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Arts & Culture
A great gallery showing loads & loads of good South African Art.
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The Cape Gallery
60 Church St
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A great gallery showing loads & loads of good South African Art.
The AVA is an institution – showing only young up and coming South African artists.
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Area Code
35 Church St
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The AVA is an institution – showing only young up and coming South African artists.
A new gallery showing some exciting contemporary work by new and established artists.
99 Loop Gallery
99 Loop St
A new gallery showing some exciting contemporary work by new and established artists.
Young South African Artists’ work at affordable prices, also with an online store.
StateoftheART Gallery Cape Town
50 Buitenkant St
Young South African Artists’ work at affordable prices, also with an online store.
Built inside an old transformed home, this exceptional gallery shows International & South African paintings and sculpture.
Christopher Moller Art Gallery
7 Kloof Nek Rd
Built inside an old transformed home, this exceptional gallery shows International & South African paintings and sculpture.
Interiors and Art - a unique selection of top South African Art.
EBONY/CURATED
67 Loop St
Interiors and Art - a unique selection of top South African Art.
A distinguished gallery showing established South African Artists.
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Everard Read
3 Portswood Rd
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A distinguished gallery showing established South African Artists.
Contemporary South African Art.
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Stevenson Gallery
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Contemporary South African Art.
Tiny Gallery in a great location.
The Drinkery at New Heritage Gallery
Tiny Gallery in a great location.
opened in 1994, the year of South Africa’s democratic birth, the District Six Museum is dedicated to the people who were forcibly removed from what was a vibrant suburb on the city’s edge.
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District Six Museum
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opened in 1994, the year of South Africa’s democratic birth, the District Six Museum is dedicated to the people who were forcibly removed from what was a vibrant suburb on the city’s edge.
Great fun on a good night. Most plays have something to do with South Africa, and with food and drinks between acts, it's well worth an evening out.
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Theatre on The Bay
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Great fun on a good night. Most plays have something to do with South Africa, and with food and drinks between acts, it's well worth an evening out.
Beautifully converted from an old church into a theatre, there's always something fun or poignant on.
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The Fugard Theatre
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Beautifully converted from an old church into a theatre, there's always something fun or poignant on.
Shopping
A visual / aesthetic / sensory delight! Do yourself a favour and visit this unique emporium set in an old church & school, showing both antique and new interior and garden goods.
Delos
181 Albert Rd
A visual / aesthetic / sensory delight! Do yourself a favour and visit this unique emporium set in an old church & school, showing both antique and new interior and garden goods.
Entertainment & Shopping Complex, I used to believe that the Waterfront was just for tourists. It is touristy but great care has been taken to attract locals. I highly recommend a day here.
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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Entertainment & Shopping Complex, I used to believe that the Waterfront was just for tourists. It is touristy but great care has been taken to attract locals. I highly recommend a day here.
browse and buy records at a store at the forefront of record collecting in Cape Town (yes, it’s the one from the movie).
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Mabu Vinyl
2 Rheede St
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browse and buy records at a store at the forefront of record collecting in Cape Town (yes, it’s the one from the movie).
One of my favourite book shops in the world - I've spent so many long and blissful hours in those leather couches downstairs, drinking coffee, eating muffins... These guys 'n gals know their game.
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The Book Lounge
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One of my favourite book shops in the world - I've spent so many long and blissful hours in those leather couches downstairs, drinking coffee, eating muffins... These guys 'n gals know their game.
Hip new building - full of bicycles, leather, coffee, art, clothing, design, sandwiches, skateboards, cold beer...good times.
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Woodstock Exchange
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Hip new building - full of bicycles, leather, coffee, art, clothing, design, sandwiches, skateboards, cold beer...good times.
Interesting little new and 2nd-hand book store - amazing selection of coffee table books, off-beat novels, magazines...
Bibliophilia Book Shop
48 Albert Rd
Interesting little new and 2nd-hand book store - amazing selection of coffee table books, off-beat novels, magazines...
If markets are what you’re looking for, Cape Town makes it easy for you. It’s almost impossible to spend any time here and not end up at one. The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is one of the better ones, a little more eclectic, a little less full of trendsters, lots of tasty food and interesting goodies, and it’s indoors, so it’s good for rainy days.
