Best Things to Do in East London

East London is a fabulously fun city to explore. This Sunshine Coast city offers plenty to see and do – whether it’s a day by the beach, time spent exploring a museum or heading to a secret spot beloved by the locals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some of the best things to do in and around East London:

#1 Explore gorgeous Nahoon Beach

Whether you are keen to surf, swim, go for a walk or simply sit and soak up a bit of the sun, Nahoon Beach is arguably one of the best beaches to enjoy in the Eastern Cape.

It’s not only extremely beautiful but it’s clean and neat to boot, with soft beach sand and unspoilt natural surroundings. Blessed with a lovely wooden walkway for admiring the scenery, Nahoon Beach is perfect for the whole family.

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Address: Nahoon Beach, Beach Road, Nahoon East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#2 Hop on a Buffalo River Cruise

Southern Cross Cruises
Southern Cross Cruises

Southern Cross Cruises offer an exciting local experience: river cruises along the beautiful Buffalo River.

Catering to social groups, birthday parties, weddings or simply soothing sundowner trips, this family-friendly cruise (suitable for all ages) is a wonderful way to experience some local natural beauty in a real and intimately fun way… This is a must for locals and tourists alike!

Contact: +27 (082) 938 6275, +27(043) 735 1918, info@southerncrosseastlondon.co.za

Website: www.southerncrosscruises.co.za

Address: Southern Cross Cruises, 1 Sheerness Place, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#3 Head to Lavender Blue Market

Loved by locals, Lavender Blue Market (open daily) is a wonderful, family-friendly farmer’s market, where you can enjoy browsing stalls, buying great, value-for-money eats and enjoying an all-round charming experience.

The market is spread between a large, vibey indoor space and a tranquil outside area, which is perfect for kids to run around freely in.

This is a truly delightful spot in the city – and one you definitely need to visit for yourself.

Contact: +27 (043) 732 1172, lavenderbluemarket@telkomsa.net

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/Lavender-Blue-Market-446394015407549

Address: Lavender Blue Market, Old Gonubie Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Lavender Blue Market via Facebook
Lavender Blue Market via Facebook

#4 Visit East London Museum

Founded in 1921, this time-honoured museum is one of South Africa’s most interesting and informative cultural and natural museums.

East London Museum offers a range of exciting exhibits, with highlights including the ‘World War 1’ and ‘Plants and People’ exhibitions.

This is an educational experience, suited to families, history buffs, tourists, locals and school groups alike. (Happily, the museum also offers disabled parking and wheel-chair access on both levels.)

Note: The museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays. For opening times and admission fees, please see their website or contact them direct.

Contact: +27 (043) 743 0686, derekh@elmuseum.za.org

Website: www.elmuseum.za.org

Address: East London Museum, 319 Oxford Street, Southernwood, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Explore Ann Bryant Art Gallery

The Ann Bryant Art Gallery is a beautiful and well-known art museum and gallery. As one of the best art spots in town, it offers an interesting array of exhibits.

There is also a lovely garden for you to ample around once you have finished appreciating the art.

Note: Ann Bryant Art Gallery is also a National Monument.

Contact: +27 (043) 722 4044, annbryant@intekom.co.za

Website: www.annbryant.co.za

Address: Ann Bryant Art Gallery, No 9, St Marks Road, Southernwood, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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Ann Bryant Art Gallery via Facebook

#6 Immerse Yourself in Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve

If you are looking to escape the confines of the city and immerse yourself in the peace and quiet of the outdoors, Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve is the place for you.

Walk through the mangrove swamps, head down to the pristine beach or simply pack a picnic and enjoy seeing all the natural flora and fauna.

Either way, you win and will enjoy a special day out with those you love!

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Address: Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#7 Treat Yourself at Friesland Milk Bar

If you’re craving a sweet treat, then Friesland Milk Bar is a must-visit spot.

This delightful milk bar is famous for its ice-cream and milkshakes, which come in over 20 droolworthy flavours, with many delicious ice-cream sauces besides… Pop by for something tasty to enjoy the sweeter side of East London!

Contact: +27 (043) 722 3260, sameer.cassiram@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/FrieslandMilkBar

Address: East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Eat Out at Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall

This fun, family-friendly spot (with great play facilities for kiddies) is well-worth a visit – if only for its beauty, especially thanks to its stunning Cape Dutch-style architecture.

Combining a lovely restaurant and farmstall, it allows you to enjoy a relaxing meal or pack in some goods for the road ahead.

Either way, you can enjoy a lovely time out at Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall.

Contact: +27 (043) 732 1101, bookings@pinecreek.co.za

Website: pinecreek.co.za

Address: Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall, Road A1, Holm Hill, Main Road, Beacon Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall
Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall

#9 Head to East London Aquarium

First opened in 1931, this long-standing museum is one of the oldest public aquariums in all of Southern Africa.

It might not be large but it offers a good variety of interesting and fascinating sections and displays nonetheless. Highlights include the penguin area and beautiful fish.

Contact: +27 (043) 705 2637

Website: www.eastlondon.org.za

Address: East London Aquarium, 13 Esplanade Street, Quigney Beach, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Visit Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve

Last but far from least, we have the stellar Mpongo Park Private Game Reserve, situated a short distance out of East London.

This quality establishment and game reserve allows visitors to get up close and personal with some amazing game and wildlife. The reserve also offers accommodation and conference facilities if you expect to visit for longer.

Be sure to enjoy a game drive (including special night and sunset drives, which can be arranged on request), team building activity or safari walk when visiting this incredible private game reserve.

Contact: +27 (043) 705 5000

Website: N/A

Address: Mpongo Park Game Reserve, Macleantown District, N6 National Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Best Places to Eat in East London

As one of South Africa’s most popular cities to visit, East London – blessed with the warm Indian Ocean, a subtropical climate and a good city vibe – is a gem worth discovering for yourself.

And, best of all, this Sunshine Coast-lying city offers some excellent eateries worth savouring too.

Here is a list of the best places to eat in East London:

#1 Sanook Cafe

Sanook Cafe is one of East London’s best, most popular restaurants and when you see their menu and food, it isn’t hard to understand why…

Serving up a mix of quality dishes – with an emphasis on their gourmet burgers (there is even a vegan option) – Sanook Cafe creates a memorable dining experience for its visitors.

Highlights from the menu include their Sweet Potato Moroccan Chicken Buddha Bowl, The Deluxe Burger, Chocolate Brownie and Flatbread Focaccia (ideal for sharing), to name only a few.

In addition to this drool-worthy, larger-than-life food, they also have a wonderful restaurant atmosphere and good service, both of which only add to the overall experience.

Note: Sanook is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner but is closed on Sundays.

Contact: +27 (043) 721 3215, eat@sanook.co.za

Website: www.sanook.co.za/sanook-cafe

Address: Sanook Cafe, 11 Chamberlain Road, Berea, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Sanook Cafe via Facebook
Sanook Cafe via Facebook

#2 Grazia – Fine Wine and Food

This elegant eatery, complete with indoor and outdoor seating, has a touch of class that permeates its every inch.

Not only does Grazia offer some amazing dishes – think, seafood and grill speciality mains, delicious pizzas and gorgeous desserts – but it also offers an award-winning wine list, with everything from bubbly to red and white favourites and more.

Order a glass of something fine to savour with your fresh, flavourful meal, as you enjoy Grazia’s beautiful surroundings.

Contact: +27 (043) 7222 009 or (087) 350 4066, grazia@graziafinefood.co.za

Website: www.graziafinefood.co.za

Address: Grazia Fine Wine and Food, Upper Esplanade/Beach Front Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Grazia Fine Wine and Food
Grazia Fine Wine and Food

#3 Irana Indian Cuisine

Offering flavourful Indian food, the small but cosy Irana makes a memorable impression with its fragrant, delicious dishes and good service.

Although they offer some standard eats – like classic sandwiches – it’s the bunny chows, roti rolls, vindaloo and Karai Gosh delights and more, which will have you coming back time and again.

An added bonus is that they also have some great desserts, like peppermint tart or mango ice cream, perfect for when you need to hit that sweet spot post-meal.

