Next stop, off to the market! We have selected Blaauwklippen Family Market because of its fantastic reputation as a wholesome, wholefoodie type of venue with special attention paid to the kids and their need for entertainment.
Every Sunday you will hear music from the talented live cover band coming from Blaauwklippen mingled with the sounds of kids having fun, there is plenty of seating available under the old oak and fig trees, with large rambling lawns available for picnicking.
You’ll find seasonal fresh produce, cheese, homemade pies, olives, baked treats, craft beer, food from around the world and great wine in abundance (amongst many other things).
Well worth the trip out to Stellenbosch and a great way to spend an afternoon.
When it comes to variety, we’ve got you covered. There are so many exciting activities and amazing experiences to be had, we have taken a select three that appeal to us and crafted them into a day out to remember.
A forty-five-minute drive out of Cape Town you will find the fantastic foodie collective that is The Spice Route. It is a cluster of flavours, experiences and a shared love for taste. We will dip into some of the items on offer this week.
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.
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.