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Bay Harbour Market
31 Harbour Rd
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If markets are what you’re looking for, Cape Town makes it easy for you. It’s almost impossible to spend any time here and not end up at one. The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is one of the better ones, a little more eclectic, a little less full of trendsters, lots of tasty food and interesting goodies, and it’s indoors, so it’s good for rainy days.
Food Scene
Hands down, best bagel in town! Charismatic staff, absolutely delicious street food and some damn fine coffee too.
Max Bagels
120 Bree St
Hands down, best bagel in town! Charismatic staff, absolutely delicious street food and some damn fine coffee too.
Upmarket, old school Italian, it's a Cape Town classic. Treat yourself to sundowners and a great meal overlooking the Promenade.
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La Perla
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Upmarket, old school Italian, it's a Cape Town classic. Treat yourself to sundowners and a great meal overlooking the Promenade.
Great breakfast and lunch spot - exceptional food. Seriously.
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Jason Bakery
185 Bree St
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Great breakfast and lunch spot - exceptional food. Seriously.
Located on top of a grungy bar and chicken wings spot (worth check out in its own right), Downtown Ramen makes properly delicious Bao and Ramen and portions are big, so come hungry.
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Downtown Ramen Asian Restaurant
103 Harrington St
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Located on top of a grungy bar and chicken wings spot (worth check out in its own right), Downtown Ramen makes properly delicious Bao and Ramen and portions are big, so come hungry.
An absolute gem - superb antipasti and Italian wines, a menu that is regularly changed according to what is fresh and in season. Setting is an antique warehouse. It's a very special evening out.
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True Italic
15 Bree St
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An absolute gem - superb antipasti and Italian wines, a menu that is regularly changed according to what is fresh and in season. Setting is an antique warehouse. It's a very special evening out.
A Cape Town classic in the beautiful little Kalk Bay village. Best little breakfasts / omelettes / breads in the city. Pull in for brunch before meandering out to Cape Point.
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Olympia Cafe
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A Cape Town classic in the beautiful little Kalk Bay village. Best little breakfasts / omelettes / breads in the city. Pull in for brunch before meandering out to Cape Point.
If you're in the Waterfront, go here - has some of the finest fish and sushi. Being indoors won't matter...
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Willoughby & Co
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If you're in the Waterfront, go here - has some of the finest fish and sushi. Being indoors won't matter...
Excellent steak. Booking essential. Say no more.
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The Hussar Grill Mouille Point
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Excellent steak. Booking essential. Say no more.
Authentic upstairs Mexican restaurant overlooking (the road and) Green Point Park. Great service, great food, great prices...and Cabrito Bar downstairs is great too. Try the smoked chilli poppers, the deliciously refreshing horchata, and the chocolate fondant for which there are no words to describe the decadence.
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El Burro Greenpoint
81 Main Rd
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Authentic upstairs Mexican restaurant overlooking (the road and) Green Point Park. Great service, great food, great prices...and Cabrito Bar downstairs is great too. Try the smoked chilli poppers, the deliciously refreshing horchata, and the chocolate fondant for which there are no words to describe the decadence.
This deli has all premium foods, mostly Italian. Superb café vibe, a local favourite for coffee, newspaper, banter and a sidewalk. They also have the best fresh flowers.
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Giovanni’s Deli World
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This deli has all premium foods, mostly Italian. Superb café vibe, a local favourite for coffee, newspaper, banter and a sidewalk. They also have the best fresh flowers.
Possibly the best flatbread club sandwich I've ever eaten - perfect crispy streaky bacon, tender chicken soaked in their homemade peri-peri sauce. Honestly, do yourself a favour...
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Café Frank
160 Bree St
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Possibly the best flatbread club sandwich I've ever eaten - perfect crispy streaky bacon, tender chicken soaked in their homemade peri-peri sauce. Honestly, do yourself a favour...
Fantastic chicken pie in the heart of the De Waterkant Village - quaint, delightful, your Mum would like it.
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La Petite Tarte
17 Dixon St
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Fantastic chicken pie in the heart of the De Waterkant Village - quaint, delightful, your Mum would like it.
