First of all we’re in Africa so we may never ever complain about the rain. Africa doesn’t get enough of it so when it rains, we are blessed. However, we still would like to enjoy ourselves and since all the beautiful views are blocked by rain and clouds we prefer to stay indoors. Here’s my list:
- Drink wine! In the Constantia area there are plenty of wine estates where you can just taste or perhaps even join a formal tasting or a cellar tour. Groot Constantia is the oldest estate and most impressive and includes a museum as well as 2 restaurants so your time can be well spend here. Bubbly Bar Gorgeous at Steenberg is one of my favorites so if you like bubby & stunning Canapes go there. Bistro 1682 for tapas afterward, there you go, all sorted..
- Shop! I’m not a big shopper but hey, if it rains then I might even be lured into Cape Town’s shopping malls. Canal Walk is the biggest and best for real shopping. The V&A Waterfront is the best for people watching and brands we can’t afford. I do have a few favorites in here. Woolworths has a lovely restaurant where you can sit at the bar, overlooking the ships in harbour. Myatt Chocolates is a great place for… chocolates and coffee and tea. Or just catch an afternoon movie at NuMetro or Cinema Nouveau. If you’re interested in more European style shopping a great open air (walking areas are covered) shopping paradise is Willowbridge in Tygervalley. I do love the Cape Quarter. It is close to my place, it has a fantastic Spar and it’s a great place to find beautiful presents for yourself or to give away!
- Be cultural! Visit one or 2 of Cape Town’s many excellent museums. District 6 is great from a historical point of view. The National Gallery has an excellent collection and the building itself (inside the company gardens) is worth a visit. The Planetarium is right next door (check out the great cake shop, what a treat!)
- Eat! The Mountain Nelson Hotel is an institution with regards to morning and afternoon tea (do the afternoon one if possible). The One & Only hotel as well as The Table Bay also serve high tea. Find a place with a fire place and curl up. The River Café at Constantia Uitsig is a great place for a lunch in Winter time.
- Relax! Relax in one of the beautiful hotel spa’s. There are plenty. Would you like to enjoy the views from the 19th floor of the Westin Grand Hotel while sitting naked in the sauna? Or maybe you prefer the spa in the rocks of the 12Apostles hotel and then stay for drinks, snacks and stunning views in the Leopard Bar. If you’re looking for a fantastic Thai Massage, look no further, Na-Bua is your place, tucked away in the V&A Waterfront behind the Queen Victoria Hotel.
- Check out the many events and festivals! This week is the Short & Sweet Cape Town Film Festival at the Wunderbar Theatre in Hope Street. Tonight is the opening night with Canapes & wine from 6pm. Movies start at 19h30 and the entrance fee is only R25. Will I see you there? If you’d like to taste one of Cape Town’s most wanted burgers, meet us at 5pm sharp sharp at the Dogs Bollocks around the corner, 50 hamburgers a day sold from a garage. I haven’t experienced it yet but last Saturday they were sold out at 5h10pm, so yes I’m intrigued and can’t wait and don’t want to be late!
So don’t be discouraged, get out and about, enough to enjoy in Cape Town!