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7 Things to do this week(end)
Hiking through Cecilia forest, the art of origami, an evening market in Cape Peninsula
Last updated: Monday, 16 August 2022
Roadtrip to Piekenierskloof Pass for an epic tea pairing on Friday. Meet fellow hikers as you make your way through Cecilia Forest. Or learn how to make an origami butterfly by a Guinness World Record holder on Sunday. Here are 7 (and more) things to do this weekend (and in the weeks ahead).
TAKE A DRIVE FOR 5 EPIC TEA TASTINGS
Take a roadtrip to the Piekenierskloof Pass to visit De Tol Farm Deli - it’s one of the oldest farm stalls along the N7. Be adventurous and try the most unusual pairings… tea and gin or wine. Or opt for something less daring like tea and nougat, or chocolate truffles. There’s also a tea and nibbles pairing, plus kids can join in on the tasting fun at De Tol Farm Deli.
Date: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 5pm; Sunday, 8am - 3pm
Cost: R80 - R90
Piekenierskloof N7 Pass | Citrusdal | 067 410 3315 | @de_tol_farm_deli | Image: De Tol Farm Deli
JOIN A HIKING GROUP THIS SATURDAY
Make your way to Cecilia Forest and join the Salomon Hike Club for a 4-hour hike. The trail is intermediate level (so not a casual hike, some fitness is needed), where the group will explore Caveman's Overhang. Be prepared to do some bushwacking as the trail is a bit overgrown. Bring lots of water and snacks, and spend the day outdoors meeting new people (the group will meet at Cecilia Forest parking lot).
Date: Saturday, 20 August; meet at 7am
Cecilia Forest | 119 Rhodes Drive | Wynberg | 083 246 6406 | Image: @fahwaaz_c
LEARN HOW TO DO ORIGAMI
Every Sunday you can join in a live art experience at Art Haus Gallery. Artist Juanne-Pierre De Abreu (JooJ), the Guinness World Record holder of the largest display of origami butterflies, will teach you the ancient Japanese art of origami as he creates his new exhibition, “Reimagining the Greats”. Pop by and watch or book a slot and take part in the experience. Your butterfly may just form part of a beautifully finished artwork.
Date: Every Sunday, 12pm - 4pm
Art Haus | 3b Clarens Road | Sea Point | @art_haus_ct | Image: Lara van Zyl
PARTY ON LONG STREET
Join Deep South Vibes for Urban Oasis, a groovy jol where a variety of DJs (some who played at AfrikaBurn) will bring the best techno and electronic beats. It’s held at Sweeties Beerhall, a vibrant space that’s a contemporary take on the African beer hall. It features some of the most innovative, small-scale wine and beer producers, which you can try on the night. Plus, you can take your own food.
Date: Saturday, 20 August 2022; 6pm - 2am
Cost: R85 (pre-sale), R100 (at the door before 9pm), R120 (at the door after 9pm), book here
Sweeties Beerhall | 209 Long Street | 067 410 3315 | Image: @sebastdanneo
TOUR 14 HISTORIC AREAS ON FOOT EVERY SUNDAY
From Loop Street to Simonstown, discover the rich history of Cape Town on foot. Cameron Peters, aspiring filmmaker and founder of Cape Town Heritage Tours, hosts 2-hour long walking tours every Sunday that run as a circuit across the peninsula, covering 14 areas. Book as a group or a private tour and learn about the rich history of Cape Town and its surroundings.
Date: Every Sunday, starts: 10am or 2pm
Cost: R100 pre-booked, R150 on the day
Cape Town Heritage Tours | firstname.lastname@example.org | @capetownheritagetours | Image: Cape Town Heritage Tours
SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS AT A MARKET
The Evening Market at Jubilee in Simonstown, presented by Thrifts By Mika x Fran's Place, supports local artists, crafters and budding entrepreneurs. Thrifts By Mika, SON Clothing, Human's AVE, Nails By Omo and Sophisticated Rebel stalls will be on show. Tickets include a beef/chicken burger and chips, alcohol will be available as well.
