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Galleries and Museums
Pieter Toerien's beautifully intimate Theatre on the Bay offers all the latest and best shows in town. Theatre goers can enjoy a good mix of local and international drama, musicals, comedy, cabaret, music and dance.The theatre is also home to the Act I Theatre Café, a fabulous restaurant that is open for dinner before and after the shows. Enjoy a pre-show drink at the Coffee Lounge or the theatre bar. Dietrich's Bar, in the main foyer, is also open after each performance, so you can round off your evening by joining the actors for a nightcap.Need to know? Individual, credit card bookings for Theatre on the Bay can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 438-3300, or visit the Computicket site at www.computicket.com Outlet/Box Office Hours: Monday: 9.30am - 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday: 9.30am - start of show
Zula Sound Bar mixes the finest music with live theatre and dance. Add a sprinkling of poetry, and Cape Town has an ever-changing art house.
Zula has hosted some of the Mother City's leading musicians – Freshly Ground, Godessa, Teba, Bed on Bricks, 340ml and Sons of Sellassie as well as International DJs such as Pascal (True Playaz). Zula gets cooking from 12:00 until late every day, having one of the finest kitchens in Long Street offering affordable excellent meals.
From the fully licensed Magic Tree Bar there is a selection of Cape wines, local and international beers and cocktails. Whether you chill on the balcony, boogie inside or sink a few balls between sets in the games room, Zula is a cool, fresh, funky music venue and restaurant just waiting for you – whatever your age, gender, colour or creed.
Opening hours: 12:00 to 00:00 Tuesday to Saturday, Monday 16:00 to 00:00.
Imhoff Farm is an historical Cape farmstead offering something special for the entire family to enjoy. It’s Old World, yet original; beautifully situated, fun, tranquil, and it’s on the busy tourist route to Cape Point.
Equally popular with locals and visitors from afar, this spot in the country provides a wealth of activities. Stunning views, first-rate food, organic produce; unique shops, beach rides and animal encounters are just some of the many experiences on offer.
The Farm is open seven days a week with ample, safe parking available.
Glencairn Beach is a pretty beach situated on the False Bay side of the Peninsula. Popular with families and dog walkers, it is perfect for lazy strolls and sunbathing. Parking is right at the beach and access is easy but you will need to cross the Metro rail line.
Southern right whales can often be seen during their calving season and in summer great white sharks are occasionally spotted. Shark spotters keep watch during the summer months – keep an eye on their signal flags if you intend swimming. On the Western side is a shallow tidal pool that is great for small kids.
A hike up Elsie's Peak is well worth the short, sharp effort for the breathtaking and expansive views of False Bay - a wonderful way to get your bearings.
The flora in October is stunning and you may be lucky enough to see a whale or two. Extend your hike and take one of the many well marked footpaths in this mountain range.
Get aerial and go up in the cableway for awesome panoramic views of Cape Town - the most spectacular sights are seen from the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway takes you to the summit in under 10 minutes and the cable car's rotating floor ensure that all passengers get a 360 degree aerial view of the city. The cable cars depart every 10-15 minutes weather dependant.
What to see
Your ascent to the top of Table Mountain takes just under 10 minutes
and offers you a 360 degree view of the city. Once on top there are
over 2km of pathways leading you to views over Cape Town, Table Bay,
Robben Island the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula. There are also
short walks available or you can join one of free guided tours daily at
10h00 and 12h00.
Walks on top of Table Mountain
Dassie Walk Offers you spectacular views north, west and south.
Agama Walk This popular route has been specially chosen to give you spectacular 360 degree views of Cape Town and Cape Peninsula.
Klipspringer Walk This walk offers wonderful views, along the plateau edge to above Platteklip Gorge. In summer you can see the sunshine conebush in full
Table Mountain Café Situated right on top, Table Mountain Café offers a trendy menu that caters for the changing demands of the Cableway's visitors. Menu items include pizzas, gourmet burgers, and harvest rice bowls (meals of the day) that showcase Traditional South African cuisine. A selection of pre-packed light meals are available from the gourmet deli. Meals may be complimented with a selection of fine wines. A wide variety of pastries, speciality teas and coffees are also on offer from the coffee bar.
