Hands down one of the world’s most beautiful cities; Cape Town has an abundance of spectacular stays within the city, alongside the coast, beside the mountain and in the suburbs. Not to mention the wine lands only 45 minutes away and the spectacular Western Cape at large. But for those looking to have a chunk of the city but still be seaside, we found the answer in our Stay in Greenpoint at 40 Winks Guesthouse.
This is the first of many monthly Afristay excursions we will be doing in the Western Cape and South Africa at large to find the best positioned, quirkiest, most luxurious and top stays listed on afristay.com
With various options of rooms, suites and self-catering apartments ( five minutes away), 40 winks guesthouse has something for everyone. One of the best things about our self-catering apartment was the close proximity to Somerset road which has an abundance shops, coffee shops, restaurants. A two minute drive ( or a longer walk for those who are keen) and you’re at Sea Point beach, promenade and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
In no drive time at all, we found ourselves at the epic Mouille Point Park beside the lighthouse- perfect for families with little kids. There’s a reason it’s one of our favorite parts in the city as it has a full swing set, small jungle gym for younger toddlers and bigger one for older kids plus ( and best of all) as scooter/bike track. Our toddler can stay here for hours while we ( and he) eats ice-cream, gaze at the ocean and then enjoy a walk along the promenade.
Parents: there’s good take-away coffee at Cafe Neo just across the road from the Mouille Point park. Greenpoint urban park is also just a road away. More playgrounds away ( parents know that there can never be enough), a lovely coffee shop and endless lawns for picnics.
When it comes to sunsets, Greenpoint and Sea Point and Atlantic Seaboard is where you want to find yourself in Cape Town. This area grabs the last rays of light and one of the best ways to spend a late afternoon is to rent a bicycle from Up Cycle near the public swimming pool and peddle along the promenade; stopping only for pics, ice-cream or a pitstop at the park. On a beautiful, hot day as we experienced, paragliders, parents, dog-walkers, cyclists, runners and picnic-goers were all out to play.
One evening we took advantage of the short distance to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and went there for supper. By day kids can ride on the Hamley’s Thomas the Tank Engine train and by night the outdoor park is still open to all. For live music, visit Quayside restaurant, for a kid-friendly space with playground there’s Spur and of course many restaurants cater for a romantic night out not the town.
The self-catering apartment is best suited to: Couples, Families with older kids. Those who would like to be able to walk to the Sea point promenade and the Waterfront.
It’s not suitable for: Families with young kids under 3 ( there are stairs and on street parking so we couldn’t leave our pram in the car and had to cart everything up-baby, car seat, pram etc and down stairs)
We would’ve loved to be closer to the actual guesthouse and bought breakfast there, but the self-catering apartment was a few roads down and very separate. This apartment had no sunlight and not the trendiest but did the trick in terms of being central and close to the ocean.
Any guesses where our October stop will be with Afristay? Keep a lookout on the blog where we bring you some of the top places to enjoy on afristay.com
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.
Address: Knife Restaurant, Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#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…
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
Address: Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Tiger’s Milk Century City
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.
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
Address: Brick Lane Eatery, The Quays, 142, Park Lane, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#7 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.
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.
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.
Address: Bloubergstrand Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: SANCCOB, 22 Pentz Drive, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#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.
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, email@example.com
Address: Frozenyo, Bloubergstrand Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve, Eerste Steen Resort, Otto du Plessis Drive, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#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.
Situated midway between Cape Town CBD (and its inner city suburbs) and the Northern Suburbs and the Cape Winelands beyond – Century City is a perfect suburb for exploration and fun, without you needing to drive too far to experience it.
It’s well-positioned to cater for you, no matter where in the Mother City is home to you, and offers a wide array of residential, retail and office developments and day-to-day entertainment too!
With everything from a glamorous mall, an eco-friendly island and exciting indoor and outdoor activities all within reach… Century City ensures fun for everyone!
Here are the best activities to enjoy near Century City:
#1 Spend a day at Canal Walk Shopping Centre
With over 400 stores, cool cinemas and a pretty epic food court to boot, as far as shopping centres in Cape Town go, Canal Walk is probably only second in terms of global fame to the V&A Waterfront – and only then because of the latter’s central location, ocean views and tourist hub.
For, as Cape Town’s largest shopping centre, Canal Walk offers an array of good eateries, quality local and international stores and excellent cinema and fast food facilities.
It’s conveniently situated just off the N1, in the beautiful and glamorous Century City precinct, making it a real catch for both locals and tourists alike, with some impressive surroundings to match.
Shop till you drop, catch a great flick or simply feast your way through an array of food joints… Either way, at Canal Walk, you really can have it all!
Contact: +27 (021) 529 9699
Address: Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 Explore Intaka Island
This award-winning, 16-hectare wetland and bird sanctuary – which has been in existence for some 22 years now – is one of the best things about Century City.
