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Cape Town's 7+ things to do this week(end)

Rooftop jams, go-karting, art club, film fest and more

Last updated: Tuesday, 9 April 2024

As the weather gets colder, don’t slow down. There’s a creative club, a new go-karting location, Sunday slow jams on a rooftop for couples, a free beach workout for friends, film festival and burger eating challenge. Here are your 7+ things for you to do this week(end).

CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO A 1.2KG BURGER 

Can you finish a 1.2kg burger, onion rings and fries in 25 minutes or less? That’s the Beat-The-Meat Burger Challenge. This is all washed down with your choice of a milkshake or beer. If you win, your table eats for free, you get a t-shirt, cap and a R450 food and beverage voucher. If you lose you must admit defeat with a doggy bag.

Date: Every Wednesday and Friday, 6pm to 9pm
Cost: R450, book via Quicket


Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! | 64 New Church Street | Gardens | @fireicehotel_capetown | Image: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!

GO TO AN OPERA FESTIVAL

A night at the opera, in a bite-size version. Cape Town Opera is hosting an opera festival with three shows, from a Mozart comedy great for the family to the world-premiere of Trial by Media, a story about the Oscar Pistorius trial. And each show is only an hour long. Find out more about Shorts: A Festival of Pocket Operas.

Date: 11 - 21 April, 3pm - 9pm
Cost: From R150 to R280


32 Rua Vasco Da Gama Plain | CBD | @capetownopera | Image: Cape Town Opera

GO TO A DRAWING SESSION 

The Kaya Café is hosting a life drawing session with local artist, Tiffany Onderstall. The model’s poses will range from a short-and-sweet 30 seconds up to 25 minutes long, and you can learn about drawing while enjoying a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage. Materials like charcoal, soft pastels, pencils and more are all included.

Date: Thursday, April 11; 6.30pm to 9pm
Cost: R200, book via Quicket


35 Loop Street | City Centre | @thekayacafe | Image: Justin Fife & Joshua Abrahams

ATTEND THE CAPE TOWN ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL

Hosted across three venues this year, the annual CTAFF has become one of South Africa's premier film and content showcases in the “adventure” genre. There’s a lineup of 30+ films, plus a guest speaker list including Academy Award winning director Pippa Ehrlich, Golden Globe Race winner Kirsten Neuschäfer and pro-surfer Mikey February. 

Date: Friday, 12 April; 6.30pm to 10pm
Cost: Between R120 to R200, book via capetownadventurefilm.com 


Various locations | @capetownadventurefilm | Image: Cape Town Adventure Film Festival

LISTEN TO A JAZZ LEGEND 

Local jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim is performing at the City Hall, as part of a world tour. ​​Ibrahim returns home to South Africa after a five-year break to give a series of landmark concerts in Cape Town and Joburg. The 90-year-old performer is known for working with the likes of Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. 

Date: Friday, 12 April; 8pm
Cost: R750 - R2 500, book via Ticketpro 

 
 
 
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Darling Street | City Centre | @sanctuarymandela

JOIN A FREE WORKOUT AT BLOUBERG BEACH 

It’s a free mega workout on the beach hosted by #wedotransformations, where all fitness levels are welcome. You just have to bring water (and/or recovery drinks), a sweat towel and a friend. Plus, stand a chance to win cash prizes. Wear a black shirt to show support. 

Date: Saturday, 13 April; 9am to 10am
Cost: Free entry, register via Quicket

 
 
 
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Blouberg Beachfront | Foam Road & Marine Drive | Milnerton | Cape Town

LISTEN TO SLOW JAMS ON SUNDAY 

Spend a relaxed afternoon at the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel where another edition of Slow Jam Sundays is taking place with RetroRootz. You can expect live music from old school to soul, plus board games, drinks and snacks. The DJ lineup includes artists like Just Shan, Bryan Travis, RetroRootz, and KDollahz.

