Summer time, and the living is easy … sing it with us now! Yes, the summer holidays are fast approaching which means its time to start planning how you’re going to spend these all-important days off. If you’re going to be in Cape Town for the summer holidays then you’re in luck because there is so much to keep you busy you’ll need an entire month off just to do it all! So, before you waste another second planning the same old boring tourist stops this summer check out our ultimate insider’s guide to Cape Town and discover something new and exciting to try instead.

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Foodie Finds – delicious places to visit this summer!

Cafe Soul – Kalk Bay

Cafe Soul - Kalk Bay
The picturesque coastal town of Kalk Bay conjures up images of fishing boats, gorgeous views of the harbour, and of course, great food! Next time you’re in Kalk Bay make sure you pop into Café Soul, the recently-opened restaurant is a gem of note and offers a delectable pub-styled dining experience. Known for their laid-back ambience, exciting live entertainment, and top-notch food, Café Soul is a testimony to the famous Kalk Bay hospitality. Visit this spot and enjoy a wide range of perfectly prepared dishes while soaking up the crisp ocean air over a glass – or two, or three – of delicious wine!

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The Glass Lounge, The Cape Milner Hotel – Tamboerskloof

The Glass Lounge, The Cape Milner Hotel - Tamboerskloof
Looking for something a little different? This trendy, upmarket tapas and cocktail lounge boasts unparalleled views of Table Mountain while also allowing diners to enjoy the beauty of Cape Town’s night sky while they enjoy a relaxed dinner. With décor inspired by the 1920’s Speakeasy Prohibition era, and a glass ceiling that reveals the beauty of the restaurant’s surroundings, The Glass Lounge is the perfect romantic date spot for anyone looking to spoil someone special these holidays. As for the menu, diners can expect delights like Truffle and Cheese Croquettes, Tempura-battered Hake Fillet, Smoked Salmon Wrap, or a Halloumi and Baby Marrow Ciabatta. For dessert they’ll tempt you with the decadent Trio of Crème Brûlée – a moreish selection of desserts with vanilla, chocolate and passion fruit dominating your palate!

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Galbi – Cape Town CBD

Galbi

Fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurous diner? Galbi is where you need to be! Tucked away in a fairy-light-lit alley between Loop and Long Street in the Mother City’s CBD, adventure-seekers will find this unique Korean Barbeque restaurant. At Galbi you can design your own meal and cook it right at your table! With game, meat, chicken, veggies, ostrich, beef fillet, Daegi Galbi (thin strips of pork belly prepared in a Korean marinade) and vegetarian skewers on offer, along with a variety of marinades, diners are spoilt for choice. Braai with caution, eat with abandon – Galbi is your ultimate summer stop!

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Get pampered – spas to make your summer oh-so-beautiful!

Stillness Manor and Spa – Tokai

Stillness Manor and Spa - Tokai
This luxurious spa will leave you in absolute awe! Beautiful natural surroundings are made even more spellbinding by the breath-taking views of False Bay and beyond and of course, the spas oh-so-elegant decor. This grand spa offers a couples treatment room, 4 additional treatment rooms, 2 hydro tubs, a sauna, a fully equipped fitness centre, a steam room, an outdoor pool and an indoor pool that is regulated to seasonal changes. Step into this world of lavish sophistication and treat yourself to any of their renowned treatments, administered by their exceptionally trained staff, using only the highest quality products and guaranteed to draw on their expertise to leave you rejuvenated! Relax, unwind and find your happy place as your tensions evaporate, making way for blissful stillness.

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Suntra Spa, 15 on Orange Hotel

Suntra Spa, 15 on Orange Hotel

One of the Mother City’s most exclusive spas invites you to unwind, relax, and beautify yourself! With 11 stylishly appointed designer treatments rooms, a special steam sauna, jacuzzi, a therapeutic air jet bath, a splash pool and serene relaxation area on the rooftop overlooking the Cape Town skyline, Suntra beckons to your fatigued limbs to seek respite at their spa! This beautiful spot offers a comprehensive list of pampering facial and body treatments, with their experienced therapists using only products of exceptional quality.

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A spirit of adventure – activities adventure junkies will love!

Zenith Sky Bar – Green Point

Zenith Sky Bar - Green Point
If you’re looking for the ideal spot for sundowners with friends then the Zenith Sky Bar at the 5-Star Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, is just the spot. This up-market, trendy rooftop bar sports a stylishly glitzy setting and is aptly situated on the roof of this famous hotel, occupying pride of place, overlooking the Mother City in all her splendor! With unrivalled panoramic views, The Zenith Sky Bar treats visitors to gorgeous city views during the day and night. Pop in for a swim and a cocktail and relax and recline on the loungers and daybeds along-side the pool or dress to the nines and take a seat at the bar to watch the sun go down before dancing the night away.
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Virtual World – Claremont

Virtual World - Claremont
An exciting playground for gaming enthusiasts seeking the thrill of adventure right on their doorsteps, Virtualworld offers visitors something they have to see to believe. Virtualworld is South Africa’s first Virtual Reality gaming arcade and is a haven for gamers of all skill levels. Pop in for an afternoon of fun and experience the ultimate in virtual reality technology, using the world’s most advanced VR solutions! This thrill-per-second encounter is uniquely exciting, whether guests opt for single or multi-player games, and with an array of over 40 top games to select from, participants are faced with the dilemma of having to choose – although, they could, of course, work their way through the entire list! Your escapades can include anything from swimming with whales in the depths of the oceans, to walking the sands of Mars or running away from hordes Zombies.

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African Croc Dive – Paarl

African Croc Dive - Paarl
Situated in the heart of the Winelands, on the Le Bonneur Crocodile Farm in Paarl, lies the African Crocdive company, where thrill-seekers find their dose of much-coveted excitement! Housing over 1000 crocodiles, the Le Bonneur Crocodile Farm is Cape Town’s first ever Crocodile Cage Diving spot and offers guests an exclusively unique experience, fuelled by adrenaline derived from close encounters of the crocodile kind! Imagine being safely locked within a cage, submerged below the surface of the water, while these prehistoric predators glide past, donning a snide grin! Come face-to-face with these majestic creatures and attempt to remember to smile for the shutterbugs as they capture your moment in the cage. This uber-fun activity is accessible to anyone 9 years and older, and since all diving equipment, including secondskins, booties, masks and towels are provided at no extra cost, alongside a safety briefing before handing out the diving gear, all that is required of African Crocdive visitors, is that they bring along an iron will.

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