Willowbridge Shopping Centre offers wonderful homestores and antique shops, designer stores, bookstores and music stores. It also houses the Barnyard Theatre where one get together with friends and enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants and catch a wonderful show at the same time. This open air mall is vibey, has great restaurants and an organic market every Saturday morning! Worth a visit.
Head up Signal Hill to see the the oldest guns in daily use in the world! Cape Town’s oldest living tradition is the Noon Gun, fired every day at 12 pm sharp, except Sundays and public holidays. The 18-pounder, smoothbore muzzle-loaders are still in use today! These are the oldest cannons in daily use in the world.There are actually two on top of the Signal Hill overlooking Table Bay, one is a back-up should the other misfire. The Noon Gun originated so that ships which had been at sea and lost track of the correct time could re-set their clocks. Even quite far out at sea they could hear the sound, and if not, they would still see the puff of smoke and could work it out from there.Today the sound of this daily Cape Town tradition echoes through the City Bowl, and Capetonians check their watches with a smile. You can watch the daily ritual up on Signal Hill at Lion Battery, from 11:30. To get there head up Military Street in the Bo-Kaap to the Noon Gun. Look for for the sign-post on Buitengracht Street.
Experience the historical village of Simon’s Town since 1741 by doing the Historical Mile Walk. The walk captures the history from the days the Dutch East India Company declared Simon’s Town as the winter anchorage for their ships from 15 May to 15 August each year, to the Second British occupation of 1806, up to today.
The town itself still resembles the high street of 100 years ago due to strict zoning and historical conservation. See the preserved historic buildings, and visit the Simon’s Town and Naval museums. Enjoy the waterfront with its interesting coffee bars, restaurants and shops.
This lovely little boutique winery is situated just outside Durbanville. Personal attention is the motto of the tiny vineyard of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Viognier on Kronendal smallholding.
Magdaleen’s Rhône blend is named “Mirari”, Latin for "to wonder at" – in honour of passionate friends and family members who assist with each harvest.
Westerdale Road, Durbanville, Cape Town
Closed Sundays, call before visiting – Magdaleen Kroon 082 499 0198
V and A Waterfront
Somewhere between comfort and sophistication; understated, with flair, something to discover & celebrate in style, the Alba Lounge is situated above the Hildebrand Restaurant. A much needed experience in the V & A Waterfront, the Alba Lounge is the up market cocktail lounge and provides a venue in which to relax, listen to the subtle music or indulge in conversation with friends. This venue has style, elegance and a relaxed atmosphere complete to suit any & all needs.
Cape Quarter is more than a shopping centre; it’s also a unique piazza in De Waterkant, the former District 5 of Cape Town. This historical area has developed over the years into one of the trendiest places in the Mother City, with beautifully renovated old buildings and up market interior design establishments.Here you can unwind in style in an intimate square - sipping sundowners, quaffing wine at the Nose (a terrific wine bar with a great collection of special wines) or enjoying delicious cocktails with friends at Tank. Perhaps a light lunch or a sumptuous dinner? The Cape Quarter has a wide choice of excellent restaurants and is the best one stop destination for unique lifestyle stores and Piazza Entertainment as well. If you enjoy shopping, window shopping, buying furniture or would just like to relax and enjoy a meal, then the Cape Quarter is the place to be.
The out-and-return Antoniesgat Trail ambles along the False Bay coastline from the turning circle south of Buffels Bay. Along the way is Antoniesgat cave, one of many carved into the sea cliffs by the battering waves. The biggest wow factor is the knockout views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, False Bay, Da Gama Peak and Cape Point Lighthouse.
Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 3.5 km
This easy stroll is suitable for everyone, staying on the seaward side of the railway line. It starts at Muizenberg Station, hugging the coastline until St James and Danger Beach. The catwalk offers excellent opportunities for whale watching and spotting ocean birds. Kids love exploring in the rock pools at low tide.
Check the tide table before setting out. Muizenberg Catwalk is best done at low tide, unless you don't mind a dousing of sea spray.
On the other side of the line is an interesting urban walk, the Muizenberg Historical Mile. It’s worthwhile strolling back along this route to see many interesting old buildings rather than taking the train back.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: 3 km
This fun activity takes place at the Melkbosstrand Country Club. A minimum number of six players are required to make a group booking. A refundable deposit is required and a minimum age of 10 years old applies. Long-sleeve tops, long pants and good shoes are recommended. All paint used is bio-degradable and washes out. Protective clothing is available for hire.