Plan your trip
Cape Town is a quick flight from Joburg and other SA cities. Tickets from R1 500 return. travelstart.co.za
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‘Cape Town weather’. Summer is balmy (the sun goes down late, too) but it can be very windy. The best time to visit is in March and April – it’s still warm but less gusty.
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Victoria Junction is a great location if you want to be able to walk to and from the CBD, or catch an inexpensive Uber ride (about R30) home after a night out. From R885 pp sharing. 021-418-1234, protea-victoria-junction. h-rez.com Atlantic Affair Boutique Hotel in Sea Point is a favourite among my visiting friends. It merges hotel elegance with a selfcatering price tag. From R445 pp sharing. atlanticaffair.co.za Someone’s home on Airbnb is a good way to get to know the neighbourhood, find local dive bars and selfcater. Choose a place with a gorgeous view or near the city’s hottest spots. airbnb.com
Experience African cuisine at Pitso’s Kitchen, in the Neighbourgoods Market. The market runs every Saturday from 10am to 2.30pm. It’s a relaxed morning of people eating and sitting in the sun with friends and family. You can also buy clothes from local designers. Meals from R65. neighbourgoods market.co.za Taste gin at Hope on Hopkins Distillery in Salt River. It’s DIY tasting where four pre-selected gins are described, you are encouraged to taste them before you mix each one with the suggested tonic water, fruits and/or olives. It sounds bizarre until you actually experience it. R110 pp – book in advance. 021-447-1950, hopeonhopkins.co.za Watch a movie under the stars. The Galileo Open Air Cinema has various locations around the city – Kirstenbosch is my favourite. It’s open in summer only and you can enjoy some of your favourite classics in this spectacular botanical garden. Go with friends or take someone you want to get close to. Tickets from R100 pp. thegalileo.co.za Hike up The Mountain. Then take the cable car down. Start walking as early as possible to avoid getting stuck in weird ‘human traffic’ trying to get to the top. The cable car is from R135 for a one-way ticket. tablemountain.net Walk the Boomslang at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. For a few moments I felt like I was living my Tarzan fantasies ... if Tarzan was from Soweto and afraid of heights. Take a picnic basket too – there are areas where you can eat and relax. Entry from R15 pp. sanbi.org Go to the beach! There are so many – Clifton is not the only one. Llandudno is close to Hout Bay (where I live). It is small but you’ll never have to worry about overcrowding.
Chefs Warehouse & Canteen is famous for its Tapas for 2, consisting of eight flavourful dishes (from cured salmon with fennel and grapefruit to confit chicken wings with pickled pine rings), which are constantly changing. The food is incredible and the atmosphere laid-back. R650 for two – no bookings. 92 Bree Street, 021-422-0128 Ash Restaurant started out as a hole-in-the-wall wine bar (Publik) and a meat merchant (Frankie Fenner) in the same space. With chef Ash Heeger joining the venture, and an edgy facelift, it’s now a charcoal-cooking-themed eatery. Meals from R65. 81 Church Street, 021-424-7204 Marco’s African Place has been around for 20 years, and is still going strong. Specialties such as crocodile and impala, and the ‘Pan African Platter’ of kudu, springbok and ostrich, are big hits with international tourists. The food’s authentic and delicious plus there’s always live music. Meals from R50. 15 Rose Lane, Bo-Kaap. 021-423-5412 The Cousins pasta is made fresh every morning. Order ‘The Cousins Tagliolini’ with cream, mushrooms and thyme (R130) – the pasta is tossed in front of you in grana padano cheese – thank me later. 3b Barrack Street, 083-273-9604 Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is tiny – it only serves eight people around a bar. It’s Asian street food with a twist, dedicated to bao (steamed buns with a filling) and yakitori (chicken skewers). Meals from R65. Pam Arlene Place, Main Road, 079-067-4919