A choice of our favourite Things to do in Cape Town To all Fans of Cape Town: this small collection of tips for restaurants, excur- sions, shopping and other activities are not supposed to replace a travel guide. It is rather a small assort- ment of our personal favourites. Maybe you will find some of the tips appealing—if you have questions you can contact us via e-mail the _ email@example.com—we will be happy to answer your questions. Kind regards, Franz and Christiane Stark Living in Camps Bay Our Apartment in Camps Bay Camps Bay inspires because of its unique lo- This apartment is situated in a very quiet area of cation between Lions Head, Table Mountain Camps Bay next to a nature reserve, yet only a and the Ocean. It is one of the most fashion- few steps away from the beaches and restaurants able seaside resorts in the world. It boasts of Camps Bay and Clifton. That way you can white sand beaches and a palm-fringed beach- save yourself the unnerving hunt for a parking front lined with High-Class Restaurants and space especially in high season and just take a trendy clubs, bars and cafés. Renowned for its walk to the Beach or Camps Bay Promenade. scenic beauty, Camps Bay attracts interna- Enjoy the beautiful garden, direct access to the tional holiday makers and is also a favourite pool, underground parking, a fully equipped venue of the local „see-and-be-seen“ crowd. kitchen, state-of-the-art technical equipment, air Despite its upmarket, cosmopolitan character, condition/under floor heating and daily hotel ser- the mood is laid back and the lifestyle informal. vice. The concierge office is only a few steps from And it is the ideal starting point for excursions the apartment and takes care of every wish you into the wine lands, the cape peninsula or the might have. You can use the guest computer city centre that is only a ten-minute drive away. there for internet surfing or checking your e- mails.. There is also WLAN in the entire complex including the pool area. Friday evening picnic on Clifton 4th Beach When you go to Cape Town, don't forget Picnic on the Granite Boulders of Glen your picnic blanket! There is a multitude of Beach beautiful and scenic picnic spots! On Friday „Glen Beach“ is situated between Clifton and evenings, Capetonians gather on Clifton 4th Camps Bay Beach and only a five-minute walk Beach for a sunset picnic. Pack some cham- from “The Glen”. This beach is very popular pagne and south African wine and your fa- among surfers. Settle on one of the huge, sun- vourite food (e.g. from Melissa's Delicates- heated boulders with a nice picnic and enjoy sen on Kloof Street), bring some candles an unforgettable view of Camps Bay, watch and enjoy the sunset. After sunset, light your the surfers or look out for dolphins playing in candles like all the others—to protect it from the ocean. wind, just cut the top off a plastic water bot- tle, put in some sand and the candle and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere! Cape Quarter Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner or for shopping - a visit of the Cape Quarter should Cape Town Explorer Bus be on your Cape Town Agenda. The Cape The red buses of Cape Town Explorer are just Quarter is a superchic new district and one of perfect to go on a relaxed discovery tour of the spearheads of the gentrification of the city. Cape Town. They run all day - always the Here, you find hip restaurants for every taste same route, e.g. stopping at the Waterfront, and very original shops for clothes, design, art, City, Museums, Castle, Table Mountain and books, furniture and tasteful souvenirs. Camps Bay. You can board the bus each hour Green point, 72 Waterkant Street on Camps Bay Promenade. At each stop, you www.capequarter.co.za can get off and get on again whenever you choose. Without stops, the tour takes about 2 hours and costs 90 rands. An Old-timer from Motor Classic Rentals Rent one of the beautiful old-timers for a joyride into the wine lands or along the coast: www.motorclassic.co.za. Here, everybody finds their personal dream car. South African Sim Card for your mobile Gym on the Bay Using your home-mobile phone in South Africa can get very expensive. At the airport, you can rent local mobiles but this is still quite expensive. We always take an old mobile for South Africa. You can buy a Sim Card e.g. at „Pickn`Pay (a supermarket chain, there is a branch in Camps bay) for 1 Rand. Put it into your mobile, buy air- time at the check-out counter and you are ready to make your calls. This is a very easy and inex- pensive solution for making local calls, especially since you should always book your restaurants in advance. Personal Training with David Pheiffer at Gym Tourguide Bryan Smith on the Bay David Pfeiffer's „Gym on the Bay“ is situated di- rectly above the „Theatre on the Bay“ in Camps Bay. David specializes in Personal Training, of- fering classic personal training as well as Pilates with state of the art equipment. After a work out with David which costs you 200 Rand, you will feel much closer to that Clifton Beach Body. Plus you work out with a marvellous vista of Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles. David Pheiffer, Tel. 021 438 6085 If