Cape Town is a city synonymous with sophistication, culture and cuisine. Whether you’re venturing out to the rolling estates and verdant farmland of Franschhoek, visiting a new hip hot-spot in town or driving into the nearby Constantia valley, you’ll find more spectacular estates, world-class eateries and award-winning beaches per square kilometre in Cape Town than anywhere else in the country, even some parts of the world. Concentrated pockets of excellence, they’re a hedonist’s and culture-lover’s paradise, perfect for exploring – from food and wine, to sport, landscaping and sculpture.
It’s the reason Cape Town finds itself consistently winning prestigious awards … from the World’s Most Beautiful City (Forbes) to the Number One Food City in the World (Condé Nast’s Reader’s Choice Awards) to Top Ten Beaches in the World (National Geographic). Locals and visitors to the Mother City are just spoilt for choice.
So, as we approach the end of summer, make sure to put a pin in these stops on the map for a finale to the summer season full of sensory and visual inspiration.
Sunday brunching à la Clicquot
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Brunch Series | Val de Vie Estate, Paarl
Inspired by the Parisian bistro scene, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Brunch Series epitomises the venerated champagne Maison’s approach to living with joie de vivre, enjoying the present moment and soaking in the sunshine. Taking its cue from Val de Vie’s spectacular setting, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Brunch Series offers champagne fans a chic new epicurean experience, with a Retro Chic theme; drawing on fashion, design and luxury from all decades. Expect chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, gourmet brunch offerings, upbeat tunes and of course, fast-paced polo – best observed from the viewing terrace. Without doubt the most stylish way to sip away a Sunday under the sun. One to ink into your social calendar for select weekends this March, April and May.
beyond | Buitenverwachting, Constantia
A veteran on the food scene in South Africa, and a restaurateur who has garnered a slew of awards over the years, Peter Tempelhoff’s latest dining venture, beyond at Buitenverwachting wine estate is an ode to the region in the most elegant and yet unpretentious fashion. Carefully sourced high-quality ingredients – from local small producers – presented as understated and refined dishes – and a unique wine list are enjoyed looking out over the vineyards from the contemporary dining space. Relaxed weekend dining at its very best. Their Summer SmokeOut – taking place on select Sundays – is already proving so popular they’re having to run a waiting list.
Views from the sky
Helicopter Charter | NAC Helicopters, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town is probably best known for its picturesque scenery – majestic mountains surrounded by ocean. So for those looking for a weekend postcard from the air, look no further than a helicopter flip. With tours ranging from the Atlantic Seaboard, Robben Island, to Cape Point, a new found appreciation for the Cape comes guaranteed. You’ll take off from the V&A which also means a spot of lunch and shopping is possible post landing.
Norval Foundation’s new exhibition by Georgina Gratrix
Immerse yourself in Norval Foundation’s latest exhibition (and the first ever solo by a South African artist): ‘The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix’. Ideal for those who love nothing more than an afternoon (or morning) spent gazing at galleries and strolling through sculpture gardens. The new Norval Foundation Access Memberships offer great value. For R120, ‘Access’ members are entitled to unlimited entries for one year from date of purchase. Perfect for those looking to up their cultural quota.