This beautiful bakery and coffee shop can be found in Observatory en route to the Southern Suburbs.
Originally, the focus was on gluten- and wheat-free food and cakes and that focus has not changed but expanded. Their offering now also includes sugar-free and vegan options, and at least half of Mango Ginger’s menu is vegetarian with a large variety of innovative, plant based meals.
Try a wrap, with honey, ginger and soya marinated free range chicken strips with julienned carrots, mange tout, spring onion, lettuce and honey mustard dressing.
Or go for a salad meal with creamy goat's chevin, avocado and roasted chilli butternut cubes on a large garden salad, garnished with seeds and sprouts.
You will leave here feeling full, nourished and satisfied that you have done something great for your body!
You’ll spot Rcaffe on Long Street in the centre of the CBD of Cape Town and it has a romantic, bohemian/funky feel to it, with a large array of healthy options to go with your premium artisan coffee.
They boast a very popular banting menu and on it you will find scrumptious items like the Banting Benedict - poached eggs topped with rich hollandaise sauce, crispy bacon, creamy goats milk cheese, cherry tomatoes roasted in rosemary and olive oil, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and served on a bed of fresh rocket.
If you are looking for a lunch, they do a tender Mediterranean lamb - oven roasted (to perfection) leg of lamb in rosemary and garlic, served on seasonal roasted vegetables, fresh coriander, aubergine sauce and double cream tzaziki.
For a proper European style bakery, look no further. Martin’s has been supplying the greater Cape Town area with delectable treats and bakes for ages and people keep coming back for more. A contemporary deli and coffee shop with amazing healthy options, you’ll find it on the Main Road in Diep River, in the Southern Suburbs.
In their range of gluten free and wheat free products you’ll see pizza bases, wraps, potato and rice bread, cereals, muesli and pasta. They have wheat free breads rye breads, gluten free and wheat free pies, carb free quiche, bread and even Shepherd’s pie!
You will also see loads of sweet treats here too (if you aren’t over the spoiling yourself bit of winter yet). :-)
This is a full day exercise and a total immersion into everything they have to offer at Benguela Cove. Starting with a Pontoon cruise (weather permitting), a cheese and charcuterie board, a light lunch, vineyard tour, cellar tour and a chocolate and wine pairing.
The pontoon (The Bonnie Mary) will take you out to the strip of pristine white sand that separates the lagoon from the ocean, the excellent cheese and charcuterie pairings will help you build up towards a magnificent lunch at the restaurant.
Following this you get shown the full behind the scenes of the estate, and a super decadent wine and chocolate pairing.
It’s a full day, and a beautiful experience to share with someone you care about.
Taking someone to the movies on a date has a classic ring to it, but how about doing it with an elegant, modern twist?
Perched on top of the Grand Daddy Hotel on Long street is the novel concept of a rooftop trailer park (seven gorgeous Airstream trailers) and cinema. You have full bar service, a selection of snacks you can pre-order and if you book well ahead, the super comfortable Love Seat or Couch to sprawl out in.
They regularly screen old favourites and have, over time, put together an amazing catalogue of screenings, set against the picturesque backdrop of the vintage trailers and the Cape Town skyline, this is certainly an experience to look forward to.
To really get a feel for Cape Town, at a leisurely pace, you will want to hop on the Atlantic Rail round trip. Using a Class 24 steam locomotive, this six hour trip will show you the many beautiful nooks and crannies of the False Bay coast.
You leave from Cape Town and travel through the Southern Suburbs to Muizenburg. From there you head to False Bay, through the bohemian villages of St James and Kalk Bay, then sweeping by Fish Hoek and Glencairn and finally coming to an end in Simon’s Town.
At this point you can disembark and take a stroll, visit a cafe or the shops, explore the old naval fort town. It’s an amazing experience, well worth it.
While the best moments might be spontaneous and unplanned, putting a bit of thought and foresight into a date night / day date can really make the experience magical. This week, we are looking at wonderful shared experiences for when you are two.
"I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food."
In the green and lush hills of Constantia, Foxcroft is dishing up 2, 3 and 4 course winter menu items that will make the coldest day seem like a distant memory. Displaying immense care and thoughtfulness they have paired outstanding wines with delicate and elegant dishes, prepared to perfection.
Stand out dishes for us were the seared tuna Tataki with chipotle, avocado, cucumber and a rice puff. Also the free-range pork collar with gochujang, white cabbage, sweet potato and kimchi. They also serve champagne poached oysters if you are feeling particularly decadent.
The wines run the gamut from local to international, let yourself be advised the staff, they know what they’re talking about.
"Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was every granted by the gods to man." - Plato
Situated in Sea Point, La Boheme Wine Bar and Bistro is the brainchild of one of the co-owners of Bouchon (covered earlier this week) restaurateur Faisal Khakoo, who is also the owner of Engruna Eatery. He saw the need for a relaxed yet sophisticated bistro vibe with elegant wine and luxurious foods and created his venues in response to it.
In true bistro style, the menu is ever-changing, but examples of what you might encounter include Springbok au Poivre with fondant potato, exotic mushrooms, aubergine puree and a red wine jus, or the Duo of Duck (confit duck leg and seared duck breast) with sweet potato and aubergine tower, roasted peppers, spinach and orange jus. Pair these with any of the sixty wines available by the glass
Well worth a visit, take some friends and make an afternoon of it :-)