Intaka Island is a safe haven for birds and, through its diligent and caring nature conservation efforts, it helps to preserve a unique part of the city’s natural life.
It’s an eye-opening experience for visitors and is especially insightful for school learners and university/college students, as it strips away the hustle and bustle of city life and replaces it with a sense of quiet and calm.
Visits to Intaka Island may include: a guided island tour, ferry ride on the Intaka Ferry or even an educational activity of the educator’s choice.
Note: Educators may cater the activities to suit the needs and age(s) of their learners, as well as the size of the visiting group.
Learners simply need to pack a lunch in, as everything else is provided on the day (even rain ponchos, for if the weather’s dreary and rainy).
Bookings may be cancelled within 14 days of your visit to Intaka Island.
Contact: +27 (021) 552 6889, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Intaka Island, 1 Century City Drive, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#3 Let out some steam at Ground Zero Paintball Arena
Situated a mere 15-minute drive away from Century City and Canal Walk, Ground Zero Paintball Arena provides an epic paintball encounter for people of all ages.
The friendly environment, professional staff, adrenaline-fuelled fun and possibility of a three-hour-long paintball war means this experience is perfect for enjoying with friends – or even for making new ones on the day.
Visitors are advised to wear loose clothing, with closed-in shoes and covered long sleeves. There is an on-site shop for buying drinks and snacks but guests are welcome to bring their own with too.
The engaging staff will be on-hand to assist, as both new and experienced paintball enthusiasts suit up and get ready to take to the playing field… May the sharpest shooter win!
Note: Good equipment and proper instructions are provided on-site – and for a nominal fee, spectators can watch and enjoy having a braai at the venue.
Address: Ground Zero Paintball Arena, 37 Zonnekus Road, Morningstar, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 Shop for lifetime gifts at Jack Friedman
Whether it’s spoiling yourself or a loved one, buying a precious, lifelong keepsake on your travels to Cape Town or even popping that all important question to the special person in your life… Jack Friedman in Canal Walk is the jewellry store for you.
Since 1933, the timelessly beautiful and oh-so-professional Jack Friedman Jewellers have been designing gorgeous engagement rings, earrings, necklaces and more birthstone-themed keepsakes and fine jewellry alike, wowing countless customers through the ages.
So, step into your own Aladdin’s Cave and pick out your competitively priced treasure… If you’re unsure of what to go with, seek the advice of the well-trained, knowing staff and make a memory to last a lifetime!
Address: Jack Friedman, Shop 647, Upper Level, Entrance 6, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Experience The Galileo Open Air Cinema
With venues across Cape Town and the Winelands, the Galileo Open Air Cinema (which returns in October, when the weather is fairer) has been delighting Capetonians with its fun experiences, great food and incredible screening venues since its inception.
Each year, the fan base and excitement grows, as eager moviegoers enjoy the unique experience of watching new or old favourites in the beauty of the open air.
One such venue is Century City’s Central Park, which is easily accessible and makes for a superb setting. So be sure to book your favourite film and enjoy some movie magic out in the night air…
Note: Gates open at 6pm, with movies starting at sunset. Also, excellent food and drinks are available through a host of on-site vendors and food stalls (or if you prefer, pack in your own picnic to enjoy).
Address: The Galileo Open Air Cinema, Centural Park, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#6 Hit the Century City Natural Goods Market
Ready to face the new summer season, the Century City Natural Goods Market is back for business – and we couldn’t be happier about it.
As Cape Town’s premier outdoor natural goods market – and an experience suitable for kids and adults alike – this market is a fun and fresh experience to enjoy in the city, on the last Sunday of each summer month (barring December).
Browse through great goods; sample delicious, healthy meals (including curries, wraps, smoked fish and more) and mouth-watering sweet treats; sip top drinks (like specialty coffees, wines and champagne); shop for some gifts – or simply soak up the market atmosphere! Either way, you’re in for a treat!
Note: As an added bonus, visitors can also enjoy ferry boat rides from Intaka Island to Canal Walk.
Summer 2018/2019 dates run as follows:
– 30 September 2018
– 29 October 2018
– 25 November 2018
*Market will be closed on last Sunday December
– 27 January 2019
– 24 February 2019
– 31 March 2019
– 28 April 2019
Address: Fives Century City, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#8 Treat yourself at Life Day Spa Century City
Few things in life are as soothing and sensual as a spa treatment or a good, professional massage… and when the venue and facilities go all out to impress, oozing opulence and professionalism (like at Life Day Spa Century City) – it really enhances the experience in the most wonderful and memorable way!
At Life Day Spa, guests can be part of the wellness revolution and enjoy looking and feeling like their best selves.
Retivalise your mind, body and soul at this famous facility, which offers incredible facilities, quality customer service and cutting edge treatments (available for head to toe)
Note: Spa treatments are only available to those 16 years or older – and spa treatment vouchers are redeemable for three years from the purchase date. Booking in advance is strongly advised.
