Top 10 Ice Cream Spots In Cape Town

With Spring (slowly) approaching, what better time to start your ice cream bucketlist for the upcoming summer months! Below are Secret Cape Town’s recommendations for the Best Ice Creameries in Cape Town and Surrounds.

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  1. The Creamery

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The Creamery makes natural ice cream with seasonal, sustainably produced ingredients. Find them at one of their ice cream cafes in Newlands, Mouille Point, Palmyra Junction or at one of their weekly market stalls.

As you can see from their Instagram account, The Creamery has developed a cult following. Try them out for yourself to see why!

Flagship Store

Shop 4, Newlands Quarter
Dean Street
p: 021 447 7690

  1. Crumbs and Cream

Crumbs and Cream Top 10 Ice Cream Spots In Cape Town

Crumbs & Cream began their ice cream adventure with their pink and yellow truck at the Watershed Market at the V&A Waterfront. The Crumbs & Cream Ice-Cream Sandwiches were an instant hit and they managed to expanded to their flagship store in Sea Point.

Create your own personalised ice cream sandwich by choosing any two cookies from their everchanging variety of freshly baked cookies. Then pick your ice-cream of choice and decide on any of their tasty toppings and spreads.

The best bit? You don’t even need to leave the house to enjoy one of their ice cream cookies – they have delivery available from Uber Eats, Mr D and Orderin!

16 Regent Rd
Sea Point
P: 081 343 2761

  1. Unframed

Unframed is a hip ice cream parlour with two locations -The super trendy Lower Kloof Street as well as a stall in the V&A Waterfront. They offer a range of 12 everchanging ice creams with unique flavours such as Turmeric Latte and Matcha Tea.

Due to their wide range of delicious plant-based ice creams, Unframed has become a smash hit among the vegan community.

Flagship Store

45C Kloof St
p: 063 601 0287

  1. Kristens Kickass Ice Creams

Kristens Kick Ass Ice Creams is a small batch ice creamery with a mission to make your day a little bit brighter, a little bit sweeter and a bit more awesome.

Can’t make it all the way to Noordhoek? They also have an outpost in Constantia as well as a store in Mauritius when you just can’t wait until you get back to Cape town for your next fix!


Noordhoek Farm Village,
Village Lane
p: 021 789 0255

  1. Moro Gelato

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Need a traditional Italian gelato fix but can’t make it all the way to Italy? Luckily Moro Gelato has you covered with their range of upmarket gelatos made the same way they do in Italy.

Available in the CBD for when you need that break from the office and at Oranjezicht City Farm on Saturdays.

Go for their traditional flavours such as tiramisu and pistachio and stay for their fun and experimental flavours such as salty caramel popcorn and toast and jam.

165 Long Street
Cape Town CBD

  1. IceDream

IceDream has been serving its customers delicious ice cream and sorbets for almost two decades and it’s not hard to see why. All their ice cream served is made with only the freshest ingredients and without preservatives, artificial flavours, colourants or added fats. IceDream is family owned and run, all the ice cream is made on site.

Fortunately, they’ve just re-opened as they close for July-August so finish your visit to the peninsula for one (or four – we don’t judge) of the ice creams at the best ice creamery in Hout Bay

1 Homeleigh
Main Road
Hout Bay
P: 21 790 2496

  1. Gelato Mania

You may not remember your very first lick of ice cream but very well may remember the first time you taste gelato from Gelato Mania!

Gelato Mania is a unique, family-run gelateria, found in the heart of the Western Cape which specializes in Artisan gelato. Every scoop of Gelato Mania is a unique blend of quality, flavour and an unforgettable experience, bringing to life our promise

  1. Icezeit

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Icezeit’s owners have combined experience of 35year and wow, you can tell from your first taste. With over 150 flavours of your favorite Gelato and Sorbets, Icezeit boasts the kind of European pedigree that makes it one of Cape Town’s must-taste delicatessen destinations.

32 Waterkant Street
Cape Town CBD
021 421 0901

  1. Venezia Ice Cream Parlour

Venezia Ice Cream Parlour is a Capetonian Institution. First opening their doors in 1954, they’ve been in the ice cream business for 64 years! They serve Italian ice cream, Belgian waffles, coffees, milkshakes, smoothies.

Pop by their store in Sea Point to see why they’ve lasted while everyone else has come and gone.

92 Main Road
Sea Point
021 433 0484

  1. You Bet It’s Ice Cream

And rounding out our Top 10 Ice Cream Stores in Cape Town is You Bet It’s Ice Cream.

You Bet It’s Ice Cream won’t let any dietary restrictions restrict your ability to eat ice cream. Their ice cream and sorbets suit most dietary requirements: vegan, banting, low carb high fat, diabetic, paleo, the only limit is the season!

You Bet It’s Ice Cream uses only using organic ingredients to create natural ice cream and sorbet made by supporting local suppliers.

100 Shortmarket Street
Cape Town CBD
079 648 3595

Wynberg Park Cape Town

Cape Townians are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activities. Beaches, forests, mountains, as well as lush green parks. And all of these are tucked away within the city borders! Meet friends for a picnic, go for a walk with your four-footed friend, or simply pause to enjoy nature.

