Weekends are made for fun, family and more fun! And when it comes to great weekends, Cape Town has the perfect lineup of activities and experiences for everyone.
HoodLinkd has put together a list of the best ways to spend a weekend in the city centre – they’re connected to a range of businesses in the CBD so we know this weekend guide will be at the top of your to-do list.
HoodLinkd is a not so brand-new anymore web-based app that connects customers with businesses in a specified area. It’s about ‘local is lekker’ via a funky, comprehensive, and easy-to-use platform – without any limits with regards to type or size of business.
The idea for HoodLinkd grew out of a passion to support small and medium-sized local businesses by offering them a convenient and affordable platform to connect with their target market. Their goal is to assist businesses in improving their online presence, maximising their local customer base, and strengthening their neighbourhood’s economy.
HoodLinkd has been designed to offer maximum convenience for users. True to the slogan ‘Your hood in one app’, the team features an electronic business directory (Bye Bye Yellow Pages), an event calendar, and weekly updated specials/deals by local businesses.
Keep an eye on their Deals section. It’s a game-changer for everyone looking to save while exploring the city. Users simply filter by industry or keyword and get instant access to promotions offered by local businesses.
Whereas users can register for free, businesses can choose between different packages (ranging from free to premium versions). To download the app, simply go to www.hoodlinkd.com on your mobile device and follow the pop-up instructions.
FIRE AND FLARE WITH FIRETRIBE
Fridays call for excitement as you shake off the week and get ready for the weekend. Add some flair to your Friday with FireTribe’s spectacular displays of fire dancing.
FireTribe is South Africa’s leading Fire Dancing and Flow Arts Performance troupe. Flow Art is a movement art that involves spinning tethered weights around the body in a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns with multiple mental and physical benefits.
Join one of their weekly classes, for beginner level and advanced, or book a private workshop session to dazzle your guests at your next Friday night shindig.
SATURDAY SPOILS AT URBAN OASIS SPA
A pamper session sounds like a great way to start a Saturday wouldn’t you say?
Nestled in the East City of Cape Town’s CBD is Urban Boutique Spa, the perfect place for some rest and relaxation. The spa’s simple yet classic design makes for an intimate experience that feels exclusive and private.
Run by Lana Geduld, with 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, the spa is a soothing hidden gem in the busy city.
You can choose from a variety of treatments such as a selection of full-body massages, scrubs and exfoliations. The spa offers aromatherapy treatments, pregnancy massages, a salt room, couple massages and a wide range of skin treatments.
Urban Boutique Spa also offers cosmetic services such as waxing and nail treatments to get you Instagram ready for the rest of your weekend plans.
SOCIAL SATURDAYS AT THE MOUNTAIN MARKET
We’re all looking at ways to socialise in the safest way. The Mountain Market, a regular neighborhood farmer’s market in the heart of Oranjezicht, is the perfect way to meet new people and be a part of a community while socially distancing and enjoying the summer sun.
The market features local vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal bread, coffee, smoothies, and more with live music.
The next market days are 15 and 29 January 2022. The market opens from 9am to 2pm.
STOCK UP THE PANTRY AT ORANJEZICHT FARMERS MARKET
Stock up on some fresh produce and locally crafted goods at the popular Oranjezicht City Farm Market, a farmers-style market located at Granger Bay next to the V&A Waterfront.
Explore the various stalls offering organic veg and fruit at their seasonal peak, freshly baked bread, organic honey, fresh seafood, free-range meat and eggs, and organic dairy products, as well as plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment.
Indulge various artisanal food and refreshment stalls offering a range of delicious cooked, baked and raw foods, fresh beverages and good coffee.
The market offers plenty of outdoor seating with views over the Atlantic Ocean and Table Bay and is a favourite of locals and tourists alike. The market is also children and dog-friendly.
The market is open on Saturday from 08:15am to 2pm and Sunday 9am to 2pm
MOLTO BELLE ITALIANO AT BACINI’S
A great breakfast is the best way to end off the weekend. Bacini’s on Kloof is all about good food and family with a rich heritage stemming back to 1989. The popular Italian restaurant in Cape Town is now synonymous with the lively energy of Kloof street.
Enjoy traditional pasta, thin-crust wood-oven pizza, and a range of other Italian favourites. The casual yet cosy and familiar atmosphere, with that trademark welcoming Italian feel, will make it your new go-to spot.
Breakfast includes Eggs Benedict, crispy Potato Rosti with the trimmings, and some decadent Ricotta pancakes. Their newly revamped online store makes it easy to try Italian cuisine at home with imported cheeses, cold meats, pasta, and other pantry faves in addition to their standard menu.
FEED YOUR MIND AT THE BOOK LOUNGE
Look for a unique place to settle down on a Sunday afternoon? The Book Lounge on the corner of Roeland and Buitenkant streets is the perfect spot to recoup for the upcoming week.
The Book Lounge independent bookshop opened in 2007 and hosts various book-related events from individual book launches, through library projects, to the hugely successful Open Book Festival. One of the aims of the Book Lounge is to inspire children with a love for literature.