Sitting here in snowy Germany, in the dark at 4:30 pm, it’s hard to believe that we had three weeks of sunny summer bliss at the beginning of December! Marco and I flew home to Cape Town for a holiday and my best friend’s wedding, and the weeks simply flew by, leaving us breathless. We had a fantastic (albeit chaotic) time – here are a few of my favourite places and some of the highlights of our stay:
High Tea at The Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is located in Camps Bay, just outside of Cape Town city centre. It overlooks the ocean, and mountains and fynbos make for a stunning backdrop. High Tea is served in the afternoon at the Leopard Bar at the hotel, and it consists of tea, coffee, and delicious sweet and savoury treats. I’d recommend sitting out on the balcony if the weather is good, and making a booking if you have a large party. Afterwards you can continue on to Clifton, Llundudno, or Camps Bay beaches to get some sand between your toes.
Click here for The Twelve Apostles’ website.
Big Bay, Blouberg
Big Bay is a small suburb on the West Coast, just past Blouberg. I love the beaches out this way, and the gorgeous view of Table Mountain across the bay. It’s usually incredibly windy in summer, making it unpleasant for sunbathing or swimming, but it’s a prime spot for kite surfers.
Go to the Blue Peter in Bloubergstrand for fresh seafood, local wines, and a great view. We spent a lovely afternoon in Big Bay and Blouberg, having grilled calamari for lunch, walking along the beach, and enjoying the endless blue skies and ocean. Bliss.
Clifton 3rd Beach
I have to admit that Clifton’s beaches are among the best in the world. It’s worth visiting just for the view. I personally prefer other beaches, as the water is freezing cold and unpleasant even to stand in for a few minutes (my toes go numb after 10 seconds!). If you are prepared to shell out R60.00 for a lounger and another R40.00 for an umbrella, you can enjoy a luxurious day in the sun on a pristine Capetonian beach.
Cape Town can be incredibly windy in summer, and Clifton is one of the only sheltered beaches in the area. Massive boulders divide the strip of coastline into four separate beaches, each of which has its own character and its own type of regular beach-goers. Clifton 3rd beach is always a good choice, as it is more spacious than the other three beaches.
Kalk Bay & Fish Hoek
After 10 months living inland, in a relatively cold country, I was dying to spend some time at the beach and by the sea. We spent a whole day revisiting old haunts, and soaking up some much-needed sunshine. Kalk Bay is one of my absolute favourite places in Cape Town! It’s known for its quirky cafes, surfer culture, and the small harbour where you can buy fresh fish.
Fish Hoek beach is one of the best swimming spots in Cape Town. The water is moderately warm (about 18 degrees in summer) and the beach is soft and sandy. However, the bay is a prime spot for Great White sharks, and so it’s important to take note of the information on the beach about recent shark sightings. There is a small sheltered rock pool for swimming, and plenty of places to relax on the beach for the whole day.
Truth Coffee, Cape Town City Centre
I’d heard reviews about this place before, but had never been. We were staying in the city centre (Truth is on Buitenkant street) and decided to pop in for brunch. The coffee really is divine, and the cafe is decorated in a distinctly steampunk style. The place is buzzing, the waiters are friendly, and the food is great. Well worth visiting for a novel coffee date!
Click here to visit their website.
Groot Constantia Wine Estate
In the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, you can find quite a few lovely wine farms. One of my favourites is Groot Constantia. I remember going there for picnics as a child, and more recently, Marco and I would take walks in the vineyards and enjoy some wine at one of the restaurants. You can also go for a tour of the winery and do a wine tasting.
Wine Tasting at Spice Route, Paarl
One of my best friends organized a wine tasting day out for us the day before we left, and we had the most amazing day in the sun. The estate is comprised of several specialized buildings – for example, there’s the beer and biltong shed, the wine tasting area, coffee and ice-cream, and a restaurant. It was bitter sweet; a perfect day as the cherry on top of a great holiday, but there were tears at the end as we were to fly back the next day. Home is always in my heart, and I know the next 10 months will simply fly by and we will soon see familiar faces again. 🙂
Until next time, Cape Town. I miss you, and all the wonderful people back home <3