Bantry Bay Cape Town
Bantry Bay: Cape Town’s Ocean View Gallery
By Joanna Hurlston

When it comes to Bantry Bay, it’s all about the view! I absolutely love visiting this small seaside paradise and just soaking in the splendour of the endless azure waves.

The area is a small stretch, but it encompasses some of the best views of the Atlantic Ocean. And although there aren’t too many places to visit, Bantry Bay is just a stone’s throw away from some truly impeccable places to grab a bite and a refreshing glass of wine.

These are a few of my absolute favourites in and around the ocean-side paradise – so without further ado – ta-daa! Have a peek and try them out for yourself.

WINING & DINING

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The Bungalow, Clifton

The Bungalow tops this list because it’s just a few minutes away from Bantry Bay, and perfectly showcases the best thing about the Atlantic Seaboard, which is (obviously) the magnificent ocean! This is is one of Cape Town’s most opulent spots to frequent, and doing so comes along with the full VIP treatment. Absolutely perfect for losing track of time with your favourite people

Divine, sweeping views, beautiful sun-kissed people and comfortably cushioned seating for long, lazy Sundays  I like to enjoy one of the many great cocktails. My personal favourite is their classic mojito!

La Mouette

La Mouette, Sea Point

This little gem is also just a few minutes from Bantry Bay. Set up in a charmingly wholesome courtyard, the ambience is calm and the staff are very professional, and the entire set up feels like it’s been snatched up from somewhere in the leafy suburbs and placed in one of Sea Point’s busiest locations.

La Mouette offers delicious, seasonally-inspired menus which change regularly (so you have to return frequently to sample each new batch!) The owners are delightful and the atmosphere is refined – the wine is excellent too. Frankly, it’s the whole package and without a doubt, one of my favourites.

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The Roundhouse, Camps Bay

And last but not least: The Roundhouse in Camps Bay. The restaurant specialises in contemporary South African cuisine with a modern European twist – an approach as historical as the building itself, which was built in 1786 and has been remodeled endless times since!

They pride themselves on using seasonal ingredients have and have an exquisite knack for tailored food pairings. Definitely worth a visit!

Looking to visit Bantry Bay? Have a peek at our gorgeous villas here: https://timeandaway.co.za/bantry-bay-villa-rentals/

WHERE TO STAY IN BANTRY BAY

Below are two properties we really love and want to share some video footage from each of the villas

Valencia Cape Penthouse | 3 Bedroom Cape Town Villa | Time & Away

Valencia Penthouse

Valencia Cape is a gorgeous split-level penthouse in an ideal location on the border of Bantry Bay and Sea Point on Victoria Road in Cape Town which was voted the best city in the world.

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Portman Place

This lovely family villa is located in Bantry Bay, walking distance to Sea Point and the beach promenade so it’s a great location. A quick drive to the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, you couldn’t ask for a more central and easy to be location.

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Clarion House

Clarion House sits high up upon Lion’s Head mountain overlooking beautiful Bantry Bay and the magnificent, far-reaching Atlantic ocean. This superb 5 bedroom house offers modernist architecture and sophistication, minimalist furnishings and fittings. These aspects combine to create relaxing rooms with a pleasant feel – uncluttered, modern and easy on the eye.

We’d love to have you!

Until next time,

Salut!

Love,

Joanna

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Cape Town: The Market Scene
By Joanna Hurlston

There’s a reason why markets are always on my weekend itinerary – the combination of mouth-watering smells, incredible tastes, sounds and bubbly crowds are perfect for a lazy Saturday morning of people watching. And as a Cape Town local, the choice is endless, from the sunny seaside Hout Bay market, to the super-trendy Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Each one has a set of unique charms that make it super special in its own way.

These are a few of my favourite Cape Town weekend gems:

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The Biscuit Mill Market, Woodstock

The award-winning Neighbourgoods Market, more commonly known as “The Biscuit Mill” is my favourite weekend go-to for shopping, indulgent eating, and mellow music in the sunshine. The super trendy hotspot is chock-a- block with gorgeous wholesome artisanal goods, fresh locally sourced produce, and all round happy vibes. It’s packed with over 100 speciality traders, farmers, fine-food purveyors, bakers, organic gardeners and grocers, mongers, butchers and local chefs that and you exactly what you’re buying, how it’s made and where the ingredients are sourced. My favourite Biscuit Mill combo? The incredible crispy Flammkuchen flatbread packed with bacon-ey deliciousness, and a glass of gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc. Yum!

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Oranjezicht City Farm Market

There’s nothing better starting your day with a lazy stroll on the Sea Point promenade, with the Oranjezicht City Farm Market as the end destination. The market is held every Saturday at the Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, and is a charmingly rustic farmer's market for local farmers and artisanal foodies. It’s absolutely perfect for stocking up on fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, home-baked bread, dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli, and delicious cooked and raw foods. If you’ve got a green thumb, they also stock edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment. This market is packed with jovial families, cyclists, joggers, and (much to my delight!) loads of fluffy friends.

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The Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay

The Bay Harbour Market (or The “Hout Bay Market” to locals) is one of my absolute favourites, and the stunning seaside drive there adds to the whole experience. It’s charismatically cosy atmosphere is it’s best feature, topped off with a snuggly fireplace and live music acts. The market is made up of pop-up and semi-permanent stalls in a charmingly shabby old factory. The market has an epic choice of delicious foods from around the globe, from Chinese, to Mexican, to Mediterranean, to African. I love trying small nibbles from a number of different stalls, like a multi-cultural tapas feast. Throw in a zesty Bloody Mary from the The Naked Drinks bar, and you’ve got a winner. It’s perfect for South African memorabilia and locally made gifts, and has earned it’s winning reputation as a celebration of South African creativity, food and culture.

The MOJO Indoor Market, Sea Point

The MOJO Market is the new kid on the block, but it’s perks are quickly setting it apart from the rest! This 7-day- a-week food and lifestyle market is nestled perfectly between the picturesque promenade and bustling Regent Road, and has 45 designer retail stores, a daily fresh goods section, and 25 food vendors. The best thing about it? Unlike most markets, it opens at 9am and closes at 10pm, which means you can visit (basically) whenever you want, for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. I’m gradually working my way through each of the stalls, but my favourite nibbles so far are the amazingly fresh poke bowls at Hokey Poke, and the super juicy burgers at IYO – washed down with a lovely glass of bubbles or an icy craft beer. It’s perfect for a lazy Saturday morning brunch with friends and family.

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The V&A Food Market

The V&A Market, like The Mojo Market, it’s open seven days a week! The market is packed with fresh, wholesome street food from every corner of the world, from German, to American, to Thai, to African, to Mediterranean – and that’s just a few.

The market is indoors with loads of inside and outside seating, which is great for window shopping, free food sampling and delicious feasting, rain or shine. The best thing about this market is the gorgeous Table Mountain view. Simply divine!

And there you have it. I hope you enjoy each of these magnificent markets as much as I do. Salut!

Until next time,

Joanna