Date: Sunday, 14 April; 2pm to 9pm
Cost: R100, book via Quicket  


38 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre | @cheers021 | Image: Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel

TRY GO-KARTING AT A NEW LOCATION

Rev your engines at Tyger Valley Centre’s new extreme karting. Their doors are open to the public, where you can challenge your friends to F1-style driving. The track has a classic karting circuit layout and chequered racing flags at the starting point. There are also tables and benches on the side for those who want to cheer from the stands. 

Date: Tuesday to Saturday (and public holidays), 10am to 8pm; Sunday, 10am to 7pm
Cost: From R150 (five minute session)

 
 
 
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Tyger Valley Shopping Centre | Mezzanine Level

TRY DUTCH CUISINE AT THIS FAMILY EATERY

This iconic Dutch inspired beach bar sits metres away from Grotto beach. After a swim or exploring the beach, visitors can grab a bite to eat or a quick drink: Seafood, sushi and Dutch cuisine. Try the traditional bitterballen (deep-fried meatballs with mustard), deconstructed stroopwaffels, or good old hake and chips at Dutchies in Hermanus

Date: Daily, 9am to 9pm
Cost: From R65 for starters


1 Grotto Street | Voelklip | Hermanus | @dutchiesrestaurant | Image: Dutchies

SEE 100+ ARTWORKS FROM ESTHER MAHLANGU

Globally acclaimed artist Esther Mahlangu is showcasing over 100 artworks, including the iconic BMW 525i Art Car, at Iziko South African National Gallery. The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, “Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting”: Esther Mahlangu, A Retrospective, is open to the public until August. Find out more about Esther Mahlangu’s art and career.

Date: 18 February to 11 August 2024; 9am - 5pm
Cost: From R40 for entry


25 Queen Victoria Street | Gardens | @esthermahlanguart | Image: Clint Strydom

SWIM IN A TIDAL POOL AT THIS BUCKET LIST EATERY

Spanish pinchos, boozy milkshakes and epic sea views – name a better summer's day. Ficks Restaurant is carved into the cliffs of Ficks tidal pool. You can swim in the tidal pool, lounge on the rocks, enjoy sundowners and the deck, and you might even spot a whale or dolphin (in season). Find out more about this bucket list tidal pool eatery

Date: Open daily; 11am - 9pm (weather dependent)
Cost: From R55


8 Marine Drive | Westcliff | Hermanus | @ficksrestaurant | Image: Ficks Restaurant

VISIT AN EXCLUSIVE CANNABIS CLUB, OPEN DAILY

Cannibisters is a members-only herbal apothecary with more than 90 strains of weed, an in-house medicinal cannabis practitioner, and a coffee bar with CBD-infused coffee and tea. Plus, there’s a workspace for regulars and premium members have access to The Serenity Room. Here’s how you can become a member of Cape Town’s cannabis club

Date: Daily, 10am to 11.30pm
Cost: R100 monthly membership fee


65 Regent Road | Sea Point | 0087 537 8000 | Website | Image: Cannibisters 

RIDE ON SCOOTERS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

A one-stop-adventure-shop with Monster Mountain Scooters, purpose-built tracks, archery, vine bike tours and mountain biking trails. All surrounded by mountain ranges and wine farms. Could this be the best day ever? Read more about Scootours’s new location in Banhoek (which also takes walk-ins).

Date: Open daily; 8am - 5pm
Cost: R590 pp for riders


Swart Street | Kylemore | bookings@scootours.co.za | @scootourscapetown | Image: Scootours

PLAY BEACH VOLLEYBALL EVERY THURSDAY 

Join a free weekly event on Clifton 1st beach with volleyball games, sunsets and live DJs. It’s a great way to end off a summer evening and make new friends. Players don’t need to be professional and spectators are welcome to watch the fun at Friends Who Volley.

Date: Every Thursday, from 5pm
Cost: Free


Clifton 1st Beach | Clifton | Cape Town | @friendswhovolley | Image: @hansminaar_film

SPEND A THURSDAY IN EAST CITY

Harrington Street ticks all the boxes. There’s a classy cocktail lounge, local dive bar, nightclub and rum bar all under one roof. Every Thursday Harrington Street is a hub of local music, with live bands and DJ performances.Plus, there’s happy hour and half-price tapas at Harrington Street.

