Happiness is…HOME – has been my life slogan for the past 12 days on my whirlwind visit to Cape Town, I have managed to jam-pack my days. There are certain activities that I enjoy doing when home and it is always great to see what’s new to explore too. So here are my top 10 favourite Cape Town activities:
1. A walk in Newlands Forest
My old Rhodes digs mate, Amy, and I like to catch up while getting some exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery in Newlands Forest. So I hopped into my Dad’s car (Thanks uJohn) with my dog, Maddy, and headed to our usual meeting spot in Newlands Forest. Nature, green trees, flowing rivers, a peaceful escape away from the bustling city is something that I love and need to do more of in the future.
One of my good friends, Julz, works for Red Bull who hosted the phenomenal Red Bull Flugtag event at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on 9 December 2012. I was luckily enough to be her boyfriend’s plus-one at the Red Bull Mobile ‘Secret Party’ onboard MY Sea Princess. Front row seats on a yacht (yes, you think I would yachts while on holiday), free drinks kicking off with champagne mixed with Red Bull followed by many more beverages and delish eats. The aviation teams went to so much effort and were very entertaining. A highlight was the closing performance by one of my favourite SA musicians, Goldfish, who played a set while floating in the middle of the harbor – what a treat!
3. Ace of Spades club
The only club/ pub that I landed up at…twice… during my short time in Cape Town is a new spot off Long Street called Ace of Spades. This hipster jol (SA slang for party) has great decor, a cosy feel (although they really do need to invest in some air con for these summer months) and great old school rock beats. It was the perfect final location for a house-warming party and bachelorette party!
4. Dinner at the Grand in Camps Bay
On my first night home, I took my family out for a special dinner. Initially, I wanted to go the Granger Bay Grand restaurant but they were unfortunately fully booked. Luckily, we managed to get a reservation at the Camps Bay restaurants which was as divine. Champagne, wine, seafood, great conversation with a sea view made the perfect homecoming evening.
Jess, one of my good friends, bought me a Dear Rae ring for my birthday just before I started yachting. SInce then, I have kept an eye on the jewelry range and have been itching to get back to Cape Town to visit the store. I now have another ring to add to my collection and bought another one as a gift. En route, I had a shopping relapse and found a very reasonably priced pretty dress at the Old Biscuit Mill. Stoked!
6. Grabbing a quick tasty sandwich at The Kitchen in Woodstock
The Kitchen is a quirky, bustling lunch spot in Woodstock where I try pop in when on an art gallery mission around Woodstock. I grabbed a delish propvol (Afrikaans word for very full) sandwich with all the topping from chicken, salad, pesto, sun-dried tomato and more. No wonder Michelle Obama squeezed in a lunch there while visiting Cape Town 🙂
7. Having an early morning coffee at Jason Bakery
My friend, Alex, affectionately referred to by our circle of friends as ‘Miss Cape Town’ has recently moved into a stunning apartment in Long Street. This little oasis as I have named it has now transformed her name to’Miss Long Street’. Al had told me about this great little spot where she grabs a cup of coffee every morning on her walk to work. I had to try it out so we headed up to the coffee kiosk at Jason Bakery. Al introduced me to her local mates who work there. They welcomed us with big smiles and a much-needed strong flat white coffee. I also highly recommend the egg cups which saved me from my post-bachelorette party headache. This pastry in lined with thinly sliced chorizo sausage and topped with an egg. Heaven in a cup! Go try one!
8. Discovering street art in the Vrendenburg Lane off Long Street
‘Miss Long Street’ also introduced to me a sneaky little lane off Long Street that is home to some great street art. Vrendenburg Lane is usually a mundane back street that you wouldn’t give a second thought. However, today the brick walls host large street art works that showcase some of Cape Town’s artists.
9. A walk along Sea Point promenade
I had some time to kill before a meeting so I took a detour down to the Sea Point promenade. This is one of my favourite spots in Cape Town with the sea breeze, great views, sea smells and gorgeous sunsets.
10. Shopping at Cavendish Square
Highschool nostalgia hits whenever I roam Cavendish Square’s stores. Mr Price, Woolworths, Ster-Kinekor cinema, Exclusive Books and YDE are some of my favorite shopping spots. Retail therapy at my local mall always puts me in a good mood! Conveniently, I am leaving before the Christmas shopping avalanche is in full force.
It’s been an amazing but far too short visit home to my gorgeous Cape Town. It has been so great to reconnect with my nearest and dearest friends and family doing some of favourite Cape Town activities. It’s sadly time for me to shower, pack the final few things and fly back to MY Solaia in the Caribbean. Hopefully, it will not be another year until I place my feet firmly on Cape Town soil. Happiness is home and it warms my heart whenever I am here.