De Waterkant - Cape Town
De Waterkant is a small trendy suburb on the outskirts of the city centre. Predominantly know as a gay and lesbian friendly area, De Waterkant is a friendly and vibrant area highlighted by its residents, restaurants, art galleries, and bistro’s.
Located on the quaint cobbled streets of De Waterkant are beautiful brightly coloured cottages and self catering villas. De Waterkant has been stylishly and thoughtfully developed over the years and now offers a trendy urban suburb.
The Constantia Valley is home to a great selection of guest houses and quality, upmarket hotels. You'll also find a range of restaurants, offering anything from fine dining to reasonably priced, informal meals.
Adjoining Constantia, and geographically a part of the valley, lies Tokai, a vast, wooded area which includes the Tokai Forests, Silverhurst Golf Estate and the legendary Pollsmoor prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for part of his prison sentence. A beautiful, rural area, Tokai offers many options for a glorious day in the country, including forest and mountain walks, mountain biking and horse riding trails, and secluded sites for picnicking.
Constantia is conveniently situated a five-minute drive from the world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Here one can spend hours wandering among green lawns in the shadow of towering Table Mountain, absorbing the splendour of countless different botanical zones, such as the Fragrance Garden, the Dell, the Cycad Amphitheatre, Matthew's Rockery and the Fynbos Walk. For the more intrepid hiker, climbing the Table Mountain Contour Path from Kirstenbosch treats one to a magnificent view over the Constantia Valley towards the False Bay coastline. Kirstenbosch's restaurants serve breakfast, tea, lunch and dinner. You'll also find a coffee shop, nursery and information centre, and guided tours if you'd like more in-depth visit. And don't miss the flower shows and sunset concerts, highlights on Kirstenbosch's annual calendar.
Another Constantia institution is the craft market, held at the end of each month on the grounds of the old Alphen wine estate. The market has become a popular event in the Constantia community and by midday the stalls are packed with locals. For shopping, meals and banking, the recently renovated Constantia Village Shopping Centre offers a wide variety of upmarket shops, restaurants and coffee shops.