Note: Irana Indian Cuisine caters to both meat eaters and vegans alike.

Contact: +27 (043) 721 2652 or (073) 020 9466

Website: N/A

Address: Irana Indian Cuisine, 5 Glaston Street, Berea, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#4 Cantina & Craft

Cantina & Craft via Facebook
Cantina & Craft via Facebook

For those who crave good Mexican food in East London, look no further than the popular Cantina & Craft.

Whether you want good nachos, a taco or even just some tequila… Cantina & Craft can happily attend to all your Mexican food craving needs. In addition to their fine food, they also offer excellent craft beer on tap.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to head to Cantina & Craft for a foodie fiesta!

Note: Cantina & Craft is part of the Sanook Restaurant family.

Contact: +27 (043) 748 2636

Website: www.cantinaandcraft.co.za

Address: Cantina & Craft, Shop I & J Beacon Bay Crossing
East London, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Windmill Roadhouse

Popular with the people, Windmill Roadhouse is a favourite among East London locals. And when you factor in top notch service, great food and a longstanding history of quality offerings (since 1946, no less) – it’s clear why.

This traditional restaurant offers excellent food at affordable prices, as well as some of the best coffee in town… What more do you really need?

So head over to  this classic, local eatery, which is perfect for everyone.

Contact: +27 (043) 722 9208

Website: www.windmillroadhouse.co.za

Address: Windmill Roadhouse, Windmill Park, Esplanade, Quigney, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#6 The Cricketer

This rustic, wonderful steakhouse draws in glowing reviews on both its consistently good food and service.

And with some interesting and mouthwatering dishes available, it is certainly one of the food gems in East London.

Best of all, it excels at its steaks, with many people hailing The Cricketers’ steaks as ‘the best steak in town’. But it’s the fact that they always offer a good restaurant experience and sound service that truly sets them apart.

Contact: +27 (083) 659 8899, alison@2swans.co.za

Website: www.facebook.com/SmashingSteaks

Address: The Cricketer, Schafli Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The Cricketer via Facebook
The Cricketer via Facebook

#7 Cafe Neo

This attractive cafe offers some of the best food around, with a wide range of options to choose from. What’s more, service is consistently good and the setting is lovely too.

With great cocktails (hailed by many as top class), pasta and burgers and a delightful atmosphere to boot, Cafe Neo is perfect for casual eating and cosy catch-ups.

Best of all, the cafe offers a wonderful view of the beach, so you can soak up the sights of East London while you eat.

Contact: +27 (043) 722 4531

Website: N/A

Address: Cafe Neo, 128 Moore Street, Quigney Beach, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Buccaneers

Opened in 1992, Buccaneers is more than just a local watering hole, for this spot also just so happens to serve up some good, solid pub grub and views for days – thanks to its proximity to the beach.

The vibe here is fun and relaxed, meaning you can enjoy a chilled time out with friends and loved ones. Better still, service is good and there is a choice between indoor or outdoor seating, as desired.

If you need to unwind, laid-back Buccaneers is the place to do it at in East London.

Contact: +27 (043) 743 5171, buccaneers@telkomsa.net

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/BuccaneersEL

Address: Buccaneers, 1 Tram Track Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#9 The Beach Break Cafe

Boasting a tranquil setting, The Beach Break Cafe is famed for its great coffee, light lunches, good breakfasts and tasty cakes.

Visitors agree that the food is good (including the dessert), service is great and the setting is dreamy and peaceful.

At this family friendly cafe, tuck into healthy food options, like their chicken and stir fry wrap or carrot cake, as you enjoy relaxing in the fresh air under the trees… It’s sure to soothe and satisfy you.

Contact: +27 (078) 171 2579, beachbreak@mweb.co.za

Website: www.facebook.com/nahoonbreak

Address: The Beach Break Cafe, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 The Cow Shed

The Cow Shed via Facebook
The Cow Shed via Facebook

For anyone looking for a quiet and intimate spot, this comfy eatery, which opened in 2016, has you sorted. Service and food are both solid and good and the atmosphere is pleasant above all else.

Be sure to pay them a visit and enjoy both tasty food and a peaceful setting at The Cow Shed.

Contact: +27 (043) 735 1513, thecowandmilkshed@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/thecowandmilkshed

Address: The Cow Shed, 54 Beach Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

These are just a few of the best eateries to enjoy in East London. Which is your pick?

Best Things to Do in Port Elizabeth

South Africa’s windy city is a place where the locals are ultra friendly, the ocean is always close by – and best of all, there are plenty of great activities and experiences for the whole family to enjoy!

Here are the best things to do in and around Port Elizabeth:

#1 Enjoy Shamwari Private Game Reserve

As one of South Africa’s premier “safari and holiday” destinations, Shamwari needs little introduction. Chances are, if you have heard of any place close to P-E, it will be this incredible game reserve.

Although Shamwari sadly doesn’t offer day game drives, it features exciting experiences, luxurious accommodation and of course, the chance to get up close and personal with Africa’s impressive Big 5.

Activities to enjoy when staying at Shamwari include: kids’ safaris, guided walks, game drives and birding. They also offer vital conservation experiences, like the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary.

Contact: +27 42 203 1111, reservations@shamwari.com

Website: www.shamwari.com

Address: Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Paterson, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#2 Explore Kragga Kamma Game Park

At Kragga Kamma, all the wild life roams around freely, unrestricted… This means that whether you stay overnight or simply stop by for the day – you can experience these incredible animals in a truly unique way!

Aside from the mandatory game drives, there are cheetah encounters, birding opportunities, a suspension bridge and monkey (forest) walk and more to enjoy.

Visit this amazing game park for some life-changing experiences in South Africa’s wild!

Contact: +27 (041) 379 4195, info@kraggakamma.co.za

Website: www.kraggakamma.co.za

Address: Kragga Kamma Game Park, Kragga Kamma Road (M15)
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#3 Take the family to Happy Valley

Catering to both kiddies and adults, Happy Valley is a magical place to go for a family outing.

Highlights at Happy Valley include: a life-sized chess board, lovely rockeries, lily ponds and of course, beautiful surroundings (especially at night when the colourful lights are turned on).

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some fresh air at this enchanting place!

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Happy Valley,  50 Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#4 Adventure in the Donkin Reserve

Overlooking the city, Donkin Reserve offers some interesting historical monuments and landmarks. These include the Stone Pyramid monument (which bears a moving inscription from Sir Rufane Donkin, written in loving memory of his late wife, Elizabeth) and proud-looking lighthouse.

Aside from these attractions, the reserve – which forms part of the sought-after Route 67 and the Donkin Heritage Trail – is a beautiful and interesting part of the city to explore.

Contact: +27 (041) 585 8884

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: The Donkin Reserve, Belmont Terrace, Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Explore Cape Recife Nature Reserve

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

This beautiful, 365-hectare reserve offers an escape from everyday city life. Here, one can enjoy some of the best ‘secret’ beaches and views around P-E.

What’s more, the reserve is also home to SANCCOB Port Elizabeth, a rehabilitation centre for marine animals (particularly the adorable African Penguins).

For the adventurous, there’s a delightful, 9-km circular walking trail, which allows you to experience pristine beaches, natural dune flora, interesting rocky outcrops and the lighthouse too.

All in all, the reserve is a wonderful place to explore and provides some incredible scenery.

Please note: There are weekly or annual vehicle permits, while those on foot and non-motorised transport enjoy free entry.

Contact:+27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#6 Head to The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World

For those craving a little added fun and excitement, the popular Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World is the place to go.

Offering restaurants and bars, spa treatments, golf, plenty of fun for the kids (including childrens’ rides, a magic company and more) and an amphitheatre, festival lawn area and a cinema to boot… it’s an all-round interesting attraction for everyone!

Contact: +27 (041) 507 7777, boardwalk.reservations@suninternational.com

Website: www.suninternational.com/boardwalk/

Address: The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World, Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#7 Be entranced at Bayworld Oceanarium

Bayworld Oceanarium is a wonderful, educational experience for young and old. The oceanarium is home to several species of fish, Cape gannets, turtles, fur seals and even South Africa’s second largest captive population of African Blackfooted Penguins.

