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The Best Things To Do in Hermanus: Your Essential Guide

Situated in the heart of the Cape Whale Route, the once-humble fishing village of Hermanus has developed into a world-famous tourist destination. Still, despite its fame, Hermanus has maintained the rustic charm and natural beauty that made it such a sought-after destination to begin with.

Indeed, Hermanus preserves its seaside seclusion while offering a host of activities that appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs alike. Whale-watching, wine-tasting, beaches, restaurants, art galleries… this resort town has it all. Here’s our guide to the wonders of Walker Bay.

The 28 Best Things To Do in Kalk Bay

Whether it’s food, art or adventure you’re after, this seaside village has something for everyone.

It was named one of The 12 Coolest Neighbourhoods Around The World by Forbes magazine in July 2018, among international hotspots like Barcelona’s Sants, Washington’s Navy Yard and Amsterdam’s Noord, and outranking London’s Soho and New York’s Greenpoint in the process. After one visit to the quirky seaside village of Kalk Bay, it’s easy to understand why.

Part-sleepy fishing village and part-buzzy high street, Kalk Bay’s eclectic mix of historic buildings, cobbled streets, bohemian bric-a-brac shops, vintage bookstores, art and antique galleries, ocean and mountain views, quaint cafés and restaurants, colourful fishing vessels and creative locals is what makes it so charming, offering a unique experience unlike anywhere else in the city. If you haven’t already, pin Kalk Bay to the top of your list, and follow our guide to this Forbes-feted neighbourhood.

The Best Things To Do in Franschhoek: The Essential Guide

There’s more to Franschhoek than fine wine and French finesse…

Just a short drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek is justifiably famous for its superb local cuisine and exceptional wine. But there’s a lot more to this majestic Winelands resort than epicurean pursuits.

Franschhoek’s official history dates back to 1687, when Simon van der Stel and 23 fellow Dutch settlers arrived in the region and set up a halfway station for passing ships, although the land was originally inhabited by the Khoi and San people.

When 300 French Huguenots arrived in the area the following year, the Dutch gave them the land in exchange for their vinicultural knowledge. Though they would gradually integrate into the culture of those they worked with – Dutch farmers, freed slaves and indigenous Khoi and San people – the French left an indelible mark on the valley, which, three centuries later, is widely regarded as one of the premier viticulture regions in the world!

The Best Things To Do in Hermanus: Your Essential Guide

Situated in the heart of the Cape Whale Route, the once-humble fishing village of Hermanus has developed into a world-famous tourist destination. Still, despite its fame, Hermanus has maintained the rustic charm and natural beauty that made it such a sought-after destination to begin with.

Indeed, Hermanus preserves its seaside seclusion while offering a host of activities that appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs alike. Whale-watching, wine-tasting, beaches, restaurants, art galleries… this resort town has it all. Here’s our guide to the wonders of Walker Bay.

Cape Point: The Best Things To Do at The Cape’s Most Beautiful Park

50 shades of turquoise.

Mistakenly cited as the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, Cape Point is, nonetheless, a place like no other. (Incidentally, the two oceans’ meeting point is Cape Agulhas). In a thunderous clash of water against rock, where mountain and ocean meet, Cape Point juts out like an outstretched arm, attracting an incredible diversity of life (furry, feathered and two-legged) to its pristine beaches and rugged cliffs.

While its 50-shades-of-turquoise-style beaches are the main attraction, Cape Point is a wonderful day-trip destination for hikers, history buffs and birders alike.

West Coast National Park: The Only Guide You Need

Answer the call of the wild…

If you want to experience the raw, authentic, outdoors side of the Western Cape, the vast West Coast National Park is a great starting point. Endless natural beauty, a string of secret beaches, uncrowded braai spots, loads of exhilarating outdoor adventures, and some of the best wildflower-spotting in the land – these are just some of the wondrous attractions that make this beautifully preserved, unblemished paradise-on-earth the ultimate escape.

Here are 15 reasons we love the West Coast National Park…

The Best Dams + Rivers for Swimming near Cape Town

When Cape Town heats up, these alfresco pools – away from the crowds – are the perfect way to cool down.

Cape Town is dotted with a refreshing array of amazing dams, lakes and rivers where you can enjoy scenic and exhilarating dips – sans the sand and the crowds. And considering the high temperatures in summer, there’s hardly a better way to beat the heat than plunging into a crystal-clear rock pool (made all the more rewarding if you have to hike to reach it). These are our favourite wild swims in nature.

We might have left out one of your favourites, such as Newlands Reservoir, for safety reasons.

The 20 Best Markets in Cape Town and the Winelands

Not just for shopping, they’re good for dining and socialising, too.

Bouncing off the modern-day obsession with all things artisanal, craft, authentic and delicious, markets are drawing the crowds. Everyone from foodies and fashionistas to families and fun-seekers head to markets to stock up on products, sample the latest fare, and catch up with friends. They’re also hotspots for tourists looking for on-the-pulse ways to experience a city like the locals do.

Markets come in all shapes these days, from early-bird gatherings to get-togethers for night owls; from wholesome and down-to-earth to social hotspots that offer an alternative to pubs or restaurants. What they all have in common is a chance to meet the makers, to appreciate the sensory delight of fresh-from-the farm produce, and sample a smorgasbord of goodies that grab your attention.

Kayak along the Atlantic Coastline from Sea Point

Explore Cape Town from a different angle.