Date: Every Thursday, from 4pm to 4am
Cost: Classic cocktails from R70


61b Harrington Street | District Six | Cape Town | @harringtonsct | Image: Harrington Street

PLAY A SUPERHERO ESCAPE GAME  

It’s up to you to save the city of Cape Town from The Roach. You only have 75 minutes to do it. Are you in? This thrilling new escape game feels like a superhero simulation and is filled with Marvel easter eggs. Our team was the first to play it. Here’s everything you need to know about HintHunt’s Marble escape game.

You might also like: HintHunt has five other escape games, here are our tips and tricks on how to play your best game.

Date: Open daily; 10am - 8.30pm
Cost: R395 per person in a team of 6 


Watershed | 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | @hinthuntafrica | Image: Claire Photography

BOOK A STAY AT THIS BEACH RESORT  

In a tranquil fishing village hidden on the West Coast is Blue Bay Lodge: A 3-star resort on the bay’s edge, with winding beach walkways, beauty salon, tennis courts and more. Here’s 10 reasons to stay at this beach resort (and see how to book).

Cost: From R1 630 per night 


48 Gracillaria Crescent | Blouwaterbaai | Saldanha | @bluebaylodge | Image: Blue Bay Lodge

SAVE ON A HAIR MAKEOVER THIS WEEKEND

Want to do something new with your ‘do, or pamper yourself with a hair treatment? Excentric Hair are offering CapeTownMagazine.com readers some serious discounts on services like hair extensions, hair loss treatments, frizz-fighting experiences and more. Find 5 ways to transform your hair with some of Cape Town’s top hair stylists.

Cost: From R190 


Excentric Hair | Sea Point & Kloof Street | onpoint@excentric-hair.co.za | Instagram | Image: Excentric Hair

DISTILL YOUR OWN BRAND OF GIN

You don’t just taste great gins, you get to distill and design your own gin – from choosing the alcohol percentage, flavor profile and colour to designing the bottle. While you’re there, you can do a gin tasting and have wood-fired pizza on the deck. Plus, you’ll walk out with a specially designed bottle of gin at Distiller’s Union. 

Date: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 5.30pm
Cost: From R595 for standard gin making experience


Distiller’s Union | 156 Victoria Road | Woodstock | @distillersunion | Image: Distiller's Union

TRY HEALTHY TAKEOUT

Sweet and sticky wings, loaded cheese fries, harissa drumsticks, ragout spaghetti, Snickers chocolate bars… what if we told you this could be healthy (and plant-based)? For your next movie night this weekend, why not try Bamboo, a healthy takeout spot in the city.

Date: Daily, 11am to 9pm (delivery) 
Cost: From R50 


9 Long Street | Bamboo Plant Power’s website | @bambooplantpower | Image: Bamboo Plant Power

VISIT A GLASS MUSEUM

Whether you’re a fan of glass art or simply looking for a beautiful place to visit, you won’t regret stopping by the Glass Museum at Glenelly Estate! Home to one of the largest privately-owned glass collections in the world, see over 600 pieces of glass in Stellenbosch and the best part? It’s free.

Date: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm & Sundays, 10am to 3pm
Cost: Free


Glenelly Estate | Stellenbosch | @glenellyestate | Image: Glenelly Estate

ENJOY AN ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BRUNCH

Treat your family or friend group to an all-you-can-eat buffet every weekend. There’s something of everything – cereals, fruit salads, artisan cheeses, waffles, freshly baked bread, omelettes and croissants, in addition to the regular menu. It’s on every Saturday and Sunday at Café Extrablatt. 

