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My fave spots: Cape Town

The mother city is a beautiful, magical place, with so many amazing restaurants, entertainment options and little nooks and crannies that bring me so much joy.

Not only do we have the statuesque Table Mountain on our doorstep, but there are so many other amazing tourist attractions, eateries, galleries, theatres and retreats right under our noses.

If you’re looking for somewhere new to visit or something new to do, here are my fave spots in and around the Mother City that you should check out, too.

Free:

Milnerton Market

For some, Milnerton Market is underwhelming. But for me, it’s like a treasure hunt, and I have never left empty-handed.

Yeah, so there are a few stalls selling day-to-day objects (at good prices, by the way) that seem boring. But there are others selling gorgeous artworks, old books begging to go home with me, and cute little trinkets that would look great in my display cabinet.

Plus, there are a number of food stalls selling homemade cuisine that will knock your socks off. My personal favourite being the samosa stand – yum!

Blouberg Beach

Who doesn’t like the beach? Well, me, but that’s beside the point. Because even I like having an ice cream on the beach on a nice sunny day.

Blouberg beach is five minutes from our house, so it’s super easy to get to. Meaning that even when I am working the late shift at work, I am able to fit in a morning walk with my wife before starting my day.

On weekends, there are a couple of ice cream trucks and a pancake truck that park up and serve delicious treats that are refreshing and super tasty on a hot day. Perfection!

A day out:

Root44

This is Jeanne’s favourite market, and I completely understand why. The atmosphere is lively, the food delicious with a wide variety of eats from Chinese to Italian and many more options, and there is beer on tap – which is perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Their outside area is vast, too, with numerous play areas for the kids and a green lawn where you can perch your bum and enjoy your food, snack and drink with your friends or family.

World of Birds

We took our niece to the World of Birds the other day and we were pleasantly surprised. We had not been in a couple of years and, every time we have been previously, I have never made it around the entire park.

So, you can only imagine my surprise when we came across my most favourite things in the world: flamingoes.

It took about half a day to get around the park, as well as see the pelicans and penguins being fed – so freaking cute. There is also lots of shade and places to sit down and relax, meaning you can really take your time and enjoy your day out.

Additionally, you can take your own snacks with you to save on the cost of a day out. However, there is a nice little cafe selling sandwiches, drinks and other goodies if you would prefer. (Their bacon and egg toastie is amazing for breakfast!).

Something sweet:

Tessa’s Bakery

To treat my sweet tooth to something, well, sweet, Tessa’s Bakery is one of our favourite spots. Not only do they make delicious cakes and cupcakes, but an array of other sweet treats, too. (Mmm, their rocky road is amazing!).

What’s more, they have a great little seating area and a barista serving up everything from coffee to hot chocolate and a number of other cosy hot drinks that pair perfectly with a slice (or five) of soft, moist, heavenly cake. Gimme!

Lindt Chocolate Studio

There’s nothing I won’t do for chocolate – ask Jeanne. So when I had the opportunity to check out Lindt’s new Chocolate Studio in the Silo District, I wasn’t going to miss it for the world.

With the opportunity to indulge in everything Lindt, as well as the chance to make your very own Lindt Gold Bunny (and a number of other master classes), it’s a winner.

Life has never been so sweet!

Foodie:

Station on Bree

Another spot I just can’t get enough of, Station on Bree is a little slice of the UK right here in the Mother City and, being British, I just love it.

Serving up everything from classic fish and chips to giving you the option to build your own gin and tonic – um, yes please – it perfectly combines an amazing setting with delicious food and drink and fantastic live entertainment.

Forneria Italia Table View

I love this little place so much. Jeanne is not overly fond of their food (but she loves their authentic desserts), but I could go there every single week.

Not only do they do the most delicious and reasonably-priced Caprese salad I have ever had in the Mother City, but their pizzas are legit scrumptious and their spaghetti napolitana takes me back to this little Italian place we had dinner at in Liverpool

P.s. I make this comparison because this little place in Liverpool will forever stand out in my mind as the best spaghetti napolitana I have ever had, and I have finally found somewhere on my doorstep that makes it just as well.

Blowfish

Our love for Blowfish is pretty clear. I mean, we got married there. However, we first came across Blowfish when we went for their half-price sushi special for our first anniversary while living in Cape Town.

Every Wednesday and Sunday, Blowfish have their half-price sushi special where selected sushi dishes are half price.

Their sushi is so fresh and so delicious, and the view of Table Mountain is pure perfection, making it the ideal place for date night and watching the sunset.

Cocktails

Blue Peter

Blue Peter is one of the most popular spots in Blouberg. Looking right out onto the glistening blue waters of South Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, and with beach sand only meters away, it’s the perfect place to sip on a cold cocktail in the sunshine.

One of my absolute favourites is the Mermaid’s tantrum, which is made using Archers Peach Schnapps, Creme de Banana, Malibu, and Strawberry and Pineapple juice, it’s unlike any cocktail I have sipped on before. Total winner!

Mitchells Scottish Ale House

What does Vodka, Peach Schnapps and Cranberry Juice make? A Woo Woo, that’s what! And nowhere makes a Woo Woo quite like Mitchells Scottish Ale House at the V&A Waterfront.

Sticky, sweet and oh-so-delicious, a Woo Woo is exactly what you need on a hot, sticky summer’s day out in town.

Down South Food Bar

Down South Food Bar’s happy hour happens every single day between 5 and 7pm, and boy-oh-boy do they make some of the best margaritas I have ever tasted.

Not only is it great value for money – making it the ideal spot to go out with your friends on a night out – but their outside area is perfect to watch the sunset and feel the Mother City’s cool breeze.

What are your favourite places to visit and things to do in and around the Mother City? Let me know in the comment section below. 

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