At Bayworld Oceanarium, you can meet the marine mammals who live in Algoa Bay… So bring your friends and family along and enjoy an immersive glimpse into local sea life.

Please note: For ticket prices and operating hours, please see Bayworld’s website.

Contact: +27 (041) 584 0650, pr@bayworld.co.za

Website: www.bayworld.co.za

Address: Bayworld, 23 Beach Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Get wet at Splash WaterWorld

Splash WaterWorld offers good, clean fun for the whole family. This epic water park offers amazing water slides, a beautiful enclosed grass area on Kings Beach and plenty of food and drink options too.

Main attractions include: the Super Tube, Lazy River Ride, Speed Slide and a dedicated Kiddies’ Slide too!

Splash WaterWorld is popular among school groups, youth groups and birthday parties… Join them for some fun in the sun – we promise you’ll get to make a splash!

Please note: For ticket prices and operating hours, please see Splash WaterWorld’s Facebook page.

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Splash WaterWorld, Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Check out Route 67

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

This insightful route comprises of 67 public art works, symbolising the late Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to South Africa. Included among these art works are 67 steps, which lead up to the largest flag in Africa.

Route 67 is a historical and cultural celebration, which honours a global icon and one of South Africa’s most influential people of all time.

Explore Route 67 from start to finish for an eye-opening and colourful introduction to P-E and South Africa alike.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Route 67, 14 St Mary’s Terrace, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Enjoy St George’s Park

As Port Elizabeth’s oldest park, St George’s Park is one of its longest standing attractions. Found within easy walking distance of the city, this delightful park is spread across 73 hectares of gorgeous, wooded parklands.

It is filled to the brim with an array of plants, trees and flowers and also encompasses the world-famous P-E cricket ground, South Africa’s oldest bowling green, a swimming pool, Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial, the Victorian Pearson Conservatory and a great kids’ playground too.

The park is one of the city’s finest attractions, so it’s definitely worth enjoying when visiting or residing in P-E.

Note: There is also a monthly Art in the Park market, normally held on the last Sunday of the month.

Contact: +27 (041) 506 2775

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: St Georges Park, Park Drive,
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

These are some of the best things to do in P-E. What’s first on your list?

Best Places to Eat in Paarl

Paarl is one of the most well-rounded parts of the Western Cape. Not only is this beautiful, hot region home to some of South Africa’s finest wine estates and hotels but it also offers a wealth of highly rated, consistently pleasing restaurants.

Here are the best places to eat in Paarl:

#1 FABER at Avondale

Ever since its opening, FABER has been the recipient of much highly esteemed and deserved food praise.

Found on the picturesque estate of Avondale, this enchanting eatery is pure magic, from setting to food presentation to taste.

Formerly under the helm of chef Eric Bulpitt but now overseen by up-and-coming chef Dale Stevens, FABER is an authentic, altogether impressive restaurant. It is, in every sense, a tastefully decorated, professionally run and sustainability-driven offering.

If you are looking for one of the best culinary experiences the Western Cape has to offer, book at FABER.

Contact: +27 (021 202 1219: faber@avondalewine.co.za

Website: avondalewine.co.za/faber

Address: FABER, Avondale Estate, Lustigan Road,
Klein Drakenstein, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Terra Mare

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Terra Mare – “Where land meets sea” – is a wonderful find in Paarl’s town proper. This contemporary establishment brings together some of the finest elements – including continental, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines – in a setting that quietly wows.

Inside, the restaurant is stylish and classy, without being over-the-top -and the food provides diners with the ultimate food experience.

Add to that some excellent wines and a passionate team and you cannot go wrong with Terra Mare.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 4805

Website: terra-mare.co.za

Address: Terra Mare Restaurant, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Noop

Noop is the place where wonderful stories of food and wine await… It is a warmly welcoming, gorgeous eatery, with food to match.

Here, things are kept fresh, local and simple, and there is no need or desire to over-complicate… And the culinary results are incredible.

What’s more, not only is Noop ideal for special dinners, romantic meals and celebratory nights out but it is perfect for hosting any special event.

Contact: 021 863 3925, info@noop.co.za

Website: www.noop.co.za

Address: Noop, 127 Main Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

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www.noop.co.za via Facebook

#4 Restaurant at Glen Carlou

This restaurant, which offers incredible views and a stylish, modern setting, is sure to thrill. The seasonally inspired food – expertly prepared by chef Johan Stander – is delicious and well-presented, the wines on offer are great and the service is top class.

All of these elements combine to bring you an excellent restaurant experience. While you are there, you might want to book a wine tasting or pop into the art gallery.

Note: The restaurant is open for lunch on Monday to Sunday, from 12:00 pm -16:00 pm.

Contact: +27 (021) 875 5528

Website: glencarlou.co.za

Address: Restaurant at Glen Carlou, Simondium Road, Klapmuts, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Blacksmith’s Kitchen

Found at the delightful Pearl Mountain Estate, Blacksmith’s Kitchen is a relaxed and cosy bistro-style restaurant, situated in the old blacksmith’s cottages.

Chef Douglas Adams ensures that the food is beautiful and delicious, while the pretty, airy setting makes the restaurant feel like a breath of fresh air.

When in Paarl, be sure to pay Blacksmith’s Kitchen a visit.

Contact: +27 (021) 870 1550

Website: www.pearlmountain.co.za

Address: Blacksmith’s Kitchen, Pearl Mountain Estate, Northern Paarl, access via Bo Lang Street from Paarl Main Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

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www.pearlmountain.co.za

#6 Bertus Basson at Spice Route

Celebrating the best of South African cuisine, served up by one of the country’s finest chefs, Bertus Basson – this self-named restaurant at Spice Route is a winner every time.

Whether you sit out on the porch or under the oak trees, you are sure to be wowed by your surroundings, as much as by the incredible food on offer.

Note: Before/after your meal, be sure to explore all the fun, which Spice Route offers visitors!

Contact: +27 (021) 863 5222, reservations@bertusbasson.com

Website: www.spiceroute.co.za/artisans/bertus-basson

Address: Bertus Basson at Spice Route Destination, Suid Agter Paarl Road,
Suider Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Spice Route Paarl via Instagram

#7 Bosman’s Restaurant

The award-winning Bosman’s at Grande Roche Hotel makes for a unique dining experience.

Here, pleasing settings combine with good service and memorable foods, creating a sensory experience of note.

This is fine dining, wherein charming intimacy, old-school elegance and style come together nicely.

Note: The Private Dining Room can be hired for more intimate functions, board meetings and of course, romantic, candle-lit dinners too.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 5100, reserve@granderoche.co.za

Website: granderoche.com

Address: Bosman’s Restaurant, Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street,
Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Goatshed Restaurant at Fairview

Fairview isn’t just renowned for its cheeses, wine and cute goats alone – for its eateries are well loved too, you see.

And in Goatshed Restaurant, one encounters a delightfully charming, country-style eatery, equipped with a pleasant atmosphere, setting and menu to boot.

With their selection of farm-style dishes, artisanal, award-winning cheeses and delicious wines, it is hard to beat a meal at this lovely restaurant.

Note: Be sure to say hi to the friendly estate goats when you visit!

Contact: +27 (021) 863 3609, goatshed@fairview.co.za

Website: www.fairview.co.za/goatshed

Address: Goatshed Restaurant, Fairview Wine Estate, Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Suider Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the most fabulous places you can eat out at in Paarl… which will you visit first?

Top 10 Franschhoek Restaurants

Franschhoek is a highly sought-after destination in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. And while this fair wine valley and historic town needs little to no introduction – it’s also safe to call it a bonafide foodie haven.

With some of the Cape, and South Africa’s, finest restaurants found here – prepare to try several top eateries on one day or weekend visit, as you eagerly explore this beautiful town and wine-producing valley:

#1 La Petite Colombe

Scot Kirton, James Gaag and chef John Norris-Rogers are the talented trio behind this incredible, still-new Franschhoek restaurant.

The sister restaurant to Constantia’s La Colombe, this exciting eatery is as aesthetically pleasing as it is from a food perspective.