you prefer a huge state-of-the-art fitness-centre with Olympic pool, beach volleyball, tennis courts and all the power- and cardio-machines you can Township-Tour with „Grass route-Tours“ possibly think of, it takes you ten minutes by car We used to be very sceptic about a guided town- to Virgin Active in Green Pointship-tour, not feeling good about touristy (www.virginactive.co.za). There, you can work „sightseeing“ of a very difficult living situation. out at a daily, weekly or monthly fee. Upon recommendation of local friends, we did a tour with Grass route-Tours and liked it very much! We have learned a lot in half a day. It was View from Primi Piatti not a tour in the classic sense but we met people from the townships who presented their projects and we also learned about the history of the town- ships in South Africa. After this tour, you will have a different perspective of the townships. The peo- ple there are poor but many are very proud of what they have accomplished. And there is not only violence and crime but also a lot of confi- dence and hope. We did the tour with Bryan Smith whom I can highly recommend as tour guide. He grew up in District Six and can tell you first hand about his own experiences. Grass route Tours picks you up at your hotel / apartment and also Sundowner at Primi Piatti in Camps Bay takes you back there. The tour costs 360 Rand Primi Piatti is situated quite at the end of Camps per person. Bay Promenade towards Bakoven. Grass route Tours Book a table in the first row and enjoy the sunset www.grassroutetours.co.za watching the cars cruising by. Tel.: 021 464 4269 Here you can eat good pasta and pizza in a re- laxed, sports-bar atmosphere. They also have a good take out menue. Golf at Mowbray Golf Club The Mowbray Golf Club was founded 1910 and has hosted the South African Open quite a few times. The course is relatively flat with the excep- tion of hole 15, that has a rather hilly fairway. The entire course offers a beautiful view of Table Mountain. It is situated between the districts of Mowbray and Pinelands, only 10 minutes from the city centre of Cape Town. From Cape Town, take the N2 towards the airport and take the „Pinelands“- Exit, then keep to your right. Mowbray Golf Club www.mowbraygolfclub.co.za Tel.: 021 685 3018 Course: 6.054 m, 18 Holes, Par 72 Afternoon Tea at Mount Nelson Hotel Green fee: 350 Rand Visitors, the rental fee for The Mount Nelson Hotel, affectionately called golf clubs is 100 Rand per round „Nellie“, is an institution in Cape Town. Afternoon Handicap: no handicap for visitors Tea is served every day between 2.30 and 5.30 advance registration is recommended p.m., accompanied by a wide range of delica- cies. This wonderful experience should definitely Wine & Dine in the Cape Colony Restaurant be on your Cape Town itinerary! The Afternoon at the Mount Nelson Hotel Tea costs 150 Rand per person — and a world The so-called „Wine & Dine“-Events in the Cape of culinary delights opens up - accompanied by a Colony restaurant, one of Cape Town best res- wonderful atmosphere! On Sunday, you should taurants, are a real highlight. Each time, another always book well in advance because that is the wine farm is presented with a wine pairing of day when many Capetonian Families enjoy this their wines with a fantastic five-course menu tradition. Bookings under 021 4831948 or online cooked by Chef Ian Mancais. During dinner, you unter www.mountnelson.co.za will learn about the wines and Ian Mancais tells you about his kitchen secrets. A true feast for all senses! Since these events are usually fully booked weeks in advance, you should make the reservation from home before leaving for Cape Town. You can do this online under www.mountnelson.co.za oder per telephone: +27 (021) 483 1737 The evening costs 295 Rand per Person includ- ing the wine. If you go you should get there in time for a cock- tail in the wonderful Planet Bar! „Neighbourgoods Market“ in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock This market for local farm (mostly organic)- and craft-products takes places every Saturday from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. and is just great! Here you can taste everything (d o n ´t eat breakfast before you go) and everything is delicious. There are also great stores that offer a beautiful and eclec- tic choice of Designer Clothes, arts and crafts, antiques and art galleries. The stores and cafés „Manna Epicure“, 151 Kloof Street are open throughout the week. Here, you can have delicious breakfast all day in The Website www.theoldbiscuitmill.co.za is one a beautiful ambiance and you can also buy their of the most original and funny websites I know! delicious home baked bread. Address: 375 Albert Road in Woodstock The highest point of Platteklip Gorge— here, you have almost reached the top! Table Mountain If you have little time for Table Mountain, you can take the Cableway up and down the mountain. It is much more fun though to hike up the 1.085 metres. The fastest Track and our personal favourite is „Platteklip Gorge“. If the mountain is clear, you should take the first opportunity because if Table Mountain wears its tablecloth, you won't like it up there. Especially on a hot