Valentine’s Cape Town
When it comes to Valentine’s Day people, generally fall into one of two camps.
Either it’s one of their favourite fake-holidays and the most romantic day of the year, or they consider it a made-up day created by greeting card companies to make money.
Whichever camp you fall into the day is almost upon us, and it’s a great excuse to go out and do something you wouldn’t usually do. We’ve rounded up a few ideas to get you started.
Visit the End of the World
Love your partner “to the ends of the Earth”? Take them there! The most southern tip of Africa lies just one and a half hours from Cape Town. Towering more than 200m above the sea, Cape Point boasts spectacular views. Skip the grueling walk from the car park to the lighthouse and take a scenic trip on the funicular. From that high perch, the ocean stretches the horizon, and you can see the Indian Ocean meet the Atlantic.
Ride Off into the Sunset
The Western Cape boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Which is great, until they get so packed, you can barely find space to put down a flip-flop nevermind a towel. For Valentine’s Day, why not make the effort to go a little further and experience a whole lot more. Pack a picnic and head to picturesque Noordhoek. Start your beach experience with a horseback ride along the coast. After you’ve dismounted, find a secluded spot and tuck into that picnic!
Stick to the Streets
Promenades and long walks on the beach, not your thing? No problem! The walls of Woodstock are covered in fascinating works of art waiting to be discovered. Book a walking tour with a local guide and explore a world you’ve only glimpsed. Following an insightful outing find a table at one of Woodstock’s many endearing eateries for a romantic meal.
Waddle Away the Day
Want to see what true love looks like? Look no further than Cape Town’s Boulder’s Beach! Home to thousands of penguins, most of them mate for life, and you can catch a glimpse of their romance only 30mins outside the city. Get up close and personal with some of nature’s cutest creatures while enjoying dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
There are almost countless options for you to explore on Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. Whether you decide to head out on an adventure or do something romantic at home, the most important thing is spending it with the person you love doing something you both love.
Until next time,
The Point Team, x
Where To Swim In Cape Town this holiday Season
It’s no secret that Cape Town tends to get more than a little overcrowded during the holiday season, most likely even more so following the recent announcement that the city has once again been voted the “Greatest City on Earth” in the Telegraph Travel Awards survey for 2018. More people in the city means more people on the beach, and that means less space for you! So, where do you go when you want to take a dip but can’t face the jam-packed beaches? Read on!
With great views just about wherever you look, it makes sense that city establishments with access to rooftops would make the most of them, and what better way to do that than with an inviting swimming pool. We’ve rounded up a few of the best.
The Rooftop Pool Deck at The Cape RoyaleLocated in the heart of Green Point, The Cape Royale’s Rooftop Pool Deck boasts amazing views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean and offers sun loungers and couches for guests. The Zenith Sky Bar serves up delicious cocktails throughout the day and night, and there’s sushi, noodles, and tapas for the hungry!
Harald’s Bar & Terrace at Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
Commanding views over Table Mountain, the inner city, Woodstock and beyond, Harald’s Bar & Terrace on the 11th floor of the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore is the perfect place to dip your toes and enjoy an ice-cold beverage. If your visit falls over mealtime, you can dig into a variety of tasty treats including burgers, pizzas, and snack baskets. Open from 10:30 – 23:00 daily there’s no need to rush in early to get a seat and no need to leave as soon as the sun sets.
RED ROOF Pool + Bar + Grill at Radisson RED
Located just around the corner from the V&A Waterfront, the RED ROOF at Radisson RED exceeds all expectations of a hotel bar. Set on the 9th floor, it boasts an inviting pool, a full bar and kitchen, and ample shaded seating for all-day lounging.
You’ll also find plenty of viable options closer to the ground if you know where to look.
The Pool at The Cape Milner
Drink in gorgeous views of Table Mountain as you dangle your legs in the cool waters of the pool at this Tamboerskloof-based hotel. Loungers and umbrellas are set out around the pool, and the on-site restaurant serves up delicious grub.
Boasting not one but two pools, The Glen Boutique Hotel is a superb spot for a summer swim. Nestled in the heart of Sea Point, this hip and happening hotel has it all; cocktails, food, pool seating, and boutique shopping, it’s where Cape Tonians go to be seen. It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and catch a summer tan.
Whether you’re looking for your perfect summer spot or want to escape the madness of Cape Town beaches for a day or two, there are plenty of options to choose from – the trick is finding the one that works for you!
Enjoy the festive season and stay safe in whichever waters you decide to wade in.
