Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs are vast, starting from Observatory just outside of the city, skirting Devil’s Peak through Newlands, Claremont, and Wynberg, and round the side of Table Mountain to Constantia. The neighbourhoods are leafy and suburban, with many little eateries, bars, parks, and other hallmarks of suburban life. For those looking for a quieter Cape Town day, the Southern Suburbs are a great place to spend a day exploring.
Morning: Take a hike or stroll
There are some lovely walks, hikes, and parks in the Southern Suburbs where you can work up your appetite for a good breakfast. Newlands Forest has some beautiful shady trails, which can range from light forest walks to big half-day hikes, depending on the route you choose. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, also near Newlands, is the starting point for the popular Skeleton Gorge Hike. For those who prefer a quiet stroll, try Arderne Gardens in Claremont. It’s a Heritage Site filled with beautiful and exotic trees, and a lovely place to relax and wander among the shady glades. Tokai Forest has wonderful running and mountain bike trails.
One thing the Southern Suburbs has no shortage of is amazing breakfast spots. Whether you’re after an extravagant brunch or a healthy, light brekkie, there are plenty of places worth trying. Starlings Café is one of the area’s most popular breakfast spots. It’s unsignposted and tucked behind a tall hedge on one of the main roads in Claremont, and locals love it. Get there early if you’re around on a weekend, because it fills up fast. The Larder, in the Claremont CBD, does wonderful healthy brunches, and Four & Twenty in Chelsea Village does a great eggs Benny. Constantia also has many great eateries. The Alphen Hotel’s La Belle Bistro & Bakery is the perfect spot for a croissant and coffee in the shady courtyard. Green Vine on Silvermist Estate is fantastic for brunch, as is Open Door on the Constantia Uitsig Estate. Bistro Sixteen82 on the Steenberg ..