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The Lion

I love hiking Lion’s Head in Cape Town. I’ve hiked it alone, in big groups, in small groups, with Richard Branson (technically he just asked me for directions), for sunrise, for sunset, in the middle of the day and by... Continue Reading →

Testing out the Test Kitchen

I made the reservation at the Test Kitchen about two month ago with some hesitation over the booking process and the price. The Test Kitchen is the signature restaurant of famous chef Luke Dale Roberts and currently rated as the... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Gatsby

In Cape Town, the word “Gatsby” refers to the quintessential sandwich of Cape Town and not the book or movie. A foot-long submarine sandwich cut into four portions and packed with slap chips (or french fries), special sauce (like atchar)... Continue Reading →

Hiking Jonkershoek with vegan cupcakes

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is about a one-hour drive from Cape Town CBD just outside Stellenbosch. It’s a popular venue for mountain bikers and hikers offering a valley of mountains to explore with two main waterfalls (Eerste and Tweede Waterval) and... Continue Reading →

Hiddingh Ascension Adventure

A group of intrepid explorers met on a Saturday at Newlands Forest for a hiking adventure up Hiddingh Ascension to the top of Table Mountain. None of us had done the route before but we had heard that the route... Continue Reading →

Little Lion’s Head

Little Lion’s Head is the koppie right above Llandudno offering panoramic views of Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, Karbonkel Berg, Sandy Bay and Llandudno. It’s a much easier hike than its big brother, Lion’s Head, with only about a 30-minute scramble... Continue Reading →

That time my friends almost got kicked out of the Silo Hotel

On a rainy Sunday afternoon, three friends decided to venture out to the relatively new Silo Hotel in the Waterfront, Cape Town. The Silo Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in a reclaimed grain silo operating six floors above the... Continue Reading →

The Piano Bar

The Piano Bar on Napier Street, De Waterkant is the perfect spot for a cosy winter rendezvous featuring a grand piano and a relaxed but vibey crowd. It offers a solid menu, really good service and a 2-for-1 drinks and... Continue Reading →

Kloof Corner Hike

Kloof Corner Hike from Kloof Corner, following the telephone wires that sit on the corner of the mountain up to the top of Table Mountain is an epic hike. It offers beautiful views of Lion’s Head, Cape Town City Bowl... Continue Reading →

Aloe Durban

It’s winter in Cape Town and it’s cold, wet (thank goodness for the rain though) and a bit miserable. Durban is a great, affordable destination in South Africa in winter because it’s so warm. Think about wearing shorts and t-shirts... Continue Reading →

Kerry’s Cape Town To-Do list 2017 – volume 2

I can’t believe that it took me only about 3 months to work through the first volume of my Cape Town to-do list. And what a blast it has been! It has taken some commitment on my part, the sourcing... Continue Reading →

Could this be the most pretentious restaurant in the world

When I lived in New York for two years, working as a corporate lawyer, eating out at some of the best restaurants in the world became a regular weekly event and very soon lost its appeal for me. And although... Continue Reading →

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