach access – and happily, it is lined with ample parking spaces!

So, whether you want to take in the scenery, soak up some fresh air or see the city on foot – it’s perfect for all three!

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.nightjartravel.com

Address: Durban Beachfront Promenade, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#2 Surfs up at Dairy Beach

Not only is Dairy Beach – which forms part of Durban’s enviable Golden Mile – edged by buzzing restaurants and retail shops, but it’s also a really great place to catch some surf!

In addition to this, it’s a popular spot among sunbathers and swimmers – so whether you plan to be in on the surf action or simply want to sit in the sun and enjoy the wave entertainment, Dairy Beach is the place to go.

There are normally life guards on duty, so you can enjoy the waters without any unnecessary unease.

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.southafrica.com

Address: Dairy Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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www.durbanpoint.co.za

#3 Head to Bay of Plenty Beach

Another gorgeous Golden Mile beach is Bay of Plenty… This stunner is situated at the heart of the Durban beachfront and is known for playing host to many international surfing and beach volleyball tournaments.

What’s more, it’s known for having consistent surf, making it yet another worthy spot for surfing, while rock pools and golden sands can keep both young and old entertained for hours on end!

All round, Bay of Plenty is a (beach) winner – so be sure to check it out when you’re near Durban’s beachfront.

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.southafrica.com

Address: Bay of Plenty Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Explore Durban Habour

Few places in Durban are as iconic or famous as Durban Harbour. Not only is it a timeless tourist attraction and a constant hive of activity for obvious reasons, but it is also home to Africa’s biggest container terminal.

And, aside from the opportunity to bear witness to a host of harbour activities, Durban Harbour offers visitors a few ferry and cruise trips, which only adds another fun element to it!

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

Address: Durban Harbour, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Browse the I Heart Market

On the first Saturday of every month, this vibrant market takes place in the stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium. So, while it is not located right at Durban Beachfront, it is certainly worth popping by if you’re close by!

It brings together crafts, fashion, food and local design, creating a fun and safe space for families, friends and city visitors alike to enjoy together.

Note: The market runs from 9:00 am – 14:00 pm.

Contact: info@iheartmkt.com

Website: www.iheartmarket.com

Address: I Heart Market, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Visit Mini Town

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www.kznkids.co.za

If you want to feel ten feet tall, there’s no better place to go than to Mini Town. This mini city – in a city – is a fun place for young and old to enjoy exploring.

Immerse yourself in buildings that scarcely reach knee height and enjoy feeling like a proper giant! It’s an iconic part of Durban’s beachfront, so don’t miss popping by.

Note: There is a set entry fee for adults, children, teachers and student groups, and Mini Town is open Monday to Sunday, 09:30 am – 16:30 pm.

Contact: (031) 337 7892

Website: www.kznkids.co.za/listing/mini-town

Address: Mini Town, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Be amazed at uShaka Marine World

As one of South Africa’s most beloved theme parks, uShaka Marine World is an unmissable experience for anyone visiting sunny Durban.

It’s arguably one of the hottest attractions along the Golden Mile, offering a fun, clean and safe environment for the whole family!

Enjoy day activities like Sea World and uShaka Beach, or be wowed by the nighttime festivities – either way, uShaka is hard to beat!

Contact: (031) 328 8000

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

Address: uShaka Marine World, 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point,
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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www.ilovedurban.co.za

#8 Don’t miss North Beach

Durban’s North Beach is a major attraction for surfing and body boarding – and because it’s yet another Golden Mile beach, the views aren’t half bad either!

Nearby, you will also find a snazzy boardwalk, as well as plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, so make the most of things by spending a day at North Beach.

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

Address: North Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Catch a rickshaw ride

Riding a rickshaw along the beach front is an unforgettable way to experience Durban.

What originally started as a means for providing a rich sugar magnate’s wife with comfortable transportation, has, over time, become rather a staple and a pretty normal sight in Durban.

While there are a host of different rickshaw pullers to choose from, each service provider has their own flair and is sure to make you feel quite kingly!

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

Address: Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Play mermaid at South Beach

If Durban’s North Beach is for the surfers and water sports enthusiasts -then there can be no question that South Beach is one for the swimmers among us!

This beach is considered a swimmers’ paradise… So even if none of Durban’s other beaches tempt you into the water, you can bet that this one will!

As a bonus, it lies a stone’s throw from Durban’s revamped Point area, where office spaces, apartments and shops reign.

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

Address: South Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the hottest and most popular activities in and around the beautiful Durban Beachfront – but be sure to check them all out!

Top 10 activities in the V&A Waterfront

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The V&A Waterfront has it all: amazing shopping, a world-class setting, with ocean and mountain views – and of course, some fine restaurants too… but what is there to keep visitors entertained beyond the shopping and food feasts?

Below, let’s take a look at the top 10 activities to enjoy in and around the V&A Waterfront:

#1 Visit the hot-and-happening Zeitz MOCAA

There’s no doubting that the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (or MOCAA) – an impressive architectural marvel and the world’s largest museum dedicated specifically to African contemporary art – has, since its opening in September 2017, become one of Cape Town’s most widely visited and talked about places.

And it’s really no surprise, as, in the centre of Cape Town’s Silo District, guests can enjoy visiting a marvellous and fascinating museum. It features over a hundred galleries (spread across nine different levels) and is equipped with the most amazing array of art you’ll find anywhere.

While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the museum shop for a take-home gift!

Note: Tickets cost R180 for adults, but the museum is free to children under 18.

Contact: +27 (087) 350 4777

Website: zeitzmocaa.museum

Address: Zeitz MOCAA, V&A Waterfront, Silo District, Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Head to the Two Oceans Aquarium

Another Cape Town gem known and loved across the globe, the Two Oceans Aquarium is ideally situated a stone’s throw away from the V&A Waterfront proper.

It is a long-standing favourite, particularly loved for its penguin experience, predator exhibit, cool Clown Fish (aka Nemo) tank, diving experience, kelp forest and so much more!

Here, the fish, penguins and sharks are all just a glass tank or sealed enclosure away from you, making for a lifelike and incredible experience for both young and old!

The aquarium’s merchandise shop is another big hit among locals and tourists, and offers some amazing gifts and aquarium-themed goodies alike.

Contact: +27 (0)21 418 3823

Website: www.aquarium.co.za

Address: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Immerse yourself in the Silo District

Ah, the Silo District… what’s not to love about it?

Not only is it home to two of the best hotels in the city and one of the world’s best museums now, in The Silo Hotel, Radisson RED and Zeitz MOCAA respectively – but it also offers travellers great foodie spots in Lindt Chocolate Studio, The Yard, Si! Cantina Sociale, Sushibox and Woolworths’ Now Now Cafe to name but a few.

And that’s before you even take The Silo Hotel or Radisson Red’s own cafes/restaurants, bars and accommodation offerings into account.

Dotted around the District, there are also top-class designer stores and galleries, including Guild and Opus.

If you’re short on things to do at the V&A Waterfront, then you clearly haven’t visited (or stayed in) the Silo District yet!

