There is hardly a better place on earth to watch the sun being swallowed by the sea – delicious cocktail in hand, of course – than at this beach bar and restaurant in Granger Bay.
A private beach bar at the V&A Waterfront
The Grand’s sea-facing location – which boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Bay, with Cape Town Stadium, Signal Hill and Table Mountain in the background – is unparalleled, but its private beach is, perhaps, what sets it apart from other ocean-facing venues. Whether you decide to sit on the palm-shaded deck, on the lip-shaped couch, or at one of the tables dotted around the sand, there’s hardly a better way to celebrate the season.
Stylish interiors and exteriors at The Grand Beach Café
Housed in a restored warehouse, the interiors smack of old-world romanticism and laidback glamour. And the fact that there are various bars dotted around the venue means you can decide exactly where you want to be.
Feel like a vodka cocktail? Head to the Absolut Elyx Bar, while you watch the waves roll in and bask in summer sunshine.
If eating in the sand isn’t for you, why not try the raised indoor deck, always a popular spot with diners clamouring to land a seat at this enviable indoor area.
The Ibiza Bar and DJ is where you should head for all-night-long deep-house beats.
Want to take a dip, but forgot your swimming costume? No problem. Head on over to the Grand Gallery, and browse a locally designed range of hats, sunglasses, dresses, swimwear and jewellery, available for purchase.
The stylish Pongracz Bar, as you’d expect, is where to head for a chilled glass of bubbly, while the outdoors Ernest Hemingway-inspired Beer Bar (reminiscent of the late author’s Cuban beach shack) serves craft and global brews.
Above the Pongracz Bar, The Sundeck launches in December 2018, and boasts mesmerising views. The intimate space (150 to 200 people) can be used for private functions and exclusive events.
Enjoy cocktails by the sea
A team of marvellous mixologists has devised an extensive cocktail menu, featuring signature cocktails and well-loved classics.
Fine Cape wine is an ever-present feature on the drinks menu, and a partnership between GH Mumm Champagne means Grand Café & Beach is one of a handful of local restaurants permitted to serve Champagne (the French stuff) by the glass. An award-winning Vinotèque (wine cellar stocking the crème de la crème) has been erected inside the warehouse, showcasing a splendid wine collection.
What’s on the menu at Grand Africa Café?
Under the leadership of chef Dominic Faict, the kitchen at the Grand Africa Café & Beach has introduced a fresh Summer Menu. But regular patrons can still expect all their favourites: pizza seafood, sushi, steak, pasta and salads.
With so much to eat, drink, do and see, it’s no wonder that locals and out-of-towners continue to flock here for lunch, sundowners, dinner and after-dark beats…
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