I simply love it! The Cape winter is as dramatic as it gets! One can never tell what Mother Nature will do. She’s fickle and strange but exciting too. Her mood swings are wild, crazy, erratic but true. Throughout the winter there are four seasons in one. Some days are warm and sunny with clear blue skies, while others are cold and grey with whistling winds and driving rain. In fact, an Armageddon of a storm is the norm, then all of a sudden there is a calm and all is forgiven. Ah! The power of Mother Nature is dramatic and bold!
If you do decide to leave the European summer and head south towards our dramatic winter, then here are some great places to go, see and eat from my point of view.
My top recommendations are
For an ‘Out of Africa’ mood on where to stay the Ikhaya Safari Lodge is right in the heart of Constantia. It’s warm and friendly with fantastic views that over look the Constantia Glen. Easy access to Cape Town, down to Hout Bay and on to Camps Bay along the coastal road that will absolutely astound you!
Kitima it’s best to book, another great place for dinner or Sunday brunch, it gets very busy because it’s by far one of Cape Town’s best Asian restaurants and has a fascinating history imbedded within the walls of this beautiful heritage building.
Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay is OK – the atmosphere is fun and the décor a full on ship ahoy! Mania. I found the food too fussy. But! If you want crawfish it’s very good. Hold the heavy butter sauce keep it simple and have it grilled with a bit of olive oil and lemon. It is out of this world!
Chez Pastis Brasserie in Constantia has been around for some time. The terrace is lovely on a warm winters day and if it’s too breezy out there the fireplace is cosy. The food is good, but a bit slow getting to the table. If you’ve got time on your hands Pastis is good place to go.
Raith Gourmet has become synonymous over the years as a Butchery, Bakery and Deli. Authentic through and through the atmosphere is spot on, you feel the European flavour my favourite is a Paulaner beer with two German sausages and salad.
TWO OCEANS RESTAURANT
Go to The Point – if the weather is good for such a day trip you should do it. When you get there have lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant in the reserve. It is very good with a spectacular view. It is a very large restaurant that caters for the masses, here too we had crawfish that was phenomenal!
CHAPMANS PEAK HOTEL
Chapmans Peak Hotel has been a landmark in Hout Bay since the early 1900s. It burnt down once, but! Like the ‘Phoenix’ out of the ashes a modern hotel on the beach of Hout Bay has been born. Well known for lunch on the terrace, the calamarie was voted “one of top 20 things to do in Cape Town”
Tonsga A bit of local shopping in the Constantia shopping centre. Great handmade moccasins.
CAPE TO CUBA
Cape to Cuba restaurant features authentic Cuban dishes with Cajun influences as well as punches of heat supplied by chilies. After dessert, you can dream of nights in far-off Havana while savoring the taste of a cigar. The atmosphere is full Cuba, Ernest Hemingway and Che Guevara, the inspiration behind the name of the restaurant’s bar.
One of my favourite sushi restaurants is Salushi always the best.
Tashas no bookings and only for lunch. Don’t miss out on their fantastic wholesome food, the best salads in town. Quality is really good!
GRAND CAFE & BEACH
The Grand is one of the few restaurants where you can eat on a man made beach. The view is fantastic and on a sunny day what more do you want?
Venture out to Aquila private game lodge for the day. It’s only a two-hour journey outside Cape Town. The setting is lovely. It’s great place for children and perhaps for first time newbies. There is a grantee sighting of Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Rhino and one Giraffe. The animals are well looked after living in a protected environment.
KIRSTENBOSH BOTANICAL GARDENS
Kirstenbosh gardens. In winter it’s obviously not as amazing as spring. But still the gardens are so peaceful and in winter it has a different mood.
WOODHEADS FOR SKINS
Woodheads founded by Sir John Woodhead has a rich heritage dating back to 1867. They cover regular ranges as well as special, limited editions of all leathers including: exotics; African game skins; craft; riempie and upholstery leather, sheepskin slippers, boots and belts.
Kloof House restaurant. Is a winner! On Sundays they have live Jazz the food is hearty and good. There is a great bar area to relax in a warm trendy atmosphere.
Scratch patch has a wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones. Southern African stones such as Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper, Agates and Crystals. I was lucky and found a Lapis Lazuli among other really exotic stones.
The Gold Museum is very buzz worthy The museum is located in Martin Melck House, which was constructed in 1783. It showcases the ancient relationship that exists between gold and the African continent in the form of 350 West African gold artefacts and objects from ancient gold-based civilisations.
Tandem paragliding flights vary in duration and it is not possible for them to guarantee a specific flight time due to the changeable nature of the wind and general weather conditions in Cape Town.Sometimes they start flying from Signal Hill and then move across to Lions Head as the wind changes throughout the day.
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