Lamb and roast potato specialists! Greek, relaxed, authentic - good food, clinking glasses, hearty hums of conversation. Warm service, juicy meats, crispy roast potatoes. Say no more.
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Sloppy Sam
51A Somerset Rd
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Lamb and roast potato specialists! Greek, relaxed, authentic - good food, clinking glasses, hearty hums of conversation. Warm service, juicy meats, crispy roast potatoes. Say no more.
The food here is so good. I mean, seriously, it’s unbelievably good. Leaves me slack-jawed every single time. Curries, meats, salads, cookies, cheesecake on chocolate brownie. On the pricier side of lunchtime but you won’t regret it. Not a single bite.
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General Store
22 Bree St
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The food here is so good. I mean, seriously, it’s unbelievably good. Leaves me slack-jawed every single time. Curries, meats, salads, cookies, cheesecake on chocolate brownie. On the pricier side of lunchtime but you won’t regret it. Not a single bite.
Don't think, just come spend an evening of simple delights in this little Argentinian gem. Breathtaking steak, radiant atmosphere & you’ll walk out heavier, happier and beaming from ear to ear!
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Don Armando
20 Cobern St
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Don't think, just come spend an evening of simple delights in this little Argentinian gem. Breathtaking steak, radiant atmosphere & you’ll walk out heavier, happier and beaming from ear to ear!
Artisanal chocolate goodness. Need I say more?
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Honest Chocolate Cafe
64A Wale St
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Artisanal chocolate goodness. Need I say more?
This is a vibrant and contemporary dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the city centre.
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The Shortmarket Club
88 Shortmarket St
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This is a vibrant and contemporary dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the city centre.
Fine dining at the Cellars-Hohenort hotel, with an emphasis on interesting local ingredients. Dishes are exquisitely presented while the exceptional wine list focuses on the Constantia Valley.
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Greenhouse, Constantia
93 Brommersvlei Rd
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Fine dining at the Cellars-Hohenort hotel, with an emphasis on interesting local ingredients. Dishes are exquisitely presented while the exceptional wine list focuses on the Constantia Valley.
Fun, eclectic and quirky restaurant and bar with a lovely courtyard. Contemporary comfort food with a South African twist. Sunday jazz is a winner.
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Kloof Street House
30 Kloof St
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Fun, eclectic and quirky restaurant and bar with a lovely courtyard. Contemporary comfort food with a South African twist. Sunday jazz is a winner.
Delicious, beautifully presented contemporary cuisine in a stylish, modern environment. Look out for the cheese room.
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Foxcroft
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Delicious, beautifully presented contemporary cuisine in a stylish, modern environment. Look out for the cheese room.
The Stack is where you’ll find the city’s cool creatives enjoying brasserie style food and trendy cocktails in a super-stylish, double-decker venue, housed in the historic Leinster Hall.
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The Stack
7 Weltevreden St
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The Stack is where you’ll find the city’s cool creatives enjoying brasserie style food and trendy cocktails in a super-stylish, double-decker venue, housed in the historic Leinster Hall.
Celebrating Mediterranean & Asian cuisine across three vibrant and trendy floors.
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Villa 47
47 Bree St
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Celebrating Mediterranean & Asian cuisine across three vibrant and trendy floors.
Exceptional modern tapas style dishes in a relaxed canteen on Heritage Square. You can’t book and the kitchen closes at 8pm so get there early
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Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
92 Bree St
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Exceptional modern tapas style dishes in a relaxed canteen on Heritage Square. You can’t book and the kitchen closes at 8pm so get there early
A busy Peruvian bar and grill on the eternally trendy Bree Street. The menu is short and sweet and there’s a great wine list. Try a Pisco Sours and the Seared Tuna Tiradito.
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Charango Barbacoa
114 Bree St
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A busy Peruvian bar and grill on the eternally trendy Bree Street. The menu is short and sweet and there’s a great wine list. Try a Pisco Sours and the Seared Tuna Tiradito.
A great option for seafood lovers in the bustling V&A Waterfront.
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Harbour House - V&A Waterfront
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A great option for seafood lovers in the bustling V&A Waterfront.
