Top 10 Activities in Constantia

Constantia is loved for its wines, Cape history and stunning scenery – but this beautiful part of Cape Town is full of great fun and adventure too, if only you know where to look and what to do!

And, without further ado, these are the best things to do in and around Constantia:

#1 Dine at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia offers not only one of the most beautiful wine farms and restaurants in one – but it is, in every sense, one of the finest gastronomic experiences a foodie can enjoy in the Mother City.

Critics and food fans alike agree, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia is a winner… Things are kept fun and fresh and positively stunning – and the result is mesmerising.

The setting, food and service are all world-class… So be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 8632

Website: www.beauconstantia.com/eat

Address: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Glen Alpine, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#2 Hop on the Constantia Valley Wine Bus

Few things in Cape Town are as much fun as the City Sightseeing Bus Tours – and the Constantia Valley Wine Bus is one of the best at that!

Visit South Africa’s rich wine valley, Constantia, and enjoy these three awesome wine farm stops: Groot Constantia, Eagles Nest and Beau Constantia.

And, since you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy some of the area’s finest restaurants – including Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Jonkershuis Restaurant, Foxcroft and Harbour House Constantia Nek – book ahead to enjoy a great meal on the trip too!

Note: To hop on the Constantia Wine Bus, simply join a Mini Peninsula Tour.

Contact: +27 (021) 511 6000, info@citysightseeing.co.za

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

Address: (City Sightseeing Tour Offices) V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Long Street

#3 Wine tasting at Buitenverwachting

Beautiful Buitenverwachting has plenty to offer visitors, with its classy restaurant, amazing wines and incredible Constantia Wine Valley views, it is an experience from the moment you set foot on its grounds.

The wine tasting at this prestigious estate is held in the historic wine cellar, where the interiors are casual, calming and comfortable.

Sit inside and sip, or enjoy a glass out on the lawns with your friends and loved ones – the choice is yours and either option is ideal.

Note: All wines are offered for tasting at a set fee of R50 and tastings work on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5190/1

Website: www.buitenverwachting.com

Address: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Family outing at Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate, is a special place for young and old to enjoy… Not all wine farms feel family-friendly but this one most certainly does!

Explore the gorgeous Cape Dutch Manor House, delve down into the Cloete Cellar, head wine tasting or simply dine at Jonkershuis Restaurant or Simon’s Restaurant after a stroll about this estate… Whatever you do, great fun (and good food and wine) lie in waiting!

Note: Groot Constantia is one of the stops of the City Sightseeing Constantia Wine Bus.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5128, enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za

Website: www.grootconstantia.co.za

Address: Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Climbing fun at Acrobranch Constantia

Those craving some adventure for the whole family need look no further than the thrilling Acrobranch Constantia.

Here, co-workers, friends and families can enjoy taking to the tree tops. And for kids, there’s an Acro-twigs adventure course, a 1.4-metre Swinging Tarzan and so much more to enjoy.

Each of Acrobranch’s three courses are carefully supervised by experienced guides and the safe harnesses keep your bodies secure – so everyone can enjoy a great time climbing through the tree tops, with quality peace of mind in tact.

Contact: 086 999 0369

Website: acrobranch.co.za

Address: Acrobranch Constantia, 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Ziplining with SA Forest Adventures

Few things are as exhilarating as ziplining – after all, its good, secure outdoor fun at its best.

Situated in Constantia Nek, on the lovely Silvermist Estate, this great experience is perfect for outdoor lovers, nature seekers and adrenaline junkies alike.

The outing starts off with a 4×4 drive that takes you up into the Constantia mountains, where, surrounded by incredible natural flora and fauna, you will embark on your zipline adventure…

The platforms and lines offer gorgeous views so it’s an even more memorable experience out in the fresh air.  And with SA Forest Adventures – one of South Africa’s leading adventure companies –  you know you’re in good hands because their guides are all hands-on and great.

Contact: 021 7950 225, 079 495 3987, bookings@saforestadventures.co.za

Website: www.saforestadventures.co.za

Address: SA Forest Adventures, Silvermist Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Rose picking at Chart Farm

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Chart Farm is loved far and wide across Cape Town for its amazing, affordable and altogether romantic rose picking experience. So be sure to visit this gorgeous farm – which covers some 12 hectares and lies near Wynberg – to either pick your own – or buy some pre-picked ones.

The roses are a glorious sight to see (whether you visit to pick or not) and there’s a lovely little restaurant, where you can enjoy a light snack or good coffee.

Wow your partner, share special memories with the ones you love or simply take the family for a day out in the sunshine.

Note: Chart Farm is only open to rose picking at certain times of the year, so please check ahead before visiting. Also, secateurs and buckets are supplied at the farm stall.

Contact: +27 (021) 761 0434

Website: www.chartfarm.co.za

Address: Chart Farm, Klaassens Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Shop up a storm at Constantia Village

This lovely shopping village offers a wide assortment of things to buy, browse and eat. What’s more, The Constantia Village’s delightful surroundings match the shopping experience and product offerings perfectly, meaning customers are always in for a treat.

