- Spend the day at the beach
- Wine tasting and lunching in the Cape Winelands
- Hike/walk up the mountain
- Visit the V&A Waterfront
- Watch the sunset
- Breakfast at a market
1. Spend the day at the Beach
Summer in Cape Town is delightful and never leaves us disappointed! What better place to spend a hot summers day than on one of Cape Towns gorgeous beaches. There are so many to choose from, but one of our favourites is Bakoven beach. It’s a small, relatively quiet beach with the 12 Apostles as the backdrop and the Atlantic ocean and big boulders in front of you. There is limited beach sand for lounging, but you will always find a quiet spot on the rocks. Bakoven beach has a great little bay to have a swim (if you can brave the cold ocean which even in summer is quite daring). Make sure that you pack an umbrella and loads of sunscreen. Bakoven Beach is also a lovely place to have a picnic and watch the sunset over the ocean.
Camps Bay and Clifton beaches are very popular with both local’s and tourist’s and you are able to hire umbrellas and loungers here for a small fee.
The Blue Flag beaches of Cape Town are:
1. Bikini Beach (Gordons Bay)
2. Camps Bay Beach
3. Clifton 4th Beach
4. Mnandi Beach
5. Strandfontein Beach (near Strandfontein)
6. Llandudno Beach
2. Wine tasting and lunching in the Cape Winelands
With so many wine farms to choose from in Constantia, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Durbanville, Paarl and all the others in between you cannot possibly miss a day out in the Winelands. Below are 3 of our favourite places.
Babylonstoren, is a beautiful wine farm between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, they have the most magnificent fruit & vegetable garden which was designed by French architect Patrice Taravella, spend hours walking around the garden on your own, or join the guided garden tour at 10am. They also offer a wine tasting on the farm and have two restaurants. If you are able to book in advance, then Babel is a great option for a delicious lunch. The farm also has some luxury accommodation and a relaxing spa on site.
Address: R45, Simondium
The gardens are open daily from 09h00–17h00 (last entry 16h00), guided tours of the garden happen everyday from 10h00–11h30
See website for restaurant opening times as these vary from day to day.
Webersberg, is a charming boutique wine farm just outside of Stellenbosch, with beautiful old Cape Dutch buildings and stunning views. The wine is delicious and the staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. The farm offers accommodation as well as breakfast, lunch and picnics on the lawn in front of the dam or Cape Dutch manor house.
Address: Webersburg Farm, Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch
Stark-Condé, is a wine farm on the Jonkershoek Road on the way to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. This is one of our favourite places to do a wine tasting on a sunny day. The tasting room is located in the middle of the dam, with benches on the deck and under the willow trees, and to top off this amazing experience, the wines at Stark-Condé are all delicious! We have yet to eat at The Postcard restaurant at Stark-Condé, but it is always very busy, so this is sure to be a good sign.
Address: Oude Nektar Farm, Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch
The tasting room is open daily from 10-4pm. R40pp to taste 5 wines. Maximum table seats 6. On rainy days, tastings are conducted at the counter.
3. Hike/walk up the mountain
Cape Town has SO many beautiful walks/hikes. Whether you are looking for a short scenic walk or a tougher, longer hike, Cape Town has it all. See this link for a post on some of our favourite hikes in Cape Town.
4. Visit the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront has so much to offer, from shopping, restaurants, boat rides, movies, the Cape Wheel or just people watching. We usually end up at the waterfront on chilly or rainy days, for a spot of shopping and then a bite to eat at our favourite waterfront restaurant, Mondiall.
Mondiall is located at the Alfred Mall, their menu has something for everyone, their decor is fresh and homely and their food and service is always good, hence the reason we keep going back.
The Cape Wheel is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the city, the wheel operates from 10am until late and currently costs R100 per adult and R50 per child.
Boat rides, there are various options for boat rides at the Waterfront, whether you are looking for a Pirate Ship, a sunset cruise on a Catamaran or a luxury yacht, all you need to do is head towards the water and you will find the various boats with staff trying to sell you a ticket for their boat cruise.
5. Watch the sunset
Watching the sunset in Cape Town is something you certainly cannot miss. We are very fortunate to have the sun set over the sea and there are various places from where you can watch this. If you would like to go to a restaurant for sunset, we suggest Sotano in Moullie Point, La Perla in Sea Point, or one of the many restaurants and bars in Camps Bay on the Main Road strip.
If you would like to pack a picnic and watch the sunset, we suggest driving up to Signal Hill, this is quite a popular spot with a great view of the ocean over Sea Point/Green Point. Or visit Bakoven beach and find a spot on the rocks or sand and watch the sunset over the ocean and rocks. Otherwise, you can head down to the promenade in Sea Point for a sunset walk.
6. Breakfast at a market
Food markets have become very popular in Cape Town and yet again you are spoilt for choice. Some of our favourites are:
The Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) which is located at Granger Bay at the Waterfront. We often walk from home to the market for breakfast on a Saturday morning, where you will find delicious coffee and a wide variety of food that will tantalise your taste buds. You are also able to buy fresh produce, bread, flowers, plants and preserves. This market is open on Saturday from 09:00 – 14:00.
The Neighbourhood Goods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill is a very popular market with a large variety or tasty treats and drinks, beautifully handmade and handcrafted clothing, accessories and homeware. Get yourself a delicious breakfast, a bottle of bubbly or beer and find a seat at one of the many tables and just watch the people. The market is open on Saturdays from 09:00 – 14:00
There are also a variety of markets in the Winelands on Saturdays and Sundays, see this link to find our more.