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January 26, 2012

A glamorous day in Cape Town

Glamour at the J&B Met Courtesy of Deon Gurlingh

The world is your oyster in Cape Town. Glamour and beauty go hand in hand, and with an endless array of tempting options; life here moves as fast or as slow as you desire. January is home to the J&B Met and South African horse racing at its best. The thrill of betting on your favourite horse can only be rivalled by the pleasure of draping yourself in haute couture and sipping sparkling wine with the who’s who of the social scene.

How to spend the day before the event? Here are some ideas for a perfectly glamorous day that will see you looking stylish and walking into the party like you were walking on to a yacht’, to quote Carly Simon:

Shop, shop and shop some more

Start at the designer wing in the V&A Waterfront shopping mall that boasts names such as Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Lacoste. For some local flair drop in to Stefania Morland, Kluk CGDT, Gavin Rajah or Errol Arandz. Kalk Bay Main Road is home to India Jane and some of the best vintage stores; Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre in Durbanville will also leave you spoilt for choice. Read our blog for advice from Kluk CDGT on what to wear to the J&B Met. 

Lunch time

Shopping is hungry work and you may want to re-fuel at one of the Mother City’s trendy eateries like Luke Dale Roberts’ The Test Kitchen in Woodstock, or delightful Dear Me Brasserie in Longmarket Street. Find yourself further afield? Learn the art of sabrage (artfully using a sabre to slice the top off a bottle of champagne) at Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek or indulge at Bistro Sixteen82 in the Constantia Wine Valley.

Did somebody say spa?

Yacht in the V&A Waterfront Courtesy of Paul Bruins

Here are some of my favourite picks, best enjoyed on a long, lazy afternoon:

Luxury yachting

Charter your own yacht and set sail for the Cape of Good Hope’s seas; the 85-ft luxury Princess Emma will see waiters shucking oysters for you and your guests while the waves lap against the side of the boat.

To dine for

Perfectly manicured, well-rested and well-dressed with just the right dose of sunshine, you’ll want to flaunt your quaffed tail feathers in the evening. For a glamorous dinner try Bombay Brasserie at the Taj Cape Town, dine at The Greenhouse in Constantia, Cape Town’s number one restaurant as cited by Eat Out, or for a study in cuisine and ambience visit Pure at Hout Bay Manor, or Harbour House that recently opened in the V&A Waterfront as well.


Bombay Brasserie Restaurant Courtesy Taj Cape Town

From flaunting your tail feathers to shaking them, stop in at The Bungalow in Clifton, Trinity in Green Point or Kenny Kunene’s haunt ZAR at The Cape Royale Hotel. Other firm favourites include St Yves Beach Club in Camp’s Bay, home to professional sportsmen and supermodels. Saphire Cocktail Bar is also on the Camp’s Bay strip and the oh so sophisticated Asoka is in Kloof Street.

Before you embark on your glamorous J&B Met weekend, make sure you know your trifecta from your swinger and your place bets, to ensure you don’t leave the J&B Met empty-handed.

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