Voted as one of the Top 50 restaurants in the world, Luke Dale-Robert’s signature restaurant offers an unrivalled gastronomic experience for passionate food lovers. Splash out on the iconic wine pairing.
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The Test Kitchen
375 Albert Rd
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Voted as one of the Top 50 restaurants in the world, Luke Dale-Robert’s signature restaurant offers an unrivalled gastronomic experience for passionate food lovers. Splash out on the iconic wine pairing.
exquisitely plated contemporary cuisine at this stalwart of the Cape Town restaurant scene.
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La Colombe Restaurant
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exquisitely plated contemporary cuisine at this stalwart of the Cape Town restaurant scene.
this contemporary top floor restaurant serves exquisite tapas style food with wonderful views. Be sure to try out the Sunday Brunch.
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The Pot Luck Club
373-375 Albert Rd
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this contemporary top floor restaurant serves exquisite tapas style food with wonderful views. Be sure to try out the Sunday Brunch.
Great steaks and an excellent wine list. Try the lamb ravioli to start and the T-Bone for two.
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Carne SA
70 Keerom St
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Great steaks and an excellent wine list. Try the lamb ravioli to start and the T-Bone for two.
Push the boat out with signature dishes such as the Black Cod at this internationally acclaimed Peruvian/Japanese restaurant in the One&Only Cape Town.
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Nobu
0C Dock Rd
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Push the boat out with signature dishes such as the Black Cod at this internationally acclaimed Peruvian/Japanese restaurant in the One&Only Cape Town.
Relaxed Italian restaurant that’s a favourite among locals. Try the Linguine Portofino.
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Il Leone Mastrantonio
22 Cobern St
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Relaxed Italian restaurant that’s a favourite among locals. Try the Linguine Portofino.
Contemporary bistro on Steenberg wine estate. Ideal for lunch and a wine tasting on a sunny day.
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Bistro Sixteen82
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Contemporary bistro on Steenberg wine estate. Ideal for lunch and a wine tasting on a sunny day.
is a casual Italian/French bistro that serves a wonderful mushroom risotto – it has a great al fresco space for long summer lunches and is cosy inside by the fireplaces in winter.
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Societi Bistro
50 Orange St
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is a casual Italian/French bistro that serves a wonderful mushroom risotto – it has a great al fresco space for long summer lunches and is cosy inside by the fireplaces in winter.
is a stalwart of the Cape Town fine dining scene and has a seriously impressive wine list while
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Aubergine Restaurant
39 Barnet St
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is a stalwart of the Cape Town fine dining scene and has a seriously impressive wine list while
A fun evening out - guests love to have a bit of a party, so make it a long evening. Food is decent too.
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The Duchess of Wisbeach
3 Wisbeach Rd
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A fun evening out - guests love to have a bit of a party, so make it a long evening. Food is decent too.
I don't think I've ever driven out of Noordhoek without stopping in here. As a matter of principle I buy their beef and red wine pie. It's the real deal. Great atmosphere all weekend.
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The Foodbarn Restaurant
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I don't think I've ever driven out of Noordhoek without stopping in here. As a matter of principle I buy their beef and red wine pie. It's the real deal. Great atmosphere all weekend.
This is such a treat, booking is essential, all guests arrive at the same time and sit at a huge table, there is no menu, the food is amazing and pared with many unique South African wines. Really a fantastic experience, I return again and again!
Reverie Social Table
226A Lower Main Rd
This is such a treat, booking is essential, all guests arrive at the same time and sit at a huge table, there is no menu, the food is amazing and pared with many unique South African wines. Really a fantastic experience, I return again and again!
Drinks & Nightlife
One of, if not THE best whisky bar in Cape Town. Nestled in the Cape Grace Hotel amongst the yachts, it's upmarket but well worth the experience.
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Bascule Bar
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One of, if not THE best whisky bar in Cape Town. Nestled in the Cape Grace Hotel amongst the yachts, it's upmarket but well worth the experience.
Great stop for street-side coffee and muffins in the morning, even better for cold street-side beers in the evenings! Give it go if you're strolling up the top-side of down town.
