We’re looking forward to the annual Just Nuisance Birthday Celebrations! Book your accommodation for weekend of 30 March 2019 and get 10% discount at Mariner Guesthouse!

Read more below about the history of Just Nuisance and activities planned for this special event on our town’s calendar and like their Facebook Page for updates:

More about Just Nuisance the dog:

Based at the Simon’s Town naval base between 1937 and 1944, Just Nuisance was bestowed with the honours of Able Seaman. This remarkable dog was a constant presence in and around Simon’s Town, regularly boarding trains and lifting the morale of wartime sailors — even escorting inebriated sailors back to the naval base after a night out. So popular was this dog, that he was buried with full naval honours when he passed away.

Useful links



More about TEARS

TEARS Animal Rescue (The Emma Animal Rescue Society) is one of the country’s leading organisations. Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home domestic animals as well as providing veterinary services to local communities. As a pro-quality of life, registered, non-profit organisation, TEARS relies on the support of caring individuals and corporates to assist them in fulfilling their mission to bring relief to animals in distress, whether through intervention, education, medical assistance or rehoming.

TEARS is in the False Bay area of the southern Cape Peninsula and they typically serve the communities of Ocean View, Masiphumelele and Red Hill, Mountain View, Capricorn, although TEARS also assist animals and guardians throughout the Western Cape when their services are needed.


Activities on the day:

Planned, plotted fun dog walk route of 2 km along the streets of Simon’s Town

Goodies bags will be available for the first 200 registered dog lovers on the day

Poop bags will be provided.

For the foodies there will be a wonderful market on Jubilee square as well as the Navy Sports field.

The South African Navy Band, the premier band of the South African National Defence Force will open and lead the dog parade.

For more information, please contact Steph at 021 786 4335 or events@dreamimages.co.za

Discover the history of Simon’s Town with social historian and author Joline Young. She explains how it was initially Khoi and San land that was subsequently shaped by colonisation, slavery, war, and Apartheid. She touches on Simon van der Stel, who set up Simon’s Town for winter anchorage for the Dutch East India Company, and reveals little-known stories of the families affected by social injustice, particularly the Group Areas Act during Apartheid.

Highlights of the tour of this quaint seaside town include the private family heritage museum, Amlay House and the former, hidden away ‘Malay Quarter’.

Booking must be made with Kate Crane Briggs (details below).

Venue: Start opposite Admiralty House, St Georges Street | Finish at Amlay House, King George Way, Simon’s Town
Time: 10am to 1pm
Cost: R250 (before 14 Feb) | R350 thereafter

Tel: 072 377 8014 | 021 685 1782
Email: kate@cultureconnectsa.com
Website: www.cultureconnectsa.com
Facebook: Culture Connect SA
Twitter: @Culture_SA
Instagram: @culture_sa

Source credit: www.whatsonincapetown.com

Book your stay at Mariner Guesthouse here in Simon’s Town and be part of this exciting event!
Contact us at info@marinerguesthouse.co.za for all your booking requirements!

Let us set the scene. So you’re lucky enough to find yourself in magnificent Cape Town, and all you can think of is sea, and sand, and mountain, and greenery, right?

You want to experience the beauty of the city in a relaxed fashion, and you want to do it with a picnic or a braai. Sounds great does it not? Oh it is, but – as a real estate tycoon would say – it’s all about location location location!

Well luckily for you, we happen to know the very best locations for picnics and braais in Cape Town. With this guide, finding a picturesque spot will be a literal walk in the park.

Locations for both Braais and Picnics

Some of the places we’ve selected are both braai and picnic friendly, while others do not permit the latter. Below, find the locations where you can can either take along a picnic, or grill anything from a succulent steak to a delicious vegan substitute on the braai.

Newlands Forest

Image of a pond or dam encircled by rocks with greenery and trees in the background. It is sunset.


Image: @pedipedz

As part of the Table Mountain National Park, Newlands Forest is a beautiful escape from the city surrounds.

You have the option of exploring the varied, and sometimes secluded, pathways to find your own spot, or you can cook up a storm at the designated braai area.

Also great for a hike, Newlands Forest is a gem of a braai spot. There are braai facilities at the venue, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R25
  • Children: R15
  • Vehicles: R25
  • Parking spot in the separate braai area:
    • R10

Open Hours:

  • October – April:
    • 08:00 – 18:00
  • Winter:
    • Closed


  • On the M3 expressway near UCT; Table Mountain National Park, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 712 0527
  • +27 (0)21 422 1601/2

Maiden’s Cove Braai Area


Image: @the.travel.project

Nestled between Glen Beach and Clifton Beach, Maiden’s Cove is a hidden gem that is a braai master’s, as well as a photographer’s, paradise.

With vistas of Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and the exquisite Atlantic Ocean, Maiden’s Cove allows you to braai with a view.

During spring, pods of whales and dolphins can also be spotted from this scenic location. So splash around in a tidal pool, tan while the meat is cooking, or catch up with your loved ones.

Braai facilities are available.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Open Hours:

  • 24 hours


  • 44 Victoria Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +21 (0)21 438 8212

Mzoli’s Place

Close up of a table with a box of barbequed meat, bread, drinks, and pap


Image: @chipi_and_chipeline

For a unique braai experience with a fantastic vibe, head out to Mzoli’s in Gugulethu.

A relaxed venue that’s always full of people, Mzoli’s allows you to enjoy a great braai without having to do any of the work yourself.

Simply select and purchase your meat, and then chill, dance, or socialise until it’s ready. All you need to take with you are your own eating utensils.

