This country village also offers good food, excellent wine + lots of history
7 Things to do this week(end)
What does a weekend under level 3 look like?
This week we have lots of local art to appreciate and contemplate over (because the Western Cape is blessed with so much creativity), an incredible nature hike to a secret pool, and a stay in a stunning hotel stay-cation.
TAP INTO ITALIAN ROMANCE AT CASA LABIA
The shush of the waves, big green lawn, and authentic Italian aesthetic and rich heritage makes the Casa Labia, in Muizenberg, the ultimate dreamy romantic escape. Originally home to Count and Countess Natale Labia, the Casa Labia, which was restored by the family and opened to the public in 2010, is now also offering two suites of luxury accommodation. You can now stay there for a stay-cation (or work-ation) and get quick access to the beach and nearby cafés and restaurants. Its own restaurant offers exceptional food. Plus you can also now work remotely at the Casa Labia.
Date: 8am-10pm daily
HIKE TO A SECRET WATERFALL
Hike to a waterfall – it's a 40-metre sheer drop and is spectacular. Afterwards you can take a refreshing dip in an icy rockpool surrounded by ferns and lush moss. The hike starts off quite easily, but it does get more challenging, with numerous rock formations that hikers have to scramble over. There is also a Hiddingh Ascension hike on Sunday, 10 January (check the Facebook page for more information). All you’ll need to bring is hiking shoes, a bottle of water and sunscreen to hike along with Trail Fit SA.
Date: Saturday, 30 January
EXPLORE AFRICAN ART AND CULTURE
Buff up on African history, from oral storytelling and protest music through to an evocative story about a family who were evicted from their home during apartheid. This Bo-Kaap family's experience is told through a photographic exhibition in the building that used to be their home. Go further back and learn about artefacts and fossils. All of these exhibitions are on at one of the collection of Iziko Museums. There are strict Covid-19 policies to ensure your safety when you visit the Iziko Museums.
Date: See article, as times are dependent on which of the museums you visit.
CALLING ALL LOCAL AESTHETES TO RIEBEEK KASTEEL
Visit one of South Africa’s oldest towns, Riebeek Kasteel, a town filled with art, culture and good food. Exhibitions at the Gallery Riebeek Kasteel showcase a variety of work of artists in the area, and it's worth the trip for both serious collectors as well as appreciators of fine art. The current summer exhibition is on until 31 January and is called No Holds Barred.
Date: 6 December - 31 January 2021
FIND OUT WHO THE RUPERT MUSEUM IS SHOWING
Up until 28 February, 2021, you can see the work of legendary South African artist Sam Nhlengethwa. This is a collection of his colourful figurative and collage works, but art lovers can also get an intimate look into his love for his family and jazz. Break your date with Nhlengethwa’s The Still from Life exhibition with a coffee and toastie at the café when you visit the Rupert Museum.
SEE STRANGE LIFE AT THE TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
Lazy sharks, floating giant turtles, giant crabs straight out of a science fiction novel and a fish that has no eyes, no mouth and no fins are just a few of the 8 000 weird and wonderful sea creatures at South Africa’s most famous aquarium. Over the festive season, the gates are also open for a little longer at the Two Oceans Aquarium
TEST OUT UNIQUE FLAVOURS AT MAKERS LANDING
In December 2020 a brand new district of the V&A Waterfront opened for young local foodie talent. Makers Landing is a food community, where the brightest minds in food can hone their skills. Plus it will be home to a market where you can sample the freshest flavours in the country. If you’re planning your summer holidays, don’t miss Makers Landing.
BOOK A TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLE CAR RIDE
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, one of the province's main attractions, can get busy in summer. You want to book fast and book online. In other words, don’t come without a ticket on the day you want to ride the cable car – you probably won't get on. Book online where you can also check the rates and opening hours.
Date: Daily, weather permitting
BOOK THIS SPECIAL AT ONE&ONLY CAPE TOWN
Have yourself a luxurious Christmas by booking the Your Urban Retreat at the One&Only Cape Town. It is a special for locals, who can book a stay at almost half the international rate. Book for one night, and you’ll also get 25% off all food and beverages and have access to the spa and other facilities. Book for two nights and the One&Only Cape Town oyster opens up even more. Your Urban Retreat is available until 14 December 2021 at the One&Only Cape Town.
Date: On now until 14 December 2021
MORE TIPS ON UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN:
- Hey parents! Here’s a list of 37 things to do you can do with your kids.
- Seaside views, a sushi bar + more at Barstaurant.
- Visit one of South Africa’s oldest towns for some art and culture at Riebeek Kasteel.
- Enjoy a glamorous escape at One&Only Cape Town.
- You know it’s summer in Cape Town when you’re cosying up at the Galileo Open Air Cinema
- Check out this adorable miniature version of the 7de Laan set.
- They’re serving up a brand new menu with fresh pasta and fresh produce at Bacini’s.
- Enjoy local bands in an intimate show at Café Roux this month.
- Enjoy local food, listen to live music, or go on a Fort tour at the Fort Food Truck Market.
- Treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at Templehof’s new Constantia restaurant beyond.
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