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The Power & The Glory
13d Kloof Nek Rd
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Great stop for street-side coffee and muffins in the morning, even better for cold street-side beers in the evenings! Give it go if you're strolling up the top-side of down town.
Such a rad bar and nightclub - most nights have DJ's playing funk, breaks, hip-hop and electro. The rooftop on warm evenings is a delight. It's been around for years, which is a rarity in the city...
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The Waiting Room
273 Long St
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Such a rad bar and nightclub - most nights have DJ's playing funk, breaks, hip-hop and electro. The rooftop on warm evenings is a delight. It's been around for years, which is a rarity in the city...
Best gin bar in Cape Town - don't waste your time going to the 'other' one. This has class and quality bubbling right over!
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The Gin Bar
64A Wale St
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Best gin bar in Cape Town - don't waste your time going to the 'other' one. This has class and quality bubbling right over!
A rooftop bar. Need I say more? Pull in for a night out, or part of your night out.
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Tjing Tjing
165 Longmarket St
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A rooftop bar. Need I say more? Pull in for a night out, or part of your night out.
Legendary old pub, so much history, so many good memories, a much-loved watering hole for generations.
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Foresters Arms
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Legendary old pub, so much history, so many good memories, a much-loved watering hole for generations.
Phenomenal Pepper Steak Pie. Breathtaking pie...with cold beers and big sports games.
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The Fireman's Arms
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Phenomenal Pepper Steak Pie. Breathtaking pie...with cold beers and big sports games.
A little quirky, a little weird (the mascot is a big ol’ ostrich standing behind the bar) and lots of colourful atmosphere, The Village Idiot is one of the great new neighbourhood pubs of the CBD. Excellent selection of drinks and a beautifully twisted South African menu.
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The Village Idiot
32 Loop St
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A little quirky, a little weird (the mascot is a big ol’ ostrich standing behind the bar) and lots of colourful atmosphere, The Village Idiot is one of the great new neighbourhood pubs of the CBD. Excellent selection of drinks and a beautifully twisted South African menu.
This spot reminds me of Amsterdam for some reason – dark, eccentric, cozy and simple but top-drawer burgers and pizza.
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Tiger's Milk - Long Street
44 Long St
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This spot reminds me of Amsterdam for some reason – dark, eccentric, cozy and simple but top-drawer burgers and pizza.
If the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was a bar, this would be that bar – the sheer volume of plant life alone is reason to spend many long hours in this place. Pair that with simple hearty food, great beer, (vinyl) DJ’s and live tunes Wednesday through Sunday, it’s a recreational highlight!
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Yours Truly
73 Kloof St
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If the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was a bar, this would be that bar – the sheer volume of plant life alone is reason to spend many long hours in this place. Pair that with simple hearty food, great beer, (vinyl) DJ’s and live tunes Wednesday through Sunday, it’s a recreational highlight!
a properly quirky bar and club great cocktails, sometimes live music, and DJs and lots of dancing. They are also supporters of the St Francis Children’s Home from whom the bar gets its name, a place for tom-foolery with a social conscience
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Orphanage Cocktail Emporium
227 Bree St
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a properly quirky bar and club great cocktails, sometimes live music, and DJs and lots of dancing. They are also supporters of the St Francis Children’s Home from whom the bar gets its name, a place for tom-foolery with a social conscience
Described by some very well-heeled and well-travelled guests of mine as "far and away the highlight of our 6-week wine-enjoyment holiday" - on every measure, the Waterkloof restaurant is truly exquisite. Treat yourself.
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Waterkloof Wine Estate
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Described by some very well-heeled and well-travelled guests of mine as "far and away the highlight of our 6-week wine-enjoyment holiday" - on every measure, the Waterkloof restaurant is truly exquisite. Treat yourself.
It seems a foolish exercise to try pick the exceptional wine farms from an extraordinary bunch...but Delaire deserves its place in the sun and clouds. A true 5-star experience.
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Delaire Graff Estate
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It seems a foolish exercise to try pick the exceptional wine farms from an extraordinary bunch...but Delaire deserves its place in the sun and clouds. A true 5-star experience.
