Durban’s Bluff is a popular suburban part of this cheerful city… It’s a region that offers plenty for the whole family to see and enjoy.
And with surfing spots, museums and outdoor fun, it’s safe to say that it is a pretty cool part of town.
Best of all, Durban’s Bluff also offers four fabulous eateries to enjoy… Let’s check them out below:
El-Arish is hands-down the best place to eat in the Bluff. This guesthouse, conference facility and restaurant in one is the perfect place to grab a special meal – or to celebrate a special occasion (like an anniversary or wedding reception) at.
The meals are excellent and wholesome, service is sound and the establishment’s ambiance is incredible.
Note: There’s plenty to choose from off the menu. So, whether you wish to enjoy seafood, desserts, curries or poultry/grill specialties – there is no shortage of options…
As far as takeaway food goes, the welcoming and consistently great Mr Chang’s Kitchen in Bluff seems to be the top pick across the board. In fact, some say this takeaway place offers the best Chinese cuisine in Durban…
Whatever you order off the menu, expect quality, fresh food and delicious, generous portions.
Note: You might have to wait for your order sometimes but it’s definitely worth it!
Contact: +27 (031) 466 2866
Address: Mr Chang’s Kitchen, Blue Centre, 788 Bluff Road, Bluff, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
#3 Heidi’s Cafe
Since opening its doors in December 2012, Heidi’s Cafe has become known as a “rustic, comfortable hang spot”, where friends and family, surfers and Durban’s visitors alike can enjoy some truly great and altogether delicious meals.
This tranquil, hidden gem is a special find in the Bluff, most especially as it offers a serene setting, where affordable, good food and lovely service are the order of the day.
Note: The breakfast in particular is a winner – so be sure to give that a try when you visit!
Franschhoek is a highly sought-after destination in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. And while this fair wine valley and historic town needs little to no introduction – it’s also safe to call it a bonafide foodie haven.
With some of the Cape, and South Africa’s, finest restaurants found here – prepare to try several top eateries on one day or weekend visit, as you eagerly explore this beautiful town and wine-producing valley:
#1 La Petite Colombe
Scot Kirton, James Gaag and chef John Norris-Rogers are the talented trio behind this incredible, still-new Franschhoek restaurant.
The sister restaurant to Constantia’s La Colombe, this exciting eatery is as aesthetically pleasing as it is from a food perspective.
If you are after an amazing fine dining experience in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, head to La Petite Colombe and be prepared to have your breath taken away…
Note: La Petite Colombe, a fine dining institution, is not suitable for children under ten – and advance booking is recommended.
Address: The Werf Restaurant, Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 Bread & Wine Restaurant
Fronted up by charcuterie king and executive chef, Neil Jewell, this beautiful restaurant is one of the most wonderful places to eat in Franschhoek.
Not only is the setting on family farm, Moreson, positively enchanting, but it offers some truly delectable dishes for visitors to relish. What’s more, it’s family-friendly so no one has to stay at home.
But while the atmosphere is relaxed and farm-friendly, this is one of the most highly rated eateries in Franschhoek… and with good reason!
Note: Bread & Wine is available for hosting weddings and private functions. Also, the restaurant will be closed on 6th, 13th and 20th November 2018 respectively.
Address: Orangerie Restaurant, Le Lude Estate, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
#6 Le Coin Français
Multiple award-winning chef Darren Badenhorst is the mastermind behind Le Coin Francais’s incredible food. With artfully presented dishes, which taste divine, he takes diners on a wholly memorable foodie experience.
And in the restaurant itself, one can expect a chic, polished restaurant setting, with classy interiors to match the chef’s impressive plating.
If you are unsure what to choose from, why not try the Chef’s Taster? Or enjoy the two-course special – available from Thursday to Sunday – for just R355 per person. (Best of all, this treat includes a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival.)
Whatever you decide to order… prepare to be wowed by chef Darren’s fine cooking!
Note: Booking is essential. Also, children (ages 12 and up) are welcome to join for dinner and are also allowed to enjoy the tasting menus offered – and all ages are welcome for lunch.
Address: Le Coin Français, 17 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
#7 Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant
Following in the talented footsteps of chef Michelle Theron, chef Eric Bulpitt is now the executive chef behind Pierneef à La Motte’s restaurant magic.
