New and Unique

NEW AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCES IN CAPE TOWN 2016/2017

  • EXPERIENCES

    Table Mountain 4x4 Picnic Experience

    Most people only know of the standard ascension methods (hiking, biking & the cableway) but we’ve got an exciting and exclusive adventure that is unlike anything else. With Explore Sideways you can enjoy a once in a lifetime view of Table Mountain from the only 4×4 allowed to operate within the State Park. After a short walk around the historic area, you’ll return to a picnic style lunch with ample cheese, charcuterie and spreads perfectly paired with a wide array of local South African wines from Durbanville Hills.

    Gin tastings at The Gin Bar

    The (secret) Gin Bar’s bartenders will take you around the world with a selection of local and international gins. Learn to identify a myriad botanical flavours, and experiment with different mixers and garnishes. Tastings are a minimum of 6 people and costs approximately R170 per person for a tasting of three delicious, local gins, each with tonic and their appropriate garnishes.

    Kiff Kombi Tours

    Kiff Kombi Tours offer one day tours of Cape Town in their iconic VW Kombi, named Veronica, whilst listening to your favourite tunes and enjoying a couple of drinks. They only use local Capetonian guides, and you’ll get to see and learn about every aspect of the city by walking the streets and indulging in the famous restaurant and bar scene.

    Foodie Thursday Tours

    This new tour takes you on a culinary journey through Cape Town. Touching on the city's gastronomical past, with stops in the Bo-Kaap and the Company's Garden vegetable and herb garden, as well as visits to some of the city's trendiest new spots. Highlights include a craft beer tasting at Devil's Peak, an immersive chocolate experience at Cocoa Fair in Woodstock and a cheese and wine pairing at Culture Club in Bree Street.

    Cape Town Urban Adventure: SUP, Hike & Culture

    A day of contrasts exploring on foot the fascinating stories that tell Cape Town’s history and modern day make up, engaging and overlooked by so many. Start with Stand Up Paddling in the secure environment of the V&A Waterfront, head off to Sea Point to explore the art installations, hike to the colourful Bo Kaap, walking along the cobble stoned streets and end on top of Table Mountain where we will enjoy an afternoon picnic.

    Insider Shopping Safari

    Enjoy a curated shopping experience filled with bubbly and one-of-a-kind South African goods galore. Get taken to all the shopping secrets only known to the most fashionable and artistic locals.

    Cape Town Airbnb Trips and Experiences

    Cape Town is one of only 12 cities worldwide that is part of the launch of Airbnb trips, offering new bespoke experiences hosted by locals. Currently Cape Town has more than 37 local city hosts all featuring fairly unique local experiences available in and around the city and ranging in price from R700 to R4 000. These include Walking in the footsteps of Mandela, Madame Mystery experience and an Ocean Advocate.

    Café Roux Cape Town

    Café Roux, Noordhoek’s much loved live music venue is now also in Cape Town. Café Roux is situated in the prime location of Shortmarket Street and opened its doors on the 25th November 2016. The Café is known for its strong music culture with exciting line up of SA’s most popular, talented and upcoming artists. This December, the Café has 19 shows starting from the 1st – 30th December 2016. Talking about food, their menu has a selection of handmade craft pizza with fresh seasonal toppings. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available and for those who are not so hungry, cheese-and-charcuterie boards will also be on offer with marinated olives and garden greens.

    Township Art Tours

    Juma Mkwela is already well-known in the tourism industry for his vibrant tours of street art murals in Woodstock. He has now also launched Township Art Tours in Khayelitsha where visitors experience a real glimpse into the life of the locals, the opportunity to create a home garden or paint a mural and a cooking lesson where you prepare your own traditional lunch. Cost: R750 all inclusive.

    GONOW Electric Bicycles in Cape Town

    GONOW Electric Bicycles is a new innovative electric bike company offering clients guided rides with rental (by the hour, half-day or full-day) and purchasing options. Self-powered and easy to ride (it’s like riding a normal bicycle, just with an extra boost), the custom-made bikes do all the work for you, so no fitness level is required. Ideal for all ages, the electric bikes give riders the freedom to do what they want without having to hassle about traffic, parking or fuel, not to mention physical exhaustion.

    Zeitz MOCAA – Opening September 2017

    The Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is due to open in the first half of 2017 and will be the centerpiece of the new Silo district under construction at the V&A Waterfront. The project is the unintentional result of several simultaneous situations: the social aspirations of the V&A, a private collection of contemporary African art owned by Jochen Zeitz that needed a home, and the ideas of the curious Englishman, Heatherwick, who spent his time crawling through an abandoned silo to explore design possibilities. The R500-million redevelopment project will retain and honour the historic fabric and soul of the building while transforming the interior into a unique, cutting-edge space to house the Zeitz MOCAA.