The Babel restaurant here is consistently described as one of the best in the entire Cape wine region - so while most stops in the region are a treat, this one shares that special uncrowded space at the top of it all.
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Babylonstoren Wine Estate
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The Babel restaurant here is consistently described as one of the best in the entire Cape wine region - so while most stops in the region are a treat, this one shares that special uncrowded space at the top of it all.
Owned by Anglo American, you could understand why it's described as "the absolute epitome of the grand South African wine farm..."
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Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate
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Owned by Anglo American, you could understand why it's described as "the absolute epitome of the grand South African wine farm..."
a bar, and website, that’s dedicated to sourcing honest, natural and sustainably-produced wines. The space is lovely, and their website offers a weekly curated case of mixed wines, making finding new, great wine easy.
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Publik Wine Bar
11D Kloof Nek Rd
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a bar, and website, that’s dedicated to sourcing honest, natural and sustainably-produced wines. The space is lovely, and their website offers a weekly curated case of mixed wines, making finding new, great wine easy.
It’s hard to miss – the bright yellow building on Long Street. If you’re looking to start a night out, and like beer it’s a good starting point. There is a wide selection of local, international and micro-brewed beer, as well as yummy flammkuchen.
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Beerhouse
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It’s hard to miss – the bright yellow building on Long Street. If you’re looking to start a night out, and like beer it’s a good starting point. There is a wide selection of local, international and micro-brewed beer, as well as yummy flammkuchen.
a craft beer house, with American-style food close to the CBD, in Salt River.
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Devils Peak Salt River Taproom
150 Cecil Rd
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a craft beer house, with American-style food close to the CBD, in Salt River.
Tokyo Cocktail Bar, some of the best cocktails I've had the pleasure of tasting. Booking is essential.
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The Commissary
86 Shortmarket St
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Tokyo Cocktail Bar, some of the best cocktails I've had the pleasure of tasting. Booking is essential.
Fun Bar with great windows and view especially for sunset, cocktails are delicious.
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The Silo Hotel
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Fun Bar with great windows and view especially for sunset, cocktails are delicious.
Everything Else
For the naughtier side of life...
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Mavericks Gentlemen's Club
68 Barrack St
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For the naughtier side of life...
Parks & Nature
It may be the easiest route to hike up Table Mountain - but don't be deceived, you'll need to be relatively fit.It may be the easiest route to hike up Table Mountain - but don't be deceived, you'll need to be relatively fit.
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Platteklip Gorge
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It may be the easiest route to hike up Table Mountain - but don't be deceived, you'll need to be relatively fit.It may be the easiest route to hike up Table Mountain - but don't be deceived, you'll need to be relatively fit.
This semi-secret little beach has a beautiful little rock pool to cool yourself down in...and cool yourself you will, the water in Cape Town ain't warm...
Saunders' Rocks Beach
This semi-secret little beach has a beautiful little rock pool to cool yourself down in...and cool yourself you will, the water in Cape Town ain't warm...
On an early sunny morning - the earlier the better - walking up here is one of the great joys of living in Cape Town. Truly spectacular and relatively easy to get up here from Constantia Nek.
Constantia Nek Jeep Track
On an early sunny morning - the earlier the better - walking up here is one of the great joys of living in Cape Town. Truly spectacular and relatively easy to get up here from Constantia Nek.
Unless you're a surfer, come here when the wind isn't blowing...and let this beach blow your mind! Vast, breathtaking and waves aplenty. One of my Top 3 Beaches of The World. Big call.
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Noordhoek Beach
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Unless you're a surfer, come here when the wind isn't blowing...and let this beach blow your mind! Vast, breathtaking and waves aplenty. One of my Top 3 Beaches of The World. Big call.
Long, gentle drive out of town and a beautiful place to go for a walk on the beach. This name is quite literal, come at sunrise and a quiet mist hugs the hills. Coffee in Simonstown...sorted.
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Misty Cliffs
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Long, gentle drive out of town and a beautiful place to go for a walk on the beach. This name is quite literal, come at sunrise and a quiet mist hugs the hills. Coffee in Simonstown...sorted.
Wonderful little beach for sunrise - loads of surfers, little kids to 'ou toppies', dogs everywhere, family vibes. If storms have washed up the kelp, can get a little messy...