Date: Sunday, 21 August; 6pm - 10pm
Cost: R60, book here
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BOOGIE TO PUNK ROCK AND WINE
Traditional cheese-and-wine pairings are way too passé for Black Elephant Vintners – it offers something far more rebellious: Join for a sparkling-wine or wine tasting, pop on some headphones and prepare to be blown into a land of heightened senses at this punk-rock cellar.
Date: Every Saturday, from 11am
Cost: R150 - R300pp, book here
40a Uitkyk Street | Franschhoek | 021 876 2903 | Image: Tasting Cape Town (@tastingct)
GET YOUR BREATH BACK EVERY WEEK
Breathwork has gone mainstream, and more and more people are using the tool to manage stress and anxiety, replenish their energy and find joy. You can try it for free: Every month Breathwork Africa, a global leader in the field of conscious breathing, hosts free online sessions. Or read more about this movement to find a course that suits you.
Date: Once a month
Cost: Free - Book a BreathCafé session for beginners
Online | Image: Breathwork Africa
FEAST ON A BUDGET (FOR AS LITTLE AS R6)
This canteen-style eatery with its string of bustling stalls is a vibe. The portions are huge (one porting is usually more than enough to serve two people), affordable, it’s halaal and vegetarian-friendly. Get Turkish, Cape-style biryani, bunny chows and more at the most reasonable prices at Eastern Food Bazaar.
Date: Open Monday to Thursday, 10am - 8pm, and Friday to Saturday, 10am - 10pm.
Cost: From R6 for rotis and R9 for a giant naan bread, dosas for R40 and bunny chow for R50.
VISIT THIS WINTER NIGHT MARKET
Shake off the winter blues and head to the Century City Night Market, held at Intaka Island. There’s live music, a thrifting corner, and everything from tacos, empanadas, and boa buns to samosas, Cape Malay curry and other hearty food. This market is a must-visit if you want to try different types of cuisines.
Date: May to August, last Friday of the month, 4pm - 9pm
Cost: Free entry
Century City Night Market | Intaka Island | email@example.com | Image: Century City CCPOA
DON’T MISS THESE EXCLUSIVE WINTER WARMERS
Mount Nelson, a Belmond hotel, is inviting all (especially the foodies) to come eat, play and stay this winter. There are a host of irresistible two-course meals, jazz brunches, plus other delights – like a rich, cheesy fondue or cognac and chocolate pairing – and there are also some excellent deals for families.
Date: Offers run until 31 August, 2022
Cost: From R175 per person
76 Orange Street | Gardens | 021 483 1000 | @belmondmountnelsonhotel | Image: Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel
SPEND THE DAY AT A FAMILY FAIR
Pop into this market, where you will be greeted by Dunkin, Dixie and Daisy, the resident donkeys. The Purple Windmill has views of wine vineyards and entertainment for everyone, from live music, stalls, craft beers, cocktails, hotdogs and a play park for kids. Or hit golf balls into a lake, go target shooting and more.
Date: Wednesdays to Sundays, 9am - 5pm
Cost: Free entry
Uitspan Farm | R44 Klapmuts | Stellenbosch | 021 202 5993 | Instagram: @the_purple_windmill | Image: The Purple Windmill
TASTE WINE IN AN OLD FERMENTATION TANK
Experience a wine tasting like no other at this boutique winery, which has 6 themed caves for you to choose from. Snuggle up in The Kitchen or Versaille nook and listen to the stories of the farm’s vines and wines. Plus, you can have lunch, walk its trails and picnic at Klein Roosboom.