    Cape Town’s First Outdoor Blind-Friendly Park in Bellville

    The City of Cape Town unveiled a new outdoor blind-friendly playground in Bellville. A first for the metropolitan, the play area is located in the Northern Suburbs and was headed by the city’s Transport of Cape Town (TCT). Specifically designed with special needs in mind, the space includes a fenced-off zone with asphalt humps ideal for small bikes and scooters, an enclosed rubber matted-area (to help stimulate balance, encourage mobility, build confidence and improve muscle tone) comprising a wooden jungle gym complete with a slide, ropes and bridge, two swing sets, a see-saw and monkey-bars as well as a fenced games court with seating walls. There is also a beautiful scented garden (with lavender, wild garlic and rosemary), a lawn area and low-seating walls with an extensive educational relief mural.

    Hope on Hopkins Gin Experience

    The first gin distillery in Cape Town, Hope on Hopkins creates spirits using new flavours, an extensive group of botanicals and carefully sourced ingredients. All products are made in two trusty stills – named Mildred and Maude – that are the first to be licensed by the City of Cape Town. There are also tours and tastings available, specifically the private “gin experience” where you can learn about the fine art and process of making the celebrated spirit. These occur on Wednesdays and on Saturdays and can accommodate up to 12 people. Booking is required.

    Virtualworld Virtual Reality Arcade in Claremont

    Virtualworld, the country’s first-ever all-new virtual reality (VR) arcade, officially opened its doors to Mother City gamers in July 2016. The arcade – located on the ground floor of Stadium, on Main, in Claremont – is the passion project of Poland-born HTC fanatic Arek Komorowicz and his son, Konrad. Virtualworld uses the latest HTC Vive VR technology, presenting users with an unparalleled and immersive visual, audio and physical experience.

    be.Up Play Area

    Welcome to kid heaven. Housed in Pinelands, in the southern suburbs, the massive play area includes the biggest maze playground in the Mother City, several incredible climbing walls with decelerators, a suspended obstacle course and a trampoline arena that is bound to tire out even the most energetic children. There is also a cafe with free wi-fi that overlooks the entire area so parents can watch their kids while having a coffee. Bookings can be made for group functions and parties.

    Scootours

    If you’re looking for something new, something unique and something exciting, look no further, because your chariot awaits and it’s a scooter. But not just any scooter. These are scooters on steroids. Scootours offers a two-hour tour on the trails of Table Mountain and Signal Hill and mixes adrenaline with history, flora and even some fauna.

    City Skateboard Tour

    For the more adventurous traveller, City Cycle Tours now offers a one-of-a-kind tour of the city on a skateboard. Led by expert skateboarder Pedro, the tour winds its way from the iconic Cape Town Stadium, along the city’s popular Sea Point promenade and then back through the Cape Town city centre. The tour lasts three to four hours and costs R360 per person. If the skateboard option makes you a little nervous, scooters are available as well.

  • FOOD AND DRINK

    Mojo Market Sea Point

    An entire city block of Sea Point retail space will be dedicated to a new, seven-day-a-week food and lifestyle market on ever-evolving Regent Road. Mojo Market will feature a daily fresh goods section, 15 food vendors, three bars, 40 designer retail stalls and a live entertainment stage, with the soft launch due to take place mid-March 2017.

    La Tête, Cape Town, South Africa

    Brothers Giles and James Edwards are behind this new French bistro which is all about nose-to-tail eating. Situated in Cape Town's increasingly popular Bree Street restaurant landscape, part of their goal is to get diners to embrace otherwise unfamiliar parts of the animal. It's no surprise that Giles worked for years with the godfather of nose-to-tail chefs, Fergus Henderson, at London's peerless St John restaurant. The menu changes daily but will include plates such as crispy pig tails.

    Foxcroft

    Working together with the best local farmers and the finest international suppliers, every ingredient is selected for seasonality, quality and flavour before entering the kitchen at Foxcroft. With a commitment to quality and flavour, our team of chefs believe in treating simple ingredients with the same care, attention and respect as those of rarity. Managed by award-winning chef from La Colombe, Scott Kirton.

    Chefs Warehouse restaurant: Beau Constantia

    Chefs Warehouse, one of the top taps in Cape Town will open a new branch at Beau Constantia later this year. New partnership was formed between Beau Constantia owner Pierre de Preez, owner of the Chefs Warehouse Liam Tomlin with ex Test Kitchen’s head chef Ivor Jones will be doing magic on the new branch. Ivor will be given a hectare large food garden on the farm which will provide 70% of the kitchen’s fresh produce requirements and ensure unbeatable freshness.

    Unframed Artisan Ice Cream

    This new, trendy coffee spot in Kloof Street serves all sorts of gourmet flavours including lemon grass, lime, nutticrust cookies, lemon and basil, peanut butter and burnt white chocolate. They also have a variety of delicious vegan ice creams made with Coconut Milk.

