Are you heading to the Mother City for your December getaway? Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there are loads of things to look forward to when it comes to Cape Town summers…

While Cape Town is a gorgeous city all-year-round, it’s over summer that visitors flock to this corner of South Africa the most, all for a whole host of good reasons.

Dominique Van Wezop, Head of Operations: Food And Drink Division of Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront shares five things to look forward to in Cape Town this summer.

1.     Late sunsets

It’s not even fully summer yet and already we’re seeing later sunsets. At the moment, the sun sets just after 7pm, but as we draw closer to summer and get into the heart of it, we can look forward to sunsets well after 8pm.

We find that Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace gets quite full over this period, with  guests enjoying a delicious meal while watching the sunset over the ocean.

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2.     Cocktails with a view

Speaking of the terrace, it’s the perfect place to grab one of our new summer cocktails, while taking in the best views of the Atlantic Ocean. This is something that many visitors have on their to-do list when they visit Cape Town – cocktails with a view. It’s easily one of the more Instagrammed summer moments around Cape Town.

Expect refreshing drinks at our hotel such as the Ocean View Sunset cocktail that is made up of the curiously prepared coconut-fat-washed Bombay Sapphire gin, Falernum and orange and buchu soda, all served in a stunning tiki cocktail serving vessel.

3.     Fresh summer food

Gone are the warm slow-cooked meals of winter. Summer is all about fresh summer foods that both replenish and refresh on a hot Cape Town day. For us, there is a big health focus for this summer’s menu, with the hotel opting to steer clear of a lot of deep frying and adding some more fresh seafood to the mix.

This can be seen in dishes such as seared tuna with edamame beans, ponzu, wasabi Japanese mayonnaise and sesame cucumber, as well as the Norwegian salmon with bisque, black mussels, samphire, kale and charred ciabatta. With the variety on offer guests can enjoy these summery dishes or just sit back and enjoy a burger and fries.

4.     Open-air summer events

Cape Town is well-known for open-air events at this time of the year. Visitors to the city can check out the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, or the Galileo Open Air Theatre for some outdoor movie viewing.

There are also a few outdoor food festivals – a browse through the easy-to-use Quicket website will bring up events in your area, and, of course, there are events such as the weekly Saturday Breakers Brunch sessions that happens out on the terrace of Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.

The Dubai-style Breaker’s Brunch brunch offers a selection of bottomless drinks and serves up a feast from 13h00 on Saturdays and includes sushi & fresh oysters on the starter buffet, a platter choice for mains and a delicious dessert spread, to name but a few highlights.

5.     Early sun rises

Just like you can enjoy the late sunsets, the summer sun in Cape Town tends to rise very early too – just before 5am.

For the early birds and those who love to seize the day, this means that you can tackle one or more of Cape Town’s famed hiking routes (best done in a group) before the sun gets too high and too hot, or perhaps a morning walk or run on the Promenade, which starts right next to the Blu Hotel Waterfront, so easy access – making for the perfect start to a day in Cape Town.

These are just five things to look forward to – but Cape Town has so much to offer visitors!


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