Top 20 Durban restaurants 2017.

Durban is loved for its tropical climate, beautiful beaches and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy – but this balmy, coastal-lying KZN city also offers some top notch eateries too.

Here are some of the best to try in 2017:

#1 Mali’s Indian Restaurant

This delicious Indian restaurant offers a broad menu, which incorporates both North and South Indian dishes.

Enjoy the likes of dosas, seafood, lamb, vegetable or chicken curries – or order a thali, with soup, succulent lamb curry, butter chicken, naan bread and so much more to enjoy… either way, your mouth will water from the spicy goodness that is Mali’s!

Contact: (031) 312 8535

Website: none

Address: 77 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

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#2 Butcher Boys

Butcher Boys is, as its name implies, a haven for meat-eaters. With a focus on succulent rumps, sirloins, rib-eye steaks, fillets and espetada to name but a few delicacies – this restaurant pays great attention to good-quality meat.

In fact, the beef is all wet- or dry-aged, over a period of 25–35 days, before being carefully basted and then expertly grilled over an open flame, according to your order preferences.

Contact: (031) 312 8248

Website: butcherboysgrill.co.za

Address: 170 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#3 Little India Restaurant

Serving Indian classics, this first-floor, open plan eatery – which offers both a delightful balcony and modern décor – strives to provide diners with an ultra-satisfying, yet modern dining experience.

Here, one can enjoy diverse dishes from all major corners of India.

Contact:  (031) 201 1121

Website: littleindianrestaurant.co.za

Address: 155 Musgrave Road, Berea, Durban, KZN

#4 9th Avenue Bistro

Widely travelled owners, Graham and Gina Neilson, offer a sleek, award-winning bistro, with artfully crafted dishes, that are inspired by seasonal goodness, quality and creative flare.

Also, at the esteemed EatOut Awards, 9th Avenue was voted the Best Bistro in 2012.

Contact: (031) 312 9134

Website: www.9thavenuebistro.co.za

Address: 2, Avonmore Centre, 9th Ave, Morningside, Durban

#5 Quo Restaurant

This award-winning restaurant may be unpretentious, yet its food offerings are decidedly flavourful and pleasing. Dishes are basic continental, or with an Asian influence.

Contact: (082) 320 7906

Website:  www.facebook.com/quorestaurant

Address: Gillitts Shopping Centre, 2 Clifton Road, Gillitts, Durban, KZN

#6 The Wok Box

Take a culinary trip to Thailand with The Wok Box’s fresh and delicious dishes.

Think steaming soup or roasted duck with pancakes and honey, ginger and sesame sauce, served with steamed rice.

Contact: (031) 564 2939

Website: none

Address: 10-D, 8-12 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN

#7 Jack Salmon Fish House

This restaurant prides itself on offering a range of fresh seafood offerings. It has a lovely Mediterranean feel, which adds to the overall ambience.

Prawns, calamari, kingklip, oysters, mussels and more are available for your seafood/fishy enjoyment.

Contact: (031) 572 3664

Website: www.jacksalmon.co.za

Address: Shop 15, Glenore Centre, 1 Aubrey Drive, Glen Ashley, Durban, KZN

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#8 Spiga D’oro

Spiga is known for consistently providing wholesome food – suitable to vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat-eaters.

The food is good – but so is the atmosphere, with visitors comparing it to a corner café in Italy.

Contact: (031) 303 9511

Website: www.facebook.com/SpigaDurban

Address: 200 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#9 Café 1999

Using only the finest local and international imported goods for its menu, Café 1999 offers a dining experience that will delight all your senses.

Chef-patron Marcelle Roberts’ award-winning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is ideal for sharing, and their wine list is full of gems to complement her fine food.

Contact: (031) 202 3406

Website: www.cafe1999.co.za

Address: Shop 2, Silvervause Centre, 117 Vause Road, Berea, Durban, KZN

#10 The Grill Jichana

This steakhouse provides diners with quality, flame-grilled premium cuts, sourced from the best local producers before they are seasoned, infused and flavoured with exotic African East Coast spices.

Jichana means ‘eating good’ in Swahili slang and at The Grill Jichana, you’ll be doing just that!

Contact: (031) 362 1300

Website: www.tsogosun.com/grill-jichana

Address: Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, 63 Snell Parade, Durban, KZN

#11 The Chefs Table

Executive Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn and her 12-chef brigade have crafted their menu to revolve around fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, with dishes inspired by readily available ingredients.

The menu changes a bit every day, so there’s always something fresh to be had, and diners can enjoy watching the chefs work their magic thanks to the open plan kitchen.

Contact: (031) 001 0200

Website: www.thechefstable.co.za

Address: 23-24, Protea Mall, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, KZN

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#12 Mooki Noodle Bar

Created by Anzai Yoshitoki – affectionately known as ‘Mooki’– Mooki Noodle Bar provides diners with Pan-Asian salads and delicious noodle dishes, served in a small and colourful café, that’s been decorated with fun and quirky cartoon artworks.

Contact: (031) 811 9199

Website: mookinoodles.wordpress.com

Address: 190 Brand Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN

#13 Lupa Osteria

With a quartet of stellar branches spread across Hillcrest, Westville, Durban North and also, Fourways – this Osteria is a neighbourhood spot where locals can enjoy a casual and above all, reasonably priced, meal with their loved ones.

The pasta is homemade, while the wood-fired pizza is made using only the finest imported Italian flour, free-range chickens and best veal going. Enjoy the likes of pizza, pasta, shellfish, veal, with a range of drinks to wash it all down with.

Contact: (031) 941 1181

Website: www.lupa.co.za

Address: 6-12 Swapo Road, Durban North, KZN

#14 Four15

This popular Mexican restaurant is a passionately South African Burrito Bar, which provides wholesome and fresh Mexican cuisine, in a unique and unfussy setting.

They work hard to perfect the blend of flavours and textures inside each tortillas, but also encourage integration of ‘mixed ingredients’ within local society.

Contact: (031) 564 0415

Website: four15.co.za

Address: 41 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North,

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#15 Joop’s Place

Situated in trendy Morningside, this bistro-styled steak restaurant, established in 1993 by former Capetonians, Joop and Wendy Mol, offers a warm and welcoming ambience.

Chef-patron Joop – formerly a butcher – cooks all the meat, with special dishes like Joop’s Special or Joop’s Chicken Cacciatora.

Other highlights include: chicken/veal schnitzel, oxtail casserole, lamb-, chicken- or prawn-curry – and of course, the ‘steaks with a difference’!

Contact: (031) 312 9135

Website: www.facebook.com/Joops-Place-225680304118860

Address: Shop 14, Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, Durban, KZN

#16 Mo-Zam-Bik

With several equally highly rated branches spread between KZN and Gauteng, this restaurant serves mouth-watering Mozambique-Portuguese food. At Mo-Zam-Bik, guests can njoy rich meat and seafood dishes alike.

Highlights are chicken livers, trinchado beef and grilled calamari.

Contact: (031) 303 2135

Website: www.mozambik.co.za

Address: 198C Florida Road, Windermere, Berea, KZN

#17 Vasco’s Restaurant

Offering a wide selection of foods, Vasco’s Restaurant lies within the upmarket Hilton Durban, well-known for its classy accommodation and entertainment. In keeping with this trend, Vasco’s is a new restaurant with a look, feel and menu, unique to Durban.

They are a buffet restaurant, with an a la carte menu. You will feel at home, particularly when seated in the comfortable embrace of this African-influenced space.

Contact: (031) 336 8100

Website: www.facebook.com/VascosRestaurant

Address: Hilton Durban, 12 – 14 Walnut Road, Durban, KZN

#18 El Toro

This lively tapas and tequila eatery offers classic Mexican food with an inventive twist.

There are great tapas, burritos, tacos, nachos, paella and more to be enjoyed from its spicy menu, but there is also plainer food for those who can’t take the bite.

Contact: (031) 564 3015

Website: www.eltoro.mobi

Address: 5 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN

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#19 Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els

At Big Easy Winebar and Grill Durban, it’s all about great events, warm hospitality, a fun, relaxed environment and, of course, great food to boot.

Named after world-class golfer, Ernie Els – who is fondly known as ‘Big Easy’ – the restaurant is inspired by all the things Ernie Els looks for in a restaurant, particularly after his extensive global travels.

Contact: (031) 336 8166

Website: bigeasydurban.co.za

Address: 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban Central, Durban, KZN

#20 Capsicum

This popular Durban eatery is situated within the rather historic Britannia Hotel, and is famed for its authentic Durban curries and bunny chows.

Contact: (031) 303 2417

Website: none

Address: Britannia Hotel, 1299 Umgeni Road, Durban Central, KZN

These are just a small, but good selection of some of Durban’s best eat-out spots.

Top 20 Durban activities 2017.

Durban is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most popular cities. With its vibrancy, balmy, tropical climate, glorious beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters perfect for swimming in,it’s hard not to be drawn to this coastal-lying city.

Here are some great activities to enjoy when visiting Durban in 2017:

#1 Browse Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market

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Every Saturday morning (from 6:00 am till 11:30 am), you can enjoy exploring this exciting, yet relaxed market, just a short drive outside Durban. Browse a wide variety food, jewellery, drinks, keepsakes and more.

You are even allowed to bring your pooch (provided you bring a bag and leash!) and with a child-friendly play area, it is perfect for a fun morning out at the market.

Contact: (031) 777 4686

Website: www.shongwenimarket.co.za

Address: Lot 457, MR551, Shongweni, Hillcrest, KZN

#2 Feel ten feet tall at MiniTown

Mini Town, at Fizsimmons Snake Park, is a place where everyone can feel like a giant… at least for a day.

Established some 30 years ago, this mini city offers miniature replicas of some of Durban’s most notable landmarks, including the airport and Durban Harbour, in 1:24 scale.

Contact: (031) 337 7892

Website: www.durban-tourism.com

Address: 114 Snell Parade, North Beach, Durban, KZN

#3 Have a good time at Fun World Amusement Park

This beachfront amusement park offers family-friendly fun and entertainment, with offerings such as: a scenic cable car, awesome rides for young and old to enjoy, carnival lights, music and of course, great entertainment to keep everyone well-occupied.

Contact: (031) 332 9776

Website: www.funpark.co.za

Address: 73 O R Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban, KZN

#4 Enjoy a romantic gondola ride with Zulumoon Gondolas

Be transported to Venice and experience a unique gondola ride around Durban Point Waterfront Canal.

Options include: day or night rides, as well as mysterious Venetian-masked rides and even oh-so-romantic picnic rides too!

Contact: (084) 730 8784

Website: gondolas.co.za

Address: Zulumoon Gondolas, 39 Timeball Boulevard, Point, Durban, KZN

#5 Take to the sky at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Enjoy an unrivalled, 360 degree tour of Durban when you hitch a two-minute ride in Moses Mabhida Stadium’s Sky Car. Through this, you will get to experience the stadium’s famous arch up-close-and-personal.

Visitors are also able to enjoy a stadium tour and/or quickly step out onto the pitch as well.

Contact: (031) 582 8242

Website: www.mmstadium.com

Address: 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road (Walter Gilbert), Durban, KZN

#6 Dive into uShaka Marine World

uShaka is definitely one of Durban’s biggest holiday attractions. This marine theme park offers a treasure trove of activities and attractions, day or night.

These include everything from: Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, Dangerous Creatures, Kids World and uShaka Beach, right down to the night-time festivities of Village Walk.

Contact: (031) 328 8000

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

Address: 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban, KZN

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#7 Get active at Southern Rock

Southern Rock is Durban’s sole climbing venue. It’s a world-class facility for amateur and advanced climbers to hone their climbing skills.

Here, young and old can get the best advice and quality climbing gear, and enjoy some quality climbing within this fine indoor space.

Contact: (031) 705 3842

Website: srockgym.co.za

Address: 5 Valley View Road, Falcon Industrial Park, New Germany, KZN

#8 Devour a Bunny Chow like a Durbanite

No visit to Durban is official without trying one of the delicious bunny chows (basically half a loaf of hollowed out bread with rich curry sauce inside)… and one of the absolute best places to sample one is at the award-winning Bunny Hugging.

They serve some 30,000 people a month, and are open 24 hours a day. Try their signature medium or hot mutton bunny chow.

Contact: (031) 537 3997

Website: www.zulu.org.za

Address: 4 Sipho Sethy Rd, Mt Edgecombe, Durban

#9 Surfs up at Wavehouse

Wavehouse is the coolest place for the family to enjoy some fun together. Try the skate park designed by 10-time world skating champ, Tony Hawk; tackle the double-point break standing wave, the D-Rex – or head to the two-beach break Flow Riders, suitable for everyone.

