Guidebook for Cape Town

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Guidebook for Cape Town

Shopping

"Most beautiful hand-crafted leather bags" according to Mari.
12 locals recommend
MISSIBABA
229 Bree St
12 locals recommend
"Most beautiful hand-crafted leather bags" according to Mari.
Yet another small mall in the city (Lifestyle Village, my bad); everything from furniture, clothing, food and drink. All quite hip and bit expensive.
91 locals recommend
Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village
27 Somerset Rd
91 locals recommend
Yet another small mall in the city (Lifestyle Village, my bad); everything from furniture, clothing, food and drink. All quite hip and bit expensive.
Vintage/raw denim store in the Cape Quarter. Worth checking out if you are in this area.
Edwin Jeans
Vintage/raw denim store in the Cape Quarter. Worth checking out if you are in this area.
My girlfriend said I should put this one; check out Phillipa Green's jewellery and other trinkets and goodies.
Olive Green Cat
76 Church St
My girlfriend said I should put this one; check out Phillipa Green's jewellery and other trinkets and goodies.
The storefront of designer and illustrator Heather Moore. Makes and sells all types of crafty wares for your home. Part of the Bree Street walk. Lots of other little stores in this area too.
Skinny laMinx
201 Bree St
The storefront of designer and illustrator Heather Moore. Makes and sells all types of crafty wares for your home. Part of the Bree Street walk. Lots of other little stores in this area too.
My favourtite bookstore in town run by people who love what they do. Part of the East City walkabout.
55 locals recommend
The Book Lounge
55 locals recommend
My favourtite bookstore in town run by people who love what they do. Part of the East City walkabout.
The closest small mall on Kloof St, very central as you can walk further up Kloof after some shopping, or walk down into Long St.
47 locals recommend
FNB Bank ATM Lifestyle On Kloof
60 Kloof St
47 locals recommend
The closest small mall on Kloof St, very central as you can walk further up Kloof after some shopping, or walk down into Long St.
Small mall right next to a MyCiti busstop, good for pretty much everything: Woolworths Foods, PicknPay Groceries, delis, bookshops, gifts, clothes, toys, etc etc.
28 locals recommend
Gardens Shopping Centre
28 locals recommend
Small mall right next to a MyCiti busstop, good for pretty much everything: Woolworths Foods, PicknPay Groceries, delis, bookshops, gifts, clothes, toys, etc etc.
Fresh goods in the city, Half-price sushi after 15h00, also decent.
30 locals recommend
Food Lover's Market
122 St Georges Mall
30 locals recommend
Fresh goods in the city, Half-price sushi after 15h00, also decent.
The closest store - milk, bread, coffee and a couple of other treats (lasagne, sweet stuff etc). Grab some of the ice cream in the fridge to take home on a hot day!
6 locals recommend
The Daily Deli
13 Brownlow Rd
6 locals recommend
The closest store - milk, bread, coffee and a couple of other treats (lasagne, sweet stuff etc). Grab some of the ice cream in the fridge to take home on a hot day!
The closest liquor store for beer and wine.
Kloof Street Liquor Store
The closest liquor store for beer and wine.

Drinks & Nightlife

Cocktails with the it crowd.
75 locals recommend
Orphanage Cocktail Emporium
227 Bree St
75 locals recommend
Cocktails with the it crowd.
Voted as the world's trendiest bar; who knows. The nice thing about Tjing Tjing is that is (a) a rooftop bar and (b) it's downhill back home.
71 locals recommend
Tjing Tjing
165 Longmarket St
71 locals recommend
Voted as the world's trendiest bar; who knows. The nice thing about Tjing Tjing is that is (a) a rooftop bar and (b) it's downhill back home.
Another great bar just round the corner. Hotdogs, street-setting, interesting eclectic crowd. Gets packed after work.
153 locals recommend
The Power & The Glory
13d Kloof Nek Rd
153 locals recommend
Another great bar just round the corner. Hotdogs, street-setting, interesting eclectic crowd. Gets packed after work.
Hard, relentless clubbing - was really good in its day (or was that my day?). Hard to say; worth checking out the mayhem on a Friday night. Watch out for pickpockets!
15 locals recommend
Fiction
226 Long St
15 locals recommend
Hard, relentless clubbing - was really good in its day (or was that my day?). Hard to say; worth checking out the mayhem on a Friday night. Watch out for pickpockets!
One of my favourite bar slash clubs in town. Always an interesting dj or act, always a good time. Don't miss finding your way to the rooftop for a great vantage point of Long St after dark.
22 locals recommend
The Waiting Room
273 Long St
22 locals recommend
One of my favourite bar slash clubs in town. Always an interesting dj or act, always a good time. Don't miss finding your way to the rooftop for a great vantage point of Long St after dark.
Great 'neighbourhood' bar. The name really gives it away, doesn't it. Good for watching a game or two, and also playing them if they have a games night on.
12 locals recommend
SOUK
163 Long St
12 locals recommend
Great 'neighbourhood' bar. The name really gives it away, doesn't it. Good for watching a game or two, and also playing them if they have a games night on.