Chef Eric brings with him a formidable chef’s CV and plenty of inspired cooking, which incorporates fresh, sustainable ingredients in the making of his masterful dishes… These are set to impress every kind of eater!
While the restaurant space itself is a thing of pure beauty nd truly inventive interior design and decoration.
If you are looking for a sumptuous restaurant – with incredible indoor and outdoor, as well as deck seating – look no further than Pierneef à La Motte!
Note: La Motte requires photo identification (driver’s licence, passport or ID) for its security check-in – and restaurant bookings are recommended.
Address: Pierneef à La Motte, La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
Chef Reuben Riffel – the man behind numerous top-class eateries over the years and a true South African celebrity chef in every sense – has done it again… But this time, he’s re-introduced some of his more signature dishes to the menu.
This restaurant and bar – which offers a wonderfully laid-back setting – is perfect for winelands dining, while its central location makes it impossible to miss when visiting fairest Franschhoek.
If you’re not already a Reuben Riffel fan, then after dining at the self-named Reuben’s… you certainly will be, as it’s sure to delight new and old food fans alike!
Address: Reuben’s, 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
#9 Babel Restaurant
Found on the much loved Babylonstoren Wine Farm, Babel is one of the finest restaurants found between Paarl and Franschhoek.
This creatively decorated eatery, housed in a re-purposed, old cow shed, makes for a visually impressive setting to enjoy a deliciously fresh, seasonal meal.
Diners can choose to sit inside the quirky eatery itself or to dine outside in the courtyard, beneath the plane trees. Either way, expect a truly wonderful meal in the winelands at this unique restaurant!
Note: Booking is essential – and hotel guests enjoy priority when it comes to Babel’s bookings.
Address: Babel Restaurant, Babylonstoren Wine Farm, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
#1o Lust Bistro & Bakery
Set on the picturesque Vrede en Lust Estate, this beautiful, chic eatery is one of Franschhoek’s most delightful finds.
With a well-defined menu, filled with everything from gourmet sandwiches to wood-fired pizzas and traditional build-your-own breakfasts, Lust Bistro & Bakery offers something delicious for everyone to enjoy.
Here, patron chef Jean Pierre Smith has ensured a truly scrumptious food journey, which is complemented by the lovely estate setting and pretty interiors.
Contact: +27 (021) 874 1456
Address: Lust Bistro & Bakery, Vrede en Lust Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road and the R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
These are just ten of the stellar eateries one can find in Franschhoek… Which is first on your list?
We love the West Coast; the raw beauty of it all, the rugged Atlantic ocean, the endless beaches and the plethora of opportunities to enjoy the water. Paternoster, a small seaside town, about two hours from Cape Town is really one of the best places to spot and stay along the West Coast. Even though we have been so many times before, we’ve never stayed closer to the beach or explored as many places as we did on this visit. So here’s our top Paternoster picks…
Top self catering cottage
This time we stayed at the Crayfish Catcher, which was about 200m away from the beach. With three bedrooms, outside braai, indoor fire place, large ‘stoep’ ( porch) for family braais and to enjoy balmy summer nights; this cottage was wonderfully priced for what was offered. From the main bedroom we could open the shutters and catch a glimpse of the ocean through the other whitewashed cottages. As the sky surrendered itself to pink hues, we braaied crayfish and sat outside savouring the warm air and the sound of the waves not too far away.
Best Place to buy Coffee
We were overjoyed to find a new coffee shop which also doubles up as a venue ( for conferences, weddings and more) near the entrance to Paternoster. Mondvol Koffiehuis ( coffee shop) stocks some seriously delicious coffee, so grab a bag or two to take home with you ( like we did) or sit and enjoy the quiche of the day, scones or more with a cappuccino there.
Best Place for Quirky decor plus Coffee and croissants (and other gourmet meals)
Junk and Disorderly are one of the newbie’s on the block with a rustic little outdoor and indoor seating area. I dare you to walk past the freshly-baked croissants and not order one. Everything from maps, to small cars and art are for sale and decorate this little store’s interior. The gourmet menu is quite extensive with many opportunities to surprise your tastebuds.