Date: Saturdays, 9am -12pm; Sundays, 9am–2pm
Cost: Saturdays, R139.90; Sundays, R159.90


Exhibition Building | Green Point | 021 434 3759 | @extrablattcapetown | Image: Lara van Zyl

 

ENJOY AFFORDABLE COMEDY EVERY TUESDAY 

Comedy on Kloof hosts an affordable, weekly stand-up comedy night. At just R40 a ticket, this is some of the most affordable comedy in Cape Town. Promoting a queer-friendly space, this weekly comedy night offers talent in both popular comedians and rising stars.

Date: Every Tuesday, 8pm to 10pm
Cost: R40, book via Quicket


66 Kloof Street | Gardens | @comedyonkloof | Image: Comedy on Kloof 

WATCH DUCKS PARADE ON A WINE FARM

An affordable outing for the whole family. In an effort to farm sustainably, Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate uses 1 000 Indian Runner Ducks to parade around the estate and eat any snails and bugs. Take the kids to the free duck parade, and after enjoy a meal at Chef Bertus Basson’s Geuwels Restaurant or Clara’s Barn, a restaurant in the oldest barn in the Western Cape.

Date: Every Saturday and Sunday; between 8am and 10am or 11am and 1pm
Cost: Parade, free; Guided tours starting at R40


Stellenbosch | @vergenoegd_low_wine_estate | Image: @saltysn0w

GO TO A CITY MARKET

St George’s Market has officially reopened in Cape Town inner city. Every Thursday locals and tourists can explore the historic ambience of the inner city, while grabbing lunch from spots like Seven Colours Eatery. There are a number of local vendors, vintage clothes and more. 

Date: Every Thursday, 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free


138 St Georges Mall | Cape Town | Facebook | Image: St George’s Market
 

GO ON A MIDWEEK RETREAT WITH FRIENDS

It’s time to get that WhatsApp group together…This retreat in a secret ancient valley, outside Citrusdal, is just the midweek timeout you and your buddies need to reconnect with nature. Book out the main house with a pizza oven or pair up in cosy cottages with jacuzzis or glamp tents. Plus, there’s loads to do as a group at Cederkloof Botanical Retreat.

Date: Open daily
Cost: From R750pp per night


R303, | Regional Road (The Baths) | Citrusdal | Website | @cederkloof | Image: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

VISIT AQUARIUM FOR FREE ON YOUR BDAY

The Two Oceans Aquarium offers a special gift to all South African citizens – free entry on your birthday, plus six days thereafter. This gives you a whole week to do one of the city’s most magical experiences. Find out how it works + discover 14 secrets to unlock during your next visit

Date: Monday to Sundays, 7am to 10pm
Cost: Free entrance


Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | aquarium@aquarium.co.za | @2OceansAquarium | Image: Lara van Zyl

BRUNCH FOR UNDER R100 IN SEA POINT

Mischu sits along vibrant Regent Road: It’s the pit stop before you meet with your running club or for a long brunch with friends. There’s daily food specials, like breakfast under R100 and lunch for R50. Discover why you might add mischu to your must-visit list

Date: Specials are available everyday
Cost: From R95 for breakfast and coffee; from R50 for lunch (any warm bowl)


mischu | 85 Regent Road | 021 439 3944 | @mischucoffee | Website | Image: mischu

STAY SOMEWHERE SPECIAL 

Amina is filled to the brim with colour, vintage finds, antique furniture and special art. Once a house in Bo-Kaap, it has been renovated to a 5-bedroom boutique hotel that is estimated to be 160 years old. Just a 10 minute walk from Bree and Buitengracht Street, it’s the spot for a staycation or unique group getaway.  