A mere twenty minutes from the city centre, neither locals nor tourists should pass up this novel braai experience.

Entrance Fees:

  • Entrance: R20 on Sat, Sun and Public Holidays.
  • Around R50 p/kg of meat, depending on meat type

Open Hours:

  • 09:00 – 18:00


  • Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 638 1355

Little Bay

photo of picnic in little bay


Image: @uplaycpt

If you’d like a day out, but don’t want to travel too far, head to Little Bay in Blouberg.

Located right on the beach, you can enjoy either the sandy experience of the beach below, or more of a park vibe on the grassy area above.

Less than a thirty minutes drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Little Bay is great for a family day, as well as a vantage point for sights such as Table Mountain.

Since Blouberg can get windy, take advantage of the elements, and try out some kite flying or windsurfing.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Open Hours:

  • 24 hours


  • Along Blouberg Beach
  • Google Maps pin here

Helderberg Farm

Image of a lush, green mountain background with a ledge in the foreground with mugs, bottles, and flasks. There is also a box of rusks.


Image: @warpeddragon

For a wonderful braai day out that offers a host of activities to enjoy, drive out to Helderberg Farm near Somerset West.

There’s tons to keep you busy, while the braai is getting started. Take a hike with the family, try your hand at strawberry picking, or battle it out on the laser-tag field.

Excellent braai facilities are available. Just bring your own wood/charcoal and braai grid, and you’re ready to go!

Make sure to book your braai in advance – Helderberg is very popular.

This beautiful and lush setting is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious braai with loved ones.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R50
  • Children: R25
  • Braai drum: R50

    Open Hours:

  • Daily: 08:00 – 18:00


  • Klein Helderbergpad Rd, Raithby, 7129, South Africa
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 855 4308
  • helderbergfarm@mweb.co.za

Tokai Forest Braai and Picnic Area

Image of a braai area at Tokai Forest. People sit and stand around it.


Image: @dylantimmes

Another braai spot that falls within Table Mountain National Park, Tokai Forest is one of the best braai areas the Cape has to offer.

Comprising of both wooded areas as well as lush, green spaces, Tokai Forest gives you the best of both worlds.

Either bring your favourite meat to grill up on the braai, or pack a picnic blanket and find your ideal spot.

Park access is available from the Constantia area.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R20
  • Children: R10
  • Vehicles: R15

Open Hours:

  • April – September:
    • 08:00 – 17:00
  • October – March:
    • 07:00 – 18:00


  • Table Mountain National Park, Tokai Rd, Porter Reform Estate, Cape Town
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 712 0527

Wynberg Park

Image of lush lawns and trees with a large duck pond full of ducks in the centre


Image: @_ronaldo_johnson_

Equipped with braai facilities and a substantial playground for the little ones, Wynberg Park makes for a lovely braai and picnic area.

The parks spans twenty-two hectares and is dotted with a variety of trees, that provide both shade and greenery.

A large duck pond adds to the picturesque environment, and one can enjoy watching the birds waddle around the park.

An ideal spot to enjoy a braai with the family, Wynberg Park is a must.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Open Hours:

  • Summer:
    • 08:00 – 19:00
  • Winter:
    • 08:00 – 18:00


  • Wynberg, Cape Town, 7824
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 762-9180

Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif at Cape Point

Cape Point aerial surrounded by ocean


Image: @sudafricaperte

Within the majestic Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, near Cape Point, lie two spectacular braai areas.

Let the children explore the tidal pool, while you cook up a storm, and enjoy the flora and fauna around you.

At Buffels Bay you’ll find individual braai spots, which you can use while taking in the pearly white beach around you.

If you visit Bordjiesdrif, you’ll have access to circular braai facilities, which are for larger groups. Here, you’ll experience grassier areas as opposed to Buffels Bay’s sandy atmosphere.

Be sure to bring your own braai grids and wood. Also, for both your and their safety, don’t approach or feed the baboons.

Entrance Fees:

  • Cape of Good Hope
    • Adults: R135
    • Kids: R70
  • My Green Card allows the owner free entry into the TMNP 12 times

Open Hours:

  • Cape of Good Hope Park
    • October – March:
      • 06:00 – 18:00
    • April – September:
      • 07:00 – 17:00


  • Buffels Bay:
  • Bordjiesdrif:
    • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 780 9010/11
  • info@capepoint.co.za

Silvermine Reserve

Image of a picnic table with cake, crackers, grapes, cheese, sparkling wine, sweets, and other refreshments. This overlooks the Silvermine reservoir


Image: @kerihalliday11

Another perfect braai area that is part of the Table Mountain National Park, Silvermine is ideal for those who want a slightly quieter or secluded experience.

Over forty braai spots dot the Silvermine Reservoir, but they are cleverly positioned, so that you have more privacy to enjoy the surrounds.

So enjoy the thriving fynbos, take in the views, and fire up the braai!

Note that the reserve is open all year for picnics, but braais are permitted only in winter.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R45
  • Children: R25

    Open Hours:

  • October – April:
    • 07:00 – 18:00
  • May – September:
    • 08:00 – 17:00


  • Table Mountain National Park, Tokai, Cape Town
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 789 2457
  • tablemountain@sanparks.org

Oudekraal Beach

Image of a picnic basket with  cheese platter, sparkling wine, and two glasses. this overlooks the ocean Head and Lion's Head


Image: @kat_1087

For an awesome beach braai, head over to Oudekraal Beach.

Located between Llandudno and Camps Bay, Oudekraal contains at least 40 braai spots to use.