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Long Beach
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Wonderful little beach for sunrise - loads of surfers, little kids to 'ou toppies', dogs everywhere, family vibes. If storms have washed up the kelp, can get a little messy...
You have to! You've come all this way down, might as well look over the edge. You'll be so glad you did.
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Cape Point
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You have to! You've come all this way down, might as well look over the edge. You'll be so glad you did.
4th beach is the popular one, by a long shot. Younger crowd, lots of action.
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Clifton 4th Beach hotel
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4th beach is the popular one, by a long shot. Younger crowd, lots of action.
Tucked away, less crowded, least wind, latest sunset, lots of dogs... by far the best
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Clifton 1st
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Tucked away, less crowded, least wind, latest sunset, lots of dogs... by far the best
Morning runs or walks through the Park and along the Promenade are an absolute joy.
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Green Point Park
1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd
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Morning runs or walks through the Park and along the Promenade are an absolute joy.
On its day a sublime wave for surfing - and you can walk for miles and hardly see anyone, just long flat stretches of beach and a pounding sea.
Derdesteen
On its day a sublime wave for surfing - and you can walk for miles and hardly see anyone, just long flat stretches of beach and a pounding sea.
For the price of a bottle of water and packet of snacks (and maybe stiff calves) you can enjoy the incredible 360 degree views that the city’s second most iconic mountain offers. This is the most popular hike in the city, and busy so in my opinion, best experienced at odd, off-peak times. Full moon is not one of those, so if you want to walk up with the rest of the city, that’s a safe bet.
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Lion's Head
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For the price of a bottle of water and packet of snacks (and maybe stiff calves) you can enjoy the incredible 360 degree views that the city’s second most iconic mountain offers. This is the most popular hike in the city, and busy so in my opinion, best experienced at odd, off-peak times. Full moon is not one of those, so if you want to walk up with the rest of the city, that’s a safe bet.
a must-see. It’s a gorgeous as well as informative outing spent admiring the local flora at the foot of Devil’s Peak. There’s an aerial walkway that offers a fresh perspective on the gardens, a restaurant, and, in summer, weekly live music that’s a real sunchine-y, picinic-y, lazy-hazy-day treat.
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
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a must-see. It’s a gorgeous as well as informative outing spent admiring the local flora at the foot of Devil’s Peak. There’s an aerial walkway that offers a fresh perspective on the gardens, a restaurant, and, in summer, weekly live music that’s a real sunchine-y, picinic-y, lazy-hazy-day treat.
Entertainment & Activities
I've not done it but I've seen many people do it. Looks like loads of fun and offers a great view.
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CAPE TOWN TANDEM PARAGLIDING
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I've not done it but I've seen many people do it. Looks like loads of fun and offers a great view.
Very popular with tourists and for good reason - it's too easy to get up and down the mountain. Breathtaking views, restaurant on top. Better is to hike up and take a one-way ticket down.
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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
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Very popular with tourists and for good reason - it's too easy to get up and down the mountain. Breathtaking views, restaurant on top. Better is to hike up and take a one-way ticket down.
strawberry picking - a lovely way to spend a few hours in the summer months (from October to December). There’s a restaurant and a bunch of wine farms nearby as well, so you can really pack in a day’s worth of ensuring you’re well fed and watered with tasty local victuals.
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(CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2019) Polkadraai Strawberry Farm
7603 Stellenbosch Arterial Rd
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strawberry picking - a lovely way to spend a few hours in the summer months (from October to December). There’s a restaurant and a bunch of wine farms nearby as well, so you can really pack in a day’s worth of ensuring you’re well fed and watered with tasty local victuals.
an old-school night at the bioscope, this is one of the few independent cinema houses in the country. It was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 and shows artsy films at a fraction of the price of commercial mall-based cinemas. Plus you can bring the wine you bought at the bar into the movie house…
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The Labia Theatre
68 Orange St
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an old-school night at the bioscope, this is one of the few independent cinema houses in the country. It was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 and shows artsy films at a fraction of the price of commercial mall-based cinemas. Plus you can bring the wine you bought at the bar into the movie house…