Food Scene

Hipster biker coffee bar.
68 locals recommend
The House of Machines
84 Shortmarket St
68 locals recommend
Hipster biker coffee bar.
Coffee and Baked goods too. And lots of pretty people - as many of the local model agencies are based in this area.
160 locals recommend
Jason Bakery
185 Bree St
160 locals recommend
Coffee and Baked goods too. And lots of pretty people - as many of the local model agencies are based in this area.
Tapas Restaurant & Bar with excellent fish, octopus, calamari, chirizo and other treats. Great wine and beer selection. Watch the garlic! Check out SAM on the top floor while you are there.
87 locals recommend
La Parada Bree Street
107 Bree St
87 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant & Bar with excellent fish, octopus, calamari, chirizo and other treats. Great wine and beer selection. Watch the garlic! Check out SAM on the top floor while you are there.
Unique family run cafe just round the corner: great coffee, sandwiches, lunches, smoothies, juices and baked goods too. All available for takeaway or sitdown.
18 locals recommend
Bread Milk and Honey
10 Spin St
18 locals recommend
Unique family run cafe just round the corner: great coffee, sandwiches, lunches, smoothies, juices and baked goods too. All available for takeaway or sitdown.
Interesting burger joint in an alley with ostensibly the 'best burgers/tacos in South Africa' (definitely the biggest). Deluxe Coffeeworks HQ in the back of the building.
42 locals recommend
The Dog's Bollocks at YARD
6 Roodehek St
42 locals recommend
Interesting burger joint in an alley with ostensibly the 'best burgers/tacos in South Africa' (definitely the biggest). Deluxe Coffeeworks HQ in the back of the building.
If you like seafood and it's worth driving out to Kalk Bay, walk around a bit & then have lunch or dinner here. Booking essestial. There is also a Harbour House in the Waterfront (same owners).
136 locals recommend
Harbour House Kalk Bay
136 locals recommend
If you like seafood and it's worth driving out to Kalk Bay, walk around a bit & then have lunch or dinner here. Booking essestial. There is also a Harbour House in the Waterfront (same owners).
Another cool clothing/apparel store in the Cape Quarter.
40 locals recommend
Loading Bay
30 Hudson St
40 locals recommend
Another cool clothing/apparel store in the Cape Quarter.
Great food, amazing location - but a little bit pretentious. See what one can achieve with too much money.. ;)
150 locals recommend
Grand Africa Café & Beach
150 locals recommend
Great food, amazing location - but a little bit pretentious. See what one can achieve with too much money.. ;)
OK, it's not a bungalow - it's just called that. Upmarket afterwork meeting and greeting with the jetset crowd. Definitely worth going a drink or two. A bit dressy sometimes.
95 locals recommend
The Bungalow
95 locals recommend
OK, it's not a bungalow - it's just called that. Upmarket afterwork meeting and greeting with the jetset crowd. Definitely worth going a drink or two. A bit dressy sometimes.
Have a coffee and see town from an entirely different angle - looking down on the CBD, the harbour framed by the mountain in the back. Take a cab or bus up; too steep to walk all the way.
79 locals recommend
The Sidewalk Cafe
33 Derry St
79 locals recommend
Have a coffee and see town from an entirely different angle - looking down on the CBD, the harbour framed by the mountain in the back. Take a cab or bus up; too steep to walk all the way.
Lovely little restaurant right up in Vredehoek (the windiest neighbourhood in town). Pizza, steak, etc. Say hi to Larry for me.
63 locals recommend
The Woodlands Eatery
2 Deerpark Dr W
63 locals recommend
Lovely little restaurant right up in Vredehoek (the windiest neighbourhood in town). Pizza, steak, etc. Say hi to Larry for me.
Fresh, green, organic food in an amazing setting. Can recommend the chicken salad.
7 locals recommend
Birds Catering
127 Bree St
7 locals recommend
Fresh, green, organic food in an amazing setting. Can recommend the chicken salad.
Burgers, beers, coffee and hipsters. Nice and central to the upper Bree Street walk.
139 locals recommend
Clarke's Bar & Dining Room
133 Bree St
139 locals recommend
Burgers, beers, coffee and hipsters. Nice and central to the upper Bree Street walk.