day, you should get started early. Drive past the base station of the Cableway, after about 1 km you get to the starting point of the Platteklip Gorge path. You can park your car there. The path is quite steep but can be handled by everyone with basic fitness. Depending on your shape, it takes 1 - 2 hours to get to the top. Once you are there, you can either turn right and will reach the Cableway station within about 10 Minutes or you can take a nice detour to your left towards „Mc Lears Beacon“ (about 30 Minutes one way). Then, you can take the Cableway back down and take a brief walk to your car. Please take always warm clothes with you - the weather on the mountain can change in minutes - ,enough water and at least one mobile phone. Program it with the number of mountain rescue: 021 94809900 or 10177. Table Mountain is a stunning experience but you can't be careful enough! Lions Head Lions Head is a magic mountain, we go up at least once every time we are in Cape Town. It takes you about 1.5 hours to go up and with good shoes, there are no major difficulties. It is most beautiful during early morning and before sunset, on hot days you should not go up in the midday heat. Up there, you will be rewarded with a 360 ° panorama of Cape Town, Table Mountain and Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles. Running Tracks Our favourite running track starts at “The Glen”, up through the Glen Nature Reserve, over Kloof Nek and up the road towards Signal Hill. With 352 meters altitude difference and 15 km this is a bit de- manding but it gives you beautiful views of Cape Town and Table Mountain (and the way back is downhill all the time). Another beautiful run goes from Camps Bay along the coastal road towards Hout Bay - please run always on the „seaside“ side of the road - it is safer and the view is nicer..... Melissa's Delicatessen, 94 Kloof Street Heartworks, 98 Kloof Street At Melissa's, you cannot only enjoy delicious Heartworks lies just a few steps away from breakfasts but you can also buy the most sinful Melissa's. If you are looking for special gifts and Cakes, Quiches, Cookies, Dips, Chutneys and souvenirs, this is the place where you will for cer- what else you might need to spoil yourself. You tain find something. Beautiful things designed by better do not go there hungry - you might end up south African Artists, nicely displayed in this little in a shopping frenzy..... treasure chest of a store. Here, you find everything you need for a picnic on the beach or on Table Moutnain or for a nice evening in your apartment..... African Trading Port at the Waterfront The African Trading Port is very interesting for arts and crafts from all over Africa. On three floors, you can browse through books, music, souvenirs but also very unusual pieces like an- tique masks or even stuffed animals. Sunday Sundowners at La Med (situated be- Also a great place to buy gifts! tween Camps Bay and Clifton) La Med is buzzing every evening but especially on Sundays, many Capetonians come to enjoy the sunset and of course to see and be seen. The Location is superb and so is the view of the sunset from here. Food is rather average - the pizzas are quite o.k. but here you come for the sundowners in a very laid-back setting. Dinner at „Azure“ in theTwelve Apostles Hotel between Camps Bay and Hout Bay Now this is a place where you can combine the perfect sunset with outstanding food and atmos- phere! You should book your table on the outside terrace just so that you can enjoy the spectacular sunset while having dinner. To make it perfect, wait for a day with little wind because it can get a bit uncomfortable on that terrace when the wind is blowing. But don't worry, the restaurant is also a beautiful place! „Azure“ at Twelve Apostles Hotel, Tel. 021 / 437 9000 Romantic Dinner at the historic „Roundhouse“ in Camps Bay This place is special - so special that it is usually booked two weeks in advance. If you don't want to take chances, you should book your table well in advance. Try to get a table at a window with a beautiful view of Camps Bay. Here you find a perfect combination of the old building structure with modern Interior Design. The Round House is a feast both for the eye and the palate: The food is out- standing and you can chose between menus with two up to six courses. Very special is also the wine pairing: Here, each course of your menu is accompanied by a matching wine. The Roundhouse Restaurant The Glen, Camps Bay Tel.: 021 438 4347 www.theroundhouserestaurant.com Col´Cacchio and Kauai Two of our favourite South African restaurant chains are Col´Cacchio and Kauai - on this picture you see their branches in Camps Bay. Col´Cacchio serves excellent Pizza, Pasta and Salads - and they also have organic food, gluten-free food and vegetarian options. Plus you get a nice atmosphere and a beautiful sea view in Camps Bay with an unbeatable value for money. Kauai is a Health food Chain, offering great breakfasts, tasty Wraps, Burgers and Salads plus our favourite smoothies and protein shakes. Everything here is healthy, organic and lowfat and tastes great. There is also quite a choice for Vegetarians and Vegans.
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