With summer peeking it’s head around the corner, I can hardly wait to start eating outdoors again. There’s just something so simply fulfilling about eating good food al-fresco style, whether it’s under the hot African sun, or under the glorious stars. Add a glass of wine, a few fragrant candles and a wind still day (who am I kidding?!) and I’m in my happy place.

Having said that, the weather has not been great, and for most of November I had to hide out indoors. In my quest to flee from the sudden cold fronts and welcoming rain, I came across some amazing hidden jewels around Cape Town this month, and whilst a few of them might be institution for the hardy South Peninsula folk, they were all brand-new to me.

I’m exceptionally proud of the local businesses in our little corner of the world. These places are run with passion and commitment, and I totally understand why this area is crawling with tourists over season – I felt like a tourist myself! So, without further ado, here are my top three picks for November.

The Hub Café

I stumbled across this one completely by accident! This beautifully rustic eatery in Scarborough offers plates of good, wholesome food that leaves you feeling quite content with your life’s choices. We indulged in gorgeous thin-crust pizzas, summer celebration platters and scrumptious burgers. Each dish was as beautiful and fresh as the next. The perfect spot for a family meal, or a quick catch up with friends. Their coffee and craft beers are awesome, too! And don’t forget to pop in at the deli downstairs for a basket of treats!

HedonisMMMeter rating: 9 out of 10

For the full review and more pictures, please click HERE.

Baconville

So, this place might be on the other side of the world, but if you ever find yourself in the vicinity of the Willowbridge shopping centre in the Northern Suburbs, please visit Baconville! This is a paradise for those pork-loving individuals among us. I honestly think pork is the most underrated type of meat and there are not a lot of things on this planet more hedonistic than a quality piece of bacon. Baconville is a self-proclaimed baconporium that serves beautiful burgers, sandwiches and other bacon-inspired dishes, including the most indulgent baconnaise with their delectable shoestring fries. Just do it. I know you want to!

HedonisMMMeter rating: 9.1 out of 10

For the full review and more pictures, please click HERE.

Brass Bell

I must’ve been born under a rock, because in all the years I’ve been living in the South Peninsula, this was my first visit to the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay. Tucked in behind the railway lines - what an absolute treasure to find! I was completely awe-struck by the magnificent views all around, and the fact that almost every table has a panoramic sight over the ocean or tidal pools. I love the different nooks and corners where diners can casually drape themselves over the chairs to enjoy a lunch, dinner or sundowners. I think Brass Bell should be the official HQ of summer in the Peninsula! I love the outside deck and am very excited to see how it looks when summer’s in full swing. The menu is delicious, the coffee smooth and the service excellent.

HedonisMMMeter rating: 9.4 out of 10

For the full review and more pictures, please click HERE.

I hope you all find plates full of wonder this coming month, and remember to give me a shout if you find somewhere drool-worthy!

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Meet Amilinda Wilkinson

Amilinda WilkinsonAmilinda is an epitome of all things gloriously hedonistic. When she’s not behind her desk, she abundantly indulges in this fragile adventure we call life by tasting, exploring, photographing, writing, pondering and wandering her way through Cape Town. She’s a professional traveller with more than 50 long-haul flights behind her name and the passport to prove it. She adores luxuriously lazy beach holidays, food festivals, animals, folksy music, pizza and wine weekends, veggie gardens and her trusty Nikon D750 camera kit. Oh, and macarons. She’s super passionate about those.

Read more from Amilinda on her blog The Little Hedonist.