There are is also a restaurant and bars on-site for visitors to enjoy.

Contact: (031) 584 9400

Website: www.wavehouse.co.za

Address: G240, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Durban

#10 Monkey around at Mitchell Park Zoo

Durban’s solitary zoo, Mitchell Park Zoo, offers a host of animals, reptiles and birds for visitors to see. These include: crocodiles, buck, raccoons, cranes, wallabies, monkeys and more – as well as a walk-through aviary, filled with all kinds of beautiful birds.

There’s also a sand-filled playground for small kids, with jungle gyms, swings, slides and other play equipment. Also, enjoy a meal or tea at the Blue Zoo tea garden, located amid the trees and flowers.

Contact: (031) 303 2275

Website: www.durban.gov.za

Address: 10 Ferndale Rd, Morningside, Durban

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#11 Visit Durban’s KZNSA Gallery

Located on a street corner, the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (or KZNSA) offers a range of installations and performance arts events, which emerge from its gallery space.

However, the fun doesn’t stop there, for you can enjoy browsing a shop filled with unique, hand-made goods, clothing, toys and more, as well as dining outside in the sunshine at the outdoor café.

Contact: (031) 202 3686

Website: www.durbanlive.com

Address: 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN

#12 Walk along Wilson’s Wharf

Situated on Durban’s Victoria embankment, Wilson’s Wharf is a combination of fun, food, shows and crafts, which revolve around the boating marina and working slipways, found between Yacht Mole and Sugar Terminal.

Here, visitors can enjoy the great outdoors, the marine lifestyle and the trendy vibe the wharf offers, as well as experiencing performances and festivals, which occur throughout the year.

Contact: (031) 907 8792

Website: www.wilsonswharf.co.za

Address: 14 – 18 Boatmans Rd, Albert Park, Durban

#13 Take in the gorgeous Golden Mile

Runs from South Beach to the Suncoast Casino in the north, the Golden Mile is a gorgeous stretch of sea and sunshiny beachfront.

Although it’s longer than a mile, it’s the ideal place for a beach jog, rollerblading session or even a cycle alongside the coastline.

Contact: none

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: Durban, KZN

#14 Explore Umgeni River Bird Park

This bird zoo is a safe haven for our feathered friends and contains some 700 birds, with almost 200 different species from across the globe. One of the Park’s main highlights is the free-flight bird show.

The Bird Park also offers The Cockatoo Café, a lovely tea garden situated within the Bird Park, which happily overlooks an awesome, 20metre-high waterfall.

Contact: (031) 579 4600

Website: www.umgeniriverbirdpark.co.za

Address: 490 Riverside Road, Durban North, KZN

#15 Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest mosque

Juma Masjid Mosque, aka the ‘Mosque of the Congregation’, is not only Durban’s first mosque, but it is also the largest and oldest mosque in the entire Southern Hemisphere! It can fit some 6,000 worshippers inside at any given time.

Aside from its history and pure geometric beauty, it is a sacred place. As such, out of respect, visitors are expected to dress decently when visiting and to remove their shoes before entering the mosque.

Contact: (031) 304 1518

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Corner of Denis Hurley (old Grey) Street and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo (old Queen) Street, Durban, KZN

#16 Tour Durban Natural Science Museum

The Durban Natural Science Museum, found within Durban City Hall, is a fascinating place, with spectacular wildlife displays, realistic illustrations of habitat groups (or dioramas).

It includes some pretty unique museum exhibitions, including the mummy of Peten-Amena, an Egptian who lived some 2300-odd years ago, an almost complete Dodo skeleton and even a life-sized T-Rex.

Contact: (031) 311 2256

Website: www.durban.gov.za

Address: City Hall, 234 Anton Lembede Street, Durban Central, KZN

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#17 Delve into the Durban Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1851, the botanical gardens are Durban’s oldest institution, as well as Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens.

Aside from a wide variety of rare cycads, palms and many other indigenous plants, the gardens also include the popular Orchid House. They also play host to a range of local events.

Contact: (031) 322 4000

Website: www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

Address: 70 St Thomas Road, Musgrave, Durban, KZN

#18 Head into the jungle at Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve

Containing three rare mangrove species – red, black and white – Durban’s amazing Beachwood Mangroves are also a National Monument.

Stroll about the Reserve’s sturdy wooden walkways, exploring these glorious mangroves – and if you’re lucky, you may even catch glimpses of the wonderful animal life, like mudskippers, fiddler crabs and rare kingfishers to name only a few.

Contact: (082) 559 2839

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: Riverside Road, Durban, KZN

#19 Utilise the epic Durban Beachfront Skate Park

Haul out your roller blades, MBX bikes and skateboards and head to Durban’s epic skate park.

The arena is located in the Military Museum and it’s the ultimate place for wheel enthusiasts.There is also a cool skate shop nearby.

Contact: (031) 3327433

Website: none

Address: Durban Beachfront, Durban, KZN

#20 Stroll about the iconic Umhlanga Pier

Finally, saving perhaps the best for last, you have to make a stop at the iconic Umhlanga Pier. Popular among Instagrammers and photographers, this beautiful pier is most striking, particularly at sunset.

With its whalebone skeleton structure, it provides immense aesthetic appeal, in addition to performing the important function of helping disperse excess storm water into the sea, as an extension of an underground culvert.

Contact: none

Website: none

Address: Whlae Bone Pier, Umhlanga, KZN

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These are just some of the great activities you can enjoy in and around the glorious South African city of Durban in 2017.

 

 

Top 20 Restaurants in Hermanus 2017.

The Overberg town of Hermanus is about so much more than its famous whales because, while it is our Whale Capital, it is also a surprisingly good foodie destination, with a host of upper level and casual eateries alike to satisfy your hunger.
Here are some of the best to try when visiting Hermanus:

#1 Betty Blue Bistro

This fresh and vibrant bistro (with a light, fun interior), located in Main Road Hermanus, focusses on serving quality meals – like sweet and savoury pancakes, adventurous salads, good burgers, tacos and even some Banting-friendly dishes too – all made with love and care.
This bistro is an inviting splash of colour and refreshment in more ways than one and is well worth a visit!
Contact: (028) 125 0037
Website: bettybluebistrohermanus.com
Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#2 Creation Wines

Located on the picturesque Creation Wines estate – high up on the stunning Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge – food and wine tastings can be enjoyed at this leading winery’s bistro, which, importantly, is also a child-friendly venue.

Aside from a choice of cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and tea-and-breakfast themed wine-pairing menus, guests can enjoy a range of tapas, as well as a three-course pairing menu made up of salads, soups, poultry and meat.
Contact: (028) 212 1107
Website: www.creationwines.com
Address: Creation Wines, Hemel & Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#3 Pear Tree Bistro

Petri and his team provide visitors with a warm welcome at this bistro where great, “craveable” food and a relaxed vibe reign supreme.

At Pear Tree, you can enjoy everything from tasty breakfasts, light lunches, delicious mains and even decadent desserts, as well as winter warming hot beverages, wines and beers to wash it all down!
Contact: (028) 313 1224
Website: peartree-hermanus.co.za
Address: Village Square, 81 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#4 Fishermans Cottage

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience with an air of history to it in Hermanus, then Fishermans Cottage is the place for you. Providing an intimate and atmospheric restaurant vibe, this eatery is housed in a building originally built in the late 1800s before it was turned into the restaurant we know today in 1991.

The food reflects the coastline’s rich seafood, though there are also meat and vegetarian options on offer here, with plenty of chef-owner Anton’s specialities available on the daily blackboard menu.
Contact: (028) 312 3642
Website: www.fishermanscottage.co.za
Address: Fishermans Village, Corner Main and Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#5 Source

As the name suggests, at Source, it’s all about getting back to basics and focussing on the fresh produce and ingredients that combine and make up a dish.

Chef Warwick Taylor and his team take great pride in their establishment and all it has to offer. Here, it’s all about quality food, supporting local suppliers and providing sincere service for their guests’ pleasure.
Contact: (028) 125 0025
Website: www.restaurants.co.za
Address: 12 Village Lane, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#6 The Cuckoo Tree

Country vibes and bistro fare are at the heart of family-run, The Cuckoo Tree. There’s a casual, family-friendly atmosphere to be enjoyed here and good food, including its popular, hearty breakfasts.
Contact: (028) 312 3430
Website: none
Address: Rothnick Craft Building, 155 Dirkie Uys Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#7 Fusion Restaurant

This family-owned business is all big on different styles and tastes, as its name implies, and, although there’s no specific style to their food – exceptional taste, quality and presentation are ever-present.

The restaurant caters to both indoor and al fresco dining and both dining experiences provide excellent ocean views, perfect for whale watching (if the season is right).
Contact: (028) 312 4277
Website: www.fushioncafe-hermanus.co.za
Address: 5 Village Square, Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#8 La Pentola Hermanus

This seafront restaurant – which offers panoramic views across Walker Bay and specialises in international cuisine, with South African flavours – has been on SA’s culinary forefront since 1995.

Now in Hermanus, the kitchen offers fresh seafood, mature beef cuts, exotic game dishes and awesome vegetarian offerings, with a range of light meals, salads and desserts too.
Contact: (028) 313 1685
Website: hermanus.lapentola.co.za
Address: Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#9 Burgundy Restaurant

This restaurant offers delicious food, fine wine, spectacular ocean views and great company, in a place where warm hospitality is a prerequisite.

At Burgundy, enjoy the likes of fillet steaks, artisanal breads, fresh, crisp vegetables and so much more in this seaside restaurant, located near Hermanus’s historic, old harbour.
Contact: (028) 312 2800
Website: www.burgundyrestaurant.co.za
Address: Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#10 Moggs Country Cookhouse

Here, at this family-run restaurant in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, one can enjoy good, honest country fare, with splendid dishes (which use seasonal favourites) like lamb shank, fishcakes or even a Mediterranean salad available on the seasonal menu.

There’s a delightful, shady terrace to enjoy in summer, while the restaurant also has lovely interiors.
Contact: (076) 314 0671
Website: moggscookhouse.com
Address: Nuwe-Pos Farm, Nuwe-Pos Road, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#11 Just Pure Bistro

Just Pure is the perfect place to go for breakfast, lunch or brunch in Hermanus. This eatery offers simple, yet delicious homemade meals, made from fresh, natural and locally sourced ingredients.

The food portions are generous, the atmosphere is relaxing and the daily changing menu offers seasonally-inspired dishes and old Just Pure favourites alike.
Contact: (028) 313 0060
Website: www.justpure.co.za
Address: Marine Drive and Park Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape

#12 Harbour Rock

With splendid sea views out across Hermanus and Walker Bay, The Rock, as it is locally known, enjoys an excellent cliff positioning.

This premium restaurant, overlooking the bustling New Harbour, offers delicious desserts, fresh seafood meals, tasty pork belly and sirloin and much more, brought to you by owner Francois Barnard, general manager Vaughan van Blerk and their dedicated team.
Contact: (028) 312 2920
Website: www.harbourrock.co.za
Address: New Harbour, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#13 The Barefoot Cook

This is homely, snug restaurant – with an adjoining book store – offers a few select dishes prepared daily by chef-owner Marieclaire Day. For winter, there’s a roaring fireplace to cosy up to, while, in fair weather, guests can enjoy their meals out in the lovely, shaded courtyard.
Contact: (028) 312 4681
Website: none
Address: 12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#14 Dutchies

This beach restaurant offers a selection of breakfasts, light beginnings, sandwiches, mains and, of course, sweets and desserts, with coffee, teas, beverages, wine, beer and cocktails to enjoy too.

All their dishes are freshly prepared and their location at Grotto Beach makes them a winner when it comes to a casual, yet fun eat-out experience.
Contact: (028) 314 1392
Website: dutchies.co.za
Address: Grotto Street, Grotto Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape

#15 Lemon Butta Seafood Bistro on the Bay

Lemon Butta Seafood Bistro – or LB Seafood Bistro as it’s more commonly referred to – specialises in fresh seafood, ranging from tuna, filleted salmon, tender calamari and marvellous mussels too.

To complement their food, they also have a great selection of carefully hand-picked wines.
Contact: (028) 312 3611
Website: www.lemonbutta.co.za
Address: 6 Market Square Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#16 Bietang’s Cave

This is not your average seafood restaurant, for, as its name suggests, this restaurant is set in a cave, with the terrace on the rocks overlooking the ocean.