Address: 87 St Augustine Rd, Voorstrand, Paternoster.
Best Place for Lunch/Dinner
The Noisy Oyster finds it’s home in an old house and right beside Junk and Disorderly. Definitely a more popular option for scrumptious meals in town, you have to book to avoid disappointment. Seafood lovers may delight in oysters, calamari, prawns and mussels and fresh fish. Those not keen on seafood can find other options on the menu such as pizza and steak.
Address: 62 St Augustine Rd, Paternoster
Best Fish and Chips
While many of the restaurants serve fish and chips; you can’t beat the value or flavour of the fish and chips sold right down at the little store right on the beach, On the Rocks, beside the parking lot. Sprinkle some salt, add tomato sauce and eat your fresh hake and chips on the paper packaging with plastic cutlery amongst the locals and with the sea in view; the only real way to enjoy fish and chips in South Africa. You’ll have to queue on weekends, but it’s always worth the wait.
Lovely Llandudno is a small but dreamy Cape Town suburb. Blessed with a beautiful beach, gorgeous ocean views and close proximity to mainstream tourist and local haunts like Hout Bay and Camps Bay, it’s a great place to go when you want to escape from the crowds – but still enjoy the best the Mother City has to offer.
Here are some of the top activities to enjoy in (and near) Llandudno:
#1 Surf’s up at Llandudno Beach
More remote than beaches like Camps Bay or Clifton, many people agree that Llandudno Beach is a special find.
For surfing – something it is quite famous for – it is, however, best suited to more experienced surfers. Nonetheless, it is certainly an excellent spot for riding the waves.
In a big swell, it takes some courage, it must be said – but with its beautiful waters, quiet, charming beach, chunky granite boulders and natural wind-protection during summer, it makes for a wonderful spot to surf and enjoy a day out by the sea.
Address: Llandudno Beach, LLandudno, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 Bare it all at Sandy Bay
While Sandy Bay is famously a nudist beach (meaning this is a no-go for kids!) and is quite tricky to access (although you can apparently use Llandudno Beach’s car park as an access path or take a 20-minute walk from the northern end of Hout Bay) – it remains, by all accounts, a beach gem.
It’s quiet, clean, safe and best of all, there are loads of private and secluded spots for those who wish to roam free – or sunbathe responsibly without getting any pesky tan lines – without being disturbed by passers-by or fellow beachgoers.
Enjoy the beauty and the quiet, as you catch some rays… without restraints!
Note: Please remember this is a nudist-friendly beach so it is not kid-friendly and parking is not easily accessible close to this beach, meaning you need to park further afield and walk.
Address: Sandy Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#3 Sunset picnics at Llandudno Beach
While swimming is not strongly advised at Llandudno (particularly as the waves can get choppy), it is famous for something else entirely: beach picnics!
And, with its sheltered setting, stunning views and beautiful stretch of beach, it is the perfect spot to head for a late afternoon or sunset picnic.
Best of all – because the beach is a bit quieter than most in the city – it’s a great spot for kiddies to play all day long… So pack in a picnic basket and head to the beach!
Address: LLandudno Beach, Llandudno, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 Beach walks along Llandudno
Few beaches in Cape Town are as sheltered or as scenic as Lladudno Beach. Given this, it is the ideal beach to head for a pleasant, slow stroll or an impressive photo session.
With the marvellous Atlantic, a delightful stretch of protected beach and incredible mountain views of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head in the distance… this is one extremely lovely beach.
So bring your camera and enjoy visiting Llandudno Beach.
Address: LLandudno Beach, Llandudno, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Drive along Chappies
Arguably one of the best coastal drives South Africa – and indeed, the world – has to offer is Chapman’s Peak Drive… So, given this, while you’re in the area – why not take a slow, scenic drive from Llandudno to Chappies? After all, it’s not too far away (+/- 10 kilometres)… and it is certainly worth the trip!
Expect to be wowed by both the engineering marvels and natural beauty alike, as towering cliff faces, majestic ocean views and heart-in-mouth twists and turns make this an entirely unforgettable driving experience.
There are also some incredible picnic and lookout spots to enjoy, particularly if you wish to savour this paid experience a little while longer.
