We can not come to the Helderberg and NOT talk about the wine. Avontuur Estate has a fantastic reputation as a wine, food and stud farm (in the horsey sense).
Spoil yourself or someone you love with a bottle of Dominion Royale, a Shiraz Reserve a full-bodied wine which has a firm grip with alcohol and wood in perfect balance.
Head over to the restaurant and choose between a delicious Norwegian Salmon with a smashed pea and mint puree, saffron Veloutè and topped with puff pastry or a butternut, spinach, leek and ricotta roulade, grilled with crispy parmesan and served with tomato fondue.
Every dish has its wine, and a lot of thought and care has gone into the planning and preparation of your experience. Sit back and enjoy!
An excellent alternative to the high traffic harbor and beaches of Cape Town is the microcosm that makes up Gordon’s Bay Harbor and Gordon’s Bay Beach.
It is a quaint strip with numerous little restaurants and cafés, ice cream parlours and bars that all share the view across False Bay, with Simon's Town barely visible in the hazy distance.
The water is fairly warm, and the beach is generally well visited but not overflowing.
Along the way you will find one of our personal favourites, a rambling multi-room second-hand book store with books piled high on trestle tables, and that smell (you know the one) permeating the walls. Bikini Beach Books, don’t leave Gordon’s Bay until you’ve visited!
There are daily fishing and sight-seeing charters that leave Gordon’s Bay harbor, and depending on what your flavour is, offer deep sea fishing or various water sports.
At the foot of the mountain which gives the area its name, you will find Helderberg Farm, a fifth generation joint-family owned working farm with a lot to of ways to keep yourself entertained.
Aside for being known for their exceptional grapes and strawberries, this farm also has a kids’ playpark and farmyard, braai (grill) and picnic areas, hiking and mountain biking trails and a tea garden.
If you are interested in a slightly more strenuous outing, there are a variety of team building and higher impact options like paintball and SWAT laser tag.
Alternatively, it’s Ruda’s famous chocolate cake and a nice cuppa from the farm kiosk, full of farm product and local goodies. It is a genuine experience and practically a full day all by itself.
Everything you need to know about the gorgeous views and location of this venue is in the name. You can take in all of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Cape Town in this child friendly open-air restaurant.
Treat yourself to eight, twelve or sixteen deep sea prawns with buttered new potatoes, a dressed salad and harissa aioli.
Follow that up with a baked cheese cake sporting a delicious ginger crust and berry coulis, while watching the water lap against rocks practically at your feet.
The restaurant has been in uninterrupted operation for over fifty six years, and have shown a non-stop commitment to improvement and service, but either way, the view alone pays for itself.
An artfully restored boathouse is the shell within which this stunning restaurant resides. Central, on the waters edge and easily accessible, The Grand Africa Café & Beach marries convenience with the perfect location.
Aside from the beautiful space, they are no slouch in the kitchen or behind the bar either.
You can’t go wrong with the Grand burger, a pure beef patty with rocket, red onion, gherkin, tomato chutney, smoked cheddar and garlic aioli.
Wash that down with a Grand African Tiki, Havana Especial with a bold twist of 7 Rum, Malibu, mango, mint and coconut.
The ambience is relaxed yet cosmopolitan, the fresh air off the water is amazing, so are the sparkles on the sea.
98% fat free frozen yogurt, need I say more? It’s delicious, surprisingly nutritious and tastes like a treat (but it’s not, sort of). Myog pride themselves on only using the finest ingredients sourced from the best local suppliers, also, their froyo is free of artificial flavourants or colourants and preservatives.
They offer four flavours at a time, one always being their 98% fat-free plain alternative, and the other three are any of a variety of delicious flavours, such as rooibos, peanut butter, Nutella, coconut, berries and others!
The toppings range from fresh cut seasonal fruits to Oreos, peppermint crisp and sweet syrups.
Again, feel free to mix the naughty with the nice, it’s still early in the year.
Clifton Beach is one of the iconic blue flag beaches that Cape Town has to offer, with amazing views and pearly white sand.
Now imagine that combined with a sunset Yoga class where you salute the sun amongst fellow enthusiasts of all degrees of ability. The picturesque setting and the healthy activity will be a breath of fresh air for the soul, a bit of a break and a little reset before we plunge headlong into the new year.