September 02, 2013
Natalie Roos’ Top 5: Cape Town hot spots right now
Natalie Roos’ body was born in Johannesburg… but her soul was always Capetonian. At the age of 14, Natalie started work in the television industry, presenting popular local kids TV show, KTV. Ten years and another TV job later (presenting celebrity gossip show JIP on Afrikaans music channel MK), Natalie made the move down to Cape Town where she started her blog, Tails of a Mermaid (www.tailsofamermaid.com). Her love for the internet and all things communication-driven became a natural progression to a career in Social Media, where she worked in an agency managing the online presence, content and reputation of various brands.
Natalie’s passions include cats, communication and Cape Town.
With Spring finally here after a long winter, we can officially start saying things like "summer is just around the corner". This means that at long last, we will all be emerging from hibernation and going out more. These are my Top 5 Cape Town hot spots right now.
1. House of Machines
The House of Machines is a beautiful blend of a New York coffee culture-inspired coffee shop (known as Evil Twin), a custom bike shop (La Macchina Speed Shop), a bespoke apparel showroom (Thom), and a bar (Prohibition). Basically, it's very, very cool. The cocktails are made with local craft spirits like Jorgensen's gin, and craft beer flows freely. Coffee beans grown in South America and roasted in Spain, combined with a few of Cape Town's best baristas behind the bar ensure that every cup of coffee they pour is likely going to be your best coffee of the day. They're open every day for coffee and light meals and Thursday and Friday evenings for beers. Located at 84 Shortmarket Street. Read more about the concept and back story behind what is arguibly Cape Town's hottest hot spot right now on their website.
Finally, a proper bar on the Green Point Strip. Brought to you by the masterminds behind El Burro, Royale and Neighbourhood, Cabrito gets it right in every way. Bringing a little bit of the CBD to Greenpoint with their ridiculously good looking bar staff, a selection of proper tequilas, craft beer on tap and light meals from El Burro upstairs, the new kid on the block sure does make for a fine place to hang out. In fact, I'm finding it hard to stay away.
3. Cafeteria Mobile
Always first in line to adopt international food trends, Cape Town has it's fair share of delicious food trucks. You can now add Cafeteria to your list of vendor-style dining options to check out. This beautiful, hand-restored caravan is owned and run by gorgeous hipster couple (hipster in the good way, obviously) Frances and Martin. Their hearty portions of homestyle meals like stews, mac and cheese and (my personal favourite) pan-fried banana bread can be found on Saturdays at the Old Biscuit Mill and on weekdays at 73 Kloof Street.
4. Early Fridays
If only for the incredibly clever copywriting, check out Early Fridays events on Facebook. Basically a series of events where the coolest kids in Cape Town get to live out their own house parties, Early Fridays are a great place to start your weekend. Personally, I prefer Fridays that have me home and in bed by midnight, so these parties are just perfect for me.
5. Beer House on Long
As the name suggests, Beer House has a selection of 16 taps and 99 bottled beers from all over the world. These guys are incredible passionate about the art of beer and they take great care to create an awesome beer tasting and drinking experience. Their selection of light meals pair well with the brews too.