THE IN­SID­ERS CAPE TOWN

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - FRANCESCO GALLI ZU­GARO

EAT:

The beach club-style Bun­ga­low Restau­rant and Lounge has a laid-back feel and a great seafood se­lec­tion; sit on the um­brella-shaded ter­race over­look­ing the ocean. The Pot Luck Club is a fan­tas­tic spot on the top floor of the his­toric Silo at the Old Bis­cuit Mill in Wood­stock — won­der­ful tapas­sized shar­ing plates. Or for fresh seafood plat­ters, head to Har­bour House Restau­rant on the har­bour at Kalk Bay (there’s a sis­ter restau­rant at the V&A Wa­ter­front over­look­ing the com­ings-and-go­ings of tugs and fer­ries); the­bun­ga­low.co.za; the­p­otluck­club.co.za; har­bour­house­group.com.

STAY:

The man­sion-style Eller­man House, 10 min­utes from the city, has views of the At­lantic coast­line and across to Robben Is­land; it’s beau­ti­fully ap­pointed, with ex­cel­lent ser­vice and a choice of vil­las, suites or rooms. Per­fect for fam­ily stays, the self­ca­ter­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion at Blue Views Vil­las at Camps Bay is very spa­cious and has a scenic out­look, plus it’s a short walk to Bakoven Beach, which is an ex­quis­ite hide­away; eller­man.co.za; blue­views.com.

EX­PLORE:

Head out to Cape wine coun­try for cel­lar tast­ings and es­tate vis­its; pretty towns, such as Fran­schhoek, have oak-lined streets and an old-world charm. For a treat, take lunch at De­laire Graff Es­tate at Stel­len­bosch, a Re­lais & Chateaux mem­ber prop­erty that also has lodge ac­com­mo­da­tion with pri­vate pools and un­in­ter­rupted views of the val­ley; de­laire.co.za; re­lais­chateaux.com.

WILDLIFE:

Don’t miss the colony of African pen­guins ( Sphenis­cus de­mer­sus) at Boul­ders Beach, part of the Ta­ble Moun­tain Na­tional Park. My tip is to go to neigh­bour­ing Foxy Beach for an up-close ex­pe­ri­ence; southafrica.net.

DRINK:

The Leop­ard Bar at The 12 Apos­tles Ho­tel & Spa is a top place to un­wind, with an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of co­gnacs and ports, and there’s also a Tea by the Sea af­ter­noon spread; 12apos­tleshotel.com.

SHOP:

Wan­der through myr­iad an­tiques stores at the V&A Wa­ter­front and on the first Sun­day of each month there’s an an­tiques fair at the Craft Mar­ket; wa­ter­front.co.za.

Aqua Ex­pe­di­tions op­er­ates three luxury bou­tique river cruisers, Aqua Ama­zon, Aria Ama­zon and, most re­cently, Aqua Mekong, which runs three, four or seven­night cruises be­tween Cam­bo­dia and Viet­nam. More: aqua­ex­pe­di­tions.com.

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