The beach comprises of huge boulders, pockets of soft sand, and hidden coves nestled in between the rocks. Sometimes grids and wood are available, but rather take your own to be safe.

Explore this beautiful braai venue and take in the views, while indulging in a delicious braai!

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R35
  • Children: R15

    Open Hours:

  • Weekends and public holidays: 08:00 – 18:00


  • Lies between Camps Bay and Llandudno
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 438 9555
  • tablemountain@sanparks.org

Locations for Picnics only

Pack a blanket and your favourite snacks and head to these scenic picnic spots for a lovely day out.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Image of a grassy lawn with trees, bushes, greenery and the mountain in the background. a few people sit under a tree with a picnic.


Image: @ildi_nagy

Ever wanted to emulate Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, and run down a lush hill while skirting your work duties and operatically declaring your love for nature? We have just the place.

As one of the (if not the) most revered picnic spots in Cape Town, Kirstenbosch, is nothing short of spectacular.

Find a spot on the expansive, rolling lawns, gaze at the magnificent views of Table Mountain, take in the varied fynbos and plant species, go bird watching or cool down in the refreshing streams.

The list of potential activities is inexhaustible, as is the splendour of the park.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R60
  • SA Students: R30
    • Student card required
  • Children: R15
    • Ages 6 – 17
  • Children: Free
    • Until age 6
  • BOTSOC members: Free
  • SA Senior Citizens:
    • Free on Tuesdays, except on public holidays
    • ID required

    Opening Hours:

  • September – March:
    • 08:00 – 19:00
  • April – August:
    • 08:00 – 18:00


  • Table Mountain National Park, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735
  • Google Maps pin here


Table Mountain via the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Image of a picnic on top f some rocks at the top of Table Mountain. There is chicken, vegetables, dip, and an array of drinks. A hand holds a full glass. In the background there is ocean and more mountain


Image: @activeafrica

As the crown jewel of the Table Mountain National Park, Table Mountain is a wonderful picnic spot to enjoy.

Either hike up (Take a look at our Hiking Trails Guide), or use the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, which will have you at the top in literally five minutes.

Once there, treat Table Mountain as your table, and indulge in a picnic with a breathtaking view.

Entrance Fees:

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
    • Adults:
      • Return: R255
      • One-way: R135
    • Kids:
      • Return: R125
      • One-way: R65
    • SA senior citizens:
      • Return: R100
      • One-way: R53
    • Students:
      • Return: R130
      • One-way: R70
  • Tickets can be bought online here, where you may also check if the cable-car will be running, as it operates subject to the weather.

Open Hours:

  • Cable-car hours change regularly. Check the times here.
  • The cableway closes for about ten days annually, for maintenance. Check this year’s dates on the Table Mountain website.


  • Table Mountain National Park, Tafelberg Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
  • Google Maps pin here.


Green Point Urban Park

Image of a stream with greenery on either side with Signal Hill and Lion's Head in the background.


Image: @thelightyeartraveller

Want to feel like you’re in the heart of Mother Nature’s creations, but don’t have the time for a long drive?

The aptly named Green Point Urban Park is centrally positioned, but once inside the quiet haven, you feel far away from the stresses of the city.

With magnificent mountain views, diverse flora and birdlife, lots of room on the lawn for picnics, and a mere street separating you from the ocean, the Urban Park is the ideal place to relax with a delicious picnic.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Opening Hours:

  • 07:00 – 19:00


  • 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051


  • +27 (0)21 417 0120
  • lameez.salie@capetown.gov.za

Company’s Garden

Green lawns separated by a pathway with a statue of a man and a horse in the middle. I the backgrounds there are trees and Table Mountain


Image: @prancingllama

Located bang in the middle of the city, and boasting gorgeous mountain vistas, Company’s Garden was established in the 1650s by some of the earliest settlers at the Cape.

While appreciating the beauty of the garden, it is important to understand and acknowledge the colonial heritage of the area.

This is made possible by the presence of copious historic buildings nearby, including the Slave Lodge, the Iziko South African Museum, the Houses of Parliament and many more.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Opening Hours:

  • 07:00 – 19:00


  • 19 Queen Victoria St, CBD, Cape Town, 8000
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 426 1357
  • +27 (0)21 400 2521

De Waal Park

Green lawns with a pathway in the middle. There are benches and trees in the background.


Image: @bongeka.n

Another gem of a picnic spot located in the city centre is De Waal Park.

Perfect for family picnics, and complete with a children’s playground, De Waal is also home to a variety of free music concerts in the summer months.

De Waal is also a lovely place to bring the dogs for a walk, since the park is fenced off from the busy surrounding streets.

Enjoy some tranquility at this sweet spot that’s a stone-throw away from the city.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Opening Hours:

  • 07:00 – 19:00


  • Molteno Rd, CBD, Cape Town, 8000
  • Google Maps pin here


  • 084 8888 033
  • valentino.jeftha@capetown.gov.za

Sea Point Promenade

Large lawn with a sculpture of giant sunglasses. In the background there is ocean and sky.


Image: @alisonludick

Bordering the swirling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sea Point Promenade promises breathtaking views of the horizon.

The walkway starts in Mouille Point near the V&A Waterfront, and extends right to the end of Sea Point, near the President Hotel.

With loads of places to recline on the lawn with a book and some mouthwatering snacks, you’ll be able to take in the fresh sea air, while listening to the crashing waves.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Opening Hours:

  • 24 hours


  • Beach Road, Sea Point
  • Google Maps pin here

Clifton Beach

aerial shot of Clifton beach with yachts and boats  in the water and sunbathers on the beach.


