Things to do in Cape Town this Easter

Your guide to all the biggest and most delicious things to do this Easter Weekend in the Mother City

It’s that time of the year again when chocolate eggs and Lindt bunny rabbits dominate storefronts and shopping baskets. If you’re not jetting off for a weekend away, why not celebrate at one of the Mother City’s great events; there’s something for all ages.

So, whether you’re searching for something to do with kids, trying to find places to wine and dine with family and friends or looking for a sick jol, check out our overview of great things to do in Cape Town for the Easter Weekend (Friday, 18  to Monday, 21 April 2014).

And, if you’ve been tasked with tabling a traditional Easter feast, have a gander at two of our favourite recipes: Easter pickled fish and Easter hot cross buns.


Kleine Zalze’s Egg-ceptional April Accommodation Special (1 – 30 April)
Spend your Easter holidays in Stellenbosch and take advantage of Kleine Zalze’s April accommodation special. During the fourth month of the year, those looking to overnight at this premier winelands lodge can both book at a reasonable rate (prices start from R450p/p per night sharing) and rake in some ‘KZ Rands’. The ‘Rands’ are essentially loyalty points that can be spent on certain items available at the establishment (see below), and each night you stay you accrue more. So, make the most of your long Easter weekend and book a spot at this luxurious lodge in the Cape Winelands.

How you can earn ‘KZ Rands’

One night’s stay

100 ‘KZ Rands’

Two nights’ stay

250 ‘KZ Rands’

Three nights’ stay

450 ‘KZ Rands’

‘KZ Rands’ can be spent on Kleine Zalze’s wines; lunch or dinner at Terroir Restaurant (excludes beverages); food, wine, beer or drinks at the Lodge Restaurant; or golf at the De Zalze Golf Course (excluding purchases at Halfway House, Pro Shop and the Swingfit Academy). Do note that the ‘KZ Rands’ are not redeemable for guests’ laundry, telephone calls, gratuities or shuttle services. 
Booking: An overnight at Kleine Zalze Lodge costs from R450p/p per night. For more information or to book, contact +27 (0) 21 880 0740 or quote this code: APRMAD14.

Cape Quarter Easter Competition (14 – 18 April)
The Cape Quarter has gone hopping mad this Easter with a yummy competition offering shoppers and chocoholics the chance to come away with a R5000 cash prize as well as Lindt chocolate hampers. To enter to win any of these awesome prizes all you have to do is find the knee-high Lindt Easter Bunny, snap a photo of him (he moves twice a day) and submit your image via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (tag @CapeTownMag for bonus points). The competition runs from Monday, 14 to Friday, 18 April, and to help on your quest, the shopping complex will release two clues to the Easter Bunny’s location in either the Cape Quarter Square or the Cape Quarter Piazza via their Twitter and Facebook pages. The more entries you send in, the better your chance of winning.

Lindt Studio Easter Chocolate Classes (19 April)
Allow your young ones’ imaginations to soar at the Cape Quarter Lindt Studio’s Easter Chocolate class on Saturday, 19 April 2014. This uber intimate workshop calls on mini-Michelangelos to sculpt and craft clothing for a supplied pre-moulded Easter Bunny. Using chocolate modelling clay, the Lindt master chocolatier will demonstrate how to decorate the yummy treat, which will be packaged for kids to take home. The workshop is suited to children between the ages of 10 and 16 years of age and will take place from 11am to 12pm.
Booking: Space is limited to 14 seats, and the class costs R280p/p and lasts for one hour; price includes a pre-moulded chocolate bunny rabbit as well as chocolate modelling paste. If you’re keen to attend but missed out on securing a spot at these intimate workshops, you can email to book a private lesson (a minimum of eight people is required).

Dutch Manor House’s Easter Accommodation Special
As South Africa’s only antique hotel, Dutch Manor knows a thing or two about tradition. And thus in honour of the age-old holiday of Easter, the venerable four-star accommodation is slashing its prices by nearly 35%. From Friday, 18 April to Monday, 21 April, visitors to the Bo-Kaap hotel will pay only R950 per room (for two people) or R800 per room (per single person), including a daily breakfast at Dutch Manor’s gorgeous, old dining table.  And keep in mind, while it may firmly have its roots in yesteryear, the hotel’s amenities are in step with the urban traveller’s every need. Meaning, you can expect flat-screen televisions alongside historic Delft ceramics and four-poster beds alongside modern bathrooms.
Booking: To book the special, phone Dutch Manor House at +27 (0) 21 422 4767 and ask for the Easter special.