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Address: Silo District, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Ride on the Cape Wheel

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David Stanley via www.flickr.com

Whether you’re looking to spend a fun hour with the whole family ‘high in the sky’, or to catch a romantic sunset with the one you love – the Cape Wheel makes for a great experience for one and all!

It offers 360-degree panoramic views of Cape Town from the vibrant V&A Waterfront precinct and because it’s just outside a main V&A Waterfront entrance, surrounded by outer shops and eateries, it is perfectly positioned too.

Ticket prices are R60 for children, R130 for adults and R900 for VIP experiences.

Contact: 021 418 2502

Website: capewheel.co.za

Address: Cape Wheel, V&A Waterfront, Dock Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Grab a delicious meal at Firefish Restaurant

Since its opening in late 2017, this sensational, stylish addition to the V&A Waterfront restaurant scene has been making a real splash in the local restaurant scene.

At Firefish, visitors can enjoy mouth-watering, fresh seafood, sushi, salads or even vegetarian dishes, all while soaking up the sights and sounds of the nearby harbour and of course, Table Mountain in the distance too.

It’s definitely one of, if not the best, V&A Waterfront restaurants.

Contact: +27 (021) 286 4933

Website: www.firefishrestaurant.co.za

Address: Firefish Restaurant, Shop 154, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Take the kids to Hamleys

This wondrous toy store – thought up by William Hamley in 1760 and brought across to South Africa from the UK – has enchanted children for many long years… And now it can help to make the dreams of children (and adults) in Cape Town come true too!

It offers all kinds of toys and games imaginable – everything from gorgeous teddies to amazing LEGO creations and large kids’ cars!

It’s not just a slogan of theirs… this really is the finest toy store in the world – and now, you can find it inside the V&A Waterfront!

Contact: (021) 418 2927

Website: www.hamleys.com/south_africa

Address: Hamleys, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

This interactive and engaging museum, found across the road from the V&A Waterfront, ensures a great experience for rugby fans and non-rugby followers alike.

The museum covers the history of rugby, covering all the rugby-playing nations, though it naturally has a big focus on South African rugby, the Apartheid Era – and of course, the famous South African 1995 World Cup victory.

Visitors can enjoy listening to insightful audio, marvelling at lifelike rugby statues of famous players or even trying some challenging rugby (but fun) trials.

Afterwards, stop by the store for some awesome rugby kits, balls or different gifts.

Contact: +27 (021) 418 4741

Website: www.sarugby.co.za

Address: Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Hop on a Seal & Harbour Cruise

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City Sightseeing via www.citysightseeing.co.za

City Sightseeing is one of the best guided, curated travel experiences locals and visitors can enjoy across the Mother City.

And while the famous red buses frequent the V&A Waterfront, bringing travellers closer to all of the tour company’s different routes – the Seal & Harbour Cruise is definitely one of the V&A Waterfront’s main City Sightseeing attractions.

When you hop on the harbour cruise, you can enjoy a pleasant, 25-minute-long ride around the harbour. Wave at the seals (who lazily dangle a flipper out the water), marvel at the surrounding city sights or simply enjoy listen to the excellent audio commentary provided by City Sightseeing and available in a variety of different languages.

Contact: +27 (0861) 733 287

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

Address: City Sightseeing, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, V&A Waterfront Ticket Office, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Stop by the V&A Market on the Wharf

Open seven days a week for much of the year (barring 29 April – 31 May, when it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), this ever-bustling, popular foodie market is a delectable delight for V&A Waterfront visitors to indulge in.

Shop for wonderful sweets, wraps, good coffee and a wide range of other foods, as well as some fresh produce and home gifts too.

After a hard day’s exploring or shopping, pop into the Market on the Wharf and enjoy all the best food available!

Contact: +27 (021) 418 1605

Website: waterfrontfoodmarket.com

Address: V&A Food Market, Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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waterfrontfoodmarket.com via The Thai Hut Company Facebook

#10 Have a drink at Bascule Bar

Located at the oh-so-elegant Cape Grace Hotel, Bascule Bar is the perfect spot to head for chic, after-work drinks, a catch up with friends or even for a casually professional meeting.

Edging the V&A yacht marina, this suave spot offers over 400 types of whiskies (and many other drinks besides) for visitors to sip in style. Aside from the tipples, it also offers a great tapas-style menu, perfect for snacking and sharing.

Shared whisky tastings and experiences are also on offer, for R395 per person. (This is limited to twelve people, so book ahead and reserve a spot.)

All and all, it’s a perfectly delightful place to head for a well-deserved drink!

Contact: +27 (021) 410 7100

Website: www.capegrace.com/culinary-delights/bascule-bar

Address: Bascule Bar, West Quay Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

So, if you’re looking for something awesome in or near the V&A Waterfront, then check out these great activities, which cover everything from Cape Town’s hottest museum to fun harbour cruises!

Top 10 Restaurants in Sea Point.

Known for its old-school charms, beautiful beachfront vibes and wonderful outdoor spaces (like the Green Point Urban Park or Sea Point Promenade) Sea Point is a great place in the Mother City to explore and enjoy with your friends and family.

But with all these fun activities and so many places to see – what do you do when the hunger strikes? Well, you definitely don’t stress, that’s for sure – because Sea Point is blessed with some simply scrumptious eateries and restaurants!

Let’s take a look at the best restaurants in super Sea Point:

#1 La Mouette Restaurant

Not only is La Mouette one of the most elegant and stylish eateries in the Mother City – but it’s also a firm Sea Point favourite.

And with its stunning setting (which offers delightful indoor and outdoor seating options), seasonally-inspired menus and fine attention-to-detail when it comes to food, atmosphere and service, it’s not hard to imagine why it’s such a well-loved restaurant.

Anything off the menu is sure to delight both the palate and the eye – so sit back, order and enjoy a marvellous meal with La Mouette Restaurant!

Contact: +27 (021) 433 0856

Website: www.lamouette-restaurant.co.za

Address: La Mouette Restaurant, 78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Scheckter’s RAW

When Tony Scheckter spent some time living in New York, he was shocked to discover just how creative and inventive the health food scene in the city was.

Upon returning to SA, he was both frustrated and disappointed to discover how limited many local eateries could be… So, he decided to created his own food cafe to counter that.

And oh, has the city been grateful he decided to do that… If you’re a health fanatic, vegan or simply someone who loves fresh, delicious and healthy foods, then you need to head to Scheckter’s RAW… now!

This Sea Point-situated eatery serves up wonderful gourmet health food – curated by Tony Scheckter himself – and a whole lot of restaurant charm besides.

Contact: +27 (021) 434 1364

Website: schecktersraw.com

Address: Scheckter’s RAW, 98 Regent Road, Sea Point, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Three Wise Monkeys

This tiny, but popular restaurant is one of the city’s most beloved hole-in-the-wall eateries. And here, ramen and poke bowls reign supreme…

The food is delicious, affordable and filling (one bowl can sometimes be enough for two people to enjoy together) and the setting is relaxing, allowing you to really bond over a good meal.

