Another great option in the V&A is Mondiall, Restaurateur Patrick Symington of Cape Town’s Café Dharma and Asoka fame has brought his skills to bear on this excellent restaurant with fresh approaches to cuisine that really need to be enjoyed.
Must try the grilled Mauritian sea bass, amazing with borlotti bean puree, almond & garlic sautéed fine beans, salsa vierge. Top it off with a baked camembert, with fig, truffle honey and macadamia nuts, sooooo good!
The lights on the water and the atmosphere of romance and sparkliness makes this a great couples restaurant.
At Vista Marina you can enjoy a taste of luxury and sophistication from the water’s edge, with uninterrupted views of the V&A Waterfront’s marina and Table Mountain. A brilliant spot to relax in ultra-chic surroundings while you enjoy some Mediterranean inspired delicacies.
Try the linguine frutti de mare, linguine, mussels, prawns, baby calamari and fish in a rustic and vibrant putanesca sauce. Or enjoy the delightful slow roast lamb shank with roast potatoes and an amazing cucumber raita.
The fresh sea air will leave you feeling refreshed and the food, glamorously satiated.
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.
On New Year’s Eve from 6.30pm onwards the Waterfront begins heating up with a huge selection of buskers and entertainment, food trucks and fireworks.
The V&A Amphitheatre will start its program from 7.30pm, and will host entertainers throughout the evening and leading up to the fireworks display. Speaking of which, the spectacular and explosively beautiful fireworks are easily viewed from most places within the V&A Waterfront.
Eighty-something restaurants will stay open late on the evening, with food trucks there to supplement your every taste.
Head over to the Silo District (a new addition to this year’s program) with roving characters to entertain you and a stage for performers set up against the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).
Family friendly fun in a safe and vibrant environment!
When in Cape Town, you will inevitably spend at least one day in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a working harbor and world class mall. Whilst there, don’t miss the fairly new addition, MAReSOL, a Portuguese themed restaurant with breathtaking 360 degree views of mountain and sea.
The menu is a great selection of seafood done right, as well as some outstanding meat dishes. Starters include an amazing Chouriço dish accompanied by roasted peppers marinated with a garlic, thyme & sherry vinegar. Also, the “Lulas”, which are succulent calamari starter with Chouriço, roasted cherry tomato, black olives & rocket.
For mains you will encounter old favourites like Trinchando, Espetada & Bacalhau and an assortment of beautifully prepared langoustines and prawns. All of this should be paired with some flavourful Vinho Tinto to complete the experience.
We focus a lot on things that have a slightly more feminine spin, but this week we wanted to showcase a beautiful spot that has its roots in male grooming and has expanded to become one of Cape Town’s premier unisex grooming and wellness salons.
Their signature treatment area is the pedi-spa but they are no slouches when it comes to a full bouquet of treatments and beautifications on offer. Haircuts, colour treatments, massage, manicures and pedicures and so on and so forth, you will walk away pampered, rejuvenated and looking forward to your next appointment.
For some true and friendly professionalism and love for the craft of making you look good, be sure to pop round.
Fresh sea air, activities to tire one out mentally and physically and a socially interactive environment. These are all key ingredients to keeping the kids happy and engaged during these holidays.
The V&A Waterfront has put together a fantastic line up of activities along these lines, and year on year they have been better and more exciting, with something for everyone. So, break through the cabin fever and get your kids out witness a (free-to-attend) stargazing session, or go ice skating (not suitable for the under 4’s) or take part in the Play-Doh kitchen creations Junior Chef competition.
Aside from plenty of places to eat, shop and snack, there is the usual movie theatre complex (always a good fallback plan). Always exceptionally fun and immersive is the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat, a real wood boat that goes on little cruises around the harbor, the kids generally go nuts over this (understandably, it’s cool as can be). Round the day off with an ice cream and little heads will be nodding before you reach home.
A civilization’s level of development can be measured by its ability to laugh at itself, and South Africans love doing just that.
Drawing from the hugely eclectic mix of ethnicities and the inevitable culture clashing and blending that occurs, combined with the lively and often hilarious antics of our politicians, the stage is set for a smorgasbord of material waiting to be performed.
Not content with purely local talent, the CTCC has hosted top international acts over the course of the last decade (and a bit) such as Michael Mittermeier, Christopher Titus, Babben Larsson and Dana Alexander. Homegrown favorites include Kurt Schoonraad (owner and co-founder), Rob van Vuren, Nik Rabinowitz, Stuart Taylor, Riaad Moosa, Jon Vlismas and Marc Lottering.
Featuring a full bar and pub menu, this venue sports a crowd that likes to get involved and has been labelled by comedians as “the best room in the country”.
At the Cape Grace Hotel in the V&A Waterfront, where interiors combine engaging artifacts and original antiques with a rich tapestry of local history, infused with artistic renditions of the exceptional botanical kingdom surrounding Cape Town, you will find the Bascule Bar.
Located beside the clear waters of a private international marina where luxury yachts bob between the glorious Table Mountain and the expansive Table Bay. Step inside to sample the largest selection of whisky’s south of the equator (over 500) and indulge in some of the amazing live musical acts that they frequently commission.
The warm interiors and plush décor make the venue incredibly inviting, and the snack menu together with the service ensure an amazing evening out. Together with our single malt we enjoyed smoked salmon, potato rosti and crème fraiche off the tapas menu, and for sweets we had a baked orange cheesecake with macadamia nut butter, dulcey cremeux and blood peach sorbet (amazing!).
The venue also offers two types of set whisky tastings which are a must if you are new to the malt game. First, A Shared Experience, an opportunity to join fellow enthusiasts as you taste, appreciate and learn about the various styles of whisky on offer (limited to 12 guests). Then there is also the Sommelier's Choice, for the whisky enthusiast. A personal, bespoke tasting that highlights unique, rare and premium whiskies from the Bascule collection. The experience is well organized, artful and tasty, not to be missed.
George Bernard Shaw once said: "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." The chaps (and chapettes) that stock and run the V&A Food Market have that love in spades.
50 traders ply their wares in what was the old power station in days gone by. Everything is local, beautiful and often artisanal, from retail products to street food stalls.
You can sample specialty yoghurts at Yokos, and have what is arguably the best cappuccino in Cape Town at Truth Coffee Bar. The Knysna Oyster Company has also set up shop here, with a great selection of fresh oysters and toppings.
Grab a craft beer or two, wolf down a German salted pretzel (the perfect match) and browse through the great selection of chillies, preserves and fresh ingredients/accoutrements to bolster your own cooking endeavors back home.
Proudly local, modern African goods rub shoulders with international offerings, be prepared to spend both time and money here 😊
Sunday to Thursday 10h00 – 19h00 / Friday & Saturdays: 10h00 to 20h00