Top 10 Restaurants in Hout Bay

Hout Bay is loved for its beautiful ocean views, fun activities and strong sense of community, which makes it almost feel like its own republic within the city of Cape Town… but what about eateries? What has it got to offer us on the food front, you ask?

Well, it’s pretty great in that sense too – particularly as Hout Bay offers a host of top-class, varied restaurant options!

#1 Quentin at Oakhurst

As something of a hidden Hout Bay gem, Quentin at Oakhurst is arguably one of the most underrated restaurants in Hout Bay – and yet, popular review (straight from the people) tells us that it is oh-so-good!

Buoyed by wonderful, rich farming at Oakhurst estate, this restaurant believes in sustainable practices and foods (where possible), a strong family team and food focused solely on the people for whom it is intended.

Their ethos is firmly inspired by their sentiments towards the foods they source, prepare and cook… which probably explains why it’s so great!

These values have held them in good stead, as they ensure a beautiful and quality restaurant offering, with tasty meals prepared with care and dedication.

For these reasons – and so many more – Quentin is one of Hout Bay’s truly unmissable eateries.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 4888, (072) 242 0264

Website: www.oakhurstbarn.com

Address: Quentin at Oakhurst, Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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www.oakhurstbarn.com

#2 Cheyne’s

Own and run by talented chef, Cheyne Morrisby, this Asian fusion-meets-tasty-tapas eatery packs a big punch… In all the right ways!

Cheyne’s – a vastly popular local eatery – brings a range of delicious and creative dishes to the table, while catering to both meat-eaters and vegetarians in the process!

If you’re looking to experience a true Hout Bay favourite (and enjoy tucking into mouthwatering meals while you’re at it!), then Cheyne’s is the place to go.

Contact: (066) 412 3289

Website: www.facebook.com/cheyneshoutbay

Address: Cheyne’s, Main Road, Scott Estate, Hout Bay,Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 La Cuccina

After 18 years of good, long-standing business, the same tried and trusted ways still play a key role at La Cuccina.

All meals are, as far as possible, prepared from scratch in the kitchen and healthy, natural flavours and ingredients are where it’s at.

The food – which is comforting, yet tasty- is as good as ever. It echoes of good, old-fashioned home cooking, while still incorporating some modern concepts!

For those craving a touch of mom’s cooking (with a modern twist) and a delightful restaurant ambiance, you need look no further than La Cuccina.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 8008

Website: lacuccina.co.za

Address: La Cuccina, Victoria Mall, Corner of Victoria and Empire Roads, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Chapman’s Peak Restaurant

Established some 25 years ago, Chapman’s Peak Restaurant is something of a grand dame in Cape Town’s outdoor restaurant scene.

Famed for its fabulous calamari and superb seafood, it is blessed with one of the best settings in the Cape Peninsula – and to top it all off, it also offers guests a beautiful terrace, perfect for al fresco dining or sundowners.

Join them for a drink, a scrumptious seafood dish or even just a touch of atmosphere, complemented by a light meal just to tide you over… Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1036

Website: www.chapmanspeakhotel.co.za/restaurant-e.htm

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

#5 Massimo’s

Combining their Italian and Liverpool roots, Massimo and wife Tracey are the passionate duo behind Massimo’s.

At Massimo’s, the food is honest, portions are generous and service is friendly, all of which ensure that this charming pizzeria is a winner.

And best of all, this popular Italian-style eatery is big on food – and even bigger on heart (they support some wonderful causes!).

Contact:  +27 (021) 790 5648

Website: www.pizzaclub.co.za

Address: Massimo’s, Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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www.spiroshoutbay.co.za

#6 Spiro’s

This Greek restaurant is like walking straight into a Mediterranean dream… In fact, you could even call Spiro’s a ‘slice of Greece in beautiful Hout Bay’.

Its authentic Greek cuisine is made with love, so you’re guaranteed quality, and it also offers guests a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, with a fresh, almost youthful feel to it.

