Cape Town: The Best of All Worlds

Cape Town, South Africa waterfront

Beach, mountains, vineyards, nightlife, and culture make this South African city the secret to a well-balanced honeymoon

Being New Yorkers, a city honeymoon didn’t sound like a much of a getaway but Cape Town changed all that. With beautiful coastline on all sides, mountains pouring down the pennisula, and vineyards peppering the hills, this city has all the culture of a 3.5 million metropolis and all the beauty a couple could ever hope for in a honeymoon locale. To fully embrace the dicotomy of Cape Town we stayed at the historic Steenberg hotel and vineyard for a relaxing and luxurious homebase that’s only a short hop from the dynamic city center.

The Dutch were the first to arrive to the Cape and their architectural sensibilities had the greatest influence on the region’s look. Built in 1682, Steenberg was originally a farm during Cape Town’s martime heyday and has transformed into one of the most prized vineyards in the area. (More on the luxury behind those doors in our next post).

Steenberg has more than enough activities and ammenities on-site to keep a couple busy (a full service spa, complimentary membership to the Virgin gym next door, bike riding through the vineyard, winery tours, champagne-tasting room, and 18-hole golf…to name a few) but they also want to make sure guests have a chance to explore their vibrant city. Each morning their Mercedes van drops any interested guests off at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront–the perfect gateway to the city. From here we could enjoy the lively art scene in the marina, visit the Nelson Mandela gateway museum and Robbens Island, or stroll down to the Long Street to enjoy the chic cafes and shopping.

The shopping in Cape Town is like no other. It offers the sophistication of the boutiques of Europe of the States but adds a twist with the vibrant and bespoke designs exclusive to Africa. Taking in all the shopping recommendations we could and bouncing from each trendy neighborhood to the next, we came across Africa Nova. The beadwork, textiles, sculpture, and furniture are all locally made but with a contemporary allure.

The neighborhood of Woodstock is like the Brooklyn of Cape Town and a great excursion any day of the week for vintage finds and trendy cafes–but Sunday, the town becomes a foodie’s fantasy. In the Old Bisquit Mill, nearly 100 food stalls serve everything from paella to ostritch burgers to dutch pancakes to South African wine spritzers. Gathering around the candlelit farmhouse tables for nibbles of everything we could fit in our bellies then lazing out on the haybales in the sun was possibly the greatest way to spend a Sunday in Cape Town.

If Cape Town is one the most beautifully situated cities in world, its most striking feature has got to be Table Mountain. This flat-top, 260-million-year old mountain (that’s more than six times the age of any peak in the Himalayas) is visible from anywhere in town and begs to be explored. We took the cable car up and spent four hours strolling the craggy surface and soaking up the 360-degree views from downtown to the Cape of Good Hope.

To make the most of our visit to the region we rented a car to venture further down the Cape Penninsula to the legendary Cape of Good Hope. As a born and bred Californian it’s hard for me to say this, but with charming towns, lighthouse lookouts, dramatic beaches, and rugged coast, this route rivals the Pacific Coast Highway.

Enjoying the vineyards of South Africa is essential to any visit and for this important piece, we didn’t even need to leave our hotel grounds. Constantia is considered to be amongst the premier wine growing regions in the country and Steenberg its the oldest farm. Sitting on 60 hectacres of vines, the Steenberg winery offers tours of the production facilities and wine tastings within its divine Bistro Sixteen82. We toured, we ate, we drank, and were quiet merry after the experience.

For more on our honeymoon in Cape Town and the five-star newlywed treatment, stay tuned for our next blog on our stay at Steenberg Hotel.

Much love from Cape Town,
Anne & Mike

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