We’ve searched high and low to hunt down the bests parks for you to enjoy.

#1 The Company’s Garden

The Company Garden Cape Town

Size: 8.5 hectares

Queen Victoria Street (top end of Adderley Street) | City Centre

Opening hours: daily: summer 07:00 – 19:00, winter 07:00 – 18:00

This beautiful park in the city centre is a heritage site. It dates back to the 1650’s, when the European settlers needed to grow fruit and vegetables to stock up the ships that passed through on their travels. It’s close to the South African parliament and within the grounds there are various museums to visit including the National Art Gallery and SA Museum. There are historical gems scattered throughout such as a fish pond, aviary, and rose garden.

#2 De Waal Park

De Waal Park, Cape Town

Size: 11.7 hectares

Upper Orange Road| Gardens

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

Another beautiful park in the heart of the city, located in the City Bowl. It’s a popular spot for dog owners and great for kids with a fun playground. The stylish Victorian fountain adds an old-world feel to the park. In the summertime music concerts are hosted on Sundays.

#3 The Green Point Urban Park

Size: 10.5 hectares

Cape Town Stadium | Green Point
(can be accessed either from Beach Road (M6) or Bay Road, Mouille Point)

Green Point Urban Park, Cape Town_

Opening hours: daily 07:00 – 19:00

This amazing space was created in 2011, just after the Soccer World Cup. There are pathways meandering around the expansive green lawns and little biodiversity nurseries filled with interesting plants. Follow the routes to complete a walking, running or cycling circuit. Spot the kilometre markers to keep track of your progress. Little outdoor training and gym circuits are the perfect way to combine fresh air and exercise. Pop in at the tea garden or pack your own picnic. You can either sit on the lovely green grass or at a picnic bench.

#4 Zandvlei Recreational Park

Size: 159 hectares

Promenade Road | Muizenberg

Zandvlei Recreational Park

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

This wetland is bordered by the Muizenberg, Lakeside, and Marina da Gama residential areas. It’s a stunning estuary with a river system meandering through it, located on the False Bay coast. The park is a popular recreational activities spot ideal for windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, and sailing. There are also braai and picnic spots located on the grassy areas next to the shores.

#5 Arderne Gardens

Size: 4 hectares

Main Street | Claremont

Opening hours: daily 09:00 – 16:00

Arderne Gardens, Cape Town

This park includes a Japanese garden. The shady glades and romantic nooks make it a popular spot for wedding photographs. The park has a rich collection of exotic trees and shrubs. In 2003 over three hundred trees were labelled as part of the Cape Horticultural Society’s Centenary Project.

#6 Rondebosch Park

Size: 1.9 hectares

Corner Campground Road & Sandown Roads | Rondebosch

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

The park has lovely big trees creating green canopies over the pathways. The expansive lawns are perfect for picnics as well as open air events including craft markets and carols by candle light. Benches scattered next to the pathways are perfect to sit and take in the wide variety of flora in the park.

#7 Durbanville Rose Garden

Size: 1.5 hectares

Durban Road | Durbanville

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

Another historical site in the city, with farm graves on the property. There are 500 different types of rose bushes to sniff and enjoy the beauty of. An outing to the park’s Tea Room on Sundays is a must during flowering season.

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#8 Wynberg Park

Size: 22.5 hectares

Corner Klaassens & Trovato Link Roads | Wynberg

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

This park features the Krakeelwater river’s spring. It has a gorgeous conifer garden, a colourful delight in spring and summer. There is an impressive playground, as well as duck pond to amuse the kids for hours. The little pathways meandering through the park is perfect for a walk, jog or doggy outing. Picnic and braai areas are located throughout the park for a delightful outdoor lunch. In the summer the park hosts concerts and fun days.

Just around the corner: Maynardville Park

An alternative park in the area, with rolling green lawns and trees, plus a great eco-system of birds. Visit the Maynardville open-air theatre in the summertime for a fun cultural outing. The park also includes a playground and water feature for the kids.

Size: 11 hectares

Corner Church & Wolfe Street | Wynberg

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

#9 Khayelitsha Wetlands Park

Size: 3.3 hectares

Makhaza (between Lansdowne & Hlanga Roads) | Khayelitsha

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

Perfect for a fun waterfilled outing. The eco-system is growing, with more and more birds calling it home. To create a more people-friendly area, the city has built a stunning playground for kids to enjoy, and creative African mosaic murals to entertain the adults.

#10 Westridge Park

Size: 15.8 hectares

Corner Morgenster & De Duin Avenue | Westridge | Mitchells Plain

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

Tucked away in the suburb, the park has a variety of flora to enjoy including the famous indigenous Cape fynbos. Pathways meander through the park with expansive lawns inviting you to pause for a picnic. It’s an ideal location for fabulous wedding photographs. A unique feature of the park is the skateboard ramp. Community concerts and festive events are hosted during the year.