Easter Sunday Lunch at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa (20 April)
Wine and dine overlooking the Atlantic Ocean this Easter Sunday (20 April) in Cape Town at the Mother City’s premier Camps Bay resort, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Hosted at both the Azure Restaurant and the Atlantic Terrace Marquee, this decadent Sunday lunch offers patrons a buffet menu with all the trimmings from 12:30pm. What’s more, while parents enjoy a languid lunch, the little ones will be kept entertained from 2pm with an exciting Easter egg hunt and the search for chocolate-y treats. Not to mention, one lucky guest will also have the opportunity to come away with a yummy prize – a high tea buffet for four – in the lucky draw on the day. 
Booking: Booking is essential, and once the Azure Restaurant is full, guests will be seated at the Atlantic Terrace Marquee. Cost for the lunch is R385p/p for adults and R195p/p for kids younger than the age of 12 years. To make a reservation, contact

Easter Sunday Lunch at Dornier Bodega (20 April)
Celebrate Easter Sunday in Stellenbosch with scrumptious gourmet dishes, fine vintages and beautiful mountain views at Dornier Bodega Restaurant. The Cape Winelands eatery – it eloquently marries first-class vino with honest fare – has designed a mouth-watering three-course Easter-inspired menu to tantalise the taste buds; a kiddies menu is available upon request.

Menu for the Easter Sunday Lunch at Dornier Bodega


Ceviche, Radish, Basil and Pomegranate Molasses
paired with Cocoa Hill Rosé


Truffle, Pea, Mint and Spring Onion Soup with Parmigiano Reggiano Biscuits
paired with Cocoa Hill Sauvignon Blanc


Confit Duck Terrine, Rocket, Chilli Balsamic Baby Beets, Leeks and Bigarde Sauce
paired withDornier Malbec


Honey & Curry Glazed Lamb Rack, Pommes Dauphine, Demi Glaze, Roasted Grapes & Cranberries
paired withDornier Tempranillo


Norwegian Salmon, Dijon Hollandaise, Potato Dauphinoise, Devilled Egg and Green Asparagus Spears
paired with Donatus White


Slow-roasted Pork Belly, Root Vegetables, Confit Potato, Crackling Chips and Apple Cider Sauce
paired with Dornier Chenin Blanc


Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding with Homemade Vanilla Custard
paired with Dornier Pinotage


Lemon Meringue Pie, Confit Lemons & Bulgarian Yoghurt Sorbet
paired with Waterford Heatherleigh


Homemade Easter Egg and Coffee or Tea

Tickets: The three-course meal costs R325p/p and R450p/p with wine pairing. Booking is essential, so contact the restaurant on +27 (0) 21 880 0557 or book online via Do note that any dietary needs must be specified upon booking.

Wine Walk on the Porcupine Trail at Waterford Estate (19 & 21 April)
Indulge in a little Easter fitness fun and sign up for Waterford Estate’s latest wine walk, which winds its way along the Porcupine Trail in the Blaauwklippen Valley in Stellenbosch. This guided two-hour meander allows visitors the opportunity to weave through the basin’s rich flora and see 200-year-old trees, bushes of wild proteas and fynbos indigenous to the Boland region. More specifically, this picturesque route takes walkers from the wine cellar doors through a poplar tree grove, along the babbling pecan stream, into the wild olive grove and then on to the edge of the Chardonnay vineyard. At the final stop, beneath the old oak tree, participants will enjoy a light snack with a chosen Waterford wine before heading back to the wine cellar along the same route. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along a sun hat and sunscreen.
Booking: Booking is essential and the wine farm will be open for the walk on Saturday, 19 and Monday, 21 April 2014. The cost to partake in this wine walk is R250p/p and includes a guided walk along the Porcupine Trail, a backpack (one per two guests) with a chosen Waterford wine and a light snack. A minimum of two guests and groups of up to 10 can book at any time during working hours. For more information or to make a reservation contact or +27 (0) 21 880 5308.

