Places of interest and things to do in Vredehoek
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.
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.
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.