Contact: +27 (021) 791 8220
Address: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
These are the best, most scenic experiences to enjoy near Llandudno and its gorgeous beach… Which are you most looking forward to experiencing?
The small but lovely suburb of Durban North offers visitors a beautiful city setting, stunning ocean views, a friendly vibe and some interesting spots worth exploring too!
But it’s the food that really charms in Durban North, as the area is blessed with some excellent eateries.
Here are the top ten restaurants to enjoy in Durban North:
#1 Lupa Osteria (Durban North)
This cosy, inviting neighbourhood Osteria is the place to go for delicious, affordable meals with friends and family, special date nights made of pasta and wine or even simply for a great lunch in between office hours.
And while Lupa Osteria branches are spread across KZN – and now in Cape Town too – this is a particularly special Lupa offering.
And of course, there’s the food, think: homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, organic, free range chicken, fresh fish and shellfish and even incredible veal too… What don’t they offer?
Note: The restaurant also has a good bar, in addition to its other facilities, making it perfect for after-work drinks or a chilled cocktail to close the day.
Nikos is the place where contemporary dining and traditional greek cuisine meets coal-grilled perfection… and it does so famously well!
With branches in Fourways, Johannesburg, Durban North, Sandton, Ballito and beyond – this excellent chain restaurant is a safe bet wherever in SA you enjoy it. And best of all? The Durban North branch is a real stunner!
At Nikos Coalgrill Greek, not only does the food look incredible… it tastes as good as it plates! What’s more, the fun, relaxed Mediterranean feel adds a uniquely soothing restaurant experience and cements you as a new regular.
While Connor’s Public House is classified more as a pub than a restaurant according to traditional eatery standards – it just so happens to be one of the most popular and well-loved spots in Durban North. In fact, they themselves place great emphasis on offering quality pub grub!
At this vibrant Irish pub, you can expect to encounter some of the best pub grub in all of Durban, a homely, welcoming environment, live music performances, good drinks and live televised sport to boot.
Connor’s Public House is, in essence, your quintessential locale – and a mighty fine one at that!
Specialising in tapas and tequila, El Toro is sure to charm all its visitors in at least one big way.
At this glorious Mexican cantina, you can tuck into gourmet paellas, parillas, botanas, tapas and so much more! Plus, the food is spicy and hot, so if you’re a fan of nippy food, this is definitely the place for you.
The atmosphere that prevails at this restaurant is one of fun, vibrancy and plenty of colour, making it an engaging eat out experience for one and all!
Note: El Toro is also able to assist you with special functions, covering everything from decor to catering as you require.
This tranquil Asian restaurant hints of fresh authentic Thai cuisine, including everything from duck samoosas to Thai tapas, a calming atmosphere, filled with beautiful decor and an all-round splendid dining experience.
Owners Nina and Kit hail from Thailand originally but have over 12 years’ worth of restaurant experience in South Africa… And now in Kung Thai Restaurant, chef Nina has the freedom to create and showcase the flavours, food and masterful dishes from home.
Join Kung Thai Restaurant for a memorable meal on all fronts.
This lovely, snug cafe offers fresh, good food, warm and welcoming service from its staff, excellent coffee and above all else, passion and quality service to keep guests patiently queuing at the door.
The cafe, which is handily also child-friendly, offers a range of delicious breakfasts, coffee and milkshakes, vegetarian options and so much more.
Online reviews are unanimous in their praise, hailing Mayfair Cafe as the place to go for consistently great service, food and drinks.
Established in 2010 (and previously open in Sunningdale), this popular eatery has been regularly wowing guests with its authentic Indian dining experiences, incredible North and South Indian and Indo Chinese dishes and overall good service.
The flavourful dishes are generous, scrumptious and above all, affordable and there is something for everyone to love!
To put it simply: Indian Summer is sure to provide you with unique cuisine, complete with a modern twist.
Note: Indian Summer caters to sit down or takeaway and can also assist with outside catering, if needed.
Address: Indian Summer, 35 Newport Avenue, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
#10 Andrea’s Caffe Italia
Offering Mediterranean delights from breakfast till suppertime, Andrea’s is a special find. Here, they believe in using only the freshest ingredients and products and, where necessary, imported Italian goods.
