Whilst the daylight hours here in the UK are rapidly getting shorter, and it now time to dig out once again the woolly hats, scarves and glove sets, over in Cape Town they are embracing the start of Spring. The days are getting longer, the temperature is getting warmer, and everyone is digging out their bbqs/braais. Restaurants are pulling the covers off the outside tables, and setting them up, ready for evenings of al fresco fun dining under the clear skies.
Yes, Spring in Cape Town promises to be a fun time. In fact, any time in Cape Town will be wonderful – as Cape Town had also just been listed in the Lonely Planet’s top 10 list of cities to visit in 2014 – and we at Travel Butlers could not agree more with that result!
Here are just a few things you can do here over the next few months if you are looking to escape the cold winter months in the UK:
Sundowner Time! Can you think of anything better at the end of the day than a cold glass of beer, or a chilled glass of white wine, whilst looking out over the ocean, or gazing up at Table Mountain? No, thought not. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there are a plethra of places where you can just sit and soak in the atmosphere and the sights.
Pushing the Boat Out! Literally – have you ever thought about chartering your own yacht for a private sunset dinner? Well, it can be done! Or if you are not feeling that extravagent, but you are still looking for that decadent night out, relax in the Bascule Bar at the Cape Grace for an exclusive atmosphere to accompany your night cap before turning in. Or take a trip to one of Cape Town’s theatres for a night of ballet, classical music, opera, drama or even comedy. For a truly wonderful dining experience, try one of the city’s famous food and wine pairing evenings – such as the evenings hosted at the Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohehot, or La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig, for example, or the Planet Restaurant at the centrally located Mount Nelson.
Stay Outside! If you want to make the most of the warm, barmy Spring evenings, then check out what open-air entertainment is going on. Kirstenbosch host a number of Summer Sunset Concerts where you can enjoy live outdoor music (jazz, big band swing, R&B, folk and rock) in the Amphitheatre every Sunday evening from the end of November to the beginning of April. Or for the more cultured, the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in Wyndberg stages a Shakespeare-in-the Park production. But let’s also be honest, just staying around the V&A Waterfront is good enough too for an evening’s entertainment, as the warm weather just entices the performers out – be it Cape Minstrel performers, fire breathers or African dancers!
Put on your Dancing Shoes! Cape Town’s nightclubs are thumping with live music and guest DJ’s from across the world. Burn off those sundowners while dancing the night away.