Seating options offer something for everyone to enjoy – whether you are after al fresco dining areas, an enclosed courtyard or intimate indoor spaces, perfectly primed for lunch and dinner.

Contact: +27 (021) 791 3897

Website: www.spiroshoutbay.co.za

Address: Spiro’s, 30 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Ristorante Posticino

With a main branch first opened in Sea Point (which is still thriving, it must be said), Ristorante Posticino Hout Bay may have only been open since 2013 in Hout Bay, yet already it has become a local favourite.

Like its Sea Point sister, this restaurant offers a warm, welcoming family experience, with good food and quality service to match…

And given how it is located before the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, gorgeous dining views are a given too!

Contact: + 27 (021) 791 1166

Website: posticino.co.za

Address: Ristorante Posticino, 6 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Dario’s Cafe

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www.darioscafe.co.za

Found in 2007, this cheerful, little coffee bar has fast become part of the Hout Bay foodie scene. Dario’s brings with it everything from good coffee and fresh sandwiches to decadent cakes and incredible pasta dishes – to name just a few tasty options!

This authentic Italian ‘bar’ experience offers guests a vibey atmosphere, tempting coffee aromas and a sense of coziness, without being invasive.

Join Dario’s for that catch-up with friends, casual work meeting or fun weekend treat, perfect for the whole family.

Contact: +27 (021) 791 0021

Website: www.darioscafe.co.za

Address: Dario’s Cafe, Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Lucky Bao

Serving up Asian street food, the small but efficient Lucky Bao is another fine Hout Bay restaurant offering that comes courtesy of chef Cheyne Morrisby.

It might only be able to seat eight people, but, despite its size, it offers plenty of wondrous Oriental flavours and should be overlooked at one’s peril… As for what it lacks in space, it makes up for in food quality and flavour!

Contact: (064) 661 4415

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LuckyBaoBar

Address: Lucky Bao, 1 Pam Arlene Place, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Dunes Beach Restaurant

Dunes is, as they say, a right favourite among the locals… This casual, laid-back eatery – enviously located on the lovely Hout Bay Beach – is perfect for all kinds of occasions, be they social, personal or corporate.

It offers gorgeous views, good food and plenty of child-friendly fun, including a popular kiddies’ playground.

Dunes also offers a well-balanced, varied menu, with something for every type of eater to enjoy!

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1876

Website: www.dunesrestaurant.co.za

Address: Dunes Beach Restaurant, 1 Beach Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of many great restaurants to enjoy in charming Hout Bay – but you’re not going to want to miss this bunch!

Top 10 Restaurants near Durban Beachfront

Durban Beachfront is famed for its beautiful Promenade, gorgeous beaches and balmy weather, which is great right through the year… but did you know that it’s more than just a haunt for sun lovers and surfers? For here, tucked away most unassumingly, one finds some truly memorable restaurants…

The mood might be lighter than your average SA eatery – but trust us, at these top restaurants in and around Durban Beachfront, the food and ambiance are winners every time:

#1 Havana Grill

This world-class grill, situated at the Suncoast Casino, is one fine eatery to enjoy along Durban’s Golden Mile.

It overlooks the popular Suncoast Beach, boasting 180-degree views, which extend from the Bluff to Umhlanga Rocks.

Not only do they offer an interesting menu, but they also boast an extensive wine list, featuring some top South African wines… Because, at Havana Grill, quality is assured on all fronts.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 1305

Website: www.havanagrill.co.za

Address: Havana Grill, Suncoast Casino, North Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#2 Surf Riders Cafe

If you are looking for a relaxed, fun place to enjoy – and we quote – ‘just good chow’, then Surf Riders Cafe is the place to go for this… and more!

Situated on the Golden Mile, this beach-side cafe is a favourite for breakfasts by the beach, mouth-watering lunches and great drinks, which even include an award-winning wine list!

At Surf Riders Cafe, service is friendly and laid-back, helping to put you at ease and allow you to enjoy the cheerful cafe and all its offerings.

