Local attractions

Regardless of the weather, there is an endless list of impressive attractions in Cape Town. Listed here are some of the more popular and interesting places to see which the hotel team would be delighted to assist you with bookings;

  • Table Mountain
  • Robben Island
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Diamond museum tour (no charge)
  • Art Galleries
  • Beaches; Camps Bay Beach, Clifton, Llandudno or Bloubergstrand, particularly popular for kite-surfing
  • Bo-Kaap
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Car Hire
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Museums
  • V&A Waterfront (10-minute walk)

Tours and Activities

There are also many other options, from tours, such as across the Peninsula, in the Winelands or within the Township areas, or extreme sports, such as tandem gliding off Lions Head or abseiling Table Mountain, for the more adventurous. Please speak with the hotel staff for more information.

  • City Sight Seeing Bus Tour
  • Golf Days
  • Guided Winelands Tours
  • Guided Township Tours
  • Guided tours of the Cape Peninsula
  • Day Safari
  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Whale Safari (in Season)
  • Hire a convertible car for the day

Where to shop

Cape Town is spoilt for shopping from high end consumer and fashion goods, to more local artisan offering and African memorabilia.

Victoria & Alfred Mall
A high end offering of designer and high street labels, as well a generous choice of restaurants and bars. A great place to spend an afternoon, evening or even an entire day.

Hout Bay Harbour Market
This converted fish factory offers a high energy and vibrant meeting place for people of all ages and walks of life. The market not only offers food and entertainment but also has many craft wares for sale.

Cape Quarter Village
This is a unique shopping experience located in the historic De Waterkant district very close to the hotel. The Cape Quarter is home to a number of designers and unusual shops, as well as recommended restaurants.

The Old Biscuit Mill
A converted mill in the heart of Woodstock which has become synonymous with talented, innovative and inspired designers, artists and those with a particular passion for food and wine.

Green Market Square
This open air stall market is an historic corner stone in Cape Town and offers everything from flowers and fabrics, to sunglasses and original curios from Cape Town and the Western Province.

Canal Walk Shopping Centre
This regional shopping mall is located at Century City which is about 20 minutes outside Cape Town. The mall houses an extensive selection of shops, attractions and popular brands.

Eating Out

Condé Nast Traveler named Cape Town the Food Capital of the World in 2015, and it has been listed on the top five every year since. So, it should be no surprise that we are spoilt for choice with a fantastic food offering on every corner. We have listed our personal favourites here, and categorised them under three headings; City, Coast and Winelands.

In the City

Beluga of Cape Town
Situated in a one-hundred-year old building, this restaurant offers a warm space shared with a New York loft-style feel combined with an open plan kitchen, a sushi section, and a designer bar. The outside terrace is housed within a cobbled courtyard completing a wonderful ambience.

HQ
This is a Parisian-inspired steakhouse / bar / lounge set in the historic Heritage Square. The menu includes a classic salad starter, followed by sirloin steak and thin-cut fries, with HQ's signature Cafe De Paris butter sauce. There is also a vibrant bar and a DJ with great music most nights.

Kloof Street House
Set in a magnificent Victorian house, this restaurant boasts a number of interesting rooms and spaces each one of which displays a unique character. The food is superb, as is the wine list and the staff are well trained and attentive.

La Boheme
This cosy and welcoming Sea Point based restaurant is a true bistro serving dishes which are both gourmet and hearty. It has a great wine selection, and many are served by the glass. The atmosphere is professional, yet relaxed and friendly.

Fork
Based in Long Street, this authentic Tapas bar serves Pinchos; an evolution of the old and still existing Spanish tradition of sharing smaller plates of food and experiencing different tastes all in the same meal.

Aubergine
A sophisticated, well run and reliable city center restaurant which offers great food, an exciting wine list and a wonderful ambience.

Bizerca
This is a classic yet unpretentious French Bistro which has made a name for itself as one of the country's top restaurants with numerous accolades.

The Pot Luck Club
Located on the top floor of the old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, this trendy, large space has redefined innovation in the kitchen by creating daring combinations in all their food. A lovely atmosphere and great staff.

The Test Kitchen
Under the watchful eye of master chef Luke Dale Roberts, this unique and impressive restaurant has reached no 27 in the world – enough said, it is great!

The Shortmarket Club
Another Luke Dale-Roberts project, this time in joint venture with his wife, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison. The Shortmarket Club is in a heritage building just off vibey Bree Street. The excitement around the food and the venue is palpable, and The Shortmarket Club has already created a buzz in the Mother City ahead of its opening on June 2016. The open kitchen features a braai barbecue section which is used in the preparation of much of the food, and adds to the atmosphere.

 

On the Coast

Baia Seafood Restaurant
Located at the Waterfront, this exceptional seafood restaurant offers a wonderful selection of seafood prepared in traditional and contemporary ways, an immense wine selection, great service, and all this is set against the breathtaking views of the Waterfront and the harbour.