Enjoy dining on a full a la carte menu in Bietang’s Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar, with whales for company.
Contact: (028) 312 3026
Website: www.bietangscave.com
Address: In a cave, below Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#17 Fabio’s Ristorante Italiano

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Offering authentic Italian comfort food and rich, generous portions at a fair price, Fabio’s is a cosy and welcoming restaurant, which makes for a more relaxed, yet endlessly enjoyable, dining experience.

Try their wood-fired pizzas or excellent pastas (like the Spaghetti al Dente), with some wine from the award-winning wine list.
Contact: (028) 313 0532
Website: www.fabios.co.za
Address: 60 St Peters Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape

#18 Piccolo’s Pizzeria

Serving the best pizza in Hermanus, this pizzeria offers good service, a warm, friendly Italian atmosphere, and of course: great food too, such as: pastas, salads, and great, yet inexpensive pizzas (complete with thin bases and great toppings).

It is an ideal family-friendly eatery overlooking the Hermanus CBD.
Contact: (028) 312 1950
Website: none
Address: Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#19 Lizette’s Kitchen

This family-friendly eatery is situated within a beautifully restored, old Heritage farmhouse. Today, old meets new in what is an exciting restaurant and bar space, complete with several dining areas, as well as porch and garden/play area.

Chef Lizette uses her experience and family roots to offer food that’s carefully created from excellent flavours and the freshest ingredients.
Contact: (028) 314 0308
Website: www.lizetteskitchen.com
Address: 20 on 8th Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#20 Eat

Owner Petri (who also co-owns Fushion) has created a restaurant space where the focus is on the local market in Hermanus.

His menu caters nicely towards lunch, light snacks and dinner in what is a truly elegant restaurant space, simply made for delightful dining.
Contact: (028) 316 2348
Website: www.eatrestaurant.co.za
Address: Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape

These are just some of the top restaurants one can enjoy dining at in the seaside, Overberg town of Hermanus but there are many other great options besides.

 

Top 20 Plettenberg Restaurants.

Pretty Plettenberg Bay has something for everyone to enjoy when it comes to restaurants and eateries.

With a wide range of diverse cafes, fine dining establishments, bistros and more, visitors will find an array of flavours and foods to sink their teeth into in this Garden Route-based city.

Here are some of the best Plett restaurants to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Zinzi

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Meaning ‘abundance’ in Swahili, this vibrant restaurant, located on Hunter’s Estate, is a marvel of architecture, interior design and great dining in the Garden Route.

It has an incredible forest setting and offers an exciting, tasty menu, prepared by a passionate team of chefs, who use only the freshest ingredients to make Zinzi’s honest, yet innovative dishes.

Contact: (044) 532 8226

Website: www.zinzi.hunterhotels.com

Location: Hunter’s Estate, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#2 Bramon Restaurant

Located on the Bramon Wine Estate, Bramon Restaurant explores new horizons, as the restaurant combines interesting recipes with award-winning wines.

This popular wine estate restaurant is set overlooking the Tsitsikamma Mountains and elephants – and offers freshly-prepared, tapas-inspired dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Booking is advised.

Contact: (073) 833 8183

Website: www.bramonwines.co.za

Location: Bramon Wine Estate, N2, The Crags, Plettenberg, Garden Route

#3 The Fat Fish Restaurant

Well-positioned on Plettenberg’s Central Beach – with startling views of the Indian Ocean, Piesang Valley River and Tsitsikamma Mountains – this restaurant offers a casual, yet upbeat vibe.

The kitchen is headed up by head chef, Kirsty Sinclair, who helps prepare tasty dishes to ensure a quality menu and meal for guests.

Tuck into fresh, SASSI-complaint seafood or tantalising tapas – paired with some cocktails or fine, locally produced wines – made from only the freshest ingredients.

Contact: (044) 533 4740

Website: www.thefatfish.co.za

Location: Mlikwood Centre, Hopwood Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#4 Nguni Restaurant

Located in one of Plett’s most historical buildings (a 100+ year-old dairy), it’s only fitting that this restaurant offers nostalgic African flair.

The African menu is a reflection of South African favourites like: Boboie, Karoo lamb, ostrich, game, biltong and springbok.

With eclectic African interiors, complete with an original wood-fire stove, and a sunny veranda outside, visitors are provided with a true taste of SA – and in particular, the Cape.

Contact: (044) 533 6710

Website: www.nguni-restaurant.co.za

Location: 6 Crescent Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#5 Ristorante Enrico

With a terrace overlooking the ocean and a friendly atmosphere inside and out, it’s hard not to love this homely, relaxed Italian restaurant – particularly with hands-on owner, Enrico, always around to make his guests feel welcome.

Using fresh ingredients and raw, natural products, Enrico prepares tasteful, delicious dishes, inspired by his Roman roots.

His signature dish is the Fish Enrico – but the starters and desserts are equally tempting, as are the daily specials!

Contact: (044) 535 9818

Website: www.enricorestaurant.co.za

Location: 296 Main Street, Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#6 SeaFood at The Plettenberg

Drawing inspiration from the region’s rich marine life, the cuisine at SeaFood includes superb signature dishes, served all day.

There is also a unique tapas menu, served around the pool or from the terrace, which overlooks the ocean. High tea is also available here. Booking is advised.

Since it is part of The Collection by Liz McGrath, class and quality are a prerequisite at this seaside, hotel-based restaurant.

Contact: (044) 533 2030

Website: www.collectionmcgrath.com

Location: 40 Church Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

www.collectionmcgrath.com

#7 Emily’s Restaurant

Found at Emily Moon River Lodge, this restaurant exudes the essence of Africa, with a touch of her spirit and mystery too. This is present in everything from the beautiful collectors’ items to the kelims, carved mermaids and Nguni skins inside.

There’s a touch of old-school elegance and mystique here, and chef Jana produces an eclectic menu, particularly primed for candlelit dinners.

The large deck, overlooking the Bitou River, is great or sundowners, while the carved Ethiopian day bed, set in front of a log fire, is great for cosy, post-meal drinks too.

The menu changes like the weather, so there’s always something new and fresh to enjoy.

Contact: (044) 501 2500

Website: www.emilymoon.co.za

Location: Emily Moon River Lodge, 1 Rietvlei Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#8 Kurland Restaurant

This restaurant has won numerous awards over the years, and no matter where you sit, elegant settings made for intimate meals and group celebrations abound.

Headed by executive chef Leon Coetzee, who prepares quality dishes, while treating guests to new recipes – and in so doing, taking them on an exciting culinary journey – dining at this hotel restaurant is an excellent experience all round.

Contact: (044) 534 8082

Website: www.kurland.co.za

Location: Kurland Hotel, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#9 Peppermill Café

This café offers global tastes, as it embraces fresh dishes from around the world.

Guests can enjoy Good Morning breakfasts, Cajun chicken, healthy hummus, salad bowls, and other great light meals, in a laid-back café, which enjoys a delightfully tranquil setting that is ideal for family outings to The Crags.

Contact: (071) 324 4454

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#10 The Table Restaurant and Bar

Specialising in “simple food with serious taste”, The Table is a down-to-earth eatery, which focusses on bringing people together to enjoy good company – and even better food.

Every dish is lovingly made using the freshest ingredients – irrespective of whether you order a wood-fire pizza, handmade pasta dish or decadent dessert.

Signature dishes include the ostrich, with chilli-chocolate sauce, and seafood in a pizza basket.

Contact: (044) 533 3024

Website: thetable.co.za

Location: 9 Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#11 Equinox Flame & Flavour

www.lookout.co.za

This seaside restaurant right on Lookout Beach offers holiday makers and locals a classy, yet casual eat out experience.

Bringing flame and flavour to the Plett restaurant scene, Equinox (named after the Spring Tide of 2008, which transformed Lookout Beach) is a chic restaurant and bar, which offers everything from open-flame grilled tender cuts to super fresh seafood perfection, at the ocean’s edge…

Contact: (044) 533 0637

Website: www.lookout.co.za

Location: Lookout Beach, Hill Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#12 The Lookout Deck

This local Plett restaurant institution is a special place to enjoy special times. Nestled between The Lookout Rocks and Nature Reserve, it enjoys one of the best locations around and is very well-known and loved by visitors and locals alike.

It’s a must-visit eatery that provides guests with a selection of breakfasts, lunches, light snacks and dinners, as well as a choice of wine, exotic cocktails and other bar drinks to wash it all down.

Contact: (044) 533 1379

Website: www.lookout.co.za

Location: Lookout Beach, Hill Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#13 Lemon Grass Seaside Restaurant

Situated on the water’s edge, this terraced restaurant is open, warm and is a sensory treat in all respects, including the gorgeous surrounding views.

The menu offers a variety of freshly prepared dishes, from fish and seafood to meats and game, all of which draw either local or international inspiration.

If you’re looking for a restaurant with great food and an idyllic setting, Lemon Grass is the one for you.

Contact: (044) 533 5520

Website: www.lemongrassplett.co.za

Location: Salmack Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#14 The Burnt Orange

This is the new restaurant of chef Gareth Gardiner, former head chef of La Granada Divino (which appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s TV programme).

The Burnt Orange serves a variety of local and international dishes, drawing inspiration from Spain, Italy and other European culinary giants, and combining it with fresh, locally sourced ingredients for your ultimate food satisfaction.

There’s also a lovely outdoor space where diners can enjoy cocktails and sundowners as the sun sets.

Contact: (072) 704 1501

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Piesang Valley Road, Brackenridge Private Residential Estate, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#15 Off the Hook

This vibrant and trendy restaurant, complete with a homely touch, is perfect for families to enjoy relaxing and dining together.

The menu offers local seafood specialties, served with a choice of varied, delicious side orders.

To further complement this dining experience, add one of the top quality wines or if you prefer, a cup of good coffee with a slice from one of their delicious cakes.

Contact: (044) 533 0796

Website: offthehookplett.co.za

Location: Beacon Island Centre, Beacon Island Drive, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#16 Clare’s Cakes & Deli

At Clare’s, you can get cakes for all occasions and enjoy wowing your friends and loved ones with one of these masterful, iced creations – or simply, satisfying those sweet tooth cravings…

Products are made using only the finest ingredients and everything is made with the utmost care and love.

Clare’s Cakes & Deli also supplies cakes to local hotels and coffee shops, and their Chocolate Mousse Cake the stuff of baked legend in these parts.

Contact: (044) 533 0000

Website: www.clarescakes.co.za

Location: Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#17 LM in PLett

This restaurant offers guests a taste of Mozambique in Plett and with its good service and mouth-watering fare, it makes for a memorable dining experience.

The menu combines Indian, Portuguese and African food and guests can enjoy sharing traditional meals in this unique local restaurant.

Contact: (044) 533 1420

Website: lmplett.co.za

Location: 6 Yellowwood Corner, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 The View Tapas Café and Bar

Boasting spectacular views, an affordable menu and sound service, this is the perfect place for a chilled night out with friends or family.

The View serves yummy tapas made and designed from locally sourced ingredients, and offers awesome al fresco dining in fair weather, though there’s also ample bar seating inside too.

Contact: (044) 533 0165

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#19 Courtyard Café

Nestled in the heart of Plett, this wonderful courtyard coffee shop is a great place to head for a coffee and a delicious meal.

Serving everything from breakfasts, toasted sandwiches, burgers and light meals to speciality Greek food – which includes the likes of Greek shortbread cookies, spinach pies and falafels – Courtyard Café is the place to come for good Greek hospitality and simple, yet tasty food.

Contact: (044) 533 3331

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Shop 9A Melville’s Corner, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#20 Down to Earth Restaurant

This is relatively new, natural/organic restaurant is located at Plett River Lodge. The focus at the aptly named Down to Earth is strongly on health and locally sourced ingredients, as well as ethically prepared meals.

This waterfront venue is perfect for hosting special occasions; intimate dinners – or even simply enjoying a cup of tea on a lazy afternoon.

Contact: (044) 533 5843

Website: www.plettriverlodge.com

Location: Plett River Lodge, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

These are just some of the awesome restaurants you can enjoy in Plettenberg Bay if you live in or visit this phenomenal Garden Route city during 2017.

Top 20 activities in Plettenberg Bay 2017.

Situated along the gorgeous Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a trove of beautiful beaches, secret adventures, caring animal sanctuaries, surf spots and so much more; it’s a tourist destination of note, among local South African travellers and foreign tourists alike.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Plettenberg Bay:

#1 Enjoy family fun at Adventure Land

Offering good, clean fun for the whole family, Adventure Land is a place of water rides, playgrounds, super tubes and more. There are also awesome braai and picnic facilities, as well as a take-away kiosk, if required.

Highlights include the 75-metre super tube; 2-lane racer; kamikaze slide (with a 12-metre drop!) and even some kiddies’ slides and splash pools for the tots.

