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
“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.”
– Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
The Western Cape’s wine region produces some of the world’s finest brands and vintages, and though we would highly recommend that you see as many of these fine estates in person, we also know that time is limited and the selection seemingly endless.
Cellar in the City gives you the opportunity to sample thirty-four varietals from over eight hundred producers in the region, all under one roof. The selection is carefully curated and constantly updated with the latest award winners, dark horses and unique lesser-known wines.
Organized tastings vary between three and seven wines with appropriate food pairings. The pairings come in four food “styles”, Charcutrie, Biltong, Chocolate and the somewhat more traditional Cheese. So if you suffer from cenosillicaphobia (the fear of an empty wine glass) and are looking to partake in a great selection in a warm and inviting atmosphere, this is the spot for you.
One for the kids, whip on your eyepatch, brandish a plastic cutlass and head out to the blue yonder in Cape Town’s only authentic pirate ship.
Sailing daily from Quay 5 at the V&A Waterfront, this will be an unforgettable experience, whether you opt for one of the two day cruises or go for the sunset jaunt, the pirate characters on board will keep everyone entertained with various activities for kids (customized according to age), such as a pirate show, a treasure hunt, face Painting / tattoos, walk the plank & other exciting games.
Phone ahead to book and ensure that the weather is playing along. After this, pop one Quay over to Quay 4 and grab yourself some traditional fish and chips under parasols at the water’s edge. Or have yourself a Quay 4 combo which consists of a half portion of battered, deep fried hake. 3 prawns, 3 mussels, and calamari rings or steak (with sides). This unassuming seaside venue has a live cover band in the early evening, but by then the kids will be pooped and probably half asleep from sun and fun.
For those with both a strong stomach and a combined interest in science and biology, take a journey through the intricacies and microscopic detail of the human body. It is a truly unforgettable experience, highlighting both the frailty and inherent strength in our bodies in ways we may or may not be entirely comfortable with. Book here now. This exhibit will be on until 27 November 2016.
You'll find the exhibition at the Jubilee Hallin the V&A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, Cape Town.
Opening times: 9am to 7pm
Rates: Weekdays: R120 | 6 to 17 yrs R100 | Family of 4 R360 | Weekends and public holidays: R160 | Children U5 (no charge)
Staying in the vein of cultural and creative experiences, here’s one for the kids. Walk in, grab a blank canvas (12 different sizes available), and use any of the non-toxic acrylic paints, brushes and other tools of expression. Assistance is available in the form of qualified artists, also, you will have to experience the Splash Zone, and it’s as fun as it sounds.