cape townCape Town

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.

TO STAY

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.

POD

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.

TO EAT

Honest Chocolate

Fancy a sugar-rush inducing, chocolate-loving experience? As cocoa connoisseurs, Honest Chocolate’s rich, organic desserts and treats are all handmade with no artificial ingredients. At this quaint cafe you can enjoy a christmassy orange hot chocolate or choco-cappuccino with a selection of homemade truffles or perhaps a delicate macaroon.

Tiger’s Milk

Of all the burger joints the city has to offer, this is perhaps one of the more interesting. With branches across Cape Town, the restaurant is designed like an old american saloon. The small menu at Tiger’s Milk is a range of mid-west style smokey barbecue recipes. Try the half peri-peri chicken or ‘triple bypass’ burger while you take in the views of Muizenberg beach, you won’t be disappointed.

  • +27 (0) 21 422 0700
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  • 44 Long Street
    Cape Town City Centre
    8000

Plant

In response to a growing worldwide vegan market, Plant gets creative with its meat-free, plant-based menu that is both delicious and nutritious. The black bean quesadillas and bunless burgers are a highlight, especially when enjoyed with a fruity strawberry swirl mocktail.

  • +27 21 422 2737
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  • 8 Buiten St
    Cape Town City Centre
    8000

Jason Bakery

If you do nothing else with your Saturday morning, head to this quaint independent bakery for its famous ‘doughsant’, a croissant-donut hybrid. There are delicious new flavours each weekend such as mint creme with a chocolate ganache and minted crystals. Get there early or expect to be queued down the street.

  • +27 21 424 5644
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  • 185 Bree St
    Cape Town City Centre
    8000

TO DRINK + DANCE

Yours Truly

This local institution is best for drinks and chilling. Its three different spots across Cape Town cater for every vibe. Its Kloof outpost offers tempting pizzas and rooftop sundowners, in Loop expect drinks and live music (ideal on First Thursdays) and Long, the original flagship, deals in coffee and deli tasters.

  • +27 21 426 2587
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  • 63 Loop Street
    Cape Town City Centre
    8000

Mother’s Ruin

This is a bar that holds gin in high regard. With over 100 different kinds of the beverage on offer from London dry to botanical, you’re spoilt for choice. With classic G&Ts and reinvented cocktails, Mother’s Ruin leaves no doubt that they are the champion specialists of this spirit.

  • +27 82 681 6601
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  • 219 Bree Street
    Cape Town City Centre
    8000

The Village Idiot

This drinking spot epitomises the term eclectic. In winter it’s a warm, homely, hunting-lodge-type haven from the brisk winter cold. And it’s all juxtaposed by the quickly changing range of music that reverberates around the walls, moving from Johnny B. Goode swing to classic Kanye.

TO DO

First Thursdays

As the name suggests, this event occurs every first Thursday each month. It’s a chance to explore the art galleries and cultural attractions of the city long after the sun sets. Fused with the vibrant nightlife of Long, Longmarket, Kloof and Loop Street, it makes for an fun-filled evening.

Watch sunset from Signal Hill

Don’t miss an evening trip to Signal Hill for phenomenal views of the city warmed in hues of pink and orange. Take a picnic basket and a bottle of wine (or two) and watch as the sun dips below the horizon.

  • Signal Hill
    Cape Town
    8001

Climb Lion’s Head

For the more adventurous, climbing Lion’s Head offers the most uniquely stunning viewpoint in the western cape. Following a steep hike and scaling of the upper rock face you’ll reach the summit, 669 metres above sea level and complete with breathtaking views of Table Mountain and it’s surrounding beauty.

  • Lion's Head
    Signal Hill
    8001

The Last Word

Ellerman House

POD

Honest Chocolate

Tiger’s Milk

Plant

Jason Bakery

Yours Truly

Mother’s Ruin

The Village Idiot

Signal Hill

Lion's Head

Kat van Duinen

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