Contact: (044) 532 7869

Website: www.adventurelandplett.co.za

Address:  Adventure Land, Plettenberg Bay, Thohoyandou-F, Thohoyandou, Garden Route

#2 Cycle the 14-km Buffalo Hills MTB Trail

For avid cyclists, the 14-kilometre, circular route at Buffalo Hills Reserve is an awesome outdoor experience.

Here, you can enjoy riding a relatively easy route (though there are, nevertheless, some challenges in store), which should take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to finish.

Ride through grassy plains, forest and then onto a single-track. What’s more, there’s a great ascent up a jeep track, where you can stop and admire the surrounding reserve’s spectacular scenery. Do a self-guided tour (minimum of three riders must participate) or opt for a guided one and learn about the forest and flora as you ride.

Contact: (044) 535 9739, (082) 783 8392

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Buffalo Hills Reserve (off R340 towards Wittedrif), Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#3 Experience game drives at Plett Game Reserve

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Located some 20 minutes outside Plett, the Plettenberg Game Reserve is a wonderful place to experience African wildlife/terrain and to enjoy seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat.

Two great activities to choose from when visiting are the game drive or horse safari, which both run for two hours. Or, if you want to experience something even more exotic, try the new 1.5-hour-long Elephant Safari.

The game drive and horse safari both allow you to experience game on a real wildlife safari – either from horseback or from inside a vehicle.

Contact: (044) 535 0000/1

Website: www.plettgamereserve.com

Address: Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, R340 Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#4 Enjoy educational entertainment at Plett Puzzle Park

Found in the heart of the Garden Route, this unique attraction offers interactive family-fun. Activities are designed with all ages and sizes in mind and are intended to provide educational entertainment in an affordable way.

Plett Puzzle Park’s main attractions are the life-sized 3D Maze (a first of its kind in SA) and the exciting Forest Puzzle Walk.

There’s also an on-site childrens’ play area and coffee/puzzle gift shop set in a tranquil garden, with oversized garden games to keep visitors occupied.

Contact: (044) 534 8853

Website: www.plettpuzzlepark.co.za

Address: Plett Puzzle Park, Greater Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#5 Be amazed at Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden – the world’s largest free-flight aviary – is a unique, two-hectare dome, spanning across beautiful indigenous forest.

It aims to provide a sanctuary for birds, as well as miniature monkeys. Donations and bird releases once a protocol and criteria have been met, are welcome.

With a mysterious ruin, walk-behind waterfall, 200-seater amphitheatre and some 3,500 birds, it’s an experience like no other.

Contact: (044) 534 8906

Website: www.birdsofeden.co.za

Address: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#6 Have your eyes opened at Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary

Home to an assortment of big cats (like lion, cheetah, Siberian and Benegal tigers, leopard, jaguars, pumas and more), zorilla, hyena and honey badgers, Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary is an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime experience for one and all.

The only sanctuary of its kind in the Garden Route, it is a conservation wildlife park, which gives animals the freedom to run, play and explore.

There are daily tours (from 9:00 am – 4:00pm), which are conducted in all weather conditions and which provide great insight into all Junkani’s animals.

Contact: (044) 534 8409

Website: www.jukani.co.za

Address: Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#7 Monkey around at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

The world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary of Monkeyland offers tours, and comprises of more than 550 primates.

This primate sanctuary presently houses some 18 different species, 11 of which roam freely around the 12-hectare forest that makes up Monkeyland. The other seven are housed in large cages within the main forest or else, call the nearby Birds of Eden home.

There is also an excellent, 128-metre suspended canopy walk, restaurant, souvenir store and viewing deck, with multi-lingual guides on-hand to provide insight into these amazing monkeys.

Contact: (044) 534 8906

Website: www.monkeyland.co.za

Address: Monkeyland, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#8 Hit the beach – any beach

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Plettenberg Bay is all about the beach, with surfing, bodyboarding, sun tanning, swimming and more on offer in this sun-loving, seaside city. The three most popular and beautiful beaches in Plett are Central Beach, Robberg Beach and Lookout Beach.

Each of this beach trio offers something different: Central Beach is great for families and sunbathers, with lifeguards on duty for the swimmers; Lookout is popular among SUP paddlers and surfers – and finally, Robberg is wonderful for long walks, beach runs and even paddle skiing.

Contact: (083) 655 3618

Website: www.plettenberg-bay.co.za

Address: Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#9 Birding and bird-watching at Fynbos Ridge

This private nature reserve, some 7km outside of Plett, is the ideal place for birding. Owners Brian and Liz Philips have ensured a delightful fynbos home for all kinds of birds, providing a rustic, yet natural environment for these feathered residents.

Birds are partially habituated so photographers will have the chance to take numerous shots, as birds visit feeding trays and birdbaths dotted about the grounds.

With a list of roughly 90 species, every inch of the property is overflowing with birdlife, fynbos and proteas.

Tick everything from Pin-tailed Whydas to Forest Canaries, Sunbirds, Sugarbirds and even Fish Eagles off your list. Fynbos Ridge is also one of only three bird-friendly establishments in Plett, as approved by BirdLife South Africa.

Contact: (044) 533 0106

Website: www.fynbosridge.co.za

Adddress: Fynbos Ridge Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#10 Saddle up with Hog Hollow Horse Trails

Experience the amazing Tsitsikamma Forest on horseback with Hog Hollow Horse Trails.

Choose between either a one-hour-long farm trail, with views out across the mountains and forest, or enjoy a two-hour-long forest trail, a three-hour-long private nature reserve trail or even a half/full day Cruise The Crags Trail, which will see you riding to various nearby attractions on horseback.

Booking is essential and comfortable clothing, sunblock and closed-in shoes are highly advised.

Contact: (082) 771 3745

Website: www.cruisethecrags.co.za or www.horseridinggardenroute.com

Address: Hog Hollow Horse Trails, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#11 Close encounters with the Whale kind

www.hog-hollow.com

If you’re looking to enjoy some close encounters with these gentle underwater mammals, particularly during Whale Season, by chartered boat – then Ocean Blue Adventures is your answer.

Enjoy awesome, permitted whale watching, as well as possible dolphin and other sea animal sightings, and get a brief history of the area too.

Trips last between 1.5 and 2 hours and no guaranteed sightings are given; booking is advised.

Contact: (044) 533 5083

Website: oceanadventures.co.za

Address: Ocean Blue Adventures, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#12 Go fishing in Robberg Nature Reserve

The national monument and nature reserve of the Robberg Peninsula: Robberg Nature Reserve offers limited rock and surf angling, with permits from the Marine and Coastal Management available from Cape Nature.

So while you can enjoy some fun recreational fishing, please be advised that bait-collecting, fishing from boats and spearfishing are entirely prohibited.

Contact: (044) 533 2125

Website: www.safarinow.com

Address: Robberg Nature Reserve, Airport Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#13 Explore the Elephant Sanctuary

Offering African elephants and an interactive experience (which can include elephant back riding), the Elephant Sanctuary at The Crags, is dedicated to elephant conservation and allowing guests to enjoy intimate experiences with these huge mammals.

Guides are committed, well-trained and insightful and will help you to interact with, ride and even touch the elephants.

Contact: (044) 534 8145

Website: www.elephantsanctuary.co.za

Address: Elephant Sanctuary, Animal Alley, The Crags (off the N2 near Natures Valley), Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#14 Go wild with Radical Raptors

www.radicalraptors.co.za

Opened in 2008, Radical Raptors is a rehabilitation centre, which aims to create community awareness on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of noble birds of prey.

Operating directly under the rules and regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation, Radical Raptors is a caring, yet exciting experience. Visitors are invited to enjoy a flying display, which sees a variety of trained, non-releasable birds of prey flying around freely, allowing guests the chance to admire, photograph and watch these magnificent birds – weather permitting.

Contact: (044) 532 7537

Website: www.radicalraptors.co.za

Address: Radical Raptors, The Heath, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#15 Visit the Harkerville Saturday Village Market

Every Saturday, this rural and rustic, but also ultra-vibey, market takes places in the heart of the Garden Route. It’s a mix of flea-, craft- and farmers’-market combined and offers an all-round South African market experience.

There is a wealth of stalls, with the likes of organic food, jewellery, woodwork, clothing, flowers, music, books and more on offer.

Contact: (084) 510 9939

Website: www.harkervillemarket.co.za

Address: Harkerville Saturday Village Market, Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#16 ‘Run’ with wolves at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary

Situated between Knysna and Plett, this exciting sanctuary offers interactive tours that take visitors through wolf enclosures, offering a truly unique and intimate experience.

Aside from the wolf packs, there are also friendly wild dogs and huskies awaiting to greet guests.

You can enjoy a guided tour, which runs for +/- 40 minutes, with no prior booking required.

There is also a touch farm, with farmyard animals, and a restaurant, offering breakfasts and light meals.

Contact: (074) 303 0657

Website: wolfsanctuary.co.za

Address: Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#17 Shop at Porcupine Ceramics

Selling hand-made ceramics crafted by fire, Porcupine Ceramics makes ‘raku’-fired ceramic art pieces, inspired by African art and animals. Items include sculptures, plates, pots and other goods, all of which reflect the colours and traditions of our wonderful continent.

Products are produced by a group of local artisans, who have been trained and mentored by Porcupine since 1994.

Visit The Mill, a factory shop and studio, at The Crags and enjoy a tour of the working studio daily, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Contact: (044) 534 8910

Website: porcupineceramics.com

Address:  Porcupine Ceramics, The Mohair Mill, Kirbywood, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 Try something new with Learn to Surf Plett

As mentioned earlier, Plett is a surfers’ paradise and, with so many great beaches, it’s only natural for those keen on surfing to flock here.

Even if you can’t yet surf, there is hope with Learn to Surf Plett. This locally owned and operated surf school offers lessons for surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, taught by passionate people, with a love for surfing and the ocean.

Learn to Surf Plett is suitable for those of all ages, though booking is required.

Contact: (082) 436 6410

Website: learntosurfplett.co.za

Address: Learn to Surf Plett, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#19 Get up high with AfriCanyon Adventures

Experience unique canyoning, kloofing and gorge-walking with AfriCanyon. Discover the fun of canyoning/kloofing in the amazing Crags, try optional jumps, navigate deep gorges and even takr a cool, rock-pool zip line.

All professional equipment is provided but bookings for those 10 years and older is essential.

Contact: (044) 534 8055

Website: www.africanyon.com

Address: AfriCanyon Adventures, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#20 Take in the beauty of Robberg Nature Reserve

Situated some 8km outside of Plett, you will find the beautiful Robberg Nature Reserve. This national monument and World Heritage Site is one special place and no visit to Plettenberg Bay is complete without having successfully explored some of Robberg Nature Reserve.

There is an assortment of hikes, walks and wildlife to be seen and enjoyed when visiting this reserve and for those who wish to linger longer, there is even an overnight hut to stay in.

Contact: (044) 533 2125/85

Website: www.capenature.co.za/reserves/robberg-nature-reserve
Address: Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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These are just some of the top activities you can enjoy when you visit the paradise-like Plettenberg Bay in the Cape’s most gorgeous Garden Route.

 

Top 20 Restaurants in Ballito Restaurants 2017.

Beautiful beach town of Ballito – found in KZN’s Dolphin Coast – is about so much more than the stunning beaches and holiday atmosphere it provides, for it’s also a place rich in food culture and top restaurants, to suit every palate and dietary style.

Here are the top 20 restaurants to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Fiamma Grill (Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel)

This Italian grill house focusses on cuts of grain-fed, matured meat, spectacular seafood and seasonal specials, which keep its guests coming back for more.

Situated in the lovely Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel, Fiamma also offers a great wine and cocktail list to help wash down all the tasty food.

The family-owned and operated restaurant dedicates special attention to quality, detail and freshness, even sourcing much of its produce from local markets.

Contact: (032) 946 1029
Website: www.fiammagrill.co.za
Location: Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel, 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

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#2 Mo-Zam Bik

What started out as a dream between two friends – Ryan Stewart and Brett Michielin – has grown into a chain of several family restaurants, spread across both KZN and Gauteng.

The restaurants offer traditional Portuguese cuisine, all based on the authentic Mozambique ‘Barraca’ (which means hut in English). They are rustic beachside eateries, with a menu that caters to all tastes.

These restaurants all share their passion for food and cooking with you, allowing you to encounter Mozambique from SA.

Contact: (032) 946 0979
Website: www.mozambik.co.za
Location: 4 Boulevard Centre, Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

 #3 Eat Local Grill

Eat Local Grill is a passionate local restaurant, which specialises in grilled food. They have a branch in both Ballito and Salt Rock.