Tradition is a staple too, in the food as much as in the caffe’s culture and ambiance – and it really goes to show.
Pop by for a tasty and special meal with those closest to you.
Note: Andrea’s also does home orders and deliveries and can assist with venue hire for special occasions, work functions, birthdays and more.
The dreamy, ocean-fronting suburb of Llandudno may be small and somewhat tucked away – but it’s a true Cape Peninsula gem all the same.
Without the mild snottiness of Camps Bay or Clifton, this beautiful suburb has it all: peace and quiet, a gorgeous beach and of course, close proximity to important Cape Town attractions like Lion’s Head, Camps Bay Beach, Hout Bay, Table Mountain and even the CBD.
So whether you’re visiting for the day or staying over, here are five wonderful eateries to visit just a stone’s throw away from lovely Llandudno:
#1 Suikerbossie Restaurant & Estate
Suikerbossie may be a famous wedding venue – but this beautiful estate, which is flanked on the west by Llandudno’s own beach, offers some incredible food too!
During the working week (except on Mondays, when the restaurant is closed), there is a lovely a la carte menu available – but it’s undoubtedly the Sunday buffet that has everyone scrambling for a table.
On Sundays and public holidays, visitors can expect to tuck into either a breakfast or lunch buffet of note and enjoy soaking up the sensational views and interiors of this classy establishment.
Whenever you choose to visit, you can’t go wrong with Suikerbossie’s charming restaurant.
Please note: The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and tea – and prior booking is essential.
Address: Suikerbossie Restaurant & Estate, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 La Cuccina
If one thing is true of La Cuccina, it is that the food here is prepared with immense love and passion.
This beautiful eatery offers a range of choices to suit every palate, diet and eating trend – with everything from chicken and meat dishes, to vegan and vegetarian and delicious pasta meals available too! (What’s more, the sides and desserts are sure to take you to food heaven.)
So whether you’re after somewhere to enjoy a wholesome meal – or are keen to pick up a pre-cooked meal for your family after a long day, La Cuccina is for you!
Note: La Cuccina now does home orders and deliveries (to selected areas) of their ready-made meals!
Address: La Cuccina, Victoria Mall, Corner of Victoria and Empire Roads, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#3 Quentin at Oakhurst
For those looking for a sublime dining experience in and around Llandudno or Hout Bay, rejoice: the search is over. This is because Quentin at Oakhurst offers a suave, soothing and sensational restaurant.
The restaurant may sit inside a lovingly restored and renovated barn, but it’s full of anything but horses and hay… Instead, within its pretty threshold, true Cape heritage prevails and the interiors are as classy and tasteful as they come.
The food at Quentin at Oakhurst is rich in flavour, organic and mouthwatering to boot… So don’t miss visiting them for a special meal!
Contact: +27 (021) 790 4888, (072) 242 0264
Address: Quentin at Oakhurst, Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, HoutBay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
As arguably one of the best Italian-style eateries in the Mother City, Massimo’s needs little introduction – if any, to be frank.
But, just in case you haven’t heard of or visited it yet, here’s what we can tell you about it: it’s outstanding!
This restaurant offers an airy, lovely space, with great food and service to complement the dining atmosphere. In particular, their wood-fired pizzas (with excellent, fresh toppings) are a winner every time!
There is a beautiful, family- and dog-friendly vibe, which permeates through every inch of this lovely eatery, cementing a memorable and homely dining experience.
Note: In addition to its standard offerings, Massimo’s also offers a full vegan menu. Guests are able to dine in or enjoy takeaways.
Contact: +27 (021) 790 5648
Address: Massimo’s, Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, HoutBay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Clay Cafe
Not only does the Clay Cafe make for an incredibly fun experience for the whole family – especially the kiddies – thanks to their ceramic painting and awesome parties – but it also offers a charming restaurant space for guests to enjoy.
The setting is laid-back and gorgeous and the food is very good. What’s more, Clay Cafe caters to Halaal dining, as well as vegetarians and vegans, meaning that no one has to get left hungry or out in the cold, so to speak.
With a yummy array of breakfasts, lunches, pizzas, burgers, cakes and more to choose from… Clay Cafe is one food spot that the whole family will surely love!