Image: @jpljason

Celebrated as one of the most beautiful places in the region, Clifton is divided into four different beaches (First, Second, Third and Fourth).

Each has its own charm, but Fourth Beach is the most popular, perhaps because it is the largest.

With the tropical-esque ocean in front of you, and a view of the mountain behind you, it doesn’t get better.

So, stretch out on the Blue Flag certified sand with a scrumptious sandwich, and bask in the paradisiac surroundings around you.


  • 22 Victoria Road, Clifton
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 439 4332

Lion’s Head

Image of a man sitting on the edge of Lion's Head. His back is to us. The view ahead is of the ocean and the city


Image: @marcel_far_away

If you’re the type who likes to work up an appetite, then we have the perfect picnic activity for you.

Why not pack a meal, hike up the picturesque Lion’s Head, and enjoy your grub at the top? The one-of-a-kind views are sure to make the food taste that much better.

Come prepared though! The hike will take around three hours, so don’t forget to pack water and ample sunscreen.

See our Cape Town Hiking Trails Article for more information.


  • Signal Hill Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa.
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (021) 712 0527

Signal Hill

A group of people sitting atop Signal Hill with picnics overlooking the ocean and the Atlantic Seaboard


Image: @craighowes

Found near Lion’s Head, Signal Hill provides yet another opportunity to enjoy some tasty treats, while enjoying the spectacular sights of the Cape.

Drive to the highest point, and choose a spot to set up your picnic while gazing out at the Atlantic Seaboard and Robben Island.

If you’d like to take the romantic route, embark in the afternoon and watch the sunset from a truly dazzling location.


  • Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
  • Google Maps pin here


  • +27 (0)21 487 6800

Arderne Gardens

View of a lawn with an array of very tall trees against blue sky. Some people walk on the pathway i the shade of the trees


Image: @tamthijs

Spanning five hectares and boasting four hundred trees, the Arderne Gardens were started in 1845 by Ralph Henry Arderne.

Today, visitors frequent the walkways, watch the ducks (please do not feed them!), and spend time exploring the glorious green scenery of the gardens.

A visit to the lush Arderne gardens guarantees a tranquil experience, in which you can munch your lunch while traversing the park.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free
  • Donation box at the gate

Opening Hours:

  • 08:00 – 18:00


  • 222 Main Rd, Claremont, 7708
  • Google Maps pin here


Source credit: www.vibescout.com


Valentine’s Day 2019: Things To Do in Cape Town + The Winelands

From rose-garden picnics and wine pairings to laidback lunches and a six-course feast, share the love this Valentine’s Day.

It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but actually – if you strip away the commercialisation and sickly-sweet messaging associated with modern-day Valentine’s Day – its 3rd-century origins are rather lovely – and worth remembering.

One possible version is that 14 February pays homage to Saint Valentine, who secretly married young lovers when matrimony was outlawed in Rome in 200AD. Another portrays young Valentine sending a message, from prison, to a damsel he fell in love with, and signing it “from your Valentine”. Enough to entice even the most jaded sceptics, right?

So, whether you’re celebrating a new romance or time-tested love, or simply enjoying the Cape’s divine weather with friends and cherished ones, we’ve rounded up a list of things to do on 14 February. From picnics under the stars to chic innercity dinners and three-course winelands feasts, we’re sharing the love this Valentine’s Day.

A starlit picnic (or four-course dinner) at Boschendal

Boschendal: Things to Do Valentines Day
Claire Gunn

This illustrious winery is a scenic setting to be sure, with a maze of wonderful gardens and magnificent mountain views. The estate forms the perfect backdrop for any special occasion so why not go all out this Valentine’s Day with either a starlit picnic in the rose garden while being serenaded by acclaimed saxophonist, Don Vino Prins, or a four-course dinner at The Werf Restaurant, where Spanish guitarist Wesley Hlava will set the mood?
Menu While the exact menus are still being confirmed, picnic guests will enjoy bubbly on arrival, a romantic picnic basket, and a special gift. Dinner guests can look forward to a welcome cocktail, a superb four-course dinner and a Valentine’s gift.
When 6.30pm onwards
Cost Picnic for two: R825
Picnic for one: R460
Picnic for children under 10: R150
Four-course dinner: R1 250
The Tree House: R105 (Werf Restaurant guests can book children (4 – 14 years) into The Tree House for the evening)
Please note Prices exclude beverages and gratuity.
Good to know The nights can be chillier than expected, so bring an extra layer for warmth or even a blanket to snuggle under.
Contact Picnic: 021 870 4273, 021 870 4274, reservations@boschendal.co.za
Four-course dinner: 021 870 4209, werf@boschendal.co.za
Where to find it Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

A three-course dinner at Harringtons Cocktail Lounge

Harringtons: Things to Do Valentines Day

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a trip back in time at the swankiest cocktail lounge in the East City! Songstress Carla Louw will be serenading diners with a string of romantic classics such as “Baby Don’t Cares for Me”, “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Moondance”, while you tuck into a delicious three-course dinner.
Singletons, fear not! Harringtons has you covered with selected half-price tapas all day long as well as happy hour from 4pm to 7pm.
Menu On the cards for the romantic evening is the choice between Whitley Neill Protea and Hibiscus gin served with pink tonic or L’Ormarins brut MCC as a welcome drink. Then, enjoy a starter of either chicken satay, mushroom arancini or Cajun-fried squid, before savouring a main course of either roasted vegetables, a chargrilled ribeye steak, or slow-braised pork belly. End the night on a deliciously sweet note with petit fours for sharing of brownies with a cherry-infused cream, strawberries, and a champagne jello.
When 6pm – 10pm
Cost R250
Contact 021 461 2276, harringtons@thefirmct.co.za
Where to find it 61B Harrington Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town