It’s also a secure complex, with ample parking (something of a rarity in Cape Town, it must be said…), so you can shop till you drop and then safely head home content, with all your day-to-day errands run and the groceries sorted.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5065, info@constantiavillage.co.za

Website: www.constantiavillage.co.za

Address: The Constantia Village, Corner of Constantia Main and Spaanschemat River Roads, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Tea time at Foxcroft Restaurant

Foxcroft is a place of culinary magic, where everything available for eating looks too good not to try! Be wowed by amazing pastries, awesome meals and a lovely dining atmosphere in one.

If you’re in the Constantia Winelands, you really can’t leave without trying something from this incredible restaurant offering.

Contact: +27 (021) 202 3304

Website: www.foxcroft.co.za

Address: Foxcroft, High Constantia Centre, Shop 8/9, Corner of Constantia Main Road and Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Head to Earth Fair Food Market

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Earth Fair Market via Facebook

Found within the South Palms Centre, the Earth Fair  Food Market Tokai is one of the Southern Suburbs most memorable and fun experiences.

This family-friendly market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, offers plenty of amazing goodies and products to browse through and buy.

What’s more, the market has a fun vibe so it’s perfect for winding a Wednesday down or enjoying a Saturday out with friends and family.

Contact: jacqui@earthfairmarket.co.za

Website: www.earthfairmarket.co.za

Address: Earth Fair Market, South Palms Centre, 333 Main Road, Tokai, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the fun activities and places you can enjoy in Constantia – don’t miss out!

Top 10 Restaurants in Constantia

Ah, Constantia… the land of beauty, lushness and gorgeous winelands – what could be more wonderful?

Well, what about world-class eateries to rival the best anywhere in Cape Town and beyond?

Because, along with its esteemed winelands, incredible history and spectacular scenery, that is precisely what makes Constantia so popular these days.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten not-so-secret gems Constantia has on offer:

#1 La Colombe Restaurant

Situated on the beautiful Silvermist Estate, La Colombe Constantia is a world-class restaurant, which continues to wow its visitors, year in, year out. So it’s no surprise to learn that it rakes in local and international awards aplenty.

Vastly talented proprietor Scot Kirton believes in clean flavours and classical elegance, meaning that, with the restaurant’s French-meets-Asian cuisine, you can expect a most marvellous marriage of food flavours and styles… And with capable executive chef, James Gaag at the helm, great things are a given too!

The food is pure, flavourful art mixed with creative beauty – and it tastes as amazing as it looks to the eyes. This ensures both a visual and literal feast for guests.

Plus, the restaurant’s setting and fine dining interiors are second to none… Tempted, anyone?

Note: You can also enjoy either of La Colombe’s sister restaurants: La Petite Colombe (found in Franschhoek) – or Foxcroft, which happily also lies in Constantia!

Contact: +27 (021) 794 2390

Website: www.lacolombe.co.za

Address: La Colombe Restaurant, Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

With Chefs Warehouse & Canteen and Chefs Warehouse at Maison, you would think that there would be no more (stomach) space for another superb Chefs offering… but thankfully, you’d be gravely mistaken!

In fact, this might just be one of the most imposing in terms of setting and natural location, for rolling vineyards, mountains and all-glass views add a special sense of occasion to this gorgeous restaurant.

What about the food? Well, in true Chefs style, it is sublime (be prepared to book ahead!)… And of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the masterful chef, Liam Tomlin, who plays a big, guiding role in each of these excellent, well-loved eateries.

Note: We also seriously love Thali, found in Gardens, Cape Town.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 8632

Website: www.beauconstantia.com/eat

Address: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Glen Alpine, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Foxcroft Restaurant

Sister restaurant to La Colombe Constantia and La Petite Colombe, Foxcroft is yet another incredible offering – though this time it’s Scot Kirton and chef proprietor/amazing pastry chef, Glen ‘Foxcroft’ Williams firmly in the culinary driving seat.

Foxcroft, an elegant, reservation-driven restaurant, prioritises deliciousness over everything else… and you can definitely taste that!

Working with the best local and international suppliers, at Foxcroft, they have things finely tuned – and everything is mouthwatering and beautifully plated or set up.

Add to that good service and a warm, inviting restaurant setting – and you’re in for a real treat!

Contact: +27 (021) 202 3304

Website: www.foxcroft.co.za

Address: Foxcroft, High Constantia Centre, Shop 8/9, Corner of Constantia Main Road and Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#4 Greenhouse

At Greenhouse – situated at the esteemed Cellars-Hohenort Hotel – legendary executive chef, Peter Tempelhoff and oh-so-talented head chef, Ashley Moss, bring food magic to life, as they front up a disciplined, skillful culinary team.