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Travel Blogs are a source of inspiration, entertainment, and shared experiences. Some people travel as a career, some do it on vacation, and for others, it’s simply a lifestyle.  The following travel bloggers, from solo females to couples and families, are some of our favorites who love to visit Cape Town. Through their stories, tips, and pictures they inspire us to explore this beautiful city.

#1 Bucket List Journey

Bucket List Journey

Creator of the amazing, inspirational, and award-winning travel blog Bucket List Journey, Annette White has developed one of the best travel blogs around. She has an Instagram that has been named one of the best travel accounts to follow, and her blog gets over 500 000 monthly views.

Annette has been recognized by and partnered with various companies including TripAdvisor, Chase, Sandals Resorts, and LAN Airlines. She has explored more than 50 different countries on 6 continents. Annette is also the author of the popular book Bucket List Adventures, in which she not only shares helpful traveling information, but also inspires people to step out of their comfort zones.

With her passion and adventurous spirit, Annette will inspire you to pack your bags and start checking off your own bucket list trips in her blog Bucket List Journey.

#2 Getting Stamped

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This Valentine’s Day skip the flowers & chocolates and make real memories. We decided early on in our relationship that we didn’t want to give gifts but instead take trips together. For Valentine’s Day this year we got a great deal on @hoteltonight and are in Tulum staying right on the beach at Mi Amor, which means My Love in Spanish totally fitting for the occasion. How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one? It’s not too late to score a great deal on @HotelTonight for a romantic getaway! #HotelTonight #GettingStamped #Spon #tulum ⋯ ⋯ ⋯ Photo Location: @miamortulum, Mexico Dress: ⋯ ⋯ . . .. . #tulummexico #VisitMexico #pitusa #Sonya7riii #SonyAlpha #TravelCouple #CoupleTravel #ValetinesDay2018 #global_hotshotz #beautifulmatters #discoverearth #beautifulplaces @sony @sonyalpha @visitmexico #sheisnotlost #sidewalkerdaily #exploringtheglobe #worldplaces #wonderfuldestinations #theweekoninstagram #beautifulexplorers #bestvacations #discover_vacations #bdbucketlist #influencer #beautifulhotels @beautifulhotels @beautifuldestinations

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The daring travel blog duo Hannah and Adam started travelling full-time about 6 years ago. They created the compelling travel blog Getting Stamped. After selling almost everything they owned, the brave couple took off on a Round the World Trip that went from a 1-year planned trip to a 5-year journey. To date, they have traveled to 75 countries with some of the most beautiful Instagram posts to prove it.

Their adventurous story and passion for following their dreams will amaze and inspire you as you follow their journey. Read about their Cape Town experience in the post 10 Places That Should Be On Every RTW Itinerary.

#3 Adventurous Kate

Adventurous Kate - 10 Travel Bloggers Who Love To Visit Cape Town

Kate McCulley quit her job 8 years ago to follow her dreams and to travel the world. She created the honest and inspirational solo-female travel blog Adventurous Kate, and she has lived up to the name since. A 6-month trip turned into 7 years travelling across 75 different countries over 7 continents. Adventurous Kate shows what it’s really like for women to travel solo around the world. As a result, her honest and informative posts inspire all solo travelers to follow their travel dreams.

Read about her journey around Cape Town in her post Adventurous Kate’s Offbeat Guide to Cape Town.


#4 Camps Bay Girl

Camps Bay Girl - 10 Travel Bloggers Who Love To Visit Cape Town

Carline Meyer is the creator and author of the charming and motivational blog Campsbay Girl. She created the blog to detail her travel experiences. As a Cape Town native, she provides useful insight and stunning views of the city. Since starting, she has gathered over 1.7 thousand loyal followers and readers. With her blog and Instagram, she not only captures the beauty of Cape Town, but also other striking locations around the world. Her mesmerizing photos will have you out and about exploring the beauty of Cape Town.

Read her post about 10 Things to do in Cape Town in Winter.

#5 The Travel Manuel

The Travel Manuel - 10 Travel Bloggers Who Love To Visit Cape Town

The adventurous power couple Lauren and Vaughan Manuel McShane are creators of the cleverly named, award-winning travel blog The Travel Manuel. Both Lauren and Vaughan are Cape Town natives. While they both agree there’s no place quite like the Mother City, they have a passion to travel around the world. Although their journey started with just the two of them, they now have 2 kids. However, this has not slowed them down one bit, and instead their blog and  Instagram are an informative and encouraging source for families and couples alike.

Read about their various Cape Town posts here.

#6 Mzansi Girl

Creator of the inspiring and powerful blog Mzansi Girl, Meruschka Govender has been blogging since 2010. She is a South African native and is passionate about traveling around Africa, exploring its vast culture and hidden treasures. Meruschka is also the founder of the Afritravel hashtag on twitter, which she founded to help curate African travel related content. Follow her honest and adventurous journey on Instagram.

You can read her posts on Cape Town on her blog.

