My 48 hours of Capetown & MORE MORE MORE
Must: Rent a car!
So we arrived in Capetown on a Thursday night , drank a glass of wine in the hotel lobby and went to bed a s we had a busy two days in front of us.
Friday morning we rented a car and drove to the wine estates. We already had a reservation for lunch in Paarl, so on our way up there, we stopped at some very nice wineries. There are plenty of beautiful wine estates so to be honest, is doesn’t really matter which route you choose but here’s the ones we have visited.
First we stopped at Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch http://warwickwine.com/ . Warwick is mostly famous because for their ‘Blue Lady’ Cabernet Sauvignon and later for the ‘Trilogy’, a Bordeaux style blend which has become a flagship of the South African Wine Industry. Try the wine tasting here as you will try their best wines and the people working there tell you beautiful stories about the history of the wine estate and the wines they produce. The tasting is around R90, and if you buy a bottle of wine, you won’t have to pay for the tasting anymore. Win-Win.
Time for another wine house, Muratie Wine Estate, Knowhoek Valley http://www.muratie.co.za/, one of the oldest estates in South Africa. Beautiful old house, authentic interior and cute eating area. Try some wines, have a look at the little thing they sell, like cookies and stuff and if you like they have some good port to try as well.
Now it’s time for lunch. We made a reservation before arrival, which is kind of recommendable as they are often fully booked. I am talking about Babylonstoren, Klapmuts. one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. They have a garden full of fruit and vegetables where you can freely walk around if you like. Everything they grow, you will find on your plate later. Super cool! They have two places to eat, the Greenhouse and Babel, we ate at the last one. We ordered some of the starter salads first to share. Seriously worth doing, it was more of a painting on a plate then you can call it a salad. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious too! After this we all ordered our own main, have a look at the online menu and start drooling.
When you guys are finished, take a good walk around. They have a farm shop as well and next to the shop also a little room where they sell very nice soaps and scented candles, as we speak mine is now burning next to me. Smells good!
Time for another wine estate, not just another one though. This one is fancypantsy, cool to have a look at! And if you want to dine fine, maybe you can have lunch here! Let me introduce you to the jewel of the Cape winelands: DeLaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch http://www.delaire.co.za/. Cant really find the words to describe what you will see and find here, have a look at the website and try to find your own words.
For dinner we went to Overture at Hidden Valley http://www.dineatoverture.co.za/ Yes, we were still full from lunch but who cares, we were in Cape Town for only 48 hours, take it or leave it. We took it, we took it hard! Sorry, back to business, Overture. For six years in a row, Chef Bertis Basson was featured in the Eat Out top 10 South African Restaurants and for four years running Overture acquired three stars in the Rossouw’s Restaurant guide. Sounds good? It is!
Overture is also open for lunch by the way.
It’s Saturday morning and that means: The Old Biscuit Mill!
The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is a market on Saturdays where you find everything, from little food stalls, restaurant, to shops, but also festivals and other vibrant productions. The most creative people have collaborated and shared their creativity to come to this conception of a market. It’s warm, it’s vibrant, it has culture, it has passion, it has everything. Make sure you’ll visit; you will enjoy this for sure. But, all good thing come to an end, although you probably don’t want to leave Woodstock, there’s more to see and more to do today!
Off we go to Harbour House Restaurant in Kalk Bay http://www.harbourhouse.co.za/. Another favorite of mine! Yes, there are many favorites, I know. But this is really a nice place to go to. The interior is very fresh and light, from your table you have a view over the sea and the seals included, chilling on their rocks. We have put some sushi plates on the table to share and ordered the fish platter, straight from heaven I can tell you. Again, we were stuffed to the crown on my head, still we couldn’t resist the dessert menu. Cape Town is horrible for the figure… But whatever forever, the food is fabulous and the prices are more than reasonable. Enjoy it!
After lunch, leave your car at the car park for a little and stroll along the bay as there are a few shops with some nice clothing, jewelry and other gadgets.
After Kalk Bay if you drive South, you will pass Simonstad, this is where you can find the famous South African penguins if you like. It’s a bit of a tourist trap, but they are also too cute to handle. Up to you.
From here we went to ‘Cape of Good Hope – The most South Western point of the African Continent’. Nice place to make some pretty pictures, enjoy the view and enjoy Africa. Make sure you visit Cape Point as well. Then we drove north again, via the west Coast. It’s a very famous road for shooting commercials and photos, if you drive along Chapman’s Peak towards Hout Bay, maybe you will recognize what I mean. And then more North you will reach Camps Bay, here you will find some nice restaurants, bars and beach clubs too. As we needed to go back to the hotel because of our flight we couldn’t hang out in Camps Bay, but it’s definitely worth it.
MORE, MORE, MORE
Mount Nelson, high tea
Test Kitchen, make a reservation months ahead
The Round House
Devil’s Peak Brewery
Jamaica Me Crazy
Power and the Glory
Secret Gin Bar
Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
The Bungalow Lounge Clifton
The Outrage of Modesty
Delheim Wine Estate
Public, wine bar
Chill, think swimming pools and cocktails
Cape Royale Hotel
Shimmy Beach Club
More to Hike
West Coast National Park
More Day Trips
Gansbaai farm 215
Hermanus Whale watching