Ever stood on the edge of the Sea Point Promenade and gazed out towards the vast ocean, wondering what it would be like to just sail away into the horizon? Well, you can do exactly that… with these two-hour guided kayaking tours of the Atlantic coastline.

The tours depart from Three Anchor Bay beach under the Sea Point Promenade (near the Putt-Putt course), and with the aid of knowledgeable and experienced guides, venture along the coast towards the V&A Waterfront (or Clifton Beach) – depending on the weather and your preference.

The best restaurants in and around Cape Town

The Hot List: The 20 Best Restaurants in Cape Town 2022

Our tried-and-tested picks.

In Cape Town, where new restaurants open faster than you can knock back a tequila, it’s easy to get caught up in the “hot-right-now” hype. But there’s a lot more depth to the city’s food scene. Here are tried-and-tested favourites for a consistently excellent gastronomic day or night out.

 

The 10 Best Wine Farm Destinations in The Cape

For the ultimate day trip into the country.

We live in a city that not only has its own designated wine valley; it’s also bordered by four other venerable viticultural regions – all under an hour’s drive away. Hundreds of wineries beckon, promising wide-open spaces, world-class wine and superb local cuisine. From Constantia and Durbanville to Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, we went in search of the top destination wine estates that – in addition to wining and dining – offer a string of pleasurable pursuits (spas, boutiques, museums, art galleries and outdoor adventures, to mention a few). Most notably, all have something to keep the kids amused while the grown-ups attend to the important business of sipping wine.

The 15 Best Rooftop Bars in Cape Town

Drink in some of the best views in the Mother City.

When the golden hour strikes, it’s rooftop time in the Mother City! Perched high above the traffic-infested streets and crowded divebars, these sky-high watering holes provide vertical respite from the sweltering chaos below, offering fresh air, stellar views, a lively atmosphere, and a selection of crafty cocktails to boot.

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town + Surrounds

From streetfood joints to Michelin-standard establishments, there’s a clutch of new spots to try out!

Cape Town’s impressive foodscape continues to bulge, with new eateries popping up in and around the CBD, in the suburbs and as far afield as the Winelands – all of which are ready when you are!

We’ve rounded up the 30 most noteworthy restaurant openings in the Cape – and even added some that are about to swing open their doors, because forewarned is forearmed! (And, we’re all about giving you the inside track, so to speak.)

The 20 Best Restaurants in Franschhoek

A weekend, or a week, of culinary adventures on your plate.

For a small Winelands village, albeit crammed to its Cape Dutch gables with centuries of Huguenot heritage, historic architecture and gorgeous wine estates, Franschhoek has an almost overwhelming array of superb restaurants. It effortlessly lives up to its reputation as a gourmet hotspot with enough fine-dining restaurants to feast on a different gastronomic highlight every night of the week, and is also home to a clutch of casual bistros, delightful cafés and elegant eateries.

Whether you’re visiting for a weekend getaway or basing yourself on a lavish wine estate for a whole week of mountain-view-drenched luxury, take the guesswork out of planning your culinary adventures with our picks of the best places to eat in Franschhoek.

The 20 Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch

Next-level wining and dining in the city of oaks.

Renowned for its vineyard-dotted hillsides, Cape Dutch architecture, quirky galleries and boutiques, and some of the best local cuisine in the land, the city of oaks is a culinary destination in itself.

The relaxed pavement dining scene among historic buildings and majestic oak trees, fuelled by cafés, wine bars and a delicious sprinkling of fabulous new restaurants, spoils you for choice, and that’s before you even head out to the slew of stunning wine farms. The fact that it’s so accessible – less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town – makes it even more appealing.

From homely farm kitchens to cool town eateries and fine-dining tours de force, here are our top picks of where to eat in and around Stellenbosch.

The Best Indian Restaurants in Cape Town

From fiery North Indian curries and creamy butter chicken to bunny chows and roti…

There’s more to Indian cuisine than chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh… One of the world’s most popular cuisines, as beautiful in its diversity as the country from which it originates, Indian food is a kaleidoscope of colours, flavours, textures and spices, coming together in complex combinations to produce flavour-bursting dishes.

It’s also one of the world’s most vegetarian-friendly cuisines.

Our multicultural Mother City has no shortage of curry houses, serving everything from fiery North Indian favourites to creamy butter chicken, tasty rotis and satisfying bunny chow.

The Best Restaurants in Somerset West

The lesser-known wine valley has much to offer.

Nestled in the shadow of the majestic Hottentots Holland and Helderberg mountain ranges, Somerset West has long played second fiddle to its larger and more glamorous siblings, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

But the region has a story all of its own. Several illustrious wine estates can be found here, along with some easy-to-miss gems – a well-earned reward for those willing to take the road (or wine route) less travelled.

The Best Restaurants in Constantia

Home to some of the oldest vineyards and finest eateries in the country, Cape Town’s garden suburb has recently welcomed a crop of cool new places to eat.

A green belt stretching out beneath the Table Mountain National Park, with the Constantiaberg mountains looming above it, Cape Town’s lush garden suburb has long been famous for its beauty and history, with sprawling vineyards and wine estates dating back to the 17th century. It’s no surprise, then, that this bountiful valley has seen an upsurge in hot, new restaurants – which, along with its elite array of established favourites – have made the suburb an even more appealing destination than ever… These are the best restaurants in Constantia…