Harvey’s is without doubt one of my favourite places to enjoy a sundowner. Avoiding the pretension of Camps Bay, but still lapsing in the sun’s last rays and the endorphin-driven bustle of Sea Point’s promenade, it’s an idyllic spot to bid farewell to the day.
With views of the prom and Atlantic Ocean, the terrace of Harvey’s Restaurant at the Winchester Mansions hotel is prime location to unwind, and caters to hungry tummies and thirsty throats.
Bistro by day and restaurant by night, Harveys offers guests South African cuisine with a European twist. We had a beer and glass of bubbly on an unprecedentedly warm and sunny winter’s day. Capetonians are expert at taking advantage of good weather, so the prom and seaboard were swarming with people, and Harvey’s was no different.
Peckish, we shared a ham, spring onion and crème fraîche flammkuchen – thin based and crispy on the edges, just how we like it. As the sun set the evening’s chill swept in, so we moved indoors for a more sheltered spot to finish our drinks off in. Summer or winter, on clear and beautiful days, Harvey’s is my favourite because it really is so simple, yet enjoyable. A down-to-earth prom drink for sure.
PS. No secret to locals, the Winchester Mansions hosts a Sunday Jazz Brunch, and it’s an absolute must. I went with my mom and brother and have only one recommendation – go with a very empty belly, and be ready for a brunch that can easily last five hours (or more).
Throughout the year, renowned local and international jazz artists perform. Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival, a complimentary Sunday newspaper and a cosmopolitan brunch buffet, that turns to a decadent roast lunch. It’s ah-mazing.