Savor the Views in Cape Town

Jul 1, 2016
2016

Seeking to position itself as a place for Africa to interact with the world, Cape Town touts its reliable infrastructure, sophisticated tertiary services and advanced commercial and banking practices. At the core of the city, gateway to all the town’s attractions, the Central Business District houses offices of global brands such as Amazon, Bloomberg, British Gas, T-Mobile and Shell and plenty of restaurants, quirky coffee shops, hotels, museums and malls. After taking a taxi into town from the airport, visit a branch of the acclaimed Origin Coffee, providing a great place to start the day with a cup of artisan-roasted brew. Locals prefer brunch to power breakfasts, and The Company’s Garden Restaurant in a historic Mother City setting remains a popular choice. Dining alfresco, guests can order a basil and tomato omelet, the classic Benedict or a full breakfast with bacon, sausage, mushrooms, hash browns and eggs. At Bacon on Bree, supplement the cheese/egg/dry-cured bacon with crispy chicken wings served with bacon sauce. At lunchtime locals favor the creative contemporary cooking at Savoy Cabbage with cabbage motif chandeliers and salt dishes complementing the theme. Bistrot Bizerca gets fresh fish delivered each morning and posts the daily menu on a classic chalkboard. For entertaining clients, locals recommend the nearby Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, centrally located close to the CBD with a range of lovely views and venues. Old docks and wharfs transformed into a lively neighborhood of walkways, quayside restaurants, specialty stores, boutiques and oceanfront hotels. Touting 240 items on its menu, The Atlantic restaurant in The Table Bay Hotel claims to serve “the best breakfast buffet in town.” High teas featured in its Lounge allow diners to choose items in three courses, and the Tea Royale includes a glass of sparkling wine. The hotel can accommodate meetings of 10 to 300 people in conference spaces, most having spectacular ocean views. Near to and overlooking the V&A, The Westin Cape Town links to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and counts 19 meeting rooms among its sophisticated conference facilities. Convenient spots for breakfast and lunch, its airy ON19 restaurant and cozy Louis B’s Bar and Lounge feature menus with nutrient-rich, low-calorie dishes from whole wheat blueberry pancakes to natural roasted turkey wraps. Occupying its own quay jutting into the harbor, the Cape Grace Hotel serves light lunches in the locally popular Bascule Bar, said to have the best selection of whiskeys in the city. The hotel’s elegant Signal Restaurant presents inventive South African regional cuisine under immense chandeliers. Two function coordinators help arrange meetings which can be held in the sunny Leeward, Windward and Boardroom venues. For those who like to combine business with play, it’s easy to discuss affairs over a game of golf. One of Africa’s leading golf tourism destinations, Cape Town features 10 golf courses within a 20-minute drive of the CBD. A fiveminute drive from the V&A Waterfront and dating back to 1895, the Metropolitan Golf Club reopened in 2010 after renovation. Overlooking Table Mountain and Cape Town Stadium, the course features nine holes and 14 greens with long and separate tees, and lays claim to playing much like an 18-hole layout. Besides long fairways and wide greens, course designer Mark Muller incorporated a biodiversity showcase of local plants and grasses. Potential players can sign up and download scorecards online. Nearby, players will also find the Royal Cape Golf Course, the country’s oldest, designed to accommodate all skill levels and touting a “magnificent course, quality facilities and our friendly hospitality.” Guests are welcome, with special offers for overseas visitors and daily business lunch specials served in the clubhouse Monday through Friday 12:30–2:30 p.m.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel

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Since getting around by Uber is easy, visitors travel four miles over the hill to the eastern slope of Table Mountain where Lady Ann Bernard’s 18th-century country “cottage” has been transformed into the 207-room Vineyard Hotel. Casual lunches of salads and fish and chips seem lavish in the verdant six-acre setting of its Garden Lounge and Patio. The signature Square Restaurant also serves light lunches, and the award-winning indoor/outdoor Myoga offers an eclectic selection of soups and artisanal sandwiches. The Vineyard’s experienced event-coordinating team helps plan meetings held in its modern, window-lined conference center. Six miles around the beach from the V&A, the notable Twelve Apostles Hotel is located at Camps Bay, on one of the country’s best beaches. With spectacular ocean views, it boasts a breakfast buffet with Champagne, oysters and “the best eggs Benedict in Cape Town.” Served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the hotel offers “Tea on the Sea” with warm scones and finger sandwiches, a local institution. Fresh oysters feature among fine-dining options in the ocean-view Azure Restaurant, and enjoying a cocktail on the outdoor terrace of its Leopard Bar at sunset proves a lovely way to conclude the business day.

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