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Places of interest and things to do in Vredehoek

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Places of interest and things to do in Vredehoek

1 Eat 

Several restaurants are found in three geographical groups – on Derry Street, off Upper Mill Street, on Upper Buitenkant Street (border between Vredehoek and Oranjezicht), and on Deer Park Drive West. These include Red Sofa Cafe (021 461 7274), Deer Park Cafe (021 462 6311), Lazari (021 461 9865), Carlyle’s On Derry (021 461 8787,) Sidewalk Cafe (021 461 2839), Marika’s (021 465 2727), Bella Italia (021 461 0639) and the Villa Tavern (021 465 4100). Carlyle’s has live music on Sundays and a special of two pizzas and a bottle of wine for R220. Other specials include happy hours and on Wednesday night, steaks. “Bella Italia has a delicious spaghetti ­vongole and Aperol Spritz 2 for 1 special in the afternoons,” says local Jackie Busch.

2 Enjoy the view 

Take in the sights of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the city or Table Bay from your balcony or patio, or pack a picnic and head to one of several parks in the area, including Deer Park, the Vredehoek Eco-Park and the parks in Rocklands Avenue, Rugley Road and Wexford Road. 

Picture: Bheki Radebe/ANA

3 Cycle

Tackle the mountain bike trail which begins in Deer Park at the south end of Vredehoek and follows a scenic 19km circular route via Devil’s Peak, the Kings Blockhouse and Tafelberg Road.

4 Hike or run

It is possible to hike up to the old Vredehoek Quarry on Devil’s Peak, but there are also ­several demarcated trails on the mountain. Don’t hike alone and don’t forget to take a hat, water, sunscreen and something warm to wear, even if it is a sunny day because the weather can change in an instant. “It’s in the city, but not in the city, and perfect for dogs and children,” says Busch.

I love the buzz of living adjacent to the city and the convenience of being near work, close to the restaurants I love, amazing hiking trails and all the events in the city. I love the variety of people living in the City Bowl and the familiarity that comes with living in a neighbourhood for so long. Everything we need is on our doorstep, from the Spar in Derry Street which opens super-early and is a lifesaver when I’ve forgotten snacks for the school lunch box, to Sacred Body, Skin & Hair – I can walk there and Katherine is amazing at what she does. – Resident Jackie Busch Picture: Bheki Radebe/ANA

5 Shop 

Gardens Centre (021 465 1842) is close by for designer clothing, specialist food, travel and home services needs and two supermarkets – Pick n Pay and Woolies Food. 

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