Chasing Summer During the Festive Season in Cape Town

July 13, 2017

My last visit to Cape Town was during the festive season to escape the cold and rain in Germany. It was the first time I ever left Germany during Christmas and I admit it felt funny to enjoy a braai when those left at home sat together for a Christmas roast. But even though I couldn’t get into Christmas mood between beaches and palm trees I pretty much enjoyed the sun on my skin and the sand under my feet.

Rosendal Winery

After a roadtrip into the Ceder Mountains, we left Cape Town for a second time to visit Rosendal Winery and Wellness Retreat in Robertson for wine, dine and lazy hours at the pool.

cacti at Rosendal Winery

I was told these cacti are in bloom only once a year. I was lucky enough to see them open up on the morning of our departure.

The best part of a trip to Robertson wasn’t the beautiful wine regions or the small villages but the stunning scenery along the way. To prove that the journey truly is the reward we drove along Route 62 to Montagu and back along legendary Chapmans Peak Drive.

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llandudno beach

My favourite beach of the cape area is located in the beautiful bay of Llandudno, unsurprisingly one of the most expensive neighbourhoods of the Cape area

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sunset over cape town

Sunsets in Cape Town. When I get asked why I keep coming back I might as well show this photo from now on

sunset over signal hill and lions head

Albert Road in Woodstock is one of the places where art galleries, small shops and exciting cuisine emerge from the disparity of a poor neighbourhood. Exploring the little streets of Woodstock and seeing what has changed since the last time I visited was one of the most exciting things for me.

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If you happen to visit Cape Town I strongly recommend a visit to Hidden Leaf Eatery. The small restaurant in the heart of Woodstock made us feel at home with its cozy atmosphere and wonderful food that felt like having a dinner with friends. Adding to our experience was the sunset over Table Mountain that we could observe from our window seats.

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Our best dining experience was The Pot Luck Club, situated on the top floor of the silo of Old Biscuit Mill. It wasn’t easy to get a reservation in the first place but the food more than justifies the hype surrounding the eatery. The food comes in small beautifully arranged plates divided into taste categories like sweet, umami or sour and is accompanied by local brewed beer. It’s a shame we couldn’t try the whole menu but we will surely come back for more.

table mountain cape town

Of course there is no visit to Cape Town without the obligatory excursions to the top of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

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sunset in cape town

Almost a tradition: watching a last sunset on my favourite spot before heading home