If you’re looking for a way to escape the winter gloom this year then have we got a treat for you! We’ve put together a quick little list of 3 fabulously warm things you can do to ‘treat yo self’ this winter in Cape Town. Forget hibernating and being a negative Nancy, take the leap and get out, get active and wave away those winter cobwebs. Trust us, your friends will have some serious FOMO looking at all your amazing posts on Facebook and Instagram.

1. Have a ‘me day’ at Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa:

12 Apostles Cinema

Like we said; “treat yo self!” The Twelve Apostles has a bunch of rather awesome winter specials for you to take advantage of this winter. It’s a great weekend getaway for local travelers coming from Joburg or Durban and, of course it’s a great place to retreat for Capetonians looking to escape the rain. Spa aficionados can choose from two tempting spa packages this winter. Detox & Delight (from R1630 per person sharing per night) allows for all-important ‘me time’ and includes a detoxifying 60-minute traditional Rasul experience to revitalise both body, an over night stay, a mouth-watering spa lunch and a full English breakfast the next morning.

Movie buffs will want to check out the The Twelve Apostles’ popular Dinner and a Movie. At just R435 per person this experience makes for the perfect winter date night. Movie-goers will be treated to Azure Restaurant’s three-course Choice Select Menu before making their way to the hotel’s very own 16-seater cinema, where they can snuggle up and catch an old classic or the latest Hollywood release. The luxurious film experience comes with plenty of treats, including popcorn, sweets, ice cream and a rich hot chocolate or milkshake of the day.

2. Eat yourself warm:

Bacon on Bree

Cape Town is a foodie haven so brave the rain and the wind and start exploring. There are a bunch of new places for your try all over Cape Town. Head to Bree Street and try the new, and rather fabulous Bacon on Bree or pop to Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar for the best G&T you will ever have. The super beautiful Hemelhuijs is also a must-try new spot in the city. And, if you’re being pocket savvy this winter then remember that winter is also the time that restaurants offer some amazing winter specials. Beluga is offering an amazing winter menu with prices going back to 2006! Check out the details here. 

3. Head to the winelands:

Durbanville

Yes, yes when you think of the winelands you think summer lunches on terraces over looking the vineyards but visiting the winelands in winter is just as awesome as it is in summer. In fact some wineries are better in the rainy season than they are in the warmer months. The Soup, Sip and Bread Festival on 6 and 7th June in Durbanville is one of the best things to do in the winelands this winter. Food and wine enthusiasts can nose, sip and taste their way through the heart-warming offerings of Durbanville’s wine farms. Discover the luscious, fruity merlots from the Durbanville Wine Valley and why it’s one of the most food-loving, fun-loving, soup-loving red wines around. While you’re there tuck into a variety of soups, chowders and gumbos from around the world.

Another amazing soup and wine festival is the Sop en Soetes Festival out in Breedekloof. It’s a bit of a drive (an hour) but it’s so worth it! The festival takes place on 24 and 25th July and allows wine lovers to sample some of the best sweet wines and ports in the country! Of course, they will also have plenty of soup to go along with it!