Contact: +27 (021) 433 1837

Website: threewisemonkeys.co.za

Address: Three Wise Monkeys, La Rhone Building, 77 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 JARRYDS

At JARRYDS, balance is key, particularly in a place where food passion and quality meet… What’s more, JARRYDS believes in offering the freshest, healthiest and most mouth-watering offerings possible, by sourcing locally and seasonally as far as possible.

The menu presents a wide variety of healthy eats, and service will most likely always greet you with a smile… Honestly, overall, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat while happily exploring Sea Point.

Contact: (+27) 60 748 0145

Website: www.jarryds.com

Address: JARRYDS Sea Point, 90 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Kleinsky’s Delicatessen

If you are on the search for Cape Town’s best breakfast, add Kleinsky’s Delicatessen to your list of strong contenders… and don’t look back.

This gorgeous spot serves great coffee, perfect breakfasts and friendly service, all of which helps to provide visitors with a memorable meal. Their bagels are also particularly good – so be sure to give those a try while you’re there!

Contact: +27 (021) 433 2871

Website: kleinskys.co.za

Address: Kleinsky’s Delicatessen, 95 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro

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Photo Credit: www.labohemebistro.co.za

As the only wine bar in the Sea Point area, this comfortable, warm bistro-style restaurant has a lot in its favour… And that’s even before you consider the creative menu (which changes daily; incorporating a fun variety of dishes), intimate restaurant atmosphere and mouthwatering tapas (perfect for sharing), meaty dishes and yummy salads and vegetarian options too.

If you’re looking to unwind with a glass of the good stuff (after all, they boast a top-notch wine list…) and some yummy snacks – then La Boheme is the place to go.

Contact: +27 (021) 434 8797

Website: www.labohemebistro.co.za

Address: La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro, 341 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Posticino Italian Restaurant

This well-loved Italian eatery is a laid-back, family-friendly place, designed around a selection of tasty dishes, like salads, meat-orientated dishes, pastas and of course, thin-crusted pizzas.

The vibe is friendly, warm and homely, ensuring a pleasant meal out with friends, little ones and sweethearts alike.

Contact: +27 (021) 439 4014

Website: posticino.co.za

Address: Posticino Italian Restaurant, 323 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Sundoo

Yet another fine offering from chef Seelan Sundoo, this New York-style eatery – which serves Indian and contemporary food – is a wonderful addition to the Sea Point food scene.

Offering an intimate space (capable of seating just 40 people), Sundoo has a big focus on breyanis, tandooris and delectable curries too… But they also have a range of tapas, fish and meat dishes, meaning they cater to many different tastes.

If you’re looking for something to help wash it down, Sundoo also makes great cocktails, and serves a selection of good wines.

Contact: +27 (021) 433 0542

Website: www.facebook.com/sundoorestaurant

Address: Sundoo, 77 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 NV-80 Grill & Bar

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Photo credit: nv-80.co.za

The celebration of some 32 years in the restaurant industry, there’s no question that, when it was conceptualised by brothers, Naldo and Victor Goncalves – NV-80 was indeed inspired by a love of and passion for both good food and service…

Today, this stylish eatery offers lovely indoor dining, an alfresco balcony (which begs you to come enjoy sundowners out on it) and a chic central bar… Oh, and let’s not forget its delicious food (think: divine steak and seafood) too!

NV-80 is a classic grill and bar, with a stylish, thoughtful twist – and, since its opening in 2014, it has definitely ranked as one of the most popular restaurants in Sea Point.

Contact: +27 (021) 439 7112/4

Website: http://nv-80.co.za

Address: NV-80, The Point, Shop 8, First Floor, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point,  Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Strolla Restaurant & Bar

Literally positioned just off of Sea Point’s popular Promenade, Strolla Restaurant & Bar is a relaxing spot for loved ones and friends to enjoy a delicious coffee, breakfast or sunset dinner and drinks at.

It offers visitors good food, elegant, comfy seating options and great kiddies’ facilities too, ensuring an all-round, family-friendly dining experience in Sea Point… In fact, Strolla could just become your next local – even if you’re not from around town!

Contact: +27 (021) 430 7778

Website: strolla.co.za

Address: Strolla Restaurant & Bar, 313 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the hip and happening or long-standing favourites to enjoy in and around in Sea Point!

Top 10 Restaurants in the V&A Waterfront.

Few places in Cape Town are as popular among the locals and international visitors alike as the V&A Waterfront.

With its glamorous hotels, multitude of gorgeous, slick shops and stunning ocean-meets-(Table)mountain views and idyllic setting, it’s easy to see why the masses head to the V&A Waterfront…

And, if you plan to be among them, here are the top ten restaurants to enjoy in the V&A Waterfront (and surrounds):

#1 Firefish Restaurant

Firefish Restaurant, a stylish, seafood-orientated in the V&A Waterfront’s epicenter, is one of the best restaurants you will find in Cape Town.

With its lush interiors, beautiful Waterfront setting and mouth-watering menu (which includes seafood, sushi, vegetarian food and salads), it offers visitors the best of everything Cape Town has to offer.

So, if you are looking for an awesome restaurant in the V&A, be sure to pick Firefish.

Contact: +27 (021) 286 4933

Website: www.firefishrestaurant.co.za

Address: Firefish Restaurant, Shop 154, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Willougby & Co

This long-standing, ever-popular restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best sushi restaurants in Cape Town – but make no mistake, as there’s more than just good sushi to be found here!

Enjoy either lunch or dinner , tucking into sushi, tempura dishes, salads and soups, courtesy of a full Japanese kitchen.

It’s loved by the locals and buzzes with business seven days a week – if that isn’t a good indication of a top restaurant, what is?

Contact: (021) 418 6115

Website: www.waterfront.co.za/Eat/w/willoughby-and-co

Address: Willoughby & Co, Shop 6132, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Si! Cantina Sociale

Situated in the hot-and-happening Silo District – a new city focal point for foodies and art appreciators alike – this cool spot is perfect for chilling with friends, enjoying a relaxed business lunch or catching up over coffee.

Here, the food concept is farm-to-table (they source as organically as possible), meaning meals are made from locally sourced ingredients and prepared largely in-house.

If you’re game for drinks, then the cocktail and drinks selection at Si will make your week.

And with its rustic-meets-chic interiors and amazing wall murals, there’s plenty of heart and colour in this space to be had too!

Contact: (087) 4700 124

Website: sicantinasociale.co.za

Address: Si! Cantina Sociale, Silo District Shop 5A1, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Den Anker

This Belgian-inspired beauty offers a setting second to none. Situated quayside at the V&A Waterfront, Den Anker offers great beer, a relaxed ambiance and above all, high quality food.

If good beer and (even better) food (like fish, oysters and other seasonal delicacies), tickle your fancy, then be sure to pay Den Anker a visit as soon as possible!

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www.denanker.co.za

Contact: (021) 419 0249

Website: www.denanker.co.za

Address: Den Anker, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Mar-e-Sol

At Mar-e-Sol, good, authentic Portuguese cuisine (with a distinct Mozambican flair) and perfect restaurant styles come together perfectly.

