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Top Choice Gardens in Southern Suburbs

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Location and unique flora combine to make these 5.28-sq-km botanical gardens among the most beautiful in the world. Gate 1, the main entrance at the Newlands end of the gardens, is where you’ll find the information …
Top Choice Museum in Southern Suburbs

Groot Constantia

Simon van der Stel’s manor house, a superb example of Cape Dutch architecture, is maintained as a museum at Groot Constantia. Set in beautiful grounds, the estate can become busy with tour groups, but is big enough …
Top Choice Winery in Southern Suburbs

Buitenverwachting

Buitenverwachting means ‘beyond expectation’, which is certainly the feeling one gets on visiting this Cape Dutch estate. It's a lovely estate to visit with an unusual late-18th-century manor house overlooking verda…
Top Choice Museum in Southern Suburbs

Irma Stern Museum

The pioneering 20th-century artist Irma Stern (1894–1966), whose works are some of the most sought-after among modern South African painters, occupied this 19th-century house for almost 40 years. Her studio has been…
Top Choice International in Southern Suburbs

Greenhouse

Chef Peter Tempelhoff's culinary imagination runs riot in this elegant restaurant that's one of the Cape's top dining destinations. The finest local produce and recipes, from Cape Malay curried octopus to Outeniqua …
Top Choice Cafe in Southern Suburbs

Gardener’s Cottage

After exploring the Montebello craft studios, relax at this lovely cafe, which occupies the estate's original gatekeeper's cottage. Beyond the leafy garden and stoep (veranda), the interior has a contemporary-tearoo…
Top Choice International in Southern Suburbs

Starlings Cafe

One of the Southern Suburbs' most charming dining spots. With its relaxed, arty cottage and shady garden environment, it's great for a lazy breakfast or lunch. Excellent coffee, too. For breakfast, choose the likes …
Top Choice Bistro in Southern Suburbs

Bistro Sixteen82

Perfectly complementing the slick and contemporary wine-tasting lounge at Steenberg Farm, this appealing bistro serves everything from oysters for breakfast to braised lamb neck for lunch. Tapas (rather than dinner)…
Top Choice Theatre in Southern Suburbs

Baxter Theatre Centre

Since the 1970s the Baxter has been the focus of Capetonian theatre. There are three main venues at the centre – a 674-seat theatre, a concert hall and a studio – and between them they cover everything from comedy a…
Top Choice Fusion in Southern Suburbs

La Colombe

A veteran of Gordon Ramsay's kitchen, chef Scot Kirton rustles up skilful dishes combining French and Asian techniques and flavours, such as quail breast in coconut and miso, and Karoo lamb-loin bolognese. The cooll…