Contact: 076 810 5120, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Clay Cafe, 4080 Main Road, opposite
Bokkemanskloof Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
These are just five of the delightful eateries that you can enjoy near Llandudno (and Hout Bay), as you explore this glorious part of Cape Town!
Durban North – a small, stylish suburb in South Africa’s sunny city – is filled with friendly people, beautiful places and some family-orientated activities too.
The area offers gorgeous ocean views, a surprisingly lovely ‘small town’ vibe – and plenty for you to enjoy:
#1 Visit Umgeni River Bird Park
One of the best attractions in Durban North is unquestionably the Umgeni River Bird Park.
This well-maintained park, home to over 800 birds, is a wonderful destination for young and old to enjoy. With so many happy, healthy birds, a Cockatoo Cafe and a fun kids’ playground, there is plenty to relish at this special bird park.
Be sure to give them a visit – and if you can, try check out one of the free-flight shows; they get rave reviews!
Contact: +27 (031) 579 4600, email@example.com
Address: Umgeni River Bird Park, Riverside Road, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
#2 Dive into Durban North Swimming Pool
With Durban’s beautiful, balmy weather present almost the year round, there is plenty of time to swim in the ocean and enjoy cooling down… And with so many great beaches at your disposal – it’s easy enough to do!
But almost as fun as the ocean, is the Durban North Swimming Pool. This public pool is large and equipped with a shallow and deep end both. (This means it is perfect for new swimmers and experienced ones alike!)
There is a spacious lawn edging the pool, so you can pack a picnic and enjoy it after making a splash!
Note: There is always a lifeguard on duty and it’s safe and clean, so you can rest easy while the little ones swim. Additional pool facilities include showers and changing rooms.
Contact: +27 (031) 573 1798
Address: Durban North Swimming Pool, Stirling Crescent, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
#3 Explore the Japanese Gardens
If you are looking for a beautiful, tranquil garden to stroll about, then Durban North’s Japanese Gardens are perfect for you.
These gardens offer plenty of lovely picnic or braai spots, kiddies’ play areas, a duck pond and plenty of gorgeous greenery, little bridges and trees to savour.
The Japanese Gardens are ideal for families and group gatherings and provide garden spaces and facilities for free enjoyment!
Note: Just be careful of wayward monkeys, who hang about the gardens; they are especially naughty around food!
Contact: +27 (031) 311 6975
Address: Japanese Gardens, Prospect Hall Road, Prospect Hall, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
#4 Head to Kupcake Heaven
Sweet tooths, sit up and take note because Kupcake Heaven is a treasure trove of all things indulgent and wonderful, made just for you!
Whether you’re craving gourmet cakes or handmade cupcakes, baked with only the freshest, most organic ingredients and cups of love – you must visit them and sample one of their baked beauties!
Everything they offer is made with love and they always keep customer happiness firmly in mind. This means that taste, style and quality are consistently good.
Note: The intriguing cupcakes and marvellous cakes are available for order for special functions and events – and you can even order online!
With a relaxing environment, stunning ocean views and professional, excellent spa therapists, it’s hard not to fall in love with The Spa on Fairway and its treatments.
This soothing establishment offers clean, well-run facilities, great service and a host of individual treatments and spa day packages. Unquestionably, this is a quality experience – and luxurious escape from reality in one!
Immerse your senses in calm, quiet and beauty, as you soak up the incredible, relaxing surroundings of this special spa.
Note: Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Be advised that no children under 14 are allowed.
Address: Golden Hours Family Market, Waterkant Road, Waterkant Avenue, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
#7 Pop by Hingham Nursery and Tea Garden
Whether you’re an avid gardener or you simply enjoy appreciating flowers and plants, this nursery will enchant you in so many ways.
With its longstanding history (it’s been open since 1975), friendly, knowledgeable staff and excellent facilities – which include a cheerful, well-run cafe, complete with great food – Hingham Nursery makes for a special treat.
Come spend a few hours here among the plants, while enjoying a light meal and shopping for new, leafy friends to take home with you!
Note: The tea garden is closed on Mondays – with the exception of public holidays that fall on a Monday.
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.