City Guide: Cape Town, South Africa

Tue, 14 January 2020

Cape Town: a breathtaking city of creativity, surprises and new beginnings. This is an urban jungle like no other. From the skater boys at Sea Point and Long Street’s partygoers to the Stellenbosch winemakers and the businesspeople in Gardens, the carefree notion of coastal living and the determined drive of a bustling capital work hand in hand.

A typical commute is accompanied by stunning, panoramic views of the iconic Table Mountain, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Though locals may take it for granted, there’s little surprise that it is a popular backdrop for blockbuster films.

There is a glow of excitement that surrounds the mother city. Although South Africa is a country steeped in a history of struggle and turmoil, its warm, friendly people use this as a reason to strive for total modern upheaval. With something to do at each hour of the day or night, every city street offers restaurants, bars and venues of all kinds, providing a plethora of new and unique cultural experiences for all tastes, whether local or foreign.

Whether this is a first visit or a trip to a home from home, Cape Town is like an untamed lioness; you can’t keep her down for long.


Mount Nelson Hotel

This is the oldest hotel in Cape town, offering exemplary service and the best afternoon tea around. A pink-washed facade with a colonial feel, Mount Nelson is perfectly positioned for exploring Kloof Street. Dine at Planet for a meal that is refreshingly contemporary; think springbok loin with a sweet, red peppercorn jus.

Cape Grace

If a home away from home is what you’re after, this nautical number fits the bill. With a variety of schematic bedrooms to choose from, Cape Grace is best suited to those who revel in a little novelty. It’s worth noting that their whisky bar has the largest collection in South Africa while their restaurant, Signal, serves a sensational tasting menu.

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  • West Quay Road Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Cellars

For those with a love of the English countryside, Cellars will set you up for a relaxing stay, complete with roaring fireplaces and pretty interiors. A great spot beyond the city centre, this hotel is well positioned for wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Paarl. Post vineyard excursion, head to The Greenhouse for dinner and more wine chosen under the careful guidance of a top sommelier.

Silo Hotel

Situated in the V&A Waterfront, the Silo Hotel’s opening in 2017 caused something of a frenzy on social media. Comprising of 28 rooms, each individually designed and decorated by style whizz Liz Biden, interiors are colourfully assorted in juxtaposition with the building’s modern, industrial exterior. Freestanding bathtubs, low-hung chandleries and swathes of lush fabric skirting all furnishings lend to the Silo’s overall novel design. The hotel sits atop Zeitz MOCAA, a world-class museum dedicated to contemporary African art (if you only do one thing while in town, visit it).

Gorgeous George

Slap bang in the hustle of Cape Town’s historic downtown, the Gorgeous George stands tall. Fusing art deco, Edwardian and 1940s heritage buildings into one, inside finishes are just as eclectic. Each of its 32 rooms are kitted out with an eclectic mix of curated treasures and custom pieces sourced from both local and international designers. Ascend the original marble staircase, passing one of David Brit’s hand-painted statement walls en route to the sixth floor for an evening dip in the rooftop pool and a poison of your choosing from the bar.

The Last Word, Long Beach

This intimate boutique hotel with panoramic sea and mountainous views is a hidden gem. Far enough out of the city to escape but close enough for sightseeing, it is surrounded by white sands and bathed in sunshine, perfect for that island getaway ambiance. The staff at Long Beach cannot do enough to ensure you relax and unwind. With only five double suites, your stay is guaranteed to be a tranquil, yet personalised five-star experience.

Ellerman House

Seated on the slopes of Lion’s Head with an incredible city and sea view, Ellerman House is a boutique hotel with a history entangled with the ocean – the building itself once belonged to shipping magnates. With just a handful of rooms and villas,  Ellerman’s staff are able to provide an exclusive experience with the finest wines and most delicious cuisine too.


Situated in the affluent and scenic area of Camps Bay, POD juxtaposes modern architecture with natural beauty. Soak up the views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles from its veranda. Expect a uniquely contemporary experience across its 17 rooms.

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