MCC + sweet treat pairing all month long at Anthonij Rupert Wines

Rupert Wines: Things to Do Valentines Day

Driving up the tree-lined entrance of Anthonij Rupert Estate, guests are greeted by a classic Cape Dutch mid-nineteenth-century manor house, with perfectly manicured lawns and breathtaking mountain views – the ideal setting for a day of romancing. And this February, you will surely feel the love at this historic estate, with a complimentary rosé tasting all month long.
And, if rosé is not your thing, a bespoke MCC and sweet-treat pairing is also available throughout February.
Menu The L’Ormarins MCC and sweet-treat pairing features a strawberry macaron; citrus and dulce fudge; a raspberry blondie; and a cherry and white chocolate truffle with fresh cherries and raspberries.
Good to know During the month of February, if you purchase five bottles of rosé, you’ll get the sixth one free.
When Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm
Cost MCC and sweet-treat pairing: R95
Contact 021 874 9041, tasting@rupertwines.com
Where to find it Anthonij Rupert Wyne, R45, Franschhoek

A relaxed Valentine’s Day market at Cape Point Vineyards

This weekly community market is where South Peninsula locals flock every Thursday evening in summer. And, because 14 February happens to fall on a Thursday this year, the weekly market will be Valentine-themed.
The festivities take place in the restaurant and picnic area of Cape Point Vineyards, whose award-winning wines are available at great prices. The views at sunset are breathtaking – especially with a glass of CPV sauvignon blanc to hand making it a wonderful, one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day experience.
Menu There are so many delicious stalls to choose from. Some of our favourites include The Lamb Man (for melt-in-your-mouth slow-roasted lamb neck), Earth Fire Pizza (deliciously crispy wood-fired pizzas) and the Donut Factory (for vegan donuts).
When 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 789 0900, bookings@cape-point.com
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek (via M3), Western Cape

A feast by Eric Bulpitt at La Motte Wine Estate

La Motte: Things to Do Valentines Day

Named after South African landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this elegantly whimsical fine-dining restaurant – with it’s Delft-style porcelain dangling from the rafters – is the perfect setting for a magical night. With chef Eric Bulpitt at the helm, the menu is similarly creative. After your meal, enjoy coffee or a digestif on the deck and soak up the romantic ambience of this historic wine estate.
Menu Guests are treated to a glass of La Motte’s 2015 MCC on arrival followed by an exquisitely prepared meal, including parfait cones, oysters and champagne, beets and goat’s cheese, crayfish and rosé, duck and cherries, with chocolate, Turkish delights and bon bons to end the night.
Good to know A wine-pairing option is available on request.
When 7pm
Cost R695 (excludes beverages and gratuity)
Contact 021 876 8800, pierneef@la-motte.co.za
Where to find it La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek

Sharing plates at The Village Idiot

Village Idiot: Things to Do Valentines Day

It’s cemented itself as one of the city’s most popular watering holes, and this Valentine’s Day, The Village Idiot is hosting a sharing-themed soirée complete with background tunes by local acoustic artist Jak Tomas and an after-dinner DJ. There’s also a R50 special on all pink cocktails, so if you don’t have a date, bring your mates and toasts to yet another glorious Cape Town night.
Menu Choose between fillet medallions, with roasted potatoes and bearnaise sauce, or vegetable melanzane, before sharing a tempting trio of desserts. Revellers can also look forward to two drinks each: a choice between Standard Beer, house wine, Simonsig bubbly or non-alcoholic cocktails.
When 3pm – 10pm
Cost R360 per couple
Contact 021 418 1548, info@thevillageidiot.co.a
Where to find it 32 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Live music and complimentary Pongracz at La Parada Waterfront

Reminiscent of a tapas joint on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, La Parada at the Waterfront is a welcome addition to V&A. The Catalan-style tapas joint, which already has sister branches on Bree Street and Constantia Nek, is a double-volume space in the Dock Road section of the V&A, and is stylishly decked out with hanging plants, tiled archways, postered walls and accents of wood, exposed brick, marble and tropical wallpaper.
And, come 14 February, there’ll be live music, and a complimentary glass of Pongracz to welcome diners.
Menu Because sharing is caring, we recommend the tuna tacos; flash-fried chilli-and-garlic prawns; patatas bravas; broccolini; seared fillet; and duck croquetas.
When 12pm – 11pm
Good to know The complimentary glass of Pongracz applies to all La Parada branches, but is only available while stocks last.
Contact 021 418 3003, waterfront@laparada.co.za
Where to find it Alfred Mall, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

A three-course dinner at Leeu Estate in Franschhoek

Situated in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley with breathtaking views of the Dassenberg mountains, Leeu Estates is the last word in sophisticated style. And, on Valentine’s Day, they’ve pulled out all the stops: enjoy the smooth sounds of the Cadillac Duo on piano and violin, while enjoying canapés and sundowners on the outdoor terrace, before enjoying an elegant three-course dinner in The Dining Room.
Menu A starter of poached langoustine served on a Parmesan tuile is followed by a palate cleanser of lime sorbet, and mint-and-gin granitas. Then guests can enjoy pan-seared duck served with a sweet potato fondant, and dessert of Pimm’s jelly, lemongrass sorbet, raspberry consumé and dehydrated raspberries.
When From 7pm onwards
Cost R650 (excludes beverages and gratuity)
Please note Tables need to be reserved by Friday, 8 February 2019.
Contact 021 492 2475, events@leeucollection.com
Where to find it Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape

A romantic open-air cinema experience at The President Hotel

Chill in style at the sea-facing President Hotel, while you enjoy an open-air screening of Me Before You (with headsets to ensure that sound is kept to a minimum). Guests will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival, before enjoying a gourmet picnic for two (with a handwritten card and box of chocolates as an extra-special treat if you go for the VIP package).
Menu VIP picnic baskets include a starter, main course and dessert for two. While the chefs have not confirmed the exact menu yet, we’re sure it will be delicious.
When 6pm – 10pm
Cost Standard ticket: R395 (includes a seat, headset, welcome drink, popcorn and charcuterie board for two and dessert)
VIP package: R1 500 per couple (includes two glasses of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne on arrival, gourmet picnic basket for two, premium seating with blankets and pillows.
Good to know If you book a night’s stay on Valentine’s Day, you’ll also receive a 375ml bottle of MCC on ice, heart-shaped chocolates on your pillows and a room upgrade (subject to availability).
Contact 021 434 8111, events@presidenthotel.co.za
Where to find it President Hotel, 4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town

A romantic dinner or lunchtime picnic at Nederburg

If food is truly the way to one’s heart, then Nederburg’s dinner and picnic feast will have you swooning. The three-course dinner will be served in the Red Table restaurant, situated in the Cape Dutch manor house, and will be accompanied by the sweet symphonies of Bokamosho String Quartet. Picnickers can enjoy a wonderfully relaxed afternoon in the winery’s beautiful gardens under the shade of old trees.
Menu The night kicks off with a glass of Nederburg’s Première Cuvée Brut, followed by an amuse bouche of confit duck in a phyllo parcel with apricot jus. Starters are a choice between a calamari and chorizo salad or a spiced cauliflower panna cotta with green chutney, followed by a red-wine-and-raspberry sorbet to cleanse the palate.
Mains is a mouthwatering choice between a ribeye steak and a sesame-crusted salmon fillet.

The picnic baskets include a freshly prepared selection of artisanal bread, hummus, cheese, fig preserve, thyme-and-lemon-chicken kebabs, springbok samoosas, roasted cajun spiced nuts, a brie-and-mushroom tartlet with caramlised onions, a fresh seasonal salad and, of course, a sweet treat. The basket comes complete with cutlery, crockery, glassware, wooden platter, blanket and an ice bucket.
Please note The Valentine’s Day picnic is available from 12 to 15 February 2019.
When Picnic: 12pm – 4pm
Dinner: 6pm until late
Cost Picnic: R550 per couple
Dinner: R595 (excludes service charge)
Make a Booking
Contact 021 877 5155, theredtable@nederburg.co.za
Where to find it Sonstraal Road, Paarl, Western Cape

A five-course menu by the sea at Shimmy Beach Club

Shimmy Beach Club: Valentines Day

With its enviable sea-scraping location, live music and candlelit tables, you’ll feel like you’re on holiday when you arrive at Shimmy Beach Club this Valentine’s Day. And to complete the mood, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Graham Beck bubbly, after which you get to savour a five-course set menu.
Menu An amuse bouche of salmon and seared-tuna roses with black bean mayo and avocado sets the tone… Guests then have a choice of starters: spiced duck breast, avocado ritz or truffled beetroot carpaccio – before enjoying a palate-cleansing strawberry-and-black-pepper sorbet with balsamic reduction.
The main meal is a choice between sesame-crusted salmon, roasted rack of lamb or wild mushroom tortellini, while dessert is an even harder decision between Lindt dark chocolate fondant, a cheeseboard, white-chocolate-mousse cheesecake and petit fours. Now that’s one delicious feast!
When From 6pm
Cost R480
Contact 021 200 7778, info@shimmybeachclub.co.za
Where to find it South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

A six-course escape at Purple Rayn Boutique Guest House

Purple Rayn: Things to Do Valentines Day
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The newly opened Purple Rayn Boutique Guest House in Constantia invites guests to enjoy a six-course feast prepared by executive chef Warren Carney (formerly Asoka and Kloof Street House) and his team. From the moment you take your first sip of bubbly among the trees in the tranquil garden, you’ll feel a million miles away.
Menu Guests will be treated to canapés and a glass of bubbly on arrival followed by a choice of oysters; shiitake onigiri (a flavoured Japanese rice ball that’s shaped into triangles and served with nori) or ratatouille with rose, basil and goat’s cheese, before enjoying a palate cleanser. For mains, choose between sushi; a chicken and mushroom ballotine; crayfish linguine; glazed lamb cutlets or vegan pie.
Dessert is a blissful affair of either a hazelnut, salted caramel, ginger and honeycomb concoction; or a cheese platter with melon konfyt and homemade crackers. Linger longer with a rooftop coffee and specially made petit fours.
When 6pm – 9pm
Cost R695 per couple
Contact 021 110 0756, enquiries@purplerayn.co.za
Where to find it 9 Bellevue Avenue, Bel Ombre, Constantia

Sunset cruise to Clifton

Tigger2: Things to Do Valentines Day

Where better to celebrate summer and the day dedicated to love than aboard a luxury yacht? With breathtaking views of the ocean as sunset approaches (Table Bay or Clifton depending on the weather on the day), couples have the choice of a sunset cocktail cruise or sunset canapé cruise. Both cruises include welcome roses, while cocktail cruisers will be treated to an Aperol Spritz cocktail and a glass of sparkling wine at sunset, while those opting for canapés will be served once the yacht has returned to the Waterfront.
Menu Guests enjoying the canapé dinner will be treated to a 13-piece platter per person.
When Cocktail cruise: 6.30pm – 8pm
Canapé cruise: 6.30pm – 9pm
Cost Cocktail cruise: R530
Canapé cruise: R750

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Things you have to do at least once (or every once in a while) as a visitor and local

This is our essential checklist of 59 things to do in Cape Town, for locals and tourists, adults and kids.


