This week, Benn van der Westhuizen spotlight’s some of the Cape’s coolest and classiest social distancing experiences to try with your loved ones. All of them following strict COVID protocols to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. So gather the friends, family or your loved one for unique attractions happening this weekend.
The Raptor Room, one of Cape Town’s hippest LGBTQI+ hotspots, recently announced its permanent closure on 20 June 2021. Their presence in the buzzy East City precinct and countless events supporting local artists and drag acts will be felt, but there is still some time to show support.
This moody eatery with cinematic decor and neon lighting accents is the ideal spot to kick back or catch up with mates or a date for fuss-free drinks, great burgers and comfort food treats that won’t break the bank, easily making it one of the best restaurants in Cape Town.
Founder and head chef Amy Lilley created The Raptor Room as a safe and inclusive space where the LGBTQI+ community could feel free and comfortable to be themselves.
When: Tuesday to Friday, 3pm to 10pm | Saturday, 3pm to 11pm | Sunday, 11am to 6pm
Where: 79 Roeland St, Zonnebloem
Waiting for Gebane is a solo exhibition by the South African artist Senzeni Mthwakazi Marasela. Through mediums such as textiles, embroidery, photography, and painting, it provides a reflective overview of the artist’s practice, serving as an encore to the six-year durational performance of her fictional alter ego, Theodorah Mthetyane.
The production is an intersection of traditional and rural culture mixed with the modernity of Joburg. Marasela recounts a journey is central to her portraits, highlighting a will and determination which resists the idea of waiting as a postponement of life, and the erasure or invisibility of women. Theodorah does not wait for justice or liberation.
The Zeitz MOCAA is a landmark institution pioneered by the V&A Waterfront which focuses on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting contemporary art from Africa and it is the largest museum of modern art in Africa. The museum hosts temporary exhibitions from around the world and is a world-class destination for events, boasting unique architecture in a former grain silo, dedicated events spaces, a museum shop, and a fine dining restaurant.
Cost: From R220pp
When: Running until 21 August, 2021. Thursday to Sunday 10am to 6pm
Where: Zeitz MOCCA Pavillion, North Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Rollercade is Cape Town’s very first roller-skating amusement park and a one of a kind experience for kids, couples and friends to try out something new and experience 8-wheeling fun at V&A Waterfront’s Battery Park.
This trendy venue is a great idea for date night or spending time with friends and family. Partner up this Valentine’s Day as DJs are on deck providing tunes throughout the day and hosts
Rollercade is the first indoor arena dedicated to roller skating, providing a safe and friendly environment for everyone. Strap on your skates and get rolling to good vibes and great music, perfect for new arrivals to test their skills and die-hard skaters, this is an enjoyable venue for anyone looking to have good old fun.
Pool tables for one-on-one matches or doubles challenges as well as a series of arcade machines are also on the cards.
Cost: R150 – 2½ hours session incl rental of skates and safety gear | R80 BYO shakes | R40 enjoy the arcade only
When: 10am to 6pm | 10am to 9.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Where: Rollercade, V&A Waterfront, Alfred St, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Nestled in the maritime region of Stellenbosch, within 7km of the cold Atlantic Ocean, Ken Forrester Wines specialises in a range of handcrafted, individually made wines to perfectly complement a wide variety of food styles and occasions.
The Petit Range is an elegant selection of affordable wines for everyday drinking. Serious wine buffs will love the Reserve wines which all show more depth of character and concentration thanks to the fruit from older vineyards.
And the Icon Range wines are crafted in small quantities and with purity, intensity, complex concentration in mind.
Guests are welcome to pop in for personalised wine tasting experiences at Ken Forrester Wines’ newly renovated Wine Lounge for a wine pairing experience with a seasonal selection of Dalewood cheeses, Wagyu biltong, preserves, and biscuits. Perfect for a light lunch or snack.
And don’t leave without stopping past the Deli with a curated selection of deli items, homeware, apparel, and other wine-related items.
Cost: From R60pp per tasting, see here for the full list of options. Advance booking is essential
When: Monday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm
Where: N1-R318, De Doorns
Cheyne’s is an Asian Fusion restaurant serving Pacific Rim cuisine, Cheyne’s combines Pacific Island foods, Asian cooking techniques, local freshness, and a host of other cultural and culinary influences.
The menu is divided into Sea, Land, Earth, and Happy Endings and features sharing plates you can order individually or as part of a dining experience.
All ingredients are proudly sourced from local suppliers as far as possible, and tattoo-clad, Buddhism-inclined owner, chef Cheyne Morrisby (former chef at the Sir Terence Conrad group of restaurants in London), receives constant rave reviews. Morrisby is also the mastermind behind Lucky Bao, offering Asian street food, and Shio, which focuses on Japanese cuisine.
Recently rated as one of the top 20 fine dining experiences in Cape Town (by I Love Foodies), this melting pot of fusion should be on every foodie’s wish list.
When: Lunch – Thurs to Sat, 12pm to 3pm | Dinner – Mon to Sat, 6pm to 10pm
Where: 35 Main Road, Hout Bay