If you are after an amazing fine dining experience in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, head to La Petite Colombe and be prepared to have your breath taken away…

Note: La Petite Colombe, a fine dining institution, is not suitable for children under ten – and advance booking is recommended.

Contact: +27 (021) 202 3395, reservations@lapetitecolombe.com

Website: www.lapetitecolombe.com

Address:  La Petite Colombe, Le Quartier Français Hotel, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Foliage

Chef Chris Erasmus has, in Foliage, provided guests with a consistently incredible restaurant.

This lovely, relaxed eatery offers a memorable dining experience, where good service, quality food, all-round attention to detail and thoughtful cooking are firmly at the fore.

Note: Foliage has plenty of excellent vegetarian and vegan options on its menu, including a vegetarian-friendly cheesecake… mmm! Also, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Contact: +27 (021) 876 2328, restaurant@foliage.co.za

Website: www.foliage.co.za

Address: Foliage, 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 The Werf Restaurant

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This impeccable, visually stunning farm-to-table restaurant provides guests with a soothing, yet entirely special experience.

Service is slick, chef Christiaan Campbell’s meals are wonderful and the Boschendal wines couldn’t be finer…

What more do you require from a restaurant? Well, how about an impressive, eclectic space inside and out – with a view out across the stunning food garden!

If you are looking for a quality, laid-back dining experience in Franschhoek, look no further than Boschendal’s The Werf Restaurant.

Note: Booking is essential – and the restaurant is not halaal-, kosher- or allergy-friendly.

Contact: +27 (021) 870 4207/09, werf@boschendal.co.za

Website: www.boschendal.com

Address: The Werf Restaurant, Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Bread & Wine Restaurant

Fronted up by charcuterie king and executive chef, Neil Jewell, this beautiful restaurant is one of the most wonderful places to eat in Franschhoek.

Not only is the setting on family farm, Moreson, positively enchanting, but it offers some truly delectable dishes for visitors to relish. What’s more, it’s family-friendly so no one has to stay at home.

But while the atmosphere is relaxed and farm-friendly, this is one of the most highly rated eateries in Franschhoek… and with good reason!

Note: Bread & Wine is available for hosting weddings and private functions. Also, the restaurant will be closed on 6th, 13th and 20th November 2018 respectively.

Contact: +27 (021) 876 4004, breadandwine@moreson.co.za

Website: www.breadandwine.co.za

Address: Bread & Wine Restaurant, Moreson Farm, Happy Valley Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5  Orangerie Restaurant

This airy, graceful eatery, found on the impressive Le Lude Estate, is one of the town’s best-kept secrets, in spite of its popularity among those in the know…

Here, chef Nicolene Barrow brings delicious, classical French cuisine (and her own personal touches and contemporary twist) to the table, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all.

Expect a fresh, seasonal menu, which helps to further cement an all-round glorious meal  in this beautiful restaurant.

Note: Prior booking is a must here. What’s more, Orangerie also offers a delectable high tea.

Contact: +27 (021) 100 3464, restaurant@lelude.co.za

Website: lelude.co.za

Address: Orangerie Restaurant, Le Lude Estate, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#6 Le Coin Français

Multiple award-winning chef Darren Badenhorst is the mastermind behind Le Coin Francais’s incredible food. With artfully presented dishes, which taste divine, he takes diners on a wholly memorable foodie experience.

And in the restaurant itself, one can expect a chic, polished restaurant setting, with classy interiors to match the chef’s impressive plating.

If you are unsure what to choose from, why not try the Chef’s Taster? Or enjoy the two-course special – available from Thursday to Sunday – for just R355 per person. (Best of all, this treat includes a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival.)

Whatever you decide to order… prepare to be wowed by chef Darren’s fine cooking!

Note: Booking is essential. Also, children (ages 12 and up) are welcome to join for dinner and are also allowed to enjoy the tasting menus offered – and all ages are welcome for lunch.

Contact: +27 (074) 126 0022, reservations@lecoinfrancais.co.za

Website: lecoinfrancais.co.za

Address: Le Coin Français, 17 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant

Following in the talented footsteps of chef Michelle Theron, chef Eric Bulpitt is now the executive chef behind Pierneef à La Motte’s restaurant magic.

Chef Eric brings with him a formidable chef’s CV and plenty of inspired cooking, which incorporates fresh, sustainable ingredients in the making of his masterful dishes… These are set to impress every kind of eater!

While the restaurant space itself is a thing of pure beauty nd truly inventive interior design and decoration.

If you are looking for a sumptuous restaurant – with incredible indoor and outdoor, as well as deck seating – look no further than Pierneef à La Motte!

Note: La Motte requires photo identification (driver’s licence, passport or ID) for its security check-in – and restaurant bookings are recommended.

Contact: +27 (021) 876 8800, pierneef@la-motte.co.za

Website: www.la-motte.com

Address: Pierneef à La Motte, La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Reuben’s

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Chef Reuben Riffel – the man behind numerous top-class eateries over the years and a true South African celebrity chef in every sense – has done it again… But this time, he’s re-introduced some of his more signature dishes to the menu.

This restaurant and bar – which offers a wonderfully laid-back setting – is perfect for winelands dining, while its central location makes it impossible to miss when visiting fairest Franschhoek.

If you’re not already a Reuben Riffel fan, then after dining at the self-named Reuben’s… you certainly will be, as it’s sure to delight new and old food fans alike!

Contact: +27 (021) 876 3772, reservations@reubens.co.za

Website: reubens.co.za

Address: Reuben’s, 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Babel Restaurant

Found on the much loved Babylonstoren Wine Farm, Babel is one of the finest restaurants found between Paarl and Franschhoek.

This creatively decorated eatery, housed in a re-purposed, old cow shed, makes for a visually impressive setting to enjoy a deliciously fresh, seasonal meal.

Diners can choose to sit inside the quirky eatery itself or to dine outside in the courtyard, beneath the plane trees. Either way, expect a truly wonderful meal in the winelands at this unique restaurant!

Note: Booking is essential – and hotel guests enjoy priority when it comes to Babel’s bookings.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 3852, enquiries@babylonstoren.com.

Website: www.babylonstoren.com

Address: Babel Restaurant, Babylonstoren Wine Farm, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

#1o Lust Bistro & Bakery

Set on the picturesque Vrede en Lust Estate, this beautiful, chic eatery is one of Franschhoek’s most delightful finds.

With a well-defined menu, filled with everything from gourmet sandwiches to wood-fired pizzas and traditional build-your-own breakfasts, Lust Bistro & Bakery offers something delicious for everyone to enjoy.

Here, patron chef Jean Pierre Smith has ensured a truly scrumptious food journey, which is complemented by the lovely estate setting and pretty interiors.

Contact: +27 (021) 874 1456

Website: www.lustbistro.com

Address: Lust Bistro & Bakery, Vrede en Lust Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road and the R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just ten of the stellar eateries one can find in Franschhoek… Which is first on your list?

The Best, Most Scenic Llandudno Activities

Lovely Llandudno is a small but dreamy Cape Town suburb. Blessed with a beautiful beach, gorgeous ocean views and close proximity to mainstream tourist and local haunts like Hout Bay and Camps Bay, it’s a great place to go when you want to escape from the crowds – but still enjoy the best the Mother City has to offer.

Here are some of the top activities to enjoy in (and near) Llandudno:

#1 Surf’s up at Llandudno Beach

More remote than beaches like Camps Bay or Clifton, many people agree that Llandudno Beach is a special find.

For surfing – something it is quite famous for – it is, however, best suited to more experienced surfers. Nonetheless, it is certainly an excellent spot for riding the waves.

In a big swell, it takes some courage, it must be said – but with its beautiful waters, quiet, charming beach, chunky granite boulders and natural wind-protection during summer, it makes for a wonderful spot to surf and enjoy a day out by the sea.

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Website: surfsisters.co.za

Address: Llandudno Beach, LLandudno, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Bare it all at Sandy Bay

While Sandy Bay is famously a nudist beach (meaning this is a no-go for kids!) and is quite tricky to access (although you can apparently use Llandudno Beach’s car park as an access path or take a 20-minute walk from the northern end of Hout Bay) – it remains, by all accounts, a beach gem.

