It is a known fact that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We have the most beautiful pristine white sandy beaches, trendy shopping malls, vibrant bars and nightclubs, gorgeous wine farms and an iconic mountain named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – Table Mountain.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of Cape Town’s beauty in my life, but there a few places I will never grow tired of – the lush green parks. There’s nothing better than packing a picnic basket, a blanket and a few balls and toys for the kids and heading off to one of the beautiful parks in Cape Town for a day of fun in the sun. Here are two of my favourites…
Located in Wynberg, Maynardville Park features lovely lush greenery including exotic swamp cypress trees and lemon-scented gum trees. There’s a water feature and children’s playground perfect for kids, benches available for picnics, footpaths and tracks for cyclists and so much more. Dogs are also allowed as long as they’re on leashes.
The impressive Maynardville Open-air Theatre is best known for its Shakespeare-in-the-Park productions. Many fairs, carnivals and car shows have been hosted at Maynardville Park and for those who plan on tying the knot soon, the park can be transformed into a beautiful wedding venue as well.
Green Point Urban Park
The Green Point Urban Park is probably one of my daughter’s favourite places to visit during summer. Apart from stunning flourishing greenery and amazing views, the park features exercise equipment, a huge stage (great for religious events), ponds, bird baths, huge trees with lots of shade and wide paved paths perfect for an afternoon stroll, early morning jog or bicycle ride with friends.
The park is very safe and so educational. The Biodiversity Garden displays many interesting facts about the vegetation and insects available at the park. There are lots of benches available for picnics, but I prefer having a picnic on the grass (which is great for Yogo and Zumba sessions too!). If you’re looking for a venue for a kiddie’s birthday party, I would recommend Green Point Urban Park. You can spend hours exploring the entire park without even realising it. The Green Point Park opens at 07h00 and closes at 19h00 every day and I still cannot believe entry to the park is free. Although there’s a lot to do in the park, there are things you may not do, which includes camping, braaing, playing loud music, bathing, skateboarding, swimming or flower picking.
Post by Shehaam Petersen*
There are not many places in Cape Town that offer dinner and a show. StarDust in Rondebosch has been entertaining diners for years from the central location on Rondebosch Main Road. The twist is that all of the performers are waiters! Singers, dancers, comedians and musicians perform every night in-between pouring your wine and serving your food.
The menu consists of North African and Mediterranean influences. Their signature dish is tagine made with lamb, chicken or seafood, over baked for hours to produce a succulent and flavourful dish, served with your choice of rice or couscous. Other highlights include their famous shish-lick, falafel or bread bowl salads. Their bar area is always festive and a nice touch is that they offer a wide selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
For functions or special occasions the team at Stardust are always happy to accommodate your special requests. They will even choreograph a dance or performance especially for you! It truly makes an evening at Stardust an unforgettable experience. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that they are opening a branch in Main Road, Woodstock. Let the singing, dancing and dining continue to liven-up the lives of Capetonians!
Article by Shehaam*
Photo Source: StarDust Facebook Page*
Fine Indian cuisine is hard to come by in Cape Town. While there are numerous establishments offering Indian inspired dishes, few can offer authentic Indian food in the manner that Bihari does. Situated on the ground floor of the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel, the space is airy offering an open kitchen and tables of various sizes, ideal for either a large family gathering or an intimate dinner for two.
There is a wide selection of wine which is stored in a glass cellar to the right of the main entrance, fronting a long bar area with soft leather arm chairs and solid wood tables. This is the perfect spot to either start your evening with an aperitif or relax after enjoying your meal with a whisky and cigar.
North Indian cuisine dominates with an infusion of South Indian style to create a superb menu that offers broad options to suit every palate. The starter options are too varied to list, covering vegetarian, meat, chicken and seafood options. The wide array of delicacies continues into the main course selection. My fiancé and I enjoyed a spicy Lamb Rogan Josh, prepared with a unique blend of Indian spices and yoghurt and a Chicken Korma, prepared with creamy cashew nut gravy flavoured with mace and cardamom. All main course dishes are served with basmati rice, though we added delectable butter naan bread which was utterly sublime.
The restaurant was humming with not an empty table in sight; always a good sign in my book. Service was slick and management actively involved in the running of the restaurant. If you are looking for fine Indian cuisine in a stylish atmosphere with top-notch service, Bihari should be at the top of your list.
Article by Michael*