#7 The Incidental Tourist

The Incidental Tourist - 10 Travel Bloggers Who Love To Visit Cape Town

Named the best SA Travel Blog in 2016, The Incidental Tourist is a powerful and compelling blog created by South African Dawn Jorgensen. She is a conscious traveler who has a deep love for Africa, its people, and the environment. Through stories and posts, her blog and Instagram focus on sustainable tourism, highlighting eco and conservation issues. Dawn’s immense passion for the world can be seen through her journeys, and will inspire you to travel consciously.

Although she enjoys traveling around the world, Dawn loves coming back home to Cape Town. Read about her experiences and suggestions to enjoy the city.

#8 Love My Cape Town

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The informative Love My Cape Town Blog was created by parents, for parents. The Pattendens and the Fouries are two married couples with two children who love to explore Cape Town. The blog aims to provide fun experiences for families. By providing insight into family and parent-friendly activities, the goal is to show how even families can travel and have fun. Cape Town is such a big, diverse, and beautiful city—exactly what the Pattendens and the Fouries portray in their experiences. Check out their website for kids-friendly ideas around Cape Town and follow them on Instagram to follow their adventures.

#9  The Average South African

Tebogo Sethokga is the adventurous creator of the insightful food, travel, and lifestyle blog The Average South African. The blog explores all of the amazing food and travel destinations in South Africa. Tebogo is a native South African, who provides a lot of personal experiences and useful information about Cape Town. Native Capetonians and travelers alike will find The Average South African a useful and inspiring site.

For engaging photos and a constant source of information, follow the blog on Instagram.

#10 Boring Cape Town Chick

Boring Cape Town Chick is a personal lifestyle and travel blog by South African native Megan Peta. While she’s lived in a few different places throughout the world, Meg is passionate about sharing information on the “most beautiful city in the world!” Her honest, funny, and insightful blog has everything you need to (and didn’t even know you needed to) know about Cape Town. Check out her blog posts and follow her on Instagram.

They all agree, Cape Town is an amazing city to visit or to live in. Which one is your favourite blog to follow?

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a melting pot of cultures, food, and landscapes. The city is full of must-sees and must-do’s for both tourists and locals alike. With such a diverse mix of people flocking to the city, there is something to do for everyone.

The UK Telegraph Travel Awards voted it Best City in the World five times in a row, from 2013 to 2017. According to us it should definitely win again this year. There are so many things to choose from, but here’s the top 10 things you have to do when visiting this wonderful city.

This list was inspired by the Bucket List Journey’s post.

Annette White Profile Pic Cape Town Bucket ListAnnette White is the author of The Bucket List Adventures, exploring 10 epic adventures to experience before you die. She is also the co-owner of Sugo Trattoria, a contemporary Italian Restaurant in California, and the creator of the amazing award-winning travel blog, Bucket List Journey. She is passionate about travel, an experience collector ticking off bucket list items from around the world.

Cape Town Bucket List Adventures 10 Incredible Journeys to Experience Before You DieIn her book Bucket List Adventures , Annette takes you along for the ride, and shows you how to live your adventures, too.

It is not only a practical travel book – sharing detailed information on lodging, helpful resources. – but also an inspiration for people to step out of their comfort zones.

Buy her book on Amazon.

#1 Table Mountain

Table Mountain, flanked by both Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, is always a spectacular sight to see from anywhere in Cape Town. Whether you’re exploring the V&A Waterfront or watching the sunset from the beach, the views of the mountain are always incredible. Table Mountain was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011, and is a must-see for anyone visiting Cape Town.

There are several different ways to get up the mountain. One option is to take the cableway, which is a 5-minute trip to the top in a 360-degree rotating car. Cars depart every 10-15 minutes from the cable station on Tafelberg Road. Find more information about the cableway on our post.  If you’re more adventurous, you can hike up the mountain taking one of these top 5 hiking routes: Pipe Track, Platteklip George, Woodstock Caves, Skeleton Gorge, or Kasteelspoort. Read more about these routes in our post.

The Tranquility Cracks, one of the many hidden gems of Table Mountain, are considered one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets and are definitely worth exploring. They are a series of interlinking deep and narrow slits and fractures between rocks. Read more about it on our post here.

#2 Signal Hill & Lion’s Head

Pack a bottle of wine, snacks, and a blanket when you make the short hike, or drive, up to Signal Hill to watch the sunset and enjoy what is arguably some of the best views of Cape Town. As the sun starts to set and the city lights twinkle, a visit to Cape Town is not complete without stopping at Signal Hill.

For a more adventurous hike, you can catch the sunset on Lion’s Head. Located between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, Lion’s Head is part of the Table Mountain National Park and is considered one of the most popular hiking destinations in Cape Town. Lion’s Head offers stunning views of Camps Bay, the Atlantic, Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles, Sea Point, Signal Hill and the City Bowl. Starting at the car park on Signal Hill Road, the hike to the top takes about an hour and a half. Read more about Lion’s Head in our  post.

#3 Cape Point National Reserve

With dramatic and beautiful scenery, great hiking trails, and some of the best, secret beaches (which you can find in our post here), Cape Point National Reserve is without a doubt one of South Africa’s most magnificent attractions. Located an hour’s drive outside of the city, the reserve is home to both Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.

