Driving home for Christmas... this song is on my mind today though I am not driving, but flying and I am not directly on my way home. Well, sort of – I am on my way to my second home, Cape Town, to spend an extended two-month holiday with my family and celebrate Christmas with them. I have also convinced my brother to come with me for a little holiday which I thought was going to be a piece of work. I have written a love letter to Cape Town and a post on what to do in winter.
Unfortunately, most of these reasons were out as convincing arguments because they were either too personal or best done during winter. I have also realized that some of the best restaurants I wanted to entice him with were booked out solid for months, because – see no. 4 from what to do in Cape Town in winter! So I had to come up with some other convincing arguments for him.
If you also need some Cape Town travel tips for your next visit, why not go ahead and check them out? Maybe I will see you around...
1. The views. Cape Town is simply beautiful and I am being objective here. While I expect to be stuck in lots of holiday traffic I will turn it into a bonus and enjoy the views for longer. I recommend a drive along Victoria Road towards Hout Bay. The views here are especially stunning and make me happy every time.
2. First order after arrival:
A glass two glasses a bottle of pink bubbly. I like Old Man's Sparkle from Groote Post.
3. First dinner? La Perla. Such an old world classic with unbeatable promenade views and the best baby calamari in town.
4. Crayfish. Which you could get at La Perla and many others right now, but I recommend catching some yourself. Which brings me to...
6. Need a place to sleep? I will be staying on my cousin's couch and, unfortunately, you can't come. But look no further than La Grenadine – I don't think you can put your head on nicer linen and sleep in rooms styled with more French charm than here.
7. For a weekend away I recommend the ultra chic cottages at Babylonstoren, THE garden/winefarm/paradise. You may very well see me there some afternoons stealing picking fruit from the orchard.
13. Chilli poppers at the Hopestreet Market. NOTE: I was at the market yesterday and the chilli poppers man was nowhere to be found. However, we had rump steak sliders, sushi and an awesome chocolate blondie - so still plenty of good reasons to go! And who knows, he may just come back one day...
14. Yoga at Yogaspirit. While it is quite a drive to get to Constantia from town, classes are so worth it because it is simply the most beautiful studio in town. Just watch out for rush hour traffic!
15. The V&A Waterfront. It makes me feel like a tourist, but in a good way.
16. Macarons from Cassis. In lieu of Ladurée, they are the next best thing.
17. Frazer Perfume – the best place for birthday and Christmas presents or simply to make your credit card cry.
In regards to the above – the current and very favorable exchange rate for the ZAR should be mentioned! Your credit card may only shed a tear or two.
18. First Thursdays. If you don't like it for the art, you may like it for the...
21. Winetasting everywhere. Check out my favorite place here to taste & buy wine in the city.
22. Doughssants from Jason.
23. Robben Island. Finally! I have never been but actually cannot wait to go and see it this time.
24. Pizza parties which I will be hosting at my aunt's house for the holidays. For everybody else there is Sundays at Massimo's.
25. ”Now, now now, just now”. Nobody does time better than South Africans!
Need more reasons to visit Cape Town? Well, I may have something in the works for you... but for now I think you've got plenty. Just one more for those who worry about Christmas spirit in the sun – we do have Glühwein, Carols at Candlelight and thanks to many different traditions, most families celebrate on the 24th AND the 25th!