Sea­side Wan­der­ings

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Up­mar­ket Sea­side Ad­ven­tures in Sea Point

A De­cem­ber road trip is sim­ply not a De­cem­ber road trip if it does not lead you to the ocean. For those who find them­selves in Cape Town dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, Brian Berk­man shares his in­sights into one such coastal sub­urb worth vis­it­ing if you hap­pen to be in search of an up­mar­ket sea­side ad­ven­ture.

When driving in Sea Point, there are two things worth tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion: Firstly, open your win­dows to let in that unique tell­tale scent of the ocean. Se­condly, slow down. Be­fore you know it, the road be­comes an un­ex­pected 50 km/h zone, and traps are usu­ally found not far be­yond …

With its di­verse com­mu­ni­ties, Sea Point, the sea-front sub­urb near­est to cen­tral Cape Town, of­fers some­thing for ev­ery taste. Long es­tab­lished as a Jewish en­clave, there are more Kosher restau­rants and sy­n­a­gogues in Sea Point than any­where else in Cape Town. Re­cently, the Chi­nese and Asian com­mu­ni­ties have grown, along with Mid­dle East­ern ones. All of which means that the best eth­nic foods can be found in Sea Point – per­son­ally, for this rea­son alone, it is well worth bas­ing your­self here.

Pre­mier Ho­tel Cape Town is a highly rec­om­mend­able spot in which to lay your head while em­bark­ing on your Sea Point ad­ven­tures. Within one or two blocks of the ho­tel, you can feast on Bei­jing-style Dim Sum, tra­di­tional Span­ish tapas and paella, great pizza, and the best brisket and gefilte fish in the area.

The other great ap­peal of Sea Point is the Prom­e­nade: roughly a six kilo­me­tre paved walk­way and grassed area that stretches, like a gi­ant smile, from Queen’s Beach in Bantry Bay all the way via Mouille Point to the Vic­to­ria & Al­fred Water­front. As a mi­cro­cosm of what life in South Africa might be, the Prom­e­nade is where ev­ery­one con­gre­gates across all races, ages, and so­cio-eco­nomic po­si­tions; and on all man­ner of foot-pow­ered ve­hi­cle, from skates and bi­cy­cles (avail­able for hire near the pub­lic pool) to prams and tri­cy­cles, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

From the sea fac­ing rooms at Pre­mier Ho­tel Cape Town, you can bear wit­ness from afar to all of this bustling ac­tiv­ity. Con­ve­niently, for those who would like to do a bit of on-road ex­plor­ing, there is a bus stop for both the Myc­ity tran­sit, and the ex­cel­lent hop-on, hop-off open-topped sight­see­ing bus, just a few me­ters from the ho­tel.

Re­cently ben­e­fit­ting from a ma­jor, R11 mil­lion up­grade, Pre­mier Ho­tel Cape Town now in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tions in 130 rooms in two wings, as well as Kosher cater­ing, up­graded con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and a qual­ity restau­rant for all­day graz­ing. If your room is not look­ing out over the Atlantic, other, equally ar­rest­ing views of Lion’s Head, Sig­nal Hill, and Ta­ble Moun­tain will fill the frame of your suite’s win­dows.

There are other qual­ity Sea-front ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions nearby, which in­clude The Winch­ester Man­sions Ho­tel (an iconic Cape Dutch build­ing with an ex­cep­tional court­yard gar­den) and The Penin­sula in Bantry Bay (a deluxe all­suite ho­tel).

Sea Point, with its rich va­ri­ety, con­ve­nient ac­cess to the beach and city cen­tre – not to men­tion its stellar sun­sets – is one of the tourist gems of Cape Town. Few other places come close to it when want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence all that the city has to of­fer.

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