#4 Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive, also referred to as Chappie’s by locals, is one of Cape Town’s most infamous landmarks. With 114 seemingly never-ending curves and nine-kilometers of steep inclines, the drive takes you from Noordhoek to Hout Bay. There are several rest areas along the way to take pictures, have a picnic, or to simply take in the breath-taking views. Remember to have some cash ready for the tollgate, entrance to the drive will cost you R31 for a motor cycle and R47 for a motor car. Keep an eye on the annual increases on the official Chapman’s Peak Drive website.

While driving along this iconic stretch, be sure to stay for sunset. Sunsets play a major role in the life of Capetonians, but it can be a challenge to find the best spot. Look no further—Chappie’s holds one of the best viewing points in the city. The Look-out Cave, located just below the designated viewing point, provides an unbeatable view of the ocean and the sunset.

#5 Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is a hot spot for both tourists and Cape Town natives. With various restaurants and their unbeatable views, local and international shops, and an endless variety of entertainment—the Waterfront has a little bit of everything. If you’re looking for something to do, read our post on the Top 10 Things to Do at the Waterfront here.

If you’re looking for a different way to catch the infamous Cape Town sunset, hop on board a sunset champagne cruise. With the seemingly endless ocean stretched out in front of you, the sun slowly setting in the background painting the sky with the soft glow of sunset, and a glass of rosé champagne in hand—there’s simply no better day to end the day.

#6 Boulders Beach

Cape Town has some of the most beautiful beaches, with even more stunning views of Table Mountain and pink-painted sunset skies in the distance. Choosing one to visit can be difficult. However, Boulders Beach has some very adorable, unique reasons you must visit—it’s home to the South African penguins. Also known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive braying, Boulders Beach has some of the only penguins on the continent. While summer is the best time to visit the beach, you can still see the penguins all year round.

Located just outside of Simon’s Town on the False Bay coastline, Boulders Beach falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, so the beach is always clean and safe. You can catch a few glimpses of the infamous inhabitants from afar, or you can choose to pay the small entry fee for access to the reserve and to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. (R75 adults and R40 for children)

#7 Kalk Bay

This little seaside village made it into Forbes list of “12 coolest neighborhoods in the world“. The other South African neighbourhood that made the cut, is Johannesburg’s Maboneng. It’s roughly a 35 minute drive from the city center. Located on the False Bay coastline, the area has a constant holiday vibe hovering in the air. Restaurants range from five-star chic like Harbour House, to down to earth like Kalky’s Fish & Chips. Browse through the little shops and galleries, or watch a show at the Kalk Bay Theatre.

Fun mini roadtrip idea: take the train to Kalk Bay and continue on to Simon’s Town to go visit the penguins. Visit to plan your trip.

#8 Robben Island

The name means “seal island.” in Afrikaans. It’s situated in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres from Bloubergstrand. During the previous political regime it was used as a prison, specifically for political prisoners. It’s most famous prisoner, was former president Nelson Mandela. Madiba was imprisoned on the island for 18 of his 27 years sentence. Other South African presidents that were imprisoned here are Kgalema Motlanthe, and Jacob Zuma.

The little oval island is 3.3 km long (North-South) and 1.9 km wide. In 1991 the maximum security section was closed, and the medium security closed down five years later. By 1999 it was declared a World Heritage Site and an official museum was created for visitors. Ferries depart from the Waterfront at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, close to the Clock Tower. Visit for more information.

Did you know? Robben Island was also a leper colony in the 1800’s and an animal quarantine station.

#9 Sipping and Exploring

Although a trip to the Cape Winelands is an amazing experience, you don’t have to drive that far to experience good wine. There is now a new special inner city wine route, hosted by Tuning the Vine. A great midweek wine tasting adventure to embark on with friends. It is hosted on the Wednesday after First Thursdays. The tour starts at 5.30pm and ends at 8.30pm. Visit for more information.

Not such a big wine fan? Not to fear, there’s also a gin tour or a craft beer tour for you to try. Both gin and craft beer brewing is becoming more and more popular. These tours will give you a chance to try out the special drinks, as well as find out more about the behind the scenes processes.

#10 Walking Tours

There is a variety of free walking tours throughout the city. Exploring a city by foot, is the best way to get a true feel for a place. Tour options include District Six, Historic Cape Town, and Bo-Kaap. The tours work on tips only. Average tour length is between 90 and 120 minutes. The starting point is Motherland Coffee Company, at Mandela Rhodes Place. Visit for more information.

Another option is to use VoiceMap. The app offers you self-guided audio tours, with your own personal tour guide chatting to you in your ear. It uses your phone’s location services to guide you through the city. They offer both free and paid tours. Prices ranges from R26 to R80. Tours cover various regions including Cape Town City Center, Cape Point, and Constantia. Visit for more information.

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restaurants with fireplaces in Cape Town

Cape Town is well known for its unpredictable weather, and winter is no exception. From rainy days to summer-like warmth, venturing out for a meal can be a challenge. After experiencing four seasons in one day, these restaurants will draw you in with cosy fireplaces and delicious food.  There’s something for every taste bud. From high tea, to burgers and three-course meals – escape the winter chill at one of these amazing restaurants.