    The Creamery Café Palmyra Junction

    Creamery Café is a cool summer ice cream spot in Claremont that opened in Spring. Its summer and everybody loves ice cream and Creamery takes it to another level, scooping up generous portions of deliciousness made with farm-fresh ingredients. The new Claremont branch means one can enjoy a gelato while you do your Woolies shop and where you can get great ice cream, you’re bound to get great milk shakes too.

    Taj Fine Art and Dining Experience

    Taj Cape Town, five star luxury hotel launched a new fine dining concept ‘The Gallery’, celebrating three art forms – art of wine making, culinary and fine art first Thursday of every month. The Gallery features work by Fine Artist Kelly Johnson who is a graduate from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), wine by Henri Kotze (winemaker and cellar master of Morgenster) and a delectable gastronomic experience prepared by Taj Cape Town Chef, Lloyd de Stadle. Chef’s table accommodates 6-10 guests with dining experience cost from R795pp with wine pairing and R595pp without wine pairing.

    Moro Gelato in Long Street

    This upmarket gelato hotspot in the CBD offers a great way for patrons to experience some chill on scorching hot summer days. The gelateria offers a taste of authentic Italian gelato in the heart of the Mother City. With 100% natural ingredients, no preservatives, colourants or added fats, Moro Gelato offers a guilt-free experience of flavours that will blow your mind.

    LIFE Grand Cafe at the V&A Waterfront

    LIFE Grand Café is a hangout hotspot on the water's edge, conveniently situated in the free-standing 1902 Heritage building. This venue was commissioned by Prince Albert in 1902, on Queen Victoria’s instruction and is one of the oldest buildings in the harbour. It is beautifully situated in an arterial flow between the heaving V&A Waterfront and the burgeoning Silo district, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and the Robben Island departure point.

    ASH Restaurant

    A joint effort with Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants and Publik Wine Bar, you’ll find Ash Heeger (who paid her dues at La Colombe and The Test Kitchen), running the kitchen with its galvanised steel Josper that allows Ash and her team to embrace the age-old method of charcoal cooking. The one-page menu is based largely on whatever meat Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants has available, and the drinks menu – which is overseen by David Cope of Publik Wine Bar – includes a selection of boutique wines.

    Ginja Restaurant V&A Waterfront

    Opened in October 2016 in the heart of V&A Waterfront. The chic new restaurant is appeals to everyone and well-priced menu created by Executive Chef, Stefan Muller. The menu includes salads, charcuterie, risottos, sandwiches, vegetarian options, wraps, pasta, seafood and grills plus an extensive list of dishes especially for children and banting-friendly options are offered as well. The restaurant has iconic views of Cape Town, not to be missed. | Email: hello@ginjarestaurant.co.za | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginjawaterfront

    Reverie Social Table

    Put down your cell phone, pick up your knife and fork, and break bread together at Reverie Social Table. Each evening, guests at the 18-seater table are treated to an exclusive five-course meal, set by chef Julia Hattingh. To round it all off, each course of the table d’hôte dinner is accompanied by a carefully selected wine. You can expect a refined contemporary menu, influenced by Hattingh’s training, as well as her surroundings in Cape Town. Reverie Social Table is situated in the eclectic neighbourhood of Observatory, and by day, the eatery serves up a variety of plat du jour to suits from the surrounding businesses.

    Scheckter’s Raw

    As the name suggests, this Sea Point restaurant is all about raw food. Think vegan fare, smoothies packed full of superfoods, sprouted Essene bread with a range of colourful toppings, and buckwheat granola breakfast pots. You can even stock up on homemade nut milks. Owner Toby Scheckter and his team are happy to explain the health benefits of the various meals on the menu, making this the perfect spot for a post-workout nibble or lazy guilt-free brunch.

    House of H

    Welcome to a place that could be renamed to “The Man Cave”. This is a one stop shop where you can grab a meal and drink (great coffee or a beer), as well as a hair cut from the local barber or a tattoo if you feel like it.

    Coco Safar Coffee-capsule emporium

    Imagine a lush coffee shop offering grand, freshly-baked pastries as well as gourmet coffee and a coffee-capsule emporium. Welcome to Coco Safar in Cavendish Square. Bringing finest grade, micro-roasted coffee to capsule machines. If caffeine is not your thing, try their amazing rooibos tea capsules.

    Openwine urban wine shop and tasting room

    Openwine in the bustling Wale street, not only offers wine tastings (and shopping) but also weekly changing wine-inspired food menus and dishes paired with a suggested wine; one for the bubbly-lover, the white-devotee, the light red wine fan as well as the full-bodied red wine drinker.

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