Willoughby and Co
Set in the bustle of Victoria Wharf, this spot is much-loved by locals and is abuzz over both lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Enjoy sushi, tempura dishes, soups and salads out of a full Japanese kitchen.

The Bungalow Restaurant
Set in the midst of chic Clifton, this trendy restaurant offers undisturbed closeness with the Atlantic Ocean. This setting is relaxed yet stylish and is always a popular and social spot.

The Grand Café and Beach
Set within a restored warehouse, this restaurant is located on a private beach in Granger Bay, just next to the Waterfront. It boasts a relaxing environment against a great backdrop of Green Point, the Stadium, Signal Hill and Table Mountain.

Shimmy Beach Club
This is a spectacular dining, cocktail and dance venue located at the front of the harbour with a breathtaking backdrop of Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain.

Paranga Camps Bay
Located on Camps Bay Beach, this is the prime location for summer sunsets combined with good food, good wine and good service. The Mediterranean menu is extended to include an impressive sushi offering too.

The Harbour House, Kalk Bay
Built on the breakwater in Kalk Bay, the restaurant has exquisite views overlooking False Bay and the mountains beyond on one side, and the colourful harbour on the other. This is the perfect place to stop on the way to or from a trip to Cape Point. All meals are simply prepared, with an emphasis on allowing the flavours of the fresh seafood to speak for themselves.

In the Winelands

Foxcroft
Foxcroft boasts a dining experience that is casual, welcoming and carefully considered. Working together with the best local farmers and the finest international suppliers, eve-ry ingredient is selected for seasonality, quality and flavour before entering the kitchen at Foxcroft. A very exciting newcomer to Cape Town.

La Colombe
La Colombe Restaurant is located on the beautiful Silvermist Wine Estate at the top of Constantia Nek, about half an hour from the hotel. The restaurant has enjoyed several years of local fame, and in 2017 it has now been recognized on the list of The World's Top 50 Restaurants, which is very much deserved.

Jordans
This restaurant is exceptional, successfully combining local flavours to create an unforgettable menu with an excellent wine selection featuring vintages from the Jordan Wine Estate and showcasing ex-clusive vintages of the Jordan Wine Estate Cape Winemakers Guild, along with choice wines from oth-er Stellenbosch wineries. . A trip to the walk-in cheese room to select your own board of artisanal Cape farm cheeses with preserves and breads rounds off a spectacular meal. Cool and contemporary, the restaurant features a tranquil terrace with stunning views overlooking the vineyards and lake next to the Jordan cellar and tasting room.

Camphors at Vergelegen Winery
Camphors is located in an historic homestead overlooking wonderful lawns and gardens between Somerset West and Stellenbosch and takes about 45 minutes by car from the hotel. After only a year of operation, Camphors was awarded eighth place in the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa, in The Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2013, as well as being the Regional Winner - Wine Tourism Restaurant - in the 2014 Best of Wine Tourism Awards, Great Wine Capitals. In the Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2015, Camphors received a Top 20 nomination and in the 2016 awards, was again placed in the Top 10. Highly recommended.

Getting Around

Cape Town is easy enough to find your way around, and the roads are generally good and well signposted.

For Public Transport, the best option is the MyCiti bus system which operates around the hotel. These buses operate with a prepaid card which can be topped up as needed.

Taxis, which can be ordered through our Guest Services team, work very well, as does Uber

For more distant journeys, and airport transfers, please contact our reservations desk at and they will make the necessary arrangements for you.

Cape Town Calendar

Cape Town is very busy and vibrant. There are some notable and worthwhile events which form part of an ongoing calendar;

First Thursdays
First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attrac-tions in and around Bree Street stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. The night is as much about experiencing art and culture as it is about exploring the city on foot. We suggest browsing the galleries from 5 to 9 pm, and then going for dinner.

Tuning the Vine
Tuning the Vine has brought the Inner-City Wine Route to Cape Town. This great event, which takes place around Heritage Square on the second Wednesday of most months, showcases hip venues and presents a side variety of great South African wines and talented Winemakers.

Cape Town Carnival
The Cape Town Carnival 2018 will take place on 17 March 2018. Each year boasts a new and spectacular theme and spectators will have the freedom of the city streets on the Green Point Fan Walk. Over 2 000 dazzling costumed performers and musicians will take to Cape Town's Fan Walk, entertaining viewers with floats and vibrant dance routines.

The Cape Town Jazz Festival
This iconic event takes place during March each year. It presents a number of world class acts on stage in and around the Cape Town Convention Centre. The dates for 2018 will be 31 and 31 March.

Cape Town Cycle Tour
This is one of the largest, and definitely the most picturesque, cycle races in the world. The next date will be 11 March 2018.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
There are several marathons on in Cape Town every year, but the city marathon is the Sanlam Marathon. The next event will be on 17 September 2017.

Two Oceans Marathon
This ultra-marathon usually takes place during Easter Weekend. There are various running lengths, but the most impressive is definitely the 56km run.