One of South Africa’s most incredible theater experiences, run by internationally acclaimed Marlene Le Roux who is also the first black classified Chief Executive Officer, as well as the first woman to fill this specific role since the dawn of the great Artscape Theatre in 1971, is truly one of those phenomenal experiences that one cannot leave untouched, in fact it should be one of the first experiences that you undertake in the Mother City. Continue reading “The Artscape Theatre”
It is delectable food and wine and all things divine. A festival largely kept secret, save for the exclusive ears who care to listen for the exceptionally fine tastes and tantalizing tit bits of high class trends and tricks of the trade, revolutionary workshops, sustainable practices that are second to none as well as focusing on ethical production of all sorts. The Spier Secret Festival has made a leap for 2016, and even though it has been successfully held at the sensationally beautiful Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch for the last 4 years, this year Johannesburg is the unbelievably lucky residency to this unbelievably phenomenal experience.
The move was largely inspired by the pop-up Spier Secret Courtyard Bar which took place on Juta Street in 2014, the success and energetic response was remarkable and as Cellar Master Frans Smit puts it, “Spier Secret couldn’t wait to get back to the Joburg energy.” Amongst other things, the Johannesburg programme includes an entire range of incredibly interesting speakers, of which Cateringa & Kompanen hailing from the Netherlands bring an interactive eating experience involving the new super food of the future, algae to the table. There is also the founder of F.A.T, and Author of Pickled who graces the marvelous Spier Secret lineup, bringing unknown inside secrets from behind the scenes of the extraordinary science of sauces amongst other things.
The Spier Secret Festival is not to be missed, especially now that they have decided to make a move into Gauteng territory for 2016. It is definitely an experience of a lifetime and more details and updates can be found on their regularly updated Facebook page, alternatively you can visit their website on www.spiersecret.co.za. Magically marvelous, and a secret best explored.
In Cape Town’s City Bowl you will find the eclectic Kloof street, home to many exquisite restaurants, pubs and a scattering of curio stores. Van Hunks resides on this street where Kloof meets Upper Union. The quaint restaurant is the namesake of a retired pirate in the tale of how Table Mountain got its cloud.
The legendary folk-tale tells of Jan Van Hunks, a Dutch pirate who settled at the foot of the mountain in the early 1700s. Jan was a frequent smoker and his wife eventually forced him to leave the house and smoke his pipe outside. It was on one of these occasions that he met a tall mysterious man dressed in black. He was also smoking a pipe at the foot of the mountain and after engaging about how often they smoked, the man made a wager with Jan and the two men fell into a pipe-smoking duel. The smoke began to rise and cover the mountain and Jan had just about won the duel when his competitor was revealed to be the Devil himself. This is – according to legend – how Devil’s peak got its name.
Van Hunks has a spectacular view of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain as well as a wide selection of exceptional craft beer on tap, including the iconic Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale and the equally popular Fokof Lager. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by a crackling fire and friendly staff in the charming lounge section with a rich bourgeois interior that is both warm and inviting. To the right of the reception area is a closed bar with large glass windows to conceal the smoke and noise without cutting off the ambience of the restaurant. A charming indoor seating area leads out to the much larger and welcoming outdoor deck – a section often used for large functions that flows through to the smoking area overlooking the nightlife in Kloof.
There are almost too many specials to mention but the most appealing would have to be the lunch specials from Mondays to Saturdays between 11.30am and 3pm. One may select 2 meals on the daily lunch menu for R90 or have a single meal for R60. Monday brings the R40 pizza special and the Tuesday rib special is highly recommended by regulars who commend the quality and tenderness of the slow-roasted pork belly ribs served with chips and onion rings. The 500g rib portion comes at R120 and the 250g at a surprisingly low R80.
For those out to have a good night, you can take advantage of the 2-for-1 Tequila special during the daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm. The menu has a wide variety of wines, including some viognier, chenin and malbec and beer lovers are spoilt for choice with Jack Black and CBC draughts on tap and a range of interesting ales and beers from all over the world – even some local ale such as the Long Beach Green Room pale ale from Noordhoek and Sxollie, a local cider fermented like a wine with apples from the Elgin Valley.