And, since its opening in November 2016, this wonderful eatery has generally been well-received in the city.

Contact: (021) 425 3385

Website: mar-e-sol.co.za

Address: Mar-e-Sol, Slipway, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Bukhara V&A Waterfront

At Bukhara, classical India meets real South Africa. Since its inception in 1995, Bukhara has been a consistent SA favourite and a true measure of Indian cuisine done right.

With branches in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Joburg, you can enjoy Bukhara whether you’re exploring the Western Cape or Gauteng.

Bukhara specialises in a variety of Indian cooking methods, including charcoal tandoor and aromatic curries.

Contact: (021) 418 5600

Website: www.bukhara.com

Address: Bukhara V&A Waterfront, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Balducci

Balducci is, in so many ways, a true Cape Town institution. This Italian-themed restaurant provides diners with a wonderful choice of simple, everyday home cooked food, set in a stylish and elegant setting.

The food is creative, traditional and affordable, making it one of the best, most trusted choices at the V&A Waterfront.

Contact: (021) 421 6002/3

Website: balduccis.co.za

Address: Balducci, Shop 6162, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Seelan Restaurant and Bar

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Tucked away in a sheltered part of the V&A, in front of the colourful harbour, Seelan is the epitome of dining grace and elegance.

With its contemporary decor (by Dennis Banks), sweeping views and a European-inspired menu, with a wide variety of authentic cuisine alongside an excellent wine menu (which includes Seelan’s own, locally made house wine), Seelan Restaurant and Bar is hard to beat.

And if prawn or lamb curry is your ideal food fantasy – then, at Seelan, you’re in luck because those are their food specialties!

Contact: (021) 421 4906

Website: seelan.co.za

Address: Seelan Restaurant and Bar, Shop 8C, Quay 5, V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Baia Seafood Restaurant

For those craving classical, contemporary cuisine, rare wines, gorgeous views and top service… Baia is the place to go.

Every meal is good and the setting is blissful, making it a dining experience not to be missed.

Contact: (021) 421 0935/6/7

Website: www.baiarestaurant.co.za

Address: Baia Seafood Restaurant, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Harbour House V&A Restaurant

Known for its gorgeous fine dining and ideally positioned eateries, the Harbour House group offers diners a quality food experience.

And at the V&A branch (just like with their others), top cuisine, good wine and professionalism come to the fore.

Contact: (021) 418 4744 /(021) 418 4748

Website: www.harbourhouse.co.za

Address: Harbour House V&A Waterfront, Quay Four, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

If you’re looking for stylish and well-positioned, good quality eateries, then know you can’t go wrong with these fine V&A Waterfront picks…

 

Top 10 Activities in Sandton.

Sandton, the affluent and popular part of Johannesburg, is loved for its trendiness, glitz and glamour and of course, the food – but what can one do in and around Sandton?

The answer is plenty! Here is a list of the top ten activities to enjoy in Sandton:

#1 Live the good life at Montecasino


Offering good restaurants, awesome local and international talent, top accommodation, responsible gambling and the latest movies, Montecasino is not short on things for couples or families to enjoy together.

The award-winning casino even has its own awesome bird park, which is especially great for entertaining the little ones or for ensuring educational, animal-themed outings!

So, if you’re looking for a jam-packed day of fun and entertainment in Sandton, look no further than Montecasino.

Contact: +27 11 510 7000
Website: www.tsogosun.com/montecasino

Address: Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#2 Enjoy an event at Sandton Convention Centre

Arguably one of South Africa’s leading event venues, Sandton Convention Centre (SCC), is a prestigious multi-event space situated in northern Johannesburg’s buzzing business district.

Surrounded by top shopping malls, hotels and other entertainment hubs, the SCC is known for hosting great events, exhibitions and conferences. With its advanced tech and contemporary African décor, SCC may not be your standard entertainment offer … Instead, it is where the entertainment comes to life!

Whether you are exploring Sandton or planning to hold a function, be sure to speak to the SCC and see what they have to offer.

Contact: +27 11 779 0000

Website: www.tsogosun.com

Address: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#3 Shop and dine out at Nelson Mandela Square

With Nelson Mandela’s statue protectively watching over it, Nelson Mandela Square is certainly a draw for locals and tourists alike.

The Square, one of the country’s largest public spaces, rubs shoulders with the famous Sandton City complex and offers a European-styled piazza, while still honouring Africa’s warm sense of hospitality.

Here, visitors can enjoy fine dining, awesome shopping and even some great exhibitions… Oh, and while you are visiting, be sure to snap a photo with Madiba’s statue.

Contact:  +27 (011) 217 6000

Website: nelsonmandelasquare.co.za

Address: Nelson Mandela Square, Atrium on 5th, Sandton City, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#4 Get some fresh air at Field Market

For those craving some fresh air, this popular monthly market (held on the second Saturday of March through to December this year) is the place to go.

It is free to enjoy (though there is a small parking fee) and offers an experience of Braamfontein life, a large kiddies’ play area, entertainment for all and of course, some awesome stalls too!

There is food and beverages, local goods, live music and a laidback vibe for young and old to enjoy while they browse.

Contact: N/A

Website:  www.fieldmarket.co.za

Address: Field Market, Field & Study Park, Corner of 14th Street & Louise Avenue, Parkmore, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#5 Tuck in at Piza E Vino

For the foodies among us (though aren’t we all a foodie in some way or form?), Piza E Vino offers great, fresh food to rival any Italian-styled eatery in SA.

Using traditional methods and an immense passion for food, they serve up plenty of atmosphere and food alike!

Head to Piza E Vino and njoy a delicious meal with your loved ones at this fine Johannesburg restaurant.

Contact: +27 (011) 486 4119

Website: www.pizaevino.co.za

Address: Piza E Vino, 62 Tana Road, Emmarentia, Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#6 Catch a show at Theatre on the Square

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Located on the northeastern corner of Nelson Mandela Square, Theatre on the Square is great for catching some entertaining and fun shows.

If you would like to buy tickets, the box office is open an hour before each show. Show times may differ, so please call ahead to confirm the correct time.

Catch a show at the Theatre on the Square on a Tuesday or Saturday – and enjoy a memorable time out!

Contact: (011) 883 8606 or 0861 915 8000

Website: www.theatreonthesquare.co.za

Address: Theatre on the Square, West Street and 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#7 Have a blast at Montecasino Bird Park

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As the only bird park of its kind in Africa, this unique and fun place offers visitors the chance to enjoy seeing plenty of birds, snakes, colourful frogs and other small animals too.

For plant lovers, there is even a great private collection of cycads, which happens to be the largest in South Africa.

The Flamingo Café offers some food and drink refreshments, and it is a wonderful spot to wind down a day spent at the bird park.

Contact: 011 511 1864

Website: www.tsogosun.com

Address: Montecasino Bird Park, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#8 Enjoy a blockbuster at Cine Prestige Sandton


If you’re looking for an exceptional movie experience, then Cine Prestige Sandton will make your day. Situated within the Sandton City Mall, this cinema is where the hottest movies meet ultimate luxury.