Address: Life Day Spa Century City, Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#9 Tear up the track with Century Karting
Not only is Century Karting considered South Africa’s best indoor karting venue, but they are hugely popular among local Capetonians and visitors to the city alike.
Adrenaline junkies will enjoy experiencing SA’s most accessible, mega-exciting sport – particularly as they can do so without having to break the bank!
Karting is carefully supervised, ensuring racing is as secure and safe as possible, so both novices and experienced racers alike will love tearing up the track at this excellent venue.
Whether you’re a new or old hand at racing – or simply wish to organise a fun event for your friends or staff to enjoy, look no further than the adrenaline-pumping, enthralling Century Karting Century City.
Note: Each driver receives a safety briefing, disposable helmet and hair net, and (for first time drivers) special driving instructions. What’s more, racing is available here seven days a week, 364 days of the year.
Address: Century Karting Century City, 0A Century Avenue, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#10 Take the little ones to Canal Walk Kids World
Are your kids looking to join the coolest kids’ club around? Well then, look no further than Canal Walk’s Kids World!
This exciting, fun club is exclusive to children ages 4 to 12 and seeks to brings your kiddies the trendiest news, birthday gifts, newsletters and great Fun Zone/Craft Corner events in the Mother City.
Offering a wide range of fun activities for kids – like Slimy Saturday or Masks and Crowns – this club is sure to keep the kids happy and entertained for hours at a time!
Note: They also normally have a great holiday programme, perfect for helping you calmly plan out the holiday activities. You can subscribe to their newsletter or sign up to become a member for free. (Sign up as many as four kids at a time.)
Contact: (Canal Walk Vistor Information Centre) +27 (021) 529 9699
Address: Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
These are just some of the incredible markets, great shops and fun activities for you and your whole family to enjoy near Cape Town’s hip and happening Century City suburb.
With Table Mountain looming majestically as the backdrop and gorgeous, family and dog-friendly beaches and the Atlantic Ocean near at hand, Bloubergstrand (which translates as ‘blue mountain beach’) – and close-by Table View, too – is arguably one of the more beautiful suburbs in the Mother City.
And while there is plenty to do in the area – wind surfing, ocean walks, photography and surfing to name a few of the popular activities – this time, it’s the eateries that have our attention locked on Bloubergstrand and surrounds.
Here are ten of the best eateries near to beautiful Bloubergstrand:
#1 The Indian Chapter
If one thing can be said about The Indian Chapter Restaurant, it is that owner and hostess, Prim Reddy is one of the most warm and amazing hospitality hosts in the entire Cape Town restaurant scene.
What’s more, her gracefulness and passion for this eatery are always prevalent – so it’s no wonder that she easily inspires a great team of staff to help run her restaurant.
The Indian Chapter, which specialises in true Indian cuisine, is known for its authentic food, warm atmosphere and sound service. Here, guests are consistently handled with care and good attention.
And best of all? This might be some of the best Indian food you’ll taste in Cape Town – and beyond!
Contact: +27 (021) 557 5524
Address: The Indian Chapter, Carnaby Centre, 9 Marine Circle, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 Homespun by Matt
Homespun by Matt is one of the city’s most quietly impressive and exciting eateries… Inspired by owner, Matt Schreuder’s culinary journey across the globe, this cosy, beautifully aesthetic restaurant serves up a edible and visual feast both.
At Homespun, dishes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate and the food is great, irrespective of whether you dine from the Chef’s Menu or the A La Carte Menu… Throw in a formidable wine list and you are well and truly set to enjoy a very memorable eat out experience.
If you’re keen to sink your teeth into this highly touted restaurant, be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment, as it is fiercely popular.
Address: Homespun By Matt, 1 Porterfield Road, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#3 Doodles Beachfront Restaurant
Blessed with a famously gorgeous view of Table Mountain and the surrounding Table Bay, Doodles is a vibrant, scenic and above all, lively restaurant for diners to enjoy.
With a vast food menu, good live music performances and a unique setting, this restaurant is sure to wine and dine you long after sunset.
Not only does it cater to breakfasts, light lunches and dinner but it is also available for hire for private functions.
Contact: +27 (021) 554 1080, email@example.com
Address: Doodles Beachfront Restaurant, 110 Beach Boulevard, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 On The Rocks Restaurant
At On The Rocks Restaurant – which, yes, you guessed it, sits perched literally on the rocks, overlooking the stunning ocean and mountains in the distance – freshly prepared, delicious meals, incredible views and a cheerful, seaside atmosphere are a given…
And with mouthwatering local dishes, like West Coast Soup or traditional Cape Malay Seafood Curry, added to the mix, you can’t go wrong.
And if that’s not enough to tempt you, then the picturesque ocean-meets-Table-Mountain views certainly will!
Address: On The Rocks, 45 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 The Angus Grill
Famed for their Angus steaks, drool-worthy Eisbein and excellent burgers, this upmarket, chic eatery looks as good as the food tastes.
