Cape Town is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for such well- known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Discover a world of unique experiences through the Western Cape's wine, cuisine, culture and heritage.
Hemelhuijs is a small oasis in the heart of Cape Town. Sit and watch the city go by while indulging in freshly made jewel coloured juices, paradisal cocktails or custom blended coffee. It is South Africa’s creative food scene du jour, a vibrant restaurant tableau defined by seasonal ingredients forging unexpected unions and presented with flourish.
71 Waterkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Tel. +27 21 418 2042 https://www.hemelhuijs.co.za/
The Test Kitchen
The 30-seater restaurant provides guests with the option of a casual, 'kitchen bar' or 'dish-by-dish' experience, straight from the open kitchen, or a more formal dining experience climaxing with a perfectly tuned eight-course tasting menu. A perfect blend of gastronomic and hearty cuisine in a timeless, arty setting.
The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Tel. +27 21 447 2337 http://www.thetestkitchen.co.za/
Cause & Effect
“These are sensorial cocktails: they each come with something completely new – something that’s completely Cape Town”, said Kurt Schlechter, award winning bartender about his new "cocktail kitchen" Cause & Effect.
With innovative and daring cocktails that capture the flavours, colours and essence of Cape Town, Schlechter puts to good use the regional herbs that hang from the ceiling and the paraphernalia seems something out of an alchemist's lab instead of that of the master mixologist.
Cause & Effect is inspired by Cape Town from the décor to the menu and is open for lunch and dinner, offering seasonal drinks, tapas and à la carte menu.
2A Park Road, MLT House, Gardens, Cape Town
Tel. +27 21 422 0266
At the heart of wine country, it is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. It boasts one of the best farmyards in all of the Cape. The gardens and orchards stock its restaurants, which offer a true farm-to-table experience, with sincere seasonality.
The buildings have been preserved through loving works of restoration, ensuring that Babylonstoren keeps a modern, yet authentic sensibility. At the heart of the farm, you can find the 8-acre “big garden”.
Babylonstoren offers regular workshops that range from your usual green-thumb gardening wisdom, all the way to the more adventurous aspects of distilling.
R45, Simondium 7670, South Africa
Tel. +27 (0)21 863 3852
Luxury Africa Atelier
Luxury Africa has created a gallery space where visitors can come and find unique African luxury goods, jewelry and works of art. It is where wildlife photography, Legacy Collection jewellry created out of the fencing from Robben Island, and driftwood sculptures by Tony Fredriksson are on display.
27 Orange Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
Tel. +27 21 180 4010 http://www.luxuryafrica.co.za/african-luxury-atelier-art-jewelry/
Greenpoint Urban Park
Since you probably won't have much free time, this recommendation is perfect for late afternoon strolls. Greenpoint Urban Park is a sprawling inner-city tract filled with playgrounds, ponds and an open-air gym. There is also a carefully curated garden composed of a rich variety of flora indigenous to the Cape, featuring 25 000 indigenous plants, trees and shrubs.
1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa
by Kopano Matlwa
An important rumination on youth in modern-day South Africa, this haunting debut novel tells the story of two extraordinary young women who have grown up black in white suburbs and must now struggle to find their identities. The rich and pampered Ofilwe has taken her privileged lifestyle for granted, and must confront her swiftly dwindling sense of culture when her soulless world falls apart. Meanwhile, the hip and sassy Fiks is an ambitious go-getter desperate to leave her vicious past behind for the glossy sophistication of city life, but finds Johannesburg to be more complicated and unforgiving than she expected. These two stories artfully come together to illustrate the weight of history upon a new generation in South Africa.