Easter at Cascades on the Promenade (1-20 April)
Spend your Easter at Cascades on the Promenade in Sea Point and truly soak up this hidden gem’s sunrise-to-sunset experience. This chic yet affordable seaside bistro offers patrons a festive special for just about any time of the day.

Easter Sunday Breakfast Special (20 April)
(7:30am – 12pm)

Patrons will get a complimenatory glass of Pierre Jourdan Brut with every continental breakfast ordered.  What’s more, between 7:30am and 12pm diners can catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny, who will make a stop at the eatery before dashing off to his next very important date.

Easter Lunch Special (1-20 April)

Don’t fret not-so-early risers, there’s something for you too! Cascades on the Promenade is offering lunch-time guests the opportunity to score a gratis glass of bubbly by just ordering off the a la carte lunch menu (a minimum spend of R80p/p applies). The offer is good from the beginning of April to Easter Sunday.

Booking: For more information, to secure a table with a prime view or to book a terrace seat (for pet owners), contact +27 (0)21 434 5979.

Easter Sunday Lunch and Show at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro (20 April)
Eat, drink, be merry and enjoy Easter Sunday in Cape Town at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro in Sea Point. On Sunday, 20 April 2014, the storytelling eatery along the Atlantic Seaboard dishes up a scrumptious three-course Sunday lunch (the main course is a buffet). What’s more, Richard’s talented instrumentalists will play everything from pop to contemporary classics, and top-notch vocalists will accompany them with arias and duets. Not to mention, while parents enjoy their decadent chocolate-y desserts, kids can join in the Easter egg hunt and explore the seaside establishment.

Menu for the Easter Sunday Lunch and Show at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro


Chicken Croquette – shredded chicken breast, chives and white sauce coated with bread crumbs and served with salsa salad


Vegetarian Crêpes – crêpes with butternut puree and spinach wrapped and served with Napolitana sauce


Calamari – grilled calamari served on a bed of salad with lemon butter on the side

Main Course

Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce

Baked Linefish Covered with a Mixture Of Herbs, Garlic and Egg

Roast Duck with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Roasted Mushrooms and White Wine Sauce

Couscous with Vegetable Vinaigrette

Baby Potatoes with Olive Oil, Salt Pepper and Herbs


Decadent Malva Pudding – a twist on an old favourite, served with butterscotch sauce


Black and White Chocolate Mousse – a decadent specialty for all lovers of chocolate

A complimentary basket of hot cross buns

Bookings: Lunch costs R285p/p and includes a basket of hot cross buns, an Easter egg hunt for the kiddies as well as a show. For more information and to book, contact +27 (0) 21 433 1340/4497or

Eggsceptional Easter Breakfast at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town (April)
In honour of Easter, the Mother City’s quirkiest hotel has taken all things eggy to another level during April. The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town’s buffet breakfast experience calls on trained eggsperts to dish up a morning meal like no other. Whether it’s fried, poached, scrambled or folded (as an omelette), you will get your eggs just the way you want ‘em, and the breakfast experts are trained to cook up your perfect morning meal while you watch. What’s more, if you missed out on chocolate-y delights from the Easter bunny, satisfy your sweet tooth craving with one of the restaurant’s famous milkshakes (there are 36 different flavours including Lindt and Ferrero Rocher chocolate); no breakfast is complete without one (wink, wink).
Booking: The buffet breakfast costs R165p/p and runs from 6:30am to 10:30am daily. To book your spot for breakfast, contact +27 (0) 21 488 2555.

Easter Sweets at the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa (April)
Each year, the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa’s talented pastry guru, Chef Shadwick, creates an impressive Easter-themed display of sweet things. While mum’s the word on what this year’s showcase will entail, our sources confirm that it will be the tooth fairy’s worst nightmare! What’s more, if you’re having an odd-hour craving or simply want to have a tea party at 1am, the deli is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and patrons can either sit down or take away their yummy treats!
Booking: The deli is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, contact +27 (0) 21 525 3888.

Easter Saturday Discount at Eco Furniture (19 April)
Spruce up your digs for less this Easter in Cape Town with a handcrafted item from the Eco Furniture Design store in Woodstock. This very affordable, eco-friendly décor and furniture manufacturer is offering readers a further 10% off ALL stock in store on Saturday, 19 April 2014. That means that you can redecorate your home or office without breaking the bank this Easter Saturday. Do note that the discount does not apply to the delivery charge.