Great service, stellar views and a wide range of wines enhance the overall ambiance, ensuring you are in for a special restaurant experience in the Mother City.
The Angus Grill makes for a wonderful culinary adventure, every time!
Contact: +27 (021) 556 0589
Address: The Angus Grill, 1A Beach Bouelvard, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#6 Jerry’s Burger Bar Blouberg
With incredible burgers, great drinks and friendly, on-hands staff, this Jerry’s Burger Bar branch is a consistent winner.
Foodies alike agree that the burgers and tacos are delicious, while the hip decor and vintage motorcycles on display and awesome views help to further enhance the overall playful vibe that this eatery emits.
Note: This branch is often very busy, so booking is advised.
Address: The Royal Oak Pub & Restaurant, 2 Harvan Centre, Marine Circle, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#9 Blowfish Restaurant
Not every restaurant in the Mother City allows you to feast with your eyes as you eat – but at Blowfish Restaurant, you can certainly do just that!
With its spectacular location (again: think imposing Table Mountain, with the ocean stretched out spotlessly before it), great menus and excellent value-for-money dining, this fine seafood restaurant is sure to impress on all fronts.
So whether you are after a magical place for your special date, somewhere lovely to celebrate an important occasion – or even a great place to hold your wedding reception… look no further than Blowfish Restaurant.
We recently visited three different Western Cape stays with Afristay in search of cosy winter spots ( because let’s all be honest-Spring is still exceptionally cold in this tip of Africa, wonderful places to visit as a family and a romantic escapes. There were three places we loved…
Kagga Kamma, Cedarberg
The starry nights, the blissful silence and the endless low bushveld all lend itself to the perfect romantic stay. Cold morning and nights best for snuggling and warm days for a bit of exploration, 4×4 trails or quad biking. We only realised just how wonderful this would be for couples because we took our two kids both under the age of three. There is not much for young kids to do, so best leave them at home and come enjoy the quiet. We stayed in a hut suite which can accommodate families with a sleeper couch in the room whilst the cave suites are set aside for ‘just you two’. With nothing else in sight, the cave suites appear to be build into the rock formations and stairs lead up to the rock tops for great views. The pool was closed at the time, but you can choose to have a outdoor spa treatment atop the rocks, do nature drives, quad bike rides or a 4×4 trail.
Thali Thali, West Coast
This was a great choice of a place to visit with young kids. We stayed in a farm cottage right opposite the playground and a swimming pool ( for those hot west coast months). We visited in winter so the indoor fireplace, electric blankets, and wall heaters all really came in handy. There are numerous walking trails and game drives to spot animals ( other then the Big Five) which our toddler really loved. We braaied outside our cottage as the sun set and enjoyed breakfast in the restaurant with a view over the reserve. The West Coast is also the perfect base to try out kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and more in Langebaan, Kraalbaai, Yzerfontein and Elandsbaai as a family.
For couples and families…
This has got to be one of our favorite stays in a long time. Think wood-fired hot tub, rustic-chic cottage overlooking the farmlands, morning coffee with mountain views and orchard walks. This truly is an ‘escape it all’ spot with cottages for couples only and ones big enough for families. Bergsicht has become very popular and gets booked up awhile in advance so find a weekend when you know you’ll need a break, and fancy dipping in an outdoor hot tub and book your stay. The cosy indoor fireplace, modern meets farmstyle decor and warm water with a view will be enough to persuade you and ensure you never want to leave.
Durbanville is a place well-loved for its classy wine farms and peaceful suburbs, where city life is slow-paced and calming… but there’s a lot more to this Northern Suburbs stretch than meets the eye!
In fact, some of the most delightful restaurants and eateries in the Mother City lie in and around Durbanville… Let us introduce you to ten of the best restaurants near Durbanville:
#1 De Grendel Restaurant
Few restaurants in Cape Town are as show-stopping and visually stunning as De Grendel Restaurant… If the interiors and the views don’t leave your jaw hanging open in wonder, then the gorgeous, tastefully plated dishes (perfectly complemented by De Grendel Estate’s excellent wines…) certainly will.
Chef Ian Bergh – visible from behind his glass kitchen – will leave you positively enchanted and wishing for more… This is fine-dining at its best, after all.
Note: At De Grendel Restaurant, children under the age of 10 are not permitted to join for dinner. | And, for guests of 12 or more, an advance deposit is required.
Address: De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 Arugula Bistro & Bread
Although Arugula lies in the sleepy suburb of Welgemoed, it’s unquestionably one of the longest standing and most admired restaurants in the Northern Suburbs – and Cape Town as a whole too!
Fronted up by the go-getting Anouchka Horn, Neil Swart and their efficient team, Arugula runs like clockwork, bringing mouth-watering (beautifully plated) dishes to your table in no time at all.
This classy, family-friendly fine dining restaurant is quite meat-focused but there is still something for everyone to enjoy – even the kiddies, given that there’s a special, dedicated children’s menu.