It’s quiet, clean, safe and best of all, there are loads of private and secluded spots for those who wish to roam free – or sunbathe responsibly without getting any pesky tan lines – without being disturbed by passers-by or fellow beachgoers.

Enjoy the beauty and the quiet, as you catch some rays… without restraints!

Note: Please remember this is a nudist-friendly beach so it is not kid-friendly and parking is not easily accessible close to this beach, meaning you need to park further afield and walk.

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Address: Sandy Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Sunset picnics at Llandudno Beach

While swimming is not strongly advised at Llandudno (particularly as the waves can get choppy), it is famous for something else entirely: beach picnics!

And, with its sheltered setting, stunning views and beautiful stretch of beach, it is the perfect spot to head for a late afternoon or sunset picnic.

Best of all – because the beach is a bit quieter than most in the city – it’s a great spot for kiddies to play all day long… So pack in a picnic basket and head to the beach!

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Address: LLandudno Beach, Llandudno, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Beach walks along Llandudno

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Few beaches in Cape Town are as sheltered or as scenic as Lladudno Beach. Given this, it is the ideal beach to head for a pleasant, slow stroll or an impressive photo session.

With the marvellous Atlantic, a delightful stretch of protected beach and incredible mountain views of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head in the distance… this is one extremely lovely beach.

So bring your camera and enjoy visiting Llandudno Beach.

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Address: LLandudno Beach, Llandudno, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Drive along Chappies

Arguably one of the best coastal drives South Africa – and indeed, the world – has to offer is Chapman’s Peak Drive… So, given this, while you’re in the area – why not take a slow, scenic drive from Llandudno to Chappies? After all, it’s not too far away (+/- 10 kilometres)… and it is certainly worth the trip!

Expect to be wowed by both the engineering marvels and natural beauty alike, as towering cliff faces, majestic ocean views and heart-in-mouth twists and turns make this an entirely unforgettable driving experience.

There are also some incredible picnic and lookout spots to enjoy, particularly if you wish to savour this paid experience a little while longer.

Contact:  +27 (021) 791 8220

Website: www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za

Address: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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These are the best, most scenic experiences to enjoy near Llandudno and its gorgeous beach… Which are you most looking forward to experiencing?

Top 10 Durban North Restaurants

The small but lovely suburb of Durban North offers visitors a beautiful city setting, stunning ocean views, a friendly vibe and some interesting spots worth exploring too!

But it’s the food that really charms in Durban North, as the area is blessed with some excellent eateries.

Here are the top ten restaurants to enjoy in Durban North:

#1 Lupa Osteria (Durban North)

This cosy, inviting neighbourhood Osteria is the place to go for delicious, affordable meals with friends and family, special date nights made of pasta and wine or even simply for a great lunch in between office hours.

And while Lupa Osteria branches are spread across KZN – and now in Cape Town too – this is a particularly special Lupa offering.

And of course, there’s the food, think: homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, organic, free range chicken, fresh fish and shellfish and even incredible veal too… What don’t they offer?

Note: The restaurant also has a good bar, in addition to its other facilities, making it perfect for after-work drinks or a chilled cocktail to close the day.

Contact: +27 (031) 941 1181, info@lupadurbannorth.co.za

Website: www.lupa.co.za

Address: Lupa Osteria, 6-12 Swapo Road, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#2 Nikos Coalgrill Greek

Nikos is the place where contemporary dining and traditional greek cuisine meets coal-grilled perfection… and it does so famously well!

With branches in Fourways, Johannesburg, Durban North, Sandton, Ballito and beyond – this excellent chain restaurant is a safe bet wherever in SA you enjoy it. And best of all? The Durban North branch is a real stunner!

At Nikos Coalgrill Greek, not only does the food look incredible… it tastes as good as it plates! What’s more, the fun, relaxed Mediterranean feel adds a uniquely soothing restaurant experience and cements you as a new regular.

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Contact: +27 (031) 007 0375, durbannorth@nikosgreek.co.za

Website: nikosgreek.co.za

Address: Nikos Coalgrill Greek, 54 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#3 Atasca

Another great chain restaurant, Atasca is known for its good food, reliable service and homely restaurant feel.

Here visitors can expect to find an array of Portuguese delicacies, like trinchado, prego rolls and so much more.

All of which will leave your mouthwatering in eager anticipation – and your tummy suitably satisfied afterwards.

It’s hard to go wrong with Atasca Durban North!

Contact: +27 (031) 563 2603, dbn.north@atasca.co.za

Website: www.atasca.co.za

Address: Atasca, 1 Kensington Centre, Adelaide Tambo Drive (old Kensington Drive), Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#4 Connor’s Public House

While Connor’s Public House is classified more as a pub than a restaurant according to traditional eatery standards – it just so happens to be one of the most popular and well-loved spots in Durban North. In fact, they themselves place great emphasis on offering quality pub grub!

At this vibrant Irish pub, you can expect to encounter some of the best pub grub in all of Durban, a homely, welcoming environment, live music performances, good drinks and live televised sport to boot.

Connor’s Public House is, in essence, your quintessential locale – and a mighty fine one at that!

Contact: +27 (031) 563 4462

Website: connors-public-house.business.site

Address: Connor’s Public House, 11-13 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#5 Four15

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South Africa offers many unique eateries – but perhaps none so unique as a passionately run burrito bar like Four15!

At this popular eatery, visitors can look forward to wholesome, fresh Mexican food, an unfussy restaurant setting and a whole bunch of fun in this expressive burrito bar space.

They also offer plenty of great specials, like Taco Tuesdays and Half-Price Burrito Mondays, but perhaps one of their best is the child-friendly Sunday special, which sees kids eating for free!

Pay this snazzy, colourful burrito bar a visit – your tastebuds will thank you!

Contact: +27 (031) 564 0415, info@four15.co.za

Website: four15.co.za

Address: Four15, 41 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#6 El Toro

Specialising in tapas and tequila, El Toro is sure to charm all its visitors in at least one big way.

At this glorious Mexican cantina, you can tuck into gourmet paellas, parillas, botanas, tapas and so much more! Plus, the food is spicy and hot, so if you’re a fan of nippy food, this is definitely the place for you.

The atmosphere that prevails at this restaurant is one of fun, vibrancy and plenty of colour, making it an engaging eat out experience for one and all!

Note: El Toro is also able to assist you with special functions, covering everything from decor to catering as you require.

Contact: +27 (031) 564 3015, reed@el-toro.co.za

Website: www.eltoro.mobi

Address: El Toro, 5 – 7 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#7 Kung Thai Restaurant

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This tranquil Asian restaurant hints of fresh authentic Thai cuisine, including everything from duck samoosas to Thai tapas, a calming atmosphere, filled with beautiful decor and an all-round splendid dining experience.

Owners Nina and Kit hail from Thailand originally but have over 12 years’ worth of restaurant experience in South Africa… And now in Kung Thai Restaurant, chef Nina has the freedom to create and showcase the flavours, food and masterful dishes from home.

Join Kung Thai Restaurant for a memorable meal on all fronts.

Contact: +27 (031) 564 5458

Website: n/a

Address: Kung Thai Restaurant, 59 Adelaide Tambo Drive, (old Kensington Drive) Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#8 Mayfair Cafe

This lovely, snug cafe offers fresh, good food, warm and welcoming service from its staff, excellent coffee and above all else, passion and quality service to keep guests patiently queuing at the door.

The cafe, which is handily also child-friendly, offers a range of delicious breakfasts, coffee and milkshakes, vegetarian options and so much more.

Online reviews are unanimous in their praise, hailing Mayfair Cafe as the place to go for consistently great service, food and drinks.

Contact: +27 (031) 563 2599

Website: n/a

Address: Mayfair Cafe, Woolworths Centre, Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#9 Indian Summer

Established in 2010 (and previously open in Sunningdale), this popular eatery has been regularly wowing guests with its authentic Indian dining experiences, incredible North and South Indian and Indo Chinese dishes and overall good service.

The flavourful dishes are generous, scrumptious and above all, affordable and there is something for everyone to love!