Top 10 List sourced from the exciting new Dineplan app

#1 High Tea at Truth

Steam punk mixed with high tea seems like an unlikely pairing, but Truth effortlessly fuses the two to create a unique and fun experience. High tea options include a Classic non-alcoholic version for R360, Pol Roger Champagne High Tea for R480, or Pol Roger Winston Churchill Champagne High Tea for R990. Everything is served in three different courses prepared by French-born chef Kamal Hamzaoui, starting with the Amuse Bouche, followed by the Café Course, and finishing off with Le Grande Révélation.

Your choice from an entire selection of Single Origin and Nigiro Teas are perfectly paired with nine different Petit Fours including a chocolate éclair, cream scone with homemade jam, or a smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich. With its edgy vibe and inventive taste combinations, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

High Tea: Sunday 1 pm and Monday—Saturday 3 pm-5 pm

36 Buitenkant Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 200-0440 |

#2 Homage 1862

Homage isn’t just a restaurant—it’s an immersive dining experience. The handmade crockery, dining tables made out of salvaged ceiling wood, and plants on the wall accentuate the warm ambiance. With a large wood fireplace located in the open space and comfortable, retro furniture it feels like you have been transported back in time.

The menu features flame-grilled South African favorites combined with Asian undertones to create small plates. With an attentive staff and seasonal menu, Homage creates a unique and delicious experience. A secluded area is located upstairs and is the perfect place for cocktail hour. The music and comfortable furniture create a relaxed atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.

Hours: Tuesday 12pm-4pm, Wednesday to Saturday 11:30am-11:30 pm, closed Sunday & Monday

168 Loop Street | Cape Town City Centre | +27 (0)

#3 Aubergine Restaurant

The eclectic restaurant has simple décor yet sophisticated vibes. German chef and owner Harald Bresselschmidt prepares innovative dishes with Eastern and Western influences that combine fresh, local ingredients sourced directly from farmers and trusted suppliers with seasonal flavors.

Dishes include lunch, dinner, and vegetarian options with either an A la Carte or Degustation Menu with optional wine pairing. Offering hand-selected local and international wines that are sure to compliment your entrée, Aubergine is all about creating a unique and sensory dining experience.

Lunch: Wednesday to Friday (October to April) 12noon-2pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday (closed two Mondays per month) 6pm-10pm

39 Barnet Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)

#4 Lou Lou’s Bar

Classy, trendy, and unique—all three words perfectly capture Lou Lou’s bar. Whether you’re stopping by for an after-work drink, a night out with friends, or a romantic evening with your partner – you’re greeted with good vibes and a welcoming atmosphere. The dim lighting, golden accents, and leather-back booths transports you to a simple, happy time.

The fresh and flavourful food is hand-crafted to bring a new-age take on tapas, fusing Asian, Italian, and contemporary cuisines. After dinner, the music gets louder and the party vibe is pumped up. With unique food and great drinks, the fun vibe escalates on Friday and Saturday nights with “Dinner and Dance.” A live DJ plays some of your favourite oldies, blues, jazz, and dance music to get you bobbing to the beats.

Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-2am; Sunday closed

10 Jarvis Street | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 418-0015 |

#5 Rick’s Café Américain


Looking to have a comfortable meal out? With three open fireplaces and Moroccan-themed decor inspired by the film Casablanca, Rick’s is a great homey spot. No matter what your dietary preferences might be—vegetarian, omnivore, or straight-up carnivore—you’re sure to find a meal you love with Rick’s eclectic menu options and warm atmosphere.

With its vibrant, happy atmosphere and 600 different beverage options the bar is ranked among one of the top drinking spots in Cape Town. From wines to whiskies, beers to cocktails, aperitifs to brandies, and more than 30 different types of tequila in between Rick’s has something for everyone.

Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am- 2am; Sundays closed

2 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 424-1100 |


#6 Toni’s on Kloof

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Enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine and cooking at this local favourite spot. The relaxed and warm atmosphere create a comfortable environment to dine with friends and family. The vibrant yellow and blue traditional Portuguese colours paint the outside of the restaurant and accent the decor inside.

Consistent and loyal Portuguese dishes, made on order with quality, fresh ingredients are created with great care and passion. Enjoy local favourites such as Peri-Peri Chicken, Mozambican Curries, Feijoada, Prawn Rissoles, Portuguese Seafood Rice, and many more.

Hours: Monday to Sunday 12 pm-3 pm, 6pm-11 pm

88 Kloof St | Tamboerskloof | Cape Town | +27 (0) 423-7617  |

#7 Den Anker Bar & Restaurant

The spectacular setting in the V&A Waterfront offers unparalleled views through floor-to-ceiling windows. With exceptional seafood creatively prepared it makes it easy to understand why Den Anker has been around for over 24 years. Tasty local South African specialties, which change weekly, give visitors and locals alike a wonderful and fresh experience. Their menus are centred around local, seasonal foods and offer specialties such as fresh crayfish, imported shrimp, foie gras brûlée, and decadent chocolate desserts.