Arugula is almost always busy, especially at nighttime and on weekends, so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappoint.
Situated on the beautiful Diemersdal Estate, Diemersdal Farm Eatery offers a taste of the countryside, peaceful farm vibes and above all, good, quality food.
Housed within a restored former stable, this cosy eatery is a treat for the tastebuds – as everything from hearty Sunday lunches to tantalising Steak Nights or incredible, freshly baked bread can be enjoyed here.
The restaurant, which possesses a laid-back atmosphere and soothing interiors, offers great food – cooked by chef Martin de Kock – that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is to the taste…
Address: Diemersdal Farm Eatery, M58 (Koeberg Rd), Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 The Hussar Grill Willowbridge
With eateries spread across the country, Hussar Grill is one restaurant chain that requires no introduction. And, if you’re in the mood for steak, they are always the answer.
But their Willowbridge branch might just be one of the most beautiful. It’s cosy, snug and offers gorgeous views of the green, surrounding suburbs… Oh, and it’s also conveniently positioned at Willowbridge Shopping Centre, meaning it is centrally located within the Northern Suburbs.
This eatery is renowned for being one of the most consistently great restaurants near Durbanville – don’t you think it’s time you paid it a visit to see why?
Note: Walk-ins are welcome but bookings are advised.
Address: Hussar Grill Willowbridge, Shop G21, Willowbridge Shopping Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville Park, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Durbanville Hills Restaurant
Durbanville Hills Restaurant offers diners an ideal environment in which they can escape the city rush – and instead, embrace the gorgeous Durbanville Wine Valley.
This elegant, airy restaurant space – which showcases earthy, wood tones and South African decor at its best – provides the perfect blend of quality estate wines and delicious, unpretentious cuisine, prepared by chef Louisa Greeff.
Whether you sit inside or out on the wooden deck, you are assured stunning views of Table Mountain, the rolling hills and so much more. So lean back and enjoy all that this popular Durbanville restaurant has to offer you…
Address: Annapurna, Shop 7, Canal Edge Walkway, Carl Cronje Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
This long-standing restaurant offers great service, relaxed dining spaces (whether you sit indoors or outside) and a good mix of South African meals, stellar Eisbein and excellent pizzas too… a relatively new addition to the menu!
For those looking for a warm, family-friendly eatery, which is well-priced and proudly run, then Alberto’s is the perfect place to go with your friends and family alike.
Contact: +27 (021) 9751480
Address: Alberto’s, 10 King Street, Skilpadvlei, Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa.
#8 Yoco Eatery
At Yoco Eatery, they say ‘the art is in the eating’… And that is true – almost literally! For this beautiful restaurant lies just next door to the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, a popular local art gallery and itself a Durbanville attraction.
Add up the two and you have the perfect art-meets-food combination. Sit outside in the courtyard or inside in this airy space, and enjoy this eatery’s serenity and tasty food.
Here, freshness, local produce and good food and service take precedence – and it truly shows.
Constantia is loved for its wines, Cape history and stunning scenery – but this beautiful part of Cape Town is full of great fun and adventure too, if only you know where to look and what to do!
And, without further ado, these are the best things to do in and around Constantia:
#1 Dine at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia offers not only one of the most beautiful wine farms and restaurants in one – but it is, in every sense, one of the finest gastronomic experiences a foodie can enjoy in the Mother City.
Critics and food fans alike agree, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia is a winner… Things are kept fun and fresh and positively stunning – and the result is mesmerising.
The setting, food and service are all world-class… So be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Contact: +27 (021) 794 8632
Address: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Glen Alpine, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 Hop on the Constantia Valley Wine Bus
Few things in Cape Town are as much fun as the City Sightseeing Bus Tours – and the Constantia Valley Wine Bus is one of the best at that!
Visit South Africa’s rich wine valley, Constantia, and enjoy these three awesome wine farm stops: Groot Constantia, Eagles Nest and Beau Constantia.
And, since you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy some of the area’s finest restaurants – including Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Jonkershuis Restaurant, Foxcroft and Harbour House Constantia Nek – book ahead to enjoy a great meal on the trip too!
Note: To hop on the Constantia Wine Bus, simply join a Mini Peninsula Tour.
Address: (City Sightseeing Tour Offices) V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Long Street
#3 Wine tasting at Buitenverwachting
Beautiful Buitenverwachting has plenty to offer visitors, with its classy restaurant, amazing wines and incredible Constantia Wine Valley views, it is an experience from the moment you set foot on its grounds.
The wine tasting at this prestigious estate is held in the historic wine cellar, where the interiors are casual, calming and comfortable.
Sit inside and sip, or enjoy a glass out on the lawns with your friends and loved ones – the choice is yours and either option is ideal.
Note: All wines are offered for tasting at a set fee of R50 and tastings work on a first come, first served basis.