This restaurant provides great food, company and service, as they offer the likes of gourmet burgers and combos, salads, wood-fire pizzas, premium cuts, seafood and even pasta.

Contact: (032) 586 1609
Website: www.eatlocalgrill.co.za
Location: 12 Library Lane, Belvista Centre, Ballito, KZN

#4 Beira Alta

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Situated in the heart of Ballito’s popular Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Beira Alta is a Portuguese restaurant, with an African influence.

Named for a historic region in Portugal where royalty reigned, this restaurant serves a great selection of starters, soups, salads, meats, seafood vegetarian and of course, dessert.

At this family-owned and run restaurant, they believe in a hands-on approach, and prepare their food using only the freshest ingredients, spices and herbs as they have a firm commitment to quality.

Contact: (032) 946 2388
Website: www.beiraalta.co.za
Location: Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Shop 6, Main Road, Ballito

#5 Impulse By The Sea

The temptingly named Impulse By The Sea Curry Restaurant is an authentic and family-friendly Indian restaurant, which has been a family-run, long-standing institution for some 28 years.

It offers magnificent sea views, a relaxed restaurant atmosphere and of course, traditional, flavourful Durban curries. Other offerings include Butter Chicken, masala-grilled fish or even prawn curry. Service is warm and welcoming, particularly from the dedicated owner.

Contact: (032) 554 4626
Website: www.facebook.com/Impulse-By-The-Sea-Curry-Restaurant-389370891075061
Location: 167 Seaview Drive, Tinley Manor Beach, Ballito, KZN

#6 Al Pescatore

This Italian and seafood restaurant offers a unique food experience, with owner-designed specials every day for visitors to enjoy.

It also offers breath-taking views of the warm Indian Ocean, fine food and delightful service.

Contact: (032) 946 3574
Website: www.alpescatore.co.za
Location: 14 Edward Place, Ballito, KZN

#7 Mamma G’s

This buzzing Italian café and restaurant is well-known for its warm hospitality and delicious gourmet pizzas.

Using only the freshest ingredients, Mamma G’s prides themselves on offering visitors a true Italian experience.

The diverse menu caters to everyone, including kids, and includes a selection of pizza, salad or sandwiches, grill, poultry, veal or seafood offerings and more.

Contact: (032) 946 2214
Website: www.mammags.co.za
Location: Shop 5, Ballito Junction, Ballito, KZN

#8 Giannis (Beachfront) Ristorante

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This Italian beachfront restaurant, complete with a balcony, offers awesome Mediterranean food, wood-fire oven pizza, pasta, South African cuisine and even seafood.

It is a continental eatery suitable for the whole family, and offers diners one of the best locations and sea views on the coastline.

Contact: (032) 946 3217
Website: giannis.co.za
Location: 17 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#9 Ayoba! (Fairmount Zimbali Resort)

Set in Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Ayoba! Restaurant offers Central American flair and South African hospitality.

The restaurant specialises in “a fiesta of Mexican flavours” and allows diners to choose from a selection of Mexican fare.

Please bear in mind that reservations are recommended at Ayoba!

Contact: (032) 538 5000
Website: www.fairmont.com
Location: The Beach Club, Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KZN

#10 La Piazza

This restaurant is big on family and invites everyone to come together and enjoy a delicious meal.

Serving hearty Italian, including pastas and pizzas, it’s definitely a great spot for big eaters or simply those with a penchant for Italian cuisine… and who doesn’t love Italian food?

Contact: (032) 586 3565
Website: www.facebook.com/lapiazzacontinentalcafe
Location: The Well, Albertina Way, Dolphin Coast, KZN

#11 The Beach Hut

Situated right next to the beach, this restaurant serves fresh, good food in a relaxed environment. They are open from Mondays to Saturdays to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

With great options like breakfasts, light lunches, seafood, local delights (including oxtail), beverages and even toasted paninis – there’s something for everyone to tuck into at The Beach Hut!

Contact: (071) 869 0031
Website: www.beachhutrestaurant.com
Location: Library Lane, Ballito, KZN

#12 Thava Indian Restaurant

Thava Indian Restaurant is owned by Matthew Abraham, who hails from Kerala, a place of great food and rich mixed cultures and religions.

Thava specialises in Indian cuisine, priding itself on aromatic dishes, made using the freshest ingredients, and a unique Indian tapas offering.

Meal options include an array of vegetarian, lamb, chicken and seafood, as well as curries, biryanis, stews, Tandoori and Masala too, all served with traditional breads, rice dishes and sides.

Contact: (078) 802 7427
Website: www.thava.co.za
Location: 33 Compensation Beach Road, Salmon Way, KZN

#13 East Oasis

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With a long-standing background in the hotel industry, Sean Touskin, a classically trained chef, is no stranger to good food and since East Oasis’s opening, he has ensured a quality eatery.

East Oasis is well-known for its American-style food, including smash burgers, ribs, pizzas, chicken wings, salads and seafood.

The focus here is on keeping things quality, and offering flavourful, good food to delight palates of all kinds and tastes.

Contact: (032) 586 1034
Website: www.eastoasis-grill.co.za
Location: 16 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#14 Captain Fine’s Fish Factory

This laid-back seafood restaurant offers delicious ocean fare.

They specialise in different types of fish and chips, scampi (queen prawns), calamari and more, offering food that is tasty, yet very affordable.

Service is good and efficient, and the food definitely won’t let you down in a restaurant space that is in no way pretentious.

Contact: (032) 946 3933
Website: www.facebook.com/Captain-Fines-Fish-Factory-Ballito-126402910769883/
Location: Douglas Crowe Ave, Ballito Business Park, Ballito

#15 Sawagat

Meaning “Welcome” in Punjabi, this North Indian restaurant is fast becoming known for its unusual, yet delicious flavours.

It offers diners a true sense of India, and at Sawagat, they do things the traditional way, even using family recipes.

With Naan bread, Indian cream cheese, paneer and more, there is fresh and flavourful food to be had here.

Contact: (032) 586 1384
Website: www.sawagat.co.za
Location: 27 Sandra Road, Ballito, KZN

 #16 Osa (Fairmont Zimbali Resort)

Serving fragrant, flavourful fare from India, made from generational recipes, Osa is a wonderful Indian restaurant at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort.

Recommended dishes include their signature Butter Chicken, traditional Thali and signature grills, which will have you drooling from the deliciousness.

Please bear in mind that reservations at Osa are essential.

Contact: (032) 538 5000
Website: www.fairmont.com
Location: Level 1, West Wing, Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KZN

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 #17 Zaras Café

Located in Ballito Lifestyle Centre, this trendy hot spot offers a fantastic, well-thought-out menu, true commitment to their guests’ enjoyment and an invitingly crisp, clean décor, which complements the beautiful beach town.

With continental cuisines like Greek, Italian and South African, there are breakfasts, salads, speciality meals, pastries, breads and even aromatic coffees to be savoured at Zaras Café.

Contact: (032) 586 3204
Website: www.zarascafe.co.za
Location: Shop 90, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Main Road, Ballito, KZN

#18 Loaf Café

This family-owned eatery – run by the experienced, culinary mother-and-daughter duo in Theresa and Gina Rattray – is located in the bustling Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

It’s your go-to restaurant for fresh coffee, all-day Flapjack stacks, wonderful lunch specials and even sweet treats too.

It’s a place for friends to gather, with friendly service and a warm, cosy atmosphere to complement the wholesome, uncomplicated, yet excellent fare.

Contact: (032) 946 1985
Website: www.facebook.com/cafeloaf
Location: Shop 56, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Ballito Drive, Ballito

#19 SeaBelle Restaurant

Founded some 40-odd years ago in 1971 by the loving Govender couple, SeaBelle Restaurant has consistently served locals and foreigners alike for many years, offering the same excellent food and service that has always made it such a find.

Although it has undergone some renovation and is now run by the couple’s son, Tony, SeaBelle remains as popular as ever.

Here, an Al Carte menu provides diners with a choice between the likes of: starters, seafood grills, curries (including their famous prawn curry), grills, combos, breyani, kiddies’ meals, platters, pizza, pasta and deserts, with all food made to order.

Contact: (032) 941 5551
Website: seabelle.co.za
Location: 62 South Beach Road, Desainagar, Tongaat, KZN

#20 Xing Ye

This Chinese restaurant is best known for its sushi, which can be enjoyed as either sit-down or takeaway.

It is a small, no frills family-owned gem, which offers decent food at affordable prices. Service is slightly limited, so many visitors prefer takeaway.

Contact: (032) 946 0432
Website: none
Location: The Well, Albertina Way, KZN

These are just some of the top 20 restaurants, which you can feast at in beautiful Ballito and surrounds, if you visit (or are fortunate enough to reside in) this wonderful coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal during 2017.

Top 20 Things to do in Ballito.

Popular holiday town of Ballito – found some 40 km north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal – is well-loved for its beaches, subtropical clime and outdoorsy way of life.

Here are the top 20 outdoor activities to enjoy in beautiful Ballito:

# 1 Flag Animal Farm

This farm makes for a wonderful outing for the whole family. Offering the likes of pony rides, the chance to feed chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs and more, it also even has a daily milking show!

Facilities include: a rain-proof indoor play centre, accommodation options, playgrounds, a jumping castle and tea garden.

Bring the family along and enjoy a relaxing day out, as you either picnic or braai.

Contact: (032) 947 2018/20
Website: www.ballito-online.com
Address: N2 Umhlali, Salt Rock turn-off, Exit No. 214.

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# 2 King Shaka Heritage Route

Celebrating one of the greatest ever Zulu chiefs, King Shaka, there is much to visit along this historic Route.

Visit High Rock, Observation Rock or Shakas Trees, which lie in the town of KwaDukuza. The almost two-hundred-year-old trees include the Indaba Tree and Assassination Tree, where Shaka was alledgedly killed, way back in 1828.

Contact: (032) 946 3244
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: King Shaka Heritage Route, Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KZN

# 3 Clarke Bay Beach

A mere 15 minutes from Ballito’s main beach, Willards Bay, one can find Clarke Bay beach.

This quieter beach is protected by both life guards and shark nets, and it offers a lovely tidal pool, where you can show the kids natural sea life – though please don’t disturb or hurt these intriguing sea creatures.

After a day at the beach, enjoy a meal at any of Ballito’s many restaurants.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KZN

# 4 Ballito Tidal Pool

This tidal pool is a fun experience – no matter one’s age.

There are two different pools, with a larger one for adults and a smaller one to keep kids happy too.

Found at a large family beach, the pools brim with sea life, which swimmers/visitors must please be both mindful and protective of.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KZN

# 5 Ballito Boardwalk

Boardwalks are always fun to stroll along and, with this one, not only can you enjoy a long walk but you can also hike to Salt Rock, which offers amazing views. (Though it’s best to traverse the tunnel along the route at low tide!)

Bring some binoculars and a camera with to best soak up this cool coastline.

If you’re lucky (and the season is right), you may even sight a pod of dolphins, huge humpback or even a Southern Right whale.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KZN

# 6 Sugar Rush Park

If you’re after something more adrenaline-inducing, Sugar Rush Park is the place for you.

Offering over 150 mountain bike- and running-trails (suitable for both novice and experienced riders), here, families can enjoy fun cycling together.

Head quarters feature hot showers, toilets and even a bike wash. Visitors can also relax and enjoy a quick coffee or light meal at Sugar Rush Cafe or playtime at a fancy Kids’ Activity Zone.

Contact: (087) 351 2954
Website: www.sugarrush.co.za
Address: Sugar Rush Park, Esenembe Road, Ballito, KZN

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# 7 Holla Trails

Holla Mountain Bike Trails are a network of demarcated mountain biking trails, among farms in the Ballito and Upper Tongaat regions.

Making up over 100 km of marked/signed trails, with more being added and improved on all the time. Trails cater to either novice or experienced mountain bikers.

With the track variety, amazing scenery, and Holla Trail Centre (hosted by Collisheen Estates), Holla Trails offer a well-rounded biking, post-bike and fun outdoor experience in one, suitable for young and old alike.

Contact: (074) 897 8559 (trail master) or (082) 899 3114 (desk)
Website: www.ballito-online.com
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 8 Willard Beach

One of Ballito’s biggest attractions, Willard Beach is a wonderful beach to enjoy a fun, yet relaxing family day out.

Set against a tourist and holiday accommodation backdrop, this long sandy beach is one of KZN’s finest beaches.