When you book your ticket, choose from an array of delicious drinks and eats, including gourmet snack platters, delectable desserts and great coffee too!

Be sure to catch the latest and greatest blockbusters in style at Cine Prestige Sandton.

Contact: 086 166 8437

Website: movies.sterkinekor.co.za

Address: Sandton City Mall, Rivonia Rd & Sandton Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#9 Head to Sandton Central Park

For those looking to immerse themselves in nature, Sandton Central Park is a small but popular park in Sandton.

Aside from its ample greenery, it offers an amphitheatre, indigenous trees, benches and even sculptured garden beds for visitors to enjoy.

Get some fresh air, while you experience a good day out at Sandton Central Park.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.jhblive.com

Address: Sandton Central Park, 145 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

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#10 Explore Hyundai Sky Mushroom Farm Park

This lovely green oasis in the middle of Sandton business district might be small, but it possesses plenty of heart.

Its green beauty makes it a good place in the city to head for some exercise, a weekend picnic or just some family fun.

Dog walkers are welcome (provided those pooches are kept on a leash…) and the neat walkways are ideal for joggers, walkers and baby strollers too.

Entrance is free and the park is equipped with an interactive children’s play area, giant balloon riding facility, outdoor gym, duck pond and an earth garden.

Contact: 011 784 6881

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Hyundai Sky Mushroom Farm Park, Daisy Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just a few of the best activities and experiences to enjoy in and around stylish Sandton!

Best North American Airlines.

Some of the most refreshing airlines in the world operate from North America.

No matter whether these airlines originate out of Canada or the USA – here are some of the best North American airlines:

#1 Air Canada

Founded in 1937, this Star Alliance member and flag carrier for Canada is among the twenty largest airlines in the world and indeed, the country’s largest airline too. As such, it’s really no surprise that they are considered one of the top North American airlines.

And, although it has more than 200 airports across six continents, Air Canada remains one of the youngest, most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly airlines around.

Contact:  011 463 1147

Website: www.aircanada.com

Where they fly: Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Mexico, Caribbean and Central America, South America and the USA.

#2 Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines has a firm commitment to caring for their customers, the environment and their communities.

For the past 85 years or so, Alaska Airlines have been guided by a strong sense of professionalism, community and passion, all of which have helped to ensure that they have remained a consistent favourite – especially among those travelling about North America.

They fly to over 115 destinations, and are certainly one of your best options for getting where you want – and need – to be.

Contact: 1-800-252-7522

Website: www.alaskaair.com

Where they fly: Alaska, across the USA, Hawaii, Mexico and Costa Rica.

#3 Delta Air Lines

Best known as Delta, Delta Air Lines is a major American airline based in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite hailing from humble beginnings (as an aerial crop-dusting operation Huff Daland Dusters, started in 1924), Delta has successfully grown into one of the world’s largest international airlines.

Aside from their top in-flight services and good travel routes, Delta is also passionate about ensuring its operations are as socially and environmentally responsible as possible.

Contact: 1-888-750-3284

Website: www.delta.com

Where they fly: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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#4 jetBlue Airways

Based in New York, jetBlue was started up in 1998 and ever since their inception, they have been firmly about providing customers with low-cost flights.

So, not are they one of the best value-for-money airlines across the globe – but they are also hugely popular in North America.

If you are looking for good service, great in-flight offerings and affordable flights, fly with jetBlue Airways.

Contact: 00 1 801-449-2525

Website: www.jetblue.com

Where they fly: the United States, Caribbean and Central America, Canada and South America.

#5 Virgin America

Virgin America has been loved for years now, particularly in North America – and sadly, while it is busy being phased out (Alaska Airlines have merged with Virgin America), loyal customers and new fans can still fly with them for a short while still.

Years of consistently good service, style and affordability have ensured that Virgin America was and still is (though for a brief time only) one of the best airlines in North America.

If you would like to fly with them for one last time, they will be in operation until 25 April 2018.

Contact: 00 1 650-762-7005

Website: www.virginamerica.com

Where they fly: Across the US, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.

#6 Southwest Airlines

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Based in Dallas, Texas, Southwest Airlines is not only a major US airline, but it is also a leading, low-cost global carrier too.

And, with some 4000 flights scheduled every single day, Southwest is clearly a very popular domestic airline among flyers.

If you’re keen to navigate North America, Mexico, parts of Central America and the Caribbean too, be sure to travel with them.

Contact: 1-800-435-9792

Website: www.southwest.com

Where they fly: US, some of Central America and the Caribbean, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Cuba and Grand Canyon.

#7 Porter Airlines

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Porter Airlines is both a fun and well-liked regional airline.

In recent years, Porter Airlines has been awarded the Conde Nast Traveler  Readers’ Choice Award for the ‘Top Small Airline in the World’ and by Skytrax, as an ‘Official 4 Star Airline’ and the ‘Best Regional Airline in North America’.

They offer customers refined service and complimentary on-board snacks and beverages, making them a popular choice.

Contact: 00 1 888-619-8622 or 00 1 416-619-8622

Website: www.flyporter.com

Where they fly: Canada, USA, Aruba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

#8 WestJet

This low-cost Canadian airline has always been a competitive threat to the leading regional airlines. And since their first flight in 1996, they have sought to enrich the lives of all their customers by offering safe, friendly and affordable air travel.

Despite flying to more than 100 destinations today, they have stayed true to what they believe in. Because of this and so much more, they have cemented themselves as, not only as one of Canada’s most admired, respected airlines – but as one of the best airlines in North America too.

Contact: 1-888-937-8538

Website: www.westjet.com

Where they fly: USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Central America and Europe.

#9 Air Transat

Another popular, low-cost Canadian airline, Air Transat is based in Montreal, Canada and operates as Canada’s number one holiday travel airline.

They provide both scheduled and charter flights, spanning across some 26 countries, as they serve some 60 destinations.

In the past, Skytrax named Air Transat as the second-best leisure airline in the world – and in that same year, as the best in North America, for the sixth consecutive year.
They consistently rank as one of the best airlines in North America, making them a worthy choice for flying, especially in North America and its surroundings.

Contact: 1-877-872-6728 or +1-514-636-3630

Website: www.airtransat.com

Where they fly: Europe, Middle East, South (places like Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic), Canada and USA.

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#10 American Airlines

Headquartered in Texas, this major US airline offers great cheap flights, awesome vacation packages and more. This makes them appealing to almost any kind of flyer or traveller.

And, because they offer some 6,700 flights daily, to some 350 destinations, reaching across 50 countries, they are an especially great air travel option in North America.

Contact: 800-433-7300

Website: www.aa.com

Where they fly: North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia etc.

So, if you are keen to enjoy some top class, largely affordable flights in North America and beyond, look no further than these top ten North American airlines.

Top 10 Restaurants in Sandton.

