Cape Town has so many drawcards, come rain or shine.
Having just been named the 11th most popular vacation destination in world - amongst many other accolades -it's obvious that such a cosmopolitan city has new attractions popping up all the time, while a few long-standing ones may fall off would-be visitors' radars.
If you want to make the most of your SA winter chill in Cape Town, check out these suggestions for both young and old.
1. CULTURE GROOVE: Kaapse Stories from the Mother City, Richard’s Supper Theatre
So you think you know all the layers to the mixed cultures of the Cape? Think again. Spend the evening at this vibrant musical dinner show and you’ll soon be reminded of the heritage of South Africa's oldest city as stereotypes are thrown upside down and then some. An evening where you’ll be enjoying a typical Cape-styled buffet meal along with humorous storytelling, powerful and emotional songs performed by endearing and surprising artists.
The performance will give you goose bumps here and there during the evening as the story of the Kleintjies family unfolds. The cast sings and snaps their way through some big songs, both internationally acclaimed as well as those capturing that Mzansi flavour.
By the end of the evening, whether you’re from SA or further afield you’ll have had a whopping slice of the layered-cake that makes up this thriving city, but with special emphasis on the legacy of those rooted to mixed-race district of pre-apartheid segregation laws, District Six.
Cost: R450pp (includes the show, a delicious 4- course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival) Open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Contact: Show Bookings: 076 144 4809, Supper Stage: 021 434 4497/ 021 433 1340, Bistro: 021 434 6738, www.richardscapetown.co.za
2. NEW EAT TREATS: Shortmarket Club, Bree Street
The newest collaboration from renowned South African Chef Luke Dale-Roberts, sees a partnership with his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison.
The Shortmarket Club, set in a heritage building just off vibey Bree Street, opened on 27 June. Expect food courtesy of head chef Wesley Randles, who has worked closely with Dale-Roberts since the opening of The Test Kitchen. The restaurant will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located at 88 Shortmarket Street and is open daily but closed on Sundays.
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3. CLASSIC CHILL: Sunday Jazz at Winchester Mansions
An event that has been happening at Winchester Mansions for last 19 years, this event is a real treat for that someone special in your family who is into big band jazz. Artists vary at this ever-popular Jazz Brunch that is often booked out well in advance and ensures you ease into your Sunday and set the right tone for the week ahead.
Enjoy the pleasant courtyard set-up with your glass of bubbly. But be warned, come hungry as the selection of food on offer includes all manner of eggs, sushi, and fine roast meats as well as a selection of deserts that will ensure you’ll spend a languid few hours just enjoying the music and the company of those who have joined you. And if you’re feeling guilty afterwards, there’s always a crisp walk along the promenade.
Cost: R295pp for regular events, R345pp for special events
Contact: 021 434 2351 or email email@example.com
4. ADVENTURE: Have a fantasy hike along the Elfin Trail
Winter in the Cape can have its miserable moments but when the sunny days break through, we suggest hitting the enchanting Elfin Trail - an immersive, high fantasy-themed audio walking experience through the most beautiful and least-known forests and glades on the outskirts of the city.
Gather up a fun troop, the kids will love this one, as your smartphone GPS triggers downloaded audio automatically. Listen to timeless stories, scored with original music as you explore the greenbelts of Constantia, all enhanced by natural sound effects. This new outdoor storytelling experience will let you and your family rediscover the magic of lost childhood fairy tales, while meeting elves, dragons, goblins, gnomes, fairies, centaurs, dryads. The 5km voice-guided walk starts at the parking lot at the entrance to the Cecelia Forest, at the intersection of Rhodes Drive and Hohenort Avenue in Constantia.
Powered by the VoiceMap audio tour app, it is available for iOS and Android apps and it is best to download the tour over Wi-Fi before you leave home. The Elfin Trail is just one of 30+ tours in Cape Town – see the full list here.
Cost: The audio walk costs R37.99 but works offline and doesn’t require any mobile data during the experience.
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5. GET CREATIVE: Sign-up for an art Jamming session, V&A Waterfront
If you’ve been feeling a bit stressed out from work and are wondering what to do with the kids during this school holiday break, head to Waterfront and sign-up for an art jamming session.
Canvasses vary in size and are priced accordingly, starting at R135. But one thing is for sure, you and the kids can space out and mess all you want as there is a special splash room. Added to this, the rip-roaring time together will be preserved as a memento you get to take home. Parents looking for fun party ideas will be delighted to know they offer group booking discounts and party packs are included when the groups includes more than 10 children.
Situated in the V&A Waterfront also means you can make a full day of the experience with all the holiday entertainment on offer, including a ride on the Wheel of Excellence or going to check out the world's largest floating library which will in Cape Town until 11 July.
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