My favourite burger place. They were the first gourmet burger joint in town, and still up there. Don't miss out on this - nice stop walking up or down Long Street.
60 locals recommend
Royale Eatery
273 Long St
60 locals recommend
My favourite burger place. They were the first gourmet burger joint in town, and still up there. Don't miss out on this - nice stop walking up or down Long Street.
Great little restaurant around the corner in the middle of Church St, part of the art-walk, small antiques market, galleries, etc, etc. Side outside and take in the sounds and sights.
14 locals recommend
Cafe Mozart
37 Church Street
14 locals recommend
Great little restaurant around the corner in the middle of Church St, part of the art-walk, small antiques market, galleries, etc, etc. Side outside and take in the sounds and sights.
Sushi and other asian foods in an amazing, dark, modern, stark setting.
26 locals recommend
Haiku Cape Town CBD
58 Burg St
26 locals recommend
Sushi and other asian foods in an amazing, dark, modern, stark setting.
Indian food!
27 locals recommend
Bukhara Cape Town CBD
33 Church St
27 locals recommend
Indian food!
Interesting 'steampunk' interior, good coffee and co-working space available should you want a desk for the day.
218 locals recommend
Truth Coffee Roasting
36 Buitenkant St
218 locals recommend
Interesting 'steampunk' interior, good coffee and co-working space available should you want a desk for the day.
Best coffee in town, and it's round the corner. Pick up a bag of roasted beans for home use while you are there.
32 locals recommend
Deluxe coffeeworks Church Street
25 Church St
32 locals recommend
Best coffee in town, and it's round the corner. Pick up a bag of roasted beans for home use while you are there.
Best coffee in town, and it's round the corner. Pick up a bag of roasted beans for home use while you are there.
37 locals recommend
Deluxe Coffeeworks
171A Buitenkant St
37 locals recommend
Best coffee in town, and it's round the corner. Pick up a bag of roasted beans for home use while you are there.
For meatlovers - lovely Karoo lamb and more.
120 locals recommend
Black Sheep Restaurant
104 Kloof St
120 locals recommend
For meatlovers - lovely Karoo lamb and more.
Nice little coffee shop on the way to or back from the park.
21 locals recommend
Cafe Puka
6 Tamboerskloof Rd
21 locals recommend
Nice little coffee shop on the way to or back from the park.
Best steaks in the neighbourhood. You might have to call them and book!
31 locals recommend
Miller's Thumb
10B Kloofnek Road
31 locals recommend
Best steaks in the neighbourhood. You might have to call them and book!
Great little burger spot very close by. Kid-friendly too.
47 locals recommend
Hudsons, The Burger Joint
69A Kloof St
47 locals recommend
Great little burger spot very close by. Kid-friendly too.
Cool little restaurant tucked away in Kloof St.
73 locals recommend
Asoka Restaurant, Bar and Lounge
68 Kloof St
73 locals recommend
Cool little restaurant tucked away in Kloof St.
Our favourite restaurant for a nice Sunday breakfast - the kids love it here.
125 locals recommend
Cafè Paradiso
110 Kloof St
125 locals recommend
Our favourite restaurant for a nice Sunday breakfast - the kids love it here.
Very child-friendly - and fairly affordable - seafood restaurant close to home. Nice outside area in the back.
8 locals recommend
Ocean Basket
75 Kloof Street
8 locals recommend
Very child-friendly - and fairly affordable - seafood restaurant close to home. Nice outside area in the back.
Eastern and fusion foods. Great views.
46 locals recommend
Saigon
46 locals recommend
Eastern and fusion foods. Great views.
The original Melissa's on Kloof St - stock up with everything else you need for home-cooking!
45 locals recommend
Peppertree Café / Melissa's Food Shop
94 Kloof St
45 locals recommend
The original Melissa's on Kloof St - stock up with everything else you need for home-cooking!
Cute little shop/eatert hidden away just off Kloof St.
45 locals recommend
Tamboers Winkel
3 De Lorentz St
45 locals recommend
Cute little shop/eatert hidden away just off Kloof St.
Crazy little restaurant half-way up the mountain. Booking essential.
75 locals recommend
The Bombay Bicycle Club
158 Kloof St
75 locals recommend
Crazy little restaurant half-way up the mountain. Booking essential.

