June 12, 2013
Top places to visit in Claremont
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Claremont forms part of Cape Town’s bustling Southern Suburbs and is one of the Mother City’s most recognisable areas. It is where you might find families out for a day of shopping and entertainment at the renowned Cavendish Square, bridal parties posing for unforgettable photographs at the Arderne Gardens, or students from the neighbouring University of Cape Town enjoying the vibrant nightlife of the area.
Once a mainly agricultural area, Claremont has evolved into a bustling commercial and residential suburb. These are our top places to visit in Claremont:
Where to stay
Stay in the lap of luxury at the grandiose Andros Boutique Hotel which boasts a huge garden, a beauty salon and a stately restaurant. Alternatively, you might like to relax in style at the prestigious Greenways Hotel with its luscious lawns, cigar library and outdoor private pool.
Where to take the kids
Claremont is the home of the popular College of Magic, the only magical arts organisation of its kind in the world and the perfect place for young travellers to enjoy a spell of mystical entertainment. Visitors and passers-by have long been fascinated by the multitude of magicians, clowns and jugglers who create all kinds of magical mayhem at the college’s Victorian manor. Your little ones can be part of the magic if you sign them up for the College of Magic’s winter school holiday programme, the 2013 Traditional Children’s Magic Festival.
Where to eat
There is no shortage of gourmet establishments in the leafy suburb of Claremont. From chic coffee shops such as Utoo Café on Main Road, which serves a great capuccino, to the quirky Starlings Café on Belvedere Road with its urban famers’ markets on Wednesdays, and the various franchise restaurants at Cavendish Square, Claremont is a food-lover’s paradise.
Where to shop
The impressive Cavendish Square shopping centre has been indulging shopaholics’ every whim since 1973 with its variety of clothing stores, beauty salons and restaurants. It is also a film-crowd favourite, especially for local teenagers who enjoy visiting the Ster-Kinekor cinema complex on a Saturday night.
If you’re more of a bargain hunter, the Quadrant Market is sure to delight with its profusion of affordable treasures.
Where to enjoy the nightlife:
Given the multitude of nightclubs and bars located in Claremont, an unforgettable night out is guaranteed. And thanks to its proximity to UCT, entry fees and drinks are very affordable - even for students!
For great dancing and slick beats, try Tiger Tiger at Stadium on Main, or call back the past with 80s music at the Boogie nightclub. If you’re a hip-hop music lover with a knack for playing pool, stop by local pool bar Stones for a few games and an awesome vibe.