The water is warm, the surf is good and there’s a variety of restaurants and outdoor activities to enjoy here, including: scuba diving, seafood eateries and microlight flips.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 9 Umhlali Country Club

Established in 1961 as a 9-hole golf course before its Peter Matkovich re-design some years later – when an additional 9 holes were added – Umhlali Country Club is a golf course and country club of note in KZN.

Particularly since club and course enjoyed a total transformation in 2006 (again, under Peter’s astute eye).

Today, it is a world-class, 18-hole course, which offers a halfway house, golf cart hire, bowling greens, five tennis courts, swimming pool, two glass-backed squash courts and even a pro shop too, all for sports’ lovers alike to enjoy.

Contact: (032) 947 1181
Website: www.umhlaliclub.co.za
Address:  1 Compensation Rd, Umhlali, Dolphin Coast

# 10 Thompsons Beach

Tucked between Ballito and Chakas Rock (along Ocean Drive), this sheltered cove makes for an ideal swimming and/or angling beach.

What’s more, it has on-site life guards and shark nets in the waters, meaning safe swimming for all is easily ensured.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: 4399 south, 9 Rock Lane, Shaka’s Rock, Dolphin Coast

# 11 Dirty Harry Fishing Tours

Deep sea fishermen can rejoice – and then experience a memorable sea excursion with Dirty Harry Charters.

The knowledgeable and capable captains will take good care of you, and with top boats and well-maintained sea equipment both, you will easily enjoy an exciting sea excursion.

To arrange a trip, please contact Dirty Harry direct.

Contact: (082) 579 3878
Website: www.dirtyharry.co.za
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 12 ZenJu Day Spa

This small, exclusive day spa lies in the tranquil setting of Ballito/North Coast Natal.

It features a number of holistic treatments, including: massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing/tinting, body scrubs and other lovely spa packages to pamper and soothe guests.

It is situated in Coco Der Mer Boutique Hotel but it also has a smaller branch in The Vineyard Guest House.

Contact: (032) 586 1180
Website: www.zenjudayspa.co.za
Address: 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

# 13 Salmon Bay Beach

This popular beach, just south of Ballito, happens to be a surfer’s paradise.

It is also the designated launch site for Ballito’s cool Inflatable Boat Clubhouse.

Aside from this, the beach offers ample parking at its southern end, and a great golden stretch of beach to bask on too.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 14 Tidal Tao Snorkelling Safaris

Snorkelling is undoubtedly one of the top activities to enjoy in Ballito – and this experience is particularly enjoyable when you use Tidal Tao Snorkelling Safaris.

Whilst snorkelling, you will see a wonderful array of fish. Plus, it’s safe, good fun for the whole family.

Contact:  (079) 307 0608
Website: www.tidaltao.co.za
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 15 Redwoods Riding School

Fifteen minutes outside of Ballito, amidst the rolling hills of the North Coast sugar belt, you will find the horse-crazy Redwoods Riding School.

This friendly, passionate stable yard is ideal for horse lovers or those simply keen to experience horse riding first-hand.
Riding gear and lessons are available here – as are relaxing, though unusual, champagne breakfast rides.

Contact: (079) 517 6764
Website: www.ballito-online.com
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 16 Microlite Flights

Ballito is quite well-known for its microlights, and an exciting activity to enjoy is a microlight flip over this beautiful area.

Flights give you a bird’s eye of the coastline and local beaches. The pilots are highly experienced and hold sound safety records.

Comefly trips can last anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour.

Contact: (084) 266 3359
Website: comefly.co.za
Address: Ballito, KZN

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# 17 Crocodile Creek

Midway between Ballito and Tongaat, is Crocodile Creek, one of SA’s best activities.

Home to some 7,000 Nile-, West African Dwarf- and Slender-Snouted crocs, as well as American alligators, deadly mambas and other snakes, tortoises, monkeys and more, it makes for an exciting and wild adventure for all.

Experienced guides will provide great insight and the venue is vast and ideal for exploring.

There are several covered learning and party areas, as well as a cafe/restaurant.

Contact: (082) 920 0730
Website: www.crocodilecreek.co.za
Address: 77 Greylands Road, Greylands, Tongaat

# 18 The Litchi Orchard

This family-owned farm offers a farmers’ market, country cafe, coffee shop, bakery and pub.

It also enjoys great kids’ facilities, and each month, there’s plenty to do and be part of – including fun events, like their lovely markets.

Contact: (032) 525 5118
Website: www.litchiorchard.co.za
Address: Seaforth Drive, Umhlali, KZN

# 19 The Litchi Orchard Farmers’ Market

Every second Saturday, from 09:00 am to 13:00 pm, guests can enjoy a lovely Farmers’ Market at the fun Litchi Orchard Farm.

The market offers great food and drink, unique arts and craft, outdoor spaces to explore and live music performances too.

Contact: (032) 525 5118
Website: www.litchiorchard.co.za
Address: Seaforth Drive, Umhlali, KZN

# 20 Karibu Nursery

If shopping for plants has you getting potty with excitement, then you will love Karibu Nursery.

Karibu is one of the longest standing nurseries in the North Coast and provides gardeners, green-fingered experts and landscapers alike with the opportunity to expand their businesses – or gardens.

Aside from knowledgeable gardening experts (ready to assist in the gardening department), Karibu also has a centre with a coffee & champagne bar, deli, spa, home interior decorating store, art studio and more for visitors to make use of.

Contact: (032) 947 1194
Website: www.ballitobulletin.co.za/services/karibu.html
Address: Main Road, Shakaskraal, Umhlali

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So if you’re heading to beautiful Ballito, be sure to enjoy or visit as many of these great experiences as possible because the options are bountiful.

 

 

Top Must-do Activities in Cape Town 2017.

Cape Town is a city that offers both indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes, senses of adventure and travel budgets… but some are just too iconic or unusual to miss out on!

So, here are our top 20 Mother City picks for 2017:

#1 Catch the Cable Car (and abseil down) Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of the city’s crowning glories, and as such, it’s a must-visit for tourists and locals alike. If you’re not up for a hike up the Table, why not catch the cable car up and then abseil back down?

Abseil Africa is one of the best companies around. You’ll have to follow a rope 112 metres or so down, in what is a safe, guided abseil, which is, coincidentally, the world’s highest commercial abseil offering. It costs R995 per person (excluding Cable Car ticket).

Contact (Abseil Africa): (021) 424 4760

Website: http://abseilafrica.co.za

Address: 297 Long Street, Cape Town

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Abseil-Africa via Facebook

#2 Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

No visit to Cape Town is complete without experiencing the world-renowned Two Oceans Aquarium. Adults and children alike will delight in the wonders of the sea. Find Nemo, see the penguins or go for a dive… either way, you’re in for a fun and educational underwater experience!

Tickets are R135 (adults), R100 (children 14-17 years, pensioners and students) and R65 (children 4-13 years).

Contact: (021) 418 3823

Website: http://www.aquarium.co.za

Location: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

#3 Walk the Museum Mile

Located within and near to the city’s well-loved, historic Company’s Gardens, you will find the South African National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Iziko South African Museum, Planetarium and Slave Lodge.

All are worth a visit and on certain days, such as Heritage Day (24 September), you can enjoy these wonderfully historic and engaging places for free.

Contact (Iziko Museums): (021) 481 3800

Website: http://www.iziko.org.za

#4 Experience Cape Town’s art scene

Woodstock is fast becoming the Mother City’s go-to art hub, as buildings are being restored, warehouses transformed and artists descend on the area like never before.

Here, why not visit the likes of the international-influenced Stevenson Gallery, among others, for some sophisticated and unique art appreciation?

Contact: (021) 462 1500

Website: http://www.stevenson.info

Address: Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Photo credit: www.stevenson.info

#5 Helicopter flights with NAC Helicopters

Experience the Mother City from the air as you choose from several amazing flight options, including: Hopper, Atlantico, Two Oceans, Robben Island, Three Bays and Cape Point Tours.

Costs range from R3, 240–R25, 800.

Contact: (021) 425 3868

Website: http://www.nachelicopterscapetown.com

Address: East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

#6 Learn to surf in Muizenberg

Surfing (be it traditional surfing, or kite/wind surfing) is very much a popular Cape Town activity and surfers’ haven, Muizenberg, is considered the best spots to learn to surf in South Africa.

Although you will no doubt find a number of local surfing schools, Learn 2 Surf is a good bet, as they are ideally based at Muizenberg Beach. They offer small group or private lessons, weekly, and are open every day of the year, weather permitting.

All equipment is included in the fee. To enquire after Learn 2 Surf’s prices, please fill out the ‘Prices & Info’ form on their site and buy/book your lessons confidentially online.

Contact: (083) 414 0567

Website: http://www.learn2surf.co.za

Address: 165 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

#7 Kayak with seals and dolphins

Cape Town-based Kaskazi Kayaks offers wonderful kayaking experiences and close encounters with sea birds, seals, dolphins and during whale season (July to December usually), you can even see the whales too!

Their shop is based in Three Anchor Bay and from there, they embark on a 3-5 km journey towards either Clifton Beach or Granger Bay. Trips are approximately two hours long. If you have prior kayaking experience, you can arrange a half-day trip too.

Booking is essential and all trips are weather-reliant. To find out the cost per trip, please contact Kaskazi Kayaks directly.

Contact: (083) 346 1146

Website: http://kayak.co.za

Address: 179 Beach Road, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town

#8 Enjoy whale watching in False Bay

Of course, the whale capital is Hermanus – but that’s not the only place in the Western Cape to see the wonderful whales.

Areas along the False Bay coastline are also prime whale watching spots and the best part is, you can view the whales from land or shore for free!

Recommended spots along the False Bay coastline include: Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, St James, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town, as well as Cape Point.

#9 Ride a bicycle along the Promenade

This activity has certainly grown in popularity and is great for both children and adults alike.

Up Cycles is your recommended service provider; they charge R60 (per person) for one hour and R90 for two etc. You can cycle as far as the Waterfront, if desired – and helmets and locks are included.

Ride along the Sea Point Promenade at a leisurely pace and maybe even catch the sunset.

Contact: (076) 135 2223

Website: http://upcycles.co.za

Address: The Pavilion, Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point, Cape Town

Photo credit: Basil Parker, upcycles.co.za 

#10 Snorkel with the seals

Experience the fun and beauty of snorkelling with Cape Fur seals on the city’s Atlantic side, at Duiker Island, Hout Bay.

Join Animal Ocean (particularly during summer) for 1-5m depth snorkel. No experience is needed but participants must be competent swimmers. (Afterwards, you’ll even be treated to hot chocolate and biscuits!)

Cost is R550 (per person) to view and R800 (per person) to snorkel.

Contact: (072) 296 9132

Website: http://animalocean.co.za

Address: Hout Bay Harbour, outside NSRI Station 8 Building, Hout Bay, Cape Town

#11 Hop on, hop off the CitySightseeing Bus

CitySightseeing bus tours have grown in popularity and numbers in recent years and now offer an excellent array of tours.

These include (to name a few): Harbour Cruise Tour, Purple Wine Tour, Sunset Bus Tour and even a Cape Point Explorer Tour!

Cost varies depending on tour but can be anything between R40–R550 per person (adults).

Contact: (021) 511 6000

Website: http://www.citysightseeing.co.zaa

Address: 81 Long Street and The V&A Waterfront, near the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town.

#12 Ride a Harley along Chappies

Photo credit: www.capebiketravel.com

Drive the world-famous Chapman’s Peak Drive on one of the world’s most iconic motorbikes: the Harley Davidson when you opt in for the Cape of Good Hope Tour. It covers approximately 180km, stretching from Hout Bay to Simon’s Town, and is weather dependent.

With Cape Bike Travel, you can rent and drive a Harley yourself, or enjoy a chauffeured ride. Cost for self-driven trip is R2500 per rider, while chauffeured rides cost either R1, 600 (half-day) or R2, 100 (full day).

Contact: (021) 424 5013

Website: http://www.capebiketravel.com

Address: 125 Buitengracht, City Centre, Cape Town

#13 Experience high tea in the city

The Mother City has a number of hotels, which offer “high tea” (more commonly referred to as afternoon tea these days). They are hugely popular and are great fun for adults (and teens).

Costs vary but you can generally expect to pay R200-300 per person as you feast on savouries, an assortment of tea (or coffee), macaroons, cakes and so much more in a luxury setting.

The Belmond Mount Nelson, The Taj Hotel, One&Only Cape Town, Cape Grace Hotel and 12 Apostles Hotel all offer excellent high/afternoon teas.

For more information, contact the above-mentioned hotels directly or visit their websites.

Cost: R95–295 (generally)

#14 Horse ride along Noordhoek Beach

Situated at the charming, historic Imhoff Farm, near Kommetjie, is the Imhoff Equestrian Centre, where you can enjoy beach horse rides.

