So you remember when we went feasting at Waverley Hills? Well, as if their hospitality weren’t enough, we were kindly offered a place to stay for the night – travelling with a little one is not easy (if you guys have tips for a newbie mama, please dish them here!), but we weren’t expecting to be blown away by their recommended accommodation, Orchard Stay; just a nice, comfortable place to lay our heads for the night before driving back to Cape Town the next day. WELL – IT. IS. STUNNING. To the point that a) we couldn’t bare staying only one night, and b) we’re already planning our return with friends in tow.
Nestled in the verdant Wolseley hills between Tulbagh and Ceres in the Western Cape is a hidden little gem that is well worth the drive. After a picturesque meander some 90 minutes from Cape Town, Waverley Hills stands proudly on the slopes and though eye-catching it may be, it’s what’s inside that truly counts.
Ok, so I may be pregnant and finally able to eat after months of HG, but irrespective, this list would still stand. Baby belly or not, my obsession and history with dessert is a long one. In fact, it was to my birthday cake that I took my very first step at my first birthday party – the very beginning of my endless and insatiable trek towards cake.
This is by means an exhaustive list but these are my top 5 dessert spots right now in the Mother City:
When thinking of canteen dining, one doesn’t quite think of gourmet, but that is precisely what this lovely, relaxed little place does – combining unusual but winning elements. And how I wish it had been open when I worked at House and Leisure – we were literally next door! It used to be a very yellow graphic design building and has since transformed into this super minimal, airy space that certainly offers more than it appears to.
I’m not sure that Dalliance is a the right name for this trendy, new spot at the V&A Waterfront. To enjoy a dalliance is to have something fun but fleeting, a short-lived romance with a distinct lack of seriousness. And this place is, for me, quite the opposite. This is the kind of place I can see myself having a more involved relationship, one of the heart where, despite so many other places calling me to enjoy them, I want to keep coming back time and again. And being part of the Kove portfolio can’t hurt – these guys just get it right.
Hmmmm, Hermanus. What a gorgeous little seaside town. Just like the flyer says, the air really does taste like champagne from the surrounding Hemel en Aarde Valley vineyards carried on the wind and mixed in with the scents of the sea. Tim and I regularly escape to this quiet little village for whale watching or just for a break in our routine, and the one place we’ve visited twice so far is also our favourite: Ocean Eleven Guesthouse. Situated right on the cliffs and with breathtaking, award winning views, this is one spot you should really put on your travel radar.