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June 14, 2012

Lucy Tops’ top 3 weekend picks in Cape Town

Talented performer Lucy Tops, star of Face the Music at Kalk Bay Theatre, shares her top three weekend picks. Photo courtesy Christine Skinner

Picking only three top weekend things to do in Cape Town is difficult because we are so spoilt for choice in this beautiful city, which I am proud to call my home.

If it has to be three, though, you can’t go wrong with the following:


Location: 13 Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof

I am a local, so I have to mention Rafiki's Restaurant Bar. I love its relaxed atmosphere, I always bump into someone I know, the food is delicious, the service jovial. It can be the beginning or end to any weekend and you will always leave with either a story or great memory of the time you spent there. There's always a variety of people hanging out there from locals to tourists, I especially enjoy meeting the tourists and sharing stories of each others’ travels.

Neighbourgoods Market, Woodstock

Location: 373-375 Albert Rd, open 9am to 2pm

You have to arrive at the Old Biscuit Mill early on a Saturday morning because it has become so popular. I love the general vibe of being here, the aroma of all the scrumptuous foods and the friendly faces serving you. One of my favourite dishes is the vegetarian curried roti (my mouth waters at the thought). I love walking through all the surrounding shops at the biscuit mill, the gallery, the clothing stores, the home decor and trinket shops. There really is something for everyone. Whether you take something home or not, the visual delights will surely entice you to come back with some friends to enjoy a beer ... on a hay bale watching the world go by.

Zula Sound Bar

Location: 98 Long Street

I am a fan of live music and there are a few places I go to but I love Zula on Long Street. Even before it moved venues I was a regular there, either watching a well-known local band or listening to musicians who are just starting out. It’s a great platform for performing artists and each time I go I have a completely different experience from the last.

I haven’t eaten at the new venue yet but I hear they make great pizzas, cooked meals and often have great drink specials.

There are two performance spaces at the new venue, showcasing something different every night of the week, from music to stand-up comedy. If you haven't been to Zula, check it out for yourself and enjoy!

*See recording artist and amazing performer Lucy Tops on stage at Kalk Bay Theatre in Face the Music until 23 June. Information and bookings on www.kbt.co.za.

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