1. Take a helicopter ride with the city’s TripAdvisor-rated number-one operator, Cape Town Helicopters, and see the Mother City like never before (ranked in the top three must-do tours in Cape Town). Using state-of-the-art, quieter and more eco-friendly (not to mention wider 270-degree window view) Airbus craft, you easily get the most Instagrammable views in Cape Town on the Cape Point flight or sweep that special someone off their feet and into the air on the VIP Winelands flight. Forget the ferry and see the historic Robben Island from a perspective-smashing new vantage point. And, get the full experience for a lot less than you think: the Hopper flight keeps you within budget with an extraordinary helicopter adventure for around the cost of two dinners at a city restaurant.

2. Go wine tasting, with a difference. There are over 2000 vineyards and wine estates in the Western Cape, so where to start? Book a wine tour with Wine Flies, the boutique touring company invites you to explore the province through wine. You can visit up to five wine estates a day – and even more if you choose to go on a weekend away.

3. Visit the world’s largest collection of contemporary African art. Marvel at the architecture, get lost in the art or just explore the Silo District at the V&A Waterfront around the Zeitz MOCAA Museum.

4. Soak up Cape Cape Malay culture and history through the sensational food by taking a Malay cooking course.

5. Be a beach bum. We have gorgeous stretches of sea and sand at every turn. Or opt for a thrill of a different kind and take a dip in one of our natural rock pools, dotted around the city and surrounds.

6. Take a Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing Bus – this service is a tried, tested and very fun way of seeing the city’s main attractions. Or take an urban tour with Kiff Kombie.

7. Langebaan is a popular weekend destination for relaxing and unwinding. Rather than the usual holiday home accommodation, why not spend the weekend (or longer) living on a house boat in the West Coast National Park.

8. Join the Mother City’s favourite weekday past-time, First Thursdays when, on the first thursday of every month, city sights, particularly art galleries, restaurants and shops, stay open late into the night for all to enjoy the urban vibe after dark.

9. Sundays are about long lazy brunches and driving along our 9km stretch of paradise, namely Chapman’s Peak – it’s a must-do with breathtaking views.

10. Wile away the day at a tshisanyama, there’s a spot in any one of our townships. It’s where locals go to eat good meat, listen to music and chill with friends.

11. Collect a few of your friends to visit some of the very interesting caves we have around the city.

12. Soak up the urban creativity on a street art tour in Woodstock. This trendy neighbourhood boasts a number of walls adorned with art in an array of colours and designs.

13. Spend a day at one of the best nature reserves in South Africa, Cape Point.

14. There is a little walk that winds its way between Muizenberg and St. James, which is perfect for a gentle stroll with family and friends. Interestingly, this coastal stretch used to be known as Cape Town’s Golden Mile.

15. Give the Mystery Ghost Bus a go. This ride takes you to the Mother City’s oldest, spookiest venues, including the Kimberley Hotel and the Castle of Good Hope.

16. See the Garden Route on the Blue Train. This classic form of travelling is the epitome of elegance and luxury.

17. Try a Gatsby – Cape Town’s signature super loaf, which is usually stuffed with slap chips and a range of other fillings like polony, steak, atchar, and much more. It’s delicious.

18. This is a no brainer: You have to go up Table Mountain – it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

19. Take an ever-awesome hike up Lion’s Head.

20. Spend a day exploring Simon’s Town (and be sure to travel there by train). It is home to the South African Navy’s largest naval base, and an authentic wartime submarine can be seen there.

21. Check out the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – The stunning garden was named “International Garden of the Year” by the International Garden Tourism Awards Body in 2015. There’s also a great treetop canopy walkway called the “Boomslang” that was declared the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa at the 2015 Design Indaba.

22. Make some exciting new discoveries at the V&A Waterfront – it’s more than a tourist spot, locals visit here every day. You’ll find that escape game specialists HintHunt have opened a new escape room experience inside the new kiddies indoor play area, Superpark. And you can grab artisanal street food, from real Durban curry to Vietnamese salmon and avo rice-paper rolls for R30 to 500g steamed West Coast mussels for R95 or even choose your own rump or fillet before it’s braaied for you at R30/100g, every day (or check out the free live music on weekends and public holidays) at the V&A Food Market.

23. Take advantage of the wonderful Signal Hill. You could paraglide off the famous mound with Parataxi, or soak in the views of the cool and calm Atlantic Ocean below, or just take a moment to watch the sunrise or sunset.

24. Check out the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. This hotspot is home to the Neighbourgoods Market, the weekly Saturday market with artisanal food and drink, as well as a number of great clothing stands.

25. If you’re keen to check out “Cape Town’s most loved group activity”, challenge yourself and a group of your friends with Hint Hunt; the most exciting live escape game to hit the city.

26. Visit Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town. It is here where you will find a colony of penguins that settled there in 1982.

27. Take a trip to the historic Robben Island, home to the prison that housed many political prisoners under apartheid, the most famous being Nelson Mandela.

28. It is imperative that you check out Cape Town’s famous Long Street. The CBD roadway is known for its endless offering of clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants and more.

