Glorious weather, great food and fabulous wines.
Life doesn’t get much better than this, right? Well, it does actually, if you happen to live in the Cape and are looking for all the above and insta-worthy views.
Whether it may be a casual family lunch or smarter option for those special occasions, here are a few of my favourite Cape restaurants with amazing views. Trust me, they are all popular, so do book in advance.
A casual affair
The Deck at Hidden Valley
By far one of the best kept secrets, The Deck at Hidden Valley is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, mid-way between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. A picture-perfect setting for a simple lunch with friends. The Deck overlooks a dam, surrounded by indigenous gardens (loads of space for kids to roam free) and slopes of vineyards. The limited menu offers only burgers and calamari, but both options are very tasty and well-priced.Their 2017 Hidden Treasure, a dry rosé with aromas of raspberries, guava and hints of citrus is a definite must-try!
Open 11:00 – 16:00, Monday to Sunday. For more, visit bertusbasson.com
With a lovely modern interior, informal setting and breathtaking views over the valley, Tokara Deli offers hearty good food. Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the terrace; or indulge in one of their very tempting cakes. Their lunch menu includes staples, such as a wide selection of interesting salads, fish, burgers and a very tasty pork belly.Take a trip from the deli to the wine tasting centre and enjoy a wonderful walk through the olive groves. Discover their perfect selfie spot with a beautiful 360° view!
Open 09:00 to 17:00 , Tuesday to Sunday For more, visit tokaradelicatessen.co.za
Postcard Cafe is nestled between the Jonkershoek mountains and what can I say, it really is as picturesque as a postcard. It is well worth the 10 minute drive from the centre of Stellenbosch on the Jonkershoek road. The best spot to bask in the sun and marvel at the view is on the terrace. With a wide variety of options for both breakfast and lunch, they pride themselves in serving good, simple food as well as homemade desserts. Their fresh scones and cream are a definite winner!
Open 09:00-16:00, Wednesday to Sunday. For more, visit postcardcafe.co.za
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An elegant yet relaxed seafood restaurant right on the rocks in Kalk Bay, Harbour House offers a cosy window table with the best view. You simply can’t get closer to the sea and the views of fishing boats and seals playing in the surf is just idyllic. Just be prepared for the odd splash during high tide.
Well prepared and beautifully presented, lunch menu options include fresher-than-fresh sushi, mussels, calamari, prawns, crayfish and just about every other sea creature. The service is friendly and when the restaurant is full the service takes a bit longer than usual. Use this as an opportunity to take a deep breath of ocean-fresh air, relax and just appreciate the blissful surroundings.
Open from 12:00-16:00 and 18:00-22:00 every day. For more, visit harbourhouse.co.za
Barley & Biltong
Part of the Spice Route, with an epic view of Table Mountain and the Paarl winelands, Barley & Biltong Emporium is a uniquely Cape beer garden. Craft beer and biltong lovers gravitate here for ice cold pints of their favourite beer, together with meat and biltong platters. Their gourmet burgers and double-fried chips are also hugely popular. Altogether a lovely casual family outing. Go early and secure a table with a good view.
Open Monday ~ Sunday 09:00 ~ 17:00. For more, visit spiceroute.co.za
Time to Celebrate
Situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass, Tokara is a must-visit, with its dramatic vistas over Stellenbosch and False Bay. The state-of-the-art architectural structure of glass, steel and stone creates a stark, minimalist effect and forms the perfect interior to enjoy a summer celebration. Indulge in their limited, yet exquisite contemporary cuisine and award-winning wines.The menu changes seasonally and includes main courses such as fried tempeh & tofu, roasted beef with lemon glazed shimeji mushroom, peppered springbok and pork belly.
Open 12:00- 15:00 and 18:00- 22:00 Tuesday to Sunday. For more, visit tokara.com
Boschendal Die Werf
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Truly an icon of the Cape, Boschendal is set in a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Offering farm-to-table dining, in a contemporary and eclectic style, ‘farm feast’ meals are served using the finest local, seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients. Expect fragrant fermented breads, slow-roasted ribs and brisket sourced from the herd of Angus cattle on Boschendal farm, or house-smoked trout, pasture-reared poultry and delicious desserts. The decor celebrates the farm’s rich Cape Dutch history in a thoroughly modern country style. The views over the food garden with mountains in the background offer a unique and charming vista.
Open 12:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 21:00 Wednesday to Sundays. For more, visit boschendal.com
Delaire Graff Restaurant
More than a restaurant, Delaire Graff is truly a destination. Here you can meander through the vineyards, gardens and the lengthy entrance road dotted with sculptures. Take time to admire an extensive selection of Dylan Lewis’s majestic cheetah sculptures. Definitely don’t miss the owner’s carefully curated international art collection, including Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl.
The view from the terrace showcases a sea of vineyards and olive groves planted on the Simonsberg, and spans all the way into the Banhoek Valley. Great care is taken to ensure that every dish is a visual feast. Main courses are seasonal and include Karoo lamb rump, beef fillet, prawn and mussel tagliatelle, pan seared linefish and a vegan option. It’s hard to pick a favourite, they are all delectable!
Open 09:30- 17:00 Monday to Sunday and 18:30-21:00 Wednesday to Sunday. For more, visit delaire.co.za
With panoramic views over False Bay and the Cape Peninsula, from Table Mountain to Cape Point, Idiom is situated high up on the Hottentot Hollands mountain range. The farm’s award-winning wines are perfectly paired with the fusion of Italian and South African cuisine.
The Terrazza at Idiom is the outdoor terraced seating area within the main restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the mountain & vineyards. Perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. Just look at the main picture for a tease of what you’re in for!
Tuesday to Sun, 11 – 5pm. For more, visit idiom.co.za
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