Contact: (062) 747 7037

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/SurfRidersDBN

Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, South Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

Surf Riders Cafe via Facebook
Surf Riders Cafe via Facebook

#3 The Ocean Terrace

Found at the glamorous and oh-so-elegant Oyster Box Hotel, this beautiful restaurant is like something out of a dream… And while it is a little further on from the Durban Beachfront, it is certainly worth the journey!

With sweeping views across the warm Indian Ocean and truly stunning decor, The Ocean Terrace always ensures a memorable meal, whatever the occasion.

Serving up a bistro-style menu, this restaurant is perfect for special celebrations, family meals and al fresco dining. There is something for every palate to savour, from freshly baked pizzas to fish and chips or even some excellent seafood!

Other standouts include the popular Curry Buffet – which will tempt true Durbanites and new visitors alike with its sinfully good eats – and tantalising sundowners!

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Ocean Terrace, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa.

#4 Beach Bums

Beach Bums might require a bit of a drive but it’s definitely worth it! And, because it’s something of a Durban favourite, it is a great place to visit.

Forever chilled (since 1997), this restaurant and events venue is found on the shores of Casaurina Beach, and offers wonderful indoor and outdoor seating options alike.

For those craving both sand and sun, Beach Bums is the perfect place – and the meals are suitable for the whole family, meaning no one leaves without a full and contented tummy!

Contact: +27 (032) 943 1132

Website: www.beachbums.co.za

Address: Beach Bums, 65 Casuarina Beach Drive, Tongaat, KZN, South Africa.

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Beach Bums via Facebook

#5 Cafe Vacca Matta

This restaurant, martini bar and nightclub is synonymous with stylish nights, delicious food and a host of cocktail delights.

Here, prestige and opulence come together perfectly, but Cafe Vacca Matta still provides guests with a casual ambiance despite this.

It offers a choice between either fine dining or al fresco menus, and this Mediterranean-style restaurant can seat up to 120 people. This makes it ideal for functions and special events, no matter whether they are of a personal or corporate nature.

Note: Restaurant and club times are 8 till late.

Contact: +27 (031) 368 6535

Website: www.vaccamatta.com

Address: Cafe Vacca Matta, 153 Florida Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#6 Cargo Hold

Situated within the fun Ushaka Marine World, Cargo Hold is an entrancing dining affair on all accounts!

Dine with the sharks in one of Durban’s most refined and spectacular settings, which lies hidden away in the stern of the Phantom Ship.

And, not only is it elegant but it’s fun too – perhaps best of all though, Cargo Hold offers a great selection of culinary adventures for you to dive right into! They span from countries across the globe, providing a hint of spiciness, exoticism or fruitiness!

In addition to its normal dining options, Cargo Hold is also perfect for corporate affairs or year-end functions.

Please note: Children under 12 are not permitted for dinner, except on Mondays – and the dress code is smart-casual, with preferably no open shoes for the gentleman.

Contact: +27 (031) 328 8065/6/7

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

Address: Cargo Hold, Ushaka Marine World, 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#7 Wodka Restaurant & Bar

Wodka is a stylish offering and one which is complete with edgy urban decor and oh-so-palatable dishes. These factors combine to make this eatery at The aha Waterfront Hotel & Spa a worthy candidate for fine dining experiences in Durban.

This restaurant and bar overflows with vibrant urban energy, even as it provides guests with a choice between stunning indoor or outdoor spaces to choose from.

It’s perfect for year-round dining and is especially popular for after-work drinks… So be sure to give it a try!

Contact: +27 (031) 332 8190

Website: www.thewaterfronthotel.co.za

Address: Wodka, The aha Waterfront Hotel & Spa, 40 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#8 The Grill Room

Yet another Oyster Box offering, The Grill Room, has been a local institution of note for over 70 years… So, with this restaurant, you know it’s the real deal.

The menu incorporates a variety of classic favourites – thought up by Bea Tollman and brought to life by executive chef, Kevin Joseph – as well as a selection of contemporary creations and signature dishes, which are carefully inspired by global food trends.

Join them for a touch of class and food history in Durban.

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Grill Room, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa.