Johannesburg’s Sandton has it all: gorgeous properties, buzzing day and night life and of course, some pretty stellar eateries…

Given this, it’s one of the best places to visit in South Africa – and whether you’re a traveller, foodie or business person, you will certainly enjoy these mouthwatering restaurants listed below!

#1 Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery

Established in 1994, the newest version of Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery – brought to you by the Martin brothers – is the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable, and uniquely special, meal.

Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery prides itself in offering a memorable dining experience, complemented by its quality meat products and bespoke butchery.

Stay a while and enjoy a mouthwatering steak in sublime settings overlooking Sandton – or take home some butchery goodies to cook for your loved ones…

The choice is yours – but either way, quality and happy tummies are a guarantee.

Contact: +27 (011) 784 2366

Website: www.trumpsgrill.co.za

Address: Shop 11, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#2 Pigalle Sandton

With branches in Cape Town, Melrose Arch, Bedfordview and of course, Sandton, the popular restaurant chain, Pigalle, needs little introduction.

These restaurants are known and loved for their warm ambiance, good service… and even better food! This is, in every sense, urban-chic dining at its best, with an international menu (specialising in poultry, fish and meat dishes) to match!

If you’re looking for an elegant, delightful dining experience in oh-so-suave Sandton, then head to Pigalle!

Contact: +27 (011) 884 8899

Website: pigallerestaurants.co.za

Address: Shop UO9, 4th Floor, Michelangelo Towers, Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#3 The Grillhouse Sandton

A favourite among business folk and families alike, The Grillhouse Sandton effectively offers diners the best of both worlds.

Whether you want a professional place to hold a work function, or somewhere to go to let your hair down with loved ones – The Grillhouse has you covered.

They are especially famous for their ribs and steak, but happily cater to all kinds of eaters, as salads, poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes are also on offer!

Join The Grillhouse Sandton for a lovely, arty (and faintly New York-style)  grillhouse meal!

Contact:  +27 (011) 783 6132

Website: www.thegrillhouse.co.za

Address: Building 1, 11 Alice Lane, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#4 The Big Mouth

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Alexi Portokallis via The Big Mouth

This contemporary take on a diner, located in Nelson Mandela Square, offers a truly global dining experience… In fact, it feels more like a place one might find in New York, London or even LA and yet, it still has an unmistakably South African feel.

The Big Mouth is uniquely decked out, with bold blue seating, brass accents and more to ensure, ensuring it has plenty of (decor) charm too!

Their menu offers something of everything good – including the freshest seafood, delicious sushi and gourmet burgers around!

Contact: +27 (011) 783 4097

Website: www.thebigmouth.co.za

Address: Shop No. 13 & 14, Nelson Mandela Square, Corner of Maude & 5th Streets, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#5 Qunu

With an innovative menu – that incorporates bold flavours, which burst to life in your mouth – and an honest approach to its cuisine, Qunu is certainly among the best restaurants in SA.

Qunu is, in more than one way, elegant, Johannesburg-based eating at its finest… Its warm surroundings, hands-on sommeliers and gorgeous Fig Terrace all help to ensure guests enjoy beautiful meals, in equally lovely surroundings.

And given how it is named after the famous country home of late former President Nelson Mandela, you know it has strong South African roots too!

Contact: +27 (011) 292 6000

Website: www.saxon.co.za

Address: Saxon Hotel, 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#6 Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo

Piccolo Mondo, situated at the Michelangelo Hotel, is arguably one of the best restaurants in Johannesburg… and beyond.

Here, guests rave about the all-round amazing experience it provides, which is enhanced by its sumptuous restaurant interiors, gourmet food and professional, efficient staff. One thing is for sure: there is no compromise on quality or service.

Culinary quality, flair and adventure all come to life at Piccolo Mondo and while the restaurant draws inspiration from a distinctly Italian theme, it still offers a few memorable, uniquely creative culinary surprises… What’s not to love about a restaurant like that?

Contact: +27 (011) 282 7000

Website: www.legacyhotels.co.za

Address: 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo via Facebook

#7 The Butchershop & Grill

Found in the heart of Sandton, in Nelson Mandela Square, The Butchershop & Grill is a true dining institution in South Africa.

For well over twenty years, this unrivalled steakhouse has been satisfying new and returning customers alike with its top class food and service.

The Butchershop & Grill is a family business, which has been handed down to three generations. Over the years, they have also expanded to Cape Town and the Middle East.

Its Sandton branch can seat up to 600 guests, meaning there is no shortage of space – or memorable, delicious food to be found at The Butchershop & Grill.

Contact: +27 (011) 784 8677

Website: www.thebutchershop.co.za

Address: Shop 30, Nelson Mandela Square,Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#8 Winehouse

Winehouse is synonymous with taste excellence and elegance… This glass-fronted wine cellar – which overlooks the lush Ten Bompas Hotel gardens and a lap pool – is where executive chef, Johannes de Bruijn and his capable team serve up culinary magic!

It lies in the business heart of Johannesburg, so it’s easily one of the more perfect spots in Joburg to enjoy top dining and engaging, over-the-table business talks.

Winehouse offers French-inspired food, filled with South African charm, and a beautiful, chic restaurant setting.

Contact: +27 (011) 325 2442

Website: tenbompas-restaurant.co.za

Address: Ten Bompas Hotel, 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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#9 Chaplin’s Grill

While the original Chaplin’s may have been located in Melville from 1980 onwards – Rainold Petersen moved the newly dubbed Chaplin’s Grill to Sandton in 2012.

Chaplin’s Grill pays homage to the former, equally great eatery, Chaplin’s, while still showcasing Rainold’s love for superior food, wine and beer.

The menu at Chaplin’s Grill is simple, yet creative. Specialties include the likes of calamari salad, brinjal Mille-feuille and vension, roast duck and prawn curry – though vegetarians are certainly not overlooked!

Contact: +27 (076) 564 5979

Website: chaplinsgrill.co.za

Address: 61 Woodlands Avenue off Republic Road, Corner of William Nicol Drive, Hurlingham, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#10 Parc Ferme

Parc Ferme offers diners a chic and traditional experience, complemented by its fine cuisine, served up by Mauritian executive chef, Atmaram Mahadea.

With its contrasting decor (black and white tones), mixed fabrics and succulent food, guests will enjoy a luxurious experience eating out in Sandton. It’s also a great place to host special occasions, like bookings and birthday celebrations.

Contact: +27 (011) 245 4846

Website: www.parcferme.co.za

Address: 8 Maude Street, Sandton Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

These are the best, most stylish and popular restaurants you can enjoy in Sandton… Don’t miss them – because they are all winners!

Best Value-for-Money Airlines.

For aspiring travellers and well-travelled jet setters alike, the key to your travel life are the flights you rush to catch, that bring you home after a wonderful holiday or that re-connect you with loved ones, presently residing on the other side of the world…

But, let’s face it, both airlines (and their available flights) can be pricey – even for the thriftiest travellers around.

So, to avoid breaking the bank, why not cast an eye to the ten best value-for-money airlines?

#1 Singapore Airlines

With amazing service, a wide array of awesome in-flight entertainment and gourmet meals to keep you up on Cloud Nine, it’s no surprise to find Singapore Airlines ranked among the best airlines in the world.