Contact: +27 (021) 794 5190/1
Address: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 Family outing at Groot Constantia
Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate, is a special place for young and old to enjoy… Not all wine farms feel family-friendly but this one most certainly does!
Explore the gorgeous Cape Dutch Manor House, delve down into the Cloete Cellar, head wine tasting or simply dine at Jonkershuis Restaurant or Simon’s Restaurant after a stroll about this estate… Whatever you do, great fun (and good food and wine) lie in waiting!
Note: Groot Constantia is one of the stops of the City Sightseeing Constantia Wine Bus.
Address: Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Climbing fun at Acrobranch Constantia
Those craving some adventure for the whole family need look no further than the thrilling Acrobranch Constantia.
Here, co-workers, friends and families can enjoy taking to the tree tops. And for kids, there’s an Acro-twigs adventure course, a 1.4-metre Swinging Tarzan and so much more to enjoy.
Each of Acrobranch’s three courses are carefully supervised by experienced guides and the safe harnesses keep your bodies secure – so everyone can enjoy a great time climbing through the tree tops, with quality peace of mind in tact.
Contact: 086 999 0369
Address: Acrobranch Constantia, 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#6 Ziplining with SA Forest Adventures
Few things are as exhilarating as ziplining – after all, its good, secure outdoor fun at its best.
Situated in Constantia Nek, on the lovely Silvermist Estate, this great experience is perfect for outdoor lovers, nature seekers and adrenaline junkies alike.
The outing starts off with a 4×4 drive that takes you up into the Constantia mountains, where, surrounded by incredible natural flora and fauna, you will embark on your zipline adventure…
The platforms and lines offer gorgeous views so it’s an even more memorable experience out in the fresh air. And with SA Forest Adventures – one of South Africa’s leading adventure companies – you know you’re in good hands because their guides are all hands-on and great.
Address: SA Forest Adventures, Silvermist Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#7 Rose picking at Chart Farm
Chart Farm is loved far and wide across Cape Town for its amazing, affordable and altogether romantic rose picking experience. So be sure to visit this gorgeous farm – which covers some 12 hectares and lies near Wynberg – to either pick your own – or buy some pre-picked ones.
The roses are a glorious sight to see (whether you visit to pick or not) and there’s a lovely little restaurant, where you can enjoy a light snack or good coffee.
Wow your partner, share special memories with the ones you love or simply take the family for a day out in the sunshine.
Note: Chart Farm is only open to rose picking at certain times of the year, so please check ahead before visiting. Also, secateurs and buckets are supplied at the farm stall.
Contact: +27 (021) 761 0434
Address: Chart Farm, Klaassens Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#8 Shop up a storm at Constantia Village
This lovely shopping village offers a wide assortment of things to buy, browse and eat. What’s more, The Constantia Village’s delightful surroundings match the shopping experience and product offerings perfectly, meaning customers are always in for a treat.
It’s also a secure complex, with ample parking (something of a rarity in Cape Town, it must be said…), so you can shop till you drop and then safely head home content, with all your day-to-day errands run and the groceries sorted.
Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs are known for their enviable winelands (which lie a hop, skip and jump away), laid-back, family-friendly suburbs – and most of all, for the peacefulness that prevails, as you head just outside of the city centre and into quiet suburbia.
In Durbanville (and its surrounding neighbourhoods), Cape Town is blessed with more than a handful of unique gems – including gorgeous wine farms, classy eateries and shops and some excellent outdoor adventures too!
Here are the top ten things to do in and around Durbanville:
#1 Dine at De Grendel
Few places in Durbanville (and indeed, Cape Town as a whole) are as widely praised as this superb wine farm.
De Grendel is known for its outstanding views (particularly of Table Mountain in the distance), excellent wines and its multiple award-winning restaurant. If that’s not enough to tempt to visit, then we don’t know what is!
De Grendel Restaurant – which is gorgeous without a drop of pretentiousness – lies safe within the talented hands of chef Ian Bergh, who, along with his team, works his magic behind the glassed-in kitchen.
Watch in wonder as your food is prepared and then feast on an array of mouthwatering and visually stunning dishes. These draw from a classic, ever-changing and altogether creative menu, which incorporates locally sourced ingredients and inventive modernity.
Note: At De Grendel Restaurant, children under the age of 10 are not permitted to join for dinner. | Also, for guests of 12 or more, an advance deposit is required.
Address: De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 Let them eat cake at Soet Society Cafe
Few things in this world are as well-loved and delicious as a selection of exquisite, beautifully baked cakes… And at Soet Society Cafe, cake lovers will find themselves well and truly in cake heaven.
At Soet, you can order from a wide selection of cakes, dreamily decorated and delicious tasting. Best of all, the cakes change daily, so you can always expect to find something new to sample!
Soet offers an excellent cake platter, which allows you to choose any four slices of cake. It is perfect for sharing – or even enjoying on your own, if you’re a true cake fanatic! This can be ordered for the reasonable price of just R79.