#9 Cafe Jiran

Cafe Jiran is for the coffee lovers among us… that’s for certain! Situated across from the breezy Durban Promenade, this spacious, tasteful cafe is great for coffee connoisseurs or foodies with a discerning palate.

The menu offers a good choice of options, but choosing a few from them might just be the hardest decision of your day. Still, it will be worth it for whatever you do settle on!

They have everything from nibbles to proper meals and desserts, so whether you’re a health-conscious eater or a true gourmand, there is something here to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 4485

Website: www.cafejiran.co.za

Address: Cafe Jiran, North Beach, Durban Beach Front, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#10 Zack’s

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This independent cafe, which first opened in 2001, is a true South African-style cafe… Open seven days a week, from 8 till late, Zack’s prides itself on its  flexibility and the ability to cater to every taste out there.

Meanwhile, their colourful, but deadly, cocktail menu keeps their loyal fan base returning for more!

And music forms an integral part of life at Zack’s, particularly as they support local musicians, giving them a stage to perform on.

Contact: (031) 305 1671

Website: www.zacks.co.za

Address: Shop 23, Wilsons Wharf, 14 Boatmans Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

These are some of the best eateries in and around Durban’s beautiful Beachfront – and they are just waiting for you!

Top 10 activities in Sea Point.

In recent years, Sea Point has steadily become one of Cape Town’s most popular, outdoorsy and food-conscious suburbs.

Thanks to its gorgeous ocean and mountain views, impeccable sunsets and vibrant outdoor and indoor spaces – it makes for a very family-friendly and all-round great place to go for some food, fun and good times in the sun!

And here are the top activities to enjoy in Sea Point (and surrounds):

#1 Hit the Sea Point Promenade

Okay, so this one is practically a given… You simply cannot visit Sea Point without jogging, cycling or walking along the Promenade. (Even driving alongside it is a rewarding experience!)

Come rain or shine, you will always find Capetonians and tourists flocking the Sea Point Promenade – and for good reason!  It offers perfectly paved, lengthy walkways, superb ocean and mountain views and some recreational grassy areas too.

Happily, these areas are littered with benches, play areas, outdoor gym equipment and even some fascinating artworks – so be sure to hit the Sea Point Promenade to see just how much it has on offer!

Whether you want to walk your four-legged friend(s), enjoy some fun strolls with the family or exercise out in the fresh air, the Promenade is the answer.

Contact: N/A

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Address: Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Get outdoors at Green Point Urban Park

This park remains one of the city’s finest additions. Not only is it perfect for pets and families to enjoy, but it also offers beautiful views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and even the Cape Town Stadium – and happily, it is even situated across from the Promenade.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air, a carefully planned kiddies’ party or simply an interesting stroll among the plants and flowers, as you enjoy educational, eco-friendly gardens and walkways.

And the best part? This clean, well-maintained city park is completely free for one and all to enjoy!

Contact: (021) 417 0120

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Address: Green Point Urban Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Visit Mojo Market

This still-new and very exciting indoor lifestyle and food market is arguably one of the best things to have hit the city in recent years.

Not only is it well-situated along Sea Point’s famous Regent Road, but it also offers something for everyone and is open seven days a week, from 08:00 am – 10:00pm collectively.

Whether you’re after food, clothing, drinks or simply some local crafts and jewellery to buy, this market has you sorted with its selection of some 45 designer retail stores, 25 food stalls and even a fresh goods section!

It’s quickly cemented itself as a standard, buzzing part of everyday city in life in Sea Point now – and we couldn’t be happier!

Contact: manager@mojomarket.co.za

Website: www.mojomarket.co.za

Address: Mojo Market, 30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Mojo Market via Facebook

#4 Take to the sea with Kaskazi Kayaks

For those who crave the open sea or even just something different to experience in the Mother City – Kaskazi Kayaks has you covered on both fronts. For over 15 years, they have been consistently delivering memorable and fun sea adventures in and around Sea Point.

