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Things to do and places of interest in Tokai

1 Eat

As recommended by locals, Sweet Cillies Cakery & Deli is the place to go. Three words: banana split waffle. Rebranded and moved to its new location, this is cupcake heaven 074 192 8547.

2 Market 

On Friday evenings everyone goes down to The Range for the food and drinks market which is buzzing, sometimes with live music. It’s a popular event venue as well for weddings or team-building with activities like ­volleyball, ski racing, croquet, boules, archery, wine tasting and more available on request. 0217132340.

3 Estate

The Cape’s first registered farm, established in 1682, Steenberg is a haven of tranquillity steeped in heritage. The 5-star hotel and rejuvenating spa, top-notch cuisine, remarkable wines and an 18-hole championship golf course make Steenberg Farm a complete leisure destination just 30 minutes from the city ­centre. The 24-room Steenberg Hotel & Spa offers spectacular views and plenty of ­history, all wrapped in understated luxury. Two signature restaurants, Catharina’s and Bistro Sixteen82, cater for all tastes. An outstanding winery, producing some of the finest cool climate wines in the Constantia Valley, completes the Steenberg ­experience. 0217132211

I love to walk in the forest, either with friends or with my family. There’s an amazing feeling that you are somewhere remote, but you can get a coffee straight afterward at a trendy coffee shop. I love the kitchen shop at Steenberg Village – my wishlist seems to grow each time I go there. The local restaurants like The Brasserie and Hussar Grill are my local date-night places to hang out. – Grace Stevens, author of ‘Everyday Baking with Grace Stevens’ Picture: Supplied

4 Shop 

The Blue Route Mall has more than 120 stores. It has a food court which is home to a variety of much-loved casual eateries, and panoramic views of the Constantiaberg mountains. The eight-screen Ster Kinekor cinema complex includes 3D. 0217132360. Steenberg Village (0214197373) is smaller, but still has significant anchor tenants like Pick * Pay and Woolies Food, and several eateries like Hussar Grill, Cape Town Fish Market and Jakes In The Village. “Vovo Telo is the best ­breakfast spot and awesome bakery,” says local Traci Vlok Yotikul, who owns Hair Gallery (0217152614).

5 Outdoors

Through the forest and up the hill, past the old Tokai Manor Hall which was built in 1795, is the Tokai Arboretum which was established in 1886 by Joseph Storr Lister, the chief conservator of forests for the Cape Colony. The idea was to see what trees from around the world would grow and flourish in this area. A national monument, the arboretum holds more than 274 tree species. Visitors can walk, hike or mountain bike followed by refreshments in the tea room. 0217127471.

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