To put it simply: Indian Summer is sure to provide you with unique cuisine, complete with a modern twist.

Note: Indian Summer caters to sit down or takeaway and can also assist with outside catering, if needed.

Contact: +27 (031) 562 1234, info@indiansummersa.co.za

Website: indiansummersa.co.za

Address: Indian Summer, 35 Newport Avenue, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#10 Andrea’s Caffe Italia

Offering Mediterranean delights from breakfast till suppertime, Andrea’s is a special find. Here, they believe in using only the freshest ingredients and products and, where necessary, imported Italian goods.

Tradition is a staple too, in the food as much as in the caffe’s culture and ambiance – and it really goes to show.

Pop by for a tasty and special meal with those closest to you.

Note: Andrea’s also does home orders and deliveries and can assist with venue hire for special occasions, work functions, birthdays and more.

Contact: +27 (031) 563 0333, riverside@caffe-italia.co.za

Website: www.andreascaffeitalia.co.za

Address: Andrea’s Caffe Italia, Park Boulevard Centre, Browndrifts Road, Riverside, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

These are just some of the top restaurants (and cafes) you can enjoy sinking you teeth into, one meal at a time in Durban North… Which will you visit first?

Top Activities near Durban North

Durban North – a small, stylish suburb in South Africa’s sunny city – is filled with friendly people, beautiful places and some family-orientated activities too.

The area offers gorgeous ocean views, a surprisingly lovely ‘small town’ vibe – and plenty for you to enjoy:

#1 Visit Umgeni River Bird Park

One of the best attractions in Durban North is unquestionably the Umgeni River Bird Park.

This well-maintained park, home to over 800 birds, is a wonderful destination for young and old to enjoy. With so many happy, healthy birds, a Cockatoo Cafe and a fun kids’ playground, there is plenty to relish at this special bird park.

Be sure to give them a visit – and if you can, try check out one of the free-flight shows; they get rave reviews!

Contact:  +27 (031) 579 4600, education@urbp.co.za

Website: urbp.co.za

Address: Umgeni River Bird Park, Riverside Road, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#2 Dive into Durban North Swimming Pool

With Durban’s beautiful, balmy weather present almost the year round, there is plenty of time to swim in the ocean and enjoy cooling down… And with so many great beaches at your disposal – it’s easy enough to do!

But almost as fun as the ocean, is the Durban North Swimming Pool. This public pool is large and equipped with a shallow and deep end both. (This means it is perfect for new swimmers and experienced ones alike!)

There is a spacious lawn edging the pool, so you can pack a picnic and enjoy it after making a splash!

Note: There is always a lifeguard on duty and it’s safe and clean, so you can rest easy while the little ones swim. Additional pool facilities include showers and changing rooms.

Contact: +27 (031) 573 1798

Website: www.ilovedurban.co.za

Address: Durban North Swimming Pool, Stirling Crescent, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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#3 Explore the Japanese Gardens

If you are looking for a beautiful, tranquil garden to stroll about, then Durban North’s Japanese Gardens are perfect for you.

These gardens offer plenty of lovely picnic or braai spots, kiddies’ play areas, a duck pond and plenty of gorgeous greenery, little bridges and trees to savour.

The Japanese Gardens are ideal for families and group gatherings and provide garden spaces and facilities for free enjoyment!

Note: Just be careful of wayward monkeys, who hang about the gardens; they are especially naughty around food!

Contact: +27 (031) 311 6975

Website: www.durban.gov.za

Address: Japanese Gardens, Prospect Hall Road, Prospect Hall, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#4 Head to Kupcake Heaven

Sweet tooths, sit up and take note because Kupcake Heaven is a treasure trove of all things indulgent and wonderful, made just for you!

Whether you’re craving gourmet cakes or handmade cupcakes, baked with only the freshest, most organic ingredients and cups of love – you must visit them and sample one of their baked beauties!

Everything they offer is made with love and they always keep customer happiness firmly in mind. This means that taste, style and quality are consistently good.

Note: The intriguing cupcakes and marvellous cakes are available for order for special functions and events – and you can even order online!

Contact: +27 (031) 566 2354, +27 (074) 460 3243 (Whatsapp only), info@kupcakeheaven.co.za

Website: www.kupcakeheaven.co.za

Address: Kupcake Heaven, 45 Zenith Drive, The Quartz Building, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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Kupcake Heaven via Facebook

#5 Pamper yourself at The Spa on Fairway

With a relaxing environment, stunning ocean views and professional, excellent spa therapists, it’s hard not to fall in love with The Spa on Fairway and its treatments.

This soothing establishment offers clean, well-run facilities, great service and a host of individual treatments and spa day packages. Unquestionably, this is a quality experience – and luxurious escape from reality in one!

Immerse your senses in calm, quiet and beauty, as you soak up the incredible, relaxing surroundings of this special spa.

Note: Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Be advised that no children under 14 are allowed.

Contact: +27 (031) 573 1700/2528, enquiries@healthspa.co.za

Website: healthspa.co.za

Address: The Spa on Fairway, 130 Fairway Road, Virginia, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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The Spa on Fairway

#6 Head to Golden Hours Family Market

Everyone loves a good market – if only for the food! And with Golden Hours Family Market, a good time is always guaranteed.

This weekly Sunday market is extremely popular and is loved for its live music, great food and drinks, variety of friendly traders and stalls – and of course, its pleasant, safe atmosphere too!

Best of all, the market is affordable and laid-back, so you can enjoy a  really peaceful, warm and welcoming environment with your friends and loved ones.

Note: Keep a special eye out for their uniquely themed market days, like the Monthly Moonlite Markets or Carols by Candelight.

Contact: +27 (083) 262 3693

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/category/Flea-Market/GOLDEN-HOURS-FAMILY-MARKET-121337227882/

Address: Golden Hours Family Market, Waterkant Road, Waterkant Avenue, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#7 Pop by Hingham Nursery and Tea Garden

Whether you’re an avid gardener or you simply enjoy appreciating flowers and plants, this nursery will enchant you in so many ways.

With its longstanding history (it’s been open since 1975), friendly, knowledgeable staff and excellent facilities – which include a cheerful, well-run cafe, complete with great food – Hingham Nursery makes for a special treat.

Come spend a few hours here among the plants, while enjoying a light meal and shopping for new, leafy friends to take home with you!

Note: The tea garden is closed on Mondays – with the exception of public holidays that fall on a Monday.

Contact: +27 (031) 564 3062/(074) 141 5776

Website: www.hinghamnursery.co.za/Page.aspx?ID=5774

Address: Hingham Nursery and Tea Garden, 15 Clematis Grove, Glenhills off Rinaldo Road, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#8 Have fun playing Action Cricket

This excellent sports’ facility – Action Sports Durban North – is a great place to let off some steam or take your game to the next level.

And best of all? It’s not just action cricket – but all kinds of other indoor sports (like action soccer and netball to name a few) that can be enjoyed here!

Note: Equipment is provided for games and advance booking is strongly advised, as it is a very popular place and courts fill up quickly.

Contact: +27 (031) 569 2173

Website: www.actionsportskzn.co.za

Address: Durban North Action Sports, Industrial Park, 80 Rinaldo Road
Glen Anil, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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www.actionsportskzn.co.za

#9 Dine at Jack Salmon

Seafood lovers, this quality eatery has your name on it. Jack Salmon offers “extraordinary seafood at unbeatable prices” and pride themselves on the freshest, tastiest seafood around!

With world-class views and good service added to the mix, it’s hard to beat a meal enjoyed at any Jack Salmon Fish House branch in KZN – particularly this Durban North one.

Note: Diners can choose from the set menu or the restaurant can tailor a meal to your requirements.

Contact: +27 (031) 572 3664

Website: jacksalmon.co.za

Address: Jack Salmon, Shop 15, Glenore Centre, 1 Aubrey Drive, Glen Ashley, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

#10 Go fishing at Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach may just be one of Durban’s best-kept beach secrets… And here, great fishing, lovely beach walks and kite surfing can all be enjoyed.

Add to that, the fact that the beach is dog-friendly… and it’s a winner on almost all fronts!