Based in Three Anchor Bay, this dedicated sea kayak and adventure centre specialises in amazing kayaking experiences and training. Handily, they also stock a wide range of top kayaks, clothing, adventure gear and equipment.

So if you wish to take to the open sea or kayak around Sea Point, get in touch with them today!

Contact: +27 (083) 346 1146

Website: kayak.co.za

Address: 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Putt putt fun in Mouille Point

For adults and children alike, putt putt can be a great and fun way to enjoy time together, relieve daily stresses or even just a way to practice your golfing skills in a non-judgmental and relaxing space…

And in the Mouille Point putt putt course, visitors can experience one of the more popular spots in and around Sea Point. It makes for cheap fun, is pretty easy to play, and allows you to get outdoors – what more could you need?

Their handy kiosk is also stocked up with some tasty eats and drinks, in case you require some sustenance, as you enjoy one of two 18-hole putt putt courses!

Contact: +27 (021) 434 6805

Website: N/A

Address: Mouille Point Putt Putt Course, Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Ride a bike with Up Cycles

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Cycling fans, lovers of the outdoors and travellers young and old, this one is for you! Up Cycles – a popular city cycle rental service – is one of the best known businesses in Sea Point (and beyond)!

Up Cycles allows you to affordably rent and cycle along the Promenade, V&A and a few other spots in the city. And, as they have stations based in Sea Point, V&A Waterfront – Silo 5, Breakaway Cafe and Camps Bay, they are centrally and easily accessible.

The process is simple: find a station, choose and pay for your ride and accessories (like child seats), ride about – and then just return everything afterwards! It’s sure to be a fun and memorable experience for all!

Please note: Rates start at R70 for one hour, and they offer half-day or multiple hour rentals. Up Cycles is open 365 days a year, barring in heavy rain or severe weather conditions.

Contact: (074) 100 9161 or (076) 135 2223

Website: upcycles.co.za

Address: Up Cycles, Beach Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Make a splash in Sea Point Swimming Pool

One of the most popular attractions in Sea Point, this public swimming pool is a hit every season.

It offers visitors an Olympic-sized swimming pool, springboard diving pool and two splash pools, perfect for the kiddies. Aside from the pools, the venue also offers a kiosk, some vendors, lawn area and gorgeous sea and city views.

Be sure to pay it a visit when it’s open and have fun making a true splash!

Please note:  Until further notice, it is closed for renovations from 9 April 2018 onwards.

And because of the severe Western Cape drought and water restrictions, the Sea Point Swimming Pool may be less accessible than usual upon its re-opening.

Also, there is a very minimal per person entry fee, charged according to age. (Pensioners enjoy free entry.)

Contact: (021) 434 3341

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Address:  Sea Point Pavilion, Lower Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Enjoy Tea in the Park

Tucked away within the beautiful Green Point Urban Park, one finds the charming Tea in the Park by Reliance restaurant. Here, visitors can enjoy not only a great cup of tea – but a choice of hot and cold beverages, sweet treats, sandwiches and wraps in what is a truly lovely space.

And because it’s run by the same team who brought the beloved and whimsical Tree Under The Trees to Paarl, you are assured quality and tastiness, with good service to boot!

Please note: Tea in the Park is open seven days a week (weather permitting), Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Contact: (060) 997 6153, (086) 188 8784

Website: www.reliance.co.za/teainthepark.html

Address: Tea in the Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Feng Wong via Twitter

#9 Dine at a famous Sea Point Eatery

Sea Point is famous for its food, there’s no question of that! And with a host of popular new and time-honoured eateries alike, visitors to this trendy suburb are not short of great places to go for a good meal!

Although, as with everything, there are always a few that immediately spring to mind – and in this case, that has got to be La Mouette, Scheckter’s RAW and Three Wise Monkeys respectively.

Each eatery has its own trademark stamp, but quality service and food are guarantees at all three of these Sea Point eateries, so be sure to try them for yourself!