But what might come as a surprise is that they also offer some excellent deals, meaning that, when you book with this airline, you don’t have to sacrifice on your level of comfort or savings.

Contact: +1 (312) 843-5333

Website: www.singaporeair.com

Where they fly: Everywhere from Amsterdam, Darwin, New York, Dusseldorf, Manchester, Taipei, Paris, Tokyo, Dubai, Zurich, Copenhagen, Barcelona and so many more.

#2 Qatar Airlines

Doha-based Qatar Airlines is yet another highly esteemed global airline. Not only are they one of the fastest growing airlines around – but they are also known for their quality service, comfy seats and in-flight entertainment too.

All of which help to ensure that their passengers fly in style – without having to spend a pretty penny every time.

Contact: +974 4022 6000

Website: www.qatarairways.com

Where they fly: The Americas, Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and more.

#3 Norwegian

While Norwegian is not as glamorous as some, it’s nevertheless one of Europe’s best airlines. And, as they cover some 500 routes, they are one of the more far-reaching airlines around.

And perhaps best of all, unlike many airlines, Norwegian has a special price promise, as they strive to provide affordable flights for all!

Contact: 00 47 21 49 00 15

Website: www.norwegian.com

Where they fly: Across Europe, the Americas, Sinapore and more.

#4 AirAsia

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In AirAsia, Tony Fernandes has successfully turned what was formerly a tiny, failed state-owned airline into a multi-national power player. And today, they offer cheap flights to over 120 destinations.

AirAsia is also known for their great customer service, smooth operations and welcoming crew members. These aspects combine to provide passengers with both enjoyable and budget friendly flights.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.airasia.com

Where they fly: Sinapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia.

#5 Emirates

This Dubai-based airline is one of the largest in the Middle East – and happily, it is also a leading international player too.

While their focus is on quality and awesome in-flight entertainment, Emirates has also successfully brought some flights to their customers too… it’s a win all round!

Contact: 0860 123 155

Website: www.emirates.com

Where they fly: Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East and Africa.

#6 jetBlue Airways

The New York-based jetBlue has, since its inception in 1998, been a champion for low cost flights. Over the years, it has also raised the bar in terms of service and in-flight offerings, particularly for affordable flights in the US.

Throw mood lighting, free TV and snacks/food and good service into the mix – and jetBlue is really hard to beat!

Contact: 00 1 801-449-2525

Website:  www.jetblue.com

Where they fly: the United States, Caribbean and Central America, South America and Canada.

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#7 easyJet

easyJet is arguably one of the best budget airlines in the world, and with their excellent cheap flight rates – the world really is at your fingertips.

Because they fly to more than 800 destinations around Europe, you’re spoiled for travel choice! This is hassle-free, affordable flying at its finest.

Contact: 00 44 330 365 5454

Website: www.easyjet.com

Where they fly: Across parts of Europe, Asia and Africa, including Austria, the UK, Turkey, Morocco, Serbia, Portugal, Spain and more.

#8 Virgin America

Virgin America is one of the most well-loved and trusted affordable airlines in North America. Famed for offering style and service akin to some of the best airlines in the world, while still keeping the prices well down for its passengers.

Although it is sadly expected to disappear by 25 April – having merged with Alaska Airlines (another cost-considerate airline) – travellers can still enjoy being among the last flyers on this airline.

Book your tickets on either Virgin America or Alaska Airlines’s websites.

Contact:  00 1 650-762-7005

Website: www.virginamerica.com

Where they fly: Across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

#9 Jetstar Airways

Headed up in Melbourne, this low cost Australian airline is a subsidiary of Qantas, Australia’s national airline.

In the past, Skytrax reviewers have applauded its quality service and value-for-money deals.

And, to make it even better, it is also considered one of the best low cost airlines in Australia and the Pacific. With Jetstar, customers can enjoy low fares every day!

Contact: 00 61 3 9645 5999

Website: www.jetstar.com

Where they fly: Australia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, USA and New Zealand to name some of its main destinations.

#10 Japan Airlines (JAL)

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The flagship carrier of Japan, Japan Airlines, is one of the best airlines around.Importantly, they offer varying fares for their customer’s different needs and budget…

So, if you want to save and still enjoy a great flight experience, look no further than Japan Airlines.

Contact: 00 81 3-6733-3062

Website: www.ar.jal.co.jp

Where they fly: UAE, Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia and Africa.

While there are many cheap and affordable airlines around, these are the ones that come with both a price and quality guarantee…

Top 10 European Airlines

Europe is, in many ways, blessed with the best… and when it comes to its airlines, the same rings true.

From Germany to Turkey, these are the best European airlines for you to enjoy:

#1 Lufthansa

Not only are they Germany’s largest airline, but this Star Alliance member has also flown into the number one spot in Europe too.

With awesome food and beverages, internet and entertainment (including over 100 films, 200 TV shows and box sets) on board, there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied and contented during trips.

And, in true German style, everything is slickly and efficiently done, allowing you to enjoy relaxing in-flight experiences.

Contact: +49 (0) 69 86 799 799 (Germany), 0861 842538 (South Africa)

Website: www.lufthansa.com

Where they fly: Across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Australia, the UAE and Europe.

#2 Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines – Turkey’s national flag carrier – invites travellers to enjoy the best possible travel and flight experiences with them.

Flying from Istanbul to over 110 countries worldwide, Turkish Airlines has become synonymous with good flights and quality service.

Because of this, it’s no wonder that they were voted Europe’s best airline consecutively from 2011 – 2016.

Contact: 00 27 21 936 (South Africa)

Website: www.turkishairlines.com

Where they fly: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and UAE etc.

#3 Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines, a Lufthansa-owned airline and national Austrian flag carrier, scores high marks for their quality customer service, on-board dining and fun entertainment, all of which contribute greatly to overall customer satisfaction.

And what’s more, they fly to over 130 destinations worldwide, meaning you have access to plenty of charming travel options!

Contact: +43 5 1766 1074 (Vienna Airport)

Website: www.austrian.com

Where they fly: Africa, Asia, Europe, UAE and the USA etc.

#4 Air France

This French airline is famed for its awesome flight deals (ranging from economy to first class), which run throughout the year. But that’s not all because they also offer some great flight routes!

Fly with them and enjoy a taste of French refinement, as you jet off to your next destination!

Contact: 010 205 0100

Website: www.airfrance.co.za

Where they fly: Europe, Africa, the Americas, Australia, Asia and UAE.

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#5 Swiss International Air Lines

Formed from Swissair, this Basel-based airline operates largely from Zurich Airport, its main hub. It is a subsidiary of Lufthansa, so there is a certain quality assurance involved here.

So fly with this leading Swiss airline – and travel the world in style.

Contact:  0860 040 506

Website: www.swiss.com

Where they fly: Europe, Africa, Middle East, Far East, North and South America, Caribbean.

#6 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM is the world’s oldest continuously operating airline, operating as both a passenger and cargo carrier.

