Sundays are always a bit of a funny one, no matter what city you’re in, because schedules are different and the mood’s often lazy. Hungover and feeling fresh, here are a few ideas of things to do in Cape Town that we, as locals, do on the regular:
- Fynkos (Kirstenbosch Tea Room) is based outside the city bowl and is a must-do on the Cape Town visitor’s list. We love to visit and enjoy a gluten-free toasted cheese & bacon while taking in the fresh air and sights of the spectacular gardens. There’s also an ice cream counter if you just want to pop in for a snack.
- Oranjezicht City Market just outside the V&A Waterfront is a great place to grab a freshly squeezed orange juice, glass of MCC and brunch. Open until 2pm, it’s crowded so go early. Alternatively, pop in late – there’ll be less to choose from, but also far less people. Local Tip: Try the milk tart samoosas in the far left corner of the middle tent (before the main bar space).
- We love to go to Uitsig in Constantia on a Sunday morning. The wine estate is host to a number of small businesses, including Four & Twenty, a much loved local café that serves delicious, simple meals that taste so much better while gazing towards Elephant’s Eye and the surrounding Constantia mountains. Local Tip: Green Eggs and Ham on gluten-free bread (if you’re gluten intolerant like I am). Delicious! Also, look out for Baboons.
- Kleinsky’s in Sea Point. Jarrad’s is also mega popular, but it’s incredibly LOUD. I find Kleinsky’s has a softer dining experience, which I appreciate when trying to catch up with friends. Their bagels are Cape Town famous and don’t visit without a slice of their cheesecake. YUM!
Apart from stating the obvious like going up Lion’s Head or Signal Hill, it is often good to get outside on a Sunday to take in a little fresh air and relax. Here are a few ideas for you:
- Walking on the Promenade is a must-do and never gets boring. Obviously, it’s best to do it when the weather is good, but the “prom” (as local’s call it) also often visit during storms due to the high seas and foam walls that crash over onto the lawn. Witnessing the “Cape of Storms” in full force has been known to bring out a few photographers from time to time.
- Having a BBQ or braai at Oudekraal and going for a swim is one of the best things to do in Cape Town. However, you need to bring your own braai grid. So this may not be an effective use of time for first time visitors, but if you’re in the Mother City for some weeks, definitely add this to your list.
- The sunset cruises on the Mirage Catamaran is one of my all time favourite things to do in Cape Town. The colours and ocean are absolutely spectacular! You can buy tickets at the dock (in the V&A Waterfront) for R500 per person, OR you can send them a whatsapp message from the Mirage website.
If you’re looking for Sunday lunch, here are our favourites:
- Clarke’s in the City Bowl is only open until 3pm on a Sunday, but it’s a great place to pop in for their famous cheese burgers or chicken burgers. Both incredibly indulgent and a restaurant we visit every month.
- Forrester’s Arms is located in the forest suburb of Newlands. It’s a microbrewery, has loads of space, a play area for kids and a full on Sunday Roast available on Sundays only.
- Bistro Sixteen82 in Steenberg is actually excellent for breakfast or lunch. Their tasting room is in the same venue (bookings required) so it’s a great restaurant to enjoy Chef Kerry’s spectacular food before indulging in a little MCC. With views across the Cape Flats and up towards the Constantia mountains, it’s a restaurant that guarantees great food and drink.
- The city bowl is very quiet on a Sunday morning but slowly stirs until the sun sets. My favourite place to visit is Open Wine for their live jazz sessions. It’s easy, pop style jazz but with talented players who weave their high skills with recognisable tunes. It’s never a bad Sunday at Open Wine.
- Kirstenbosch Concerts: It truly doesn’t matter who is playing at Kirstenbosch, it’s a must do. Head to Woolies, grab your favourite treats and head to Kirstenbosch for a soul lifting afternoon of music. Take in the jungle around you while overlooking the city in the distance, it’s a must-must do. (Summer only.)
- La Parada in Constantia Nek. This is a bit of a wild card recommendation as it’s a bit of a “desperate housewives of Constantia” type location. Expect loads of good vibes, live music, but also probably a lot of white wine being guzzled by local housewives.
- For as long as I have lived in Cape Town, Sundays at Caprice in Camps Bay has always been the one. Expect reasonably priced food, a high-end liquor menu and the best house DJ’s in Cape Town. I’ve never had a bad night at Caprice on Sunday, but be careful if you have work on Monday!
- Yours Truly rooftop bar in Kloof street is also a much loved venue by students for a lazy Sunday afternoon with laid back beats that often turns into a rowdy Sunday night. It’s got a limited reasonably priced menu and some of Cape Town’s most well known R&B, hip hop and trap DJ’s playing tunes. Check their Instagram for lineups and opening times.
Sunday Wine Tasting
Many wine estates are actually closed on a Sunday afternoon so it’s not always a given that you can pop in. If you’re heading out to Stellenbosch, be sure to check their Sunday opening hours. If you’re staying within Cape Town, these are our favourite farms to visit on a Sunday:
- Beau Constantia – technically the farm that’s highest on the hill, Beau Constantia is fantastic for wine tasting. They do, however, have an exceptionally small tasting room so expect to sit outside if you’ve not booked. Their views are spectacular, but be sure to bring a jacket as it can get chilly as the sun moves over the mountain. They have food trucks and a limited wine menu, both excellent though. Last tastings are at 16:30pm on a Sunday.
- Constantia Glen – an absolute stable in the Constantia Wine Tasting scene, Constantia Glen has tripled in size over the past few years – and it’s no wonder why. They too have extraordinary views and some of the best cheese and charcuterie boards in town. It’s never a bad idea to spend any time at Constantia Glen.
- Groot Constantia is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape, dating back over 300 years. It’s a huge property and has a number of restaurants as well as tasting facilities (with a chocolate pairing). Do a wine tasting and (if you’re organised) call Jonker’s Huis to book a picnic ahead of time. It’s a really lovely experience and the food is hearty.
Sundays are for pizza. Here’s a few spots you can try to wrap up the weekend:
- Stay in with Butler’s pizza and a movie on the couch. Butler’s has been around for over 20 years and is loved by locals. It’s not wood fired pizza, but delicious and their specials are helpful. It’s a dark kitchen so you can only order online or by calling them. Try the Funky Fabb, yum!
- Bacini’s on Kloof is a family run restaurant that’s much loved by the neighbours below Lion’s Head. We’ve visited on many occasion and always enjoy your meal. Gnocci is great, pizza is perfection.
- Pizza Shed in Observatory is a great spot for puffy, natalapana style pizza. Go in the late afternoon to enjoy rooftop sunset views and drink specials.