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February 27, 2012

A designer’s day out in Cape Town

Cape Town, the 2014 World Design Capital, is the creative place to be. Photo © Skye Grove/Cape Town Tourism

With Cape Town appointed the World Design Capital for 2014 there is no doubt that all creative eyes will be on the city in the coming years. Cape Town’s creative community is getting ready to welcome visitors with open arms this year, starting with the annual Design Indaba at the end of February, and Infecting the City’s Public Arts Festival at the beginning of March. Until then we’ve put together a list of places to visit to get those creative juices flowing.

No morning is complete without a great cup of coffee so start your day at Haas Coffee Collective in Bo-Kaap. The coffee shop and studio combo is a great place to start your creative journey around Cape Town. Once you’ve got your caffeine buzz going, head down to the Freeworld Design Centre, South Africa’s only gallery space dedicated to interior design. Another must-visit for interior design fans is the Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel on Long Street. Each of the hotel’s 13 quirky rooms were uniquely decorated by some of South Africa’s best artists, poets, photographers, designers and musicians, who were afforded complete freedom to interpret the space as they pleased.

If you’re feeling a little peckish from your busy morning, stop in at the Field Office for lunch. The popular "coffice" is a great place to refuel before checking out Cape Town’s innovation district knows as The Fringe, an up-and-coming area filled with design studios. Theatre lovers will delight in a tour of the beautifully restored Fugard Theatre, home to the internationally acclaimed Isango Portobello Theatre Company, and named after Athol Fugard, one of South Africa’s most significant and internationally acclaimed playwrights.

From there head to Woodstock, one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs and a hub of creativity, and pay a visit to artist and genius recycler Heath Nash at his studio. Around the corner you’ll find award-winning furniture designer Haldane Martin who is well-known for his work in Cape Town’s many boutique hotels.

To round off your day head back to town and visit one of Cape Town’s most loved micro-breweries, &Union, for an artisanal beer and a bite to eat. The watering hole offers a brilliant selection of craft beers and is frequented by creative types looking to wind down after a hard day’s work.

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