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Listen, we’re all for that leisurely lunch life, or settling in for a fat chat over a swanky cocktail, but every now and again you want to get your hands dirty. Or your feet wet. Or learn something new and exciting! Do stuff, you know? All the more so if you get to lean into these experiences with your bestie by your side.

Here are 6 activity ideas in and around the Mother City that are tailor-made for fun-loving folks who are keen to create and explore:

Paint ceramics at Clay Café in the City

Clay cafe
Have a snack while you paint.

Clay Cafe in the City is a lovely tapas bar that also happens to be a ceramic painting venue. Here, you can choose from 180 pre-made ceramic items to paint and decorate in a gorgeous space where you are free to rediscover your creativity and unwind. Tuck into some tapas, and round it all off with a lovely cocktail if you please – all while you put your talents to use on pretty pottery that is both fun and functional.

Cost: Studio fee of R40pp, plus the price of your chosen item/s. This includes the cost of your x3 paints, tools you use as well as the firing and glazing process. Prices range from R55 – R380 per item based on size and shape.


Do a cell phone photography course with Jenni Elizabeth

Jenni Elizabeth phone photographySo, you know how you love taking pics with your phone, and always wondered whether there was a way to level up on the fly? There totally is! Local photographer and all-around stylish human Jenni Elizabeth offers cell phone workshops that teach participants how to use light, composition, camera angles, styling, backgrounds, editing and so much more.

These occasions take place in person, or via Zoom, so check out her website to see what’s coming up. The Zoom option is a great idea if you and your friend want to camp out at home and soak up the new skills in your own space. All you need is your device.

Cost: Workshop fees are per person – R750, so if you double up from one screen you still need to pony up for two.


Enjoy a cooking class or private catered dinner with Tamatiestraat

Tamaties the freshest of ingredients
Tamaties the freshest of ingredients

Tamatiestraat in Stellenbosch offers awesomely fun, super informal demo cooking experiences. This is the ideal way to discover new recipes to whip up in your home kitchen using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Classes tend to fill up quickly, so if you want to enjoy some Tamatiestraat goodness, but can’t secure a spot, you can always book a private catered dinner at home!

Cost: Cooking experiences start at R650pp (minimum numbers apply). For catering, it’s best to contact them for pricing as it varies according to menu choices and group size.


Go wild food foraging with Veld & Sea

Veld and Sea

A beautiful space in which to dineForaging has been a huge foodie trend for a while now, and with good reason – there is something completely spellbinding about making your way into nature and finding food in its natural habitat. It reconnects you with the living world like you would not believe.

Veld & Sea Wild Food Foraging & Events host a variety of exciting, educational workshops, experiences and events that are open to the public with prior booking plus they can also be booked for private events or celebrations. This includes everything from flower crown creations to seasonal wild food workshops, and so much more.

Take a look on their website to see what’s coming up, and get in on the eco-action!

Cost: Workshop prices start at about R750.


Have a kayaking + tandem biking adventure with Atlantic Outlook

Atlantic Outlook kayaking
Adventures to remember

Atlantic Outlook offers a range of experiences along the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, including kayaking, guided hikes, and tandem bike rides along the Sea Point Promenade. One great option for a pair of active buddies is the Land & Sea Experience – a morning out in nature that starts with a kayaking tour, followed by a tandem bike ride along the prom towards coffee and breakfast in Bantry Bay or Camps Bay. Or how about a beach picnic? The choice is yours! Get in touch with the team to discuss your options and start exploring the city.

Cost: Atlantic Outlook kayaking tours are R450pp, while tandem bike rides start at R175pp. The Atlantic Outlook Land & Sea Experience is the new summer activity along the promenade and is on special at a 15% discount. It includes both a kayaking tour and a tandem bike ride and is priced at R530pp.


Floral fun at the Flower Café

Flower Cafe Freshly baked bread
Freshly baked bread

If a whimsical floral experience in a magical setting sounds like your cup of tea (or barista-brewed coffee!) then Flower Café will be right up your alley. Situated in the creative hub of Woodstock, this singular destination offers a daily floral workshop menu that includes all sorts of creative activities using fanciful florals and pretty botanicals.

Then they also have monthly collaborative Masterclasses hosted by local artists and creatives that visit Flower Café to share specialist skills. Here’s a cool video that shows what you might expect when you pull in to unleash your inner florist.

Cost: It varies, so please contact them for details.@petalsgroup


There you have it – six fun activities to enjoy with your bestie that will either leave you with a new skill, a healthy glow, or a cute keepsake for your home. Gotta love! Check back soon for more insider insights on fun things to do, good stuff to eat and drink and pretty places to visit.

*Please note that some of these activity providers may be affected by varying levels of lockdown restrictions from time to time. As such, it’s best to call ahead to see whether a given experience is open to the public before you make your way on an outing.


Words  | Anna Bet Stemmet @skryfyster
Editor  | Nikki Temkin  @Nikki Temkin
Images  | Images courtesy of the venues. Feature image – Atlantic Outlook