As South Africa opens up more spaces post lockdown, including some national parks, hiking routes and great restaurants (for takeaway), we celebrate the best of what’s open in Cape Town. Back in March this year we put together ‘A local’s guide to Cape Town’ for the 52 SUPER SERIES. As an official media partner to the two events, we wanted to share our favourite places with our visitors.
And now that we can get out and appreciate parts of this beautiful city once again, we wanted to share some of our top spots with you!
Table Mountain National Park has been opened up to the public once again and we are thrilled to be able to get back on the trails! For the more adventurous visitors, there is no possible way to avoid the urge to see the views from the top of the Table Mountain range and there are numerous ways to get there.
We urge all our readers to enjoy the mountain responsibly; wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and curfew hours.
For more information on which trails are open to the public click here
This trail is accessible to anyone, but this climb should not be underestimated. This 2 to 2.5hr’s hike is quite steep. You’ll find the path sign along Table Mountain Road, past the lower cable car station.
Time: 2hrs up – Distance: 2.83km – Elevation: 706m – Difficulty: Strenuous
Kloof Corner is perfect for grabbing a quick sunset to relax after the daily grind.
Follow the road to the Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way and park at the first parking area on your left. On the left hairpin, you will see a municipal sign tucked under a tree next to a driveway with stairs, follow the stairs all the way to the cliffs at Kloof Corner.
Time: 0.5hrs – Distance: 0.95km – Elevation: 181m – Difficulty: Moderate
For those with a sense of adventure, this hike offers a more interesting (and difficult) alternative to getting to the top of Table Mountain. This steep route winds around Venster Buttress with a few sections that require climbing with incredible views all the way up.
A local tip is to begin this route at the bottom of Platteklip Gorge, following it to the contour path until you are just above the lower cable station. Follow the India Venster trailhead, as it gets steeper beneath the line of the cable car.
There are a series of climbs, but you’ll be aided by bolted rock handles. The path then flattens out (relatively) as you wind around the back of the upper cable station approaching from behind the mountain.
Time: 4-5hrs – Distance: 3.01km – Elevation: 820m – Difficulty: Difficult
Cape Town’s most iconic, must-do hike. This route is quick and offers a 360˚ view of the city and surrounds. There is a lot of foot traffic on this route and it is ideal for sunrise or sunset. Again, do not underestimate this hike though. The path is easy to follow, starting from the Signal Hill Road (look for the red Vida é coffee truck). After the first 100m of jeep track, you will ascend quickly along rock steps until the gradient requires some scrambling up rocks, which is made easier by chains and bolted rock handles. The last stretch is on bare rock and it is quite steep.
Time: 2-3hrs – Distance: 2.11km – Elevation: 312m – Difficulty: Strenuous
For more of Cape Town’s hiking routes download the Forge App for information and GPS Tracking as you go.
* Please always respect the elements and make sure you are prepared. The weather is notoriously fickle in the Cape. Always check the conditions, take lots of water, snacks, sun protection, suitable shoes and a jacket with you.
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
Another aspect of our ‘old lives’ opened up by the government is the food delivery and takeaway services! Many small restaurants, cafés and delis have been using online platforms to deliver food during level 4, but now you can go and collect as well.
We have had a lot of fun finding small businesses close to home, supporting local shops, grocers and small restaurants. We encourage our readers to reach out to their local shops for some take-out and treats. #supportlocal!
Make sure to check out each restaurant/stores website for updates on their services during level 3 of lockdown.
Cape Town CBD:
A Plant-Based and Gluten-Free Dessert Cafe with a focus on making cruelty-free delicious treats more mainstream.
“What started out as a passion project, has quickly grown into the waffle hub that we are today. All our desserts are made with amazing ingredients to make simple nostalgic treats that are cruelty-free, including sweet and savoury waffles and flapjacks. Order ready-made off our menu or shop our Tuck-shop to build-your-own.”
Cafe & Juice Bar serves a wide range of cold-pressed juices (pressed fresh in-house each day), smoothies & healthy, delectable meals.
The beautiful atmosphere of this restaurant is reflected in their fun and vibrant meals, made fresh each day in the kitchen. A large portion of their organic ingredients come from the Umthunzi farming community who source the most beautiful organic produce grown by small-scale farmers in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Mitchell’s Plain, Phillipi & Malmesbury.
This beautiful little shop is home to some of Cape Town’s greatest coffee, treats and wine selections. They have joined forces with top bakeries and delicious chefs to create a one-stop-shop for everything yum and local. Pre-lockdown Tamboerswinkle hosted week-night dinners with small groups with a set menu and decadent dishes paired with local wines.
They are back to business now with a click and collect service for most of their products.
Schekters Raw was created in the spirit of giving and sharing.
“Health food has always been a big part of my diet but when I was living in New York launching Scheckter’s OrganicEnergyTM I was blown away by the ingenuity and creativity that was flourishing in the health food scene and a greater passion was sparked in me.”
“When I returned to South Africa, I became frustrated with the local health food offerings. Compared to New York, they were unimaginative and limited. I wanted a place to eat where the food was nutritionally uncompromised, looked as good as it tasted and bursting with original, fresh flavours. And so – Scheckter’s RAW Gourmet Health Food was born. A serene space serving uncompromisingly honest, beautiful and innovative healing food made with love.”
With a modern fusion cuisine, La Cuccina can give you the ultimate dining experience.
They take their food and ingredients extremely seriously and they respect the source. La Cuccina makes all their home-made meals right from scratch in the La Cuccina kitchen. They only buy raw ingredients and present food they would want to eat themselves. The chefs don’t use colourants or preservatives and they don’t freeze or refrigerate for long periods. They want their food to promote health whilst keeping a sense of tradition and originality.
You can find their restaurants and stockists of their delicious meals here
Creating vegan comfort food in Woodstock and Constantia Cape Town – following the mantra to #BeKind.
They incorporate this ethos throughout the entire structure of their business, from the people they source ingredients from to the way they package their food. Kind Kitchen lives and breathes the vegan lifestyle and they want to support and share this ever-growing movement with you.
Shop Zero offers green options for earth-conscious customers with little or zero packaging. “We serve health foods, toiletries, household products and cleaners with no packaging where in-store customers can refill reusable containers to buy as much or as little as needed.”
For customers who are not able to visit the store in Woodstock, Shop Zero has created a zero-waste online shopping experience with nationwide delivery.
STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 OF OUR LOCAL’S GUIDE WHEN MORE OF CAPE TOWN’s BEST OPENS UP.
The article was written by Sail+Leisure for the 52 SUPER SERIES Cape Town Guide and adapted by Kelli Whitehead on 2 June 2020
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