October 31, 2012
Bree: Cape Town’s hippest street
Hannah has one of the best jobs at Cape Town Tourism, because it involves hosting media around our amazing City, and uncovering the places and people we have to offer.
She likes to travel light, and spontaneous interactions with the locals are what make a trip interesting for her. She’s been known to rough it, but luxury travel is still Plan A, and with an ever growing bucket list, the wanderlust is abated with regular road trips through the Western Cape.
Having travelled the world far and wide, her top cities include Casablanca, Bangkok and NYC, but her city of choice to live in is Cape Town, with its beautiful people, surroundings and lifestyle. She is known for her love of the theatre, books, beach time, cats and wine.
What’s fast becoming known as the hippest street in Cape Town, Bree Street is where you will find a hive of artisan activity. And if you’re a food lover, there’s plenty to sample here too, from burgers to gourmet pizza, craft beer and cupcakes.
As one of the main arteries of the city, this street is building a reputation as the retail, culinary and design centre of the city. Here is a list of just a few of the gems:
Orinoco Restaurant – 17 Bree Street
A restaurant specialising in authentic Latin American dishes, you can expect to find Mexican tacos, Venezuelan arepas and Argentinean empanadas, all served with home-made sauces and fillings, and prepared by the renowned Venezuelan chef, Migdalia Bellorin.
Beautifull Life Building – 70-72 Bree Street
This triple-volume, interactive art space hosts the Youngblood Arts and Culture development, an initiative that nurtures young artistic talent. It is an art gallery, as well as a rehearsal and exhibition arena, and also serves as a restaurant, offering delicious food and its own Youngblood wine.
Heritage Square – 92 Bree Street
Dating back to the 1780s, Heritage Square was a bustle of snuff makers, gunsmiths and bakers. Today, it still hosts the oldest vine in the Southern Hemisphere, and offers a shady haven to sip a glass of wine and enjoy an inner city sanctuary.
Barnet Fair – 98 Bree Street
A haven for men who deserve a bit of pampering, this old school barber shop caters for the “manscaping” needs of hipsters and businessmen alike. The hot towel shave is considered a standard weekly treat. Bourbon served on the side.
Frazer Parfum – 108 Bree Street
Frazer Parfum is a perfumery making bespoke perfumes from natural and organic raw materials, sourced from around the world. Tammy Fraser, the perfumer, has a ready-to-wear range called “Chapters” which is inspired by her travels. Her perfumes are renowned worldwide, and can be found in Harrods in London and Anthropologie in the United States.
&Union – 110 Bree Street
As the local watering hole in Bree Street, &Union is always buzzing. You can enjoy live, local bands on a Tuesday, intimate wine tastings and plenty of great craft beer, pork sandwiches and cured meats. The casual and laidback atmosphere is complimented by attentive staff and you can expect to find great wines and a committed sommelier to compliment them.
Lady Cupcake Standalone Store – 120 Bree Street
Lady Cupcake has confections which will bring you back to childhood, with flavours including “peanut butter and jam” and more sophisticated treats such as the “death by designer chocolate” cupcake. The cupcakes are slightly addictive.
Clarke's Dining – 133 Bree Street
Serving all-day breakfasts, and renowned for their decadent burgers, this is where you will find local craft beers such as Jack Black Lager and Darling Brew Native Ale. It is also a perfect spot for people watching.
Jason’s Bakery 185 Bree Street
Jason’s Bakery describes itself as a “soul food” restaurant. Expect to find crafted gourmet comfort food here. Many locals spend hours poring over the paper while sipping the fairtrade coffee. Famous for his chocolate brownies, the baker is a tattooed biker and is part of the furniture here.
French Toast – 199 Bree street
This trendy spot is modelled on a 1950’S Parisian wine bar, and boasts an extensive winelist, paired with tempting tapas, and of course, beautiful people.
Skinny Laminx – 201 Bree Street
Heather Moore is the designer and creator at Skinnylaminx, an awesome little design shop with beautiful things, made out of paper and textiles. It is definitely a great spot to shop for gifts and a place you can find the most gorgeous fabrics.
Orphanage Cocktail Emporium – 227 Bree Street
Named after the real orphanage founded by St Paul’s Church across the road, the quirky Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is a specialist cocktail bar offering beverages with exotic names such as “Brimstone and Fire” and “Daddy Warbucks.”
Visit www.breestreet.co.za for more information on this hub in Cape Town and look out for Made in Bree a quarterly print publication coming soon which will be dedicated to the “Bree Steet Massiv”.