Date: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am - 5pm; Sundays, 8.30am - 4pm
Cost: R95 for wine tasting
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Tygerberg Valley Road | Durbanville | 079 693 9646 | Instagram: @kleinroosboom | Image: Klein Roosboom
LISTEN TO JAZZ IN A MOODY NEW BAR
Make a date with this cute, bluesy live music and cocktail lounge in Cape Town. It’s a collaboration between jazz musician Buddy Wells and chef patron Matt Manning. Listen to South Africa’s top jazz and blues musicians at this intimate space – the line-up is always good. And bonus, you can dine and drink unique and delicious cocktails while you enjoy the show at The Blue Room at Grub & Vine.
Date: Tuesday - Saturday evenings
Cost: R100 - R150; Dinner from R35
103 Bree Street | 087 153 5244 | Instagram: @theblueroomct | Image: The Blue Room
KICK OFF YOUR FRIDAY WITH A COFFEE RUN
Join Harvest Café & Deli’s running club. The 5km loop, which starts at both its Newlands and Muizenberg outlets, will take you around either the leafy suburb or along the seaside. All fitness levels are welcome, and you can bring along your furry friends too. Plus, enjoy a R20 coffee special afterwards.
Date: Every Friday, 7am
Harvest Cafe | 4 York road | Muizenberg and Dean Street | Newlands | Instagram: @harvestcafect__ | Image: Harvest Café
PLAY BEER PONG EVERY FRIDAY
Kick off the weekend with a friendly beer-pong competition at Randy Warthog Bar & Grill, in Green Point. From 5pm to 7pm it’s Happy Hour, so get there early and soak up the vibe or order food for R100 or less. Gather your friends and join Beer Pong Fridays.
Date: Every Friday, 7pm - late
Cost: Free entry (just buy your own beer)
Randy Warthog Bar & Grill | 107 Main Road | Green Point | Instagram: @randywarthog | Image: Randy Warthog
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS WITH IRMA STERN
The Irma Stern Museum turns 50 this year and in honour of its half centenary, the museum is hosting a series of exhibitions and events throughout the year. Visit the permanent exhibitions, stroll through the garden or check out what special exhibitions are being showcased. Discover more ways to celebrate the beloved Irma Stern here.
Date: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Cost: R65 admission fee
21 Cecil Road | Rosebank | Cape Town | 060 827 0787 | Instagram: @irma_stern_museum | Image: Irma Stern Museum
BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE AT BIG DISCOUNT
People come from all over the world to see sharks in Gansbaai. They come for great white sharks and you’ll also see a big variety of other shark species, such as bronze whaler and 7-gill cow sharks. Mention CapeTownMag and White Shark Diving Company will give you R400 off a cage-dive (it’s usually R2 200), or up to 50% off private charters.
Date: Open daily, from 8am
Cost: Discounted rates from R1 800 pp
DOUBLE UP ON FRENCH INFLUENCES WITH THIS PAIRING
Canto Wines is a stunning boutique winery in Durbanville and offers 3 fabulous tastings for the whole family – and one doubles up the French influence: Taste MCC paired with macarons (you can’t believe how good it is). Or sip gin and nibble dried fruit or opt for a non-alcoholic pairing (great for our designated drivers and kids).
Date: Monday to Thursday, 11am - 5pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am - 8pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Cost: From R80
Canto Wines | Vissershok Road | Durbanville | 021 492 2821 | Instagram: @cantowines | Image: Canto Wines
LET THE KIDS DECIDE
It’s the holidays and you want some fun things on the agenda. Cape Town is overflowing with loads of fun-tastic activities (for kids of all ages), from sailing with pirates and acrobranch adventures to indoor roller-blading and play parks for all. Check out these 31 things to do with kids.
R304 | Muldersvlei Road | Stellenbosch | 086 999 0369 | Instagram: @acrobranchza | Image: Bongi Hill
THRIFT AT OASIS + SUPPORT ITS COMMUNITY
Did you know that the Oasis Association’s thrift and second-hand shop is one of the best places in town to go bargain hunting? The range of goods is extensive, from pre-loved clothes and jewellery to household goods, kitchenware and even furniture. You can buy delicious baked goods there, and all proceeds go to supporting the 600 intellectually challenged beneficiaries of this amazing non-profit.