Contact:
– La Mouette: +27 (021) 433 0856, www.lamouette-restaurant.co.za
– Scheckter’s RAW: +27 (021) 434 1364, schecktersraw.com
– Three Wise Monkeys: +27 (021) 433 1837, threewisemonkeys.co.za

Website: (please see listed above)

Address: Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Do some City Sightseeing

Last but by no means least, we have the endlessly popular and oh-so-fun City Sightseeing tours, which run along and through the Sea Point stretch.

In particular, both the Red City Tour and Blue Mini Peninsula Tour respectively will take you from the V&A Waterfront, through the city to Camps Bay and then back through Sea Point and its surrounds. (There are multiple hop-on, hop-off stops available at every stage of the tour!)

All City Sightseeing tours are heaps of fun and best of all, each trip offers its own excellent service, comfort, stunning scenery, even as you enjoy easy city sightseeing, and interesting audio commentary, available in a host of different languages!

This type of family-friendly experience is a must for the memory books, trust us on that!

Please note: If you book online, you can enjoy discounted ticket prices; it’s a great way to save! Though per person tour prices range according to age group and chosen route.

Contact: +27 861 733 287 or (021) 511 6000

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town

Address: City Sightseeing, V&A Waterfront & 81 Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the stunning city activities you can enjoy in Sea Point!

Top 10 Activities near Durban Beachfront.

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

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

#1 Stroll along the Durban Beachfront

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.nightjartravel.com

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

#2 Surfs up at Dairy Beach

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.southafrica.com

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

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#3 Head to Bay of Plenty Beach

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.southafrica.com

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

#4 Explore Durban Habour

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

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

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

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

#5 Browse the I Heart Market

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

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

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

Contact: info@iheartmkt.com

Website: www.iheartmarket.com

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

#6 Visit Mini Town

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 337 7892

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

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

#7 Be amazed at uShaka Marine World

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 328 8000

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

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

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#8 Don’t miss North Beach

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

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

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

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

#9 Catch a rickshaw ride

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

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

#10 Play mermaid at South Beach

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

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

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

Top 10 Activities in the V&A Waterfront

Lead image: Zeitz MOCAA via zeitzmocaa.museum

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

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

#1 Visit the hot-and-happening Zeitz MOCAA

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (087) 350 4777

Website: zeitzmocaa.museum

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

#2 Head to the Two Oceans Aquarium

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (0)21 418 3823

Website: www.aquarium.co.za

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

#3 Immerse yourself in the Silo District

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

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

#4 Ride on the Cape Wheel

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David Stanley via www.flickr.com

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

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

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

Contact: 021 418 2502

Website: capewheel.co.za

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

#5 Grab a delicious meal at Firefish Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 286 4933

Website: www.firefishrestaurant.co.za

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

#6 Take the kids to Hamleys

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 418 2927

Website: www.hamleys.com/south_africa

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

#7 Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 418 4741

Website: www.sarugby.co.za

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

#8 Hop on a Seal & Harbour Cruise

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City Sightseeing via www.citysightseeing.co.za

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (0861) 733 287

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

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

#9 Stop by the V&A Food Market

Open seven days a week, this ever-bustling, popular street food and artisan retail market is a delectable delight for V&A Waterfront visitors to indulge in.

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

After a hard day’s exploring or shopping, pop into the V&A Food Market and enjoy all the best food (and goodies) available!

Contact: +27 (021) 418 1605

Website: waterfrontfoodmarket.com

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

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waterfrontfoodmarket.com via The Thai Hut Company Facebook

#10 Have a drink at Bascule Bar

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 410 7100

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

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

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

Top 10 Restaurants in Sea Point.