Paying homage to their roots, the Den Anker Bar has six different imported Belgian beers, imported from small breweries and ensuring many different flavours and styles. These are brewed on tap and include De Koninck, Vedett Extra White, Liefmans Fruitesse, La Chouffe, Maredsous Blond, and the exclusively brewed Anker beer made in Lochristi by Den Anker’s Belgian founder, Denis Bouckaert. With one of a kind tastes, friendly and attentive staff, and picturesque views, your experience at Den Anker is sure to be unforgettable.

Hours: Monday to Sunday 11 am-10 pm

Pierhead | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 419-0249 |

#8 Life Grand Cafe Waterfront

With the motto, “Food you want to leave home for. Food you feel at home with.” you get a sense of what the Life Grand Café is all about. Its intriguing design and open, bright space creates a decadent dining experience.  Inside you’ll find a salad bar, crudo bar, coffee bar, and cocktail bar which offers a variety of creative and interesting cocktails, such as the Love Potion and Youth Elixir.

The menu offers over 100 entrees, ranging from Mediterranean-style food to classic entrees with a twist – all prepared in a wood-burning oven. With five fireplaces and beautiful views of the vibrant Waterfront Pier, it is an ideal location for great food and a warm atmosphere.

Hours:  Monday to Sunday 7am-11pm

2 Pierhead Road | V&A Waterfront |Cape Town | +27 (0) 205-1902 |


#9 Dash Restaurant & Bar

Reportedly named after the Queen’s favourite pet, Dash offers panoramic views of Table Mountain and a live pianist during dinner from Tuesday through to Saturday. Although it sits in the Queen Victoria Hotel, the restaurant and bar are open to the public. With a menu that changes every few weeks and a dedicated chef, you are sure to have a unique and exquisite dining experience every time you visit.

Looking for a place to have drinks after work? The bar at Dash, with its signature royal purple bar stools, offers an extensive selection of single malt whiskies and wines. Mirror ceilings reflect the double-sided fireplace and remarkable artwork, surrounding you with feelings of warmth and elegance.

Hours: Monday to Sunday 6:30am- 10:30pm

Queen Victoria Hotel | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 418-1466 |


#10 The Stud Burger & Saloon

Enjoy great vibes, good music, and delicious burgers at this trendy bar and burger spot. With a focus on gourmet burgers and grills plus true dedication to their mantra “preparing quality food,” this eatery is a great local favourites. Creative themed dishes add to the relaxed and fun environment.

There is something for everyone at The Stud Burger & Saloon with great vegetarian and vegan burger options as well. Complement your burger with one of the wide range of craft beers on tap, bottled beers and ciders, or a glass of red or white wine. Stay warm at a table inside near the fire and enjoy the view of the vibrant Woodstock street life.

Hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm-4pm, Sunday 4pm-11pm

Happy Hour: 6pm to 7pm Tuesdays & Thursdays

76 Roodebloem Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0) 447-4613 |

How We Discovered Our Top 10 Restaurants with Fireplaces in Cape Town


Dineplan was launched on December the 1st, 2012. In 2011, Greg Whitfield and Martin Rose, started dreaming about creating software that would revolutionize the South African restaurant industry. They went to school together and with their solid friendship as foundation, they started an exciting entrepreneurial journey together.

The dynamic duo approached local restaurants to find out more about their reservation needs. From their finding they created software to help manage bookings. Restaurants across the country use their innovative system, from the Cape Peninsula to Phalaborwa.

After six years of finetuning the reservation system, they launched the Dineplan app in early 2018. They already have access to the behind the scenes booking information and can now offer dining patrons the ability to tap into this information and make instant bookings at the Dineplan restaurants. Restaurant lovers can pick and choose from 1000’s of Dineplan restaurant users.

Using the Dineplan App


If you are looking for restaurants with a specific feature, Dineplan has categorized their vast database. Choose between a variety of filters including cuisine, price, attributes, and rating. The attribute options range from child friendly, romantic, and great views to sunsets, serves Halaal, and pet friendly.

Step 1: Select a Location

You can either use your current location or type in the city/suburb

Step 2: Access filters

Click on the menu icon at the top right

Step 3: Select Attributes

Click on the filter option to categorize the results

Download the app now on the iTunes or GooglePlay store




Top 10 V&A Waterfront

Top 10 V&A Waterfront

Each year over 23 million people visit the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. The complex features more than 450 retail stores. But it’s so much more than just a shopping mall, it’s also a working harbour with small boats and big container ships meandering in and out. And a big entertainment hub.

Stepping into the V&A Waterfront, a unique vibe enfolds you. It’s almost as if the air buzzes with creativity and a relaxed holiday mode, all year round. While you walk between the main mall and outside shops, you’ll be greeted by buskers filling the air with upbeat tunes.