These two-hour-long rides take you along the pristine Noordhoek Beach. They cater for those who have never ridden, as much as experienced riders. (Maximum age is 12 years and maximum weight is 100 kg.)

Booking is essential. To enquire after the cost per person, please contact them directly.

Contact: (082) 774 1191

Website: http://www.horseriding.co.za

Address: Imhoff Farm, M65, Kommetjie, Cape Town

Photo credit: www.imhofffarm.co.za 

#15 Visit the Boulders penguins

Simon’s Town is home to the beautiful Boulders Beach. Here, a colony of African penguins have taken up permanent residence.

Boulders is one of the few places in the world where you can walk among and swim with these tuxedoed dudes.

Boulders Beach is a protected SANParks beach so there’s an entry fee. Current costs (valid until 31 October 2017) are R70 (per adult) and R35 (per child).

Contact: (021) 428 9111

Website: http://www.sanparks.org

Address: Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

#16 Head to Cape Point

Lying at the southern section of the vast Table Mountain National Park (or TMNP), Cape Point is a truly life-changing destination. Visit the historic, old lighthouse, see the Chacma baboons, dine at the scenic Two Oceans Restaurant or explore the Cape of Good Hope.

Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to enjoy a day of true Cape adventuring in one of the most beautiful spots on the globe.

Cost is R135 (per adult) and R70 (per child, ages 2-11).

Contact: (021) 780 9010

Website: www.capepoint.co.za

Address: Cape of Good Nature Reserve, near Simon’s Town, Cape Town

#17 Explore Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The amazing Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the city’s proudest and most well-loved public spaces. It’s a wonderful, vast place to explore with friends and loved ones alike.

Enjoy a picnic, Summer Concert or strolling among the plants in this 528-hectare reserve.

Entry fees are: R60 (adults), R30 (SA students) and R15 (children 5-17 years).  Free to pensioners (with ID), except on public holidays.

Contact: (021) 799 8783

Website: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

#18 Hike up Lion’s Head

The (free) hike up Lion’s Head is one of the city’s most popular activities now.

Perfect any time of day (though it’s best at sunrise and sunset), even during full moon, this 1-2-hour-long hike is a must. Reach the summit or see if you can discover one of the mountain’s cave, particularly the well-loved Wally’s Cave.

There are two routes as you near the summit… so opt for the one without the staples and ladders if you’re afraid of heights.

Address: Lion’s Head, Cape Town

#19 Visit Robben Island

The former prison, where late, former president Nelson Mandela and so many others were held captive during the Apartheid Era, is one of the Mother City’s chief tourist destinations.

Boats leave daily from the Waterfront. The guides will provide you with an insightful tour, especially as so many of them are former prisoners themselves. Cost is R300 per person.

Contact: (021) 413 4200

Website: http://www.robben-island.org.za

Address: Robben Island, Cape Town

#20 Be part of First Thursdays

Photo credit: Laura September via Instagram

On the first Thursday evening of every month, the city’s art galleries in Bree and the CBD come alive, opening to the public, permitting free entry and fun exploration.

This highly popular event now sees many restaurants and cafes joining in on the fun, so you can enjoy a tasty meal with the art.

Each month brings exciting changes, new participating venues and fresh exhibitions – so save the date!

Galleries are open from 5pm – 9pm (if not later) and remember: entry is free!

Website: http://www.first-thursdays.co.za/cape-town

These are just some of the amazing activities you can enjoy in the Mother City, whether you’re a culture vulture, adrenalin junkie or nature lover… there’s something for everyone to enjoy experiencing, both indoors and out, in 2017.

Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town 2017.

These days, Cape Town is well-known for being a foodie mecca – but there are always going to be new or even lasting restaurant winners, which consistently bring good service, great food and a pleasant eat-out experience to the table.

Here are the top 20 restaurants in Cape Town 2017:

#1 The Foodbarn

Over the space of a few years, Top chef Franck Dangereux has worked wonders over at The Foodbarn. Serving French-inspired dishes, the restaurant offers excellent fine dining and superb food in a restored old barn.

At night, the deli turns into a tapas bar but either way, expect excellent food. Also, on Wednesday evenings, The Foodbarn offers a Pop Up Kitchen at the Community Market in Farm Village.

Contact: (021) 789 1390

Website: http://www.thefoodbarn.co.za

Address: Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town

#2 Raya Kitchen

Photo credit: Raya Kitchen via Facebook

Opened less than a year ago, Raya Kitchen already has been garnering rave reviews, as it serves its fine Asian cuisine. Food favourites include: prawn har gau, traditional Thai curries and phad Thai.

Raya Kitchen also has good cocktails and wine to enjoy, and often runs value-for-money specials.

Contact: (021) 422 2266

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Raya-Kitchen-1113401052005845

Address: Mandela Rhodes Building, 24 Wale Street, Cape Town

#3 La Parada Del Mar

This popular modern Spanish tapas restaurant and bar already had two existing branches, in both Bree Street (the original) and Constantia Nek respectively.

Recently, however, they opened a third on the glamourous Camps Bay Strip and it’s already ultra-popular.

La Parada Del Mar offers stunning views, of both Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean – and now, all three restaurants are open for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner.

Contact: (021) 286 2106

Website: http://laparada.co.za/camps-bay

Address: 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#4 The Stack

A few days after its initial opening at Leinster Hall – a 106-year-old building – in 2015, The Stack fell victim to a terrible blaze, which gutted the place and devastated its owners. Now though… The Stack is back!

This trendy restaurant and club provides a bistro menu, with wonderful delicacies, like luxurious French onion soup or crème brulee.

Contact: (021) 286 0187

Website: http://thestack.co.za

Address: Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street, Gardens, Cape Town

5# Azure Restaurant

Photo credit: 12 Apostles Hotel via www.12apostleshotel.com

Complete with fine dining and amazing views across the Atlantic, Azure’s setting never fails to make a great impression upon its visitors, yet it is the seafood, which takes the centre stage here.

Enjoy the best local and international cuisines, made by executive chef Christo Pretorius, as you dine in style. Favourites include: classic prawn cocktail or fresh line fish, though you will also find grills, poultry/game and even a Cape Malay curry on Azure’s menu.

Dress code is semi-formal, and booking is advised.

Contact: (021) 437 9029

Website: https://www.12apostleshotel.com

Address: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#6 Obi

Since Takumi’s closing, sushi legend Papa San has teamed up with chef Ben Bettendorf to bring Capetonians this urban Asian eatery, which specialises in sushi, tempura and ramen.

At Obi restaurant, guests can enjoy delicacies like shoyu ramen, an extensive sushi range and even great tempura options too.

Contact: (021) 418 4040

Website: http://obirestaurant.co.za

Address: 14 Long Street, Cape Town

#7 The Woodlands Eatery

With a lovely, considerate menu – which caters to the tastes and diets of all – The Woodlands Eatery is a rare find.

They are famed for their pizzas, which come with a choice of interesting toppings and even include the option of a cauliflower base. There is also seafood and other top meals to enjoy here.

Contact: (021) 801 5799

Website: http://thewoodlandseatery.withtank.com

Address: 2 Deer Park, Vredehoek, Cape Town

#8 Charango

This popular Peruvian-Japanese (or ‘Nikkei cuisine’) restaurant offers a fusion of cultures, as well as great contemporary street food.

Tuck into ceviche or hot, kebab-style-cooked meats, cooked over coals… just know that whatever your pick, you’re in for a treat at this Bree Street eatery.

Contact: (021) 422 0757

Website: http://charango.co.za

Address: 114 Bree Street, Cape Town

 #9 Kyoto Garden Sushi

Photo credit: Claire Gunn Photography, Kyoto Garden Sushi via kyotogardensushict.com

At Kyoto, expect delicacy, subtleness and enduring Japanese cuisines and flavours, brought to you by owner Scott Wood’s stellar Kyoto team. This Japanese food shrine offers sushi, sashimi, seafood and more.

There’s a wonderful sushi bar to enjoy as is only fitting – but leave space for dessert to enjoy something naughty but nice, like cherry blossom ice cream or perhaps a tempting cocktail too.

Contact: (021) 422 2001

Website: https://kyotogardensushict.com

Address: Kyoto Garden Sushi, 11 Lower Kloofnek Road, Cape Town

#10 Hudsons – The Burger Joint

A regular feature on ‘Best burger’ lists in Cape Town, the American-inspired diner (with a contemporary twist) that is Hudsons gives guests well-made burgers, finished off with inventive toppings.

Each burger tells its own story, and everything from the names to the ingredients have been carefully chosen by owners, Ross and David.

Now, with branches in Green Point and Claremont – as well as the original Kloof Street establishment – Hudsons is more far-reaching than ever before.

Contact: (021) 426 5974

Website: http://theburgerjoint.co.za

Address: 69A Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#11 Cheyne’s

Chef-owner Cheyne Morrisby offers creative combos, artful plating and delicious, strongly South Pacific cuisine, prepared using firmly Asian cooking methods.

Thanks to his culinary talents, Cheyne’s has become a real Hout Bay institution, though he hasn’t stopped there, for now Lucky Bao and the new Shio are also under his capable guidance.

Contact: (021) 790 3462

Website: https://www.facebook.com/cheyneshoutbay

Address: Hout Bay, Cape Town

#12 Manna Epicure

Reflecting French and South African cuisines both, with a delightful Argentinian twist too, Manna Epicure is the epitome of fine dining in Cape Town.

With an emphasis on hospitality, styling and, of course, excellent food, Manna is like a tender Heavenly mercy sent down to food lovers.

Contact: (021) 426 2413

Website: http://mannaepicure.com

Address: 151 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#13 Royale Eatery

Photo credit: Royale Eatery via www.royaleeatery.com

Royale Eatery really does make burgers fit for royalty… With over 50 burgers (and counting…) to choose from, this is a go-to burger spot in Mother City and is also one of its top eateries.

They offer vegetarian and vegan options, if you’re not a meat-eater, whereas as a side with your gourmet burger, enjoy a choice between fries, sweet potato chips or salad!

Contact: (021) 422 4536

Website: http://www.royaleeatery.com

Address: 273 Long Street, Cape Town

 #14 Gold Restaurant

At Gold – an African restaurant in the heart of the Mother City – expect an extensive menu, which offers tastes and styles from northern Africa to the Cape.

Whether you like your food hot and spicy or soft and gentle (like Tanzanian mango-and-lime chicken), Gold has something for everyone.

What’s more, your unique culinary experience is complemented by live, interactive traditional entertainment.

Contact: (021) 421 4653

Website: www.goldrestaurant.co.za

Address: 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town

#15 Active Sushi

In 2008, Active Sushi was born for the owner’s sushi addiction. Now, the focus is on providing customers with top notch sushi at reasonable prices.

 Active Sushi is so much more than a dining experience though… it’s a sushi extravaganza, and their vision is to make sushi more enjoyable for and easily accessible to all.

Contact: (021) 418 2604

Website: http://www.activesushi.com

Address: Mirage Building, 32 Hudson Street, Cape Town

#16 The Brasserie

This neighbourhood local and lovely bistro is something of a home away from home for locals and foreigners alike.

 Dine here with family and friends and enjoy creating lasting memories over good food.

Contact: (021) 712 1363

Website: http://brasseriect.co.za

Address: Shop 1, Forest Glade House, Tokai Road, Constantia, Cape Town

 #17 San Julian

Started up in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, San Julian is now a popular spot, which serves unpretentious, authentic Mexican food.

This Mexican restaurant also claims to be the only Mexican restaurant in SA actually run by a Mexican family… and they know their stuff!

Contact: (021) 419 42 33

Website: http://www.sanjulian.co.za

Address: 3 Rose Street, Shop 3 & 4 State House building, Cape Town

 #18 NV-80 Grill & Bar

Photo credit: NV-80 via Facebook

Situated in the heart of Sea Point, this popular bistro offers great variety, which includes meals like: charred queen prawns or caramelised pear and gorgonzola salad.

 With comfy seating for up to 120 guests, here at NV-80 Grill & Bar, you really can have a ball, as you sip on sundowners or tuck into a great meal with those you love.

Contact: (021) 439 7112/4

Website: http://nv-80.co.za

Address: The Point, Shop 8, First Floor, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

#19 Hemelhuijs

At hemelhuijs, quality is of the utmost importance, as far as chef-owner Jacques Erasmus is concerned. This ever-changing space, in the heart of the Mother City, is something of an oasis for visitors.

Enjoy freshly squeezed juices, delicious cocktails or blended coffees from their small but seasonal menu or a lovely, light meal in between work or play.

