If you’re looking for authentic Cape Malay fare, then search no further. We have three of the Mother City’s best restaurants ready to serve up flavourful Cape Malay cuisine that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Nestled in the heart of the Groot Constania Wine Estate is Cape Malay-influenced bistro Jonkershuis. With panoramic views of the peninsula, a gorgeous courtyard under the vines and fireplaces inside, the restaurant is perfect whether you prefer al fresco dining or an elegant, yet informal, indoor setting. Besides a range of speciality dishes, the menu offers a tasting plate of various Cape Malay foods for those who want to try a little of everything.
Bo Kaap Kombuis
Denningvleis, traditional Malay rotis, sosati chops, curries, samoosas, and bobotie are just a few of the options you’ll find on Bo Kaap Kombuis’s sophisticated menu. While the restaurant is considered a high-end eatery, the prices are reasonable, the casual ambience is family-friendly, and the spectacular views of the city are breathtaking. As with Biesmiellah, this is a strictly Muslim restaurant so you won’t find a wine menu.
From traditional curries, kalya, and seafood dishes to breyani, breedie, bobotie, and denningvleis, you can’t go wrong when you step through the doors of Biesmiellah. This family run restaurant has prime positioning in colourful Bo Kaap and offers a comfortable and casual ambience for dinners wanting a genuine Cape Malay experience. Since it is a strictly halaal establishment, alcohol is forbidden on the premises. The restaurant does offer a wide variety of other beverages, including traditional falooda, to accompany your delicious meals.
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Spring has sprung in Cape Town and we’re ready to welcome this beautiful season with a bang. From wine festivals to whale festivals, Cape Town has a fantastic array of events taking place during September to welcome spring. Here’s a list of our top events to attend in Cape Town this month:
Now in its 6th year, the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival offers a perfect opportunity to shake off the winter blues and usher in the warmth of spring. From 7—8 September, some of Franschhoek’s best wineries will provide cellar and vineyard tours, bespoke barrel tastings, and food and wine pairings. The event also includes live entertainment, a fresh food market, art exhibitions, and plenty of culinary treats. A weekend pass to the festival is available for R120 from Webtickets.
The Hermanus Whale Festival
Prepare for five jam-packed days of fun as the 2013 Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival kicks off on 20 September. Besides spectacular whale watching opportunities, visitors can look forward to a variety of sporting events, a fabulous music program, a classic car show, shopping, kids entertainment, quality crafts, and lots of delicious cuisine. The festival offers a great way to relax, so consider taking a break from the fast pace of life in the beautiful town of Hermanus.
Darling’s 10th Annual Voorkamerfest
Between the 6th and 8th of September, the West Coast town of Darling is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its ever-popular Voorkamerfest. Community members will invite guests into their living rooms to enjoy a multi-cultural experience that includes drama, comedy, magic, storytelling, live music, and cabaret. In addition to the incredible performances, attendees can enjoy the Darling Spring Parade, wine tasting, arts, food stalls, crafts, and several other outdoor activities. If you’re looking for something that’s family-friendly and a little different, the Voorkamerfest is not to be missed.
Cape Town Marathon
Known for its scenic views and flat terrain, the 2013 Cape Town Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, 22 September. Besides showcasing some of Cape Town’s best attractions, the route caters to both beginners hoping to complete their first marathon, as well as elite athletes aiming to improve their fastest time. Entries close on Monday, 9 September, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.
The Darling Wildflower Show
If you love gorgeous flowers, the glorious warmth of sunshine, and fresh air, you don’t want to miss the 96th annual Darling Wildflower Show. Starting on Friday, 20 September, visitors are invited to view breathtaking blooms, take a fun tractor ride down to a private vlei, and enjoy a range of refreshment and craft stalls. At only R30 a ticket, the show offers an affordable outing for the entire family.
Conveniently situated at the base of Table Mountain in the heart of the Gardens area is The Lady Hamilton Hotel. Named after the notorious mistress of Lord Nelson, this family-orientated boutique hotel is unlike any other in the Leisure Hotels Group. Besides being a stone’s throw away from vibrant restaurants, trendy bars, art galleries, antique shops, and clothing stores in bustling Kloof Street, The Lady Hamilton Hotel offers luxury accommodation and a variety of amenities to ensure a guest’s stay is memorable.
With 78 en-suite rooms, there’s plenty of space to accommodate parties of any size. While the exterior of the hotel blends in with the grander homes and buildings surrounding it, the interior consists of bright colours and modern furnishings that are a delight to the eyes. Depending on the room’s location, the view will overlook majestic Table Mountain or the spectacular city of Cape Town. Each room includes climate control, a safety deposit box for valuables, satellite TV, and a phone.
Focusing on South African cuisine, the hotel boasts a stylish restaurant with a private dining area, as well as a bar and lounge. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast on the terrace or indulge in buffet style meals or dishes from a set menu on the pool deck. There is also a complimentary tea and coffee bar available 24-hours a day.
In addition to the basics, amenities include a swimming pool, laundry service, and three conference centres. The business facilities can host up to 150 people, with one conference room offering a growing library of books. The friendly reception staff are also available to organise care hire and special tours.
Overall, The Lady Hamilton Hotel offers the perfect place to stay for anyone wanting the peace and quiet of a secluded area while still being near the city centre. Have you enjoyed a stay at The Lady Hamilton Hotel? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.