Places of interest and things to do in Durbanville
There are many restaurants, on wine farms and beyond. Says resident Kirsten Hopwood: “The Velvet Cake Company (021 914 0482), which first opened its doors in Durbanville, makes a great cup of coffee and treats, as well as the new cafe at the Hertex around the corner called Eatery 1987 (021 914 0851).
It serves a range of high-quality coffees, baked goods, salads, burgers, soups, pastas and pies, all curated by head chef Eva de Jesus (of La Parada fame). In the evenings, one of the most popular places to hang out are the Slug & Lettuce (021 976 8705), which in my opinion is the best of the franchise, as well as Speakeasy Saloon (021 975 4675).”
Enjoy wine and lunch on one of the 12 farms which form part of the Durbanville Wine Valley. The views from some might surprise you when you see how close they are to the ocean. De Grendel and Durbanville Hills boast great vistas of Table Mountain and Table Bay.
Durbanville Hills is just 20 minutes away from Cape Town city centre, standing against the Tygerberg Hills. The winery has a restaurant. If you’re lucky, you’ll still make it for the Restaurant Week special which ends on November 5, and for which this restaurant has twice won an award. 021 558 1300.
Cycle one of the many Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club (079 693 3177) routes on Meerendal, Hillcrest and Bloemendaal, as well as Contermanskloof, Hoogekraal and green corridors which are available to members of the club.
“Meerendal Wine Estate is where we spend our Saturday mornings either going for a trail run or mountain bike ride. It is also host to a night trail run series as well as the starting point for the traditional Park Runs which have jumping castles and activities for the kids,” says Hopwood. In winter, watch a horse racing event at the Durbanville Racecourse (021 700 1600) which offers a relaxed environment. Stop and smell the roses – literally – at the beautiful award-winning 3.5ha rose garden managed by the City of Cape Town. 021 948 8717.
The rehabilitated quarry on Hillcrest Estate hosts regular weekend events from live music to oysters and champagne. The farm itself has a restaurant, the on-site Havoc Brewery making a range of craft beers, and of course, wine. Prime Circle play in the quarry today, along with The Jay Club and Heuwels Fantasties. Upcoming events include Axenmore – Rock of Ages (November 12), Albert Frost and Boulevard Blues (November 19), GoodLuck (November 26) Bobby van Jaarsveld (December 10), and a festival on December 26 paying tribute to legends of rock from Bob Marley to Amy Winehouse and many more. Call 021 976 4959.
Galileo open-air cinema season is open, with weekly movies at Bloemendal every Tuesday. Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7.45pm. The line-up includes Crazy Stupid Love and Deadpool. 021 447 1641.