While you’re there, browse the other interesting offerings found within the Soet Emporium, of which Soet Society Cafe forms part.
Address: Durbanville Hills, Tygerberg Valley Road, Cape Farms, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 Hike in Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Tygerberg Nature Reserve is a beautiful, peaceful and well-maintained nature reserve, nestled above the sleepy suburb of Welgemoed.
The views from the reserve are truly spectacular and, at a very low cost rate, it offers some excellent outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. These include: several easy to moderate hiking trails, picnics and even some insightful lessons at the Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education (located just near the entrance).
Plus, there is a rich, diverse landscape of unique flora (and some fauna) to be marvelled at.
So if you’re looking for a great place to enjoy the fresh air, catch up on your daily fitness or simply to spend time with the ones you love, then head to Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
Note: Selected parts of the reserve are wheel-chair friendly. | From 1 November 2018, the Plattekloof access gate will be permanently closed.
Address: Durbanville Nature Reserve, Race Course Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#9 Shop till you drop at Willowbridge Mall
Shopaholics rejoice because the upmarket and vibrant Willowbridge Mall offers some 90 stores, which include everything from boutique clothing and home ware stores (like @home) to Woolworths and Pick n Pay.
There are also some great restaurants to be enjoyed here, including Hussar Grill, Primi Piatti and Baconville. And, best of all, every Saturday, shoppers and visitors alike can enjoy browsing the popular Willowbridge Slow Market.
The centre is also extremely child-friendly and has a wonderful outdoor play area, which keeps the little ones occupied for hours at a time.
Prepare to shop till you drop at Willowbridge Mall… you have been warned.
Address: Willowbridge Mall, 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Northern Suburbs, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#10 Head to Willowbridge Slowmarket
Situated at the bustling, oh-so-trendy Willowbridge Mall, this laid-back, fun market takes place every Saturday, from 09:00 am – 14:00 pm.
At Willowbridge Slowmarket, you can browse a wide assortment of food, clothing, jewellery and home ware stalls. Then, when you’re done, you can still catch up on your Saturday shopping or lunchtime outing to Willowbridge Mall itself.
All goods on offer at this chilled market are of the highest quality and are organic or lovingly made/selected, so you can rest easy knowing you will leave with only the best buys in the Northern Suburbs!
Ah, Constantia… the land of beauty, lushness and gorgeous winelands – what could be more wonderful?
Well, what about world-class eateries to rival the best anywhere in Cape Town and beyond?
Because, along with its esteemed winelands, incredible history and spectacular scenery, that is precisely what makes Constantia so popular these days.
So, without further ado, here are the top ten not-so-secret gems Constantia has on offer:
#1 La Colombe Restaurant
Situated on the beautiful Silvermist Estate, La Colombe Constantia is a world-class restaurant, which continues to wow its visitors, year in, year out. So it’s no surprise to learn that it rakes in local and international awards aplenty.
Vastly talented proprietor Scot Kirton believes in clean flavours and classical elegance, meaning that, with the restaurant’s French-meets-Asian cuisine, you can expect a most marvellous marriage of food flavours and styles… And with capable executive chef, James Gaag at the helm, great things are a given too!
The food is pure, flavourful art mixed with creative beauty – and it tastes as amazing as it looks to the eyes. This ensures both a visual and literal feast for guests.
Plus, the restaurant’s setting and fine dining interiors are second to none… Tempted, anyone?
Note: You can also enjoy either of La Colombe’s sister restaurants: La Petite Colombe (found in Franschhoek) – or Foxcroft, which happily also lies in Constantia!
Contact: +27 (021) 794 2390
Address: La Colombe Restaurant, Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
With Chefs Warehouse & Canteen and Chefs Warehouse at Maison, you would think that there would be no more (stomach) space for another superb Chefs offering… but thankfully, you’d be gravely mistaken!
In fact, this might just be one of the most imposing in terms of setting and natural location, for rolling vineyards, mountains and all-glass views add a special sense of occasion to this gorgeous restaurant.
What about the food? Well, in true Chefs style, it is sublime (be prepared to book ahead!)… And of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the masterful chef, Liam Tomlin, who plays a big, guiding role in each of these excellent, well-loved eateries.
Note: We also seriously love Thali, found in Gardens, Cape Town.
Contact: +27 (021) 794 8632
Address: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Glen Alpine, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#3 Foxcroft Restaurant
Sister restaurant to La Colombe Constantia and La Petite Colombe, Foxcroft is yet another incredible offering – though this time it’s Scot Kirton and chef proprietor/amazing pastry chef, Glen ‘Foxcroft’ Williams firmly in the culinary driving seat.
Foxcroft, an elegant, reservation-driven restaurant, prioritises deliciousness over everything else… and you can definitely taste that!
Working with the best local and international suppliers, at Foxcroft, they have things finely tuned – and everything is mouthwatering and beautifully plated or set up.
Add to that good service and a warm, inviting restaurant setting – and you’re in for a real treat!