Cost: From R1 000 to R2 200, depending on season 


16 Whitford Street | Bo-Kaap | 084 418 1879 | aminahotel@royva.com | @stayatamina | Image: Amina Boutique Hotel

BOOK A TRIP TO THIS HISTORIC FARMHOUSE  

Mardouw Country House is a Swellendam gem on a 1000-hectare olive farm. Renovated from a nineteenth century farmhouse, it has a golf range, flowedge pool, mountain biking and hiking trails… Plus, all meals are included (even three-course dinners) at Mardouw Country House

Cost: R13 000 per night (sleeps 10 people)


R60 | Swellendam | 023 616 2999 | Website | Image: Mardouw Country House 

TRY A CRAFT BEER TASTING

Whether you’re losing your beer-ginity or have been drinking brews for years, here’s a fun activity for the weekend. Taste up to nine craft beers, all named after sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, while eating burgers or schnitzels in a German-style beer hall. Or try something different and go for a small-batch brew on Thursdays, all at Woodstock Brewery

Date: Daily; 12pm - 10pm
Cost: R10 a tasting


252 Albert Road | Woodstock | 021 203 3045 | @woodstockbrewery | Image: Woodstock Brewery

RELIVE BEACH MEMORIES AT THIS ONRUS RESTAURANT  

With loaded hotdogs, beach toys and stunning lagoon views, Milk on the Beach is a great spot to visit with the kids. Milk also has kombucha cocktails and sushi, and the deck overlooking Onrus lagoon makes it a great sundowner spot.

Milk on the Beach is open: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 9pm; Sunday, 8am - 8:30pm
Cost: Varies 


1 Atlantic Drive | Onrus River | 028 316 1516 | @milk_onthebeach | Image: Milk on the Beach 
 

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

ENJOY THESE SPECIALS EVERY WEEKDAY

From the brewery that brought you sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll beers – get 2-for-1 burgers, a sizzling sharing platter, curry special and more. The easy-does-it comfort food goes well with any of their craft beers. The food specials are on every week, get all the juicy details about Woodstock Brewery.

Date: Monday to Friday, 12pm - 10pm
Cost: Varies


252 Albert Road | Woodstock | 021 203 3045 | @woodstockbrewery | Image: Woodstock Brewery

EXPERIMENT WITH A GIN ATOMISER 

Gin-tasting works a little differently when you do it at Char'd Grill. You'll be able to smell different gins through an atomiser and do a tasting of your top four. Being a steakhouse, Char'd also offers rare and unqiue cuts of meat that you wouldn't be able to find at most restaurants. We recommend the Caveman Rib: rich, marinated for 24 hours and with 10/10 tenderness. Read more about what you can experience at Char'd. 

Char’d Grill is open: Monday to Friday, 12pm - 9pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10.30am - 9pm
Cost: Varies 


Village Square | Hermanus | 028 312 1986 | www.chardhermanus.co.za | @chardhermanus  

TASTE WINE FOR FREE EVERY TUESDAY

Wine lover with a tight budget? This local eatery and wine shop offers a free wine tasting experience every Tuesday. Taste and learn more about wine from the region, free of charge + stay for dinner. You can also buy your favourite bottle from the wine shop at Judd’s Local

Date: Every Tuesday; 6pm - 9pm
Cost: Free


141 Kloof Street | Gardens | 064 527 1272 | @juddslocal | Image: Lara van Zyl

GO ON A TOWNSHIP GOSPEL TOUR

You don’t need to be religious to have a soulful experience at a Sunday church service in Langa. Camissa’s Gospel Tour will take you to church with the community, followed by a walk through the streets of Langa with a local guide. Prepare to sing, move and be moved by this joyful outing.

Date: Sundays, from 8.30/9am to 12.30/1pm
Cost: R770 per person, half price for under 12s. Ask about discounts for CapeTownMagazine.com readers.


Camissa Gospel Tours | 078 657 7788 | @Camissa_Travel | Image: Camissa

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

TRY VEGAN DISHES AND KOMBUCHA COCKTAILS

At Pear Tree there are plenty of unqiue dishes that you won't find anywhere else (many of which are vegan). Situated on the Hermanus waterfront, this healthy eatery looks out onto the vibrant blue sea. Sip a kombucha cocktail under the trees, or try a tofu tostada sprinkled with nori dust and a charcoal aquafaba dessert.

Pear Tree Bistro is open: Daily from 10.30am - 9pm
Cost: Varies 


Village Square | Hermanus | @peartreehermanus | Image: Pear Tree Bistro

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)

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