29. Head to the quaint seaside town of Kalk Bay for its beautiful views of the False Bay coastline, its charming little shops and the much more.  It is also a top spot for getting tasty fish and chips at the well-known fishery, Kalky’s.

30. Get inked. Tattoos are like potato chips; you can’t just have one. Consider the hand poke technique for your next piece. Palm Black Tattoo Co. is one of the only tattoo studios in the city that offer this interesting alternative to the conventional tattooing technique.

31. Make sure you visit Muizenberg beach. The popular sandy shoreline is a prime spot for surfing and features those well-known colourful changing booths that appear in many Cape Town tourist photos.

32. Check out Rhodes Memorial, which is located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak Mountain (at the University of Cape Town). This location offers great views of the city, and is also a chilled spot for selfies and relaxing with friends.

33. Go shark diving in Gansbaai. Just two hours away from Cape Town, this location is known as the Great White Shark capital of the world.

34. Take a personal pilgrimage through the the peninsula by walking the Cape Camino – the sacred walk of approximately 200km takes between seven and nine days on foot. It’s a wonderful opportunity for reflection as you explore beautiful Cape Town.

35. Check out the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. This weekend shindig has over 80 trader stalls filled with delightful goods and also features live music and much more.

36. Marvel at the magic of our Milky Way at the Planetarium. This popular cultural institution hosts themed shows, the schedule of which is available on their website.

37. Watch the sunset from the back of an electric bicycle with GONOW. This is perfect if you want to culture-up your Instagram account, as the two-hour trip includes four to five photo opportunity stops at the Lionel Smit artwork in Sea Point.

38. Take a stroll through the Company’s Garden – you can picnic in the garden or read a book in the sun while the playful squirrels scurry around you. The delightful restaurant in the garden is worth visiting too when you get peckish.

39. Cycle through parts of the CBD with Moonlight Mass. The popular event takes place every full moon and invites both Capetonians and tourists to see Cape Town streets in a different, er, light.

40. Watch the Mother City wake up at a secret sunrise. We could say more, but it’s a secret.

41. Go seal snorkelling. It’s an ultimate Cape Town must-do. And you don’t need to be a pro. Plus your equipment is provided. All you do is follow the instructions (there are pro PADI master divers on hand) and chill in the water while Cape Fur Seals dance and dive in the water around you

42. View over 3000 creatures at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Perfect for kids and curious adults alike, this spot is home to thousands of aquatic species and even hosts children’s birthday parties.

43. Explore the Cape of Good Hope. This rocky headland is on the coast of the Cape Peninsula and is known as one of the great capes of the South Atlantic Ocean.

44. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel. This activity has been a firm favourite among Capetonians and travellers alike for years and is really worth a try (if you’re not already a regular). Tea at the 12 Apostles Hotel is as delightful. Here the view alone will keep you entranced for hours.

45. Take a walk on the Sea Point Promenade. This stretch of path on the Atlantic Seaboard is a great spot for casual cycling, a workout (there’s an outdoor gym) and is ideal for taking your pet out for a walk.

46. Visit the V&A Waterfront. Tourists and Capetonians alike love it for its restaurants, local and international shops, and endless variety of entertainment. The Silo District has become one of the most popular spots at the V&A. Wander there too.

47. Go for a swim at Long Street Baths. This facility has been a favourite spot for Capetonians to cool off for more than over 100 years. It features a large indoor pool and Turkish steam baths.

48. Go glamping. The company to use for your luxury lodgings is AfriCamps. The outdoor living experts, who brought the concept of glamping to South Africa, have five camps, placed at some of the most beautiful farms and estates in the Cape: in Oudtshoorn, Swellendam, Robertson, Stanford and Plettenberg Bay.

49. Check out St George’s Cathedral (which was designed by Sir Herbert Baker). It is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town.

50. Visit the Iziko Slave Lodge, one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. This museum has been renamed multiple times over the years, and now explores the history of slaves in South Africa.

51. Discover the Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha. Situated just 30kms from Cape Town, this attraction is built on the largest sand dune on the Cape Flats and boasts stunning views of the surrounding area.

52. Revel at South African art at the Irma Stern Museum. The former home of the famous South African Expressionist painter Irma Stern (1894 – 1966), the space features a permanent exhibition of the artist’s paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures, as well as her private collection of early European furniture, African and Oriental art.

53. Take a step back in history at the District Six Museum. Located in the former inner-city residential area of District Six, where more than 60 000 residents were forcibly removed under the controversial Group Areas Act in 1966.

54. Sip and swirl top-class wine in Constantia, where some of South Africa’s oldest wine producing estates can be found, including the popular Groot Constantia. But there’s more, in the CBD you can enjoy Open Wine in a wine bar.

55. Check out the World of Birds. This is Africa’s largest bird park with over 3 000 birds and 400 different species spread over four hectares of land.

56. While visiting the Mother City dare to try “the world’s strongest coffee” by Black Insomnia Coffee Company

57. Learn to kitesurf at a world-accredited kite school in Cape Town because there are few things more exhilarating. You don’t have to be an expert, book a private or group lesson at High Five, they have awesome options.

58. Rev up your day with a ride on a Harley Davidson, you’ll get to hug the corners and lean into the curves as you roar around some of the City’s most spectacular coastal roads. Satisfy your need for speed as you ride pillion with an experienced driver from Cape Bike Travel.

59. You haven’t been to Cape Town if you haven’t cruised the bay. And Tigger 2 have been in the luxury cruise business for 22 years. From sunset cruises to dinner and lunch on the powered cat or a wedding on the water. Or have your office party, team building events, private functions and others too onboard the Tigger 2 Royale.

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