Although it's good to celebrate our love and care everyday, it's Mother's Day this Sunday and a wonderful excuse to treat the maternal figures in our lives.
For those with last minute tendencies, here is a saving list of suggestions on how to celebrate, together:
Picnic in the park
Cape Town is blessed with places perfect for a blanket and snacks. From the Green Point park by the Promenade and Company Gardens in town, to the botanical gardens in Kirstenbosch and play areas at Deer Park in Vredehoek, there are so many beautiful spots in nature to sit on a blanket and enjoy a sweet and slow Sunday together.
TIP: for those late to book a high tea, be sure to pack some sweet treats, triangle sandwiches and a flask of tea. Creating the DIY experience could be fun to try and score you some brownie points too!
Treat them, with SweetLionHeart
What started as a small bakery in Salt River has grown into an institution for all things cake and sweet. Now located by the V&A in Makers Landing, SweetLionHeart offers artisan baking workshops and classes - a great way to get creative and bond over craft. The next workshop, scheduled on 13 May, may be a delicious gift and experience to try together.
TIP: the lunchbox cakes, available in store and through ordering, are very cute and allow for customized messages - a sweet way to relay a message or wish!
Nail it, with BOA Studio
Looking for something pretty, pink and full of pampering? Step into Barbie's dream salon: BOA Nail Studio has the cutest nail bars dotted throughout the city. Apart from the decor and friendly staff, the treatments range, with very reasonable options on offer.
TIP: For those with little darlings, kids are welcome to get their nails painted too.
Rose to the occasion?
It's always good to stop and smell the roses. The Chart Farm in Constantia has a tea house right by rows of roses and fresh flowers. Picking flowers for the person you care for adds a personalized and thoughtful touch to a bouquet too.
TIP: If you are amongst the more adventurous type, be sure to ask about horse riding on the estate and take a gallop through the picturesque property.
Get Crafty, at Clay Cafe
For those with busy bodies, Hout Bay's Clay Cafe offers and outdoor oasis for kids - from pottery pieces to match their fantasy, to a giant playground and lawn, it's a great space to get crafty with the kids.
If you would like a more quiet and intimate environment, Bree Street's Clay Cafe is a lovely location to paint together and get creative in the city.
TIP: While walk-ins are permitted (based on availability), book your spot and enjoy the kitchen's offerings too.
2-by-2, with Atlantic Outlook
This may be a test to your patience and ability to work together, but Tandem bicycle riding along the promenade is fun outdoor activity to try while enjoying the fresh ocean breeze. For those who love the water, Atlantic Outlook also offers tandem sea kayaking - it's a wonderful way to start the morning, and always a pleasure when spotting the natural life around the paddles!
TIP: If you love moving, pack a spare set of pants, and try both activities on the same day!
Tastebud Treasure Hunt
To the foodies and tasters, missioning through Cape Town's weekend markets will be a fun roadtrip through the tastebuds. We suggest grabbing a coffee and snack at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, for breakfast and something savory, make your way to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at the V&A, right before you grab something sweet at the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay.
TIP: for something engaging and fun, create a 'treasure map' of items to try and make sure that all the items are tasted by the end of the day!
For those that prefer the timeless tradition of tea, Cape Town is full of beautiful spaces that offer trays of treats. The Pink Lady is one of the most iconic spots to indulge - the Mount Nelson's gardens also allow for a beautiful walk and time outside, as well as pampering from their spa. Likewise, Cellers Hohenhort offers tea nestled amongst the Constantia greenery, while Casa Labia boasts Downton Abbeygrandeur with views of the Muizenberg waves. While also showcasing the beautiful ocean, the 12Apostles' high tea is an incredible experience but in a more modern setting. For a contemporary touch, the Silo and One&Only Hotels offer high tea too but amongst the buzz of the V&A.
TIP: for those with dietary requirements, be sure to ask for alternative menu options.