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

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

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

#1 La Mouette Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 433 0856

Website: www.lamouette-restaurant.co.za

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

#2 Scheckter’s RAW

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 434 1364

Website: schecktersraw.com

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

#3 Three Wise Monkeys

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 433 1837

Website: threewisemonkeys.co.za

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

#4 JARRYDS

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

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

Contact: (+27) 60 748 0145

Website: www.jarryds.com

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

#5 Kleinsky’s Delicatessen

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 433 2871

Website: kleinskys.co.za

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

#6 La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro

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Photo Credit: www.labohemebistro.co.za

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 434 8797

Website: www.labohemebistro.co.za

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

#7 Posticino Italian Restaurant

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 439 4014

Website: posticino.co.za

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

#8 Sundoo

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 433 0542

Website: www.facebook.com/sundoorestaurant

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

#9 NV-80 Grill & Bar

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Photo credit: nv-80.co.za

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 439 7112/4

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

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

#10 Strolla Restaurant & Bar

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 430 7778

Website: strolla.co.za

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

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

Top 10 Restaurants in the V&A Waterfront.

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

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

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

#1 Firefish Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 286 4933

Website: www.firefishrestaurant.co.za

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

#2 Willougby & Co

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 418 6115

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

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

#3 Si! Cantina Sociale

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

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

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

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

Contact: (087) 4700 124

Website: sicantinasociale.co.za

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

#4 Den Anker

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

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

www.denanker.co.za
www.denanker.co.za

Contact: (021) 419 0249

Website: www.denanker.co.za

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

#5 Mar-e-Sol

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

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

Contact: (021) 425 3385

Website: mar-e-sol.co.za

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

#6 Bukhara V&A Waterfront

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 418 5600

Website: www.bukhara.com

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

#7 Balducci

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

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

Contact: (021) 421 6002/3

Website: balduccis.co.za

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

#8 Seelan Restaurant and Bar

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 421 4906

Website: seelan.co.za

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

#9 Baia Seafood Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (021) 421 0935/6/7

Website: www.baiarestaurant.co.za

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

#10 Harbour House V&A Restaurant

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

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

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

Website: www.harbourhouse.co.za

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

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

 

Top 10 Activities in Sandton.

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

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

#1 Live the good life at Montecasino


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

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

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

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

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

#2 Enjoy an event at Sandton Convention Centre

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

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

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

Contact: +27 11 779 0000

Website: www.tsogosun.com

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

#3 Shop and dine out at Nelson Mandela Square

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

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

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

Contact:  +27 (011) 217 6000

Website: nelsonmandelasquare.co.za

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

#4 Get some fresh air at Field Market

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

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

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

Contact: N/A

Website:  www.fieldmarket.co.za

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

#5 Tuck in at Piza E Vino

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 486 4119

Website: www.pizaevino.co.za

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

#6 Catch a show at Theatre on the Square

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

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

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

Contact: (011) 883 8606 or 0861 915 8000

Website: www.theatreonthesquare.co.za

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

#7 Have a blast at Montecasino Bird Park

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Waleed Alzuhair via www.gauteng.net

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

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

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

Contact: 011 511 1864

Website: www.tsogosun.com

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

#8 Enjoy a blockbuster at Cine Prestige Sandton


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

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

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

Contact: 086 166 8437

Website: movies.sterkinekor.co.za

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

#9 Head to Sandton Central Park

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

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

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

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Website: www.jhblive.com

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

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#10 Explore Hyundai Sky Mushroom Farm Park

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

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

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

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

Contact: 011 784 6881

Website: www.sa-venues.com

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

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

Top 10 Restaurants in Sandton.

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

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

#1 Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 784 2366

Website: www.trumpsgrill.co.za

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

#2 Pigalle Sandton

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 884 8899

Website: pigallerestaurants.co.za

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

#3 The Grillhouse Sandton

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

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

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

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

Contact:  +27 (011) 783 6132

Website: www.thegrillhouse.co.za

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

#4 The Big Mouth

Alexi Portokallis via The Big Mouth
Alexi Portokallis via The Big Mouth

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 783 4097

Website: www.thebigmouth.co.za

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

#5 Qunu

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 292 6000

Website: www.saxon.co.za

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

#6 Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 282 7000

Website: www.legacyhotels.co.za

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

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Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo via Facebook

#7 The Butchershop & Grill

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 784 8677

Website: www.thebutchershop.co.za

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

#8 Winehouse

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 325 2442

Website: tenbompas-restaurant.co.za

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

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Winehouse, Ten Bompas Hotel via Facebook

#9 Chaplin’s Grill

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (076) 564 5979

Website: chaplinsgrill.co.za

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

#10 Parc Ferme

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

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

Contact: +27 (011) 245 4846

Website: www.parcferme.co.za

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

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

Top Airlines in South Africa.