Oasis Association | Cnr Lee + Imam Haron roads | 021 671 2698 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Image: Katleho Mohale
VISIT A FLEA MARKET THIS SUNDAY
The Muizenberg Flea Market has been in existence for the last 34 years. It has over 300 stalls that sell everything from Cape Malay food and mielies in a cup to underwear and brass decor. And best part of all, you always leave with a bargain when you visit this Sunday market.
Date: Every Sunday, 8am-6pm
Cost: Free entry
Muizenberg Flea Market | Sunrise Circle | Muizenberg | Facebook | Image: Mark Schultz
HIKE TO A MYSTICAL WATERFALL
Unwind by hiking to a waterfall in Cecilia Forest. There are many routes to get there: Cecilia car park, Newlands Forest, Constantia Nek and Kirstenbosch Gardens. The routes differ in duration and difficulty, but all lead to the breathtaking water gushing over hanging ferns and green mosses. All the routes are pet friendly and most of them are free! Find out more about the hiking trails here.
Cost: Free (excluding Kirstenbosch route)
Waterfall at Cecilia Ravina | Cecilia Forest | Constantia | Image: Carmen Lewis
DRINK WHISKY FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT YOBO
YOBO Whiskey and Wine Bar, where Cape Town's eclectic tribes to unwind. They serve some top select range of whisky and wine. The food is good too at YOBO on Shortmarket Street (next to House of Machines).
Date: Wednesday to Friday, 4pm
Cost: Free entrance
86 Shortmarket St | Cape Town City Centre | 064 752 0555 | @yobo_love
BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY (FOR FREE)
Cape Town Free Walking Tours does exactly what it says on the box. Professional tour guides take groups of people on enlightening historical walks through the city. They are free, short, and happen twice a day (11am and 2pm) every single day. This is a gem of an experience often overlooked by locals. See where you can find free walking tours.
Wale Street/St George’s Mall | City Centre | 0766369007 | email@example.com
MEET YOUR FAVOURITE GLOBAL ICONS
The Long March to Freedom exhibition in Century City is the largest exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world. It’s a sculpture garden of 100 life-sized, bronze statues that depict South African and international liberation and human-rights icons, and tells the story of South Africa’s 350-year struggle for freedom and democracy.
Date: Monday to Saturday, 10am- 6pm, Sundays and public holidays 10am - 4pm
Cost: Adults R75, kids under 16 and pensioners R50, family (2 adults and 2 children) R210, R10 parking fee
Century City | Cape Town | 01106465595 | @longmarchtofreedom
DINE AT AN OPEN-AIR EATERY IN HERMANUS
Fick's tidal pool is carved into the rocky shore of Hermanus, and just above it, set on decks built into the cliffs, is Ficks Pinchos & Wine. Here you're treated to incredible views over the pool, breaching whales, dolphins, seals, birdlife and the occasional yacht. Plus, Ficks has an excellent menu designed for seaside snacking. There are cocktails (fantastic alcohol-free ones, too), pinchos (the Spanish version of tapas) and hot-from-the-oven flammkuchen at Ficks Pinchos & Wine.
Date: Monday - Sunday
Hours: 11am-9pm; closed til 12 August 2022
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8 Marine Dr, Westcliff | Hermanus | 028 312 4082 | www.ficks.co.za
HAVE A HARVEST STYLE LUNCH WITH THE KIDS
When you get a hankering for a roast chicken and a table filled with plates of vegetables and salads, then Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is the answer. Every Wednesday to Sunday chef Christiaan Visser puts together a meal that is served at your table, designed for sharing between family and friends. There are other options besides chicken, including pork and lamb, and plenty of vegetable choices, too, at the Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie.
Date: Every Wednesday to Sunday
R45 Main Rd | Franschhoek | 021 876 8002 | www.leopardsleap.co.za
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