Things to do this Father’s Day

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Things to do this Father’s Day

Beer, biltong, golf, movies, gin-making, special lunch + more

The best way to give your dad the Father’s Day he’d love is by first asking him what he’d love to do on this day of the year that’s been dedicated to papas the world over. And if he loves to eat well, drink well, experiment with making stuff or get active, we have some ideas for you.  


FABER, on Avondale Wine Estate outside Paarl, is one of South Africa’s leading restaurants. It follows a strongly organic and nose-to-tail approach to cooking (including with vegetables) and its food has won awards. Book a date with your dad at this gem of a restaurant. If it’s cold, ask for a seat near the roaring fireplace, but if it’s a good day, opt for the veranda that overlooks lush gardens. The seasonal and organic menu offers a 2-course, 3-course, or 6-course lunch. Bring along the kids, they can play on the rolling lawns and have the 2-course kiddies’ menu (for kids under 12). Enjoy your lunch with Avondale organic and biodynamic wines, sold at cellar-door prices.
Rates: 2 course - R390 p/p; 3 course - R450 p/p; 6 course - R690 p/p; Kids’ 2 course - R110
Date & Time: 20 June 2021; from 12 pm, with last reservations taken at 2 pm
Good to know: As it is a contemporary farm-to-fork restaurant that serves seasonal, local, and organic produce, mostly harvested from their organic garden, the menu changes regularly, ensuring a new experience for returning guests.

Image credit: Claire Gunn | Avondale Estate | Paarl | 021 202 1219 | 


Just an hour from Cape Town’s CBD, in the middle of the Houwhoek and Babylonstoren mountain ranges, is Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate. It’s the perfect environment in which to treat the man who has always put you first – it’s quiet, relaxed, has excellent wines and a restaurant with an exceptional menu. Chef Frans Groenewald has added some new dishes, paired with Gabriëlskloof wines. Plus, the Landscape Cottage is the perfect place to have the vineyards all to yourselves for a celebratory Father’s Day weekend away at Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate.
Rates: R40 - R215
Date & Time: 20 June 2021; 10am - 3pm
Good to know: You get a 10% discount on any meals in the Restaurant + all Dads get a free glass of wine on Father’s Day.

R43, Bot River | Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate | 028 284 9865 | info@Gabrië 


Congratulations to Marc Bosch and thank you Candice Bosch for nominating him. You won the Father's Day gift of a lifetime! Here's the winning comment: "Has to be Marc Bosch this will be such an awesome prize. There are still some great fathers out there. Marc Bosch has not only been a great father to his two boys but displays great leadership as a fatherly figure in our home. His love is evident in the way he raises our boys with so much discipline. He teaches them self respect and what it means to love. I hope we win this prize." Read more beautiful tributes to Father's here


Visit Distillers & Union over Father’s Day weekend for its deluxe gin-making course. This course includes two cocktails, a branded copper straw, gin tasting, snacks and a guided course on making your own gin. Choose from spices, citrus, herbs and floral botanicals such as  African wormwood, rosebuds, orange rinds, wild rosemary, pink peppercorns, buchu spice, and rooibos, to name a few. The best part? You get to take home your own 500ml bottle of gin, tailored to your taste and complete with your own label design, all at Distillers & Union
Rates: R600
Date & Time: 19 + 20 June 2021; 12pm and 2:30pm 
Good to know: Book via email, mention it’s for Father’s Day, and you’ll get a 10% discount.

415 Albert Road | Woodstock |  


Instead of giving dad the remote on Sunday, book an Escape Game Experience with HintHunt. Dad and 1-5 other players (depending on the size of your fam) will be locked away in a themed room for 60 minutes. Choose from themed rooms like Shipwrecked or The Old Hotel, and more. You will be challenged to work together in order to solve all the clues and puzzles around you to escape the room before the timer runs out. All Dads that take part in the experience will be entered into a draw to win a free outdoor experience with HintHunt.
Rates: From R590 for 2 players
Date & Time: 20 June 2021; 10am - 4pm
Good to know: HintHunt is at the Watershed, South Africa’s biggest market for African design 

JHO2 The Watershed, 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | 021 001 4215 | 


For something a little different, why not take your dad on an authentic, fun and relaxed tour in a kombi that’s decked out in local street art? You’ll see and visit some of the best spots along the famous Stellenbosch wine route. The tour includes a local guide, visits to two craft breweries (where you can taste the beer), a wine tasting, a wine-and-biltong pairing, and an authentic South African braai lunch. You might even get to see some wildlife. (Re)discover Cape Town’s uniqueness with Kiff Kombi Tours.
Rates: R1100 p/p - R2100 p/p depending on group size
Date & Time: 20 June 2021; 10am
Good to know: Get 20% off with their LekkerLocal special.