Not only are they blessed with a royal touch, but they also have a stellar reputation. KLM offers its passengers access to some top global destinations, including Cape Town, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris to name a few.

Take to the skies with KLM and experience royal in-flight service!

Contact: 0860 247 747

Website: www.klm.com

Where they fly: Europe, Cape Town, parts of the USA, Australia, South America and parts of Asia.

#7 Finnair

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Finland’s national airline, Finnair, is one of the world’s oldest airlines around.

From 2010 – 2017, they were consistently voted the best airline in Northern Europe by Skyrax. And, not only have they stood the test of time most impressively but, in the process, they have also happily lost none of their quality.

So, when flying with Finnair, travellers are assured the best Finland has to offer.

Contact: +358 9 818 0800

Website: www.finnair.com

Where they fly: Finland, Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and the Middle East.

#8 Norwegian

This Scandinavian airline enjoys flying to more than 150 destinations across the globe.

They have a price promise, offering flight affordability for all. Which is why they cover over 500 routes worldwide.

Norwegian is one of the youngest fleets in the world, and an award-winning airline at that. With them, travellers can enjoy comfortable flights at low prices.

Contact: 00 47 21 49 00 15

Website: www.norwegian.com

Where they fly: Across Europe, the Americas, Sinapore and more.

#9 Virgin Atlantic Airways

Yet another of Sir Richard Branson’s great success stories, Virgin Atlantic Airways, offers travellers quality flights, affordability, award-winning entertainment and so much more, making for an all-round wonderful flying experience.

Start your adventure with them and fly where you need to be, because, with Virgin, it’s travel your way!

Contact: 0344 874 7747

Website: www.virginatlantic.com

Where they fly: USA, Caribbean, Mexico, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Dubai and more.

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#10 Aeroflot Russian Airlines

In 2017, this Russian airline was voted by Skyrax as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe. This further proved just how significant it can be in the modern world of aviation.

And, because Aeroflot flies to over 100 destinations around the globe, it allows passengers to see the world as they go!

Contact:  +7-495-223-55-55 (Moscow)

Website: www.aeroflot.ru

Where they fly: UAE, Middle East, Asia, Europe, USA, Egypt and more.

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Top 10 Airlines in Asia

While certain top European or global airlines are loved around the world – there’s no question that some of the most luxurious, popular and reliable airlines emerge from within Asia.

Here are the top ten Asian airlines:

#1 Qatar Airways

Serving six continents, Qatar Airways is the world’s fastest growing airline. They effortlessly connect more than 150 destinations every day, meaning that Qatar can take you places… in style.

Whether you fly from their five-star hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, or elsewhere, you’re in for a special flight – every time.

Contact: +974 4022 6000

Website: www.qatarairways.com

Where they fly: The Americas, Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and more.

#2 Sinapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines brings flight innovation and refined travel. They enjoy flying to some leading international destinations, like New York, Manchester, Paris, Tokyo and Dubai to name a few.

Contact: +1 (312) 843-5333

Website: www.singaporeair.com

Where they fly: Everywhere from Amsterdam, Darwin, New York, Dusseldorf, Manchester, Taipei, Paris, Tokyo, Dubai, Zurich, Copenhagen, Barcelona and so many more.

#3 Emirates

Based in Dubai, Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East. They also rank in as the world’s fourth largest airline, in terms of both scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres and international passengers carried.

Their focus is on quality, excellent in-flight entertainment and all-round good flights – and it really shows!

Contact: 0860 123 155

Website: www.emirates.com

Where they fly: Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East and Africa.

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#4 All Nippon Airways (ANA)

This Japanese airline consistently finds itself in top airline company, as it rubs shoulders with the very best in the flight world.

Not only are they home to one of the biggest Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleets in the world, but they are also Japan’s largest international carrier.

Overall, they are certainly one of the finest airlines in Asia – and the world.

Contact: 1-800-235-9262 (international reservations)

Website: www.ana.co.jp

Where they fly: Japan, Asia/Oceania (destinations like Jakarta, Hong Kong, Sinapore, Shanghai and Beijing etc.)

#5 EVA Air

EVA Air is a Taiwanese international airline, first founded in 1989… Since then, this airline has grown phenomenally, especially in the past two decades.

Today, EVA Air serves a global network of flight routes, connecting Asia and Mainland China to North America, Europe and Oceania, with links to more than 60 major business and tourist destinations.

Contact: +886-2-25011999

Website: www.evaair.com

Where they fly: Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan and Korea, Asia, North Korea, Europe and Oceania.

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#6 Cathay Pacific Airways

There is no doubting that Cathay Pacific is one of the Pacific Rim’s best and most well-liked carriers. It’s a top Asian airline, which ranks among the finest airlines in the world.

With Cathay Pacific, you are assured the best that Asia has to offer – and more. In particular, they rake in praises (including from Skytrax) for their service quality, seat comfort and in-flight entertainment.

Contact: 2-8793-3388 287933388 (for tickets and flights enquiries only)

Website: www.cathaypacific.com

Where they fly: Asia-Pacific, South Africa, The Americas, The Middle East and Europe.

#7 Etihad Airways

Etihad has, since its inception, striven to impress – and in recent years, it has undoubtedly done just that.

Their aim is to connect Abu Dhabi and the world – and with their perfect geographical location, proud fleet and sound travel routes, they are well on their way to doing just that.

Contact: +97125110000 (general), +971(0)25990000  (flight reservations)

Website: www.etihad.com

Where they fly: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, The Americas and the Middle East.

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#8 Hainan Airlines

Founded in 1993, Hainan Airlines – a leading Chinese airline – is well-loved for its attentive service and quality business class offerings.

They offer a brand-new fleet, with more than 160 Boeing and Airbus jets, and are rapidly expanding throughout Asia, Australia and Europe… Meaning that, with Hainan, you really can ‘fly your dreams’!

Contact: 1-312-374-3700

Website: www.hainanairlines.com

Where they fly: UAE, China, UK, USA, Turkey, Ireland, South Korea, Thailand and more.

#9 Garuda Indonesia

Indonesia’s pride and flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, flies to over 40 domestic and 36 international destinations.

Garuda Indonesia offers travellers great fares, world-class service and in-flight entertainments of note.

They have previously been named by Skytrax as the ‘World’s Best Regional Airline’, proving that they can hold their own, especially in Asia.

Contact: 00 62 21 23519999

Website: www.garuda-indonesia.com

Where they fly: Australia, South East Asia, North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea.

#10 Thai Airways

Thailand’s flag carrier, Thai Airways, is a proud airline that takes passengers to some 91 destinations world-wide. They have, for a long time, been an industry leader, especially when it comes to quality service.

In 2017, Skyrax awarded them with the following: World’s Best Economy Class, Best Economy Class Onboard Catering and Best Airline Lounge Spa. These awards alone surely prove to us just how good they really are.

Contact: (66-2) 356-1111  (Bangkok Office number)

Website: www.thaiairways.com

Where they fly: Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

These airlines are unquestionably the top ten airlines in Asia – so let them take you places… today!