Christmas 2013 in Cape Town

Christmas in Cape Town is celebrated by 80% of the local resident and Christmas Day (this year Weds 25 Dec 2013) is a public holiday with most shops closed on this day.  The 26th Dec is also a public holiday although many shops are open for trading on Boxing Day (also called Day of Goodwill).  Some grocery stores are open on the 25th as well as express stores and kiosks at petrol stations.

Christmas in Cape Town is a merry, sunny occasion filled with festive feasts and parties.  Forget Northern hemisphere Christmas traditions of huddling indoors around the hearth drinking mulled wine!  Capetonians themselves love to be out and about enjoying the summer and the festive season so think about casual dress code, a beach vibe or a walk in the mountains.  Think summer wines and bubbly to go with a light summer meal and not the traditional hot meal of northern climes.  ’tis Traditional but not!

Christmas at the Cape  2013If you are planning to book a Christmas eve dinner or lunch at one of our fabulous restaurants we suggest you call to check they are open and book early! It’s great to get out of the kitchen and leave the cooking to the professionals.  We repeat though:  book your Christmas meal with family and friends at one of the restaurants that will be open well in advance!  Here are some of our favourite restaurants that are open and hosting special Christmas meals.

If you don’t feel like cooking or if you can’t get a booking, then do yourself a favour and contact Passion Foods Catering. Talita prepares home cooked meals for small and large groups and offers free delivery in the Fish Hoek Area.   Read More…

Pure Restaurant:  Hout Bay
PURE XmasThe stunning 3 course Christmas meal at Pure Restaurant is R550 per person including a welcome drink  and a glass of wine per course.  Alternatively you can select the R450 per person option which excludes beverages.   Choice of starters and Mains and a chocolate Ricotta pantone pudding with sour berries and eggnog ice-cream for dessert!  Sounds delicious.  Booking of course is essential. Open until 21h30 on the 24 Dec and for lunch until 15h00 on the 25 Dec 2013.  Read More…
Tel: 021 791 9393

Wharfside Grill: Hout Bay
Deck Diners
Open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with full a la carte menu. Mariner’s Wharf on the harbour is a brilliant spot for Christmas festivities- harbourside ambience, and great views. Don’t forget you can also choose one of the six private dining cabins for your family group – each cabin has been themed to seafaring history or famous ships.  Booking is recommended for the Festive Season.  Please note that the restaurant closes at 11pm. Read More…
Tel:  021 790 1100

The Lookout Deck: Hout Bay
lookout deck
This harbour side restaurant is a spot that shouts Christmas in the Cape.  They are open for Christmas Lunch with an option of 2 courses for R165 or 3 courses for R195.  Mains include a choice of Turkey Roulade, Rolled shoulder of Lamb or Norwegian Salmon Fillet.  Due to the Christmas Feast on offer  Booking and prepayment per person is required.  They are open from 12 noon on the 25th Dec 2013 . Read More…
Tel: 021 790 0900

Pirates Pub & Grill: Hout Bay
PiratesOpen throughout the festive season so carnivores can get their fix, especially with the Prime Rump special.  Get this meat eaters!  R75 for a 250g prime rump or R95 for a 350g  – flamegrilled of course!!!  It’s a great festive spot in Hout Bay that has live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm – 11pm.  Read More…
Tel:  021 790 0484

The Foodbarn Restaurant : Noordhoek
This is a real treat for Christmas – The Foodbarn is open on Christmas Eve and for Christmas Lunch, They are offering a 4 course Christmas Meun for R700 per person and R250 per child under 12.  These menus have been designed to procure great pleasure to the people eating them, to the people cooking them, and to the people serving them.  We certainly hope that they will bring out the festive spirit in you! Read More…
Tel  021 789 1390

Village Sushi: Noordhoek
village sushi
This amazing Sushi restaurant in Noordhoek Farm Village will be open for normal trading hours throughout the festive season.  So that’s open from 12 noon – close (around 9pm)The great news is that they also offer takeaways and although sushi is the order of the day, there are some Asian delights in the mix too- including Dim Sun, Pad Thai, Chow Mein and Thai Curries!  No special Christmas feast but this is festive enough!  Read More…
Tel:  021 789 2760

Cape Point Vineyards:  Noordhoek
Xmas picnic
Why not think about doing something different this Christmas and celebrating your Christmas Meal with a picnic at Cape Point Vineyards. This Superb setting at the Noordhoek Estate is an excellent location for Christmas festivities – there is space for the kids to run around and a play area too. They will be serving Christmas Picnics as well as a carvery option on the 25 December 2013 during their normal hours from  11h00 – 20h00. Read More…
Tel:  021 789 0094

The restaurant at Boulders Beach Lodge:  Simon’s Town

Ok - so this was actually taken at the aquarium in Yokohama, Tokyo but we love the shot!

Ok – so this was actually taken at the aquarium in Yokohama, Tokyo but we love the shot!

How about having your Christmas meal with the penguins?  Boulders Beach Restaurant is situated a few metres from the African Penguins at Boulders Beach.  They will be serving from their a la carte menu – and will be open on Christmas eve,  and for lunch on Christmas Day.  Read More…
Tel: 021 786 1758

Brass Bell:  Kalk Bay
brass Bell xmasPlated Christmas menu served on the 25th Dec along with any specials and a la carte menus.  There is a double seating reservation plan on Christmas Day. The first sitting is 11h00- 15h00 and the second sitting is 15h00 – close.   Christmas Day plate:  R185 includes 2 slices of Turducken, 2 slices of Glazed Gammon, served with sweet carrots, cauliflower and broccoli in cheese sauce and paprika and garlic tossed roast potatoes with a sage jus on the side.   OR the Christmas Day Seafood Platter for R250 which inlcudes  8 Queen black tiger prawns and grilled Linefish, served with rice,a side salad and a choice of garlic butter, lemon butter or  peri peri sauce.
Tel:  021 788 5455


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