Everything Else

Laundry. And a bar. Seriously.
13 locals recommend
I Love My Laundry
59 Buitengracht St
13 locals recommend
Laundry. And a bar. Seriously.
Local gallery underpinning the recent young, contemporary art revival scene in Cape Town. Run by Justin and Cameron; they also head up the Neighbourgoods Market further down the road too.
6 locals recommend
WHATIFTHEWORLD
16 Buiten St
6 locals recommend
Local gallery underpinning the recent young, contemporary art revival scene in Cape Town. Run by Justin and Cameron; they also head up the Neighbourgoods Market further down the road too.
Urban farming project in one of the wealthier neighbourhoods. Go see how the other half lives. Open market on Saturdays.
49 locals recommend
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
49 locals recommend
Urban farming project in one of the wealthier neighbourhoods. Go see how the other half lives. Open market on Saturdays.
The world-famous 'Pink Lady' of Cape Town - go for the high tea in the afternoon. You might even bump into the odd celebrity or two.
76 locals recommend
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
76 Orange St
76 locals recommend
The world-famous 'Pink Lady' of Cape Town - go for the high tea in the afternoon. You might even bump into the odd celebrity or two.
AKA 'The German Butcher up in Kloof St' - good, local meats of all sorts.
Gardens Continental Butchery & Deli
120 Kloof St
AKA 'The German Butcher up in Kloof St' - good, local meats of all sorts.

Sightseeing

Well worth spending an hour or two gazing at the fish. Gets a bit busy though, in particular over school holidays. Good starting point to explore the Waterfront from.
124 locals recommend
Two Oceans Aquarium
124 locals recommend
Well worth spending an hour or two gazing at the fish. Gets a bit busy though, in particular over school holidays. Good starting point to explore the Waterfront from.
The oldest cathedral in Southern Africa. Also the closest stop for the 'Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Red Buses'; really worth doing on day 1.
14 locals recommend
St George's Cathedral
5 Wale St
14 locals recommend
The oldest cathedral in Southern Africa. Also the closest stop for the 'Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Red Buses'; really worth doing on day 1.
I'd almost say skip the wineroute and spend an afternoon at Babylonstoren. Owned by the richest couple in SA; amazing farm, incredible restaurant. You can even stay over if you can afford it.
92 locals recommend
Babylonstoren
92 locals recommend
I'd almost say skip the wineroute and spend an afternoon at Babylonstoren. Owned by the richest couple in SA; amazing farm, incredible restaurant. You can even stay over if you can afford it.
Our version of Central Park, I think. Squirrels, birds, trees and a couple of ponds - great for an afternoon escape if one is needed.
244 locals recommend
The Company's Garden
19 Queen Victoria St
244 locals recommend
Our version of Central Park, I think. Squirrels, birds, trees and a couple of ponds - great for an afternoon escape if one is needed.
African arts and crafts. Very touristy. Watch out for pickpockets and the odd drug dealer trying to sell you weed. Lots of spots to eat and drink all around the square, as well as secure banking.
98 locals recommend
Greenmarket Square
98 locals recommend
African arts and crafts. Very touristy. Watch out for pickpockets and the odd drug dealer trying to sell you weed. Lots of spots to eat and drink all around the square, as well as secure banking.
Everyone who lives in or near Seapoint goes for a walk, run, swim or cycle here at some point of the day. Walk around to Clifton, or back to town via Greenpoint Park and the fanwalk.
156 locals recommend
Sea Point Promenade
156 locals recommend
Everyone who lives in or near Seapoint goes for a walk, run, swim or cycle here at some point of the day. Walk around to Clifton, or back to town via Greenpoint Park and the fanwalk.
Very popular over season. One of those 'seen and be seen' types of place.
66 locals recommend
Shimmy Beach Club
12 S Arm Rd
66 locals recommend
Very popular over season. One of those 'seen and be seen' types of place.

Entertainment & Activities

OK, so the Waterfront has everything: bars, restuarants, high-end retail, movies, boat trips, chopper flips and more. Don't miss Willoughbys for sushi, and/or the Cape Town Fish Market.
45 locals recommend
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
45 locals recommend
OK, so the Waterfront has everything: bars, restuarants, high-end retail, movies, boat trips, chopper flips and more. Don't miss Willoughbys for sushi, and/or the Cape Town Fish Market.
If you took all the hip people in town and put them in the same spot on a Saturday morning then this is it. Go early to avoid said crowds, amazing food, meat, bread, art, fashion, furniture, etc etc.
63 locals recommend
The Neighbourgoods Market
373 Albert Rd
63 locals recommend
If you took all the hip people in town and put them in the same spot on a Saturday morning then this is it. Go early to avoid said crowds, amazing food, meat, bread, art, fashion, furniture, etc etc.
Local hotel that lets the locals come for a swim too - good place to cool off after a long day.
The Cape Milner
2 Milner Rd
Local hotel that lets the locals come for a swim too - good place to cool off after a long day.

Arts & Culture

Cool little theatre down in the East City. Check what's on while you are here, might be something good.
105 locals recommend
The Fugard Theatre
105 locals recommend
Cool little theatre down in the East City. Check what's on while you are here, might be something good.