Pick up: Yours Truly Cafe | 73 Kloof St, Cape Town | 072 213 3888 |


Blow your father away with breathtaking views and even better drinks at Ficks, in Hermanus. It serves a variety of pinchos (bite-sized meals as served in Northern Spain), such as spicy chicken wings, seared beef fillet, flash-fried calamari, roasted beetroot salad, and more. Sip a fabulous cocktail while you wait for your food. And on Father’s Day, when you buy one Flammkuchen (made from very thinly rolled dough) you get a 375ml Old Harbour Beer for free. Experience true tranquility at Ficks Restaurant.
Rates: R35 - R145
Time: 11am - 6pm
Good to know: Ficks works on a first-come, first-serve basis; it is kid- and pet-friendly.

8 Marine Drive | Hermanus | 028 312 4082 |


Play a round of golf with him at the world-class 18-hole par-3 golf course at Hazendal while taking in the panoramic views of the winelands, or practice your swing at The Burrow Driving Range. The course is challenging yet entertaining for both beginners and accomplished players. It boasts large grass greens and strategically placed bunkers. Opt for a family day, bring the kids and discover golfing fun for all ages with a 27-hole putt putt course and a range of family-friendly activities and attractions.
Rates: From R30 p/p
Time: Sunday 7.30am - 3.30pm for 18 holes, 3.30pm - 4.30pm for 3 holes, 7am - 5pm for the driving range, 8am - 5pm for family activities.
Good to know: Golfers are kindly requested to dress neatly and respectfully, see their website for in detail dress code requirements. 

Bottelary Road | Stellenbosch | 021 903 5034  | | 


Visit Fynbos Deck Restaurant, situated alongside the dunes on the Esplanade in Pearly Beach, which serves honest, fresh food. The 3-course lunch kicks off with roasted carrot soup and a parmesan mini-seed bun with “plaas botter”. For mains, feast on garlic and rosemary roast leg of lamb with roast potatoes, vegetables, and gravy. End off lunch with baked cheese cake and ice cream. Vegetarian options are also available. All dads get a free beer with their meal.
Rates: R195
Date & TIme: 20 June 2021; 12pm
Good to know: Make a weekend of it and stay over at Romans Villa Boutique Guest House, less than 30min away.

11 The Esplanade | Pearly Beach | 064 975 3525  |


Take your dad back to the good old days with a drive-in movie night at The Galileo Open Air Cinema. The Holiday is airing on Father’s Day and it’s family-friendly, so the whole family can join. Delicious snacks such as popcorn and candy floss, as well as pizzas, are available to pre-order with your tickets. Remember to take your blanket so you can get extra comfy for your night under the stars at The Galileo. 
Rates: From R125 p/p
Date & Time: 20 June 2021; Doors open at 5.30pm, Movie starts at 7pm
Good to know: You can book your tickets online

The Cape Academy | Constantia | 071 471 8728  | 


Visit the Stratus Lounge at Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town for an amazing view of the city and a buffet lunch. Starters include curried noodle-and-prawn salad, coconut-and-cauliflower soup, hummus with biltong dust served with a bread selection, and more. Mains include slow-roast beef sirloin, line fish with mussel cream, honey-butter glazed carrots, spicy rice pilaf, and crispy roast potatoes. Satisfy your sweet tooth with an array of desserts such as warm banana malva pudding, chocolate mousse, peppermint crisp tartlets, cinnamon doughnuts, and classic milk tart. Make Dad’s day extra special, take him to Radisson Blu Hotel.
Rates: R320 p/p
Date & Time: 20 June 2021; 12pm - 3pm
Good to know: There will be lucky draws and vouchers on the day.

22 Riebeek Street | Cape Town | 021 467 4000  |


The Hout Bay Manor Hotel serves a home-cooked meal and makes a great Fathers’ Day lunch venue, with a live jazz performance by Mark Fransman. Dine indoors, or opt for outdoor seating under shady plane trees, or beside the pool, depending on the weather. Choose between tender roast chicken or sirloin, both served with roast potatoes and an assortment of veggies. Your meal will be presented family-style, on the table to share.
Rates: Roast chicken option - R472 (4-6 people); Sirloin option - R700 (4-6 people)
Date: 20 June 2021; from 12pm, jazz starts at 1pm 
Good to know: All Dads get a complimentary glass of red wine with their meal. 

5 Baviaanskloof Road | Hout Bay | Whatsapp or Call: 071 536 3532


Don’t have a lot of money? No worries. Take your dad for a delicious three-course breakfast or lunch at Papaz Bistro without breaking the bank. The eatery serves authentic, homemade-style food for breakfast  like eggs, bacon, pork bangers,hashbrowns, and more. For lunch, start with pea-and-smoked-pork soup or a vegetable soup served with a bread roll. Mains include beef curry with potatoes on rice and naan bread, or lamb shank and roast veggies with mashed potatoes. Dessert is classic malva pudding served with homemade custard or ice cream. Bring the kids, there’s a special menu for kids under 12.
Rates: Breakfast - R180 p/p; R60 (kids under 12). Lunch - R220 p/p; R75 (kids under 12).
Date & Time: 20 June 2021; Breakfast - 9am; Lunch - 12.30pm
Good to know: All Dads receive a free gift to the value of R60
24 Fourie Street | Brackenfell | 021 982 3412



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