Until next time,
The Point Team
Winter Warmers: Soups
With Winter on our doorstep, we can think of no better dinner than a delicious warm soup with some fresh bread to accompany it. In this post, we look at 5 soups to suit everyone’s tastes, from beef to beans and even a vegan option or two. With all this variety, we are sure you’re bound to find your new favourite, here!
First and foremost is the well known and loved, Butternut soup. We like to pair it with a fresh, crispy roll and toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish. Bonus, this soup is vegan too.
Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking time: 1hour 30 min
Find the recipe here: https://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/spiced_butternut_squash_soup
Second on the list, is a winter warmer that is as legendary for its taste as it is for its cold-fighting capabilities. There is no better dish when you’re under the weather and we love it served with noodles rather than bread.
Serves: 10 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/the-ultimate-chicken-noodle-soup
Tomato soup isn’t always the first choice but we think it might have something to do with not finding the right flavour combination. Next time try a grilled cheese with this classic soup, we guarantee that this will make your taste buds dance. If you prefer a vegan version, swap regular cheese for your favourite vegan brand and presto, you have a great flavour combo at your fingertips!
Serves: 6 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.blissfulbasil.com/dreamy-vegan-tomato-soup/
For those who prefer a rich and hearty winter warmer, this delicious beef soup will tick all the right boxes. Perfectly paired with a freshly baked loaf or some delectable dumplings, but more importantly, a delicious glass of red.
Serves: 8 people
Cooking time: 1hour 50 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/best-beef-soup/2b97b987-4495-471d-8439-5c49c9259b3d
Last but surely not least, we had to include the comforting and flavourful bean soup. We love this option just as it is; no garnish or sides needed. The best part is that this soup only takes fifteen minutes to prepare, so you will have dinner done before you can say “Supper is served”!
Serves: 4 people
Cooking time: 15 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.food24.com/Recipes/Old-fashioned-bean-soup-20091103
Soup doesn’t have to be boring or bland, try one of these scrumptious soups for dinner and wow your friends and family.
The Point Team x
OUR TOP 5 HIKING SPOTS IN CAPE TOWN
If the inner-city hustle and bustle is getting too much for you or you simply need to disconnect from reality for a bit, there really is nothing more rejuvenating than a hike in mother nature.
Thankfully Cape Town is home to many wonderful hiking trails. In this post, we are going to share our Top 5 with you.
We had to start off with the most iconic route.
Day and night people stream up and down this popular hike which offers the most magnificent views of the city. Everyone should do this at least once, preferably on a day with clear skies to allow you a view of Robbin Island.
DURATION: +- 1 ½ hours
THE PIPE TRACK
This walk starts at the junction of Tafelberg Road and Kloof Nek. The Pipe Track is precisely what it says: a path constructed to service a pipeline running below the series of peaks known as the Twelve Apostles. In several places, the path is very stony, but it is an easily accessible and popular walk, with many locals making regular use of certain sections.
This route is best enjoyed early on summer mornings and especially during winter when many of its protea species are in bloom.
DURATION: +- 4 ½ hours
Another relatively easy route and part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Crystal Pools offers hikers breathtaking views as well as swimming spots to cool down in.
Pre-booking is advised, permits are R65 per person, and gate times are from sunrise to sunset.
DURATION: 2-4 hours
The dog-friendly and relatively shaded trails are great for the family. There are numerous tracks to choose from including sights like the ruins of Lady Anne Barnard’s cottage and Rhodes Memorial.
With great picnic spots on offer as well as the Rhodes Memorial Restuarant, an early morning hike with a spot of brunch or lunch makes for the perfect day out!
DURATION: 3 hours
OLIFANTSBOS SHIPWRECK TRAIL
At the risk of repeating ourselves, this is another easy hike for the whole family.
The Thomas T. Tucker Shipwreck Trail will have you following the yellow flagged markers along the trail down to the beach. With this amazing sea view and wildlife galore, it’s not only a fun day out but educational too!
DURATION: 1 ½ hours
Some hiking tips to remember…
What to wear:
- comfortable, breathable clothing
- hat and sunscreen
- hiking shoes
What to pack:
- snacks/ lunch
- lots of liquids/ water
- swimming costume
- extra socks
- warm top
Rules for Personal Security:
- Do not attract unwanted attention by openly displaying cash, cameras or other valuables.
- If you are confronted by a criminal, don’t resist. Handover your goods as resistance might incite a mugger to violence.
- Program emergency numbers in your cell phone before your hike.
Of course, there are plenty of other hikes to enjoy but why not get started on one of these, this weekend? Just grab your mates, pack your kit and off you go.
The Point Team x