Enjoy incredible cuisine, craft beer and a wonderful atmosphere down at Van Hunks and watch the Tablecloth settle on the mountain from the deck.
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The Garden Route is a term heard by many travellers to Cape Town, or surrounds, it is South Africa’s most beautiful stretch of land, topping the incredibly scenic spots and stops around the country. Its greens and golds, its high mountain peaks and wide expanses of white sanded beaches are famous to not only the international traveller but to many local travellers as well. The Garden Route is generally understood to stretch from Cape Town all the way along the coast to the Storms River which lies in the heart of the Eastern Cape, however the Garden Route actually only begins at Mossel Bay and for this reason so will the list of our scenic stops and spots. Continue reading “Scenic stops and spots along the garden Route”
When you combine the Cape’s premier wildlife destination with the elite Cape Town Helicopter’s brand new addition to their fleet, the almost silent EC120, highly professional pilots with amazing personalities, you get one of the most exhilarating trips known to man – Cape Town Helicopters San Bona Wildlife helicopter trip. Not only is the journey to and from San Bona one of incredible sights and breathtaking views but it is also a helicopter ride to one of the most terrific wildlife experiences that you will ever encounter. This is an overnight package with a serious touch of class and sophistication mixed in with open landscapes and safari sunsets of magnitudes unimaginable. This is definitely a trip not to be missed at all. Continue reading “San Bona and Cape Town Helicopters”
Cape Town Helicopters brings you not only an incredibly scenic flight past the majestic Twelve Apostles that form part of the great Table Mountain range, with a sneak preview of the breathtaking aerial view of False Bay and into the Groot Constantia Estate, but Cape Town Helicopters also brings you the grand opportunity to have an exquisitely marvelous luncheon at the world famous Simon’s Restaurant which is the main resident restaurant of the area. Cape Town Helicopters highly professional pilot will await your return, to enthrall you once more with the incredible scenery in your flight back to base at the grand Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Below is a little outline of what you can expect at the phenomenal Simons Restaurant. Continue reading “Fly to Constantia wine Region in style”
The vision of the founders of Belthazar was to create the largest ‘wine by the glass’ wine bar in the world. Belthazar lives up to that vision with a wine menu to tantalise every tastebud known to man. Belthazar is also not only a wine lover paradise in the heart of Cape Town, but it is also a restaurant, grill and gourmet home accessory shop. The entire atmosphere of Belthazar has a daring backbone and sophistication with an earned attitude that prides itself on ‘a little different’. Voted the best Steakhouse in the entire South Africa, Belthazar really does do ‘a little different’ perfectly and stands out beautifully. Continue reading “Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar”
There are a myriad ways of seeing the incredible panorama that the mother city has to offer, however a helicopter ride in Cape Town is one of the most exhilarating of all. Many people do not appreciate a helicopter ride due to the roaring buzz that most helicopters produce, however it has been found that Cape Town Helicopters boasts the most quiet helicopters in its field.
Woodstock, Cape Town has become a revamped artistic hub of absolute awesomeness, nestling the most incredible gems of the Western Cape, La Bottega is a gem to top the list. La Bottega mixes all the epic greatness of everything Italian with a spin of the beauty and the vibe of South Africa, coupled with an incredibly simplistic yet beautiful décor and friendly staff, not to mention the heavily packed food and beverage menu which tantalises the tongue and fancy of everyone who tries it.
There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing the Mother City from the sky, an aerial view is so breathtaking that it truly does take every single persons voice away for a second or two. Most people do not enjoy taking a helicopter because of the incredible noise a helicopter can make, but this is a thing of the past with Cape Town Helicopters, #noisemustfall, their H120 and H130 is so incredibly quiet you will be amazed not only at the beauty of the spectacular view but also at the absolute quiet purr that their state of the art helicopters make.