Greenhouse invites you to be part of a South African dining experience unlike any other – in essence, it is joyful, exploratory and fun!

This is the place where great food, timelessness and Cape class come together perfectly – isn’t it time you (re)visited?

Contact: +27 (021) 795 6226

Website: www.greenhouserestaurant.co.za

Address: Greenhouse, The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Jonkershuis Restaurant

Found on the most historic Groot Constantia Estate, Jonkershuis Restaurant is unquestionably a firm favourite among locals and tourists alike.

Here, guests can enjoy a warm, soothing indoor or outdoor experience, a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere – and, above all, delectable, traditional Cape Malay cuisine.

Jonkershuis offers a variety of venues – perfect for special celebrations, get-togethers or lunch out in the Constantia Winelands.

Whatever the occasion, prepare to fall head-over-heels in love with this unique restaurant… because there’s just something truly special about this quintessential Cape-style eatery.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 6255, info@jonkershuisconstantia.co.za

Website: jonkershuisconstantia.co.za

Address: Jonkershuis Restaurant, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#6 Bistro Sixteen82

Located on the delightful Steenberg – and named after the year in which the estate was founded – one finds the marvellous Bistro Sixteen82.

First opened in 2009, this eatery has gone from strength to strength, as it serves up delicious tapas and bistro-style offerings.

In fact, aside from the love its visitors have for it, Bistro Sixteen82 has won much local and international expert praise – and has even been listed among 20 of the World’s Best Winery Restaurants by Canada’s Wine Access magazine.

At Bistro Sixteen82, good wine meets with great food, prepared by innovative executive chef, Kerry Kilpin, who loves to create food that bursts with seasonal freshness and flavour.

Contact: +27 (021) 713 2211, reservations@bistro1682.co.za

Website: www.steenbergfarm.com

Address: Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg Farm, Steenberg Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Buitenverwachting Restaurant

Found on the beautiful Buitenverwachting Estate, this restaurant forms a uniquely historic part of this quality Constantia wine farm.

After a devastating storm hit in June 2017, the restaurant had to undergo some renovations – but now, it is back better than ever before!

Its interiors reflect the estate’s clean, simple lines and classic elements. What’s more, the mountain-facing terrace allows guests to soak up the picture-perfect views, even as they enjoy good food and wine.

The surrounding flora, meanwhile, inspires head chef and partner, Edgar Osoijnik, to create incredible rustic-meets-refined food.

The end result? A beautiful establishment, where great wine, food and mountain views exist in blissful harmony.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 3522

Website: www.buitenverwachting.com

Address: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm and Restaurant, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 The Bistro @ Klein Constantia

The Bistro at Klein Constantia is a delightful mix of food and wine. It is all about farm-to-table goodness, head-to-toe braveness and country fare… All in all, it ensures a veritable feast of unique dishes, enhanced by Klein Constantia’s choicest wines.

This chic, airy space is where Cordon Bleau chef, Graham Davies, brings his love of European food influences and South Africa’s rich culinary history together beautifully – making it a winner every time.

Note: From June to September, The Bistro will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5188, info@kleinconstantia.com

Website: www.kleinconstantia.com

Address: The Bistro at Klein Constantia Estate, Klein Constantia Road, Nova Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Harbour House Constantia Nek

The Harbour House Group might have several restaurants dotted about the Cape Peninsula, but after its famous Kalk Bay branch, Constantia Nek is arguably one of the most impressive as far as settings go.

Overlooking the beautiful Constantia Winelands and uniquely situated atop Constantia Nek, this graceful, predominantly seafood eatery provides guests with a memorable restaurant setting – and quality, fresh food to boot.

Note: The venue is also perfect for small, intimate weddings, corporate functions or even international tour groups.

Contact: +27 (021) 795 0688, constantianek@harbourhouse.co.za

Website: www.constantianek.co.za

Address: Habour House Constantia Nek, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#10 Chardonnay Deli

While not strictly a restaurant (it’s in fact an upmarket farm stall, bakery and deli in one), it would be remiss of us to not include Chardonnay Deli on a best Constantia restaurants list.

This is down to the fact that it is one of the most popular pit-stops in the Constantia Wine Valley… And when you cross over into its cosy, inviting threshold – bursting with all kinds of mouthwatering goods and thoughtful products – you’ll understand why.

Owned by the successful Charmaine Lilje (who is behind Chardonnay Chefs, a top catering company), Chardonnay Deli is big on organic, healthy foods and homemade products alike. This makes it even more appealing, especially to health-conscious eaters and mindful shoppers.

Stock up on your essentials, browse the vast selection of excellent cakes or even just lose yourself in the glorious food labyrinth that is Chardonnay Deli… Either way, you’ll leave inspired, revitalised and wowed.

Contact: +27 (021) 795 0606

Website: www.chardonnaydeli.co.za

Address: Chardonnay Deli, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the incredible eateries nestled in the gorgeous Constantia Winelands region – and we think each one is memorable and special in its own right.