With nine provinces, each as different as the next, South Africa is a rich and diverse country, and it’s perfect for both travellers and jet-setters to enjoy.

Whether you are travelling for business, pleasure or holiday leisure – these top South African airlines can be the wind beneath your wings, as they safely bring you to your destination:

#1 South African Airways

Consistently rated as South Africa’s best airline, this long-standing flight king needs no introduction. “Flying to South Africa and beyond”, SAA is a multi-award-winning airline, first established 1 February 1934.

Along with Mango, they hold the number one and two spots as South Africa’s most on-time airlines, guaranteeing you will arrive on time without the schlep of extended flight delays or airport waits.

Their consistency, dedication and quality service has always given them an edge and, with a range of local and international flights on offer (and some impressive airline partners too), there’s no question that SAA can get you there!

Contact: +27 11 978 1111 (SA), +55 11 3065 5115 (international)

Website: www.flysaa.com

Where they fly: South Africa, Africa and internationally.

#2 Kulula.com (or Kulula)

This unmistakable green dragon has got your every flight need covered. With highly affordable rates, committed staff, and flights to many of SA’s top cities, Kulula is undoubtedly one of SA’s favourite airlines.

Enjoy flights from Cape Town to King Shaka International Airport (Durban) to Lanseria International Airport and more!

Contact: 0861 58 58 52 (SA) or +27 11 921 0500  (outside SA)

Website: http://kulula.com

Where they fly: Across SA – and with British Airways, to Mauritius, Nairobi, Windhoek, Harare, Victoria Falls and Livingstone.

#3 SA Express

If you are looking to book flights in South Africa and southern Africa alike, then SA Express is one of the best airlines around to fly you there. They combine convenience, time savings and cheap flights with quality service.

Travel with them to destinations like: Richard’s Bay, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and more.

Contact: +27 11 978 9900

Website: www.flyexpress.aero

Where we fly: across SA and to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the DRC.

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#4 Mango Airlines

Mango has been consistently and reliably providing travellers with affordable domestic flights, on-board Wi-Fi and so much more since they first took to the skies, way back in late 2006.

This orange, jet-setting airline operates between SA’s major airports, as well as providing twice weekly flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar.

For memorable and hassle-free domestic flights across South Africa, look no further than Mango!

Contact: 086 100 1234 (SA); (international) +27 (11) 086 6100

Website: www.flymango.com

Where we fly: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, George and (twice weekly) between JHB to Zanzibar.

#5 SA Airlink

Connecting you with amazing destinations across Southern Africa, SA Airlink can take you where you need to be.

This awesome airline can connect travellers with up to 37 destinations, including nine African countries and St Helena. Spread your wings and enjoy the “freedom of the African sky” with Airlink.

Contact: +27 11 451 7300/0105903170

Website: flyairlink.com

Where we fly: across South Africa and Botwsana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, St Helena, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

#6 FlySafair

FlySaAir may have launched in late 2014 – but behind this fresh-faced airline is Safair – and they have been in operation for some fifty years.

Thus, because they bring both innovation and experience to South Africa’s skies, FlySaAir can take you to the ones you love at reasonable rates – and in good time too.

Contact: 087 135 1351

Website: www.flysafair.co.za

Where they fly: across South Africa

FlySafair
FlySafair

#7 British Airways

While British Airways is certainly not a domestic airline from a South African perspective, there can be no mistaking that this is one of the world’s leading international airlines.

However, despite this, they do fly from Johannesburg to Durban and Port Elizabeth, as well as to Cape Town.

Contact: 0844 493 0763

Website: www.britishairways.com

Where they fly: internationally and to Johannesburg, Durban, P-E and Cape Town.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your seat and prepare to take to the skies with these top airlines in South Africa!