The Grand Cafe and Beach
Tel no: 021 425 0551
Take a private beach along Cape Town’s Granger Bay, add a restored warehouse and two beach bars, mix in a splash of white couches and chairs on the wooden deck and sand and you have a recipe for the perfect holiday hangout. With the feel of a Mediterranean island, but with a backdrop featuring Table Mountain and Signal Hill, The Grand Cafe and Beach exemplifies why there’s nothing quite like a Cape Town summer. While it is pricey, the food, which features fresh seafood, pasta, meat and salad is delicious and there’s also a wide selection of wines to accompany your meal or to get your sundowners started on the right note. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up after a rough night, there are also a wide selection of coffees. It’s also renowned for its regular beach parties with resident and guest DJs, and this year is no different, with a New Year’s Eve Pacha Ibiza party featuring Pacha Ibiza resident DJs Danny Wade and Josef Bamba topping off the year’s entertainment. Tickets are available here.
Tel no: 044 535 9818
Set right on the idyllic Keurbooms Beach along SA’s magnificent Garden Route, Enrico’s has become a mainstay with locals and holidaymakers alike. Not only are the views spectacular, but the food is something worth celebrating. If you’re on a quest for authentic Italian dining, look no further. Enrico himself ensures that each dish is infused with all the flavours that make Italian food so delicious. With an extensive menu that features salads, pizza, pasta, fish, meat and the best of Italian desserts, the restaurant is also renowned for its signature creation – Farcita – a unique two-layered pizza. Once your stomach is satisfied, hit the beach to walk off those extra calories. The outdoor deck is also the perfect place for sundowners and as you enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine you may even spot some whales or dolphins. With a constant buzz, good service and a homely atmosphere it’s well worth visiting. Bookings are recommended.
Beach Bums Restaurant and Beach Bar
Tel no: 032 943 1132
Mozambique-inspired, this KZN oasis on the Tongaat beachfront exemplifies what makes beach bars so desirable. With four fully stocked bars, a delicious cocktail menu, DJs and live bands every weekend, it’s the perfect place for a laid-back summer party. There are also week-day specials including bring and braai Thursdays with live music, an open mic and bonfires. If you’re looking to bring in 2015 to the sounds of good tunes and crashing waves, Beach Bums’ annual New Year’s Eve party is not to be missed. Sundowners may be all you’re after but if you’re also seeking a good-value meal, try the Beach Bums Restaurant. Known for its killer range of mouthwatering gourmet burgers, the restaurant also offers pizzas, seafood, ribs and steak.