Easter Sunday Brunch at the Bistro 126 at the Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel (20 April)
Enjoy an ample Easter Sunday (20 April) buffet brunch at the Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel’s Bistro 126. This indulgent spread offers patrons the opportunity to tuck into a smorgasbord featuring a fruit station, a selection of cold meats and salads, an assortment of seafood (yes, it includes pickled fish) and a carvery (with Karoo lamb and beef sirloin). What’s more, the buffet also includes eggs Benedict on croissants, butter chicken, baby vegetables and rosti potatoes as well as an extensive array of decadent desert dishes.
Booking: The Sunday brunch costs R270p/p, and the offer starts at 10am and runs until 2pm. To make a reservation for the Sunday offering, contact or +27 (0) 21 481 3700.

Easter Promotion at Labels4Less Factory Shop (11-22 April)
This Easter in Cape Town, Labels4Less Factory Shop is offering shoppers an opportunity to take advantage of a crazy April promotion. The boutique-y discount land – it sells high-end brands at marked-down prices – is giving away potential millions in the form of a Lotto Power Ball ticket that comes complimentary with all goods bought (there is no minimum requirement) between Friday, 11 and Tuesday, 22 April 2014. That means that for each purchase made, patrons win themselves the chance to strike it lucky with the National Lottery. Now, there’s no excuse to look drab this Easter. Dress like a millionaire and you can also tata ma chance!

Easter Burger and Beer Special at The Taproom (18-19 April)
Celebrate Easter in Cape Town with a yummy burger and free beer special at The Taproom on Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 April 2014. As the eatery side of the Salt River-based Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, this industrial-chic restaurant is offering diners a FREE small bottle of King’s Blockhouse IPA with every top-notch cheeseburger ordered. That’s correct, order a cheesy sandwich and get a brew on the house. Do note: the restaurant will be closed on Sunday, 20 and Monday, 21 April 2014. 
Booking: No booking is necessary, but as the restaurant gets quite busy, it’s recommended to make a reservation nonetheless. To do so, phone  +27 (0) 21 200 5818.

Easter Specials at Cozier Wine Cellars
Celebrate this Easter in Cape Town in style with Cozier Wine Cellars. This Kloof Street shop is offering readers the opportunity to scoop up six bottles of any wine, both at the store and online, for 7% less from Monday, 14 to Saturday, 19 April 2014. What’s more, if you’re in the vicinity, this fine wine, premium liquor and craft beer shop will host a wine tasting on Thursday, 17 April 2014. 
Contact: For more information or to make your online purchases, visit

Easter Lunch Buffet at CinCin Restaurant (20 April)
Century City’s elegant but approachable CinCin Restaurant  in the Colosseum Hotel invites anyone in the market for a traditional meal with all the trimmings to tuck into an all-you-can-eat buffet on Easter Sunday. As can be expected, the family-friendly eatery will dish up holiday favourites, like pickled fish, hot cross buns and tender roasts. Though, some signature salads, homemade breads, delicious curries and decadent desserts will also make an appearance. And while drinks aren’t included in the cost of the smorgasboard, you’ll certainly want to order a glass of wine to pay homage to the restaurant’s namesake and to toast the long weekend with some well-deserved decorum. ChinChin!
Booking: The all-you-can-eat buffet costs R165p/p and can be booked by phoning +27 (0) 21 526 4000 or emailing Lunch starts at 12:30pm and runs until 2:30pm.

Muizenberg Historical Walk on Easter Sunday (20 April)
Brush up on your history this Easter Sunday (20 April) while drinking in the fresh sea air on a languid walk along the white sandy shores of the Cape Peninsula. Director of the Muizenberg Historical Society Chris Taylor will take an intimate group on an easy-paced 1.5km walk (3 hours) and give participants fascinating accounts of the area during visits to some of Muizenberg’s most storied spots. Attendees will learn more about the Rhodes Cottage, Het Posthuys, the Battle of Muizenberg, the kramat with its thrice-buried holy man from 1660, SA’s very own Cold War spy, bodies beneath floors, the Dutch East India Company (or better known as the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC), the railway station and so much more.
There are only 12 slots available. Tickets cost R100p/p and must be pre-booked by contacting Chris Taylor on +27 (0) 82 908 3456 or The walk starts at 10am and participants must meet outside the Checkers Supermarket in Muizenberg.

