Things to do when visiting Cape Town

As summer approaches and Cape Town rears its head from behind the storm clouds, the peninsula’s outdoors become a hive of activity. It doesn’t really matter what you enjoy doing, because there’s something for everyone! So without further ado, our list of things you simply have to try while visiting in the summer.

Spend the day on any one of the many beaches around the peninsula

Whether you feel like the bustle of Camps Bay, or the more laid back atmosphere on the southern side of the peninsula, you’re spoilt for choice in Cape Town. The Cape Point National Park has a number of smaller beaches for you to enjoy, and they offer a wonderful alternative to the ever-popular Clifton, Camps Bay, Muizenberg and Boulders beaches. Boulders is a wonderful idea for the family as the kids can get up close with the resident penguins and the gorgeously warm water of the shallows around Simonstown.

Indulge for an afternoon in the winelands

One of Cape Town’s biggest attractions is the surrounding winelands, and from Stellenbosch to Paarl and Constantia to the southern tip of the peninsula, there are a myriad of wine farms to enjoy. Wine tastings, lazy lunches in the sunshine and some of the best wines in the world await. If you’re a lover of fine tasting delights, you have to visit at least one wine farm while in Cape Town.

Spend the day outside, anywhere

Cape Town is a very unique city when it comes to outdoor activities. Hiking up Lion’s Head, in Tokai Forest, or up Table Mountain are but three of the most popular ways to spend a day in the Mother City’s great outdoors. Silvermine, en route to Cape Point, is a wonderful destination for a picnic as there’s even a damn for you to cool down in when the sun becomes a little too warm. Walk along the beaches, hike up the mountains, or simply stroll along one of the historic routes in the city itself, or along the Sea Point promenade for a truly Capetonian experience.

Those are a few of our favourite ways to spend a holiday in Cape Town, and with the Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments’ location, it’s easy to make your way around. So come and spend some time at our apartments and indulge in all of the summer delights Cape Town has to offer.

Best places for sundowners in Cape Town

In Cape Town, during the summer, finding a local pub for sundowners is essential, whether you’re a local or a visitor. As Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments are right in the heart of the city, we can’t offer you a view of the ocean, but we can help you decide where to go enjoy your cocktails during your next visit to Cape Town. So our recommendations are:

Blowfish Restaurant

Blowfish’s biggest appeal is the high quality seafood and of course, the amazing views across Table Bay. Set on Bloubergstrand looking back towards Table Mountain, enjoying the sunsets Cape Town is famous for doesn’t get better than from Blowfish. Combine that with easy accessibility from the city and the good selection of seafood and of course, sushi, on offer and Blowfish is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Camps Bay Strip

Locals and travellers alike flock to the strip along the main road of Camps Bay every summer for sundowners, and it’s very easy to see why once you arrive. One of the most famous beaches in the country, lined on the one side by the Atlantic and on the other by Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, the scenery could not be more idyllic. Less than a 20 minute drive or cab ride from Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments, if you love the beach and a vibrant atmosphere while sipping on cocktails, Camps Bay is a very easy choice.

Harvey’s Restaurant

Harvey’s is set in Winchester Heights on the Promenade in Sea Point. So you can enjoy a stroll along the coastline along the very popular promenade and end it off with a drink at Harvey’s. With a host of cocktails and bar snacks on the menu to choose from there is something for everyone, and the view, ambience and of course setting are all very, very hard to beat. It’s only a short journey from the Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments, about 10 minutes by cab, so getting there and back is as simple as you like.

Those are some of our favourite spots for sundowners along the Atlantic Seaboard, so try to visit at least one of them this summer while you’re in Cape Town.

Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments provide the perfect accommodation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016

Whether you’re riding for charity, fun or competitively, the Cape Town Cycle Tour is a fantastic event. The city of Cape Town is engulfed by, on average, about 35 000 cyclists from around the world. These riders come from far and wide to take part in the largest timed road cycling race in the world. In 2016 it will be the 39th annual edition of the race and according to organisers; it is shaping up to be the biggest Cycle Tour, ever.