Contact: (021) 418 2042

Website: http://www.hemelhuijs.co.za/restaurant.htm

Address: 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town

#20 House of H

This restaurant, tattoo parlour/barber and bar in one is a truly unique experience. Opened in 2016, it’s relatively new to the city’s food scene but already it’s been making (inked) food waves.

Dig into hearty portions, like 16-hour-roasted brisket sandwich, a steak roll or even fish and chips, from a menu that is all about good, seasonal local produce and focussed entirely on good food.

Contact: (076) 699 6146

Website: http://www.houseofh.co.za

Address: 112 Loop Street, Cape Town

These are just some of the many restaurants in Cape Town consistently churning out good reviews, service and above all, food. During 2017, make sure you eat your way through them, for some fun variety and food satisfaction in the Mother City.

Top 20 Restaurants in Franschhoek 2017.

Fair Franschhoek is a region popular for many things: majestic mountains, top wine estates and of course, its French-inspired roots – but it’s also home to a selection of great restaurants.

Here are the top 20 restaurants in Franschhoek 2017:

#1 Haute Cabrière Restaurant & Terrace

Photo credit: Everett-John Mariano via Instagram

This iconic restaurant* is famed for its unique setting and breath-taking views, offered by its location against the Franschhoek Mountain. Its soaring arches and primarily summer terrace offer cathedral-like views of Pinot Noir Barrel Maturation Cellar and the valley below.

The seasonal menu features classically prepared dishes with a modern twist, and its cellar master and chefs work to marry good food and wine.

* (From 21 May to 31 August 2017, the restaurant and tasting room will be undergoing renovations.)

Contact: (021) 876 3688

Website: https://www.cabriere.co.za/restaurant

Address: Haute Cabrière, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town

#2 Le Bon Vivant

At Le Bon Vivant, food is an experience. Chef-patron Pierre Hendriks and his staff invite you to journey with them and savour bold flavours and unique combinations, presented impeccably for your enjoyment.

Inspired by his training in classic French kitchens, Pierre’s recipes – which offer modern interpretations of classic lunch and dinner dishes – aim to surprise, whilst maintaining an exacting standard expected from a restaurant such as Le Bon Vivant.

Contact: (021) 876 2717

Website: http://www.lebonvivant.co.za

Address: 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek

#3 Orangerie at Le Lude MCC

Photo credit: Le Lude

Chef Nicolene Barrow has, aside from formal training in Europe, worked at world-famous restaurants like London’s Gavroche Restaurant before her arrival at Le Lude. Now, at Orangerie restaurant, she prepares classical French cuisine, with a contemporary twist.

What’s more, Orangerie’s seasonal menu uses only the Cape’s finest and freshest ingredients, and meals are perfectly paired with Le Lude wonderful Method Cap Classique.

Contact: (021) 100 3464

Website: http://lelude.co.za/the-orangerie-restaurant

Address: Le Lude, Bowling Green Avenue (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek

#4 Foliage

At Foliage, guests can expect anything from vegetarian dishes to nose-to-tail cooking. This farm and forest to plate-style restaurant is a wonderful experience in every way and comes highly rated by those in the food know.

(On 29 and 30 April, as well as 1 May and 20 August to 6 September 2017, Foliage will be closed.)

Contact: (021) 876 2328

Website: http://www.foliage.co.za

Address: 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

#5 Pierneef a La Motte

Named for the famous South African artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this restaurant, through its traditional cuisine, creatively reflects the beauty of South Africa, even as it offers a modern take on things.

Its unique food styles and diverse flavours have drawn inspiration from centuries of cooking – and with the talented chef Michelle Theron at the helm, you can be certain of delicious, quality meals in a fresh, natural-looking restaurant.

Contact: (021) 876 8800

Website: http://www.la-motte.com/experience/pierneef/

Address: R45 Main Road, Franschhoek

#6 Greenhouse Restaurant

Hidden away between oak trees, the appropriately named Greenhouse welcomes guests to rest as they enjoy delicious home-baked treats like cake, coffee, tea and fresh garden juices.

Greenhouse at Babylonstoren also offers proper meals, with artisanal breads, handcrafted cheeses and dressed meats, served with a selection of homemade goodies, including herb oils and garden salads.

Note: There is a R10 entry fee for weekdays and R20 (adults) and R10 (children under 12) entry fee for weekends and public holidays at Babylonstoren, which goes towards their local child education trust.

Contact: (021) 863 3852

Website: https://www.babylonstoren.com/experience/restaurants/greenhouse

Address: R45, Simondium, 7670

 #7 Ryan’s Kitchen

With an impressive career spent in Michelin schools around the globe, chef Ryan Smith was adamant that his own restaurant in Ryan’s Kitchen would only offer modern South Africa cuisine, driven by local and indigenous ingredients.

This unique space – which has a Chef’s Table’s kind of feel to it – offers an interactive kitchen and table concept. With limited seating inside (and out, if the weather’s good), attentive service is a guarantee.

Aside from their signature ‘Taste of Africa’ menu, Ryan’s Kitchen offers a smaller tasting menu. Note: Booking is advised.

Contact: (021) 876 4598

Website: http://www.ryanskitchen.co.za/

Address: 1, Place Vendome, Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

#8 Monnaeux Restaurant

Photo credit: Monnaeux Restaurant

Offering fine wine and contemporary cuisine, this acclaimed restaurant – located at the original site of Franschhoek’s first perfumery, which dates back to 1890 – is a classically Cape culinary affair.

Enjoy lunch out on the fountain terrace, or dine in style inside the elegant, yet soothing Manor House dining room. They also have a comfy bar lounge and great award-winning wines to make your visit truly memorable.

Contact: (021) 876 3386

Website: http://www.monneaux.co.za

Address: Huguenot (Main) Road, Franschhoek

#9 Restaurant at Le Petite Ferme

The restaurant at La Petite Ferme offers a unique culinary experience, brought to you by Neethling du Toit and Tanya Rousseau.

Only the freshest and best local ingredients are used, as the restaurant prides itself on serving high quality, delicious meals, aimed at satisfying every kind of customer.

The bistro, known as ‘The Delicatess’, also offers a lovely selections of globally inspired tapas.

Contact: (021) 876 3016

Website: http://www.lapetiteferme.co.za

Address: La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek

#10 The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal

Photo credit: Boschendal Wine Estate

Boschendal’s restaurants offer an array of authentic food experiences, with a focus on flavourful, nourishing farm-to-table food.

Under the careful guidance of executive chef, Christiaan Campbell, the Boschendal staff whip up mouth-watering meals… and this much is especially true of their flagship restaurant:  The Werf.

Located in the original, revamped Manor House cellar, The Werf offers contemporary dining and the freshest, finest farm-to-table cuisine, like fermented breads, brisket and lovely desserts. Note: Bookings are essential.

Contact: (021) 870 4206

Website: http://www.boschendal.com

Address: Pineal Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

 #11 Allora

Allora Ristorante Classico is shaped around the idea of a traditional Italian village, with the restaurant’s focal points being the centrally based fountain and distinctive wood-fired ovens.

The menu offers artistically arranged meals, including seafood, poultry, meat, home-made pasta and thin-based Neapolitan pizza, as well as vegetarian options.

This casual, yet classy restaurant offers fine dining and a refined atmosphere, without feeling pretentious.

Contact: (021) 876 4375/6

Website: http://www.allora.co.za

Address: 32 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek Square, Franschhoek

 #12 ROCA Restaurant

Photo credit: Dieu Donne Vineyards

ROCA Restaurant, found on Dieu Donne Vineyards, serves delicious and exciting Mediterranean meals.

Their emphasis is on fresh, high quality local ingredients and respectful, yet unfussy food treatment and preparation.

It is also a great venue for functions, including events and weddings.

Contact: (021) 876 3384

Website: Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek

Address: www.rocarestaurant.co.za

#13 Cafe des Arts

Known as the spot where Franschhoek locals meet, this restaurant offers neither haute cuisine, nor fine dining. Instead, Café des Arts is a simple and rustic restaurant, with a relaxed atmosphere, where good food takes precedence over all else.

Their daily chalkboard menu – which changes according to availability, season and the chef’s mood – consists of ten or more items, with a meat, poultry, vegetable and fish dish always available on any given day.

Contact: (021) 876 2952

Website: http://www.cafedesarts.co.za

Address: 7 Reservoir Street West (behind FNB), Franschhoek

#14 Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

In early 2016, Leeu Collection and Cape Brewing Company (or CBC) – which is owned by Fairview’s Charles Back, Andy Kung and Swedish brewer Hendrik Dunge – joined forces to bring Franschhoek its first microbrewery.

This bespoke restaurant and microbrewery offers tasting menus paired with their great brews. Their food is primarily Mexican, with the likes of nachos and tapas on offer.

Contact: (021) 492 2207

Website: http://tuktukbrew.com

Address: 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek

 #15 The French Connection Bistro

This charming bistro-style restaurant is both welcoming and unpretentious in nature. Here, chef-patron, Matthew Gordon, offers a simple, yet delicious menu for all palates to enjoy.

With a concentration on fresh ingredients, you can enjoy a range of salads for lunch –including smoked chicken breast, with roasted beetroot, hummus and garlic yoghurt dressing – or pitas, and more substantial meals, like veal schnitzel. For dinner, tuck into crispy roast duck or fresh mussels.

Contact: (021) 876 4056

Website: http://www.frenchconnection.co.za

Address: 48 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek

 #16 Good Food & co

Good Food and co is a deli, which specialises in choicely cut meats, hand-crafted cheeses, artisanal charcuterie and grab-and-go meals too, owned by the go-getting Gauteng duo, Joey Stiglingh and Emmarentia Klassen.

The deli offers gluten-free bakes, whilst the premises itself offers banting-friendly products, A-grade meats, hand-made cheeses and free range meats from sources like Ryan Boon and others.

They also make platters for function and offer a restaurant menu, which includes salads, breakfast, burgers and fish, as well as a takeaway menu and ‘Doorstep Menu’, which allows you to order food for the week and have the meals delivered to your home.

There’s a great kids’ play area, making Good Food and co very child-friendly too.

Contact: (021) 876 3556

Website: https://www.goodfoodfranschhoek.com

Address: 13 Main road, Place Vendome Lifestyle Centre, Franschhoek

#17 Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar

Owned by famous South African chef, Reuben Riffel, Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar believes that food doesn’t need to be fancy to be delicious. Here, passion for creating uncomplicated cuisine and providing guests with a laid-back restaurant space prevails.

The menu offers firm favourites – as well as daily specials, which take advantage of the market’s freshest ingredients – with a great wine list to match.

Contact: (021) 876 3772

Website: www.reubens.co.za

Address: Uitkyk St, Chamonix Wine estate, Franschhoek

#18 Village Grill & Butcher

Photo credit: Village Grill & Butcher

This is the place for outstanding steaks, fresh take-home meats and great family-friendly dining.

Enjoy a cosy dinner indoors, a relaxed garden lunch or a sundowner on the veranda and don’t forget to visit the butcher’s counter.

They are also available for private functions and offer regular Winemaker’s Dinners and Wine Painting Workshops.

Contact: (021) 876 2344

Website: http://villagegrill.co.za

Address: Main Road, Franschhoek

#19 Lust Bistro & Bakery

Lust Bistro & Bakery – found on Vrede en Lust Wine Estate – will entice and tantalise you with its wonderful freshly baked artisan breads and other great food, offered up by patron chef and baker, Jean Pierre Smith.

Serving breakfast and late lunches, Lust Bistro & Bakery offers something for everyone to enjoy devouring, be it cakes fresh from the oven or mouth-watering chicken and beef dishes. Everything is fresh and tasty, without being pretentious.

On Sundays, you can also enjoy slow-cooked roasts, but for these Sunday Buffet lunches, booking is essential.

Contact: (021) 874 1456

Website: http://www.lustbistro.com/

Address: Vrede en Lust Wine Estate, Intersection of the Klapmuts Road and the R45, Franschhoek

 #20 Cafe BonBon at La Petite Dauphine

At Café BonBon, guests can presently expect light, healthy summer salads and some new additions to the existing menu.

Now, the menu more strongly embraces seasonal ingredients and means to showcase the region’s great produce.

The setting of this popular Franschhoek eatery is the delightful La Petite Dauphine, so you’re promised both good food and a pretty place to eat it at.

Contact: (021) 876 3936

Website: http://www.lapetite.co.za

Address: La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek

 These and many other wonderful restaurants belong entirely to the Franschhoek Valley and make it even more of a special place to visit… and when you do, tuck in and be sure to enjoy every bite!