Cape Town: Tips from 35,000 Feet

By: Katie Manning

January 8, 2013

Cape Town has always been one of our favourite cities. As soon as we touch down, we look forward to spending a couple of days in the “˜Mother City’. If you’re a fan of unadulterated luxury, as we are, we’d recommend you pass your nights in Cape Town at the Vineyard Hotel, right on the doorstep of Constantia – Africa’s oldest wine region.
The Vineyard Hotel

The Vineyard Hotel © The Vineyard Hotel

Surrounded by extensive illustrious gardens where you can relax, recharge and take in the breathtaking mountain views while you decide which treatment to indulge in at the Agsana Spa – one of the most fabulous in the city.

For a meal with atmosphere we can’t get enough of Roundhouse & Rumbullion. It feels as if it’s tucked away in a forest, but overlooks the whole of Camps Bay, with the Atlantic stretching in one direction and the Twelve Apostles in the other – stunning. Sitting beneath the pomegranate trees while you sample the delights of chef PJ Vadas (who has worked under Gordon Ramsay) is truly magical.

Roundhouse Rumbullion
Roundhouse & Rumbullion dining room © Roundhouse & Rumbullion

Try the eland carpaccio (wafer-thin slivers of the world’s largest antelope) for a real taste experience! Later on, one of the real neighbourhood hubs and trendsetting Cape Town nightlife venues, &Union, is the perfect place to grab a table outside on the cobblestone courtyard and enjoy a delicious cocktail with a grown-up and lively crowd. The main bar is tucked into the belly of a grand old church, and Wednesday nights are when top musicians come and play acoustic sets.

The Company's Garden
The Company’s Garden © The Company’s Garden

During the day, we’d say The Company’s Garden, South Africa’s first ever city park, is as important to visit as it is beautiful. Hidden beneath the lush garden is the Fresh River, Cape Town’s secret water supply, and the grounds include the oldest pear tree in the city. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine and is conveniently located too – right next to Parliament, St George’s Cathedral and the National Gallery.


Scenic Table Mountain © Ian Wilson

And of course, no visit to Cape Town would be complete without the journey up to Table Mountain, but remember that it creates its own microclimate that is prone to a rapid change of mood, so head for the cable car the first chance you get – wind or rain could dampen your prospects tomorrow!

What are your your favourite Cape Town experiences? Please tell us about them in the comments section below!


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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