According to David Bellairs, Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust Director, this is at least partly, due to the strong focus on charity group entries. He went on to state that “entry interest for 2016 is significantly higher than in previous years. As a result, we’re anticipating individual entries selling out in record time this year.”

If you’re looking at participating in the Cape Town Cycle Tour this year, you will need to find accommodation for the weekend, and that – if left too late – can be very tricky. The City’s hotels and guesthouses are usually pretty full, so it’s important to find affordable accommodation that suits your needs, early. Take Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments for example, our lodgings are affordable, central and are sure to provide you a good night’s sleep both before, and after, the 109km ride.

To avoid disappointment and the last minute scurry to find a room for the weekend, get in touch with us today, so that you can focus on your preparations for next year’s race with no distractions. For more information on the event and how to enter, visit the official Cape Town Cycle Tour, and best of luck!

Things you can see and do within walking distance from Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments

One of the best things about Cape Town, being the oldest city in the country, is its incredible history. The majority of the city’s historical sites and attractions are in the city bowl, and conveniently within walking distance of the Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments. Here are three which you simply cannot miss while visiting the Mother City.

District Six Museum

This reminder of our rocky past, specifically during the apartheid years, can’t be missed, by anyone. Whether you’re a guest at Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments, or a local Capetonian, you have to visit the District Six Museum at least once. The award winning museum reveals what it was really like when the apartheid government declared the area “whites only” and more than 60,000 people were forced to leave their homes and to be relocated to the Cape Flats. It is a stark, yet fascinating, insight into the history of our city, and no historical journey through Cape Town would be complete without it.

Walk the Museum Mile

Connecting Orange St (the road which passes the Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments) with Adderley Street visitor will find the Museum Mile. This walkway passes straight through the Company Gardens and offers a slice of tranquility in the hustle and bustle of central Cape Town. There is a symbolic silent bell which serves as testimony to the slaves who once worked the former vegetable garden. Along the oak tree lined walkway, or Government Avenue as it is officially known, you will also find the National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, the Iziko Museum, Planetarium, and Slave Lodge. A mere 5 minute walk from our hotel, this should be the first walk you take as it’ll immerse you into the heart of the city.

The Castle of Good Hope

Now, if you’re from Europe, this castle might not be exactly what you’re accustomed to, but in the grand scheme of South African history, its role cannot be overstated enough. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, it is to this day the oldest colonial building in the country. With numerous exhibits and rooms to explore, it’s another essential stop for anyone interested in South Africa history.

We hope that you enjoy your stay with us at the Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments, and that on your next visit you explore the wonderful city, set at the foot of South Africa’s most famous mountain.

Staying at our holiday apartments? Here is something you have to try!

The City Bowl Market started not so long ago, but has escalated in popularity, to such an extent that new stands, events and opening times have made it the “must-see” market in the heart of Cape Town.  Every Saturday morning Cape Town is full of organic, fresh food and drink markets, with local producers selling some of the most delicious and delectable goods for you to choose from.

The City Bowl Market is a stone's trhow from Gardens Centre Holiday Apartments.

The City Bowl Market is open on Thursdays from 16:30 – 20:30 and again on Saturdays between 09:00 and 14:00. With a number of traders that include individuals selling coffee, cheese, organic meat, bagels, curries, sushi, croissants, artisan breads and a variety of other produce, visitors are spoilt for choice at this market. The beauty of the market is that it caters for the entire family, as there is a garden and jungle gym for kids, while dad can enjoy some delicious craft beers and mum investigates the many delicious treats on offer.

By combining all aspects around local cuisine the City Bowl Market is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning, and the breakfast stand is a particular favourite. What makes this so fantastic for our guests at the Gardens Centre Holiday Apartments is the fact that it is literally a 5 minute walk from the hotel, straight down Hope Street.

The main mission behind the market is to be “a viable and sustainable, independent, quality food market, rooted in the local community.” It is also the reason that the market consists of a community of traders who take great pride in their products, meaning the food and drink on offer is curated with love, attention and as a result guarantees fantastic quality. Make the most of your next stay at the Gardens Centre Holiday Apartments by exploring the wonderful Mother City which is right on its doorstep. For more information about the City Bowl Market, visit the Facebook page, or website.