10 more reasons to visit Newlands

10 more reasons to visit Newlands Image Credit: Montebello 

There's so much to do in the picturesque suburb of Newlands, we couldn't resist another 10…

1. The Gardener’s Cottage

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What is it Lee Barty’s 21-year-old restaurant at the Montebello Design Centre is a tranquil retreat for those wanting to escape the heat and grittiness of the city. According to Tim Noakes, it serves the best coffee in Cape Town.
Why we love it Ask any Newlands local, and they’ll tell you that a meal here is a special treat. On sunny days you sit outdoors under the historic camphor trees and enjoy Lee’s legendary chicken pie with a cream tarragon sauce, or her equally delish lamb curry with sambals. The brown seed loaf is baked on site and is addictive. In January UCT’s Summer School participants gather here to enjoy a meal between lectures.
Don’t leave without browsing the many craft shops and garden nursery at Montebello (a WDC2014 project). Look out for its First Thursday Tapas Evenings, that started in September.
Contact 021 689 3158
Location Montebello Design Centre, Newlands Avenue

2. Foresters Arms Pub & Restaurant

What is it Fondly referred to as Forries, this Cape Town institution on Newlands Avenue offers an authentic pub experience.
Why we love it It’s a great place to watch sport on the big screens on test and Currie Cup days. Fires keep you warm in winter; the shaded seating area outside is wonderful in summer. The standard of food is better than most pub grub and ranges in price from R80 to R150. The Sunday carvery is popular with families (booking is recommend). If roast beef is on the menu, you must have the Yorkshire pudding – it’s the best in Cape Town.
Don’t leave without ordering the Steak and Stout pie, or one of the delicious thin-based pizzas (which, according to the Italian wife of the owner of Tashas in Constantia, is the best pizza in Cape Town).
Contact 021 689 5949
Location 52 Newlands Avenue

3. The Boomslang at Kirstenbosch

The Boomslang at Kirstenbosch in Newlands, Cape Town
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What is it A 130-metre timber-and-steel walkway in the treetops of the country’s best-known and loved national botanical garden.
Why we love it Built to commemorate Kirstenbosch’s centenary (100 years), it is a delight to walk as it snakes its way over the treetops, offering gorgeous views of the gardens.
Don’t leave without becoming a member of the Botanical Society of SA, which allows you special privileges throughout the year. On Tuesdays, for example, senior citizens (with an SA ID book) get free access (except on public holidays).
Contact 021 799 8783
Location Rhodes Drive

4. Vineyard Hotel

Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town
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What is it Originally the home of Lady Anne Barnard, this hotel is popular with international visitors who return year after year to enjoy the Petousis family’s special brand of hospitality. Locals also come here for a slice of serenity, away from the chaos of the CBD.
Why we love it The terrace, with commanding mountain views, is a rather lovely place to sit and have a cup of tea and a pastry, and leads down to the Liesbeek River. Chef Mike Bassett’s garden-facing Myoga Restaurant offers fabulous contemporary fusion food, and is only a five minute walk from the Claremont CBD.
Don’t leave without booking a Thai massage at Angsana Spa, where qualified masseurs work their magic.
Contact 021 657 4500
Location Colinton Road (off Protea Road)

5. Melissa’s Food Shop

What is it There’s nothing new and noteworthy about Melissa’s in Newlands, but it’s one of our favourite places to sip a Red cappuccino and flip through international magazines. It’s a great place to meet friends for a quick catch-up, and is also a favourite for business meetings. Its cooked breakfasts are good value, while its lip-smacking, freshly prepared lunches from the daily buffet, priced by weight, can get pricey.
Why we love it Even though it’s always buzzy, it retains its discreet vibe. On sunny days sit on the outside pavement and watch the locals go by.
Don’t leave without taking home a soup, quiche, cheese cake, or or any of the delicious ready-prepared dishes. It’s all good here.
Contact 021 683 6949
Location Cardiff Castle, Cnr Kildare Road and Main Street

6. L’Orangerie

What is it A deliciously scented serene space filled with beautiful local and imported items for bed, bath, home and garden in a million shades of vanilla, cream, ecru and white.
Why we love it It’s a gift-giver’s paradise – a one–stop shop for exquisite linens, down cushions, candles, wooden kitchen utensils and garden gifts.
Don’t leave without picking up something special home with you.
Contact 021 674 4284
Location Kildare Road

7. Wine Concepts

Wine Concepts in Newlands, Cape Town
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What is it The best wine boutique in the southern suburbs with personal service from Mike Duggan and his knowledgeable team.
Why we love it The extensive range of exclusive and rare wines make perfect gifts for special occasions. Wine Concepts also holds regular wine tastings at the shop, as well as specialised wine events at the Vineyard Hotel.
Don’t leave without a bottle or two of Springfield Estate’s Life from Stone sauvignon blanc and Boekenhoutkloof’s The Chocolate Block.
Contact 021 671 9030
Location Cardiff Castle, Cnr Kildare Road and Main Street

8. DVD Nouveau

What is it A lounge-chic DVD rental place, specialising in classic, cult, art and foreign films.
Why we love it It’s conveniently situated in buzzy Newlands village close to some of our favourite coffee spots and restaurants, making it easy to grab a flick (or series for binge-watching) on your way home.
Don’t leave without hiring our all-time favourite series, The Sopranos, The Wire and, if you missed it on DStv, Breaking Bad.
Contact 021 683 0203
Location 28A Kildare Road

9. Cassis

What is it A Parisian-style patisserie offering good coffee, delicious food and friendly service.
Why we love it The casual vibe is perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or brunch. Locals pop in to enjoy an authentic French pastry, croque-monsieur or the French onion soup. We love the pear and almond tart, and all the flavours of macaroons.
Don’t leave without buying a delicious tomato tart to take home. The breads, croissants and brioche are delicious too.
Contact 021 6711305
Location Cardiff Castle, Cnr Kildare Road and Main Street

10. Kirstenbosch Tea Room

What is it Pamela Shippel’s popular restaurant in the Cape’s most beautiful botanical garden.
Why we love it It’s a quiet, friendly venue, offering breakfast, light lunches, sandwiches, tea and scones, or cakes and desserts. It’s the perfect place to rest tired feet after a strenuous walk to the top of the garden and back.
Don’t leave without taking a leisurely stroll in the magnificent garden – especially in spring when the flowers are at their best.
Contact 021 797 4883
Location Gate 2, Rhodes Drive

If you missed our first post, read our original Top 10 reasons to visit Newlands.

Insider info Sauvignon blanc fans: don’t miss Wine Concepts’ Seductive Sauvignons Festival at the Vineyard Hotel on Friday, 26 September, where you’ll get to taste both the 2013 vintages of the Strandveld as well as First Sighting sauvignon blancs. Tickets are available at Webtickets for R160, or R170 at the door (includes a wine glass and snacks).

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Time of publication: 19 September 2014

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    the BEST reason to visit Newlands is to collect fresh spring water from either Spring Rd or the Brewery-and it’s FREE 🙂