Spier’s Egg-streme Easter Egg Hunt (20 April)
Spier wine estate in Stellenbosch is gearing up for what they claim is the biggest Easter egg hunt in the Western Province. On Sunday, 20 April 2014, kids (and the young at heart) will traipse a 3-km trail to find elusive Easter egg treats on the wine farm’s expansive grounds. After the quest for chocolate-y titbits is done, little ones can expend whatever energy is left on the humungous chicken jumping castle, or they can try to score more sweets by having a bash at the giant egg piñata. What’s more, kiddies can also get their faces painted or explore their creative side at egg-painting stations. Moms and pops can also tuck into an adult-oriented festive treat – wine and chocolate pairing – while they wait (extra costs apply), and after all is said and done, families can enjoy a yummy lunch on the sprawling greens.
Booking: Booking is essential. Tickets are available via and cost R100p/p for only the hunt, which starts at 10am. Tickets for the hunt and lunch (starts at 1pm) cost R325p/p for adults and R162.50p/p for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

Easter Weekend at the One&Only (19 – 21 April)
Indulge in a range of Easter-themed activities at the famed One&Only Hotel in Cape Town.


R195p/p for adults

R95p/p for kids between 4 and 12 years of age

From Saturday, 19 to Monday, 21 April, top pastry chef René Simatos is set to knock your sweet-tooth socks off with an extravagant Easter Bunny Afternoon Tea Buffet. Diners can tuck into colour-coordinated sweet treats and platters of dainty, savoury snacks in the Vista Bar and Lounge from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

A special mini afternoon children’s buffet tea table is available on Easter Sunday for younger patrons (4 – 12 years).


Free for little ones attending either the afternoon tea or Sunday lunch buffets

Also, on Sunday, 20 April, little ones are afforded the opportunity to scurry after chocolaty delights in a fun-filled Easter egg hunt at 3pm.


R295p/p for adults

R175p/p for kids between 4 and 12 years of age

Reuben’s restaurant is pulling out all the stops on Easter Sunday with a lavish Cape-inspired buffet for the whole family. Lunch will be served from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday, 20 April 2014.

Tickets: Costs vary according to offering (see above). Booking is essential; for more information or to make a reservation, contact + 27 (0) 21 431 4511 or

Easter Vortex Trance Party
Slip into the whirlpool and celebrate Easter at the epic annual Vortex: Parallel Universe trance party from Friday, 18 to Monday, 21 April 2014. This year the four-day outdoor jol celebrates its 20th anniversary with a jam just outside Caledon at an all new venue. As in past, it promises to deliver revelers an opskop jam-packed with stomp-tastic beats and sick groovies. 
Tickets: Pre-sale tickets are available online via R380p/p (excludes booking fee), at selected retail outlets at R370p/p (includes booking fee) or at the gate on the day at R400p/p. No individual day passes will be sold.

Easter Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Durbanville Hills
Satisfy your sweet tooth this Easter with a decadent chocolate and wine pairing at the Durbanville Hills Wine Estate. Match the farm’s finest vintages with the bittersweet flavours of various cocoa treats. Tastings are offered daily during regular cellar hours.
Tickets: Tastings cost R60p/p for five wines and five chocolates. Booking is advised for groups of eight and more. For more information and to book, contact +27 (0)21 558 1300 or

Easter Egg Hunt at Delvera Agri-Village
Hop on down to the Delvera agri-village in Stellenbosch for an afternoon filled with sweet treats. In celebration of Easter, annual egg hunts are scheduled for Thursday, 17; Saturday, 19; and Monday, 21 April 2014 at the kiddies’ venue, Kids Xing (crossing). A range of flags (with price tags on them) will be planted in the lush garden, and little ones are invited to snatch up the hidden treasures and redeem them for yummy Easter eggs at the venue’s front desk.
Tickets: Entry to the egg hunt is free. Patrons will have to pay the allotted price (on the flag) when picking up their Easter eggs.

Also, have a look at our overview of annual April events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.
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