It is quiet, pretty and offers great views of Durban and while, regrettably, there’s no swimming permitted here… it is a gorgeous, little beach nonetheless!

Note: The waves at Virginia Beach are tumultuous and strong; this is why it is not a swimming beach.

Contact: +27 (031) 566 3712

Website: n/a

Address: Virginia Beach, 26 Zenith Drive, Umhlanga, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

These are just some of the exciting attractions to enjoy in Durban North – and they ensure heaps of fun and pleasure for everyone!

Top 10 Restaurants near Century City

Century City offers incredible local and natural settings, commercial and suburban offerings, great architecture and fun for the whole family – but what about the area’s restaurants, we hear you ask?

Well, the answer is simple: For, in Century City, there are some delightful eateries – big and small – for you to enjoy.

Here’s a roundup of the top ten restaurants near chic Century City:

#1 Towers Restaurant

For those craving a more luxurious dining experience, Towers Restaurant – located within the beautiful Cape Town Marriott Crystal Towers Hotel – is the recommended go-to option in Century City.

This classy, slickly run eating establishment is an excellent option, whether you are staying at the hotel or simply visiting the area.

It boasts an internationally inspired menu and, thanks to its stunning interiors, makes for the perfect place for a romantic date night, stylish breakfast or special occasion in the Mother City.

Service is second to none – and the restaurant is particularly well-loved for its incredible buffet breakfast options.

Note: The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dress code is smart casual and prior booking is strongly advised.

Contact: +27 (021) 525 3888

Website: www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant

Address: Towers Restaurant, Cape Town Marriott Crystal Towers Hotel, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Knife Restaurant

Restauranteur  Ed Saunders – who also plays a role in Fork Restaurant – invites diners to enjoy this cosy, home-away-from-home eatery.

Not only does the American-style smokehouse restaurant offer guests incredible delicacies, like mouth-watering steaks, tender chicken or sensational seafood – but during happy hour, guests can also enjoy some special drinks too!

The restaurant’s bar is made for easy drinking, while the interiors offer sophistication without hinting of any pretension.

Note: Knife Restaurant also has a dedicated kiddies’ menu.

Contact: +27 (021) 551 5000, info@knife-restaurants.co.za

Website: www.knife-restaurants.co.za

Address: Knife Restaurant, Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Knife Restaurant

#3 tashas Canal Walk

With several popular branches dotted across Cape Town, tashas has built up a reputation for delicious food, beautiful settings and good service.

So it is a pleasure to discover and visit their Canal Walk branch, which offers classy dining and great, quality food. Think: Salmon bagels, maple bacon flapjacks and a whole host of sandwiches, burgers and tacos too!

If hunger strikes at Canal Walk, look no further than the lovely tashas eatery…

Contact:+27 (021) 555 2997, canalwalk@tashascafe.com

Website: www.tashascafe.com

Address: tashas, Shop 408, Canal Walk Shopping Mall,
Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Primi Piatti Century City

Found across the city – in places like Willowbridge and the V&A Waterfront – Primi Piatti eateries are well-known and loved for their stylish interiors, good service and above all, great tasting, Italian-style meals.

In the very same vein, Primi Century City is a worthy eatery: portions are filling, taste is sublime and the experience is great fun for everyone.

Be sure to pay them a visit… Because after all, you can’t go wrong at a Primi.

Contact: +27 (021) 552 0055

Website: www.primi-world.co.za

Address: Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Tiger’s Milk Century City

Tiger's Milk
Tiger’s Milk

With several branches spread between Cape Town and Stellenbosch, the Tiger’s Milk restaurants all offer diners an electric vibe, good drinks and some pretty tasty food to boot.

If you are keen to enjoy an unhurried meal out, then Tiger’s Milk Century City is a good choice. What’s more, reviews show that the pizza and beer combination or breakfast offers are particularly tasty.

Note: This Century City branch also has an excellent outdoor space.

Contact: +27 (021) 286 2191, centurycity@tigersmlik.co.za

Website: tigersmlik.co.za

Address: Tiger’s Milk Century City, Appex Building, 8 Kinetic Way, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Brick Lane Eatery

This Century City-based restaurant could be one of Cape Town’s best hidden restaurant gems. It offers visitors a relaxed dining experience, further enhanced by its great vibe, awesome canal views and amazing food.

Brick Lane Eatery has a good, varied menu, comfortable indoor and outdoor seating arrangements, safe parking and friendly staff – what more about you need for a good meal?

Contact: +27 (021) 202 1191

Website: n/a

Address: Brick Lane Eatery, The Quays, 142, Park Lane, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Square Cafe & Wine Bar

Square Cafe & Wine Bar
Square Cafe & Wine Bar

If you’re looking for a cafe or wine bar – then why not go big and aim for a two-in-one offering instead?

This cozy cafe and wine bar invites you to enjoy excellent coffees, freshly baked goodies (courtesy of the deli) and ol’ fashioned soul food to help ease you into – or out of – the day.

If you opt for coffee, be sure to try the Estrela blend. And for the wine or cocktail drinkers? They can’t go wrong with the signature drink, known as ‘The Square Delight’ – or one of the exclusive local wine offerings found at Square Cafe.

Contact: +27 (021) 204 8000, book@squarecafewinebar.co.za

Website: squarecafe.co.za

Address: Square Cafe & Wine Bar, Century City Hotel, No. 3 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Punjab Wok

This Indian eatery is all about food served with passion, purpose and the Punjab promise. Better still, it offers the best in Indian and Oriental menus, providing diners with a true taste of the tantalising East!

The Punjab Wok specialises in street food, packed full of flavour, beautiful textures and delicious aromas – all of which ought to leave you begging for more!

So go on, treat yourself to some quality Indian or Oriental cuisine at this awesome Century City branch.

Contact: +27 (021) 110 5190/1, centurycity@punjab.co.za

Website: punjab.co.za

Address: Punjab Wok, Shop C, Apex Building, Energy Lane, Bridgeway Precinct, Century City, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Col’ Cacchio Canal Walk

For those desirous of incredible, wood-fired pizzas, mouth-watering pastas and gourmet salads, then any Col’Cacchio restaurant is a great bet.

With their trusted, longstanding history, these eateries are all about quality food, a fun atmosphere and an all-round great dining experience for young and old to enjoy.

So whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, keen to try something new or simply want to spoil the family – head to Col’Cacchio Canal Walk for all of the above… and more!

Contact: +27 (021) 551 1658

Website: colcacchio.co.za

Address: Col’Cacchio Canal Walk, Canal Walk Shopping Mall,
Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Limnos Bakers Canal Walk

Limnos Bakers
Limnos Bakers

While not strictly a restaurant, in our opinion, Limnos Bakers warrants a place on any Century City, food-related list… And for sweet tooths in particular, this might just be your pick of the bunch!

Here, pure decadent indulgence, incredible bakes and treats and service excellence come together in one beautiful, suave space located within Canal Walk.

With a stellar reputation of quality patisseries and baked goods alike since 1973, it’s fair to say that any Limnos Bakers is worth its weight in gold – but this particular one is a real winner.

So be sure to lay all your sweet cravings to bed at this incredible store and cafe in one…

Contact: +27 (021) 555 4681, info@limnos.co.za

Website: limnosbakers.co.za

Address: Limnos Bakers Canal Walk, Shop 156, Canal Walk Shopping Mall, Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the super restaurants you can enjoy in Century City… Isn’t it time you started checking them off your restaurant list?

Top 10 Activities near Bloubergstrand

Beaches, beautiful scenery and Cape Town’s biggest natural attraction (psst, that’s Table Mountain, if you didn’t guess it) – these are just some of the incredible aspects of Bloubergstrand and its surrounds.

Better still? The host of amazing restaurants and activities found here!

So, if you’re keen to keep things cool by the sea, here are the top 10 activities near Bloubergstrand for you to enjoy:

#1 Beach walks and sunsets along Bloubergstrand beach

Few things are as charming as long, slow walks along the beach with your friends or loved ones – but at Bloubergstrand Beach, it’s an almost life-changing experience.