History of the V&A Waterfront

It has come a long way since starting out as a small jetty in 1654. Jan van Riebeeck built it as part of his mission to establish a refreshment pitstop. But in 1858 a brutal winter storm wrecked more than 30 vessels moored in the make-shift harbour. After this incident, Lloyd’s of London refused to continue insuring wintering ships in Table Bay.

Prince Alfred (Queen Victoria’s second son) arrived in 1860 and started the construction of a breakwater, building Cape Town’s first official harbour. Till this day it is South Africa’s oldest working harbour.

In November 1988, Transnet decided to revamp the deserted docklands around the harbour. The area was transformed into retail and residential development, while the harbour continued operating.

Fun Things to Do at the V&A Waterfront

From shopping, to cultural activities, to entertainment for the kids – there is really something for everyone at the V&A Waterfront! You can spend hours here without getting bored.

#1 Explore the Waters

There are multi-million-rand apartments tucked away next to the canals running through the V&A Waterfront. If you’re lucky you might spot David Beckham, Madonna or Elton John on their African holiday. The Canal Cruise tour will point out the houses to you, while offering you other interesting facts about the area. Remember to bring your City Sightseeing tour headphones along for the ride. And look out for a pyjama shark while you float along.


The other fun water activity, is a boat cruise out of the harbour. Along the harbour edge you can browse the yachts and boats, deciding what kind of experience you’re looking for. Prices vary from cruise to cruise, there’s something for everyone’s taste and budget. The Jolly Rogers is one of the most popular cruises. Who wouldn’t want to set sail on a real-life pirate ship?

Alternative Adventure: view Cape Town from the air in a helicopter ride


#2 Keep the Kids Entertained

Start with a ride on the Hamleys Express train. The train station is situated across the Cape Wheel and travels all the way to the Watershed. With the right timing, your kids can also meet Hamley & Hattie Bear. Pop in to the store to buy a souvenir of the experience.

The Scratch Patch, situated across the Watershed, is a fun activity for the whole family. Scratch around for semi-precious stones and conclude the adventure with a round of Cave Golf. Round off the fun with a ride on a real Venetian carousel, situated near the Clock Tower. Unforgettable experience for only R10!

Alternative Adventure: the giant chessboard, situated on Pierhead Square

#3 Visit a Museum


There are a variety of museums scattered around the V&A Waterfront. These include the Cape Town Diamond Museum, Chavonnes Battery Museum and The Springbok Experience. Combine history and fun with a visit to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. For the art lovers, a visit to the Zeitz MOCAA is a must. It is the largest contemporary African art museum in the world. Once a year, you can enter these museums for free, on Museum Night.

#4 Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

Did you know, according to science the creatures in the aquarium will enjoy your visit as much you enjoy observing them? The Two Oceans Aquarium is home to over 3 000 aqua creatures. If you’re feeling daring, you can dive with the sharks at feeding time. Or if you’re a little less adventurous, feed the fish hiding in the kelp forest. There are only two Kelp Forest Exhibits in the world. And don’t forget to say hi to the penguins.

#5 Ride a Ferris wheel

The Wheel of Excellence is the first of its kind in South Africa, a great way to enjoy a unique perspective of the city. With the 360 view, you can spot both Table Mountain and Robben Island, plus on a clear day you can see all the way to Paarl. Spice up the experience with sparkling wine on an extended experience of an hour and a half.

#6 Browse a Market

There are three markets to choose from. The Watershed Market showcases unique craft, home décor and fashion products. At the V&A Food Market you can pick and choose from a variety of food styles, something for every taste bud. The Watershed and V&A Food Market are active every day. On Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market offers a selection of fresh food products and homemade crafts. All three markets are covered, so don’t let the weather put you off from visiting.

#7 See A Comedy Show

The Cape Town Comedy Club combines laughter with good food, the dinner theatre features world-class comedians. It is the only one of its kind in Cape Town. The club started out in 2005 as a pop-up, during the Cape Town Festival. Thereafter from 2007 to 2013, the club hopped around between venues across the city, finally finding its permanent home at the V&A Waterfront. It’s situated in the historic Pumphouse building, near the Watershed. Shows are hosted throughout the week.

#8 Paddle in the Canals

Stand Up Paddle boarding or SUP originated in the 1940’s, but it was perfected as a surfing alternative in the 1990’s. The calm canals of the V&A Waterfront are perfect to introduce you to the sport before you venture out into the ocean. Book a session with SUP Cape Town.

Alternative Adventure: A yoga session on a SUP board

#9 Watch the Seals

Top 10 Things to Do at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Where there’s a harbour, there will be seals. The fun-loving animals can be spotted at various points, enjoying a quick dip under the turning bridge or chilling on the special seal platform, situated outside the Shoreline Café.  It was built as a collaboration between the Aquarium and its founding partner, SAPPI. Stop for a quick bite, the restaurant has a great kids play area inside.

#10 Do a Free VoiceMap Tour

VoiceMap is an innovative guided voice tour concept. Starting at the Origin Coffee Bar you will be narrated step by step through the V&A Waterfront to learn more about the “Tavern of the Seas”, as the sailors of old called it. Download the V&A Waterfront tour and enjoy your very own guided tour.