There’s no doubt about it, Cape Town’s famous Grand Africa Café & Beach is a must-visit spot for anyone visiting (or living in) Cape Town. And now, a little nip and a tuck later, the spot has unveiled a fresh new look for the summer and is now, more than ever, the perfect spot for a girls’ night (or day) out! Since opening its doors in 2009, the much-loved beach-front spot has gained a name for itself as THE place in Cape Town to eat, drink, and generally enjoy the finer things in life. We love Grand Africa Café & Beach because it truly is the ideal spot to nibble, sip, and get silly with your girlfriends – from fabulous cocktails to beautiful beach-chic decor and killer views, The Grand has everything you need for a memorable event with the ladies you love.
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, your friend’s impending nuptials, or the fact that it’s Thursday, The Grand is always ready and waiting with beautiful ocean views and a vibe that just doesn’t quit. From the moment you arrive, the Atlantic ocean beckons you in. And, as you make your way down the beach-chic wooden walkway, it’s clear you’re about to experience something special at this one-of-a-kind seafront location. And, it’s true, there are very few places in Cape Town that offer so many experiences in one spot.
By invite only
Want a day at the beach with your girls? A new section on the beach boasts luxurious daybeds where you and your ladies can sit back, with a cocktail in one hand and a snack in the other, and enjoy the beautiful sea views. This glamorous corner of the beach can be booked out for private events, such as birthday parties or hen nights, and is a great spot to host an intimate girls’ day or night with friends. Another oh-so-fabulous intimate corner of The Grand is the new Absolut Elyx bar – this sophisticated new space offers guests the ideal spot for a private, pre-dinner aperitif or an all-night blow-out with the girls.
Cheers to good times
Of course, you don’t need a special occasion to hang out with your favourite girlfriends. Head to Grand Beach for a day or night out and cheers to good times at the stylish Pongracz sparkling wine and cocktail bar or pull up a chair and watch as the expert mixologists craft a signature cocktail right before your eyes. Acclaimed mixologist, Kurt Schlechter, has been brought on board to update the expansive cocktail menu, crafting new signature cocktails and tweaking the classics. For their cocktails, all juices are squeezed fresh at the bar, while all-natural cocktail syrups from local producer, Nettari, bring fresh flavours to classic cocktails. If you’re not sure what to try first then try the new and oh-so-delicious rum-based Grand African Tiki. This unique cocktail, served in a bespoke tiki mug, blends Havana Especial & 7, Malibu, mango, mint, thyme and coconut for a memorable taste experience.
And, as if that isn’t enough, there are also a wide range of local wines available to enjoy by the bottle or glass. Plus, a partnership with G.H. Mumm Champagne will make Grand Africa Café & Beach one of the few local restaurants to serve French bubbly by the glass. It doesn’t get more fabulous than that!
Ladies who lunch
If you’re the type of ladies who lunch, then the main Grand Beach restaurant still remains the ideal choice. Even though the restaurant area has undergone a makeover it still retains the feet-in-the-sand charm and casual-chic appeal it has always enjoyed. This makes it a great choice for a birthday dinner, a kitchen tea, or a casual ladies lunch with friends. The main restaurant is the type of place where an early lunch turns into afternoon drinks and ultimately sundowners by the sea, making it a great place for friends to reconnect and unwind together.
And, with the new look comes a new menu, and Head Chef Dominic Faict has crafted a wide-ranging menu combining signature Grand dishes with new Mediterranean-inspired plates. The wonderful beach setting lends itself to light meals, fresh flavours, and of course, plenty of seafood. That could mean a generous pot of West Coast mussels steamed in a fragrant coconut broth, or a Cajun-spiced linefish tagliata. Generous cuts of steaks off the grill will keep the hungry happy, while the compact sushi menu is the perfect fit for the sunny seaside setting.
Dance the night away
And, if you really don’t want to leave then stay for dinner and settle in with one of their signature cocktails while the DJs warm up the decks for a night of dancing in the sand. If you’re looking for the ideal spot for a bachelorette party then Grand Beach is it – head through for an early lunch and cocktails and stay for a night of fun and dancing to good music in a safe, beautiful environment.
Grand Africa Café & Beach is located at Granger Bay Road, Granger Bay – click here for more information.
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