As the waves crash and churn, you have Table Mountain and Table Bay as a poignant backdrop to every scene, sealing this peaceful, beautiful beach as a winner on all fronts.

It’s also blessed with great waves (perfect or wind- or kitesurfing), long, sandy stretches of shoreline and some little rock pool areas here and there for kids to enjoy.

Whether you park down on a nearby bench, stroll along the strand or enjoy a memorable photo shoot – you really can’t go wrong with Bloubergstrand’s prime beach.

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Bloubergstrand Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust
Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust

#2 Soar on the Wind

Famed for its gorgeous beach and excellent wind- and kitesurfing conditions, Bloubergstrand Beach attracts plenty of ocean-based adventurers and seaside fans.

So, if you’re keen to learn how to windsurf or even to hone your skills, there are few better places (if any) in the Mother City to do it.

Conditions are often perfect for you to glide on the wind and waters, and – should you require some guidance or company – there are plenty of local instructors and schools based in the area to help you do it.

So get your gear, check the weather conditions and enjoy some excellent windsurfing in Bloubergstrand!

Contact: varies

Website: varies

Address: Bloubergstrand Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Visit SANCCOB

Situated close by in Table View, one finds the dedicated non-profit organisation, The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, more commonly known as SANCCOB.

Their admirable mission is to save, rehabilitate and assist in the protection of South Africa’s  protected African penguins.

With branches based in Cape St Francis, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, SANCCOB assists these lovely, clever seabirds by helping to rescue, rehabilitate and rear them, while still educating the public on how they can do their bit to help too.

If you would like to volunteer or donate towards a penguin’s happy life and good health, this is the place to do so!

Note: You can even adopt and name a SANCCOB penguin – and no, sadly you don’t get to take your penguin home – but you will still get a cool certificate and the joy of having your ‘own’ penguin!

Adoption costs range from R300-R1000, depending on what you choose to adopt (egg, bird or resident SANCCOB penguin character(s)).

Contact: +27 (021) 557 6155, info@sanccob.co.za

Website: sanccob.co.za

Address: SANCCOB,  22 Pentz Drive, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

SANCCOB
SANCCOB

#4 Fly like a Kite with Coastline Kite Surfing

As we’ve already discovered, Bloubergstrand and surrounds are ideal for kitesurfing… So, if you have established that you’re willing to take a stab at it, look no further than Coastline Kitesurfing.

Based in Table View, this dedicated team of instructors offers you the chance to learn kitesurfing. Lessons are professional, carefully structured and loads of fun, with only the best, certified, multi-lingual instructors on-hand to assist and guide you.

You choose how long you wish to try it out for (anything from 3.5-hours (paid daily) to 2, 3 or even 5-day courses)… Be it a few hours or several days. And no matter whether you’re a beginner or advanced kitesurfer – all are welcome!

Best of all? No wind means no pay… So if the weather swoops in and spoils your fun –  rest easy knowing that you won’t have to forfeit your money and can enjoy it another day instead.

Note: For more information, please visit Coastline Kitesurfing’s website.

Contact: +27 (082) 550 0076, info@coastlinekitesurfing.com

Website: coastlinekitesurfing.com

Address: Coastline Kitesurfing,  Shop 5, 14 Beach Boulevard, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 FrozenYO by the beach

If you love frozen yogurt or food trucks, then you’re really going to love Cape Town’s first frozen yogurt food truck… and not least of all because they call Blouberg Beachfront home!

Established in 2014 by Nicholas and Samantha Ahrends, FrozenYO has steadily built up their local fan base – and today, they are synonymous with delicious delights, refreshing frozen treats and good service.

The gluten-free FrozenYO is made using only the finest frozen yogurt product (imported from Italy) and is happily low in calories and milk content but rich in probiotics and live cultures. This means it is good for your gut in every possible way!

Not to mention it just looks and tastes amazing all round… Honestly, if this isn’t a food-and-ocean match made in heaven, we don’t know what is!

Note: FrozenYO can also often be found at local markets and events around Cape Town, and their food truck is available for hire for all sorts of special events, from school functions to weddings and birthday parties.

Contact: 082 445 6429, nick@frozenyo.co.za

Website: frozenyo.co.za

Address: Frozenyo, Bloubergstrand Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

FrozenYO via Facebook
FrozenYO via Facebook

#6 Ocean views with your coffee at On the Rocks

With its gorgeous ocean views and delicious food and drink offerings, On The Rock is a popular haunt for many in the city… and is a veritable local favourite to boot!

It offers a vibrant, relaxed atmosphere, good food and consistent service, which makes it a worthy seaside restaurant.

But, particularly if you are in and around Bloubergstrand, this one is a must-visit.

Contact: +27 (021) 554 1988, ontherocks@seascapecollection.co.za

Website: www.ontherocks.co.za

Address: On The Rocks, 45 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Have fun with Surf Big Bay

It’s not just wind- and kitesurfing that Bloubergstrand and its nearby suburbs are famed for… It’s the surf that draws the crowds too!

If you’re looking to enhance or even kick-start your surfing skills, Surf Big Bay is one of your best local options… And with them, you can enjoy taking to the waves and soaking up the scenery of Table Mountain, Big Bay and Bloubergstrand.

Their school boasts professional coaches, excellent equipment and both public and private lessons, for adults and kids aged 5 and older.

And all you need to bring along is yourself – and some sunscreen, a towel and your swimming clothes, of course!

Note: Depending on which package option you select, rates range from R300 to R900. For more information, contact them directly.

Contact: +27 (071) 425 5470, info@surfbigbay.co.za

Website: www.capetownsurflessons.co.za

Address: Surf Big Bay, 143 Big Bay Beach Club, Otto Du Plessis Drive, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Discover Small Bay Beach

Found next to its big ‘beach brother’, Big Bay (a popular local beach), Small Bay might be both lesser known and frequented – but it is no less beautiful!

In fact, it has its own panoramic views of Table Mountain and Robben Island for visitors to admire from afar and is also a prime sunset spot.

What’s more, it is a family-friendly beach, where, again, both wind- and kitesurfing are enjoyed.

So pack in a picnic and let the little ones play, while you enjoy watching them and the skilled surfers at Small Bay Beach.

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Small Bay Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Explore Blaauwberg Nature Reserve

Cape Town is blessed to have so many wonderful, well-preserved and vibrant nature reserves and just like the other parts of the city, Bloubergstrand has its own nearby nature reserve in: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve.

This reserve offers incredible hikes and walks, picnic areas and an environmental education centre… Oh, and stunning views too, of course!

Also, from Blaauwberg Hill, the reserve offers a stunning view down fynbos-covered slopes and out across the Mother City. As an added bonus, this hill is one of the few viewpoints anywhere in the world that you can see Table Mountain and Robben Island, both acclaimed World Heritage Sites.

If you wish to linger longer, the reserve also offers the self-catering Montispectus unit, which allows you and your friends or family to stay here overnight.

Note: Entry fees vary.

Also, the Eerste Steen braai and picnic facility is open from November to April from 08:00 am – 19:00 pm, and in May to October from 08:00 am – 17:00 pm.

The coastal section, meanwhile, is open from Monday to Sunday, from sunrise to sunset.

Contact: +27 (021) 444 0454, blaauwberg.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Address: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve, Eerste Steen Resort, Otto du Plessis Drive, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

West Coast Way
West Coast Way

#10 Shop at Eden on the Bay Mall

And last but not least, if you prefer to soak up the local atmosphere and shop up a storm at the lovely Eden on the Bay Mall, then that’s fine too!

This lifestyle mall is where shopping, lifestyle and leisure meet. It’s a popular local hub and offers a wide range of shops, restaurants and more.

Check out the top fashion stores, grab some food supplies or take your time savouring one of its local eateries (like Cup & Cake, Moyo Blouberg or Saints Burger Joint) – because the options are relatively vast at Eden on the Bay.

Contact: +27 (021) 554 9660, yolande@edenonthebaymall.co.za

Website: www.edenonthebaymall.co.za

Address: Eden on the Bay Mall, Sir David Baird Dr & Otto du Plessis Drive, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the most fun or scenic activities to enjoy near Bloubergstrand and beyond… Which will you tackle first?