Contact: +27 (021) 202 3304
Address: Foxcroft, High Constantia Centre, Shop 8/9, Corner of Constantia Main Road and Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
At Greenhouse – situated at the esteemed Cellars-Hohenort Hotel – legendary executive chef, Peter Tempelhoff and oh-so-talented head chef, Ashley Moss, bring food magic to life, as they front up a disciplined, skillful culinary team.
Greenhouse invites you to be part of a South African dining experience unlike any other – in essence, it is joyful, exploratory and fun!
This is the place where great food, timelessness and Cape class come together perfectly – isn’t it time you (re)visited?
Contact: +27 (021) 795 6226
Address: Greenhouse, The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Jonkershuis Restaurant
Found on the most historic Groot Constantia Estate, Jonkershuis Restaurant is unquestionably a firm favourite among locals and tourists alike.
Here, guests can enjoy a warm, soothing indoor or outdoor experience, a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere – and, above all, delectable, traditional Cape Malay cuisine.
Jonkershuis offers a variety of venues – perfect for special celebrations, get-togethers or lunch out in the Constantia Winelands.
Whatever the occasion, prepare to fall head-over-heels in love with this unique restaurant… because there’s just something truly special about this quintessential Cape-style eatery.
Address: Jonkershuis Restaurant, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#6 Bistro Sixteen82
Located on the delightful Steenberg – and named after the year in which the estate was founded – one finds the marvellous Bistro Sixteen82.
First opened in 2009, this eatery has gone from strength to strength, as it serves up delicious tapas and bistro-style offerings.
In fact, aside from the love its visitors have for it, Bistro Sixteen82 has won much local and international expert praise – and has even been listed among 20 of the World’s Best Winery Restaurants by Canada’s Wine Access magazine.
At Bistro Sixteen82, good wine meets with great food, prepared by innovative executive chef, Kerry Kilpin, who loves to create food that bursts with seasonal freshness and flavour.
Address: Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg Farm, Steenberg Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#7 Buitenverwachting Restaurant
Found on the beautiful Buitenverwachting Estate, this restaurant forms a uniquely historic part of this quality Constantia wine farm.
After a devastating storm hit in June 2017, the restaurant had to undergo some renovations – but now, it is back better than ever before!
Its interiors reflect the estate’s clean, simple lines and classic elements. What’s more, the mountain-facing terrace allows guests to soak up the picture-perfect views, even as they enjoy good food and wine.
The surrounding flora, meanwhile, inspires head chef and partner, Edgar Osoijnik, to create incredible rustic-meets-refined food.
The end result? A beautiful establishment, where great wine, food and mountain views exist in blissful harmony.
Contact: +27 (021) 794 3522
Address: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm and Restaurant, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#8 The Bistro @ Klein Constantia
The Bistro at Klein Constantia is a delightful mix of food and wine. It is all about farm-to-table goodness, head-to-toe braveness and country fare… All in all, it ensures a veritable feast of unique dishes, enhanced by Klein Constantia’s choicest wines.
This chic, airy space is where Cordon Bleau chef, Graham Davies, brings his love of European food influences and South Africa’s rich culinary history together beautifully – making it a winner every time.
Note: From June to September, The Bistro will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Address: The Bistro at Klein Constantia Estate, Klein Constantia Road, Nova Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#9 Harbour House Constantia Nek
The Harbour House Group might have several restaurants dotted about the Cape Peninsula, but after its famous Kalk Bay branch, Constantia Nek is arguably one of the most impressive as far as settings go.
Overlooking the beautiful Constantia Winelands and uniquely situated atop Constantia Nek, this graceful, predominantly seafood eatery provides guests with a memorable restaurant setting – and quality, fresh food to boot.
Note: The venue is also perfect for small, intimate weddings, corporate functions or even international tour groups.
Address: Habour House Constantia Nek, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#10 Chardonnay Deli
While not strictly a restaurant (it’s in fact an upmarket farm stall, bakery and deli in one), it would be remiss of us to not include Chardonnay Deli on a best Constantia restaurants list.
This is down to the fact that it is one of the most popular pit-stops in the Constantia Wine Valley… And when you cross over into its cosy, inviting threshold – bursting with all kinds of mouthwatering goods and thoughtful products – you’ll understand why.
Owned by the successful Charmaine Lilje (who is behind Chardonnay Chefs, a top catering company), Chardonnay Deli is big on organic, healthy foods and homemade products alike. This makes it even more appealing, especially to health-conscious eaters and mindful shoppers.
Stock up on your essentials, browse the vast selection of excellent cakes or even just lose yourself in the glorious food labyrinth that is Chardonnay Deli… Either way, you’ll leave inspired, revitalised and wowed.
Contact: +27 (021) 795 0606
Address: Chardonnay Deli, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
These are just some of the incredible eateries nestled in the gorgeous Constantia Winelands region – and we think each one is memorable and special in its own right.