Hi, I’m Shaun Lawrence from Palm House Luxury Guest House in Wynberg.
Wynberg IS BEST KNOWN FOR being the oldest area in the southern suburbs with its beautiful Chelsea cottages giving you English charm in the middle of Africa. Chelsea Village dates back to the 1700’s and has glorious ‘Englishy’ architecture … think cute cottages and thatch rooves.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Wynberg Park which is also known as Maynardville Park. The park is a much-loved outdoor venue in Cape Town and is host to the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, famous for its annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS in and around the Chelsea Village. Why not sit on the park bench in the original village square?!
WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO stroll around historic Wynberg and admire the old architecture.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO catch a movie at Cavendish Centre.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS between September and April, BECAUSE the weather is fantastic and the winter rain has not yet started.
MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS the Mugg and Bean. There are a few to choose from; the closest to Wynberg would be Constantia Village or Cavendish Centre.
FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST any one of the fine restaurants in the neighbourhood; ask reception for advice depending on your culinary tastes.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS ‘Forries’ in Newlands; it has I good vibe if you are into the pub scene. The Foresters Arms is one of Cape Town’s oldest pubs and serves great pizzas. It’s the ideal place to meet friend for a drink. A fire roars during the winter months and during summer the outside section gives a great view of the mountain.
MY FAVOURITE SPOT for a quiet drink IS Café Verdi in Chelsea Village. After undergoing a major renovation in 2010 it’s back to being as popular as before. The inside is cosy and the outside courtyard is the perfect place to read the newspaper in the sun!
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY Long Street in Cape Town or the local clubs in Claremont Main Road.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO Cafe Verdi.
Wynberg’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS its friendly hospitality.
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS picnic in Maynardville Park.
FOR SOME LIVE MUSIC, I LIKE TO GO TO Quay 4, in the Waterfront.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY hiking on our beautiful Table Mountain.
MY FAVOURITE WALK IS around the village – I love the architecture and quaint cottages of this unique piece of Cape Town.
MY FAVOURITE fabric SHOP IS Wolfe Street Fabrics. If interior decorating is your game then make sure you stop here; there are beautiful fabrics on display.
MY FAVOURITE sport WATCHING SPOT IS Newlands Cricket and Rugby Stadiums.
IF YOU’RE HERE IN March, JOIN IN THE FUN AT the Community Chest Carnival. This is a local family event and what began in 1959 as a theatrical garden party has now become a celebration of food, entertainment and family fun.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS Palm House, designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1922 FOR ITS class.
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS Ratanga Junction Theme Park or the Waterfront.
BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS World of Birds in Hout Bay.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO try the ‘One Arm Bandits’ at Grand West Casino.
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS the Cape West Coast.
I Love Wynberg BECAUSE we have culture.
Cafe Verdi – +27 (0)21 762-0849
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I am a product of Wynberg and know the area well. Maynardville (where Shakespear is presented each year) is in the “village” whilst Wynberg Park (where the ducks are!) is on the hill near Trovato. Wynberg Park is not Maynardville.